Archive for June, 2010

Financial Trouble Everywhere

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Once again, or twice in less than one year, sources within the current village administration have indicated problems, as another service for materials was temporarily suspended and other vendors are close to not delivering goods and/or services due to lack of bill paying. Though the village board did make a reasonable attempt to balance the 2010 budget, lack of adequate spending controls and sound financial discipline have caused financial turmoil.


The village continues to blame the state for the board’s financial troubles, calling out the lack of state reimbursement, to the village, through revenue sharing.  However, the administration forgets to mention the board would have been able to weather the financial storm had they not spent the village’s projected 2008 surplus late in the year on unnecessary projects. 

Hopefully the board will prevail in this perpetual problem, as payroll will become a possible difficulty in late 2010.


New Village Publicist Hired

Friday, June 4th, 2010

By Bill Gantz

Staff Reporter 

  The Justice Village Board recently voted yes on a resolution to hire political talk show host and professional writer Ray Hanania of Urban Strategies Group, a media consultant agency.  The board cited a need to clarify issues to the public on Village of Justice government actions and events. The position pays $12,000 a year and is a new one for Justice.  It is believed the village law firm first made the recommendation though other sources are saying it was a way to divert back the negative measures going on in the town’s government.  Only one trustee voted against approving the job, referring to the village’s lack of money. On the board agenda, publishing notification of the resolution, no mention was made on the intent of the hire, posting the position only as for “professional services.” The political consultant had already begun work for the mayor and a few select trustees one week prior to the resolution being passed. At the time of the vote approving passage of the resolution, a contract for the service had not yet been completed. 

   Currently the new publicist has linked a political blog to the Village of Justice Web site. Recent entries from Mr. Hanania onto the blog site range from his interpretations of important events to the twisting of entire proceedings in favor of mayor Wasowicz and trustees Kinga Bartoszek and George Pastorino.  Mr. Hanania also serves the town of Cicero as a press agent among other duties.