Mokena election 2013

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Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#1 Sep 25, 2011
Will Mayor Joe get reelected?
Lou2U

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 26, 2011
I sincerely hope that there would be a number of residents of the Village who would want to run for Village office and would put forth a platform that would find a way to help move Mokena back to its better years when there was work-shops were not shuttered-people were friendlier. We need to locate businesses to move to Mokena - hold off on building more vacant buildings - cut out all of the wasteful spending - economize - tend to business at home. I believe that a house cleaning is needed among the Board of Trustees - we need new thoughts and plans. The present trustees have been around awhile and need to be retired.
Just my opinion

Warrenville, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2011
I dont believe that anyone will really run for office. And noone will show up to vote, if its not a presidential election and there is no school referendum on the ballot. I dont believe anyone really gives a damn anymore. People are burdened with so many problems and obligations of their own, that who may or may not be running this town is of little consequence to them.
Yup

United States

#4 Sep 27, 2011
Unfortunately I agree with Just my opinion. Nothing "hot topic" on the agenda = no big change.
Moe Town

Midland, VA

#5 Sep 29, 2011
I don't think mayor Joe is going to run again. I'd certainly be interested in hearing any candidates who will promote business development in Mokena. That would exclude several incumbents who have voted no to several retail developments that have since gone to Frankfort or New Lenox. I mean the economic drought were currently in, New Lenox seems to be doing fairly decent financialy. Look at Front St, we can't even afford to maintain the paint on the asphalt, that should never have been stamped if it wasnt gong to be maintained in the first place. How many dollars were soaked into Front St re- development to only have the blight persist. Maybe th money could have been better spent attracting quality retail and stores instead of multiple tobbaco stores. Here's food for thought, ever wonder why Frankfort, New Lenox, Orland Park have two Mc Donald's, and Mokena has none? Not to say that chain is the end all be all revival of the economic hardships. But have you ever wondered, ask someone in the know. Heck the 24 hour Wal-Mart that went to New Lenox,been in there after dark, and guess what? I found people gainfully employed and folks trying to save money. Not the bad people who are out after dark, as one former politico said when commenting on the business that initially wanted to come into Mokena. Hopefully some candidates step forward who really want to change things further better and seize the opportunities that come by rather than sending them to the next town.
2013 Election

United States

#6 Oct 3, 2011
It will be an interesting election.There maybe a throw the incumbents out as we have seen in other elections.I don't think they did a horrible job but as James Carville said "its the economy". People are stressed about home values and taxes and could blame the current officials.
Moe Town

United States

#7 Oct 3, 2011
2013 Election wrote:
It will be an interesting election.There maybe a throw the incumbents out as we have seen in other elections.I don't think they did a horrible job but as James Carville said "its the economy". People are stressed about home values and taxes and could blame the current officials.
Did the current economy create a situation where Home Depot opened about 500 yards outside of Mokena, in Frankfort thus generating tax dollars in Frankfort's coffers, instead of Mokena where they were originally going to open? A couple of the board members who fought that tooth and nail are still on the board now. Wal-Mart went to New Lenox, but publicly the owners of the land couldn't come to an agreement on the price when Wal-Mart was looking in Mokena. Well as soon as it committed to New Lenox the parcel of land that was looked at in Mokena was sold, and now accommodates one small busuness. Amazingly again a couple of the board members who were vehemently opposed to that particular retailer are still on the board while New Lenox reaps the tax dollars. Time and time again Mokena has missed out on decent retailers that could provide a firm anchor for the local strip malls. But instead we have empty strip malls, that aren't filling fast, and a downtown that just can't seem to bounce back despite a couple million dollar face lift. It's time for some new ideas and a breath of fresh air.
Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#8 Oct 8, 2011
If not Mayor Joe then who? Mayor Mazzorana? Or someone else?
the real deal

Aurora, IL

#9 Oct 9, 2011
Right now the entire village is run by the village administrator. The mayor and village board, do nothing more than listen to his proposals and then rubber stamp them with their votes. The administrator does all the "background or research" if you will and then presents his view of the issue to the board. They are not out doing the will of the people or checking in to the issues themselves. When was the last time you observed the village board have a disagreement or board members argue over an issue? Please, dont fool yourself. These board is far too cozy together.
Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#10 Oct 9, 2011
the real deal wrote:
Right now the entire village is run by the village administrator. The mayor and village board, do nothing more than listen to his proposals and then rubber stamp them with their votes. The administrator does all the "background or research" if you will and then presents his view of the issue to the board. They are not out doing the will of the people or checking in to the issues themselves. When was the last time you observed the village board have a disagreement or board members argue over an issue? Please, dont fool yourself. These board is far too cozy together.
I understand your view, I ask again though, if not Mayor Joe, then who? If no one on the board can handle it where can we find someone to bring change to the Mayor's seat?
the real deal

Aurora, IL

#11 Oct 10, 2011
Mokena Voter wrote:
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I understand your view, I ask again though, if not Mayor Joe, then who? If no one on the board can handle it where can we find someone to bring change to the Mayor's seat?
I dont have any delusions. It will be Joe again. As nobody will run. And quite frankly speaking, it wont matter unless you unseated the mayor and the majority of board members. They have become very comfortable with listening to the administrator for years on end now. The administrator has been here for 20 plus years and thats the way the board likes it. There will be no change in Mokena government or the way the town is run. The change will come in 2017 or so. The administrator will retire and some board members will also bow out by then as they will no longer want or need the position. Of course we can all hope the Mayans are correct and it wont matter soon anyway. This damn Mayan thing could really mess up the Christmas shopping season.
Cant be silent anymore

New Lenox, IL

#12 Nov 6, 2011
I have lived in Mokena for over two decades and never had much interest in being directly involved in the village government. I did however try to stay informed and want to know where my hefty portion of tax dollars was being spent. Used to be I could only be informed by news articles or listening to people that were active in the village. Then the cable tv broadcasted the village meetings and it was somewhat easier to get information. Now we have computers and internet and more access. I have read these topix articles for some time and I just can't stay silent anymore. Our schools are out of money and the village hasn't done their duty. I know and understand its not up to Mokena village to fund the schools, but the schools are affected by what the village does or does not do. I look all around and see these bigger businesses that get built in nearby communities and we get nothing. I drive through Homer and see all the stores. Homer has only been a registered village for 10 or 15 years and they have many more businesses than Mokena. Why is this? The old time people that run our village and scared away the big businesses are still running the village. I didnt quite understand about 10 or 11 years ago when Home Depot had interest in coming to Mokena and asked for the land zoning to be changed so they could build and the village voted no. Some of those officials are still elected. One of them is now the mayor. It seems after that our town government went into free fall and we got nothing while the other towns got everything. I don't really care about Mcdonals because I hardly ever eat at one but I can agree with the moe town fellow on why everyone else has them and Mokena does not. I did watch the mayor talk about jersey joe sub sandwich shop and ask citizens to call them. Maybe he could ask for us to call Mcdonalds also. It might be past the time in my life to go for public office but maybe some younger people will step up with new ideas. I read some stories about Steve jobs when he was younger and no one thought he had good ideas. Too bad he didn't come to Mokena while he was alive. That would be something. The village should take a lesson from that. Maybe time for new ideas.
neighbor

New Lenox, IL

#13 Nov 8, 2011
Cant be silent anymore wrote:
I have lived in Mokena for over two decades and never had much interest in being directly involved in the village government. I did however try to stay informed and want to know where my hefty portion of tax dollars was being spent. Used to be I could only be informed by news articles or listening to people that were active in the village. Then the cable tv broadcasted the village meetings and it was somewhat easier to get information. Now we have computers and internet and more access. I have read these topix articles for some time and I just can't stay silent anymore. Our schools are out of money and the village hasn't done their duty. I know and understand its not up to Mokena village to fund the schools, but the schools are affected by what the village does or does not do. I look all around and see these bigger businesses that get built in nearby communities and we get nothing. I drive through Homer and see all the stores. Homer has only been a registered village for 10 or 15 years and they have many more businesses than Mokena. Why is this? The old time people that run our village and scared away the big businesses are still running the village. I didnt quite understand about 10 or 11 years ago when Home Depot had interest in coming to Mokena and asked for the land zoning to be changed so they could build and the village voted no. Some of those officials are still elected. One of them is now the mayor. It seems after that our town government went into free fall and we got nothing while the other towns got everything. I don't really care about Mcdonals because I hardly ever eat at one but I can agree with the moe town fellow on why everyone else has them and Mokena does not. I did watch the mayor talk about jersey joe sub sandwich shop and ask citizens to call them. Maybe he could ask for us to call Mcdonalds also. It might be past the time in my life to go for public office but maybe some younger people will step up with new ideas. I read some stories about Steve jobs when he was younger and no one thought he had good ideas. Too bad he didn't come to Mokena while he was alive. That would be something. The village should take a lesson from that. Maybe time for new ideas.
one guy runs the village, the mayor and the trustees and has been doing it for 20+ years. the people have given up on ever having anything in mokena.
Cant be silent anymore

New Lenox, IL

#14 Nov 8, 2011
neighbor wrote:
<quoted text> one guy runs the village, the mayor and the trustees and has been doing it for 20+ years. the people have given up on ever having anything in mokena.
neighbor, I have heard those exact words around Mokena once in a while. If its true than maybe real change is the answer. It sounds like we need people to step up and give us some choices n the next election. To be very clear, I don't have personal grudges toward any board members. It just seems that other towns get all the goodies and Mokena the scraps.
I don't have answers on how to fix this but it seems to me the people we elect should be capable to come up with some workable plan. If my math is right it looks like 5 of the trustees and the mayor have been there for more than one term in office. With that level of experience I expect more. I'm a bit reluctant to go to a village meeting and pose some questions about our problems. I might not get a good response then I will look foolish. Anyone feel like doing it that would be a pretty good thing to do.
Mokena Voter

New Lenox, IL

#15 Nov 9, 2011
Nothing has been done, and nothing is going to be done. All we get at the village board meetings is happy talk. Well, I'm not happy! If the people elected are doing anything to improve the village they're doing a fine job of hiding it. Maybe Mokena is like that place in Nevada where the military does secret testing. They call it area 51. Maybe Mokena is area 52, when developers come around the village acts as if Mokena doesn't exist.
neighbor

New Lenox, IL

#16 Nov 10, 2011
remember this when election time rolls around. go out and vote. we can make it happen!
Cant be silent anymore

New Lenox, IL

#17 Nov 18, 2011
southtown speakout talking about mayor doing or not doing his job. Using village dollars for non village business. Is this true? How can this be? Never heard of such a thing in Mokena. Who checks on these kind of things? Can mayor do whatever he wants? Don't trustees watch for this
Lou to U

Villa Park, IL

#18 Nov 19, 2011
Not when they are a part of the program -- People have wondered for awhile where all of the funds go - how they are allocated and if there is a full disclosure as to the total amount of funding received from these endeavors and what the total cost is for promoting/planning and completion of each and every event is for the Mayor's Group and who is paying for this - I hope no Village expenses are being included in these projects.A factual final total of all income and expenses would be helpful. A record of the people involved in these projects would be helpful.
the real deal

Bolingbrook, IL

#19 Nov 19, 2011
Lou to U wrote:
Not when they are a part of the program -- People have wondered for awhile where all of the funds go - how they are allocated and if there is a full disclosure as to the total amount of funding received from these endeavors and what the total cost is for promoting/planning and completion of each and every event is for the Mayor's Group and who is paying for this - I hope no Village expenses are being included in these projects.A factual final total of all income and expenses would be helpful. A record of the people involved in these projects would be helpful.
You are kidding yourself if you think that there are no village expenses or services being used to facilitate these events. One of the perks of being mayor is that you have a large staff of workers at your disposal. There is no full or part time staff in an office directly related to the mayors charitable foundation. There are however lots of workers who can be used to handle some of these events. Do you know the amount of work needed to put on a golf outing like he does. Some one has to take the golf and dinner reservations for the weeks leading up to the event. Someone has to accept the donations of prizes and payments for the event. When the event itself takes place at the course, look who is out there making sure everything is attended to. Its a lot of Mokena employees. Quite frankly Im sure thats the way its done in most of these small towns that have something like that. The mayors are not full time employees of the village, they have other jobs as well. The mayor himself works full time in Blue Island for their village.
neighbor

New Lenox, IL

#20 Nov 28, 2011
Cant be silent anymore wrote:
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neighbor, I have heard those exact words around Mokena once in a while. If its true than maybe real change is the answer. It sounds like we need people to step up and give us some choices n the next election. To be very clear, I don't have personal grudges toward any board members. It just seems that other towns get all the goodies and Mokena the scraps.
I don't have answers on how to fix this but it seems to me the people we elect should be capable to come up with some workable plan. If my math is right it looks like 5 of the trustees and the mayor have been there for more than one term in office. With that level of experience I expect more. I'm a bit reluctant to go to a village meeting and pose some questions about our problems. I might not get a good response then I will look foolish. Anyone feel like doing it that would be a pretty good thing to do.
poor planning + lack of vision = mokena

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