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No Wonder Nobody Knows …

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Welcome to my second installment of my discussion on our Budgetary Calamity.  This one also focuses on the General Fund.  We’ll get to the Water and Sewer and other funds that the village uses as time allows. After going on this journey with me, you’ll probably come to the...

Public awareness and Involvement

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I think we can all agree that we spend most of our time, living our lives, not really paying attention to our governments (federal, state, local).  Hell, we live in Illinois, arguably the most corrupt state in the United States.  With the back room deals and behind closed door...

The Silence of the Guardians

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When we move into a village, we often take for granted things which we have come to expect from society.  When you consider that the first working telephone service in the U.S. was put into service in the late 1870’s/early 1880s, 9-1-1 is not a very old concept, in...

What about the surrounding towns?

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So, call me a geek, but I usually am listening to whats going on in Carpentersville and the surrounding communities.  Most don’t realize that the radio frequencies that your police and fire department use are available, 24 hours a day, either by a number put into a scanner (bought...

The Big Bad Unions!

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It’s all because of the unions!  That’s right everyone, the big bad unions have swooped into the village and are throwing their extremely large, corrupt weight around in attempt to take over control of the village – and next, the world!  Seriously, the village board has already claimed to...

Time for a change in Management?

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The Illinois Municipal Act, which is what rules and governs our town’s ability to be a village, has a great deal of information and provisions that empower you and me, the “electors” to participate in the process.  But what happens when the village trustees won’t return our phone calls...

Who is our Village Manager?

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We know who our trustees are – they live in our town and are a resident like us.  Of course, only 1 of our trustees lives on the east side of the river, and even then it’s in old-town, not the east side like some of us.  However, we...

Where the heck is our money going?

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So how to attack this question?  Let’s do some comparing.  For the purposes of this, I compare 2 relatively similar towns.  Streamwood, IL and Carpentersville, IL.  Both towns have similar demographics, both have similar departments, census amounts, and their police and fire departments respond to similar number of incidents...

Let’s Look at that Budget! (1 of 2)

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I said in a previous post that I would leave budget comments for another time – and that time has arrived.  I’d like first to give a big Thank You to all those folks that are sharing my articles on Facebook.  The more people that get involved in their...

Public Safety Services Reduced!

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What is the purpose of living in a village?  What do we get for our tax money?  Administration, Engineering, Community Development – all areas of our village that have increased since the “Great Recession.”  Public Works, Police and Fire have all DECREASED in the last 5 years – to...

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