So I have been doing my research on Park Ridge mayoral candidates and found that one of the candidates — Lucas Fuksa — is a commercial real estate attorney which raised a whole bunch of red flags.
1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 3:47 PM
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So I have been doing my research on Park Ridge mayoral candidates and found that one of the candidates — Lucas Fuksa — is a commercial real estate attorney which raised a whole bunch of red flags. I have dug up with some highly concerning information and feel the need to share. It appears that Lucas Fuksa has some wealthy developer donors to his campaign whom he will be beholden to if he is elected. One of these men is Hubert Cioromski who is the chairman of the Friends of Lucas Fuksa Political Action Committee (PAC) to finance Fuksa’s campaign. There are also several other anonymous donors to his super PAC. After being contacted by Cioromski this past weekend and being told by him that, “…we are people who put alot [SIC] more time and money into this town than all the complainers and if you really cared about what we did you would simply reach out “ , I decided to look into the man. He has a couple of developments in Park Ridge that have been both delayed and denied. He would like to get these overly-dense commercial and residential developments back up and running. He stands to make a huge profit at the expense of long time residents of Park Ridge. One of Ciomoski’s developments, through his company Troy Real Estate, is the 400 W. Talcott building which would have 22 condo units over retail space. If you are familiar with the area the lot is on a very small pie-wedge at Talcott and Vine. The specs of the development take the building to each edge of the property line with barely a space for a sidewalk. You can Google the specs as they were detailed in the Park Ridge Herald. They have also been submitted to the Park Ridge Zoning Commission. While this property should be developed the neighborhood believes that 22 units and the enormous size of the building is not conducive to such a quiet residential neighborhood of single-family homes. The project is currently stalled in the courts. The second development and the catalyst for a Fuksa run for mayor is the Canfield-Higgins property which is the site of the former VFW hall. The city of Park Ridge recently annexed the property and denied the permits for another one of Ciomoski’s disproportionally large mixed-use retail/condo building. It was going to house another bank in Park Ridge and more condo units than the neighborhood could comfortably absorb on a property zoned for single family homes. Ciomoski is also behind the Edison Park development that would have brought 30 condo units to a small lot in Edison Park on the site of the former car wash. That development was killed by concerned neighbors and the 41st ward alderman, Anthony Napalatano. While this development is in Chicago, it is an example of the high density condo complexes that Ciomoski is fond of and would likely be forced through if Lucas becomes mayor of Park Ridge…. because after all, if you are going to spend a lot of money on a candidate to help get them elected then you most certainly will expect something in return. https://www. dnainfo. com/chicago/20170105/edison-park/edison-park-condo-development-41st-ward-advisory-committee-oliphant I have heard back from Fuksa about my concerns over his PAC. He explained to me that his Polish American Leadership Political Action Committee (PAL-PAC) is to promote Polish leadership and has been dormant for years. This is true buuuuut… http://pal-pac. org/about-us This is not the PAC that is supporting his campaign. There are, in fact, two PACs— FRIENDS OF FUKSA PAC and PAL-PAC. The first one being the PAC run by Ciomoski and the second PAC is the PAL-PAC. The Friends of Fuksa PAC is currently registered at PNC Bank. Some people might be thrilled at the idea of high-density development. That is fine. The problem for me lies in the fact that there is a political donor that stands to make millions of dollars off of Park Ridge developments if Fuksa becomes mayor and that should concern you. http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_d26608b4-960e-11e6-b927-43f2a8b77afd.html

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 4:06 PM

That does concern me. Thank you so much for all of your research and sharing this information.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 4:14 PM

Verrrrrry interesting. I remember the 400 Talcott case. The developers sued citizens for commenting at the zoning board hearing, didn't they? To intimidate public comment?

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 4:16 PM

Great information, thanks for sharing, money talks!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 4:24 PM

Thank you for sharing!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 4:47 PM

The mayor alone makes no decisions in Park Ridge. We have a weak mayor form of governance. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor–council_government

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 5:01 PM

Thanks for doing the research!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 5:09 PM

Appreciate your effort on this, Kathy. Certainly a lot to consider.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 5:23 PM

Kathy, Thank you for your research and sharing this info with us.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 5:48 PM

Ever consider a career in journalism?

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 5:58 PM

Thank you for looking into this and sharing.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:04 PM

Wow! Great information, thank you so much!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:09 PM

Thank you for your research. It is important that everyone understands the stakes here.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:11 PM

Thank you, Kathy, for all of your research. Very interesting information.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:14 PM

Reference Cindy McDonald Grau comments. A bit of fear mongering on the part of Kathy Meade. She seems to be questioning the character and ethics of Mr. Fuksa. Appropriate?

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:18 PM

Thanks for the research Kathy.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 6:35 PM

Thank you for your research Kathy.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:05 PM

Ms. Meade, your latest accusation is just another of your many lies. Troy Realty had nothing to do with 400 W. Talcott, ever. The reference to Bill Gold in the article is mistaken. That was a different Bill Gold, not the one who works for Troy Realty. Sorry to burst your bubble. I will now happily remove myself from this group that you run and I trust that the folks who are tired of your lies will do the same.

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:08 PM

Joel McCloskey

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:09 PM

This is fabulous, Kathy, thank you for doing the leg work on this one. That's pretty much made up my mind how I'm voting in April. (Notice how Lucas Fuksa only even bothered to try to refute one of the numerous points you mention before bowing out. )

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:18 PM

If he is to represent all citizens then why is he removing himself from this group instead of defending himself against all arguments made by Kathy? Why is he encouraging others to follow suit thus attempting to divide the community ? A leader unites and does not divide!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:49 PM

June 2016 - The Appearance Commission Application shows the 400 Talcott owner as Bill Gold and list his address as the Troy Realty headquarters address (5420 N. Harlem, Chicago, IL 60656).

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 7:59 PM

Kathy, thank you for the info.!

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1 year ago on 02/21/2017 at 8:02 PM

I honestly think he's lying to us and purposefully so! He thinks is he repeats it enough it will become the new truth or alternative fact. Lol

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