Government by Grudge or Oops! Sorry We Wrecked Your Business

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By Sharon Daly

Ho-lee sh*t.

Seems like someone forgot to insert the cheat sheet into Monday night's council packets.

And so we got a big big peek behind the curtain where this council revealed themselves a fractured mess of self-interest. In fact it is so screwed up, until they became aware that they themselves might suffer political damage, there was no remorse that their wanking had caused severe collateral damage.

Liquor licenses and zoning appeals are serious coin of the realm in our charming village -  for votes and for grift - but it's usually ignored by regular folks because, c'mon, this is Crook County and who cares about zzzzzoning.

The mis-adventures of Slainte's zoning request for a beer garden and Scratch's request for a liquor license have a few things in common.

  1. Back room maneuvering to reward friends and squash enemies, while avoiding the appearance of such un-civic behavior. This can take some time and is a major reason for, you know, the constipation.
  2. A nasty, horrible self-serving culture of Us v Them that has been fostered for too long and has, obviously, reached a breaking point. This problem sits fairly and squarely with the mayor. Full stop. FYI, you are driving VH employees over the edge w/your 'needs.' They would be forever grateful if you would concern yourself w/your day job and so they could do theirs.
  3. Politics is easy, proper governance is hard work, and y'all are confusing the two. Liquor licensing is not particularly complex but zoning is complex, and both are wide-open vulnerable to abuse.

I'd be working full time thru Christmas Eve if I verified all the 'off the record' info that has been shared on Slainte' and Scratch, so I'll leave it to the verifiers. Stay tuned.

Some will fare better than others.

Tony Calderone has issued a statement about the incredible intricacies of tracking 14 liquor licenses which must be 'audited' and 'researched.' You know, like you must audit and research the case of beer in your refrigerator. Jaysus.

Mark Hosty is pitching his special secret moral contract with himself to not first or second any ordinance in which he has a conflict of interest, but has no problem voting for/against said conflict of interest. Mark, this secret contract is only meaningful to you and is horse manure voodoo to the rest of us.

Tom Mannix, who also wants to be the next mayor, makes up stuff about the politics of seconding a motion. This is all news to us, and news we absolutely don't care about. Earnest Tom likes to play neutral but blew his cover on Monday. Oops.

Chris Harris most likely feels unjustly criticized being drawn into this wreck on his Slainte' vote – I supported his campaign and we are friends. But zoning has an infamous history in this town and legislative votes are not frozen moments in time. Get it.

Rory Hoskins, our veteran in Calderone's war against everyone who doesn't adore him, is burnt out. He's not the first, it's understandable, but cannot be condoned. Back up on the horse, partner.

Please proceed, village electeds.

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Lawyer22 from Forest Park  

Posted: January 11th, 2013 2:47 AM

Imagine this....a Forest Park village council that resembles what democracy is all about. One elected leader (Mayor), one elected ally (Commissioner) of said leader and three elected neutral sub-leaders (Commissioners), that have no allegiance to the man/woman in charge (Mayor). These neutral leaders could vote (agree/disagree) on pertinent issues as they choose and provide a set of "Checks and Balances" for the best interest of the voters, taxpayers & residents. Just a thought.

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: January 10th, 2013 11:04 AM

Typical Forest Park hack understanding of the concept of recusal. If you recuse yourself, you go all in, to use a poker term Hosty might be able to understand. You don't not make or second a motion, then VOTE on the motion. You don't even take part in deliberations. You're silent on the matter. So Hosty didn't recuse himself. He just wanted it to APPEAR that he was being fair and ethical. Which in Forest Park some people see as one and the same.

Matt on Madison  

Posted: January 10th, 2013 8:31 AM

FYI: Thought they were open two weeks ago when i saw people inside called the owner to see if a menu was online and he indicated they were not opening till mid January I'm assuming after next Mondays board meeting.

Edward P. from Forest Park  

Posted: January 9th, 2013 10:43 PM

@ Sharon Daly, haven't seen your reply to Scratch Kitchen. Thought you could let us all know if Scratch has opened or not. What gives there professor? Typical of form and fashion, me thinks you have jumped the gun. How about some popcorn fun?

Edward P. from Forest Park  

Posted: January 1st, 2013 10:01 AM

Mzz. Daly, has Scratch Kitchen opened or not. Wrecked a business is pretty strong, but considering the source it is a very amazing story by you.

Matt on Madison  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 3:51 PM

So while I believe the Scratch thing will be resolved I wonder what the Scratch owners did that pissed the mayor off. Its not the alarm business stuff, but I wonder what it was. We will never know.

Geo Brazen  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 2:54 PM

Brilliant! Spot on!

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 10:50 PM

sorry for typos but don't know how to edit - yet. poor, sad electeds.

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