Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase to retire after 47 years

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 23, 2008, titled Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase to retire after 47 years. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase is stepping down after 47 years with the village. In a statement on the village Web site, Blase, 80, said his retirement would be effective Monday.

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Common Practice

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#1 Aug 23, 2008
Assuming Blase observed business as usual in Crook County during his years in local politics he surely would have known how the former Crook County Regular Democratic Organization boss: George Dunne, made his fortune; and that was by steering insurance work to his affiliated insurance entity: Near North Insurance.
No, we can only assume that Blase took notes - both instruction and actual bank 'notes', while in office. After all, it's the Crook County & Illinois way!
Maybe the Feds should do an asset audit of Blase and his cronies while they're at it.
CatScratch

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#2 Aug 23, 2008
Go to Blases!!!
sowhat

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Aug 23, 2008
What a change. A politico quits before going on trial, and doesn't appoint his grandchild to the post.

However, the feds usually don't miss when they bring one of them to trial.
politwriter

Arlington Heights, IL

#4 Aug 23, 2008
Who were the little children who wrote this? They certainly weren't serious reporters.

And there are apparently no editors left on the Tribune City or suburban desks.

Just look at this story!!!

The Democrat machine boss of Niles for the past 40 years has been indicted on corruption charges and resigns before going to trial in a few weeks.

And the kiddies at the Trib report it as being,

"Longtime Niles mayor, Nick Blase voluntarily steps down. Oh, and by the way (in the 5th paragraph) he has been indicted on corruption charges and will be going on trial in a week."

Royko and Madigan and an entire bevy of deceased Tribune reporters are almost certainly twirling in their graves tonight with a velocity, which if harnessed, could probably light up the entire metropolitan area.

This wasn't even serious reportage.

It was a joke.

And the ever-diminishing Chicago Tribune is fast becoming a joke.

Why not just turn it all over to the giddy kiddies at the Red Eye and just devote all of your feeble energies to running wire copy coverage of the earth shaking exploits of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears?
sjm

Mundelein, IL

#5 Aug 24, 2008
This should be for all the democRAT Crooks in Illinois.It's almost impossible to believe that the DEMOCRAT SPERM of Illinois that created this corrupt government beat out 1,000,000 others,
Steve from the NW burbs

Des Plaines, IL

#6 Aug 24, 2008
For the first 20 (or so) years, Mayor Blase,
you were good for the Village of Niles!
But in more recent years, NOT SO MUCH!
The power and good judgement which you once used wisely for the benefit of Niles residents, went to your head and corrupted you, as it unfortunately has for all too many politicians who have overstayed their welcome!
Adios 'Nick da Greek'!
Don't let the door to the Niles Village Hall
hit you on the way out!!
YOU WON'T BE MISSED!
Darkwater

Lake Zurich, IL

#7 Aug 24, 2008
About time he went into the pasture. Maybe he can join our ex-governor in the Federal Retirement Home in Indiana.
Ken

Lisle, IL

#8 Aug 24, 2008
I would like to know if Blaze owned the land that at&t didn't use to place a new tower on.

The old A&P on the corner of Howard and Milwaukee was purchased by Niles back in the 70's and became the Village Hall. The old Niles Village Hall had a radio tower on the northside of the building. The Village of Niles has since moved into a brand new building at Waukegan and Oakton. A bank bought the old village hall at Howard and Milwaukee and the radio tower stayed intact.

at&t built on brand new tower on the Chicago side of Howard and Milwaukee.
Blaze put up a sign claiming the tower was unsafe. The sign was there for years. How many layers have to be exposed to find out that Blaze was the original owner of the small plot of land that the radio tower sat on next to the old village hall?

Oracle

Chicago, IL

#10 Aug 24, 2008
There is a reason the Blase retirement is being downplayed in the Tribune.
Go to the archives for revealment.
Garry N

Morton Grove, IL

#11 Aug 24, 2008
Good riddance
GLR

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 24, 2008
I am disappointed that Nick didn't appoint one of his kids or grandkids. This is just wrong! Stroger did it, Stephens did it, Jones is doing it, why not Blase? Just ecause of a simple corruption charge? Please! The feds don't have enough to make a case out of this and that's why you don't see much about it in the papers. It's a no brainer. Blase walks.
sowhat

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Aug 24, 2008
GLR wrote:
The feds don't have enough to make a case out of this and that's why you don't see much about it in the papers. It's a no brainer. Blase walks.
You'll hear more in September. Weiner didn't walk. As noted above, the Tribune didn't put any reporting effort into this story.

Unlike state trials, tell me who has walked from the feds (especially Patrick Fitzgerald) lately. Ask Winston and Strawn about that.
argh

Lisle, IL

#14 Aug 24, 2008
politwriter wrote:
Who were the little children who wrote this? They certainly weren't serious reporters.
And there are apparently no editors left on the Tribune City or suburban desks.
Just look at this story!!!
The Democrat machine boss of Niles for the past 40 years has been indicted on corruption charges and resigns before going to trial in a few weeks.
And the kiddies at the Trib report it as being,
"Longtime Niles mayor, Nick Blase voluntarily steps down. Oh, and by the way (in the 5th paragraph) he has been indicted on corruption charges and will be going on trial in a week."
Royko and Madigan and an entire bevy of deceased Tribune reporters are almost certainly twirling in their graves tonight with a velocity, which if harnessed, could probably light up the entire metropolitan area.
This wasn't even serious reportage.
It was a joke.
And the ever-diminishing Chicago Tribune is fast becoming a joke.
Why not just turn it all over to the giddy kiddies at the Red Eye and just devote all of your feeble energies to running wire copy coverage of the earth shaking exploits of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears?
get a life
come on now

Georgetown, TX

#15 Aug 24, 2008
Being out of the area for twenty years has given me a unique perspective of tribune reporting quality. Here it is:I feel like I am reading a bad"enquirer". Better sell this paper soon before even the idiot masses are onto you.
AAA

Des Plaines, IL

#16 Aug 24, 2008
Garry N wrote:
Good riddance
Just suburban sleeze..
James

United States

#17 Aug 24, 2008
As a little kid growing up in Niles in the 60's, even I thought it was odd that the Mayor's office was in a storefront on Milwaukee Ave and the storefront right next door (with a connecting door inside) was Blases's law office. I think Blase was a pretty nice guy overall, but to him a "conflict of interest" was anything that conflicted with his interest in mixing village and personal business. He should have retired a long time ago - certainly after he decided to speak out against the "internet" because it was keeping shoppers out of Golf Mill. Niles is still a nice place with a lot of well-kept modest homes and you have to give some credit to the mayor for keeping up the tax base, but its reputation is sadly going to be tarnished because of the greed of the mayor and his inner-circle of friends.
john

Des Plaines, IL

#18 Aug 24, 2008
He will need to rest up for all of the license plates he will be making!
Defender

Morton Grove, IL

#19 Aug 24, 2008
At the risk of being ridiculed myself, I need to defend this guy.

Nobody cares more about their home town than Nick Blase.

Other towns are envious of the services provided (top notch Senior Center, municipal Family Fitness Center, Free bus service that transports 320,000 per year, solid police, fire and public works).

All this while assessing the lowest of property taxes.

This guy has given the last 47 years in service to his community. Are you that dedicated to anything?

And while he has to answer to allegations, give him his day in court before you trash his name.
happy citizen

United States

#20 Aug 24, 2008
Your tired......we're tired your still there. FREE PACE bus.....yea...that makes you a great mayor...take the credit. Ask the restaurant owners in your town if they will miss you. 47 years....god I wasn't born when you took office
KOOPS

United States

#22 Aug 24, 2008
LATER Uncle Nick....much later!

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