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Midlothian, IL

Video | November 20, 2014 Park District Meeting

After watching the video I have a couple of thoughts, besides agreeing with other posters about how rude the park commissioners acted... First, after hearing about Evelyn Gleason's tuition reimbursement I researched the Masters of Public Administration program at Governors State. While she was a student there the tuition cost was about $160 per semester hour. The MPA course load is 36 hours. Based on the amount quoted by the speaker on the tape it appears that the park didn't just offer Mrs. Gleason some tuition assistance, but they paid for her entire masters degree! The same degree that the commissioners now use to justify her ridiculous salary. This is abuse of power at it's finest. I also noticed from the recording that Sharon Rybak appeared to be acting as secretary at the meeting. Her role at the park is finance director. Commissioner Tim Powers is the elected secretary of the board. Why wasn't he taking minutes? Why wasn't he calling the roll? I watched him in the video and it's evident the lights are on but no one is home. Why does the park allow a commission to continue in his position when he obviously is not up to the challenge?  (Nov 22, 2014 | post #8)

Midlothian, IL

Should the taxpayers of Midlothian pay to repair a road t...

I have been putting my money where my mouth is for the past 35 years in this town. There is no denying that Cottage Row is in a terrible state of disrepair. However, I think it is not the responsibility of the village to maintain it. Also there is no denting that emergency vehicles use this road when responding to calls on Cottage Row and maybe Long. The issue I took with your post was how you used the analogy of a fire truck blowing a tire while responding to a call at the country club. I was trying to make the point that a fire truck would not use Cottage Row to get to the country club. We can have an honest debate here without trying to paint doomsday scenarios that are unrealistic.  (Nov 16, 2014 | post #20)

Midlothian, IL

Should the taxpayers of Midlothian pay to repair a road t...

I don't think you are a village employee. But I would bet on used car salesman. You're argument is that this must be fixed so a fire truck doesn't blow a tire on the road while responding to a call at the country club. Really? I would bet that in the 85 year history of the village this road has never, ever been used by the FD as a way to get to the country club. If they're coming in from the north it's the turnpike to Laramie and into the north parking lot. Please give us better reasons why $6,500 if our money should be used on this private road.  (Nov 13, 2014 | post #5)

Midlothian, IL

Possible Trustees

I got this information last week when I ran into my daughters former MGS coach at Home Depot. It wouldn't be right if I named names.  (Nov 2, 2014 | post #12)

Midlothian, IL

Possible Trustees

I've met Valerie and think she'd be a good candidate in a few years. Right now she's a little unpolished. Then again, she wouldn't be any worse than some of the candidates the mayor is trying to convince to run. She's hoping that with her support in April they'll win and she can gain control of the board and be done with trustees who disagree with her.  (Nov 1, 2014 | post #9)

Midlothian, IL

Who is Midlothians Jack Hille?

Jack, Quit while you're ahead. You claim to be a political outsider, but your background tells us differently. You come from a politically connected family in Oak Forest, you serve as president of the police pension board, and you're a union contract negotiator. On top of this your father in law was a political appointee of both mayors Murawski and Stephens. All these fact and we are supposed to believe you have no ulterior motive in running for mayor here? You're also playing this game of stating that you have these magical, tried and true, fixes for the village, but you can't share them right now. If you were seeking more than the title and power that comes with being mayor you'd be willing to share. The village needs help now, not 30 months from now! Why aren't you active on other committees or organizations within the village where you could share some of your talents and insights? Have you ever been on a CPC walk? Where were you over the summer when a serial mugger was on the lose? Do you volunteer at church? The answer to all of these questions in "no", isn't it Jack? The truth is you're carpetbagger with a big ego and a hidden agenda. Do me a favor, hook me up with anyone who believes the tale you're trying to perpetrate on our residents. I'd love to talk to them about some ocean-front property I have for sale in Arizona.  (Oct 20, 2014 | post #61)

Midlothian, IL

Who is Midlothians Jack Hille?

In the past week a new, aspiring politician has burst on to the scene in Midlothian. Mr Jack Hille is plotting a race for mayor in 2017. He has launched Facebook page and began to seek support for this venture. Apparently looking to cash in on a town in distress, Mr Hille has promised the word while keeping a few factoids about himself a secret. For starters, he has lived in Midlothian for just 18 months of his adult life. Yet he seems to think he has the answers for our problems. Mr Hille wants to take over the task of running a village and its multi-million dollar budget but he doesn't even have a 4 year college degree. His highest level of education is two years of study as a criminal justice major back in the mid 1990's. Mr Hille wants to jump straight to the top. He has stated publically that he has no desire to run for village trustee in the 2015 election. He has no other elected experience and has never served on any municipal boards or commissions which might help him learn about the workings of local government. Finally, candidate Hille claims to be a "political outsider" with "no hidden agenda". Yet he somehow was able to obtain enough inside information to allow him to accurately dissect a recent publication by Mayor Rybak where she addressed business openings in the village since she took office. He had insider information to know which of these business openings were already in the works when Rybak was elected. How would he know this? Because the father-in-law of this self proclaimed "political outsider" was a department superintendent under Mayors Murawski and Stephens and was fired by Mayor Rybak! It seems to me that an accurate conclusion here is that Mr Jack Hille's run for mayor really has two hidden goals. First is revenge. Plain and simple, Hille wants to take out the lady who fired his wife's father. Second, given Hille's ties to the two previous administrations I'd say that he is the Trojan horse who is supposed to help return a certain group to power than ran this town into the ground over the past 30 years. No thank you Mr Jack Hille. I'll pass!  (Oct 13, 2014 | post #1)

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)

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