FRIDAY WRAP for January 12th, 2018

Greetings and welcome to the Friday Wrap for January 12th, 2018. Here is a link to this week’s video:

Village Board Meeting:
Most items were on the Consent Agenda this past Monday, including Proclaiming January 21-27, 2018 as School Choice Week in the Village of Burr Ridge.  The Request for Three Model Home Permits for the Lakeside Pointe development was discussed briefly and approved and then we heard from Public Works Director Dave Preissig about the details of the 2018 Road Program.  As Dave said, “There are two seasons in Burr Ridge: Winter and the Road Program…and the Public Works Department takes care of both.”

Burr Ridge Threatens Lawsuit Over Durkin Campaign Flyers:
Under Reports and Communications from Village OfficialsTrustee and Mayor Pro-Tem Al Paveza defended the village about the numerous flyers that have come from Citizens from Durkin and theIllinois Republican Party alleging that the village has had “Four (4) Unbalanced Budgets, Raised Property Taxes 16% and Raised Fees to Funnel Money for a Chicago Bailout” during my term as mayor.  Paveza contacted the village administrator and finance director and confirmed that all accusations were false and misleading and the attorney said it was “borderline slanderous”.  Trustee Zach Mottl told the board that residents are confused by these “false allegations and outright lies” and he is “disgusted” by what he has seen in the mailbox from the Durkin campaign.  Trustee Tony Schiappa thanked Al Paveza for “doing all the work and collecting the facts that prove these allegations to be wrong” and described “all Durkin’s propaganda as lies” and how he is “disappointed in the Illinois Republican Party and Jim Durkin”.  Trustee Anita Mital added that “we should not have to put up with these lies”, Trustee Guy Franzesesaid that “most residents know they are false, but some are confused” and Trustee Joe Snyder relayed a similar story about a Jim Durkin walker passing out materials filled with lies.

All board members unanimously asked that a “cease & desist” letter written by the village attorney be sent to the Illinois Republican Party, Citizens for Durkin and Representative Jim Durkin with the threat of a lawsuit over the Durkin Campaign flyers unless a retraction and public apology was made to the village. 
For the record, I am his opponent for State Representative in the March Primary, but I have no comment on this potential lawsuit because this issue is between the Village versus Jim Durkin and the Illinois Republican Party due to Durkin’s lies about the village as he seeks re-election. You can be assured, though, that if this action was my doing or choice, I would have also called for the resignation of the chairmen of the state, Dupage County and Downers Grove Township Republican organizations who are Tim Schneider, Brian Krajewski and Bob Grogan respectively for being accomplices in the distribution of this slanderous campaign material which adversely affects village property values and reputation.  In my opinion, It is very sad to see what some career politicians will do to get re-elected and that Durkin would bring Chicago style politics to Burr Ridge; they are all putting their own self interest over that of the residents  they are supposed to serve and the Village Board is just acting responsibly to protect not just one resident...they are acting to protect 11,000. 
Annual State of the Village Address:  On Wednesday, Village Administrator Doug Pollock and I delivered the State of the Village Address at the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce lunch held at the Marriott Hotel in Burr Ridge.  We covered all the new development like the Crowne Plaza and soon to open Hampton Inn & SuitesSpectrum Senior LivingShirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly RIC), as well as public safety and our new uniform village waste hauler.  Doug also assured everyone that Burr Ridge finances were among the strongest in the state as evidenced by our AA1 Credit Rating.  Since Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla was not available, Village Administrator Tim Halik delivered their address which included some aerial footage filmed by a drone and an update on Pete’s Fresh Marketwhich is now held up due to road work still needed to be done by the county and state highway departments.  

Upcoming: The Burr Ridge Park District asked me to speak to a senior group this Wednesday about the 50 Capitols in 50 Days trip.  I would provide registration information to the event at Harvester Park, but no more seats are available.  
Stay warm, stay safe…and set BIG GOALS

Mayor Mickey

Mayor Mickey Straub