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Midlothian, IL

Trustees

Let's face it Chuck you are one sided. You were a nobody in this town until your daddy passed away and left you a house and a bundle of cash. You throw money around village hall and think it buys you influence. You think it means that you can dictate how things ought to operate. Your just pissed at GL because he dares consider making budget cuts in your sacred fire department. Rybak wasn't forthcoming about the debt until she realized the need for a tax increase. One she tried to sneak past the voters. She should have informed the residents about the debt problems as soon as she came into office. Well she'll be gone in 2017 and there's nothing you and your daddy's money can do about it.  (Nov 24, 2014 | post #54)

Midlothian, IL

Midlo.Park District 2 Commissioners Up for Re-election

What really kills me is all the people worked up about the park and village boards who are not willing to step up. There are two park seats up in April and three village seats. All I've heard so far is one no name circulating a petition to run for park commissioner. That's it! I applaud his effort, but let's face it, he's going to get smoked in April. That is assuming he even makes it on the ballot. I'd run myself but I'm past my prime. We need new blood. This town is run by empty nesters. Look at who is on all these governing bodies. It' time for some young families to step up and get involved. The reason these elected officials don't react to the outrage of the residents is because they know that in a few months people will go back to their sofas and they (the officials) can go back to business as usual. Until they truly feel threatened there is no incentive for them to change.  (Nov 21, 2014 | post #25)

Midlothian, IL

Work on Dodge property @ 145 and Cicero

I noticed this past weekend that work crews were active at the Dodge property on Cicero. Usually I'm up to speed on what's happening in town, but I'm at a loss here. Does anyone know if an agreement has been signed and if a new development is happening there? I have not heard anything.  (Nov 17, 2014 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

Who is Midlothians Jack Hille?

I'm guessing that you too, like Jodi, are obviously a non voter. There HAS been an election in the past 18 months. There is also an election in three weeks for which the registration deadline had already passed. Registering to vote is the easiest thing to do. When you renew your drivers license or change your address (which the law requires you to do within 30 days of moving) you can do it. I did not go after his family until she injected herself into this discussion, at which point she made herself fair game. Bottom line, there are few things more annoying than people who want to spout off about politics but don't even take the time to participate in the process by voting.  (Oct 15, 2014 | post #18)

Midlothian, IL

Who is Midlothians Jack Hille?

I can tell you hate 'politics as usual'. So do I Jodi. Tell me, is this hatred of politics the reason you are not registered to vote in Midlothian?  (Oct 14, 2014 | post #8)

Midlothian, IL

midlo tax hike

His grandpa was on the school board in Oak Forest and his father in law was a political appointee of Tom Murawski and Terry Stephens.  (Oct 14, 2014 | post #104)

Midlothian, IL

midlo tax hike

How is anyone surprised by her actions? Last year during the mayors race I heard her multiple times state that she would "teach the trustees how to be trustees". I guess her opinion of how to be a trustee is to sit down, shut up, and let her do as she pleases.  (Oct 11, 2014 | post #96)

Midlothian, IL

midlo tax hike

The village needs to start making decision based on how they affect all 14,000 residents. Not just the few who pal around with the mayor. State regulations have changed regarding part time police and fire personnel. It's not like 20 or 30 years ago when just anyone could sign up and do it. These men and ladies are trained and almost all of them work full time in other towns. Don't believe the scare tactics that are being thrown around about what a part time police and/or fire department would mean. Going part time in these departments may be the only thing that can save Midlothian.  (Oct 11, 2014 | post #87)

Midlothian, IL

assualt on girls/ladies

I'm not sure it's a great idea for the police to be doubling as a taxi service. Can't people call the MASH Bus if they need a ride?  (Aug 13, 2014 | post #73)

Midlothian, IL

2013 election one year later

I appreciate your honesty. My original post was meant to address Mayor Rybak's performance after one year so I don't want to delve to deeply into personal opinions about her hires. I will agree with you that the manner in which Faber was brought in ran contrary to everything she has railed about on this site for the past several years. And, yes, she is definitely opinionated about matters. As far as the pay raise, perhaps it was part of the initial agreement when she was hired on. It is not uncommon to hire somebody and promise them a substantial pay increase after a probationary period. After all, she is doing the jobs of multiple former employees. I'd like to know you opinion about the new office manager/deputy clerk. When she was hired last year I had my reservations because I know the type of person she is. But I figured that the mayor had the right to hire at least one person in the office whom she could trust, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt. But now she has proven to be exactly the type of employee I figured she would be. In both my personal dealings with her, and feedback I've gotten from other village employees, she has proven that she is unfit for the job. The mayor must be aware of these issues. I hope she doesn't wait to long before she swallows her pride and admits that this hire was a mistake.  (May 9, 2014 | post #12)

Midlothian, IL

2013 election one year later

Faber was not the subject of my statement. I was speaking about Ms. O'Shea - she is poison and a ticking time bomb. Is there something work related about Faber that is a cause for concern? Or is the issue just your personal dislike for her?  (May 9, 2014 | post #10)

Midlothian, IL

2013 election one year later

One year ago today Mayor Rybak took her oath of office. If I had to issue her a grade at this point it would be a "B-". On the plus side, she overseen almost a complete turnover of our inept village hall staff. However, she has allowed perhaps the most incompetent employee in village history to remain in her position. Why? Additionally, one of Mayor Rybak's new hires has proven to be divisive and an inevitable legal liability. This employee must be dealt with tout de suite. On the legislative side she has done well to address the financial peril the village faces. Whereas the previous administration said there were no cuts to be made, Rybak has eliminated over $500,000 from the budget without seriously affecting village services. Despite these cuts, the village is nowhere near being out of the woods, but at least the outlook is brighter. Because of the financial situation the village board recently adopted a 1% sales tax increase. This is a minor disappointment. But only because during last years campaign Rybak stated that she would not pursue such an increase. This promise was made before the true financial state of the village was known, so her breaking this promise is forgivable. Finally, and this is the one issue that is truly bothersome, Mayor Rybak needs to communicate better with the citizens of our village. She needs to give a regular State of the Village report. She also needs to fully disclose the state of village finances, explain what she inherited, and let us know how she is dealing with it. The window for her doing this is rapidly closing. If she refuses to paint a clear picture for the residents, then ownership of all the issues she inherited will become hers and hers alone.  (May 8, 2014 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

Shady business or fair deal?

I could not agree more. It was shameful when the homeowners whose houses are on the other side of the fence from the Fairways came to that meeting last month to complain about this deal and Mayor Rybak and board had no idea what the people were talking about. That is except for village trustee Vince Schavone who was aware of all these shenanigans yet never brought the matter to the village board. Schavone is a sorry excuse for a trustee and is an embarrassment to the board.  (Jul 14, 2013 | post #21)

Midlothian, IL

Shady business or fair deal?

Shady is putting it mildly. It's probably criminal. If this was a legit deal then why not take it to the board? Or at least mention "hey, this is what we're doing". From my understanding only one trustee knew about this - Vince Schavone. He directly benefitted from this sale, as his property is right along that fence.  (Jul 11, 2013 | post #4)

Midlothian, IL

McGrath Quits

Make ya wonder who's got the pictures and just how bad they are!  (Apr 25, 2013 | post #11)