1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 3:15 PM

My thoughts on Lucas for Mayor: Does he have a proposed plan on how to attract additional retail in Park Ridge? If by chance he were to be elected mayor, how would he manage to attract other retail business? How much of an actual impact would that make on Park Ridge's budget? What would be the forecasted reduction of the resident's actual tax bill? Any idea? Based on his narrative he blames many of the city's woes on the current administration's inability to attract retail business, but how much of an impact would it make? Can he honestly attract additional retail when other outside market forces are affecting the old brick and mortar business model? Let's be honest, online, and mobile has had a significant impact on storefront businesses. I know this I've been in the payments industry for greater than 25 years, and I'm very in tune with our industry's numbers. Brick and mortar are hurting everywhere. In the spirit of having an honest conversation, I'd like to see the following from him: 1) Show the town's actual budget. 2) Provide a forecast with additional retail space tax revenue he feels he can attract. 3) Show how much of our tax dollars go to schools. ~ 75% goes to schools. Personally, I feel that's money well spent since it adds value to the community and there is a direct correlation to home values. 4) Illustrate how much he can really move the needle. My thought is not much, but it's always easier to be an armchair QB. As they say, the devil is in the details, let's see more details, please. Thanks!


1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 3:33 PM

I'd like to know how many meetings of the City Council Lucas has attended. It would clarify in my mind just how dedicated he is to understanding what we have in Park Ridge in depth greater than "I know better because I'm unencumbered by what's come before me. "

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 3:48 PM

Do you remember the hoops Whole Foods had to jump through to get into Park Ridge? The missed revenue when the Casino came to our border. I'm wondering too about the 100% water tax going to the city of Chicago and what our bill is going to look like when summer hits.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 4:01 PM

How about before you even go that far and to be fair to him. Let's ask about the sign code and parking spaces. I believe they are quite old and a pain in the ass for retail business. ever ask why dunkin donuts on touhy had a sign up for 2 days and the it was down? BTW, this is a draconian sign code because I encountered it niles at my church. this IS NOT a reflection on current leadership as they adopt code made by groups and it is a little goofy. a large retailer at village green would need that much space just for parking.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 4:04 PM

Who cares! He's Polish just vote for him! Polish people are taking over Niles and Park Ridge deal with it! Sarcasm btw.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 4:15 PM

Great questions if only he hadn't removed himself from a group that consists of "concerned homeowners " implying that he doesn't care about our concerns.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 4:53 PM

Some years back the Sign Ordinance Task Force proposed some "modernizing" of certain aspects of the sign ordinance. They were shot down by those who prefer that we remain hopelessly mired in the 1800's. Perhaps it is time to take another look at those proposed changes.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 5:32 PM

I always wonder why the DD had a sign up for a few days and then never again.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 8:57 PM

I'd like to see him offer anything, anything at all, of substance. His campaign's social posts are Trump-like trolling posts which say an awful lot about what he doesn't like but nothing about WHAT he would do to change it. And when I "met" him at a school fundraiser he never said a word to me but said to someone nearby that he was there because he "was running for mayor, so, you know…" WTF is that?! I see a lot of his signs around town but am waiting to hear anything of substance from him.

1 year ago on 03/10/2017 at 9:02 PM

That's exactly how I feel. Tons of rhetoric but seems to avoid answering any pertinent questions.

1 year ago on 03/11/2017 at 7:40 AM

I feel my questions are easy "lob balls". If he is serious about pursuing this position he should have this information readily available.

1 year ago on 03/13/2017 at 10:55 AM

The original post's questions are excellent and should be asked of all Council candidates.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 10:55 PM

Derek Cadmus i had brought up the missed casino money and asked that i heard about it but wasnt sure what it was we missed! can you fill me in. i know its from the past but i want to know! and people sort of ripped me into one , claimed I was wrong but i knew i heard that Park ridge missed money on this and now you mentioned it !

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 11:12 PM

Park Ridge did miss money from the casino, but I believe that deal was done long before most (if not all) of the current city council was in office. Someone else with a better memory can probably clarify this. I believe that it was Howard Frimark (a Fuksa supporter, by the way) who was mayor at the time, but again, I'd like someone to clarify this.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 11:37 PM

Totally different council and Frimark was either Mayor or an alderman.

1 year ago on 03/16/2017 at 12:04 AM

Thank you but I still would like to know what was missed .

1 year ago on 03/16/2017 at 12:10 AM

Honestly, I wasn't there and have very little knowledge of the details. I'd hate to repeat the information I have heard, but have no real first hand knowledge of. What I do know is that nobody on council now was involved in those discussion.

1 year ago on 03/16/2017 at 7:27 AM

Totally different council, Frimark was mayor. Frimark went to the Gaming Board after the license was approved for Des Plaines asking for a percentage of the profits for Park Ridge. The license had been granted based on sharing of a percentage of profits with a number (and I don't remember the exact number) of low income towns in addition to what DP would receive. Feeling among some in town was that Park Ridge's request for a piece of the pie should have been made before the license was approved. At any rate, the request was denied.

1 year ago on 03/17/2017 at 8:55 AM

I'm still waiting for a reply on my questions. I doubt Lucas is capable of answering them.

1 year ago on 03/17/2017 at 9:05 AM

Still awaiting detailed plans from ALL Council candidates.

1 year ago on 03/17/2017 at 2:35 PM

And, is this Republicans fighting Republicans in our town ?

1 year ago on 03/17/2017 at 2:40 PM

It's non-partisan and you should already know that, Barbara. Now, you might ask if it's conservative fighting conservative, but even so, what difference should that make?

1 year ago on 03/17/2017 at 5:00 PM

Matt Coyne, nothing is non-partisan anymore and you should know that.