1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:08 PM

***To be clear, my post below is not intended to take sides in Park Ridge. I sit on the D64 Board and know how difficult it is to do everything needed with the funds available to us. What is not needed, is the manipulation of facts and misrepresentation of numbers to fear monger our community into thinking a certain way. It is not productive and in the end hurts all of us. *** I am very concerned with the direction the mayoral election has taken. Certain allegations against one candidate and his 'so called" relationships with developers and now the below allegations by the other candidate. This all needs to stop, lets clean it up a bit. The materials being mailed out are misguiding, they are taking factual numbers and representing them as something they are not. Many of you may have received a mailer with the big number 76. 22 on it. This most recent attempt of fear mongering is simply unacceptable in a mayoral race for Park Ridge. The number 76. 22 is a real number and does reflect a true percentage, however it does not reflect the percentage the mailer wants you to believe it represents. The truth of the matter is clear, no one in park ridge has seen their tax bill go from $9, 000 in 2011 to $17, 000 in 2015. That is what this mailer wants you to believe. Let me be clear, although the mailer is "factually correct", it is worded so carefully that it will probably pass a fact check. Yet it is so misleading as to what the 76. 22 numbers truly represents and how it affects each of us and why increases are even necessary that it fails as truly transparent. I for one am concerned as to why anyone would want to mislead our voters. All voters are not savvy enough about the way Tax and Levy's work, so why try to capitalize on that and manipulate them to believing their taxes have been raised 76. 22% in the past five years. I am sad about how this election is being handled. I call on BOTH sides to return to political campaigning worthy of Park Ridge. IN THE END, WE WILL ALL STILL HAVE TO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO EACH OTHER.


1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:25 PM

Taxes have not been raised 76. 22% per say. So let's say you property is taxed at 4% for math's sake. The 76. 22% comes out of that 4%. In the grand scheme of things that isn't a huge increase.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:32 PM

Yes, this happens in every campaign; local and national. It's so ridiculous. I know that people all over the place really believe the TV ads during campaign season, as if someone that was campaigning really "signed a bill to make vets homeless" or "voted to make sure schools went up in flames if kids did/didn't pass standardized tests". It's all crazy everywhere. The problem is that there are plenty of people who don't do their research during a campaign and then see this stuff and believe it. There are PLENTY of them out there which is why it's still done. I think it hits a little closer to home now that it's our town and it's local. But this has been going on forever. It's not right but it's not stopping any time soon.


1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:59 PM

I did not write this to invite negativity. So I will be deleting all post that attack either candidate. This post was a call to action by both sides to keep it worthy of Park Ridge.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

Nice post, Tom. I only take issue with one thing. The mailer in question was factually incorrect. You cannot add percentage increases from year to year in the manner in which he did. The fact that he is a product of D207 makes me a little concerned about whether or not we are providing enough math education to our students.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:22 PM

The 76. 22% mailer made me very angry.


1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:30 PM

Tom, your call for "both sides" to return to political campaigning worthy of Park Ridge. I'm wondering if I am missing something because I haven't seen anything misleading or factually inaccurate from one side. I'm not trying to spark any negativity on this post. I'm just truly wondering if I am missing something.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:41 PM

There were some "assumptions" being made early on, accusing Fuksa of certain things. Facts were stated and then assumptions were drawn from those facts. My football coach had a great saying about assumptions.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:50 PM

I have not seen that mailing yet.


1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 2:20 PM

I was very saddened by the mailer.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 2:32 PM

I can see how it can make people angry. but where were all of you for past local elections and bogus mailers? Did it not bother you then or did you believe those mailers' numbers to be correct? I'm not here to make anyone mad or stir the pot I am just wondering why this election caught your attention.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 2:40 PM

Michelle, I can answer for myself only. I truly did not become so aware of local politics and how ruthless they can be, until after I became a D64 board member. I was under the impression that most individuals, at this level, just want to give back and do what they can to help. Didn't realize that taking on a "non paying" "negligibly paying" public office, which takes up a lot of ones free time was so popular these days.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 2:52 PM

Let's keep spreading the word that these mailers, and all things "advertising" AGAINST someone is bogus! In every election. then maybe we can turn people's heads as to who they should vote for based on self promotion vs negative number crunching.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 4:43 PM

My take on the flyer. I found it offensive and would never vote for Fuksa after that. I have lived in this town for my whole life and that mailer does not uphold the values of Park Ridge. Mayor Maloney has my vote.

1 year ago on 03/15/2017 at 9:16 PM