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joe July 21, 2014 at 06:21 am
Come on guys, give IDOT a break, there is no Adult Supervision at IDOT. If you can spell shovel inRead More three try's, you become a supervisor. And don't worry about those crews working at night like other states do, that won't happen here.
Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 11:35 am
It does seem like IDOT moves ridiculously slowly, especially to get things started. Once somethingRead More is underway, they often do better. But holy smokes it does seem to take forever to get going with them. I know some of it is working with other organizations and municipalities, but those pieces always seem to move faster than the IDOT piece. Glad it will get done, though.
Deborah Moore July 21, 2014 at 11:37 am
Im glad it's finally starting, the back ups on I 55 are so dangerous.
Dan Rutherford sings "Happy Birthday."
Bambi July 16, 2014 at 11:37 am
I think it was very tacky. If I had just lost my husband 3 months ago, I wouldn't want someone toRead More remind me of his birthday in a public way like that. I would already be aware of it and prefer to grieve and remember him without publicity.
Karen M. Bushy July 16, 2014 at 11:50 am
"Bambi", Mr. Rutherford does not do it in a "public way". It is an email thatRead More comes to your own personal email box if you register your birthday with Mr. Rutherford's website. It was Mr. Brady who chose to make the birthday greeting public, not Mr. Rutherford. If Mr. Brady didn't want it publicized, he could have and should have just deleted it and moved on. Why does his deceased wife still have an email account that he is monitoring? That would be the bigger question in my mind.
Walter White July 16, 2014 at 04:35 pm
Another proud member of the Stupid Party.
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Tim July 14, 2014 at 09:33 pm
And where is the pact between Plainfield and IDOT? If you want to see how long this pattern ofRead More incompetence has been around, just take a look at the linked story here "Village gets preview of Route 30 Improvements". Fix your roads to make your commute safer and easier? nah, they would rather fix the carpet in their offices for the same price, and STILL raise taxes. Every time you drive on this road, remember the people currently holding these offices in Plainfield don't care one bit about you. Sure, they will claim to when they are playing politician, but their actions in the 2 years since will tell quite a different story.
Tim July 14, 2014 at 09:36 pm
And where is the pact between Plainfield and IDOT? If you want to see how long this pattern ofRead More incompetence has been around, just take a look at the linked story here "Village gets preview of Route 30 Improvements". Fix your roads to make your commute safer and easier? nah, they would rather fix the carpet in their offices for the same price, and STILL raise taxes. Every time you drive on this road, remember the people currently holding these offices in Plainfield don't care one bit about you. Sure, they will claim to when they are playing politician, but their actions in the 2 years since will tell quite a different story. I see Joliet has come into the 21st century, and is streaming the meetings right on the website, live. Way to go Plainfield, the world is passing you by and showcasing your failure to keep up... again.
joe July 15, 2014 at 08:06 am
Widening RT-30 is long, long overdue. And I couldn't agree with Tim more. The only timeRead More politicians are concerned about issues that affect the public is at election time.
State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet. Credit: File photo
seer. July 13, 2014 at 08:57 pm
if anyone knows anything about "fraud" and "theft" it's a IL/Will county Dem.
Herc July 13, 2014 at 09:52 pm
@seer........ isn't that the truth!
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Ron Jidzny July 10, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Vicky, thanks for recording this meeting and being an active citizen to shed some light on thisRead More board. If I speak up at a meeting, I'm likely to be ejected and escorted out by police even if I ask politely. There's already a history of being ejected from public meetings in Plainfield. Benjamin Franklin once said, it is the responsibility of every citizen to question authority. There's nothing wrong with asking tough questions and it may be a difference of opinion whether it's done over e-mail or out in the public like it is right here. Quite frankly, the larger the audience, the better....which is exactly what they don't want to happen. I believe the local government bodies need the active review and oversight of involved citizens. Plainfield should not add to the deplorable image of Illinois being the most corrupt state in the nation. The Chicago way will not be the Plainfield way. To that end, active citizens should continue with their FOIA requests, advocate for politicians that represent the people's needs and concerns, and keep a much more critical eye on what these politicians do in the present and in the future.
Vicky Polito July 10, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Ron, thanks and you're welcome. I would only disagree and say that when I've met them, there areRead More actually quite a good number of local public officials who DO want more people involved. A few of them sort of cringe even as they support it because they know that when we see the sausage getting made, we aren't always going to be happy and they are going to be on the line for it. Yet, there are good people who know that opening the doors and windows and packing the room is right. You're absolutely right that their are people who only mouth the words about citizen participation and government by the people for the people, etc. Some--I think they outnumber the others--simply feel like they get attacked regularly from the outside and wish people would come inside and really dig in and learn what's up and why things happen, etc. and DO THAT REPEATEDLY, CONSISTENTLY, not once every few years. More people want to work together than I think any corner of the graph realizes. So, giddy-up, let's get going getting involved! And, you would not get ejected as long as you aren't a nut, which you don't seem to be. Angry sometimes, sure. Who isn't. But, we all have to suck it up and rule our emotions instead of letting them rule us. In these meetings if we stay civil, albeit firm and direct, and participate over a long arc of meetings, we can engage anywhere and with anyone.
Ericus Alanas July 11, 2014 at 12:04 am
Getting involved with the PFD is like the PPD with a bigger budget. Personally I love all theirRead More lazyboys with personal names stitched in, cheers.
Screenshot from www.facebook.com/nrnilstormchaser showing the June 30 tornado's path.
Robert July 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Outsourcing the 9-1-1 center guarantees Roger and all his rubber stamps and department head croniesRead More will ALL get their raises. Even though the King of Bolingbrook is already one of the top 5 Highest paid mayors in the state.
Jen C July 13, 2014 at 06:17 am
If there is even a remote possibility that there's a tornado the sirens should be turned on! BetterRead More safe than sorry! I would rather make a trip to the basement than risk losing my life.
David Harrell July 14, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Every one, indoor or out, expects sirens to sound during a tornado warning, whether outdoors orRead More indoors, a siren usually can be heard, especially with windows open. No excuses, they fell down on this one.
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Tim July 8, 2014 at 03:55 pm
Excellent! It's nice to be able to trust the direction of the Park District again. Credit to allRead More involved, especially Mr. Grodsky for what must haven been a challenging role to step into.
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Frank July 14, 2014 at 06:44 pm
Cat, Dale Lewis was not issued a liquor license, nor does he own the business.
Tim July 14, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Obviously 'clear as day' means something completely different to Cat. Most people can tell theRead More difference between registered business managers and liquor licenses, as legal documents. I say most people, because obviously not all people can.
Jerry July 14, 2014 at 08:52 pm
Dale Lewis' affiliation with this business should not have prevented them from obtaining a license,Read More but it will certainly prevent me from going there. When yet another of his ventures fails, likely under scandalous circumstances, the board can be blamed.
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my conscience July 8, 2014 at 02:56 pm
Vicky, I don't know about that. But on a lighter note, this is the first time I saw Tim addressRead More Ron. I look forward with great anticipation to a "dialogue" between those personalities!
Tim July 8, 2014 at 03:11 pm
MC - it has already been established, during previous case management proceedings that Ron and TimRead More are not the same person. :) My posts are usually directed 'outward' to avoid the boring, and usually petty, back-and-forth that can happen between posters. If you remember back, it took me awhile to address you directly as well. But once I knew you better, that dialogue began to flow very well. I'm remembering that 'link' situation awhile back, and your subsequent 'investigation', but that was all in good fun. It gave me a feel for who you were - That being someone who focused on the information presented, and not the person posting it. That's an important aspect of people I like to know about.
my conscience July 8, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Tim, I got it. Thanks. And I agree it's probably good for you to be suspicious of Ron. But don'tRead More shut him out completely - he does make some interesting points!
A honeybee | Credit: Ken Thomas
LunchLadyU July 8, 2014 at 09:45 pm
I like that this happened at Gate B7. haha Yes, we need bees to pollinate so we have food to eat.Read More Save the bees!
Jim July 9, 2014 at 08:59 pm
In 2011, O'Hare Airport became the first U.S. airport to open an apiary on the premises. ThatRead More spring, 28 beehives were opened as part of a conservation program, according to the City of Chicago. Hansen now oversees 75 beehives at the airport, one of the world's busiest. Why didn't THIS makes the news???? Rock on honeybees!
AJ McCrea July 14, 2014 at 10:11 am
This is not Oak Lawn news.
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Vicky Polito July 8, 2014 at 08:37 am
I didn't say anything about anyone leaving a surplus or not. Tinfoil Hat is saying that PFPD eitherRead More spends up to budget or leaves at least a “nominal amount”, which would be by definition a surplus, albeit a small one. Tax levies are passed by the electorate or they aren’t. Once voters impose a tax on themselves, to pay for anything they feel is worth supporting, why would it be bad or incorrect that a governmental unit uses the money they take in for what it was ear-marked by the public? This isn’t behind anyone’s back, it’s done with voter agreement. The challenge and the honest work comes NOT in spending nothing so that agreement becomes meaningless, it comes in spending well, spending smartly and effectively. (Man, for the days of my youth when “conservatism” meant smart spending to enrich America as a nation instead of no spending to enrich a few people at the expense of the society!) And, I’ve done budgets and while it’s bad to always be wrong in setting figures too low and constantly exceeding your budget, it would also make you lousy at drafting a budget and managing funds if you over-estimated constantly and by large amounts. Budgeting—actually writing a budget—is crafting a spending plan intelligently based on needs and resource analysis. It is NOT just holding your hand out. That’s a false tag.
Don Gettys July 8, 2014 at 08:40 am
Just a little jab from the guy who spent a decade taping Village Board meetings and lugging aroundRead More dozens of VHS tapes. I love the newer tech. I have more editing capability on my laptop than Plainfield Community TV had in the 90s. Anyway, great job. I know that this is no small effort.
Vicky Polito July 8, 2014 at 08:44 am
Oh, Mr. Gettys, I know you weren't being mean and took no offense. I do appreciate the catch,Read More really. I don't like being inaccurate. I am nearly 54 years old and I'm finally, after a handful of years of having a smart phone, actually clicking to the habit of putting the camera/recorder/Face Time options to good and productive use in a few ways. As the joke goes, let's not kid ourselves, THESE are the gold old days . . .
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oldschool July 6, 2014 at 09:36 pm
Dave's not here!!
Tim July 6, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Having peck and buddy Bonuchi on the board is exactly why Plainfield has trouble attractingRead More business. If you wanted to open a new location, would you want to deal with them? Suddenly he's pretending to be a 'legal expert', but when he's the one under investigation - "Is that illegal?" What a joke!
Tim July 7, 2014 at 06:41 pm
Bob, that's a pretty amusing word salad you have there. A few years ago, people might have believedRead More that too. But things have changed a lot since simple words were able to convince people of those things in the absence of evidence to support it. We all now know that Margie works for the employer that Roger sits on the board and is president of(and was there during the largest data breach ever experienced - do you think that magical money faries paid to resolve that?). We now also know the flip-side of that, in that Margie sits on the board that funds Rogers bumbling around in PEMA(which exactly one week ago committed the most colossal screw-up the village has seen in 24 years. magical money fairies don't pay for his PEMA take-home car either). We watched Margie involved in ballot challenges to boot people off the ballot during elections to ensure her 'friends' ran unopposed, to then go on to decimate other public services in town while she sat silent even as large protests by residents were going on. We saw her refer to 'those people' when stereotyping why she didn't want a certain development in the village. I've said it a thousand times before, but they can have the best intentions in the world. But when the negative impacts in the real world are hard to ignore, their best intentions don't matter one bit. No matter how many awards they give to each other from their respective board positions. If they cared as much as you claim, they would step away from some of their publicly funded activities that the residents have to fund the mistakes of, and let someone else handle it correctly. When lives are now on the line due to 'mistakes', it's time for them to step back and *actually* put the best interests of the residents first. There is no 'gold star for effort' award outside of grade school. They can then focus all their time on their "best intentions" on their own dime, not ours.
The remains of Bud Kelder are believed to be buried under this cross in a Manila cemetery. Photos provided by his cousin, John Eakin, show the remains of a veteran in the Philippines and a letter from Bud to his parents.
Rose Mary Stone July 4, 2014 at 11:33 am
A lengthy list of scandals regarding the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) has now beenRead More publically exposed by NBC, CBS, NPR, Stars and Stripes, the Associated Press, and a host of other media investigative reports. Scathing official reports by multiple federal agencies painted efforts by JPAC as dysfunctional, duplicative, inefficient, wasteful and so poorly managed and led that JPAC simply could not do the job assigned to it. No matter how hard the JPAC Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) and JPAC management tried to spin the fact that only 385 identifications in seven years with an annual budget far exceeding $100 million was someone else’s fault, the American public and Congress refused to buy this hogwash. The JPAC CIL finally admitted that it takes them an average of ELEVEN YEARS to make an identification after remains are recovered. Investigations by the Department of Defense found 600 to 1,000 sets of American servicemen's remains in cardboard boxes in the JPAC Laboratory that the CIL is incapable of identifying because their methods are antiquated and obsolete. The American public and families of MIAs who accepted the smoke and mirrors from the JPAC public relations machine for years through fraud, phony “arrival home” ceremonies, and out right lies; feel angry, humiliated, and betrayed beyond belief. A large number of current and former employees of JPAC cooperated with these investigations because they are dismayed, disillusioned, disheartened, disgusted, and still disbelieving of what they experienced at JPAC. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, in congressional testimony, spoke for many of them when he called JPAC “disgraceful”. Despite being accused of being “vindictive” and “disgruntled”, many past and present employees braved severe retaliation by the JPAC management to come forward with the truth. There are many truly dedicated men and women who work at JPAC who believe in the mission. Researchers, military recovery specialists, and field investigators who hack through jungles, climb mountains, and wade rivers only to be sabotaged in their work by a completely dysfunctional command deserve great credit for their efforts to expose JPAC’s corrupt operation. In the final analysis, no one with any common sense whatsoever believed the excuses of the JPAC Laboratory Scientific Director and other members of the leadership clique at JPAC when their disgraceful actions became public. The Secretary of Defense finally ordered JPAC dissolved and the entire operation be “overhauled”. The changes are long overdue. Yet, even now, those who remain in command at JPAC continue to make excuses and are trying to keep their high paying jobs through their usual finger pointing, denials of responsibility, and boasts that they can “overhaul” their own severe dysfunction if Congress will just give them more millions. Bovine excrement. It is now incumbent upon the Secretary of Defense to ensure that his pledge to the American public for a "paradigm shift" away from "outdated, institutionalized thinking" at JPAC becomes a reality. Such needed massive reform cannot be accomplished by changing the name of the organization, re-shuffling the same poor managers to new desks and titles, and allowing those at fault for not keeping up with modern science such as DNA, to keep their jobs. To do so would only allow the same infectious disease of arrogance and lies to the families of American heroes to take root all over again. Everyone at any level of management and culpability in the many JPAC scandals must be removed. And removed now! The disaster at JPAC has been added to the VA Hospital, Dover Mortuary, Arlington Cemetery, and the Viet Nam Unknown debacles. We cannot allow it to happen again.
Mike Crockett submitted his resignation June 20. Credit: Wheatland Township
my conscience July 7, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Mike, Thank you for bringing some sanity and popular control back to Wheatland Township. Too badRead More there are not more like you in goverment.
Dutch-Man June 30, 2014 at 08:23 pm
It's about time!
Rebecca Moon July 2, 2014 at 04:11 pm
They've got to be kidding!!! The crossing at 135th is the worst. I know someone who lost a tire.
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Vicky Polito July 1, 2014 at 08:43 pm
No hard feelings on this between you and me at all, Frank. We differ, but there's nothing wrongRead More with that. It's probably better to have lots of approaches to any problem--and we agree there are problems--we'll get better solutions that way.
Ron Jidzny July 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm
Another item that needs attention involves the morphing of our home town police department into aRead More quasi- paramilitary organization preoccupied with their toys (MRAPS, Rambo outfits, dogs, HYBRID mobile video trailers, humvees etc.). Apparently good old fashion police patrolling like getting to know their village and neighbors is too boring and beneath their dignity to do. Instead they offer 1,000 rewards, berate citizens for not locking their doors and occupy themselves playing games harassing law abiding citizens with road blocks, video surveillance, seat belt tickets, and railroad tickets. As is always the case it isn’t the rank and file but rather the bizarre leadership that causes the problems (not sounding the tornado sirens) and until and unless they are changed out things will continue to get worse!
Tim July 2, 2014 at 12:06 am
And lets not forget during the next snowstorm, that you need to just pay more attention forRead More snow-blocked traffic lights. Including the lights you can't ever see because they are pointing at cross-traffic. Maybe just say a prayer that they are clear, and everyone else coming at a right angle to you in a 1-ton+ vehicle is paying as much attention as you are. Does anyone seriously not see a seriously troubling pattern developing here? But hey, village hall got remodeled, and the police chief got some new toy cameras to watch you with. That's really all that matters.
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my conscience July 1, 2014 at 04:45 pm
PF, I know you pretend to represent the Republican Party. I just don't know why.
Frank July 1, 2014 at 05:51 pm
That's a short sentence, but a mouthful, MC. Us Republicans are quite embarrassed by folks likeRead More this. They don't represent the party, they're the party's nemesis.
my conscience July 1, 2014 at 07:19 pm
A local aberration.
Moira Dunn
Frank June 26, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Prove it, I'm your #1 supporter; no proof, well what can I say. Madigan's crowd will have a FIELDRead More DAY with nonsense swiss cheese claims. You can't BS yourself into public office. You will be called out.
Frank June 28, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Notice how this topic got real quiet? I asked a few questions about Batinick. What business does heRead More own, how many does he employ, how has he created jobs? He is a Realtor, a noble profession. He proclaims to be a small business owner yet the firm he works for is not owned by him. What business does he own from which he has gained this wealth of knowledge he professes to have about running a business, employing people, etc., etc?
Frank June 28, 2014 at 08:36 pm
How many does he employ? What are his gross receipts from this business? Who is on his payroll?Read More Where is this business located? What type of business is he engaged in as an owner of this business? Why can these questions not be answered?
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truthbetold June 23, 2014 at 07:42 am
Go to your doctor and get them done for FREE.
truthbetold June 23, 2014 at 07:43 am
Why would anyone pay 25 dollars for a physical
Raggedyann June 23, 2014 at 09:57 am
Because not everyone is "entitled" to get them free, Truthbetold. I always had to pay forRead More my childrens physicals.
Herc June 19, 2014 at 07:11 pm
Why would you try to give it water? Wow, just idiotic!
Jerry June 19, 2014 at 07:58 pm
This one gets a Darwin Award. A true example of thinning the herd.
Ex Jolietian June 20, 2014 at 11:13 am
Half the yellowhammers in Wilmington look like they have Rabies. Give them all shots.
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Herc June 19, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Good grief, another waste of taxpayer money. Wonder what the salary is.
Shantel June 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Good for her!
Don Zwiers June 20, 2014 at 03:48 pm
Big Job Trying to balance a Will County Budget is a big task, when facing the residents who alsoRead More have the Federal, State, townships and all the cities and special district governments to compete with. Most of us are concerned; our Federal and the state of Illinois just doesn’t have enough money to do what they said they would and are concerned about how to borrow more. Something has to change and it’s not at the bottom. We seem to be making it with what we control. Congress is talking about cutting SS, Medicaid, etc. which will never solve the problem of spending what you don’t have. Others are saying we need to change our tax code; too many loopholes and not collecting what is owed. We are hearing about taxing even our cell phone; where is it going to stop? President Obama is the only person to ask Congress: “Why can’t you make a law that “THE ONLY SOURCE OF REVENUE EACH GOVERNMENT HAS IS AN ADJUSTABLE CONSUMPTION SALES TAX ON ALL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CREATED FOR PROFIT?” This allows only the Federal, state, county and local governments to set their rates and eliminates all special district governments. Adjusting each rate, eliminates borrowing or profits. Everyone alive is spending money and paid all their taxes. Those spending the most; just pay more tax and less tax is needed. The PACs consume advertizing, government profit generating systems are eliminated, and everyone is able to earn as much as they can within the Free Market System. Everyone pays their fair share. Everyone that believes in this basic question needs to make their own label; Mr. President; “WHY NOT?” The question is: “What can we do for our Country?” and THEN DO IT. Any new ideas?
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