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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
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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