Forest Park video gambling opponent alleges brick damage to truck

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By Jean Lotus


An opponent of video gambling in Forest Park reported Saturday that someone threw a landscaping brick through the passenger side window of his parked truck and that a "Vote Yes" sign is his yard was "bent over into the yard."

Former Village Commissioner Marty Tellalian said he received a call from Forest Park police Saturday morning informing him that neighbors reported the window on his green Dodge Dakota pickup truck had been smashed with the brick. The vehicle was parked in a rented space in the alley behind his residence, Tellalian said.

Tellalian said his global positioning system unit was still in place in the vehicle and the car doors did not appear to have been opened. The police categorized the event as "criminal damage to property" instead of burglary, Tellalian said. He said he's owned the truck for years.

"[The brick] cracked the plastic on the door molding on the other side of the car. It was really thrown through the window," Tellalian said.

The same morning, a neighbor called and said the "Vote Yes sign" in Tellalian's yard had been smashed into the grass. The neighbor told him he picked up the sign and straightened the metal supports.

Tellalian said he has been in charge of distributing "Vote Yes" signs. Over the weekend he received a few requests for signs, but told callers that his car and sign had been vandalized.

"When I told some of them about the incident, they declined to take a sign," Tellalian said. "We took down a couple at some people's houses," he added.

Tellalian noted that there have been auto burglaries in his alley in recent weeks. He said he hoped the brick was not personal.

"I really hope it's just a coincidence," he said.

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Amber Ladeira from Forest Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 9:12 AM

Marty, I'm sorry about your truck damage. I look forward to serving with you on that Steering Committee in the coming weeks. Memo to many of the commenters here: Rigorous logic, grammar, spelling and punctuation sadly lacking. I have eaten several times at Healy's West Side and found it a fine place; the best Virgin Marys are made there. Still like Molly Malone's too. Our village, in better shape than some, nevertheless needs help. The jejune sniping and bitter acrimony helps no one involved.

Forest Park Resident  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 9:34 PM

Jason, I believe that Ted and Mark are brothers. For what it's worth, I think Ted Hosty's comments are more than valid as viewpoints of an owner/manager. I have been to his establishment, enjoyed it and found him to be an excellent host. I read a commenter predicting that Old School Tavern will fold within 2 years. I sincerely hope it does not.

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 9:34 PM

@ Aaronosvsky. There are a lot of Hostys in the OPRFFP area - it is a large family w/lots of siblings and cousins and it would be a mistake to broad brush them. IOW, they're not all like Mark.

Jason Aaronovsky  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 9:10 PM

*oops. related; sorry

Jason Aaronovsky  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 9:08 PM

Quick question: Is the Ted Hosty who posted as a bar owner to this paper realted to the Hosty politician? If so, How? Father/son? Do they own a bunch of bars? Clue me in.

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 8:38 PM

@ Tyrany (sp - unless that is actually your name :) I just cannot figure out your whole felony jones. If you'd spent half that energy selling your point of view...

Forest Park Resident  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 8:29 PM

To: A Tyrany of 5. You are a fool. There are far more than the 5 people you allege who dislike the nonsense that a handful of Hosty's friends espouse. Quit trying to denounce views you don't agree with by claiming that it's just a tiny minority and calling them out by name in an attempt to intimidate them. There are more numbers and viewpoints among your opponents, and they are your neighbors. Get used to it.

A Tyrany of 5 from Forest Park  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 7:14 PM

(1 of 2)@huh? My guess is that 5 people make about 90% of the personally abusive comments about posters. This person accused my group of committing a felony. When I tried to defend myself by apologizing for his actions by using his ficticious name, they restricted my comments stating that the person who just abused me (and you) has exclusive right to his made up name. His name is a put down of Forest Park. Huh, this is the way an Oak Park newspaper treats people from our town. 5 people protected

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 6:02 PM

@ Huh? from Forest Park: .... from the content of your post, it's pretty clear you don't have 20 IQ points to lose. So I'm sorry for your loss. You getting a care taker? Thanks for taking the risk, Marty. Don't let the knuckle draggers get to you.

Elginite from Forest Park  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 11:04 AM

My neighbor on Elgin had his car window broken too that night. He didn't have any signs tho so I don't think this was related to any politics. FYI.

Windycity from Forest Park  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 11:01 AM

Your sign was bent? OMG!!! That couldn't have happened from the unbelievable winds that we had the other night, eh? My sign ended up in my neighbor's bushes. Moron.

Huh? from Forest Park  

Posted: April 9th, 2013 10:25 AM

This paper didn't actually do a story on this did they? One doesn't have anything to do with the other. Duh. This guy sounds like a conspiracy theroist and this paper is just as goofy to do this lame story. My I Q just dropped twenty points. Dude, relax and take your meds please.


Posted: April 8th, 2013 11:05 PM

Sadly, this does not surprise me at all. FP sure has changed and will continue to change for the worse unless people wake up.


Posted: April 8th, 2013 8:46 PM

While I applaud Tellalian saying he hopes it is a coincidence, the rest of the town should know better and I find it disgusting that "bill" finds it funny. It appears certain tactics employed by organized crime of the grey machines in the 60s-80s have been taken up by I wonder whom? Thank you unidentified vandal for helping me decide to CHANGE MY VOTE TO YES coincidentally on the day before the election. Pretty, bill?


Posted: April 8th, 2013 4:49 PM

I deplore damage to property of all sorts whether it was done by an opponent or a proponent.


Posted: April 8th, 2013 4:29 PM

Marty sorry about your window. If the sign was in front and the car in back I don't see how they are related. Since we don't know who did it it could just as easily be a proponent as opposed to an opponent. Funny it happens the day before the election.

TZ from Forest Park  

Posted: April 8th, 2013 4:25 PM


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