Just Wondering

Frankfort, IL

#120 Jun 24, 2011
Mokena Voter wrote:
And now I rest my case. How many suggested "Oh, um, why don't you come up with some ideas and then we can do something about it"?

NO ONE stepped up and took the reigns. "Start a petition and I will sign it" or "Well, at least it's something, but it won't work, because Meijer's owns property everywhere in Illinois and decided to waste millions on property in Mokena for no reason".

It's easy to see why the village board doesn't push any harder. The only thing it's gets them is a list of reasons why something won't work. Geez, we all know how things won't work, the idea is to find a way to be successful and make them work. Grass roots means that the citizens take the bull by the horns and explain to Meijer's why Mokena should be the next location in the area to open a store.

And what in the hell does Evergreen Park have to do with it? Do you really think Meijer's considers Mokena in the same demographic and geographic area? Or are you just trying to demonstrate that you read the news paper?

Wake up people. If you don't care, then why should our elected leaders give a damn? Next time you're upset about the state of retail development in Mokena, just look in the mirror, that's where the blame lies. Looks like Mayor Joe was right.
Your reply was unwarranted. Are you looking for a group of yes men? Why not get started with a plan. You put one idea out there and expect everyone to jump on it without debate. I personally don't see much hope for the idea but am not going to rip you for it. The idea comes across as simplistic and lacks thought but I applaud you for the effort. Time to grab the bull by the horns and put into action your plan. I really don't know what you expect people to do. One person said they would sign a petition and you tear their head off. You get more bees with honey. What do you envision this grass roots plan to look like? Should we all wear I want Mejiers in Mokena shirts? Act civilized and people may work with you. You practice way too much sarcasm.
foolish

Bolingbrook, IL

#121 Jun 24, 2011
Mokena Voter wrote:
And now I rest my case. How many suggested "Oh, um, why don't you come up with some ideas and then we can do something about it"?
NO ONE stepped up and took the reigns. "Start a petition and I will sign it" or "Well, at least it's something, but it won't work, because Meijer's owns property everywhere in Illinois and decided to waste millions on property in Mokena for no reason".
It's easy to see why the village board doesn't push any harder. The only thing it's gets them is a list of reasons why something won't work. Geez, we all know how things won't work, the idea is to find a way to be successful and make them work. Grass roots means that the citizens take the bull by the horns and explain to Meijer's why Mokena should be the next location in the area to open a store.
And what in the hell does Evergreen Park have to do with it? Do you really think Meijer's considers Mokena in the same demographic and geographic area? Or are you just trying to demonstrate that you read the news paper?
Wake up people. If you don't care, then why should our elected leaders give a damn? Next time you're upset about the state of retail development in Mokena, just look in the mirror, that's where the blame lies. Looks like Mayor Joe was right.
Just to let you know. Some of us have had a front row seat for the years from 1990-2005. I have been here since 1986 and have seen the failure of the village to build a suitable business base. That 15 year period I mentioned was the key to developing Mokena, the way Frankfort and New Lenox developed their business infastructure. You come on here and think that throwing the Meijers project up is some incredible idea. Guess what that talk has been going on for years now. Its a damn shame that Mokena relied too heavily on continued residential development for too large of a part of their projected income. But neither I nor the other on this board are responsible for that. For too many years Mokena has bowed down to a few NIMBYS on projects instead of considering the impact for the whole town. Where is Walmart right now. Again NIMBYS. Dont put that on Everett Ln it will bring riff raff into Grasmere. Dont put Home Depot down south of Rt 30 cried the NIMBYS, I have a $750,000 dollar house I dont want to hear trucks coming and going all night unloading. And each time the village bowed down to a few vocal residents instead of thinking of the big picture. Im sorry if you cant handle the truth.

And as far as the village board not working harder, that is one of the most ill informed and ignorant statements I have ever heard on this site. They shouldnt work hard for the residents due to complaints. They were elected by the people to do a job. If a few complaints bother them, they have no business holding public office. By the way how long have you been a Mokena Voter.
Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#122 Jun 26, 2011
Nutty wrote:
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I am shocked that you are surprised "NO ONE stepped up and took the reigns".You must be nuts.Are you the "idea" factory? Why don't you start a forum here and have everyone put positive comments about why Meijers should come. Do a little legwork if your idea is so great.Thomas Edison did not just say it would be great to have a lightbulb,he went and worked at it.Show some gumption and get the ball rolling.You are funny.Your posts are always mean spirted and really don't lend themselves to people wanting to work with you.You are always in attack mode.
Community, that what this is all about. I'm not looking for a job. Someone suggested that I present an idea to improve the financial situation in Mokena and I chose Meijer's because it is a known entity and would be a boost for the local economy. They already own property here at a busy intersection on a major roadway with their main competition in the general area. As far as I understand it, most of the hurdles to start construction have been cleared. They've already done the market assessments and demographic studies and that is the reason they spent millions on the property. During the last election it was revealed that they have to pay a penalty to the property developer every year they wait to build. The stage is set. What makes Mokena different than other communities that would court Meijer's? The answer is the citizens. If we demonstrate that we want it more than other communities maybe that will be enough to swing it our way. Of course, you wouldn't know that unless you maybe watch the village board meetings and read the news letters and news papers. In other words, keep an eye on it.

If all the hypocrites and know-it-alls would just spend a fraction of the time thinking about ideas like this instead of trying to psychoanalyze what myself and others post out here, Meijer's might already have construction equipment at the site digging a foundation. Apparently it is more important to check everyone's spelling or lecturing on attitude.

We all have some knowledge about what did or did not happen in the past. That's over with. Do you want to succeed or complain? And anyone out here that lives in Dist 159 might want to double efforts to lock in Meijer's because the property tax will be a help for them.

foolish, by your last comment it seems as though you are alerting us that you are on the village board. Per your statement "But neither I nor the other on this board are responsible for that." Its great to know that someone at village hall is listening. And, I've been a Mokena Voter for three decades, on my second home now.
Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#123 Jun 26, 2011
foolish wrote:
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Just to let you know. Some of us have had a front row seat for the years from 1990-2005. I have been here since 1986 and have seen the failure of the village to build a suitable business base. That 15 year period I mentioned was the key to developing Mokena, the way Frankfort and New Lenox developed their business infastructure. You come on here and think that throwing the Meijers project up is some incredible idea. Guess what that talk has been going on for years now. Its a damn shame that Mokena relied too heavily on continued residential development for too large of a part of their projected income. But neither I nor the other on this board are responsible for that. For too many years Mokena has bowed down to a few NIMBYS on projects instead of considering the impact for the whole town. Where is Walmart right now. Again NIMBYS. Dont put that on Everett Ln it will bring riff raff into Grasmere. Dont put Home Depot down south of Rt 30 cried the NIMBYS, I have a $750,000 dollar house I dont want to hear trucks coming and going all night unloading. And each time the village bowed down to a few vocal residents instead of thinking of the big picture. Im sorry if you cant handle the truth.
And as far as the village board not working harder, that is one of the most ill informed and ignorant statements I have ever heard on this site. They shouldnt work hard for the residents due to complaints. They were elected by the people to do a job. If a few complaints bother them, they have no business holding public office. By the way how long have you been a Mokena Voter.
foolish, by your last comment it seems as though you are alerting us that you are on the village board. Per your statement "But neither I nor the other on this board are responsible for that." Its great to know that someone at village hall is listening. And, I've been a Mokena Voter for three decades, on my second home now.
Just Wondering

Frankfort, IL

#124 Jun 26, 2011
Mokena Voter wrote:
<quoted text>foolish, by your last comment it seems as though you are alerting us that you are on the village board. Per your statement "But neither I nor the other on this board are responsible for that." Its great to know that someone at village hall is listening. And, I've been a Mokena Voter for three decades, on my second home now.
I would appreciate clarification as I read it to mean the board we are posting on,not the Village Board.
foolish

Bolingbrook, IL

#125 Jun 26, 2011
Just Wondering wrote:
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I would appreciate clarification as I read it to mean the board we are posting on,not the Village Board.
I thought it was quite obvious that I meant posting on the board. Or thread here in Topix Mokena. I cant see how anyone would construe that I am a village board member. And again the Meijers project. Really. I mean really. Thats it. Are my posts confusing or straight forward?
Just Wondering

Frankfort, IL

#126 Jun 26, 2011
foolish wrote:
<quoted text>I thought it was quite obvious that I meant posting on the board. Or thread here in Topix Mokena. I cant see how anyone would construe that I am a village board member. And again the Meijers project. Really. I mean really. Thats it. Are my posts confusing or straight forward?
I understood it to be the Topix board,but sometimes I can't read between the lines or so I have been told. Some people are just plain stupid.
irondale guy

Mokena, IL

#128 Apr 14, 2012
Tino aside he looks like a genius next to Engler,
Richmond and Metanias. These 3 sleepwalkers offer no hope to the future of Mokena. All they do is say yes to Mayor Joe.The Village just drifts along.
Tino Lettieri

Chicago, IL

#129 Apr 16, 2012
Tino Lettieri wrote:
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how do you keep ideots like this one with his insulting posts off of this forum,ive been insulted on at least 15 forums why will this one be any different, yes the issues of our village and new ideas should be discussed on the Mokena forum, lets hope the people who post keep it to the topic about villge governance, Tino Lettieri
I appreciate your kind post but i did not write it,whoever is posing as Tino Lettieri,tell me where i was born,the town and in what year did i immagrate to the US.beawre of shhep in wolf's clothing! Tino Lettieri
Tino Lettieri

Chicago, IL

#130 Apr 16, 2012
Tino Lettieri wrote:
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Mokena Voter how are we going to keep ideots like this blogger off of this forum, Tino Lettieri
did not post this one either
Tino Lettieri

Chicago, IL

#131 Apr 16, 2012
i've just found this site the future if Mokena,there are a lot of posts signed with my name Tino Lettieri,whoever this ideot is, is a coward anyone that post under someelses name is a fraud,whats the matter got no balls to use your real name,Tino Lettieri
Parenr42

United States

#132 Apr 17, 2012
Bread Man wrote:
we want Tino to be the grand a** hole of the Mokena Gay Pride parade
There always has to be an idiot every where.
irondale guy

Mokena, IL

#133 Jun 18, 2012
The election will be held in the spring lets hope
we have a good choice of canidates. The present group seem to be OK,but I'm sure we can elect trustee's who have more to offer.A Mayor who could attract business to come to town would help.He seems to like to hear himself talk mostly about himself and his chairty.Let's hope a real leader steps foward'
Tired of Mokena

United States

#134 Jun 19, 2012
Mokena had a future several years ago, but becuase of the good old boy network, we are left with the so call "small town feel" with no good buisness & a downtown that has a bunch of vacant buildings. The future is in our neighboring communities, Frankfort, New Lenox, Tinley & Orland. The ship has sailed on anything comming here.
Kevin Byrnes

Michigan City, IN

#135 Jul 5, 2012
A number of years ago, the Village asked me to review reports from two experts with regard to whether a Home Depot sited on Rte 30 would drive down property values. Home Depot's expert did a conventional target/control study in an area that already had a HD; the objectors found an expert who had never examined the effect of a retail store on residential property value, but who was willing to opine on value impact based on his previous studies of cell towers. I also examined the history of development and home pricing in Mokena. I testified to what I thought was a reasonable opinion, but several residents had their own different opinions. It's ironic to come back and find that the Village is now missing a commercial tax base.
Psychic Sidekick

Mokena, IL

#136 Oct 13, 2012
Where will Mayor Joe and the gang be holding their victory party in April?
Mokena Phil

Mokena, IL

#137 Nov 9, 2012
the spring elections will be here soon,get the brooms out so we can sweep the good old boys out.
Mokena Voter

Frankfort, IL

#138 Nov 9, 2012
There have been some discussions -- we need qualified candidates who would like to run for office to get in contact with the group. If you have any ideas or thoughts of someone to run as a candidate we would like to get in touch with you.
irondale guy

Mokena, IL

#139 Nov 12, 2012
We need a blog that makes sense not 4 letter words
and nonsence. There are people who should be interested in running.Lets stay positive, we need to attract more business.We know what to present board has not done I'm sure find people who will run.
irondale guy

Mokena, IL

#140 Dec 2, 2012
There are people getting peitions signed it looks like they have a full full slate.At least we will have some sort of a choice.

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