Political signs reflect mayor's personal beliefs

Hoskins makes it clear campaigning is on his own time, with his own money

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By Maria Maxham

When Mayor Rory Hoskins posted a message on his Facebook page offering free "Vote Yes for the Fair Tax" signs and signs in support of presidential candidate Joe Biden, there were a lot of takers.

But not everyone was happy with the offer.

Some residents questioned whether the village is involved in distribution of the signs, either through philosophical or monetary support.

In an interview with the Review, Hoskins made it clear that the signs he is distributing come from him personally and reflect his own beliefs, not those of the village. No taxpayer money was spent on them, and no time was taken from Hoskins' mayoral responsibilities to order or distribute them.

"I'm offering the signs through my non-taxpayer-funded Facebook page," Hoskins said last week. "It's public record that I was a Biden delegate. And although I hold a nonpartisan position in government, I still have my own personal opinions on politics as a citizen."

Hoskins has never hidden his support for Biden.

In Nov. 2019, he helped organize local support for Biden's presidential campaign through an event at Shanahan's.

"It's no secret I've been involved in the Democratic Party," said Hoskins at the time, though then, too, he said he was working on that project on his own time and using no Forest Park village resources in his efforts.

Hoskins also was elected to serve as a 7th congressional district delegate for Biden at the Democratic National Convention in August.

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Jerry Webster  

Posted: November 2nd, 2020 2:40 PM

Leah Ann, I believe they all did

Leah Ann Shapiro from FOREST PARK  

Posted: November 1st, 2020 10:43 AM

When Mayor Hoskins was a commissioner,on the Village council, Mr, Hosty sat next to him with a big Chris Welsch button. Commissioner Hoskins was also running for State Representative. Everyone saw this including Mayor Calderon. No one asked him to take it off. I am sensitive to Commissioners political dispositions.. I wonder which party on the council voted for video gambling.

Raj Govindarajan  

Posted: October 29th, 2020 8:39 AM

The argument that the fair tax will eventually raise taxes on the middle class is a weird one, given that the alternative is raising the flat tax, which will raise taxes on both the poor and the middle class. Almost every state has a progressive tax and the catastrophic calls for doom have never materialized. Voting no hurts us and helps billionaires! Voting yes helps us and doesn't substantially affect the rich! I somehow doubt that a multimillionaire is going to find their lifestyle crippled by a 2% increase in their marginal tax rate. Maybe they have to pick one less option on their Bugatti.

Ben Venuti  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 3:27 PM

There are not enough millionaires and billionaires to make a dent in the pension and other debts. Guess what happens next? The 97% not affected next year become affected the year after. And on and on down the line, as the "Fair Tax" gives the same people in Springfield that brought you decades of fiscal irresponsibility the power to change rates and categories at will. A vote yes gives the foxes absolute reign in the hen house.

Jerry Webster  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 11:55 AM

just say no

Leslie Schroeder  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 7:56 AM

This tax opens the door to more taxes to be added and or modified. Such as tax on retirement income. Have Illinois politicians ever been honest about anything? Vote NO.

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