Alsip Village Elections only 9 months away

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Alsip for Life

Palos Hills, IL

#1 Jul 19, 2012
Almost time for elections.

My personal take on the people on our Alsip board:

Mayor Kitching: Did some great things, uprooted Andrews and the UP which needed to go. Should have mended fences with Quinn a long time ago, he could have been an ally. Should have kept Tom Collins in the mix too. Tom is a good guy, but the two of them got power hungry. Mayor, I like you, but I'm worried for your health. Go and enjoy the fire department retirement you earned

Clerk Venhuizen: A raw politician when it started, didn't have a clue but got swept into village hall with the mayor's party. Also has done some great things and stays above the political in fighting. Give her another 4 years if she wants them

John Shapiro: Good ol' Chicago like politician. Knows his role as the mayor's right hand and will never challenge or vote against him. Sorry John, that style of politics doesn't work anymore.

John Ryan: seems like a smart guy, challenges the mayor on many issues and his arguments have merit. Unfortunately, he seems to ride along on trustee Quinn's opinions too much. When you don't ever disagree with someone, the appearance of being lock step in line and aligned is never more apparent.

Steve Daddona: Likeable guy who paid many years of dues protecting the streets of Alsip. Never quite rose to the top but is now trying to be his own guy. His popularity has gotten him places along with the likeability of his entire family. This guy is an enigma though as you don't know where he stands. He would be on top if he would have started out as an independent instead of joining forces with the AP and then ditching them for what appears to be a new Unity Party. Not a leader by any means

Sheila McGreal: longest serving politician out of anyone. Has served in government longer than anyone. Almost two decades on school boards and then aligned with the AP as her husband was being rail-roaded by the former administration. Sheila too is an enigma as her husband has turned on the mayor who rescued him and now the couple appear to be aligning with the same trustee that challenged his competence to serve the village as a decorated police officer. She is loved in this village. Would like to see her be more independent. She has earned the right to be followed, not to be a follower

Rick Dalzell: former chief of police. Very articulate demeanor yet strong personality. It is obvious he has a vision of how the police and village should be run and it isn't clear his intentions, but I can see him running for mayor. I don't think he is ready, not quite yet, but could grow into the role. Afterall, Mayor Kitching had no government experience either. It is about surrounding yourself with people that know how things work. Rick has many connections, so he could work out

Jim Quinn: Would be longest tenured official in Alsip except for that little hiccup of a two year vacation. Jim oh Jim, why can't you be more likeable? By far the most qualified to lead the village, but the least qualified to bring people together in bipartisan fashion. If Jim can bring his full party into power in the next election, the village can do great things. This is a big gamble though. Too much power and agreement in one village is not good. There are no checks and balances. Unfortunately, Jim cannot handle working across the aisles with people that don't see exactly eye to eye with him and he isn't shy about it and isn't going to change.

Just my opinion. Not trying to sway anyone, just trying to stoke a conversation is all

Stay tuned for my opinions on:
library board
Park board
school district 218
school district 125
school district 126
sparky

Blue Island, IL

#2 Jul 19, 2012
Mayor Kitching, or better known in some circles as cha ching cha ching cha ching.

He never fulfilled his promise of putting the meetings on cable t.v.
resident

Downers Grove, IL

#3 Jul 23, 2012
sparky wrote:
Mayor Kitching, or better known in some circles as cha ching cha ching cha ching.
He never fulfilled his promise of putting the meetings on cable t.v.
still waiting for the SHOE STORE....8 years later,
watcher

Palos Hills, IL

#4 Aug 4, 2012
I will not vote for Quinn, Dadddona or Shapiro or the mayor for that matter.

Somebody please put together a new party with 3 trustees and a mayor candidate.

Quinn and the mayor don't give a shit about anything but their axes to grind with each other and Dalzell is Quinn's pony boy.

Put 4 fresh faces in there. Kitching and Quinn and rumored Dadonna in mayor's race will cancel each other out. The three of them running will piss everyone off and will allow an EVERYMAN or EVERYWOMAN to sneak in and right this sinking ship. 3 trustees and a mayor will have the voting power for two years. Then maybe Dalzell and Ryan will play fair and Jim McGreal as the 6th trustee won't matter.

Get Quinn, Daddonna and Pat out of here. Sorry Shapiro, you too.
Alsip

United States

#5 Aug 5, 2012
"Right this sinking ship"???? You must be uninformed. The Village of Alsip under Mayor Kitching has never been in BETTER shape financially in it's History!!!! In 2005 when Mayor Kitching took office, we were millions of dollars in debt, 7 years later, even with a terrible economy, we have a 5 million dollar SURPLUSS!!!! Maybe your the one with the axe to grind! Get your facts straight before you spout off loser!
AntiBigGov

Palos Hills, IL

#6 Aug 5, 2012
Just wondering what everyone thinks of the intended Dalzell/Quinn power grab by basically downsizing the mayoral position and instead having the board vote on hiring a new full-time "business manager"that takes over most of the mayor-elect's power.So in other words as long as he keeps the majority of the board happy, he is exempt from elections! Dalzell's reasoning for this proposal is that the election process is a distraction and prevents consistent leadership!Or should we say...dictatorship.Did Dalzell mention that the candidates for the revamped mayor and manager positions would likely be himself and Quinn? Scary stuff in Alsip.
Chip-a-wa-wa

Chicago, IL

#7 Aug 5, 2012
AntiBigGov wrote:
Just wondering what everyone thinks of the intended Dalzell/Quinn power grab by basically downsizing the mayoral position and instead having the board vote on hiring a new full-time "business manager"that takes over most of the mayor-elect's power.So in other words as long as he keeps the majority of the board happy, he is exempt from elections! Dalzell's reasoning for this proposal is that the election process is a distraction and prevents consistent leadership!Or should we say...dictatorship.Did Dalzell mention that the candidates for the revamped mayor and manager positions would likely be himself and Quinn? Scary stuff in Alsip.
Mayor Kitching and his Action Party buddies made department head appointments 1 week before Newly Elected Trustees John Ryan and Richard Dalzell were seated, to protect those who the Mayor wanted to protect, like Building Inspector Spongberg, who is an Action party member making $93,000.00 per yr , with only "2" people in his department. Why didn't the Mayor make an appointment list this year?
Chip-a-wa-wa

Palos Hills, IL

#10 Aug 8, 2012
People need to go after the other power grub in this town. Little Napoleon Pierce at District 126.

Take a gander at his meeting agenda for tonight and see that he is about to give his buddy Craig another fat raise, probably to about 250K.

on his agenda he has an item to waive the limitations on administrative salaries. I don't know what this actually means, but it sounds like more fat raises for his front office.

take a look under the school board section at: www.dist126.org

The meeting is at 7:00 at Prairie Jr. High.

Remember, this is Kitchin's nephew. High salaries run in the blood.
Denial

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 9, 2012
Alsip taxpayer's share of the Billion dollar water project without cost over runs should anger and annoy all Alsip residents. Is the mayor really thinking about the taxpayers and this Jawa water project?
AlsipLove

United States

#13 Aug 9, 2012
Denial, it's clear you don't live in Alsip and your only concern is Jawa. Go harass your own damn Mayor and stay out of Alsip's business!!!!!!!
Notice

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 10, 2012
Mayor Kitching, Clerk VenHuisen and Trustee Shapiro are out distributing more flyers today, that say the Village Trustees are trying to change your form of government. I was at the last meeting and Trustee John Ryan said they were reducing the pay for Elected officials in 2013. Trustee Dalzell was identifing the need for more professional assistance in the Mayor's office, in the form of a Village Administrator (which can only happen after the next election, if the Board and Mayor choose that option. Trustee Quinn pointed out that our Finance Director is the Village Administrator (as he runs the Village Hall), however, he's leaving in November. WHAT PART OF THE FLYER BEING DISTRIBUTED IS TRUE. MAYOR KITCHING AND jOHN SHAPIRO ARE INTENIONALLY PISSING OFF THE RESIDENTS, TO SAVE THEIR PAYCHECKS AND INSURANCE, SHOULD THEY BE RE-ELECTED. THE MAYOR ALREADY RECIEVES A VERY LUCERATIVE PENSION FROM THE ALSIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU SPELL MONEY!!!
Denial

Chicago, IL

#15 Aug 10, 2012
Taxpayers can not afford any of the sweet heart deals dumped on them in the current down turned economy.
AlsipLove

United States

#16 Aug 10, 2012
Lol, I think judging by last Monday's village board meeting, the only people that are pissing the village residents off are the 5 Trustees of the Unity Party; Quinn, Dalzell, Ryan, McGreal, and Dadonna!
watcher

Palos Hills, IL

#17 Aug 10, 2012
AlsipLove wrote:
Lol, I think judging by last Monday's village board meeting, the only people that are pissing the village residents off are the 5 Trustees of the Unity Party; Quinn, Dalzell, Ryan, McGreal, and Dadonna!
The ironic thing about it is that Daddonna is so dense he doesn't realize he is being played by Dalzell and McGreal. They aren't up for re-election, but Steve is. He is a sacrificial lamb. He rode in on the coattails of the mayor and is going to ride out in a bitter defeat.
Denial

Chicago, IL

#18 Aug 10, 2012
Denial

Chicago, IL

#19 Aug 10, 2012
Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail - latimes.com
STOCKTON This Gold Rush-era port city, an epicenter of California's agricultural exports, will become the nation's largest city to seek protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code after its City Council on Tuesday stopped bond payments, slashed employee health and retirement benefits and adopted a day-to-day survival budget.
City Manager Bob Deis likened the process to cutting off an arm to save the body. He is expected to file bankruptcy papers immediately. A Delta wind had scrubbed the Central Valley sky blue as residents gathered hours early for the 5:30 p.m. meeting.Most knew what the night held; bankruptcy has been a long time coming. Stockton has been in negotiations with its creditors since late March under AB 506, a new California law requiring mediation before a municipality can file for reorganization of debt. It was the first use of the law, and policy analysts who watched its torturous and tedious progress have titled their report on it "Death by a Thousand Meetings." Mediations ended Monday at midnight. Recent council meetings have been boisterous and contentious. Tuesday night's meeting was quieter, with an evident sadness on faces in the packed audience. Many residents said they were there mostly to hear for themselves that the day so long expected had finally come."It's a seminal moment in this city's history and I needed to be here," said Dwight Williams, who runs a nonprofit housing organization. "I can't just read about this in tomorrow's paper. I need to hear for myself if there is some inkling as to where we go from here."La Vonne Belli, 84, said she was there to hear what people had to say."I don't mean those people up there on the dais in their comfortable chairs. I mean the little people, the real people," she said. "The ones who have to keep muddling through somehow."Almost all who spoke to the council began with some version of: "I was born and raised here."Although a city of almost 300,000, Stockton is a place where many families have known one another for generations. The most impassioned speakers argued on behalf of others, with the main rallying cry a plea to keep health insurance for retirees with illnesses. A high school student spoke of his aunt, a retired city worker with cancer, and a retired fire chief spoke of his former secretary who cares for her ill husband."People look at me and say,'Well he can afford his own insurance,' and I can," said Gary Gillis, the retired chief. "But how about the ones who mowed the lawns, went in the sewers, typed my letters? We have to protect the most vulnerable among us."Experts say there are no clear answers to what comes next for Stockton or how its fall will affect the rest of the state.
Denial

Chicago, IL

#20 Aug 10, 2012
Other cities hit hard by the housing bust and state budget crisis are negotiating with employee unions for concessions and are watching to see if municipal bankruptcy proves medicine or poison.

The stated purpose of AB 506 to forestall a municipal bankruptcy failed, but several bankruptcy attorneys said the mediation may help Stockton avoid the string of lawsuits that faced the smaller city of Vallejo, which recently emerged from a bankruptcy case filed in 2008.

How Stockton found itself so mired in debt can be seen everywhere in the city's core. There is a sparkling marina, high-rise hotel and promenade financed by credit in the mid-2000s, mere blocks from where mothers won't let their children play in the yard because of violence.

During the economic boom, this working-class city with pockets of entrenched poverty tried to reinvent itself as a draw to Bay Area refugees and a popular site for conventions. It offered generous city employee pension plans and benefits.

Vast housing tracts of two-story homes were built at the city's edges. Private citizens, like the city, bought on credit. Those neighborhoods would soon have among the highest rates of foreclosures in the nation.

Indeed, when the bust came, few places fell as hard as Stockton. The city has the second-highest rate of foreclosures in the country and the second-highest rate of violent crime in the state.

The city made $90 million in drastic cuts from the general fund in the last three years, including reducing the police department by 25%, the fire department by 30%, and cutting pay and benefits to all employees. There is a state investigation into whether Stockton's financial devastation was entirely due to shortsighted optimism or if there was corruption. The state mediation law requires assigning blame.

But on Tuesday some of the blame and anger seemed to be set aside for a moment.

"All that's left is sadness," said Gillis, who said he lived his boyhood dream by becoming fire chief in his hometown. "Stockton has the most good, solid, down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. And now things are going to get even harder for many of them."

diana.marcum@latimes.com
Denial

Chicago, IL

#21 Aug 11, 2012
Notice wrote:
Mayor Kitching, Clerk VenHuisen and Trustee Shapiro are out distributing more flyers today, that say the Village Trustees are trying to change your form of government. I was at the last meeting and Trustee John Ryan said they were reducing the pay for Elected officials in 2013. Trustee Dalzell was identifing the need for more professional assistance in the Mayor's office, in the form of a Village Administrator (which can only happen after the next election, if the Board and Mayor choose that option. Trustee Quinn pointed out that our Finance Director is the Village Administrator (as he runs the Village Hall), however, he's leaving in November. WHAT PART OF THE FLYER BEING DISTRIBUTED IS TRUE. MAYOR KITCHING AND jOHN SHAPIRO ARE INTENIONALLY PISSING OFF THE RESIDENTS, TO SAVE THEIR PAYCHECKS AND INSURANCE, SHOULD THEY BE RE-ELECTED. THE MAYOR ALREADY RECIEVES A VERY LUCERATIVE PENSION FROM THE ALSIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU SPELL MONEY!!!
Lansing may be a small south suburban village but the trustees there stepped up big time to eliminate the kind of excessive and unaffordable pension sweetener that typifies the irresponsible pension policies that have left Illinois pension systems on the brink of bankruptcy. Following BGA disclosures of early retirement pension boosts that have cost the village $2.5 million and counting, village trustees voted to eliminate the sweeteners to get pension costs under control. This is a microcosm of what needs to be done at the city, county and state level to reform a system that is unaffordable and unsustainable.
"Little Lansing sent a major message," said BGA president and CEO Andy Shaw, "and we hope that government leaders around the state are listening because they need to show the same kind of courage in rescuing their pension systems so taxpayers don't get hit with unaffordable pension bills."
Denial

Chicago, IL

#22 Aug 11, 2012
Notice wrote:
Mayor Kitching, Clerk VenHuisen and Trustee Shapiro are out distributing more flyers today, that say the Village Trustees are trying to change your form of government. I was at the last meeting and Trustee John Ryan said they were reducing the pay for Elected officials in 2013. Trustee Dalzell was identifing the need for more professional assistance in the Mayor's office, in the form of a Village Administrator (which can only happen after the next election, if the Board and Mayor choose that option. Trustee Quinn pointed out that our Finance Director is the Village Administrator (as he runs the Village Hall), however, he's leaving in November. WHAT PART OF THE FLYER BEING DISTRIBUTED IS TRUE. MAYOR KITCHING AND jOHN SHAPIRO ARE INTENIONALLY PISSING OFF THE RESIDENTS, TO SAVE THEIR PAYCHECKS AND INSURANCE, SHOULD THEY BE RE-ELECTED. THE MAYOR ALREADY RECIEVES A VERY LUCERATIVE PENSION FROM THE ALSIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU SPELL MONEY!!!
Markham Mayor David Webb who is also the chair of the JAWA Board received a $1,500.00 "campaign donation" from the engineering firm of Postl-Yore right after they were given the JAWA contract.
Deer Parker

Chicago, IL

#23 Aug 12, 2012
Mayor Kitching and his Action Party Buddies are trying to fool the entire community once again. They don't like competition. They think the residents are stupid. Thats why they distributed literature at the last election, to tell you that Rick Dalzell is BAD for Alsip and now their at it again, distributing literature, telling the residents that Rick is BAD for recognizing that the administration in the Village Hall is doing the bulk of the Mayor's job. The Trustees know whats best, thats why the Village voted for them. The Action Party participants have slowly been eliminated in recent elections and Shapiro dosen't stand a chance of being re-elected, unless he supports the Residents, by reducing the salaries for Elected Officials.

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