What concerns me is that Fuksa, while I agree that this town needs more development, hasn't necessarily researched how Park Ridge has tried to bring new retail to Park Ridge.
2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 8:56 AM

What concerns me is that Fuksa, while I agree that this town needs more development, hasn't necessarily researched how Park Ridge has tried to bring new retail to Park Ridge. The city did approach Gap, Borders and Pottery Barn about going into the Schwab location and they all declined saying their markets were both already saturated and that Park Ridge didn't have the population to sustain a retail location. Walter E Smith was supposed to go into that location but with the delays in construction they ended up building in Skokie. We already have 4 Target stores within 5 miles of Park Ridge. I don't necessarily see them opening another in Park Ridge but that is a good idea. I might have more confidence if Fuksa had actually contacted Target Corporate and see what they are open to. Last year I researched bringing development to Park Ridge. I even contacted a non-for-profit that works with small towns to bring in more retail. There are some innovative ways to do this but Fuksa is mostly just trying to sell everything Park Ridge has already tried. I might be more confident in his candidacy if he had served on the city council as an alderman to get a feel of what is possible and logical solutions to this town's limitations. Or if he held any other entry level appointed or elected position with the town. I feel like his agenda and inexperience is going to be a detriment for Park Ridge. It also concerns me that Fuksa has a direct connection and a financial interest in commercial development. It concerns me that he wants to cut taxes and offer more services. That simply isn't possible. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/news/ct-prh-fuksa-maloney-business-tl-0216-20170214-story.html


2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 9:30 AM

It's easy to complain and cite lofty goals, but he doesn't know squat about the realities and economics of economic development. We've done pretty well, actually, given our local demographics, traffic patterns, competition, and a myriad of other factors.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 9:45 AM

Several years ago, I contacted Chik Fil A about opening in P. R. I suggested the former Bailey's site on Touhy at Cumberland. I provided basic demographic info, they seemed interested but they asked me for more specifics on the site which I could not provide. Still worth pursuing, a my son said, "why do we have to go to Mt Propect or wherever".

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 10:27 AM

I think that the introduction of more restaurants has been a fantastic start. Once you get people in for the restaurants and the Pickwick for a show or a program at the library then you get the walking traffic that retail craves.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:09 PM

While I understand the Mayors position is part time. I am thrilled to hear about the aggressive position Lucas Fuksa is talking in regards to the development of our town. Things seems to just stay stagnant.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:18 PM

But his position on bringing development to Park Ridge is not aggressive. His suggestions are all things that have been done before. I would appreciate his position if he came to the table with ideas that are new and innovative. Big box retailers have been approached and declined the offer to come to Park Ridge. How will he change their minds? That's what I want to know. He says what he wants to do but not how he plans to achieve it and he doesn't appear to have researched what has been done in the past to break through to progress.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:21 PM

Someone needs to do something.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:25 PM

I don't disagree. I just dint think Fuksa is the guy to do it. I might have more confidence if he held a lower office in Park Ridge like alderman first to get a feel of how a town is run and governed. Comments that he has made like increasing services and cutting taxes concern me. You cant do both.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:37 PM

Sometimes. actually most of the time. common sense and drive make a person the best candidate for a job.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 4:43 PM

I'm a 53 year resident and no disrespect but there isn't too much involved in the inner works of our town for him to learn. If fact brand new blood may be better than the old same ole same ole.

2 years ago on 02/15/2017 at 7:21 PM

Great point. I think you have to admit we have seen some great growth in park ridge with the addition of several restaurants; Whole Foods; Trader Joe's; there are some great local retail shops in uptown. park ridge has come along way since we moved her as it relates to businesses. I think you are right though he may be a little naive in thinking there is some sort of magic solution that hasn't been addressed yet. His best bet is to serve as an alderman and get more experience. I think we are all seeing what can happen when you have no governmental experience whatsoever.

2 years ago on 02/16/2017 at 12:51 AM

Fuksa only wants the Polish vote so he can run Park Ridge along with Przybylo of Niles. He could care less about the residents and has no clue about the issues at hand. He has no experience with Park Ridge and wants to be mayor? Is this a joke or something?

2 years ago on 02/16/2017 at 10:25 AM

Park Ridge doesn't need "change". It doesn't need to be "made great again". Those are slogans used by our past two presidents to get elected. Park Ridge needs us to support the current administration and applaud all the great things that have happened in the past several years. We need to give this current administration the opportunity to continue their vision and see it fully realized. A new guy like Fuksa, will only slow the progress. He doesn't have any new ideas or a silver bullet, as he claims in all his material. He is selling empty promises because he thinks that is what we want to hear. We are all smarter than that. We all know that our issues in Park Ridge run dealer than one man with a bag of promises. The current individuals, including the Mayor have made great changes and improvements to PR. Re-elect all of them so they can finish the job. Fuksa should run for alderman or park board or school board. Become intimate with PRs needs, then make promises. Growing up in Park Ridge alone does not qualify you to be our mayor.

2 years ago on 02/16/2017 at 2:22 PM

Warren Buffett thinks brick and mortar retail is dying. Nobody running for Mayor is smarter than Warren Buffet is! http://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-drops-walmart-stock-2017-2

2 years ago on 02/16/2017 at 2:25 PM

Timing is everything. some other very bright folks that work at some major institutions (inc. Blackstone and Harvard Endowment) think the timing is bad for commercial development. http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-jones/us-markets/201702073344/big-investors-cut-back-on-commercial-property-as-bull-market-loses-steam.aspx

2 years ago on 02/16/2017 at 6:35 PM

What ever gives you this idea of a "Pol-Pac"? What do you know? How can you make such accusations? Tell us all what you know!

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 10:01 AM

PAL-PAC is a Political Action Committee, Lukas Fuksa is the president. You can Google it and read all about it. Personally, I am opposed to any PACs. I think they've corrupted the American political system. Will they ever be abolished? Probably not since the politicians are the beneficiaries of huge sums of money from PACs.

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 10:05 AM

Believe it or not, I agree with Kathy's opening comment! Will wonders never cease?

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 10:33 AM

I'm laughing when you talk about development. Park Ridge doesn't have any available space!

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 10:50 AM

I agree with Joan Sandrik on this! I don't really care if the PAC is based on ethnicity. It could be a PAC supporting "Bearded Gentlemen" and I'd still have issues with the president of the PAC running for Mayor of Park Ridge. I've provided a link below, but the RED FLAGS for me are that ONE DONOR, from Glenview, has given this PAC nearly $65, 000 in the past 3 years. Additionally, over $70, 000 in donations have the donor listed as "UNKNOWN". one individual gives your PAC a donation for nearly $20, 000 and you forgot to get their name? I guess they won't get a thank you note? Come on! https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00528760

2 years ago on 02/20/2017 at 8:44 AM

Very suspicious to say the least.