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An Open Letter to The Community from Former Trustee Michael Murray

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The following is An Open Letter to The Community,  written by former Village of Justice Trustee Michael Murray and  printed in the August 12, 2010 edition of the Des Plaines Valley News in the commentary section:

I would like to start by saying it saddens and angers me that personal information regarding a relative of mine was given to and published in the paper.  I, as an elected official, understand that certain parts of my privacy are fair game in the public eye.

With that said, I demand that Village Trustee, George Pastorino, and the Village of Justice publically apologize for the comments made and printed in the article regarding my resignation from the Village of Justice Board of Trustees.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the many residents that voted for me in April of 2007.  It was a privilege to serve of the Village Board.

However, due to the economy the past few years my family and I have had to go through some hard financial times, resulting in the loss of our properly (sic) in the Village of Justice.  I have lived in Justice most of my life and will miss living there.  I hope to maintain the many friendships I have made along the way.

I do have my reservations as to the current state of the village.  Mayor Wasowicz is a good man.  I hope that the residents start paying attention to what is going on in town.  The current Village Board has basically pushed the mayor aside and is running roughshod on the town.  The Village is behind on its payable to various vendors.  It had to layoff long time employees plus reduce staff in the Police Department and Public Words at the beginning of the year and the village budget is still about $600,000 short.  Yet, they are spending money to bring in a media consultant, brought in a new hearing officer that had lost his license to practice law in the past, and, in my opinion, tried to bring in some one connected to their political friends to handle the duties of the Public Work’s Director’s position.

I would also like to comment on the relationship between the Village board and the Justice Park District Board.  I think it’s a great idea that the two are working together to try and make the community a better place.  I think that the personal relationships of the Commissioner Dan McGee and Village Trustee Mary McGee (husband and wife) and Village Trustee Kinga Bartoszek and Commissioner Olivia Jachymiak (future sisters in law) border on being unethical when votes are required between the two parties.

Two trustee spots remain open on the Village Board.  I hope that the Mayor can find two village residents that are willing to serve the Village and not their own personal agenda to fill out the board.

Justice is a nice town.  I hope the village can turn things around and with the best for the community.

Respectfully yours,

Former Trustee Michael Murray