Donald Sciackitano fired from jobs - NOT a good example to lead Lansing

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a Lansing Resident

Glenwood, IL

#1 Feb 15, 2013
Donald Sciackitano was fired from IBM, had to resign from Metra because of missing ticket money and fired from Schroeder-Lauer funeral home. This is NOT a good example of a leader. This is an example of a cheat, liar and thief. He's also had at least 1 affair. Told her he was separated and he was going to be divorced. Don, maybe you should figure out who knows who before you talk and have affairs.
thanks daley

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 19, 2013
Whoever the next mayor of Lansing is needs to promise the voters that if they win they will actually want the job and not just be a fiqurehead that attends tree lightings,march in a parade,and shake hands with the Easter Bunny. We don't need an absent Abbott like we have now who has an appointed administrator, with a salary of $130,000 to run the town behind closed doors. The next mayor needs to enact a residency requirement on all police, fire, and school teachers. Way too many of these jobs are filled by out of towners and Hoosiers that collect a paycheck, do as little as possible while they're in this town for eight hours and don't pay property taxes here.

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resident

Flossmoor, IL

#3 Feb 19, 2013
thanks daley wrote:
Whoever the next mayor of Lansing is needs to promise the voters that if they win they will actually want the job and not just be a fiqurehead that attends tree lightings,march in a parade,and shake hands with the Easter Bunny. We don't need an absent Abbott like we have now who has an appointed administrator, with a salary of $130,000 to run the town behind closed doors. The next mayor needs to enact a residency requirement on all police, fire, and school teachers. Way too many of these jobs are filled by out of towners and Hoosiers that collect a paycheck, do as little as possible while they're in this town for eight hours and don't pay property taxes here.
Ummm, Abbott isn't absent from the job and does a hell of a lot more than you list. Appointing a village administrator was the best move Lansing has done. All surrounding towns around have administrators or village managers. This frees up the mayor to concentrate more on economic development. The mayor still has the final say. Nobody's running the town behind closed doors. There is a residency requirement on all Village employees already. When union contracts were renewed, there was a change that if you have so many years (not sure how many years, but I believe it's still a lot) you are allowed to move. A large number of jobs that are held in this Village are by residents of this Village. I think you need to do some homework before you spread lies. Lies and rumors do nothing for a community. Get a clue.
thanks daley

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 25, 2013
resident wrote:
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Ummm, Abbott isn't absent from the job and does a hell of a lot more than you list. Appointing a village administrator was the best move Lansing has done. All surrounding towns around have administrators or village managers. This frees up the mayor to concentrate more on economic development. The mayor still has the final say. Nobody's running the town behind closed doors. There is a residency requirement on all Village employees already. When union contracts were renewed, there was a change that if you have so many years (not sure how many years, but I believe it's still a lot) you are allowed to move. A large number of jobs that are held in this Village are by residents of this Village. I think you need to do some homework before you spread lies. Lies and rumors do nothing for a community. Get a clue.
Well, let me start off by saying that the Lansing community relations officer, Aaron Barnes lives in St. John and when I go down 170th street at night, there are more than few officers leaving their shifts in their own cars and going into Indiana. A few of my friends are Indiana school teachers both private and public and they convey to me that many officers' children are attending the schools over there. I live near Coolidge School and have a very good look at seeing many teachers with Indiana plates and other ones leaving onto Burnham toward the expressway. As far as economic development just look at the Landings, the mall area down by Nathan Hale, our parks (which I clean the one near me on Saturday), the new low income nursing facility, our once grand pool, lazy public works employees, Memorial Jr. High , the entire Northern part of Lansing and these are enough reasons for major retailers to stay out of Lansing.
Love Lansing

Markham, IL

#5 Feb 27, 2013
We will not get any kind of economic growth with Sciackitano if he is elected....He can't manage his own life and finances so how will he ever handle the Village of Lansing. I am looking to open up a business in downtown Lansing in the next year or so, but if Mayor Abbott is not re-elected I will look elsewhere to open my business. Mayor Abbott can't please everyone, and no one should be voting for a Mayor because of promises made to them by that candidate. The economic situation has been bleak everywhere...it is hard for people to put their money into business in these economic times. Lansing is not the only place that has seen businesses close in the last 5 years....it's everywhere. I trust Mayor Abbot....and I can't say the same for Donald Sciackitano.
I agree

Glenwood, IL

#6 Feb 28, 2013
Love Lansing wrote:
We will not get any kind of economic growth with Sciackitano if he is elected....He can't manage his own life and finances so how will he ever handle the Village of Lansing. I am looking to open up a business in downtown Lansing in the next year or so, but if Mayor Abbott is not re-elected I will look elsewhere to open my business. Mayor Abbott can't please everyone, and no one should be voting for a Mayor because of promises made to them by that candidate. The economic situation has been bleak everywhere...it is hard for people to put their money into business in these economic times. Lansing is not the only place that has seen businesses close in the last 5 years....it's everywhere. I trust Mayor Abbot....and I can't say the same for Donald Sciackitano.
I completely agree with you. Help spread the word to vote Mayor Abbott back in. The majority of the people against him are mad because the gravy train was retired. Donald Sciackitano will run this village into deeper debt and it will be the end of Lansing. He can't hold a job and lies to everyone. Not only to his wife & family, but the people he's running with. He's got them all buffaloed. Really, think about it…leave of absence from your current job??? What employer does that when people are looking for jobs?? Let’s also talk about Don being a former “IBM Entrepreneur of the Year”. What year and for what?? He claims to have “experience in manufacturing, export-import trade and business research.” Shouldn’t someone with this kind of experience be able to keep a job?? He’s an undertaker. Import the body to the funeral home and export it to the ground??? Give me a break. If Don wins, watch for 3 people who are helping with his elections, Dan Podgorski, Jeff Zupan and Tom Seymour, all be back working for the Village. Don will appoint Dan as the new Village Administrator even though when Dan was Mayor, he left the current administration 3 million in debt in the garbage alone along, our bond rating drop to a B and he added to the debt of the village. Don will give Jeff Zupan his building inspector job back even though Jeff couldn’t be found when needed, would have an appointment with a resident but wouldn’t show up for the appointment, and wouldn’t answer his phone. And Tom Seymour will get his IT job back after being fired because he wasn’t knowledgeable enough for the job. A job he got because he and Dan work together with the Lansing Old Timers. SAY NO TO DON AND THE PROGRESSIVE ACTION PARTY!!!!!
also Lansing resident

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 1, 2013
Umm, thanks Daley, you need to check your facts. Officer Barnes lives on my street in Lansing, not St. John.
also Lansing resident

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 1, 2013
Also, don't you have better things to do than
look out your window and speculate where people are driving to from Burnham ave? Better yet, why don't you get in your car and follow everyone!
Lansing Resident too

Glenwood, IL

#9 Mar 4, 2013
thanks daley wrote:
<quoted text> Well, let me start off by saying that the Lansing community relations officer, Aaron Barnes lives in St. John and when I go down 170th street at night, there are more than few officers leaving their shifts in their own cars and going into Indiana. A few of my friends are Indiana school teachers both private and public and they convey to me that many officers' children are attending the schools over there. I live near Coolidge School and have a very good look at seeing many teachers with Indiana plates and other ones leaving onto Burnham toward the expressway. As far as economic development just look at the Landings, the mall area down by Nathan Hale, our parks (which I clean the one near me on Saturday), the new low income nursing facility, our once grand pool, lazy public works employees, Memorial Jr. High , the entire Northern part of Lansing and these are enough reasons for major retailers to stay out of Lansing.
I have no idea where Officer Barnes lives. The officers who are in their cars you say are going into Indiana, are you following them or assuming??? Teachers can live in Indiana and teach in Lansing, there is no resident restrictions on them. All the places you mentioned are due to diversity. Exactly what the Progressive Action Party (PAP) is backing. Diversity. You want diversity, favors to everyone and the good old boy system back, vote PAP. See how far that gets you. At least 2 people on that party have financial problems and can’t handle their own household finances. How are they going to hold the line in spending in a village. The last administration spent everything and put nothing away for a rainy day. That last administration’s mayor is the campaign manager for the PAP party. He will become the new village administrator if PAP wins. The mayor who had our bond rating drop to a B while in office.
I agree

Glenwood, IL

#10 Mar 4, 2013
thanks daley wrote:
Whoever the next mayor of Lansing is needs to promise the voters that if they win they will actually want the job and not just be a fiqurehead that attends tree lightings,march in a parade,and shake hands with the Easter Bunny. We don't need an absent Abbott like we have now who has an appointed administrator, with a salary of $130,000 to run the town behind closed doors. The next mayor needs to enact a residency requirement on all police, fire, and school teachers. Way too many of these jobs are filled by out of towners and Hoosiers that collect a paycheck, do as little as possible while they're in this town for eight hours and don't pay property taxes here.
Are you aware the former administration with Dan as Mayor and Don a trustee had voted to increase the Mayor, Clerk & Trustee's an automatic 3% raise regardless of the situation of the village? Are you aware this new administration refused the raise each year they were in office? Are you aware since they Village hired an administrator, the Mayor & board decreased the Mayor's salary to $15,000 and the trustees took a decrease also?(I do not know that figure) I think you need to do a little homework as to what has been happening with this administration. Go to the source for your facts instead of believing everything you hear. I've already heard lies the other party is telling. Don is a cheat and liar and will do ANYTHING he can to get elected. Don't believe the "leave of absence" BS he's spewing.
Proud Lansing Resident

Calumet City, IL

#11 Mar 7, 2013
I don't think you have to worry about two of them getting hired. The new ethics ordinance enacted specifically states that no one can be hired who owes the Village of Lansing money. That pretty much did Podgorski and Seymour in. Podgorski for a few years of nonpayment of health insurance premiums and Seymour for 15-20 parking tickets. Two losers on a loser's ticket.
a proud lansing res too

Flossmoor, IL

#12 Mar 7, 2013
Proud Lansing Resident wrote:
I don't think you have to worry about two of them getting hired. The new ethics ordinance enacted specifically states that no one can be hired who owes the Village of Lansing money. That pretty much did Podgorski and Seymour in. Podgorski for a few years of nonpayment of health insurance premiums and Seymour for 15-20 parking tickets. Two losers on a loser's ticket.
Oh, too funny. You know what's going on in the village. The former HR person was a good friend of Dan's. She continued to allow the village to pay for his insurance. THANK GOD she's another liability that's gone. Kudos to the person that found it!

What I don't understand is how in the hell do you get a parking ticket in Lansing??? Are you parking in handicappied zones??? I would think a parking ticket would be hard to get.

I'm sure Donny boy doesn't even know anything about the new ethics ordinance and what all is in it. That party never attends any meetings and after last nights Meet the Candidates at the library, it'ss clear have no clue what's going on in the village.

If you don't believe this post, file for freedom of information and you will find out this is all true.
Proud Lansing Resident

Calumet City, IL

#13 Mar 12, 2013
a proud lansing res too wrote:
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Oh, too funny. You know what's going on in the village. The former HR person was a good friend of Dan's. She continued to allow the village to pay for his insurance. THANK GOD she's another liability that's gone. Kudos to the person that found it!
What I don't understand is how in the hell do you get a parking ticket in Lansing??? Are you parking in handicappied zones??? I would think a parking ticket would be hard to get.
I'm sure Donny boy doesn't even know anything about the new ethics ordinance and what all is in it. That party never attends any meetings and after last nights Meet the Candidates at the library, it'ss clear have no clue what's going on in the village.
If you don't believe this post, file for freedom of information and you will find out this is all true.
People get parking tickets by not getting their city stickers. Matter of fact, perhaps a FOIA regarding parking tickets on some of the trustee candidates might prove interesting!
a proud lansing res too

Glenwood, IL

#14 Mar 13, 2013
Proud Lansing Resident wrote:
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People get parking tickets by not getting their city stickers. Matter of fact, perhaps a FOIA regarding parking tickets on some of the trustee candidates might prove interesting!
OOPS, completely forgot about stickers! I'm just going to save people the trouble. You must be talking about Timothy Williams who never purchased a village sticker until he ran for trustee. Even though he's been a resident for over 10 years. Or that he had to pay an outstanding debt of around $800 before the PAP party could turn in the signatures to put them on the ballot? Or that his water was recently turned off for not paying his water bill. That got his attention though. Had to come and pay it have it turned back on.

Yes people....this is the kind of upstanding citizen running for office.

Don only has Williams & Rivera on his ticket for just one thing. To get the votes from Hispanics and African-American’s. They are only token pawns to him. Williams is a dead beat and Rivera hasn't done ANYTHING in this community. Don suckered Manno because Manno’s pissed the current Mayor didn’t give him a job 4 years ago. I’ve heard those words from his mouth. Manno tried to distance himself 4 years ago from Don the adulterer then “shacks” up with him. As for Kelly Hasse, she obviously didn't do her homework as to the type of person Don really is. Then again, after the library meeting, Kelly came off as a total bitch. Speaking of the library meeting, one would think Don’s wife would be there to show her support. I wonder why she wasn’t there. Hmmmm
Proud Lansing Resident

Calumet City, IL

#15 Mar 14, 2013
Don didn't sucker Manno into anything. If there is taxpayer money to be had (and there is in the form of about $13,000 per year for a lousy two meetings each month) then Manno is all for it. That guy has been sniffing around with his hand out for taxpayer dollars since he retired with the 25% pension spike and was immediately hired back doing the same job the next day. Don't get me started about the numerous other positions he has received a paycheck for from the Village since his "retirement".
a proud lansing res too

Flossmoor, IL

#16 Mar 14, 2013
Proud Lansing Resident wrote:
Don didn't sucker Manno into anything. If there is taxpayer money to be had (and there is in the form of about $13,000 per year for a lousy two meetings each month) then Manno is all for it. That guy has been sniffing around with his hand out for taxpayer dollars since he retired with the 25% pension spike and was immediately hired back doing the same job the next day. Don't get me started about the numerous other positions he has received a paycheck for from the Village since his "retirement".
Since Donny boy and company don't attend the Tuesday board meetings, Donny boy better read what the ethics ordinance recently passed entails. No more hiring of family. If husband/wife already work for the village, they are grandfathered. No new employees can have family working for the village. So no more police officer/fireman's wifes can get the cushy job in the village hall. Etcetera.......kind of like how Donny's wife got her job when he was a trustee. How many jobs has Donny boy gone through since she's been working in the village?

Oh, and you can't work for the village if you owe them money. Someone's going to have to take out a loan if they want that administrator job if, God help us all, Donny boy wins.
Debbie

Lansing, IL

#17 Mar 16, 2013
We need someone in office who is going to turn the village around. This town is looking pretty shabby. So far Abott has not done much
concerned

Chicago, IL

#18 Mar 16, 2013
The bottom line is Lansing's business base is non-existant. Without a business-oriented tax base, the tax burden is going to continually shift increasingly on Lansing residents because the fact of the matter is businesses subsidize residents. Excuses that times have been hard, no longer flies. I have friends in real estate development and lenders have loosened their reigns on financing and projects have been started in a large number of communities. The fact that nothing happened in '09,'10 and even '11 is excused because there were economic problems, but there is no excuse for '12 to present. There are no plans in the works...if there were, there would have been zoning hearings, etc. Vacancies, for lease sign, for sale signs are all too common. The lack of development must be laid at Abbott's feet--and he has shown no plan to do better. I don't know much about PAP but they couldn't do worse than Abbott on the economic development front.
a proud lansing res too

Flossmoor, IL

#19 Mar 16, 2013
concerned wrote:
The bottom line is Lansing's business base is non-existant. Without a business-oriented tax base, the tax burden is going to continually shift increasingly on Lansing residents because the fact of the matter is businesses subsidize residents. Excuses that times have been hard, no longer flies. I have friends in real estate development and lenders have loosened their reigns on financing and projects have been started in a large number of communities. The fact that nothing happened in '09,'10 and even '11 is excused because there were economic problems, but there is no excuse for '12 to present. There are no plans in the works...if there were, there would have been zoning hearings, etc. Vacancies, for lease sign, for sale signs are all too common. The lack of development must be laid at Abbott's feet--and he has shown no plan to do better. I don't know much about PAP but they couldn't do worse than Abbott on the economic development front.
You are wrong. They DO have many plans in the works and are talking with many businesses. They've had to spen a lot of time with the financial part of the village. When he took office, he was left with 2 million in unpaid bills for street repairs that were done in the fall of 2008. The financial rating of the Village dropped to a b so business weren't knocking on the door when you have that kind of a rating. They have gotten it increased to A1. They also have a comprehensive plan for economic developement they are working with. How about attending some board meetings or a Meet the Candidates or even make a phone call before you assume you know what's going on. The sales tax revenue in Lansing has overall increased. Do your homework for the answers and don't assume.
a proud lansing res too

Calumet City, IL

#20 Mar 16, 2013
The bottom line is there wasn't going to be any business ready to invest in Lansing until just recently thanks to Mr. Sciackitano's mentor, Dan Podgorski. Why would any business come to Lansing and invest in a town with a credit rating that until recently was lower than the state of Illinois - again thanks Podgorski & Friends. Very few people really understand just how dire the financial outlook was for Lansing when Abbott took over. A downgraded credit rating to "B"; illegal pension spiking going on for about 20 years; over a million and a half dollars in unpaid bills; a refuse department bleeding money to the tune of a three million dollars deficit. That's not including what was borrowed to build the new municipal center. Amazingly, Mayor Abbott has turned the financial mess around in less than three years. What did Podgorski and Sciackitano do all those years to get rid of the lease hold tax at the airport? Absolutely nothing. That alone is strangling development. Mayor Abbott, Trustee Stole and the airport manager have been working tirelessly trying to get legislation down in Springfield passed to get rid of that. Sciackitano was trustee over public works - it ran a $3 million deficit. Yeah, just think what he could do with the entire village budget!

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