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Nicole Erin April 19, 2014 at 07:06 pm
It would definitely generate tourism and money. Regardless of how you feel about Obama, hisRead More presidency is historic and having a presidential library in Chicago would be important. The library will inspire countless children and students. Of things we can 'waste' money on, a library seems more worthy than many things.
MS April 19, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Jeff Spero, how insulting to women that you would call them so dumb and shallow in accusing them ofRead More voting for Hillary, who obviously would be an atrocious President, simply because she is a woman.
McCloud April 19, 2014 at 08:02 pm
Hilary can run on her accomplishments. Let me see,..... what were they?
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Tim April 18, 2014 at 10:22 am
Thanks for that video Vicky. Did anyone else get the feeling that Silosky was being givenRead More 'practice' to hold meetings like this? She kind of gives herself away at the end of prt1 where she said "Well, Hurtado always did it this way", as if she was following a set of directions given to her. Otherwise, why in the world would she want to emulate that guys behavior? It seems like she is being given the role of the public face for this group, because it is thought she is the 'least offensive' in the public eye. Which means she is somehow unaware that people still know that she is tied at the hip with peck... I can't say this enough times, but this is NOT about you Janet, it is about the park district. You have already decapitated your credibility. It is not coming back. It is gone forever. The ONLY action that you can take that would move the district forward, is to resign. There just is no way to sugar-coat this. You are the problem, along with hurtado and steinys. Your insistence on holding a vote for this resolution until the next meeting because 'you know what the vote is going to be' is a disgusting manipulation of the purpose of the park district. It is exactly this behavior that has given calls for your resignation in the first place. It was almost exactly a year ago where the three of these clowns had no problem at all appointing peck, without the other two board members present. Don't pretend to care that you care about the district, when it is plainly obvious that you only care about your little political kamikaze group.
Vicky Polito April 18, 2014 at 10:27 am
I'm going to disagree on the point that Silosky was following Hurtado's methods. I took herRead More statement to be more of a "oh, I didn't realize we could skip reading chapter and verse on going to closed session and just plainly state it was for personnel" (or, for land acquisition, etc., any reason generally covered by OMA regs). I thought on that bit all she was saying was that she assumed that was the way you had to do it because that's how it had been done/she'd seen the board pres do it and that's how the motion/agenda item reads in detail. I didn't see or hear anything suspect in what she said at that moment.
Tim April 18, 2014 at 10:32 am
Fair enough. Under most circumstances I wouldn't be suspicious either. But these are not mostRead More circumstances. When I said that her credibility is gone forever, I guess my reaction is the result of that perception. No matter what she does, in my eyes she will always be seen as having an agenda to continue the behavior that brought all of us to this point. I will always see that subtext in all of her actions, which is why I call for her resignation. It's the tangible end result of the phrase 'losing the public trust'.
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Grandpamike April 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
Years away, just like years away for any meaningful business opening in Plainfield. Maybe, if ourRead More leaders would think past this week and, at least discuss and possibly apply for a license to be one of the dispensaries, even if we don't get it, at least you are showing some initiative.
Ron Jidzny April 16, 2014 at 03:33 pm
What did Garrett Peck do at this meeting to contribute to the discussion?
Vicky Polito April 16, 2014 at 09:45 pm
Peck didn't say a word. With him, that's actually the best contribution possible. He could atRead More least feign modest interest, look like he's plugged in. He sat there with his hand propping up his smooshed face, like a bored tween in civics class desperate for the bell to ring.
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Bad News Bears April 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm
I kinda like this idea. An extremely experienced ED is coming in for a few months. Larry, have youRead More given any thought to having him start cleaning house to make the permanent position more appealing?
Larry Newton April 15, 2014 at 01:12 pm
The interim is extremely qualified, but I would seriously doubt that many personnel changes willRead More occur during his watch, unless it is shown that actual criminal activity is going on. He wasn't hired to clean house, he was hired on a short-term basis to make day-to-day decisions that need to be made until the permanent person begins. The new, permanent E.D. will have an opportunity to add/subtract/deploy personnel resources as she(he) sees fit.
Vicky Polito April 15, 2014 at 01:21 pm
HALLELUJAH! Big shout of thanks out to Larry Newton for ever so subtly alluding to the fact that aRead More WOMAN is as likely to be hired here. The gender of anyone filling such a job isn't important, except in that it shouldn't be assumed! So, here's to the BEST Exec Director we can hire, not the best "man" for the job!
The existing courthouse was built in the 1960s. Credit: File photo
Larry Newton April 14, 2014 at 06:37 pm
The courthouse is insecure and undersized. What better way to finance the cost of a new structureRead More than user fees?
Baby Paul April 15, 2014 at 08:11 am
The county board members should direct the money they were going to give themselves in raises towardRead More this project.
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John April 15, 2014 at 05:39 pm
@RB - How do you feel about morphine, norco, tramadol, fentanyl etc. around your family? TheseRead More prescription drugs are prescribed for many issues and most patients don't realize how truly evil these drugs can be. They are highly physically addictive. Unless something has changed, THC does not make you sweat, shake, and vomit when you stop using it.
Tim April 15, 2014 at 07:14 pm
RB- What about living near a location that has supported and participated in the molestation ofRead More children, near your family? Well, you already live near one of them. They are called 'churches', and there is a rather large one that was involved with that right here in Plainfield. And they pay ZERO taxes... does your judgement hold true for them too, or just things you have been told are bad by someone else?
RB April 16, 2014 at 06:17 am
@Tim I'm not a church guy. I trust none of them. I really could write a book about all the negativeRead More things I see on them. @John, as I said I'm in favor of legalizing it just like in Colorado. I just think it should regulated and the stores placed away from residential areas. Please do not feed me the non sense talking points about addiction. I know too many people that used it or use it, to believed in the BS that this is not addictive.
A Plainfield Public Works staffer removes an ash-borer infested tree. Credit: File photo
stan April 11, 2014 at 11:45 am
Me stan the man dont whant no treez
Ericus Alanas April 11, 2014 at 01:47 pm
The cost goes up exponentially for stump removal.
Courtney April 11, 2014 at 07:58 pm
Ummm $377 a tree and we are waiving the bid? That's a crock of ---- for the taxpayers no??????Read More Pretty sure people would love to bid on a job like this?!?! Who decided this? Pretty sure we could get quality bids and "quality" trees either way!
The Plainfield Farmers Market returns June 14. Credit: File photo
dina April 10, 2014 at 07:47 am
I agree with Sonja. I would love to see more fruit and vegetables and less flea market crap!
hardworkinglady April 10, 2014 at 09:14 am
I agree. This is a Farmers market not a flea market. We expect fruits, vegetables. Not avon andRead More Tupperware.
Thomas Hack April 11, 2014 at 05:38 am
How about some local honey!
Ericus Alanas April 13, 2014 at 11:00 am
Housing is not picking up, its being artificially inflated.
Hector April 13, 2014 at 02:35 pm
Right Ericus, all the new houses being built and sold are just a hologram. You must not get outRead More much.
Seer April 14, 2014 at 01:19 am
Hector- the people buying houses are only able to buy them because they are getting govt HUD loansRead More with 0-3% down- private banks won't touch these deadbeat clowns with a 10 foot pole to write them a mortgage- that's the reason there are massive layoffs in the private bank mortgage depts. this is the SAME CRAP from 6-10 years ago that got the last housing bubble pumped up. You need to stop watching the teevee for govt propaganda.
Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook is being accused of falsely advertising a concealed carry course that ended up not meeting state requirements. Credit: Patch file photo
Mayhem April 10, 2014 at 07:49 am
Is this a surprise to anyone? Many instructors saw this as an opportunity to get rich quick.Read More Several instructors we spoke with didn't even have a grasp on the required curriculum. When asked about range time, I was told that it would depend on how good of a shot I was. That revoked instructors list is just going to keep growing. Fact is, now you have 327 people that took classes, wasted their money and time. Hopefully these people will recoup the full amount of the bogus classes they took, and can get into a legit class.
Bad News Bears April 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm
The instructors will declare bankruptcy and no one will recoup a dime. It's the American way
At least one park board member says the issue should be handled locally, not in Springfield. Credit: File photo
Frank April 9, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Here's the kind of publicity we've gotten so far: Unopposed president of PPD removes qualifiedRead More people and appoints an ED with no experience at a 6 figure salary + benefits, a free vehicle titled in his own name and funds his master's degree (LAUGHABLE). Union labor laws are violated and the PPD is forced into a settlement (LAUGHABLE). The Illinois Attorney General, Illinois State Police and Will County State's Attorney have open investigations into a variety of wrongdoings (LAUGHABLE). The abuse of power is so bad that local Senators, Congressmen and Representatives are attempting to enact legislation to curtail it (LAUGHABLE). This isn't even counting alleged involvement with soccer club issues, missing equipment, contracts with bogus companies, the list goes on and on........and somehow you say that some sort of action to bring forth a curtailment of these situations might bring a black eye to the community? LAUGHABLE!!!!!
Frank April 9, 2014 at 08:37 pm
If the odoriferous equine dung you spew isn't the equivalent of peeing on someone then trying toRead More convince them it's raining, I know of no more to say.
my conscience April 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Frank, I think we agree the embarrassing state "solution" was caused by even moreRead More embarrassing local behavior. Singing in the rain, MC.
Plans for a Dunkin Donuts at Route 59, Oak and Arnold Streets is being reworked. Credit: File photo
Ron Jidzny April 8, 2014 at 05:31 pm
I was looking forward to seeing the improvements on this plan. Bill Lamb wants an improvement doneRead More to the 'Village of Plainfield' sign in front of Walgreens and mentioned that he likes the sign they have in West Chicago. That shouldn't even be a thought when you voted to continue a tax increase last night. Further demonstrating the lack of priorities in this Village. It may be nice to have but we don't need to have it. After the continuation of a sales tax increase last night, I'm done supporting any business in Plainfield. I'd rather get my coffee in the morning before hitting the interstate but I'll stop elsewhere before I get to work and I'll be sure to pump gas somewhere else too.
Lisa G April 9, 2014 at 07:44 pm
It's starting to get old seeing commercial deals getting shot down over & over. Plainfield badlyRead More needs; development, tax revenues & national stable businesses that don't fail within a year. The spot is perfect for Dunkin Donuts. The village has to start thinking about the 40,000 that live here and not just a few friends.
kyle korver April 10, 2014 at 12:22 am
Just'a good 'ol town, never meanin' no harm. Beats all you never knew All 'bout who you knew SinceRead More the day they was sworn.... Makin' their way...... The only way they know how Plaintucky!
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Vicky Polito April 8, 2014 at 11:56 am
To all involved: PLEASE do NOT forget that many kids and adults move to heroin as the cheaper highRead More once they get addicted to PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, often stolen from the medicine cabinets of their parents or other family members, even from those in the homes of friends. Secure your medications and/or monitor and count them, keep track. Once someone is addicted but runs out of "free" and easy access to these drugs, they become customers for drug dealers. But the cost ratio of that score is roughly 7-10 dollars for every 1 dollar they could spend on heroin, per high, so they switch to heroin. The sooner you an catch someone, especially a kid, prior to that switch to heroin, the better the chance to save their lives.
Ericus Alanas April 11, 2014 at 04:59 pm
lol that is interesting... Chief Eichelberger requested a closed session for the discussion ofRead More collective bargaining issues. Chief stated the strategic plan of the Plainfield Fire Protection District is a work in progress.
Ron Jidzny April 11, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Don't we all just enjoy driving by the gas pumps and seeing the cost of gasoline is now nearly $4.10Read More per gallon and we're a month and a half away from Memorial Day. Plus, five of the Village Board members voted to keep a two cent tax increase on gas. What I enjoyed even more was providing my business to another town other than Plainfield. It's sad that gas and sales taxes are the ways being used to find more revenue for Plainfield. Discretionary spending should be reviewed first before the necessities.
my conscience April 14, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Check on line before filling up. Today you can get gas cheaper in every direction from Plainfield:Read More Oswego, Joliet, Bolingbrook or Naperville all have cheaper gas, saving up to 18c per gallon. I have been checking on line gas prices for years. Its easy to do, just check the towns along your route. Plan ahead and save.
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John Tips April 7, 2014 at 08:03 am
Committee chairman Steve Wilhelmi, should take a look at the wages of other downstate employees!Read More They work just as hard as the people up here but are all paid considerably less, with less employees to delegate their job requirements too! What we here in Illinois need to worry about is with raises comes the problem of UNFUNDED pensions, when many of the people working now for the county are getting close to retirement. County officials getting an almost $17.000.00 Dollar raise is a grotesque infringement on we taxpayers! If these people don't like the pay - then let them go elsewhere for more money! We taxpayers cannot endure much more - and the continued financial burdens on those with fixed incomes must cease NOW!
joe April 7, 2014 at 11:34 am
Thank God for the hard working taxpayers in Will County. Our hard earned taxable income can pay forRead More the mundane jobs they do while in office. What I don't understand is why "WE THE PEOPLE" don't rise up and recall these clowns and make them get a real job. If we don't rise up people, we get what we deserve.
Steve April 7, 2014 at 11:57 am
They gave the correctional officers 0 and haven't hittin a raise since 2009 or a contract for thatRead More matter, this board put a thousand people out of wrk b4 the holidays cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars all because they claim they cannot afford raises? But they have enough for themselves? Vote these morons out!
State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet. Credit: Submitted photo
John Tips April 7, 2014 at 07:39 am
Thank You, Rep. Manley and Cross in your mission to regulate the problems with our Park District!
Vicky Polito April 7, 2014 at 08:35 am
Please go out to www.ilga.gov or to my.ilga.org and search out HB5593, the number of this good bill,Read More and read the bill with it's latest amendments. Support it by calling, emailing, and just plain old regular mailing a brief statement to your local reps on this (you can find them through these websites, too), and even to other reps if you have the time. Your statement can really be as brief as "My name is Susan Willis of 12345 Main in Plainfield and I support passage of HB5593." YOUR voice, in this case, will be met with openness and respect from our state representatives instead of the disgraceful smirks and chuckles and rudeness the people have been subjected to by the likes of Peck, Hurtado, Steinys, and Booth. HB5593 FOR PTPD!
Bad News Bears April 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm
John Tips, you call it regulation and that's fine. Keep in mind, the state legislators are tryingRead More to fix a problem that happened while no one was watching, caring or "regulating". Tell the people in charge to stop taking advantage of the taxpayers and government won't have to step in
McCloud April 19, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Only a nutty liberal would bring up Mitt Romney, a footnote in history, to defend the atrocity IRead More like to call the unaffordable scare act. Notice how he has nothing to say about the taxpayers funding a welfare slush fund for votes.
Rick whatshisname April 19, 2014 at 07:42 pm
You know, some of you are beginning to seem like whining Liberals! (scary thought huh!)Read More Please...move on to another article already!
McCloud April 19, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Alot of folks start to figure they are better off with self funding their own expenses, $1200 X 12 =Read More $14400 yr in premium plus a $10,000 deductible. Self employed people usually are smart and figure they can go without Obamacare crap plans. In two years, that means $24,400 they can spring should they get sick. It gets worse in years 3 through ?
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John Tips April 5, 2014 at 09:55 am
I don't agree with the Majority of you! People who do not have any military background find itRead More difficult to fathom how well a supervisory chain operates, and performs when led by administrators (officers and senior (NCo's). Having myself worked for the Department of the Army for over 37 yrs, I have personally encountered many people who've had the skill to administrate! I do hope that during the coming search we use some common sense! You don't have to be a lumberjack to run a park district as a professional. A good administrator surrounds themselves with qualified people or experts in the field of their endeavor, then takes command! $$$ Keeping our taxpayer costs low should be a responsibility of all members of the board! What we do need is a candidate chosen from the best qualified list. A candidate who has the experience to administrate, delegate, and perform within the scope of their job description, while allowing their wages to excel judged on their PERFORMANCE! We certainly do not need another grossly overpaid lumberjack to take charge of our district. Another words - Board, we don't need a person who once was in charge of a National Park to handle little Plainfield!
Vicky Polito April 5, 2014 at 11:10 am
All respect, John Tips, it's actually the same sort of disrespect of the skills of a parks and recRead More professional you seem to say isn't being given to just any good administrator of any solid, particularly military background, to say that they are just "lumberjacks". This is a job that does require the skills you cite of good supervisor chops and clear, smart delegation, but there really is so much more industry-specific knowledge and skill that factors in. Also, Peck, Hurtado, Silosky, Steinys, and Booth have really damaged the district so this isn't just a run-of-the-mill administrator we need, someone who can just step into a well-run organization with just ordinary problems (that's what we used to have, but that's gone).
Ed Arter April 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm
True--Extingushing a fire is done best by the Seasoned Fireman. Our problem is our campfire hasRead More grown into a State wide catastrophic Inferno. The bullheadedness displayed by a certian egotist(s) who is grinning and smirking while "Rome is Burning" is the root cause of this problem. Would you like to have " Nero's Fire Chief " on your professional resume? The bitter taste this orginization has created will give a Black Eye to many qualified candidates--. Shame on you for the cancer you have created.
Former park district director Garrett Peck at a protest following his hiring last May. Credit: Patch file photo
Mr. FOIA April 16, 2014 at 09:15 am
LOL!! A bit rattled..Uh... . Mr. Parks again I’m not the PECKER! But you do what youRead More need to.. I’m not going anywhere! See you at the next PPD meeting.. (if you go) By the way you should change your name to Jimmy No Clue! ............ Copy that! By the way Definition of rattled::Cause (someone) to feel nervous, worried, or irritated:
Jimmy Parks April 16, 2014 at 09:24 am
Glad to hear it FOIA. Haven't seen you since your resignation. Rattled, no. Laughing at you, yes.Read More
Mr. FOIA April 16, 2014 at 09:47 am
You should be glad! I’m at every meeting! Not who you think, just saying! I’m laughingRead More at him too! He thought no one would notice! We did!.. And ran him out.. With hope of a new team in place we (Plainfield) will overcome this black eye and do better! MUST OF ALL tell people to VOTE we need to make sure that the right people are in office not the opportunistic that look out for themselves!
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Vicky Polito April 2, 2014 at 11:06 am
Video of the meeting is up--see Town Sqr post of:Read More http://plainfield.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/ptpd-april-1st-2014-mtng-video-up
Melissa N Daryl Weppner April 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm
What are the job requirements? Maybe I should apply!
Mayhem April 3, 2014 at 07:20 am
So no answers to my above question? How is it that a big part of this issue is because of Silosky,Read More yet she is on a committee to find another ED? It is definitely not in the best interest of the community to have this broad making any recommendations what so ever. Let's not forget that she was all for Peck once upon a time. Behind the scenes she still is, but we all know those clowns have an awful lot of stories to get straight among themselves.
Board president Peter Hurtado voted in favor of term limits — a proposal that the board attorney said violated the state park district code. Credit: File photo
Joe Schmo April 2, 2014 at 08:43 pm
Mr Bruskin I respectfully must correct your comment referring to Doug Booth as park districtRead More "staff". I wouldn't lump him into the real "staff" at the park district who are actually qualified to do their jobs and were hired to do their respective jobs because of their qualifications not because Peck, Hurtado, Steinys and Silosky owed them political favors.
Bad News Bears April 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm
My question is, who DO we consider real staff now? Why is a horticulturalist helping fix the soccerRead More debacle? Why wasn't the rec staff, or heaven forbid the sports manager, working on that? Why did that Masters guy use his credit card to buy the led lights? Why are Booth and Vargas making board decisions about the PAC banners? What is REALLY going on over on Ottawa Street?
Frank April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm
There is no pedal long enough or strong enough for Hurtado and his pals to backpedal on, in anRead More attempt to erase the fact that CRONYISM and PAYBACK OF POLITICAL FAVORS are the sole source of responsibility in making a 100% UNQUALIFIED PERSON the ED of the PTPD. That's where this all started. They are all nothing more than wannabe sucklers of government teat to mask their own inability to sustain themselves via normal channels.
Alisha Bromfield and her unborn daughter, Ava Lucille, died in August 2012. Credit: Alisha and Ava Bromfield Law Initiative
Randy Wayne April 3, 2014 at 07:13 am
I hope they send him to death row and he has a short stay there before facing the needle...
Ood April 3, 2014 at 04:46 pm
That will not happen. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty. The most he can get is life inRead More prison and then eternity in hell.
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JeffK March 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Cicero politics taking over Plainfield. You See 2 of the more influential members of IPI are DanRead More Proft/ Rebecca Kohn wife to Eric Kohn Dan and Eric struck gold in Cicero with Larry Dominick and Larry's financial "muscle" man Jeff Pesek. Pesek is the President of Morton High School he is also business partners with convicted drug kingpin Enrique "Henry" Rendon. Pesek also has ties with convicted mob boss Michael "Large guy" Sarno and convicted Outlaw biker and childhood friend Mark Polchan. Proft and Kohn had a cozy friendship with Pesek and they landed spokesman jobs with the Town of Cicero and all of the local school districts including Pesek's Morton Highschool. These school districts paid Proft and Kohn a hefty sum in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It will be interesting to see what the IPI considers transparency.
Joe Schmo March 31, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Why are they bringing these people in? Aren't there are professional organizations that haveRead More guidelines for the park district to follow?
Jimmy Parks March 31, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Go away for Spring Break, and come back to even more stupidity by Hurtado and Steinys. It must takeRead More effort to be this foolish. This and the committee meeting that showed just how dumb Hurtado and Steinys are when it comes to the park district. Just go away already Peter and Pete, you suck.
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