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Forum: Vote ‘yes’ for Tinley Park term limits

Updated: December 1, 2012 4:45PM



On Tuesday, Tinley Park voters will be able to vote in a referendum on whether the village should have term limits for all its elected officials. The issue is not at all popular with the mayor and village board.

When electric aggregation was the issue on the ballot, the village held multiple informational meetings and every resident received a mailing describing the pros and cons of the issue. The village may argue that it was required to have meetings and send out literature by a provision in the electric aggregation law to “state briefly the purpose of the referendum.”

Also, residents recently received a mailing about the Nov. 6 referendum on a proposed amendment to the state constitution regarding increasing pension benefits.

However, on the issue of term limits, the village has been silent.

Pursuant to a freedom of information request, the mayor had to produce certain emails. In one sent to other village officials, he includes a copy of a SouthtownStar story on the issue and writes, “The article itself doesn’t bother me but I am afraid that some other media (may) pick it up.”

To ignore an important issue of public policy is irresponsible. To try to hide the issue is a disservice to the voters of Tinley Park. The actions of the mayor and village trustees should result in your voting “yes” regarding term limits in the village.

Steve Eberhardt

Tinley Park

Will County GOP strategy using Jackson justified

I very much disagree with the SouthtownStar’s Oct. 25 editorial that the Will County Republican Party is entering a political “silly season.” Its political motives aside, I’m glad to see that somebody is going after Illinois Democrats in general and using U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd)as their mode of transportation.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and there are many of us who do not believe for one minute that it’s a coincidence that Jackson went into seclusion with an alleged illness at the time that his good friend and fundraiser, his alleged go-between in seeking Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, was named in an unrelated federal indictment.

And as for the SouthtownStar’s assertion that Jackson’s re-election is a foregone conclusion, I say hold the wagon train on that one because you might be in for a surprise come Nov. 7. I have voted Democratic for the last 40 years, and this year and thereafter I will vote straight Republican. Call me naive, but I hope to have a lot of company next month.

The SouthtownStar asks what does the GOP hope to gain with its anti-Jackson strategy. Democrats in Illinois have done nothing but bring a pervasive stench of greed, corruption and incompetence to this state, and the GOP is going to have to take political aggression to a new level if it’s to break the gerrymandered stranglehold that Mike Madigan has on us.

We have reached the point where a vote for an Illinois Democrat is a vote for Madigan, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

Sean Nettle

Homewood



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