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a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#21 Mar 16, 2013
I should have called myself "a proud lansing res three!"
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#22 Mar 16, 2013
Debbie wrote:
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
Um, we HAVE someone in office who has turned the Village around. As I replied to concerned, Abbott has been fiscally responsible. Something that hasn’t been done in years!! Even when we had an accountant as a Mayor!! Abbott isn't spending what the village doesn’t have. Prior administrations spent, spent, spent!! Get off the computer and go to a meet the candidates and hear what is going on. Go to a village board meeting. Call the mayor and make an appointment. He'll tell you what's been going on. NOT what he thinks you want to hear. He's been up front with everything when asked.

What's so funny is everyone waits 4 years until its election time then automatically assumes the current administration hasn't done anything and it’s off with their head. But for the past 4 years all the naysayers have never taken any steps to see what IS going on.

Are any of you aware they’ve passed an ordinance that limits the number of beauty shops, cash for gold, pawn shops and car title loans? You know, the types of business that bring down the town. If any close they can’t be replaced. They are planning for now and the future.
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#23 Mar 16, 2013
a proud lansing res too wrote:
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!
Oh my God!! Thank you for being informed and giving the correct information. Thumbs WAY up for you!!!! Although you used my posting name. LOL
proud lansing res three

Lansing, IL

#24 Mar 16, 2013
Don Sciackitano was a Lansing trustee for eight years. How come we don't hear anything about what he had accomplished during that eight years? We don't hear anything because he did nothing. The only thing I remember him getting all worked up about was a town house proposal on either Burham or Wentworth. He was opposed to it - certain "elements" might purchase. Hmm. So much for diversity! I guess he can't run on his record of those eight years as he only took the perks - got wife a full time job; was too cheap to pay for pool permit and got a lousy $30 permit fee waived (by Podgorski, who else!); always made time for those municipal conferences in the Loop with those overnight stays.
concerned

Greenwood, IN

#25 Mar 17, 2013
To "a proud lansing resident too":
When I say plans, I don't mean reports or plans generated by the City, I am talking about concrete plans from developers to invest capital in the Village. Commercial/industrial developments don't happen overnight, they take months and sometimes years of due diligence. In effect, if there was truly something in the works, there would be public knowledge with discussion/hearings going on.

Most of your reply did not address the issues raised in my original comment. It was merely deflection from the issues raised and more excuses. The bottom line is Abbott has nothing on the economic development front. And until more business is attracted, Lansing residents are going to be increasingly on the hook.

Abbott, and company, have been ineffective. Not knowing much about PAP, but it looks like the Villlage is screwed whoever wins the election.

Know a good realtor?
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#26 Mar 17, 2013
proud lansing res three wrote:
Don Sciackitano was a Lansing trustee for eight years. How come we don't hear anything about what he had accomplished during that eight years? We don't hear anything because he did nothing. The only thing I remember him getting all worked up about was a town house proposal on either Burham or Wentworth. He was opposed to it - certain "elements" might purchase. Hmm. So much for diversity! I guess he can't run on his record of those eight years as he only took the perks - got wife a full time job; was too cheap to pay for pool permit and got a lousy $30 permit fee waived (by Podgorski, who else!); always made time for those municipal conferences in the Loop with those overnight stays.
Of COURSE he made time for the municipal conferences with overnight stays. He was able to have some alone time with his girlfriend.

Someone posted he charged everything back to his room from the gift shop and restaurants for he and his girlfriend and the village paid for it. Trustee Mark Foster was in charge of okaying the bills and they were approved. You’re right, Don did NOTHING his 8 years as trustee. He took what he could and got his wife a full time job. Quite ironic since a full time job is something he can’t seem to keep. He continues to be fired from jobs. Although the current job he quit. I’m sure at some point he would have been fired from that too. He’s a funeral director by trade. He’s no business man like he says he is.
proud Lansing res three

Lansing, IL

#27 Mar 17, 2013
concerned wrote:
To "a proud lansing resident too":
When I say plans, I don't mean reports or plans generated by the City, I am talking about concrete plans from developers to invest capital in the Village. Commercial/industrial developments don't happen overnight, they take months and sometimes years of due diligence. In effect, if there was truly something in the works, there would be public knowledge with discussion/hearings going on.
Most of your reply did not address the issues raised in my original comment. It was merely deflection from the issues raised and more excuses. The bottom line is Abbott has nothing on the economic development front. And until more business is attracted, Lansing residents are going to be increasingly on the hook.
Abbott, and company, have been ineffective. Not knowing much about PAP, but it looks like the Villlage is screwed whoever wins the election.
Know a good realtor?
You have obviously never worked in business development. One of the first things that a developer would do, even before speaking with a municipality that they are interested, is to pull audits. In 2009, when Mayor Abbott took over, I repeat - the Village of Lansing was bleeding red. It was serious debt. It's common sense, why would any developer think of putting roots down in Lansing at that time? We are already behind the eight ball where we are located - Thornton Township, Cook County, State of Illinois. All government bodies who think nothing about taxing their way out of troubles - not cutting the fat. A developer at that time would more than likely look at Lansing books and just think here is another goverment entity that when they can no longer even borrow, they are going to start taxing more and more. That just doesn't go away in a few months. Abbott has cleaned up Lansing finances very quickly - in just over three years. You along with most Lansing residents have no idea how close to layoff and service cuts, along with tax increases Lansing came to. Whether you believe it or not, this administration is speaking with different developers - and not just the pizza joints, sandwich shops, and hair and nail salon type of development. With Mayor Abbott and his team, especially his go getter Planning Director, I look forward to the next four years.
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#28 Mar 17, 2013
concerned wrote:
To "a proud lansing resident too":
When I say plans, I don't mean reports or plans generated by the City, I am talking about concrete plans from developers to invest capital in the Village. Commercial/industrial developments don't happen overnight, they take months and sometimes years of due diligence. In effect, if there was truly something in the works, there would be public knowledge with discussion/hearings going on.
Most of your reply did not address the issues raised in my original comment. It was merely deflection from the issues raised and more excuses. The bottom line is Abbott has nothing on the economic development front. And until more business is attracted, Lansing residents are going to be increasingly on the hook.
Abbott, and company, have been ineffective. Not knowing much about PAP, but it looks like the Villlage is screwed whoever wins the election.
Know a good realtor?
You’re correct. Commercial & industrial developments DON’T happen overnight. But they ARE working with commercial developments. I don’t know why, but as in the past, you don’t hear what is in the works with the village until things are in the final stages. I know they’ve been working with the Gyros place on Torrence (since October 2012) to help him relocate because he closed. He closed because the owner of the property increased his rent. Places they’ve tried, rents are too high but still continue to work with him. They are working on plans for the Southeast corner of Torrence & Ridge Road. They are working changing the layout going Westbound on Ridge at Torrence to make the road meet and add a left turn lane. They are talking with the owner of the currency exchange property who is trying to work out a deal with the VFW for development there. There is someone interested in the Dekker Electric building. Again, as you realize, these things don’t happen overnight. These things have finally come to fruition in the past year and a half after they were able to increase the financial rating of the village.

I’m not deflecting any issues raised. I’m trying to inform you that when this party took office, there was so much that needed to be changed before a business would even WANT to locate to Lansing. I bet you weren’t aware the village was run using 22 checking accounts!! A free for all. They are now down to using 2. You most likely weren’t aware that the former administrations borrowed money from TIF accounts to pay for other things. That’s misappropriation of funds. This administration has had to continue to pay that money back to these funds. Funds that could be used elsewhere but have to be diverted to pay money “stolen” from TIF accounts. Also keep in mind the past mayor who borrowed from these TIF accounts was a CPA who should have known you can’t do that. That same former mayor who decided to stay on the village insurance (Cobra) but the HR person at that time (good friends with the mayor) who has since retired and moved to South Carolina NEVER charged him. He now owes the village $30,000 in past premiums. This was only found after Stacy Hastings, the HR employee had retired. Was this just overlooked, or figured no one would notice.

Mayor Abbott inherited a $3 million dollar debt in the garbage department. They were able to outsource the garbage, offer early retirement and had enough public works employees retire that nobody was laid off. The public works now runs with 22 employees. With efficacy and technology, they are able to provide the same service without being over staffed.

The mayor had to borrow $1.3 million dollars to pay off street repairs that were done the fall of 2008 before he was elected because bonds weren’t sold to pay for the repairs. Bonds weren’t sold because the village rating was a B and the bonds weren’t insurable. The Mayor paid that $1.3 million dollars back in December 2012 and didn’t add to the debt of the village.

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a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#29 Mar 17, 2013
concerned wrote:
To "a proud lansing resident too":
When I say plans, I don't mean reports or plans generated by the City, I am talking about concrete plans from developers to invest capital in the Village. Commercial/industrial developments don't happen overnight, they take months and sometimes years of due diligence. In effect, if there was truly something in the works, there would be public knowledge with discussion/hearings going on.
Most of your reply did not address the issues raised in my original comment. It was merely deflection from the issues raised and more excuses. The bottom line is Abbott has nothing on the economic development front. And until more business is attracted, Lansing residents are going to be increasingly on the hook.
Abbott, and company, have been ineffective. Not knowing much about PAP, but it looks like the Villlage is screwed whoever wins the election.
Know a good realtor?
You’re correct. Commercial & industrial developments DON’T happen overnight. But they ARE working with commercial developments. I don’t know why, but as in the past, you don’t hear what is in the works with the village until things are in the final stages. I know they’ve been working with the Gyros place on Torrence (since October 2012) to help him relocate because he closed. He closed because the owner of the property increased his rent. Places they’ve tried, rents are too high but still continue to work with him. They are working on plans for the Southeast corner of Torrence & Ridge Road. They are working changing the layout going Westbound on Ridge at Torrence to make the road meet and add a left turn lane. They are talking with the owner of the currency exchange property who is trying to work out a deal with the VFW for development there. There is someone interested in the Dekker Electric building. Again, as you realize, these things don’t happen overnight. These things have finally come to fruition in the past year and a half after they were able to increase the financial rating of the village.

I’m not deflecting any issues raised. I’m trying to inform you that when this party took office, there was so much that needed to be changed before a business would even WANT to locate to Lansing. I bet you weren’t aware the village was run using 22 checking accounts!! A free for all. They are now down to using 2. You most likely weren’t aware that the former administrations borrowed money from TIF accounts to pay for other things. That’s misappropriation of funds. This administration has had to continue to pay that money back to these funds. Funds that could be used elsewhere but have to be diverted to pay money “stolen” from TIF accounts. Also keep in mind the past mayor who borrowed from these TIF accounts was a CPA who should have known you can’t do that. That same former mayor who decided to stay on the village insurance (Cobra) but the HR person at that time (good friends with the mayor) who has since retired and moved to South Carolina NEVER charged him. He now owes the village $30,000 in past premiums. This was only found after Stacy Hastings, the HR employee had retired. Was this just overlooked, or figured no one would notice.

Mayor Abbott inherited a $3 million dollar debt in the garbage department. They were able to outsource the garbage, offer early retirement and had enough public works employees retire that nobody was laid off. The public works now runs with 22 employees. With efficacy and technology, they are able to provide the same service without being over staffed.

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a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#30 Mar 17, 2013
concerned wrote:
To "a proud lansing resident too":
When I say plans, I don't mean reports or plans generated by the City, I am talking about concrete plans from developers to invest capital in the Village. Commercial/industrial developments don't happen overnight, they take months and sometimes years of due diligence. In effect, if there was truly something in the works, there would be public knowledge with discussion/hearings going on.
Most of your reply did not address the issues raised in my original comment. It was merely deflection from the issues raised and more excuses. The bottom line is Abbott has nothing on the economic development front. And until more business is attracted, Lansing residents are going to be increasingly on the hook.
Abbott, and company, have been ineffective. Not knowing much about PAP, but it looks like the Villlage is screwed whoever wins the election.
Know a good realtor?
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SORRY SO LONG, BUT THE FACTS NEED TO GET OUT!

The mayor had to borrow $1.3 million dollars to pay off street repairs that were done the fall of 2008 before he was elected because bonds weren’t sold to pay for the repairs. Bonds weren’t sold because the village rating was a B and the bonds weren’t insurable. The Mayor paid that $1.3 million dollars back in December 2012 and didn’t add to the debt of the village.

Again, I’m not deflecting any issues. I’m pointing out what all they were handed when they took office. These are all true facts. Not embellishments or are these excuses. These are cold hard facts.

These things I mention have been brought up at Lansing Village Party Meet the Candidates forum’s they’ve held. They have one on Thursday March 21 at 7pm, Knights of Columbus hall.

Tomorrow, March 18th, Monday, there is a debate type thing that will include all the candidates running. It’s like the one the library held on March 6th. All candidates should be there. I believe you write your question on a card and a moderator will pick what questions will be asked.

The PAP party only continues to ridicule the current administration that “it’s coming”. They have never once giving their plan of how THEY will do better on economic development. The current administration has the ground work in place for development and they are working with developers.

The Village is screwed if Don and party win the election. THAT’S when you can look for a realtor.
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#31 Mar 17, 2013
Arrgghhh!!!!
Sorry about the duplicate posts. They normally show up immediately when you post and mine did not. I assumed they didn't go through because they were too long.
X Village employee

Indianapolis, IN

#32 Mar 17, 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.
It makes me sick to hear people say the residency requirement makes for better employees. I’m retired from the village after 37 years. During that whole time I was required to and did live in Lansing. I was a hard working employee that always did the best I could do and then some. I learned new skills and brought them to my job at no cost to the village. I trained employees to do jobs better and it wasn’t my job to do that. I did these things because of who I am and self pride. NOT because I lived there. To limit to just hiring residents is also limiting the number of qualified people to choose from for the position. It also opens the door to favoritism. Management is the key! Employees only get away with what they are allowed to get away with. They are not just great workers because they live in a certain place. Drive around town and look at how some take no pride in their home. Do you really think if they work for the village they will be superior at their job because they live in town? A town manager has no political ties and if they don’t do the job they can be replaced fast.
Thats just my thoughts and nothing more, I understand that.
proud Lansing res three

Lansing, IL

#33 Mar 17, 2013
@XEmployee - Unfortunately, it would be political suicide for anyone to do away with the residency requirement in one fell swoope. As goofy as it is, most residents think it is a good policy. Why? Who knows. Even old Donnie S who is promising all of the unions he is going to let their members live whereever, wouldn't dare say that in public to Lansing residents. Personally, now that the illegal pension spiking is gone, I really don't care where someone lives either.
@Proud Lansing res too - You need to post that information on other boards with a wider readership, that is most informative. The Shopper board would be good except whoever runs that censors the heck out of posts, if they post it at all. I printed that out earlier and handed it out at a St. Pat's party I was at. There were a couple of village employees there who were livid about the free health care for Podgorski. Especially as they themselves are paying over $400 each month. Please keep the information flowing!
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#34 Mar 17, 2013
proud Lansing res three wrote:
@XEmployee - Unfortunately, it would be political suicide for anyone to do away with the residency requirement in one fell swoope. As goofy as it is, most residents think it is a good policy. Why? Who knows. Even old Donnie S who is promising all of the unions he is going to let their members live whereever, wouldn't dare say that in public to Lansing residents. Personally, now that the illegal pension spiking is gone, I really don't care where someone lives either.
@Proud Lansing res too - You need to post that information on other boards with a wider readership, that is most informative. The Shopper board would be good except whoever runs that censors the heck out of posts, if they post it at all. I printed that out earlier and handed it out at a St. Pat's party I was at. There were a couple of village employees there who were livid about the free health care for Podgorski. Especially as they themselves are paying over $400 each month. Please keep the information flowing!
Thanks for passing that around. I'm doing my best to get this information out there. I could use help too. Print and pass it around. I don’t facebook but get it out there!! These items have been in comments on the Times ( nwi.com ) newspaper site. I've tried to post on the Shopper. Many posts don't get out there.

As for the free health care, Podgorski has been turned over to a collection agency for non-payment. In one way or another, the current administration is trying to get that money. Maybe someone should call Stacy Hastings who was the HR person in charge of this. How did this slip by? Hmmmm, I wonder.

Also, were you aware they recently passed an ordinance where you can't get a job working for the village if you owe them money? You also can't get a job with the village if you have a family member already working there. Anyone now is grandfathered so they have nothing to worry about. God help us all if no business background, fired from all his jobs Donny boy wins this election. Thank God he's a funeral director by trade because he'll be able to give a proper burial to this town when he runs it into the ground. Podgorski will have to try to get a loan to pay that bill so Donny can make him the new village administrator. Donny's wife works there so it will be interesting how the new ethics ordinance works. Working with the wife isn’t going to leave time for the girlfriend though. You know, the only thing Donny did as a trustee those 8 years was get his wife the job.

I've seen this asked on other sites but no one has come up with an answer. It seems to get ignored. I also want to know when Don got that "IBM Entrepreneur of the Year" and his so called "experience in manufacturing, export-import trade and business research" that he says on his website. I cry liar, liar pants on fire!!!
proud Lansing res three

Lansing, IL

#35 Mar 18, 2013
@ Lansing res 2 - you mention there is going to be a forum today, March 18. Where will this be located at?
a proud lansing res too

Hazel Crest, IL

#36 Mar 18, 2013
proud Lansing res three wrote:
@ Lansing res 2 - you mention there is going to be a forum today, March 18. Where will this be located at?
It's at TF South. Where Kelly Hasse works. It's from 7p to 8:30p in the auditorium. Doors will open at 6:15pm. I just called the village hall to verify.

Watch for the questions to be geared towards what Don's party can answer. In years past when they would have these forums, the CAP party would stack the audience with their supporters and tell them what to write on cards.

If you hear a question regarding what are you going to do about the 18 to 21 year olds, that's a set up question. It was also asked at the library. It was funny, the Mayor's answer was not one 18 to 21 year old has ever come to him and said they had a problem. Don got to go into his whole Generation "Y" Not Me facebook page that former Mayor Dan's daughter started to help support Donny boy.

If you can ask about plans for the airport. You can watch Donny and Company fumble around since in the last 4 years they might have been present at a village board meeting a whopping 5 to 6 times. They DO NOT KNOW what is going on in the village.

I've also heard if Donny is elected he's promising liquor license's to all who want them.

At the library Don mentioned about getting back into the garbage business. The thing that was $3 million in the hole when the current administration took office. He was the public works trustee for the 8 years. Dan didn't want to do anything with outsourcing the garbage because it was election year.

This mayor doesn't give too hoots if it's election year or not. He does what needs to be done. I just hope enough people see and hear what they were handed when they took office and vote the Lansing Village Party back in.

Donny and company will undo all that has been done.
proud lansing res 3

Lansing, IL

#37 Mar 18, 2013
@ res 2 - We went to forum tonight. We think we have figured out what old Donnie did at IBM. When asked about village budgets, he brought up IBM but was very vague, talking about sales and AS400s. My friend just snickered turned to me and said "he was a freakin AS400 salesman!". He probably sold the most AS400 machines one month in the 80's and got some goofy award for "Salesman of the month." So, he fancies it up and calls it "IBM Entrepreneur of the Year" on the website. LOL! I must say, Mayor Abbott is beginning to take his gloves off and it's good to see. Former mayor Dan Podgorski sat stoned faced (next to the former do-nothing Planning Director) when Mayor Abbott started throwing out the amount of money the taxpayers are paying towards bonds and interest instead of for streets and infrastructure. As far as Mike Manno, I'm going give him the benefit of the doubt that he is just nervous in front of crowds and not really the blithering idiot he comes across as.
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#38 Mar 18, 2013
proud lansing res 3 wrote:
@ res 2 - We went to forum tonight. We think we have figured out what old Donnie did at IBM. When asked about village budgets, he brought up IBM but was very vague, talking about sales and AS400s. My friend just snickered turned to me and said "he was a freakin AS400 salesman!". He probably sold the most AS400 machines one month in the 80's and got some goofy award for "Salesman of the month." So, he fancies it up and calls it "IBM Entrepreneur of the Year" on the website. LOL! I must say, Mayor Abbott is beginning to take his gloves off and it's good to see. Former mayor Dan Podgorski sat stoned faced (next to the former do-nothing Planning Director) when Mayor Abbott started throwing out the amount of money the taxpayers are paying towards bonds and interest instead of for streets and infrastructure. As far as Mike Manno, I'm going give him the benefit of the doubt that he is just nervous in front of crowds and not really the blithering idiot he comes across as.
I already had a prior commitment tonight and couldn’t change it. I wanted to be there so bad.

So Danny boy was sitting with the worthless former economic development director?? What a joke. Everyone thinks she did so much but did nothing. When the new economic development director, Kristi DeLaurentiis took over, she found unopened mail from the state requesting TIF information numbers for the Ridge Road TIF and other pieces of unopened mail! Grace didn’t’ do a DAMN thing when she had that job. The current administration had to redo reports she filled out because they were wrong. Grace still thinks she’s all that. She’s on facebook and has posted negative things about the village because she’s pissed at the Mayor because she knew she was going to be replaced and she “thinks” she still knows what is going on. It’s too bad we didn’t have Kristi long ago. She is a huge asset to the village! She was a great hire by the mayor.

So in your opinion, who did better tonight? Curious if Kelly as arrogant tonight as she was at the library on March 6?? As for Manno, no need for the benefit of the doubt, he IS blithering idiot he comes across as. When he ran 4 years ago he didn’t have a problem. He talks in front of school children all the time for the Dare program. When he lost, he thought Mayor Abbott was going to hand him his trustee position that was now vacant since Abbott won. When he didn’t he was hot about it. I’ve heard from a few people that he’s told him he’s running with Don because Abbott didn’t give him a job. I love that he got the nice pension spike then was rehired after retiring.

Sounds like it was an interesting evening.
Proud Lansing Res 3

Lansing, IL

#39 Mar 19, 2013
I thought the Mayor did very well. He didn't let any untruth or half truth slide. He made sure he answered it. Donnie at one point was talking about shoveling dirt and you have to dig deep to get to good dirt .... the guy next to me mumbled "what the hell is he talking about?" I was thinking the same thing. There was alot of "we are going to bring economic development" yet no plans to back it up, which Mikal Stole called them on it. As far are clerk candidates, Patty and Donna both came across well. Kelly came across, at least to me, as extremely hard edged. She was talking about her experience as working in dean's office and having experience in conflict, and negotiating conflicts, etc. Couldn't help but think you aren't running for a swat team, but for village clerk!
a proud lansing res too

Lansing, IL

#40 Mar 19, 2013
Proud Lansing Res 3 wrote:
I thought the Mayor did very well. He didn't let any untruth or half truth slide. He made sure he answered it. Donnie at one point was talking about shoveling dirt and you have to dig deep to get to good dirt .... the guy next to me mumbled "what the hell is he talking about?" I was thinking the same thing. There was alot of "we are going to bring economic development" yet no plans to back it up, which Mikal Stole called them on it. As far are clerk candidates, Patty and Donna both came across well. Kelly came across, at least to me, as extremely hard edged. She was talking about her experience as working in dean's office and having experience in conflict, and negotiating conflicts, etc. Couldn't help but think you aren't running for a swat team, but for village clerk!
I've talked to a few people that too felt the Mayor did well. It's good to hear he's letting the people know what all he's had to do since he took office. It’s quite shocking to hear what all went on. Nobody was looking out for the residences, only themselves.

So Donny boy was talking about shoveling dirt, huh? That's too funny since he's a funeral director by trade. He must have gotten that confused with running for mayor.

I heard Rivera didn't say much and mumbled through his answers.

I heard Williams just talks and it’s about nothing.

Kelly came across to me that same way at the library so it's not you. I don't know if that's how she really is or if she's trying to hard showing passion? Either way it's a total turnoff.

All in all, what you said was a lot of “we are going to” but not once have they ever given a plan.

What I’ve heard is they are going to lift residency for public works (the reason the PW union gave them $2,300) and he’s going to be more loose with giving out liquor license. I’ve heard he’s been in the downtown Ridge Road stores around 5 to 8 times talking with them. Talk about being a pain in the ass. The current administration is already working with the downtown area with a new façade program.

Those supporting the Mayor need to tell their friends to vote. Every vote counts! You can't say I support you and then not even vote. Because of the numbers 4 years ago, this could be another close race. If people don't educate themselves and only listen to what they are told by the people that went door to door, it could be an uphill battle. Not one person on the PAP slate has any business background. Don claims to have it, but he doesn't. Running a failed hot dog stand doesn't automatically give you business sense. Taking classes and getting certificates doesn't give you a business background.

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