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Midlothian, IL

Millions missing from Village of Midlothian

Misappropriation of money that is bonded for a specific purpose is against the law. Period. It also places the village at risk that the bond agency could 'call' the bonds and legally demand immediate repayment. In addition to this, there's the ethical issue that us residents will be paying over $120 a year in the water infrastructure fee for the next 18 years without reaping the benefits of the promised water tower or other water system improvements.  (Dec 5, 2013 | post #58)

Midlothian, IL

Millions missing from Village of Midlothian

Thank you for trying to get this thread back on topic. Yes, this other subjects need to be debated, but this misappropriated money is a BIG deal. It deserves serious discussion. I'd too like to know what the finance committee knew but so far I've heard that it was all hidden from them. The responsible parties were Stephens, Lang, and Bourn. Hopefully time will tell who is to blame and who's joining Zamiar in the slammer.  (Dec 5, 2013 | post #49)

Midlothian, IL

Millions missing from Village of Midlothian

The water tax enacted by Stephens is specifically pledged to repay the water bonds, just like the gas tax is pledged to the street bonds. Neither can be repealed.  (Dec 4, 2013 | post #9)

Midlothian, IL

Millions missing from Village of Midlothian

I recently was shocked when a member of the village finance committee told me that a recent audit showed millions of dollars were missing and/or misappropriated. Specifically they were talking about the bond fund for the proposed water tower. Three years ago the village borrowed almost $8 million to do sewer repairs and build a water tower. A monthly assessment was placed on our water bills to cover the bond. Now, apparently there is less than $200,000 left in this fund and the multi-million dollar water tower is still but a pipe dream. I think our new mayor and her trustees need to start coming clean on what they are uncovering from the previous administration.  (Dec 3, 2013 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

Triple Dipping?

An opinion from the Attorney General is not a law, it is merely a legal opinion. Its meant for guidance. If the matter went to court, this opinion would be considered in rendering of a decision. This is all moot however, as Mayor Rybak will soon be formally resigning from the 228 board.  (May 19, 2013 | post #16)

Midlothian, IL

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all my family, friends and neighbors in Midlothian. Celebrate safely and, as always, stay thirsty my friends!  (May 5, 2013 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

Midlothian Monitor

I believe the issue of who was behind this piece of campaign literature is minor compared to the details contained with in. Where's the discussion about the contents? It was factual and relatively well presented considered the limited format. I do not agree 100% with the endorsements but at this point we have no other realistic options.  (Apr 6, 2013 | post #15)

Midlothian, IL

147 homan

Looks like the SWAT unit just entered the building. I wonder who these guys were or what they were up to that caused this to escalate so quickly. PS Where's our Nixel alert?  (Feb 13, 2013 | post #12)

Midlothian, IL

midlothian mayor election

So what I'm hearing is that this Tuesday the Midlothian Electoral Board will hear the objections filed against Sharon Rybak for mayor, Mike Kolestead for clerk, and Karen Kreis and Jerry Gillis for trustee. The electoral board will consist of the 3 village trustee who are not up for election this year (Moskal, Killelae, and Schavone). To the person on here who said it's not dirty politics because an objection is legal, I'd partially agree with you. Yes, objections are part of the process. But the fact is that the Mayor is the driving force behind the objections for no reason other than he wants to avoid a contested election. He does not want to talk about his record as mayor. He does not want to have to explain all his broken promises. He want full and total control of our village board. It's easier for him if he just eliminates the competition before the voters get to make their choice in April. And because 2/3 of the electoral board is associated with his political party, we can fairly well assume how the vote will go on Tuesday. The reality is that Sharon Rybak probably is incapable of winning the election. There are too many voters with their heads in the sand who just swoon at the name "Coach Stephens" and will blindly vote for him. Rybak may not be the strongest candidate but at least she stepped up to the challenge. Based on the complaining on this site I would have assumed a dozen or more people would have filed to run for mayor this year. But no one else did. Don't the residents of our town at least deserve a chance for the discussion to take place about the plans for the future of our village? Aren't all of us being disenfranchised if the competition is eliminated this early in the game? The beauty part in all this is that Illinois law prohibits candidates who are thrown off the ballot from filing as write-in candidates for the same office. That's right - SAME office. It is my understanding that if these candidates have their petitions thrown out by the kangaroo court on Tuesday, a major push (with some major money backing) will take place to have them shuffle the deck, so to speak, and file as write -in candidates for different offices. Three of the four candidates would be able to do that, headed by Kreis for mayor. In addition, the clerk and remaining trustee spots will also have write-in candidates so that a full slate of challengers will exist. Terry Stephens thought he had this all figured out. However, the reality is, by playing games with the voting process in the village he is making a lot of residents quite upset and he and his party will ultimately face a much stiffer challenge on April 9th.  (Jan 6, 2013 | post #280)

Midlothian, IL

Half Time Lounge - Boarded Up

There was a fire there yesterday morning. It's under investigation.  (Jan 2, 2013 | post #2)

Midlothian, IL

midlothian mayor election

I love how quickly the Independent Party has begun attacking their opponent in the next election. There are 2 things to consider in this election: #1, In regards to Rybak's recordin "giving pay raises" to District 228 employees - these pay raises were negotiated by the union and are spelled out in a contract. So how can anyone conclude that "Rybak gave them raises"? #2, Look at accomplishments of our town's 2 main governing bodies over the past several years. The park district, which employees Rybak, runs on a tight budget and has still successfully rebuilt our 3 biggest parks. Stephens' record on the otherhand consists of Family Pride, 147th and Cicero intersection, and 147th and Pulaski interesection. He has failed miserabley! His board has failed miserably!! All they have done is raise taxes, spend money, and create jobs for their cronies. Maybe you don't like some of the layoutand design at the parks, or the fact that there is undeniable nepitism at the park district. But look at the results. The bottom line, indisputable fact is that our park district gets things done. Our village board doesn't.  (Jan 1, 2013 | post #140)

Midlothian, IL

Who's got the drinking problem??

http://www.topix.c om/forum/city/midl othian-il/TAP7G05V B9CLTBBDA/post55 I just read in another thread that a challenger to Terry Stephens likes to enjoy a few drinks. I doubt very seriously that she's in a league with Stephens. I've seen him blasted almost as much as I've seen him sober over the years. Following the link I posted above if you don't believe me. Remember the spectacle he made of himself on election night 2 years ago?  (Jan 1, 2013 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

RIP George Eberhardt

God bless the family of former village trustee and WWII vet George Eberhardt. George was a treasure to this village and will be missed.  (Nov 18, 2012 | post #1)

Midlothian, IL

To restore a town it takes a good busineesman

Government is a strange business. Yes, it takes a good businessman to run a village - a multi-million dollar institution. A leader needs vision, an understanding of economics, and the ability to make smart choices. However, unlike a business, there are no shareholders to appease when you run a governmental body. There are citizens. Because of this a good leader has to have good business skill but she must also be able to make the best choices that serve the needs of the citizens. He must be able to balance providing essential services against watching out for the pocketbooks of the homeowners. Terry has maintained services but has not been a good steward of our dollars. He obviously lacks business skills and, because of this, he is three and a half yeas into his term and our tax base and business districts are in shambles. He is fully ill-equipped to handle those issues. Because of this, he has had to reach early and often into our pockets to pay for his programs and to hire personnel who can help him fix the problems that plague our town. Bottom line, he may be a nice guy to have a beer with but he has failed as a mayor.  (Aug 29, 2012 | post #37)

Midlothian, IL

BBQ with the Mayor.

I don't believe Gary will be a total sell-out. He will probably cast a few "no" votes. But Terry would not have made the appointment if he thought it would backfire politically. For starters, Terry has been happy as a lark lately because he believes now that everyone running for reelection next April will be on a unified ticket. The "Pride" party! Earlier this summer it looked as if none of the trustees wanted to appear on a ballot with the mayor. Terry would have had a difficult reelection if he had a challenger and his entire board of trustees was not aligned with him. Apparently now he no longer has that worry.  (Aug 29, 2012 | post #12)

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