Archive for September, 2010

Village Blog Use Questioned

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Terri Commonwealth

Commentary

 

  Are Justice Village Board Trustees using public service media to express their views?   Is the Justice web site a political tool?  Recently, a comment authored by Village of Justice trustee George Pastorino was posted on the Village of Justice Official Blog.  On the front page of the blog is a statement heralding the service as being the “most complete” source of news and information.  Justice’s Village web site links to the blog.  The blog link and web site are paid for with Justice taxpayer dollars.  Due to the subject of the posting, a question has been raised over what is considered news.  Because of this query, an issue has arisen over the legitimacy of this resource.

  At issue is this: are tax dollars being used to inform Justice residents of important news and events?  While it can be argued that some of the news on the blog can be labeled as dubious, some entries are clearly not informational.  The most conspicuous is the Pastorino entry.  It refers to the public comment period of the Justice Village Board on August 23rd.  Written by a trustee and to his advantage, the writing is neither newsworthy nor actual information.  It is merely an opinion and we all know what opinions are like.

  Justice resident John Small, who is derided on the blog, said “not only did trustee Pastorino show lack of respect to people he doesn’t agree with, but he took a swing at a newspaper he didn’t agree with either.”  He did all this while providing the public with the most complete news and information.  Small further said of the Pastorino rant, “the man doesn’t get his facts straight.”  If you are going to serve the public through elected office, by all means get your facts straight.  When residents state an assumed truth, listen to them, you may not agree, but please don’t go on a tirade.  Many other people present at the meeting joined Small and they agreed with him.  Talking to Small, it’s clear he didn’t single out Pastorino.  However, this village trustee just couldn’t stop himself from firing away with publicly paid invectives.  It is quite odd that village political media consultant Ray Hanania, who oversees the Justice blog, approved of such a posting.    

  So is this what taxpayers are getting for their money?  Are the Justice Village Trustees using your tax dollars and resources to play up to the voters?  The new political media consultant is paid $12,000 a year to inform people.  Maybe it is true: if you speak out at Justice board meetings, either praise the board or ask for their help.  These two items get a lot of coverage on the taxpayer-funded official village of justice blog.  Is that news and information?  There’s an election coming up.  You be the judge.

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September Meeting

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Our Meeting for the month of September will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, the 21st.

All residents are welcome to attend.

7863 Cronin Ave Justice, IL 60458

We look forward to seeing you.

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Thank you!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

A heartfelt thank you to all that came out to our fundraiser on Saturday and also to our donors and sponsors.  We appreciate your continued support. We were happy to see our old friends and to have the opportunity to make new friends.  Thank you for your continued support!

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Village Voice 5th Annual Family Picnic Update

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We look forward to seeing all our friends, old and new this Saturday.

This year we will be having a silent auction featuring four White Sox tickets, they are in the scout section directly behind home plate and include a parking pass. These are for the September 18th game against Detroit.

We’ll also be featuring our Deal or No Deal Game and pull tabs for the adults.

For the kids we have childrens games and face painting!

A DJ will be out to provide music and entertain the crowd.

Lots of delicious food and fun for everyone.

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