On April 9, 2013, Caseyville was abuzz after electing its first new mayor in 27 years. Along with a new mayor, voters also elected two new trustees and a new village clerk.
Village residents made it clear they wanted change. They made it clear they were tired of politics as usual. I was proud to say I was a part of that change. Along with the help of many others, a semi-peaceful revolution took place.
One year after taking office, few of Mayor Leonard Black's campaign promises have been achieved, much less discussed. There has been no discussion about getting half of Caseyville out of East St. Louis School District 189. The forensic financial audit Black promised has yet to be realized. Scores of village records that went missing under Black's tenure as village clerk remain unaccounted for. The Police Department is in shambles. Employee morale is at an all-time low.
Just as before Black's election, political retribution and vendettas take precedent over serving village residents. The only difference now is that the mayor has a felon with a radio station and topless club to help him run a shameless propaganda machine.
It would be great to say that things are better in Caseyville under Black. They are not. I regret to inform that things are actually worse and headed in an even less desirable direction, with a nefarious felon firmly in control in the village -- not the guy voters elected.
Disappointed doesn't come close to describing my opinion of the job Leonard Black has done since taking office.