A couple months ago in a letter to the editor, Mayor Anthony Calderone accused the Forest Park Review of resembling the National Enquirer. Of course, we disagree strongly with that overall assessment of the paper. But this week, we hate to admit, he has a point.
Guns and huge heaps of cash disappearing from a police sergeant’s home and then mysteriously being returned? Commissioners alleging their e-mails are being monitored by unnamed parties and sent to the mayor? What’s the next headline? ‘Two hundred-pound baby sues police department?’
So much weird stuff happened this week we didn’t have space to report on Proviso District 209’s bizarre and overpriced dedication ceremony for the overpriced electronic sign they’ve placed outside the overpriced Proviso Math and Science Academy. We apologize to the district’s overpriced public relations firm for not printing the photographs they sent us.
Fortunately, despite the abundance of strange stories, our journalistic consciences are clear. We don’t make this stuff up; we just report it. In fact, we probably couldn’t make some of it up if we tried. The political atmosphere in this town seems to get stranger and more paranoid each week, and we’re sure this is not the last time we’ll report on “news of the weird” in Forest Park.
So what to make of this week’s drama? As for the burglary at Sgt. Maureen Frawley’s home and the alleged federal investigation, who knows? We certainly hope to get to the bottom of it eventually, but for now, we’re sure Forest Park’s conspiracy theorists don’t need an invitation to let their imaginations go wild.
All we can say is that it’s not every day someone has 00,000 in cash stolen from their laundry room, and it’s definitely not every day that the stolen cash is then returned. Something weird is going on.
The story of Commissioner Terry Steinbach’s lawsuit, which alleges that unnamed individuals accessed her e-mail without authorization and forwarded her messages to the mayor, seems tame by comparison.
We’re reserving judgment on the merits of the suit until we see what kind of evidence Steinbach and her attorney produce. Surely, if the allegations prove to be true, Steinbach has every right to be outraged at such a violation of privacy, and anyone at village hall proven to be involved should be forced to resign immediately.
We do, however, question why her first move would be to file a lawsuit rather than to inform other village officials and employees that someone may be spying on them.
Election season is approaching and, it appears, people are beginning to think as politicians rather than as public servants.
Unfortunately, the lawsuit raises a discouraging but common scenario in Forest Park politics-either one side or the other is lying. Steinbach says her e-mails are being forwarded to Calderone. Calderone says he hasn’t gotten an e-mail from Steinbach in months. Both can’t be true. Somebody isn’t telling the truth, and whoever it is can’t be trusted to serve.
We hope the truth will emerge by April.