What Has the VIP Promised You?

heard on the campaign trail:

 

 

They are known as the Peoples Voice Party.

 

Because they didn’t file for election on time they were forced to change the name to the Village Improvement Party.

 

Same party, same promises to:

 

13)     Sell off  cell tower contracts.

14)     Have five trustees quit the board.

15)     Quietly hire a political media consultant for $12,000 to write publicity for the Peoples Voice board.

16)     Give out a $200. a month expense account.

17)     Increase the cost of operating the collectors office.

18)     Force a move on a historic memorial in the face of public outcry without any community input.

 

Change you can believe in:

 

19)     Pledge/comit  $33,000 of  tax money set aside for economic development, to pay for the above mentioned  memorial.

20)     To spend $15,000 to a politically connected Berwyn lawn service to do simple ground maintenance at the Lipinski Center.

21)     To replace the village grant writer with our Peoples Voice Party campaign manager.

22)     Only involve friends or party members in important village appointments.

23)     To let political party bickering further hurt the reputation of the village.

24)     Use Justice Public Works employees to build a decorative fence for then village Chief of Staff, Jerry Carter.

25)     Not to participate in the $130,000. Village of Justice comprehensive study.

26)     Be summoned before the Illinois State Board of Elections for failure to report over $45,000. in campaign contributions.

 

     The party formerly known as Peoples was voted out of office two years ago, the new board got down to business to put Justice on the right track :

13)  Justice  almost lost a guaranteed revenue stream if the short sighted,  quick sale of this valuable asset was made.  The Peoples Voice board was only a month away from making a deal that would of  lost a steady stream of income currently collecting $55,000. a year, had they not been voted out of office.

14)  Speaking of trustees dropping from the board, the PVP broke a record here. Five trustees from that party left their post, all within a two year period.  The Coalition board has brought stability back.  Stable government is good for business.

15)  As reported in the past, Cicero based Ray Hanania was stealthily hired for “professional services” so as to write propaganda for select Justice village officials.  When the Village Voice lead Coalition board was certain to win election, he sent a letter of resignation, thus saving the village $12,000 a year.

16)  Ordinance #2010-14 was created and passed by the party formerly known as Peoples.  The ordinance created a new $200 a month expense account for Justice trustees.

17)  Voters chose (April 2009), clerk Kathy Svoboda to run the clerk and finance offices.  After  telling everyone to vote for her she was abruptly replaced with a friend of theirs and with higher pay!  That office has now been properly restructured without patronage at a cost savings to the village of $10,000 a year.

 

Promises made promises kept:

 

18)  Without notice many residents were heart broken to learn overnight a venerable war monument would be moved to another location without considering the thoughts and hearts of the community.

19)  Before it was moved to a new location, $33,000 of TIF business development money was secretly pledged behind closed doors toward the installation of a war memorial as a “planned reimbursable economic development expense.” Later after all of the construction was done  the current board, unhappily, chose to honor the debt even though the Justice Park District had already paid for it!  What a mess!

20)  Friends from Berwyn have been getting a lot of  jobs and contracts from Justice tax payers and the Peoples Party controlled Justice Park District board and this 15K payout was no exception.  The new Coalition board could not find any record of the work being completed.

21)  As strange as it may seem, this idea really was on the way to happening.

22)  If you were not one of the family or a friend or supporter you were not asked to serve your village.

23)  This was a total embarassment to the village and to all Justice residents.

24)  It’s all about who you know. Should the village be working on pet projects for politically conected residents?  Or should we be working on fixing streets?

25)  With all the claim of bringing economic growth, you would think Kozlowski the man running for mayor, the person who spent $130,000 of TIF money, to come to at least one of the many public meetings of the group he wants people to believe in.

 

What was that you say?

 

26)   After filing campaign contributions of only $3,300 for the entire (April 2011) municipal election, a complaint was filed with the SBE over campaign financing violations. After being summoned to a hearing and facing a judge it was amazing how many ammendments John Kozlowski was forced to make to his state filing! Do a {Peoples Voice Party} committee search at the Illinois State Board of Elections web site.  Copies of the complaint are available from the Village Voice upon request.  After Mr. Kozlowski ammended the Peoples Voice filings the charges were dismissed.  Because of the early settlment many questions remain unanswered.  Unfortunatly we will never know who truthfully was or what organization(s) were behind the bank rolling of the Peoples Voice Party’s April 2011, election campaign.

 

And that my friends are promises you can keep!

 

 

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