Letter: Peter's Law and the First Sign of the Apocalypse.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
This must be a sign of the apocalypse for the Plainfield Park District majority.

Peter's Law may be the result of a park district majority out of control, when the state legislature feels they must  step in, the result could be "Peter's Law."

Tom Cross on WJOL Friday morning said that he and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant are drafting legislation to fix the Plainfield Park District problem by creating a new law, "Peter's Law."

Wow, at first blush I don't like it. I don't like the legislature stepping in to fix any local board. I additionally don't like any watering down of local voters ability to choose their own local boards by having mayors appoint board members.  

And, I don't like the legislature needing to step in when a majority of a board is out of control.  

"Peter's Law " would be a long-term solution to a short-term problem. The fix to this problem is much easier. The solution is for a the majority of the Plainfield Park District Board to resign.

Since we have almost four years until we can remove Peter Hurtado from the Park District Board through the election process, I understand and support some solution by the legislature. I also applaud the effort of our local legislators to try to help fix the problem of the Plainfield Park Districts recent problems.

Pete Hurtado, Janet Silosky, Peter Steinys, please resign and get out of the way of your community's desire for a really good park district. Please don't let your legacy be "Peter's Law."

Michael Kelly
Plainfield Township Resident
Tim February 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Good observations Mr. Kelly. It is a sad state of affairs that these 3 inept board members are letting stubbornness get in the way of the voice of an entire community, for nothing more than what they think is their personal gain. But what is that gain? For the rest of their life, they will be known as the ones who were so poor at their elected jobs, that the state of Illinois had to step in. For a state as bad off as Illinois to have to correct you, you can be assured that you are going down in the history books, and not in a good way. Each one of them has put their family name in the 'loss' column, forever. Their negative agenda at the expense of the residents is literally eating away at any value this town had left. The fact that they are still holding on so tightly to these positions, when facing the fact that statewide legislation is being drafted specifically to stop them, is absolutely pathetic. On top of that, the longer they stay current members of the PTRO, the more they will destroy that organization as well. One has to wonder how much else, and how many other lives, they are going to destroy in their time here.
Larry Newton February 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Thank you once again, Mr. Kelly
Frank February 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM
These people now have every reason to do the right thing and step down. It's not just a few squeaky wheels; it's the vast majority of the community. The problem is so deep and so dire, that lawmakers in Springfield are stepping in to enact legislature to right this wrong and hopefully put safeguards in place to help prevent it from happening again. Why wait until the community becomes known as "the birthplace of Peter's Law?" Hasn't enough damage already been done? Is our village earning this dubious distinction what you really want to leave behind as your legacy? Does this village really deserve that? Please, put your personal agendas aside for a moment, do some deep soul-searching over the long weekend, and do the right thing before this has to happen. If you do not, and our village earns this moniker because of you, you can trust that every major media outlet from Chicago to Springfield will grab on to this. Would you rather it be reported that you backed away to do what is in the best interest of the village, or would you rather be known locally and possibly nationally, as the people who gave birth to "Peter's Law?" Seriously, please, think about it.
Think About It February 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Bad News Bears February 16, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Thank you Mr. Kelly. And Frank is right. Please step down Hurtado, Silotsky and Steinys. You have become laughing stocks in Will County, don't become laughing stocks of the state. This legislature will bring the major media channels here for all to see. Don't just think about Plainfield, think about your families. It's time to put your monsterous egos aside, for once, and do the right thing
my conscience February 16, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Cross honestly called it "Peter's Law"?
Frank February 16, 2014 at 07:16 PM
I believe Mr. Kelly stated "could be." To my knowledge, Cross never labeled it anything. I think the reference, based on the context, was made to what the townsfolk probably would probably term it.
my conscience February 16, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Shannon, did Michael Kelly coin the term "Peter's Law" in his letter, or did Tom Cross actually say "Peter's Law" on WJOL?
Dave D February 16, 2014 at 07:44 PM
It is sad that the 2 Peters and Janet can't read the writing on the wall. Talk about over staying your welcome.
Mary Ludemann February 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM
It is very sad that this board majority won't step down even after all the calls for them to do so. That is why I support this legislation. Does it seem extreme that the state has to step in and fix a local problem? Yes, but this local problem does not have a local fix in sight until the first member of this board majority comes up for reelection in 2017. If this board majority could cause so much turmoil in 8 months imagine what they could accomplish in 3 more years. Thank you to everyone in the community for standing up to this board majority.
camaro1 February 16, 2014 at 08:41 PM
I can see Peter Hurtado smiling and laughing about all of this now, just like he does when people speak out during public comment!
Mary Ludemann February 16, 2014 at 08:44 PM
It is very sad that this board majority won't step down even after all the calls for them to do so. That is why I support this legislation. Does it seem extreme that the state has to step in and fix a local problem? Yes, but this local problem does not have a local fix in sight until the first member of this board majority comes up for reelection in 2017. If this board majority could cause so much turmoil in 8 months imagine what they could accomplish in 3 more years. Thank you to everyone in the community for standing up to this board majority.
Bad News Bears February 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Mary, I think we all have had this problem. Someone seems to like to sit at their computer and suppress the 1st Amendment. It's like a temper tantrum from a very sore loser.
Mary Ludemann February 16, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Agreed Bad News Bears, I started noticing my comments disappearing last week.
Tim February 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Thanks Ms. Ludemann. I have seen your comments, and then seen them vanish. It has been happening to my comments for almost a month now. While I could make an educated guess on the details of what is happening, all I can say with absolute certainty is that if you wait a few hours, your original post will show back up again in the order it was posted. Also, if your account settings allow for it(I think it is the default), you will get an email notification of every new post. These come in real time, and are unable to be 'filtered'. Everyone who has posted before you will also see your comment in email, no matter if they vanish for a few hours or not.
Ron Jidzny February 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Hello Mary, all of my comments are being removed for some reason too. I don't think someone likes what I post here on Patch.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) February 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Sorry about the disappearing comments, folks. I had to be away from my desk for most of the weekend so I wasn't able to restore unnecessarily flagged comments as quickly as usual.
Ron Jidzny February 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Thank you Shannon....it's unfortunate that you are required to do the unnecessary work of someone who doens't like the commenting policy.
Think About It February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I can't speak for all of us commenters on Patch but with so many unecessarlly flagged comments, I think it's time we asked Shannon Antinori what we can do to help Patch since it is such a great publication for measureing and making clear the voices of the the citizens and the voters of the Plaiinfiled Community. Thank You, Shannon!!!
Tim February 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM
TIA - Just keep doing what you are doing. Many people have decided to start email chains of these comments, and sending them to friends and family(since emails can't be flagged like this). Ironically, the attempt to 'flag' so many comments and disrupt the conversation has begun to bring it to an even wider audience. The attempt at restricting the posts, has directly led to them becoming even more popular and widely circulated. Thank Shannon? Sure, she does a great job here. But we should really be thanking the people flagging the posts, without them these comments would have only spread to 1/10th of their current audience. The last email chain circulating that I received had over 600+ addresses in the chain. And there are many such chains just like it. So... let the flagging continue! I doubt the flaggers understand the result of what they are doing, and it is quite amusing to see it have the exact opposite effect they intended. To be fair, we aren't dealing with the smartest bunch here, so it is to be somewhat expected that they don't understand how the internet works.
Vicki Knight February 17, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Thank you Mr. Kelly for your letter and speaking out on the legislation that Tom Cross has proposed. It is sad that this could not have been fixed at the local level with the Park District Board majority stepping down and the State has now had to now step in. It is disappointing to see Mary Ludeman's post that even with the State proposal, the Board Majority is still so self centered on their own power and self interests, that they would not step down. At the local level, the voters are the ones who will decide who the next elected officials will be on the park district board, but with the state coming in, the voters will lose the right to decide all of the officials that will be on that board. It is sad that it took Tom Cross to come in to get something done about this problem and that our local officials could not do something about this...On another note, I have not seen any posts recently from plainfieldpete, I guess he has nothing to say about Tom Cross coming in with this legislation???
Don Gettys February 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Also involved here: The Peter Principle. People will rise to their level of incompetence. Many of the players of this soap opera exemplify this.


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