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February 24, 2014 

What is it about Caseyville that keeps the politics churning all the time?

Some local politicians refer to the area as "Crazyville." And both the village and the township by that name have a disproportionate amount of political intrigue.

The year started on a wild note when the wife of a township trustee sought an order of protection against a private citizen over questions he asked at a public meeting. (A judge denied the request.)

But that confrontation seems pretty tame compared with village Police Chief Jose Alvarez's yelling and finger-pointing at Mayor Leonard Black during a meeting on Wednesday. Alvarez was fired by Black after just five months on the job then reinstated by village trustees on Wednesday.

A police sergeant tried to calm down Alvarez, but that just seemed to get him even more agitated. He shouted that Bob Romanik, a former police chief, felon and the Grim Reaper of local radio fame, is actually running the department.

Silly us, we thought the Police Department was getting back under control following the suicide of longtime Chief J.D. Roth, who was the subject of a criminal investigation.

You've no doubt heard the saying that where there's smoke, there's fire. Well, what do you say when the fire turns into a blaze?

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