Archive for October, 2010

Mayor’s Trustee Appointment Tabled

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Mayor Wasowicz, in an attempt to fill the trustee seat vacated by George Pastorino, requested the village board approve the appointment of former village trustee and mayor Ed Rusch Jr. until the next village election. After a long pause trustee McGee suggest that the appointment go back into committee for review. Clearly the mayor was disappointed in the boards reluctance to approve his suggested appointment considering a quorum of trustees caused a scheduled committee to be canceled earlier this month, when only one of the four trustee’s  appeared for the meeting. The mayor, realizing the necessity of filling the vacant seat to continue village business in an orderly manner, has faced continued opposition from the current trustees.


Justice and Bridgeview Veteran’s Celebration: Attention Veteran’s.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Veterans Day Celebration Dinner at Toyota Park

Mayor Steve Landek of Bridgeview and Mayor Kris Wasowicz of Justice in cooperation with Congressman Dan Lipinski are hosting a Veterans’ Day Celebration Dinner at Toyota Park on Saturday November 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Dining, dancing, guest speakers and entertainment will be featured. Veterans from Bridgeview and Justice and their guest will be invited to attend and be honored.

Jeff Kranig, former Justice Trustee and Chairperson of the event, is the contact for all veterans who live in Bridgeview and Justice. There is no cost to attend, and a cash bar will be available. You must confirm your attendance with an RSVP as space is limited.

Invitations will be mailed to those veterans who live in both Bridgeview and Justice about whom we are aware. If your community does not know about your status as a veteran and to insure you receive an invitation, please contact Jeff Kranig at (708) 924-6107.

This event comes at no cost, to either village or invitees, as Mr. Kranig and the celebration committee have been hard at work seeking and collecting donations from local businesses and individuals to pay for all expenses associated with the event.

If you know of anyone or business that would like to make a donation and sponsor this event please contact Mr. Kranig at the phone number listed above.


Where Did The Trustees Go?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

By Victor Stiefel

Staff Reporter

  Wednesday night’s Village of Justice Committee meeting came up a bit short, last week.  Short on elected officials, that is.  Approximately 15 minutes were spent waiting for trustees Kinga Bartoszek, Phil DePaola and Mary McGee to arrive.  Also spent was approximately $600. to pay for the attendance of:  Michael Castellino the village attorney and Robert Rychlicki a representative from Kane, McKenna and Associates Inc. a financial service firm.  Also in attendance were 10 village residents.  Add to the total of missing trustees, two board seats that have been vacated.

  There was much work to be done that night.  Where were the trustees?  If they had made it to the meeting they would have publicly discussed $700,000. the village will borrow to meet obligations.  They could have also talked about senior citizen sticker discounts, quarterly tax reviews, bills that are due, new business licenses or safety equipment for the public works department.  The 700k loan though is pretty big stuff.  Citizens present that evening would have loved to learn more about that one.  It is their tax money you know.  Those residents and all of the other officials left waiting could have participated in the business of the people.  The situation is further heightened because none of the three contacted the mayor‘s office or village clerk to give notice over their ability to not show up.  That slight left the people who were there sitting and waiting, while wasting their time.

  Was it a coincidence all three played hooky at the same time?  No one knows the answer to that question.  No trustee has given an explanation. All that can be said, to sum this story up, is to wonder if wherever they were, did they wear  boots?