Da little politician cry’s foul
Dean Tomich, who donated $500, regularly asks (and receives) zoning variances for projects he develops within the city limits. Churnovic reimbursed himself many hundreds of dollars for meals, airplane tickets, and hotel rooms. One reimbursement for $480
Dax Young – Crest Hill Resident
From the herald Spew News by BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org The date of the candidates’ forum, the location of the forum and the format for the forum were fodder for a lengthy and emotion-filled discussion during the council’s workshop session Monday.
Sam Chellino, president of Crest Hill Community Television, expressed indignation at being called “crooked” at a previous council meeting.
Alderman Charles Convery accused the TV group of trying “to play God” by exerting too much control over the forum.
And Alderwoman Tina Oberlin voiced concern that someone might use their five minutes on TV to “go on a vile rant.”
“If someone wants to take their five minutes and blast their opponent, that’s their decision,” offered Alderman Ray Soliman, a candidate for mayor. He added that he would not do that.
As the debate dragged on for nearly an hour, Mayor Nick Churnovic asked, “Who wants the candidates’ forum at this point?”
But then he concluded, “If anybody wants to show up, they can show up. If anyone doesn’t want to show up, they don’t have to show up.”
“I’m not doing it — not with their format,” Alderwoman Brenda Lelis said.
Alderman John Vershay eased the tension at one point with a tongue-in-cheek defense of the five-minute format.
“You have to sell yourself to the people. What’s the big commotion? It’s a salesman’s job. Who’s got the biggest line of B.S.? And, here I am,” Vershay said, rising to his feet and raising his voice. “I’ve got it.”
Allied Waste Contributed $500 to Churnovic – Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:31:15 GMT
Considering the $5 million contract the city approved this week, I think this has to be something the mayor should address.
Mr. Mayor, how is this not pay-to-play when there was no bidding on the contract?
(I guess I am a mudslinger says: JolietJake as well as anybody with an opinion is, LOL.)