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Bob Stone July 25, 2014 at 01:08 PM
They're coming from the farm house on the SW corner of 143rd and Drauden. Very, very annoying!!
Ron Jidzny July 25, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Is that illegal?
Vicky Polito July 25, 2014 at 02:43 PM
One of my friends who lives in Dayfield has often told me that they regularly hear gunfire fromRead Morethat area, during hunting seasons, and that they've called into the village to complain and the village does not have the jurisdiction to do anything to curb it. I don't know if that's all correct, but maybe this is part of that? Though, I don't think we're in any hunting season right now. Now that I think of it, I doubt it's gunfire/hunting as I can also hear that in the mornings during hunting seasons and I live up north of 135th, west of Rt. 30.
my conscience July 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I hope the Patch continues to engage in issues of local importance (as a legitimate news source).Read MoreBu t your right Tim, recent news reporting activity seems something less than hyper.
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Just FYI, I recently spoke to someone close to the Patch management and understand that Patch mayRead Morebe under-going some changes soon, in part to get back to a more local focus, with less commercial/promotional blogs (i.e., ads as news), etc. I guess we will all see how that works out. Might take a few weeks?
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 09:05 AM
RJ/others--while sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my friend, I am not a buyer overall of theRead MoreIllin ois Policy Institute's nonsense. They are an uber-elitist, Koch Brothers and others funded lobbyist group masquerading as a charity (hey, looky, we don't pay taxes and we can be all non-transparent about who funds us!). This whole bent they push on "transparency" is a loss-leader for a larger and negative deal they want to close in local governments, and I don't like the scam of it or their own non-transparent behavior. Also, it was one of the IPI guys, Brian Costin, who didn't end up showing at the Apr 1st, 2014 reg PTPD meeting after Peter Hurtado had booked him to give the community and the board a presentation on a transparency checklist. (An especially stupid idea since we were in the mid-stages of PTPD meltdown and transparency is the LAST thing Hurtado and pals were or are interested in!). The IPI was not re-booked for the gig at PTPD, either. IPI are fakers, pretenders to better government.
Ron Jidzny July 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Vicky, the Illinois Policy Institute is who they receive the award from.Read Morehttp://www.illinoispolicy.o rg/illinois-sunshine-award-winners/ In fact, Plainfield finishes right towards the bottom of all the award winners at 59th out of 62 award winners. Almost dead last. If they want to improve, disclose the board packets. That will help their transparency score. Aren't all these so called 'republicans' that occupy the Village Board majority supposed to promote transparency in government? I'll continue to raise a stink, ask questions, and call those out who do nothing and sit silent. What's the worst that could happen - I get sued? Good luck with that! Lets get one thing straight, the Village Administration and the Village Board works for us - we don't work for them.
Vicky Polito July 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM
RJ--sorry if I was unclear. Yes, I know IPI gives out the "award". Brian MurphyRead Moreactually spoke about this at a Coffee with the Mayor, I think back this spring or late winter? What I'm saying is the award is kind of a sham to me. Now, it's true that the IPI doesn't put up false criteria, so the checklist is not an invalid tool. It's also not a very original or innovative tool, it's sort of "well, DUH!" list. I just think the IPI uses the transparency banner as a front, for things far less good for the general public. In any event, IPI doesn't sell with me. Lastly, of course it's very true that elected officials work for the public. But, you know, the bosses have to show up, too, if the work is going to get done well.
Tinfoil Hat July 25, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Vicki, what are you talking about now? You are killing me! Did you escape from the local mentalRead Morehosp ital?
Vicky Polito July 25, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Not talking to you there, Mr. Hat, talking to Mr. Jidzny (though, the story's made the rounds soRead Morewid ely that I think he's already in the know).
my conscience July 25, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Mr. Hat, We know who has GUTS. He is a friend of ours. And you, Mr. Hat, have no GUTS.
my conscience July 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM
That's not fair. Bill did wish for the wind to blow down the dead ash trees. That's something.
Ed Arter July 15, 2014 at 01:04 AM
I'm sure DuPont has Lake testing equipment. I think DuPont makes burgler alarms and have DuPontRead Morechem ical formulas for DuPont asphalt products that work well in bumpy DuPont conditions. The many DuPont years of experience that Mr Lamb, who was/is a highly respected DuPont Chemical Engineer and the between the DuPont lines, questional inventor of DuPont Gun Powder, have proved him to be a DuPont wizard at all DuPont things and he speaks of them well ...every chance he gets...no matter if DuPont makes sense to others or not. Keep up the fine DuPont work Mr Lamb, what you say about DuPont really means something to me--I think?? Did I mention DuPont?
Frank July 15, 2014 at 07:45 AM
The silent mayor and the entire village board, save for Fay and Racich, need to be voted out at the Read Moreearliest opportunity. Nothing but arrogant, anti-business friendly, tax and spend talking heads that seek not to be public servants, but to serve only their own interests. It's getting quite comical to watch. Paul Fay for Mayor...the time has come.
Vicky Polito July 04, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Good to know, Mr. Hat. I wondered because I know H&V doesn’t have anRead More“unlock-the-do or-on-election-night-for-desperate-drunk-Republican-out-casts-pounding-on-the-glass-and-begging-to-get-in-to-sit-at-the-cool-kids’-table-and-get-one-lousy-drink” policy! Republican Hangout or not, the folks running that restaurant have good sense to go with the good food.
Tinfoil Hat July 04, 2014 at 10:45 PM
I agree. What is your rant all about this time?
Julie M. Milavec July 07, 2014 at 04:45 PM
The Plainfield Public Library is located a 1/2 block north of Lockport Street on Illinois Street,Read Morewi th public restrooms available next to the elevator on both the upper and lower levels. The Library is open until 9pm.
Shannon Antinori July 01, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Oh no!
Joe A. Keslin July 01, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Looks like a good excuse to get a newer and bigger one!
Renee Mills James July 02, 2014 at 09:10 AM
it just looks like it blew over. No signs of damage. I am sure if you pick it up it will be justRead Moref ine.
eric June 27, 2014 at 09:45 AM
any information or if you witnessed this accident, please contactRead More59renwickbikecrash@gmail.com tha nk you for caring about our friend!
Eric R Thompson July 13, 2014 at 09:46 AM
As of this writing, nothing more. That is, the garage and adjacent structure remain open to theRead Morepub lic. Of course, the 8x11 'No Trespassing' sign is certain to discourage the curious. I believe it is relatively evident that Village Administrators and Public Safety personnel allow this to happen because they can. When there is no accountability nor communication, then municipal, state, and even federal officials act with impunity. If the building were located outside of Brian Murphy's subdivision or the Mayor's, I am certain that something would be done.
Ron Jidzny July 13, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Eric,You have provided public documentation of the hazards from this house but there is tornRead Morecarpeti ng at Village Hall that is being held down by duct tape which is creating 'trip hazards.' Not sure how this 'remodel' will improve services to the residents one bit. The definition of transparency around Plainfield seems to be to use a politically, rose colored, tinted, opaque glass window to filter citizen communication to marginalize y(our) concerns. There's a new development up for discussion on Monday night and guess how much information we get to see on that? The agenda, which is what's required by law. So why are the residents settling for the bare minimum? Why is it so difficult for one trustee to even ask that board packets be disclosed to the public just like every other surrounding town? How is the citizen supposed to provide any input on any project without having prior knowledge? It was even being done at the park district when Garrett Peck was the Executive Director. So why is it so different here? Does the Village Board want the public to be uninformed? The majority of these packets are all subject to FOIA but citizens shouldn't have to jump through those hoops. Which elected official is going to have the courage to speak up? I think there's a group of people that have identified what the priorities are around here and it doesn't seem to be for the citizen even though we are listed at the top of the organizational chart.
my conscience July 13, 2014 at 06:56 PM
It would be interesting to know how much the village is paying for this.
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