Mokena Park board corrupt

Mokena Park board corrupt

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Ripped off my tax money

Frankfort, IL

#1 Aug 10, 2012
Can someone tell me when the elections are for Mokena's Park Board. I find it very disturbing that elected members of a public entity like the Mokena Park Dist have such close ties to a private organization like the Mokena Jr Griffins football organization. Jim richmond an elected MPD commisioner, serves on the private board. The executive director of Mokena Park District is a coach. Other members of the jr Griffins board are contractors who have been awarded MPD contracts, and the appearence of corruption goes on and on. Kind of funny how MPD kicks out one organization who had been using the Parks for almost 50 yrs to bring in a new one with such close ties to Park District officials. In a sleepy little town like Mokena these thugs,Jim Richmond, Jim Romonek, Alek Vicchett, and Dennis Bagdon think they know what is best for your tax dollars and their friends pockets.
Homeowner

Mokena, IL

#2 Aug 10, 2012
I think you are wrong. The Burros have gotten over it You should too. They have a nice field and they are playing their home games at Providence. That is exactly where most of those kids will be going to high school anyway. If you are an observer, you would see that these people who you say are corrupt are there for the kids. No one kicked the Burros out, they should have just signed the contract and went on with life. Don't re-elect these people if you feel strongly about it. I would not run for a position in which my every move was criticized on this bs site. Those people don't get paid, so I don't think they would care either way.
Ripped off

Frankfort, IL

#3 Aug 11, 2012
Spoken like a true Illinois blind sheep voter. Wake up ! Who cares if they get paid or not, critized, they ran for the offices and were elected to do a job. If they do not like critizism they should not be board members in private organizations that have exclusive rights to Mokena Park facilities. They should not share membership in private organizations with individuals who are awarded taxpayer funded contracts. If it were about the Kids as you say why are 300 plus Mokena kids not allowed to play on their own parks?Punish 300 because 1 or 2 people on the Burros are morans?It is about power and control, Richmond, Bagdon, Romenak lost it and used elected offices to get it back bottom line!
Grow up

Frankfort, IL

#4 Aug 13, 2012
If a town like Mokena can successfully have multiple baseball teams, numerous softball travel teams, several soccer clubs, more than one basketball travel organization, etc. etc. etc. why can't two football organizations co-exist without lines being drawn in the sand and kids and parents at each others' throats because they chose one group over the other? People, just pick a group, let your kids play and have fun wherever that may be, and grow the hell up. The two groups both have fields to play and practice on, let it GO. Let the kids just play - wherever that might be - enjoy the season, hope they get the experience they want. If your kid plays for Blue Demons and your neighbor plays for Vipers, do they still play together? Why is this different? Your kids have not been banned from all Mokena Parks - just the Burros have been excluded due to the behavior of their Board. If you don't like it, step up and quit bitching on nameless faceless blogs - get involved and fix things from within, whether tht is your local youth sports organization Boards, which go begging for help annually, or your elected officials. Run for office, spend countless hours away from your families and see how "easy" it really is. Sure is easy to criticize from your comfortable chair in front of your anonymous computer and post vicious innuendo. Let's see who really steps up in April. And if you do, remember that you said that one cannot be an elected official and also be involved in ANY private organizations. Truthfully, if that were the case, there wouldn't BE anybody left to run. It's way too easy to expect soembody else to step up and volunteer. How many Park Board, School Board, Village Board, elections have gone uncontested because NOBODY can be bothered? A helluva lot, until there is a problem and then all of a sudden everybody is an expert and has all the answers. Come January when you have to pull petitions and gather a couple of hundred signatures going door to door in the snow, it won't look like fun, I promise you.
Conflict of interest

Frankfort, IL

#5 Aug 14, 2012
Dear "Grow Up". you just dont get it do you. The problem with the Park Board is they have used positions of power to exclude members of the community from the very parks their tax money supports. How can you sit in front of your computer and say it is ok for taxpayers (i.e. Burros families) to be excluded from using parks their money has supported for years. Take a close look at the names of Park District Commissioners and Exectutive Directors and then take a close look at the board members of the Jr Griffins organization. Go on the Mokena Park website and check meeting notes where payments for services are approved and look at the names of contractors getting paid by MPD and then see the same name on the Jr Griffins board. I have the utmost respect for any person nobel enough to seek public office for the right reason. When they use the position to benifit private organizations or individuals it is a Conflict of Interest. The entire MPD board should step down in shame.
Sherwood Forest

Frankfort, IL

#6 Aug 20, 2012
I love all the money MPD board members approved spent on upgrades to Main Park so all the kids could enjoy football this year. To bad the commisioners forgot the revenues would be down. Funny how the MPD bans the organization that had suffered with embarrasing conditions for almost 50 years, and welcomed a new group, Griffins, with new lights, goalposts and the greenest lawn I have ever seen during a summer when the village banned me from watering my lawn. Must be nice to sit on the MPD board and make sure the private organizations you represent get all the best our taxpayers cant afford and best of all your friends get to do the work! So how does it work the griffins guys(Richmond, Bagdon, and Romenek) vote for improvmnets that benifit the MBSA and the MBSA board members vote to benifit the griffins. Meanwhile the cowards abstain and hide instead of doing the job they were elected to do. What a joke!
teacher

New Lenox, IL

#7 Aug 20, 2012
Sherwood Forest wrote:
I love all the money MPD board members approved spent on upgrades to Main Park so all the kids could enjoy football this year. To bad the commisioners forgot the revenues would be down. Funny how the MPD bans the organization that had suffered with embarrasing conditions for almost 50 years, and welcomed a new group, Griffins, with new lights, goalposts and the greenest lawn I have ever seen during a summer when the village banned me from watering my lawn. Must be nice to sit on the MPD board and make sure the private organizations you represent get all the best our taxpayers cant afford and best of all your friends get to do the work! So how does it work the griffins guys(Richmond, Bagdon, and Romenek) vote for improvmnets that benifit the MBSA and the MBSA board members vote to benifit the griffins. Meanwhile the cowards abstain and hide instead of doing the job they were elected to do. What a joke!
t-o-o, c-a-n-'-t, i-m-p-r-o-v-e-m-e-n-t-s, b-e-n-e-f-i-t. is that sherwood forest or forrest gump?
Revenue

Romeoville, IL

#8 Aug 20, 2012
Does anyone have access to the MPD's balance sheet which identifies the expenditures for the 2012 fiscal year? Is it safe to assume that the Griffins will bring in the same amount of revenue to the MPD that the Burros organization did? Do the Griffins have the same amount of members as the Burros? My property taxes are increasing, my health care costs are out of control, and my employer and President continue to squeeze my take home pay. Please tell me that the MPD's decision to not allow the Burros to play at Main Park is not going to cost me more in taxes. Were new lights and Goal Posts in the 2012 budget? Who has the answers?
Lenny

New York, NY

#9 Aug 20, 2012
Sherwood Forest wrote:
I love all the money MPD board members approved spent on upgrades to Main Park so all the kids could enjoy football this year. To bad the commisioners forgot the revenues would be down. Funny how the MPD bans the organization that had suffered with embarrasing conditions for almost 50 years, and welcomed a new group, Griffins, with new lights, goalposts and the greenest lawn I have ever seen during a summer when the village banned me from watering my lawn. Must be nice to sit on the MPD board and make sure the private organizations you represent get all the best our taxpayers cant afford and best of all your friends get to do the work! So how does it work the griffins guys(Richmond, Bagdon, and Romenek) vote for improvmnets that benifit the MBSA and the MBSA board members vote to benifit the griffins. Meanwhile the cowards abstain and hide instead of doing the job they were elected to do. What a joke!
Wow Sherwood. Why are you bringing the MBSA into this crap? The field improvements that you see are funded by the MBSA. Also, other organizations use those very fields. In fact, I saw that a softball organization (not an MBSA team) is hosting a tournament in September on the very fields the MBSA helped improve. Stick with football because you have no clue what is going on with any other sport in town.
Sherwood Forest

Frankfort, IL

#10 Aug 24, 2012
Taxpayers, we pay our MPD executive Director $133,761 per year and what we get in return is Chicago style politics and commisioners promoting their own self interests above the greater good of the community. Mr Romanek are the inmates running the asylum? do we not pay you to have the taxpayers best interest inmind? why force a great stream of revenune away from "our" not your parks? Have you been corrupted as well like the commisioners?
Town Next Door

Chicago, IL

#11 Aug 24, 2012
You guys/gals are forgetting the most important issue about this whole mess. THE KIDS !!!!
Conflict of Interest

Frankfort, IL

#12 Aug 24, 2012
What public sector leaches like Romanek cannot and will never understand is in the private sector.. a person in his position would have been terminated as soon as this mess started for allowing the possibility of abuses of power by elected officials to exist. Conflict of interest between publicly elected officials and private organizations. In any large U.S. company they have a Code of Ethics which all employee, especially Management level individuals are held to. Where is the MPD code of ethics? Allowing elected officials to serve on the boards of private organizations that have exclusive use of public land? Demanding officials of a private organization resign before they would talk? Sharing membership in private organizations with contractors awarded MPD contracts? Would never happen in the private sector and should not in the public sector either. Is this the wild west or a city in America? People, hold public officials accountable for their actions and demand a $133,716 per year official be a little more than a stooge for contractors and others with special interest in wallowing in the taxpayers money.
Mike B

Chicago, IL

#13 Aug 24, 2012
u guys are all crazy...
Conflict of Interest

Frankfort, IL

#14 Sep 9, 2012
Hey Bagdon remember when you said this? "Government entities on all levels have been affected by the nationís economy and while things are indeed looking better, the Mokena Community Park District will continue to seek other sources of funding. The Park District is not funded by the state. It is funded by the taxpayers" so what happened? Why did you purposly chase away a huge source of revenue for the MPD? Why did you wrongfully chase away taxpayers from using the very parks they fund? You and other members of the Board have some explaining to do to the "taxpayers" of Mokena. Where is your code of ethics?
Fire Jim Romenek

Frankfort, IL

#15 Sep 9, 2012
$133,000 a year executive director allows theses type of actions and improprities to take place under his watch? This guy needs to be fired. Instead what does he do, joins in the mess. In the private sector these actions would result in terminations, in the fantasy world of Mokena Park Dist politics, they all sit around and ask how much a tree would cost and praise a board member for 15 plus years of service? come on the entire MPD is a second class operation compared to our neighboring towns.
Conflict of Interest

Frankfort, IL

#16 Sep 9, 2012
Since the MPD cant govern themselves here is the law they are supposed to follow, many violations in our Parks:
A Code Of Ethics was established when the House passed concurrent resolution
number 175 on July 11, 1958. It applies to all government employees and office holders.
The code was set into Public Law in July 3, 1980. The Code of Ethics reads as follows:
Any person in Government service should:
I. Put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty
to persons, party, or Government department.
II. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and regulations of the United States and
of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.
III. Give a full day's labor for a full day's pay; giving earnest effort and
best thought to the performance of duties.
IV. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of
getting tasks accomplished.
V. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or
privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept,
for himself or herself or for family members, favors or benefits under
circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as
influencing the performance of governmental duties.
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VI. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of
office, since a Governmental employee has no private word which can be
binding on public duty.
VII. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or
indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of
governmental duties.
VIII. Never use any information gained confidentially in the performance
of governmental duties as a means of making a private profit.
IX. Expose corruption wherever discovered.
X. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public
Fire Jim Romenek

Frankfort, IL

#17 Sep 11, 2012
These are the 2 that Jim and MPD lawyers should be concerned most with since it's Commissioners like Bagdeon and Richmond seemed to have not read this part of the law:
. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or
privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept,
for himself or herself or for family members, favors or benefits under
circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as
influencing the performance of governmental duties

Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or
indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of
governmental duties.
Breaking the Law

Frankfort, IL

#18 Sep 11, 2012
Park board Commissioners, Vicchett, Bagdon, and Richmond are in clear violation of Federal law and should tender their resignations immediatly. Additionally Jim Romenek should have his contract terminated for failure to report corruption.
Govt against the people

Frankfort, IL

#20 Sep 15, 2012
Facts are facts people: Keep in mind this is supposed to be a private organization.
members of Jr Griffins organization:
George Metehis-Village trustee
jim Richmond-Park dist commissioner
jim Romenek-Park dist Executive Director
Dennis Bagdon-Park board President

All these people are elected or appointed and have taken hostile actions toward a private organization to promote their own organization. Awarded MPD contacts to contrators with ties to the griffins and it goes on and on.
Two cents

Chicago, IL

#21 Nov 14, 2012
Grow up wrote:
If a town like Mokena can successfully have multiple baseball teams, numerous softball travel teams, several soccer clubs, more than one basketball travel organization, etc. etc. etc. why can't two football organizations co-exist without lines being drawn in the sand and kids and parents at each others' throats because they chose one group over the other? People, just pick a group, let your kids play and have fun wherever that may be, and grow the hell up. The two groups both have fields to play and practice on, let it GO. Let the kids just play - wherever that might be - enjoy the season, hope they get the experience they want. If your kid plays for Blue Demons and your neighbor plays for Vipers, do they still play together? Why is this different? Your kids have not been banned from all Mokena Parks - just the Burros have been excluded due to the behavior of their Board. If you don't like it, step up and quit bitching on nameless faceless blogs - get involved and fix things from within, whether tht is your local youth sports organization Boards, which go begging for help annually, or your elected officials. Run for office, spend countless hours away from your families and see how "easy" it really is. Sure is easy to criticize from your comfortable chair in front of your anonymous computer and post vicious innuendo. Let's see who really steps up in April. And if you do, remember that you said that one cannot be an elected official and also be involved in ANY private organizations. Truthfully, if that were the case, there wouldn't BE anybody left to run. It's way too easy to expect soembody else to step up and volunteer. How many Park Board, School Board, Village Board, elections have gone uncontested because NOBODY can be bothered? A helluva lot, until there is a problem and then all of a sudden everybody is an expert and has all the answers. Come January when you have to pull petitions and gather a couple of hundred signatures going door to door in the snow, it won't look like fun, I promise you.
First off, the Vipers are out of Frankfort Square. The Blue Demons are out of Mokena. Both the Burros and Griffins are out of Mokena. And the baseball teams are all watered down, glorified in-house teams except for a couple teams at a couple levels. Football requires more kids than baseball. With the population stagnant due to a bad economy and housing market there isn't enough talent to cover two teams in a town of 14,000 aging people (read as child population getting smaller). So if the schools are contemplating consolidating, so should football and even baseball.

People will step up for government. I do not mind if a person sits on a board and also coaches a team. But if they sit on the board to benefit that team, thats a problem. All the park board guys are immoral and use their position for personal gain. Scum bags.

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