Alsip Park District Trustees

Alsip Park District Trustees

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Apollos Chariot

Hickory Hills, IL

#1 May 29, 2012
I think the Sun Times and the better government association should investigate the Alsip Park District.
I am going to file a freedom of information act request today to find out how many hidden perks the board members or trustees receive on the taxpayers dime.
I went to the park district to rent the aquatic park for my grandson's birthday party and the date I had wanted was already being used. No big deal, somebody got there first I thought? Until I saw on the calendar that it was for a park district trustee and is comp'd for free.
When you think about the cost of a pool party: the pool maintenance, the manager, paying 3 or 4 lifeguards, this seems a little bit ridiculous to put on the taxpayers.
But it gets better! I have only found this out from a few park employees who don't get the same perks, so I can't be sure until I FOIA the information, but I understand that the trustees also receive absolutely FREE, several rounds of golf with cart at the park owned, taxpayer funded golf cours.
It gets even better!! I have also found out, but again will know for sure when I FOIA the records that the trustees also receive absolutely FREE park district programs. This includes gym memberships, sports (with uniforms), pool passes, activities such as gymnastics, etc.
What a perk that we are paying for!
mr alsip

Alsip, IL

#2 May 29, 2012
You mean the Gold Card that they are giving so they do not have to pay for anything again. All former members have it. It also helps getting jobs for your family memebers...
Apollos Chariot

Hickory Hills, IL

#3 May 29, 2012
Seriously, is there really a "gold card"?
mr alsip

Alsip, IL

#4 May 29, 2012
Just ask most of your village trustees have them who were on that board before.
Apollos Chariot

Hickory Hills, IL

#5 May 29, 2012
How can they get away with this on the taxpayer's money?

Certainly there has to be an ordiance written to cover these expenses, right?
Sears Park

United States

#7 May 30, 2012
Yes, Alsip Trustees Jim Quinn and Steve Dadonna are former Park District Trustees and they and their families get these wild perks at taxpayer expense. Both Trustee Quinn and Dadonna are up for re - election this coming April. Please remember this when you vote!!!!
mr alsip

Alsip, IL

#8 May 30, 2012
Didnt they vote to give back $13,000 in fees to the park board when sears park was worked on???When they laid off people from the village.
eyespy

Hickory Hills, IL

#9 Jun 1, 2012
Think about the trustees and how many children some of them have. Think about all of the free sports, lessons, passes, and freebies they have gotten over the years.

I dare anyone of you to go to the pool with 50 cents short of the outrageous daily fee they charge. I guarantee you won't get in.

I am not at all surprised about the pool party story above. This has been a trustee perk for as long as the pool has been open. The pool party dates are not first come, first served. It is only that way after the trustees pick their freebies
watching

Midlothian, IL

#11 Jun 5, 2012
Sears Park wrote:
At the Village Board meeting last night, Mayor Kitching confronted Trustee Jim Quinn about wanting to GIVE the Boat Launch away to the Park District for free!!!! Mayor Kitching also confronted Trustees' Quinn and Dadonna on their "Golden Lifetime Tickets" and how they should not even vote on anything Park District Related due to their obvious conflict of interest!!! Trustee Quinn laughed!!! I wonder if us voters will be laughing come springtime when Trustees Quinn and Dadonna are asking for our votes!(Quinn and Dadonna are both up for re-election in April 2013) Vote NO to Quinn and Dadonna!!!!!!!!!!
Ah........ so the mud slinging starts!!!!!!!!!! The kingdom of kitching.
Waiting

United States

#12 Jun 5, 2012
Don't know what you mean by Kingdom of Kitching but it's not mud slinging if it's TRUE!!!!!!
watching

Matteson, IL

#13 Jun 6, 2012
Waiting wrote:
Don't know what you mean by Kingdom of Kitching but it's not mud slinging if it's TRUE!!!!!!
he who is without sin..........
chip-a-wa-wa

Forest Park, IL

#14 Jun 6, 2012
Sears Park wrote:
At the Village Board meeting last night, Mayor Kitching confronted Trustee Jim Quinn about wanting to GIVE the Boat Launch away to the Park District for free!!!! Mayor Kitching also confronted Trustees' Quinn and Dadonna on their "Golden Lifetime Tickets" and how they should not even vote on anything Park District Related due to their obvious conflict of interest!!! Trustee Quinn laughed!!! I wonder if us voters will be laughing come springtime when Trustees Quinn and Dadonna are asking for our votes!(Quinn and Dadonna are both up for re-election in April 2013) Vote NO to Quinn and Dadonna!!!!!!!!!!
If the Alsip Park District traditionally has rewarded their Trustees with a perk, like trying to find time to play a round of golf, or a swim at the pool, at no charge, is obviously their way of showing graditude. Who is Mayor Kitchkin to disrespect the Alsip Park District and mock their policy to compensate their Trustees, who are paid what, nothing!. The Alsip Mayor is recieving the largest perk in the town, taking $100,000.00 in salary per yr. The Alsip Park District is doing a great job and your Village Board meeting is not the venue to mock the Alsip Park District. Isn't the Mayor up for re-election 2013?
Waiting

United States

#15 Jun 6, 2012
chip-a-wa-wa wrote:
<quoted text>If the Alsip Park District traditionally has rewarded their Trustees with a perk, like trying to find time to play a round of golf, or a swim at the pool, at no charge, is obviously their way of showing graditude. Who is Mayor Kitchkin to disrespect the Alsip Park District and mock their policy to compensate their Trustees, who are paid what, nothing!. The Alsip Mayor is recieving the largest perk in the town, taking $100,000.00 in salary per yr. The Alsip Park District is doing a great job and your Village Board meeting is not the venue to mock the Alsip Park District. Isn't the Mayor up for re-election 2013?
You must really be slow. The Mayor's not mocking the District or their policies! The Mayor is calling out an Alsip Trustee Jim Quinn for wanting to give The Alsip Boat Launch away to the Park District for FREE!!! Why would a Trustee want to just give away a village revenue source???? Taxpayers should be mad! Clearly Trustee Quinn has his own agenda and it's apparent he's not looking out for taxpayers but rather give away freebees to the Park District. The fact that he's a former Park District Trustee makes it stink even more!!!!
Scarlet Dawn

Chicago, IL

#16 Jun 8, 2012
Hey, people on TOPIX, why are you listening and bickering back and forth? If you want to know what is going on, attend the village board meetings! they are on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 4500 W. 123rd Street.

Don't depend on someone informing you of the shennigans going on with the Village Board, see for your self! There is only so much that someone else can tell you, until you have to see it for yourself.

Make an informed vote!
taxpayer

United States

#17 Jun 9, 2012
chip-a-wa-wa wrote:
<quoted text>If the Alsip Park District traditionally has rewarded their Trustees with a perk, like trying to find time to play a round of golf, or a swim at the pool, at no charge, is obviously their way of showing graditude. Who is Mayor Kitchkin to disrespect the Alsip Park District and mock their policy to compensate their Trustees, who are paid what, nothing!. The Alsip Mayor is recieving the largest perk in the town, taking $100,000.00 in salary per yr. The Alsip Park District is doing a great job and your Village Board meeting is not the venue to mock the Alsip Park District. Isn't the Mayor up for re-election 2013?
It is not legal for the "park district" to reward anything without an ordiance. The board is the caretaker of the taxes in the village. This does not benefit the taxpaying citizens, instead it costs them.

When they play a round of golf, somebody else who would be paying isn't.

When they use the pool for a free party, someone else who would have paid (revenue) is not using it. Also, I'm sure the lifeguards and manager aren't working for free, nor is the insurance.

When somebody like a commissioner with 3 kids uses her gold card for free sports, gym use, etc., that is costing the village taxpayers.

I do not want to hear about volunteering time. How about all of the parent coaches, they volunteer their time and don't get free perks at the taxpayers expense.
taxpayer

Palos Hills, IL

#19 Aug 9, 2012
Doesn't anybody think this perk is ridiculous? Especially since Quinn and Daddonna voted to lower the mayor's salary to reduce the cost to the people in the village.

What about these two ex park district trustees (Daddonna I think was only an appointee for like one year) that keep their Gold Cards? Every time Stevie plays golf, somebody else that is willing to pay to play (that would be called revenue) can't.

A little bit hypocritical isn't it Steve and Jim?
Deer Parker

Forest Park, IL

#20 Aug 10, 2012
taxpayer wrote:
Doesn't anybody think this perk is ridiculous? Especially since Quinn and Daddonna voted to lower the mayor's salary to reduce the cost to the people in the village.
What about these two ex park district trustees (Daddonna I think was only an appointee for like one year) that keep their Gold Cards? Every time Stevie plays golf, somebody else that is willing to pay to play (that would be called revenue) can't.
A little bit hypocritical isn't it Steve and Jim?
What a BITCH. The Village Trustees are LOWERING THE SALARIES FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS in 2013, where's the party there. The Mayor wants his $100,000.00 a yr for the next 4 years plus insurance and his Fire Dept pension and you residents/cheerleaders, are going to get Pat the Bread. GOOD LUCK
Notice

Palos Hills, IL

#21 Aug 10, 2012
Jim Quinn does not abuse his gold card. For God sakes look at the man, he is 350 lbs. He does not use the gym for free or any gym for that matter.
online review

Oak Lawn, IL

#22 Aug 13, 2012
Deer Parker wrote:
<quoted text>What a BITCH. The Village Trustees are LOWERING THE SALARIES FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS in 2013, where's the party there. The Mayor wants his $100,000.00 a yr for the next 4 years plus insurance and his Fire Dept pension and you residents/cheerleaders, are going to get Pat the Bread. GOOD LUCK
UP'er you still don't get it? It's not up to 5 trustees to change our government its up to the majority by referendum! 5 trustees lied to the people and sold themselfs as independents last election and recently had a fund raiser with checks going to the Unity party- oh these people are the U.P only concern is power and control obviuosly! Taking the voting rights and power away from the people by a loop hole in the law? Oh get a grip! People are sick of backdoor politics and politicians!
Concerned Resident

Oak Lawn, IL

#23 Aug 25, 2012
online review wrote:
<quoted text>
UP'er you still don't get it? It's not up to 5 trustees to change our government its up to the majority by referendum! 5 trustees lied to the people and sold themselfs as independents last election and recently had a fund raiser with checks going to the Unity party- oh these people are the U.P only concern is power and control obviuosly! Taking the voting rights and power away from the people by a loop hole in the law? Oh get a grip! People are sick of backdoor politics and politicians!
FINALLY an honest post!
you are spot on!

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