2 years ago on 03/17/2017 at 4:42 PM

A fellow Park Board member is sending this to the newspaper after being targeted in a mailing from two candidates for Park Board - Jim O'Donnell and Jim Janak: I received a campaign mailer for the Park District election supporting two candidates for the Park Board in Park Ridge. It was funded by "Cook County Integrity PAC". Why is a Maine Township Republican right wing Tea Party PAC funded with $10, 000 in donations from a non-resident getting involved in a NON-PARTISAN Park District election? Is it their intent to get control of the Park Ridge Park District to create patronage jobs for Republicans? Why are they using the "Friends of the Park" name and logo when their real interest is promoting the Republican Party instead of the Park District? The fees the Park District already charges residents for use of park facilities is almost two thirds of Park District operating fund revenues. Do Maine Township Republicans really want to charge families with children MORE to use the parks? The $3. 42 property tax increase, all state law allows, is the cost of a coffee at Starbucks! Yes the Park District runs a small surplus, which is then used to pay for park improvements. Do the Republican commissioner and the Republican candidates really want to run the Park District at a deficit like the state government? Google "Cook County Integrity PAC". Republican - yes! Integrity- NO!


2 years ago on 03/17/2017 at 5:38 PM

Interesting information .

2 years ago on 03/17/2017 at 5:44 PM

Non-partisan is a term that maybe followed by a. wink. wink.

2 years ago on 03/18/2017 at 11:08 AM

All of our local elections should be just that - local, independent, and non-partisan. We should elect candidates whose interest is sincerely in our parks, schools, city, and the homeowners in this community.

2 years ago on 03/18/2017 at 2:09 PM

Interesting that Commissioner Bende attacks the messenger (with bad facts and name calling) in this piece, instead of trying to defend her repeated votes for the highest taxes legally allowed, more nepotism, more perks, and more spending. Whenever the board splits on a vote, you can count on Joan to be on the side of higher taxes and more spending.

2 years ago on 03/18/2017 at 5:29 PM

Patronage? in crook County. say it ain't so. between this and fake news and celebrity death's my head has tooooo much info.

2 years ago on 03/18/2017 at 11:20 PM

Will watch for newspaper article.

2 years ago on 03/19/2017 at 8:23 AM

I don't think it is about creating patronage jobs for Republicans. Republicans aren't interested in patronage right now. Republicans are interested in either dismantling government (Tea Party) or they are interested in profiting by privatizing services and giving those privatized contracts to their connections. Sometimes they leverage huge debt to pay for privatization—as is typical in current political climates in Chicago and Illinois government. Wait, yup, that's patronage.

2 years ago on 03/19/2017 at 8:49 AM

Or . . the candidates who put out this mailer, regardless of how they vote in partisan elections (btw, I think Philips and Bende at least vote R occasionally as do most of the park candidates I've talked to, but what does that matter) are interested in keeping a lid on tax increases, eliminating using taxpayer money to fund free perks for elected officials, making more documents and debates available for public viewing, and eliminating putting the staff in the awkward position of making employment decisions about a commissioner's family member, like Joan's daughter. P. S. Chicago's privatization woes were all caused by solid D's. Cronyism knows no party lines, and is wrong no matter who does it.