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Cross to Introduce Bill to 'Reshape' Plainfield Park District Board

The legislation would increase the board from the current five to nine members.

Tom Cross, R-Oswego. Photo Credit: File photo
Tom Cross, R-Oswego. Photo Credit: File photo
State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) said he's introducing legislation he says will reshape the Plainfield Park District board by increasing it from five to nine members.

House Bill 5593 calls for park district boards like Plainfield's to have five elected members, and four members who would be appointed by municipal officials for initial two-year terms.

According to a synopsis of the bill, the legislation "Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district that serves a population within at least 2, but no more than 4, municipalities and serves within a county with a population greater than 100,000 but less than 200,000 shall have a board of commissioners consisting of 9 members (instead of 5 members) that includes 4 appointed commissioners. Sets forth the procedures for appointing the commissioners and the length of their initial and subsequent terms."

Click here to read the full text.

“Government, at all levels, needs to be accountable and responsible to taxpayers and the Plainfield Park District Board is failing at those duties right now,” Cross said in a press release. “After consulting with local Mayors and elected officials, it was determined that the right action was to take bold action to address this problem and prevent further abuses.”

According to Cross, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will file a similar Bill in the Senate.

Cross is slated to discuss the legislation with the media during a Friday afternoon conference call. 

Check back with Patch for an update after the call.
Vicki Knight February 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Thank you State Representative Tom Cross for stepping in and taking some action against the Plainfield Park District Board majority hopefully sending them a message that finally it wasn't just 25 people against them or the ones that signed a letter were nobody's or people on the Patch were just Radicals and only a handful of people and that people were racist. This shows there are officials listening and willing to take a stand. Just like the Township Board did this week and others that have come out and voiced their opinions at ppd meetings and on the Patch
Plainfield Independent February 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM
It's sad that it had to go on for nine months before some of our local elected leaders have gotten involved. While this is a good sign, I'm still not impressed, especially one month before election. While the attention here is at the park board majority, I still have no confidence and no trust in village trustee garrett peck. He has selected to take a certain course as the former ED of the park district and I'm greatly concerned he is still serving in another capacity based on his prior actions and words. He has never publicly apologized to the citizens he represents but he has to the Republican party. Based on that, he is putting his political party before the people. The people are the boss, not political parties. Pay attention to what happens on the Village Board level and stay vigilant!
M Hunt February 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I heard this morning that three appointees will be by Plainfield's mayor and one by Romeoville's mayor. What about those of us with a Plainfield address who vote for the Joliet mayor. We were already dissed by the current board when they gave away the church agreement. I think our mayor should get one appointee out of the four proposed.
Vicky Polito February 14, 2014 at 01:47 PM
M. Hunt--I have heard that was indeed a mistake that Rep. Cross and staff will address.
Bad News Bears February 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Hmmmm, I'm wondering who the appointees will be. It's a sad day when the state gov't needs to get involved in a Park District issue. Hurtado, Silotsky and Steinys should be too embarrassed to show their faces, yet I doubt they take any personal responsibility for the epic mess they have created. You 3 sure do want what's best for the town you claim to love so much (insert sarcasm here)
Frank February 14, 2014 at 02:23 PM
25 or fewer people care about this issue, yet State Representative Cross, State Senator Bertino-Tarrant, the Mayors and Village Boards of four local municipalities, the Plainfield Township Board, the Attorney General's office and the Will County State's Attorney are all involved in straightening it out. The question of the day is "who underestimated whom?" Methinks that 25 is actually 2,500. Maybe more.
Jimmy Parks February 14, 2014 at 02:23 PM
@BNB, you have that correct. They are the 3 worst commissioners of all time. Hurtado is just too much of a rube to realize it. Thanks to Vicky P. for all the information sharing. It is really amazing how just putting information out for everyone speaks volumes. Maybe the 3 dopes will take something away from this (insert disbelief of that ever happening here)
Plainfield Independent February 14, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Who is the worst Plainfield Village Trustee? Which one don't you trust? Which one has no credibility?
Bad News Bears February 14, 2014 at 03:57 PM
PI - I would answer but I do not have a fund set aside for frivolous lawsuits
Vicki Knight February 14, 2014 at 06:13 PM
PI- We all know the answer to that question!!!!!! and BNB is probably correct, we just have to get Tim's perspective on that statement.
Vicki Knight February 14, 2014 at 06:19 PM
PI-Another comment on your statement, I don't think anyone has any trust or confidence in a certain village trustee either. And there is NO WAY he will ever win that back!!!!!Apologize? He is to egotistical to ever think he did anything wrong to the people of Plainfield. But the voters will prove him wrong in the next years by never allowing him to win another political postion.
Tim February 14, 2014 at 07:01 PM
When you squeeze Oranges, you get Orange juice, not apple juice. When you squeeze a certain trustee... well, we all have seen what he is made of. As a bonus, we got to see what the mayor was made of today as well.
Tim February 14, 2014 at 09:29 PM
How quaint. I see the 'flagging patrol' is busy taking my posts down all over the place tonight.
Ron Jidzny February 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Has the Patch changed their comment policy? I have reviewed the Terms of Service and it appears it hasn't changed. I wonder why they are disappearing.
Bad News Bears February 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM
I'm wondering why only Tim's comments keep getting flagged. Other people have been saying not very complementary things about Peck and the 3 Stooges. Is this really about a lawsuit Peck lost to him?
Tim February 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM
BNB - Small men, do small things.
Bad News Bears February 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Tim - this isn't small, though this man suffers from small man syndrome, obviously not just from his height. This does nothing but make him ridiculous (which I really don't care) and makes me have a hard time following the thread (which I do care about)
Tim February 15, 2014 at 07:41 AM
BNB - I know. It does make it hard to read along. It also makes my posts have more power, and draws more attention to them. I wonder how long it will take that little Klan to figure out they are having exactly the opposite effect that they think they are.
Tim February 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM
The flagging of my posts has even broken this article. The link in this article was a link to my post to HB5593, which now shows as unavailable. I wonder if the flaggers know that my posts are getting passed around in emails to even more people now that their flagging is identified, bringing the posts to an even wider audience than if they left them alone? Nah, they don't seem like the type who understand how the internet works... I couldn't ask for better publicity than what they are doing all on their own.
Ron Jidzny February 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM
My posts are disappearing too, what is going on here.
Ericus Alanas February 15, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Again, Plainfield residents cant even vote 5 correctly, 9 will be a complete failure in 4 years, this bandaid fix is the incorrect solution. Just do a recall vote like they did up north.
Mary Ludemann February 16, 2014 at 08:49 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.

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