Dirty Rotten Advocate Scoundrels

I know some Advocates that are good people, but they don’t run the group. Some of them are downright nasty people, and those nasty people are the ones who really run the Advocates show now. They twist the arms, print the flyers, spread the gossip, dig up the dirt and spread the manure. A local oligarchy that squats on Downers Grove, relishing their insider status, and zealously guarding their control over our Village.

This last election cycle Advocates self-declared piety has been exposed again, as nasty people doing nasty things especially when it comes to our School Board. Read the rest of this entry »

Obscure endorsement…

…that took 6 years to make.

I’ve received more than a few emails and phone calls asking for my take on the Boyle/Sandack election. Most of you, if you’ve gotten here, for better or worse know who I am I’ve tried to keep my focus on other things than wading into the tit-for-tat, but here’s my two cents. Read the rest of this entry »

BGA and Illinois Review Get Play’d

How did Tip put it? All politics are local?

http://www.dgreport.com has over 150 posts first-hand witnessing the arrogance and abuse of power of the CHSD 99 Board of Education and the majority members of that board over the years. It all happened specifically after long time Board member and President Bruce Beckman stepped down after 20 years of service, and before current Board President Bill White was elected to the middle chair.

During that in-between time the former Superintendent got stiff final year pay raises (from $187.2K in 2005 to $256.5K+ in 2008) to goose his pension; the local teachers union made campaign contributions to the majority board members election fund; FOIA’s were routinely denied; no one knows how many times the OMA was violated; reporters verbally harassed when they wrote articles the board majority disliked; a board member silenced for trying to talk about cheaper insurance options; residents denied the chance to speak at meetings; few accurate recordings or minutes kept of public meetings; Township Democratic Party newsletters stacked in the School Districts Administration building during School Board meetings, and more. The Board President during all of this was/is Julia Kennedy-Beckman, the Democratic State Central Committee 13th District Representative. Read the rest of this entry »

Downers Grove Community Advocates Village Council Candidate Meeting

DGCA held their caucus Sunday.  About 16 people showed up to hear three of the four candidates answer questions and give a bit of info on themselves.  Jim Norris took a pass.  You may not blame him, as he was an outsider from the word go:

  • Marylin Schnell was a protege of Advocate member and former mayor Betty Cheever
  • William Waldack was endorsed by the DGCA four years ago and probably gave the best of three good presentations
  • Bob Barnett was an Advocate in the past.

Still, there were 16 people there who didn’t know Jim Norris from Adam, and still don’t.  To boot, this year it had been intimated that Advocates would post the audios of all presentations, not just the endorsed candidates.

There’s got to be a better way to do these kinds of things.

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