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Plainfield Park Board to Revisit House Bill, Resolution to Add Commissioners

Two votes were set aside last month due to the absence of two commissioners.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The Plainfield Park District Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet Wednesday to vote on two measures that could expand the board from five to seven members.

The board is slated to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Professional Center, 24023 W. Lockport St.


One item up for a vote is a resolution to support House Bill 5593, which would allow state legislators to appoint two new board members in an effort aimed to dilute the influence of the past board majority. After two years, the new members would then be up for election.

The bill,  sponsored by State Reps. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Natalie Manley (D-Joliet), last month passed the House with 100 yes votes, 12 nos and 2 "present" votes. The measure is awaiting a vote in the Senate, where it is sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

At the board's April meeting, commissioners Larry Newton and Mary Kay Ludemann voted to support the bill, while Janet Silosky voted no, saying that, "from a legal standpoint, it opens up a Pandora's box."

With president Peter Hurtado and commissioner Peter Steinys both absent, the 2-1 vote wasn't enough to legally pass a resolution to support the bill, so it will return for another vote on Wednesday.

Another resolution — this one favored by Silosky — would also add two new board members, but it would be done in house. If it passes, the two new members would not join the board until after the April 2015 election.

That vote was also tabled at the April meeting on the motion of Silosky, who noted, "I think I know how that vote will be."

The board is also slated to select the winner of the Norman Greenway dog park naming contest on Wednesday.

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Tim May 11, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Janet - RESIGN! (And peter and peter)That is all you need to do. Nothing more, and nothing less. When(not if) the bill passes the Senate, the bill goes into effect immediately. But instead, Janet from another planet wants to support something that won't take effect for at least another year. Of course these clowns are going to support this, it directly protects their political positions. It took her all of a few weeks to show her true colors again, after that fake come to jesus moment she pretended to have oh so publicly. Now, it wasn't important to put something like this on the ballot, because they don't really care about this. Instead it is a direct reaction to the bill aimed to stop them specifically. It takes a special kind of stupid to vote to do this in house. This is literally state-wide news, and is all the talk in the industry publications. Continuing to vote personal politics over the good of the community is going to be a reputation that will be with you the rest of your life. It won't be the "go on speaking engagements" type of reputation either... it will be "OK, I know who you are. There's the door" kind of reputation. This is the PTRO in a nutshell, destroy the community for the benefits of the ego of a few, no matter what the cost. This type of piss-poor logic and hilariously amusing and obviously wrong interpretation of the law(A pandoras box? really?), has pecks fingerprints all over it. And how have things worked out for him lately? The internet never forgets... your names will be no farther away than a quick google search, where public documents with your names on them will forever live.
my conscience May 11, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Tarrant needs to bring the bill up for a vote. After the House bill passes the Senate, then it is signed into law. Isn't it a bit pompous for Silosky to be offering her opinion on how to best select the policing board members? Why the Plainfield Park Board might feel compelled to vote to support this resolution is laughable. They ARE the reason for it!
Ed Arter May 12, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Was it Forest Gump or the guy from Dumb and Dumber who said "Stupid is, as Stupid does"?
Vicky Polito May 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
I'm looking really forward to this meeting because I hear from a few people that in part due to some solid leadership and decision making from new Interim Dir. Grodsky and in part due to some good discussion and work on our board--at least between commissioners Silosky, Ludemann, and Newton--that some positives are happening. I want to find a few seconds to say hello to Mr. Grodsky and wish him continued success, etc. This should be an interesting meeting with more good going on than I've seen in a long time. Yay for that and congrats to us all. Clearly still work to do in terms of projects and district function, still some board issues to shake out and it will be important to see how commissioner Silosky delivers on her promise to the residents to do better these next months (if she truly steps back from even the honorary role of a board officer as she said she would and takes steps every meeting to respond to the tax payers, first and foremost, etc.), but things ARE moving toward improving and it should be a very good meeting, really. A pivotal one, anyway, and worth going to. Hope to see many neighbors and friends there!

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