Stop the spread
Here we go again. Centreville Township Supervisor Curtis McCall will again attempt to seize Cahokia to be part of his corrupt kingdom by running his son for mayor in the April election. McCall previously managed to elect several trustees but they were subsequently convicted of fraud and forced to resign their positions. In addition, two more of his cronies were convicted of vote fraud. Don’t let this happen to our community.
Lesson in ineptness
Despite excessive subsidies from the state, Cahokia School District 187 and East St. Louis District 189 have miserably failed to educate the students placed in their care. They are systems where inept administrative personnel are hired or appointed on the basis of their political affiliation, work they perform at election time and donations to political power brokers. They continue to be paid excessive salaries that far exceed their abilities.
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Here are the top two candidates for mayor in Fairview Heights: Mark Kupsky was first elected in 1987; he served as alderman, then treasurer, then clerk. Josh Frawley was not born until 1988.
Voters need to ensure that they elect people of excellent character to the Collinsville City Council. It is important to check candidates’ background. Have they made good decisions handling their own family funds, handling funds for volunteer organization and do they have arrest records? With online access to these Madison County records, anyone can check these facts. If you truly think character is of utmost importance, due diligence is necessary prior to casting your vote.
Road to nowhere
Why isn’t the BND or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office looking into the reconstruction of Greenridge Heights Road in Fairview Heights? It’s a short road, with only 15 homes on it. Ward 3 Alderman Scott Greenwald made the motion to change it from asphalt to concrete, costing taxpayers more than $40,000 extra. But his buddy, Ward 2 Alderman Roger Lowry, lives on the street so I guess that makes it OK. If former alderwoman and BND letter writer Lydia Cruez thinks Greenwald is good for the city, she is just wrong.
Find a bigger room
Why are the officials of Fairview Heights holding meetings on the proposed new TIF district in the small City Council chamber that only holds 35 people? More people are expected at the meetings. Are they hoping to prevent citizens who are impacted by these TIF districts from attending the meetings by saying there are too many people and the fire codes won’t allow the all in? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to meet in the basement of the library where they have more room?
Crazy, all right
BND editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy got something right; GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is crazy.
I’m not surprised by federal Judge Staci Yandle ruling in favor of the unions and against the state of Illinois. People like her vote their political party; they don’t vote the law, they don’t vote what’s right. They vote because they are Democrats, and that’s what she has done.
Sports and scholars
I was happy to see all the coverage you gave Althoff Catholic High School’s basketball team and that you also listed their previous achievements. Althoff also has a scholar bowl team that competed at the state level. Check out that story.
I really hope Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert is driven by divine inspiration and the Oblates. If not, there is no logical reason why he is wasting TIF money on a hotel-restaurant project that will have no effect on Belleville; it’s another airport in wolf clothing. He is doing everything but what the residents of Belleville want. Improve the streets, hire the cops and forget the Oblates.
The BND wants to know what I’d like to read. It’s articles like the one that Joe Bustos wrote about how the taxpayers of St. Clair County being scammed by the county for $1 million. What right do officials have to distribute $1 million in tax money to 50 private homes to repair them? Keep articles like this coming and finally the people will revolt.
Who was missing?
If a majority of Belleville aldermen could not be present for a vote on a $15 million rebate from the city, I think they should be fired. Who were the aldermen who were not going attend the special City Council meeting last Monday?
Bigger type needed
In last Monday’s Sound-off a senior citizen said in addition to eyeglasses, she needed a magnifying glass to read crossword puzzle. Please have larger print, I don’t have a magnifying glass.
All about control
Regarding your editorial about the Belleville City Council needing a special meeting to create a TIF district: It should be noted that when the council had a problem with quorums previously, it led to great embarrassment to the mayor. Obviously he wanted to avoid that; he has nine solid Good Government Party votes, possibly one of them couldn’t make it. He has a 10th reliable vote in in Janet Schmidt, who ran as an independent but never voted as such. The mayor wants to ensure his agenda is passed and he’ll make sure he has proper attendance to be able do that. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we need to make the council more independent so Mayor Mark Eckert will have to talk more to us taxpayers.
I read in the paper about state Rep. Dwight Kay’s attempt’s to assist Fairmount Racetrack. What a good effort on his part. My concern is Rep. Eddie Jackson and Sen. James Clayborne, where are they as far as backing proposals to help the racetrack? Why doesn’t Clayborne help the community or offer us an explanation why he won’t back it?
I see in the crime blotter that there is a pattern of disorderly conduct and battery or disturbance at the high schools in our town; this is a big concern. One of our biggest problems according to the teachers is the misbehaving of minority students. Call me a racist, but I think it’s time for the public to know who the students are who are committing the disturbances. Quit pandering to the minority community. They are supposed to follow the rules like everybody else. Get on this story.
Election time antics
You can tell it’s voting season in St. Clair County. Roads are being repaired and derelict houses are being torn down – all the things that routinely should be going on are now happening before the election. They may fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time. This is an easy way to buy votes. The politicians don’t care about us, just about what they get for themselves and their friends.
Confidence is fine, but inexperience running a muti-million dollar budget is not. Here in Fairview Heights we have a fairly new alderman, Joshua Frawley, facing a veteran alderman, treasurer and clerk in the mayoral race. Note the treasurer experience. The decision of whom to elect is obvious when $32 million of our money is on the plate.
Don’t need Durbin
My take on Dick Durbin, the useless U.S. senator for our state: He’s just one of the Chicago Democrats and hates Southern Illinois. Oh, sure, he makes an appearance once in a blue moon down here to get his back slapped by the St. Clair Democrats and makes an appearance in East St. Louis for his fan base. But for the rest of us he does nothing. He doesn’t need us and we don’t need him.
Vote ‘yes’ for Triad
If voters in St. Jacob and Marine want their local neighborhood schools to become nothing more than grade centers, they should vote against the tax referendum on April 7. If they would like to retain their nice local community schools, they should vote for it. Triad is a wonderful school district and needs and our support. Vote yes on the tax referendum.
TIF takes big bite
When are St. Clair County property owners going to wise up? Don’t they realize that 12.99 percent of their property taxes were given to TIF to benefit other private businesses?
Time for a change
Alderwoman Linda Arnold must go. Fairview Heights deserves better. Four years ago and again this year Arnold was bounced off the ballot for failure to pay attention to details. She tried to stop the construction of the Friday’s restaurant to force the company to include a new hotel in the project. Fairview Heights has had enough businesses leave or close, leaving unemployed workers and our city’s financial state to wane. Numerous decisions show she does not think about us first.
Need a road map
Well, I read all the Belleville aldermanic candidate bios and I can’t find a Good Government Party candidate anywhere. They all say they’re independent or some such nonsense. Sorry, but I’m confused. I’ve always voted Democrat and now I don’t know who the Democrat candidates are. This is Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois. Democrat territory is what I’m trying to say. Would the mayor please call the paper and put something in there that tells us who to vote for? Please, the election is right around the corner.
Despite the important focus on colon cancer awareness, the BND readers didn't need two large photos on the front page and certainly not another on page A3. Repeating some of the week's photos in the end of the week edition is sad. Find different photos and/or add more info on the submitted photos.
The recent assault on the MetroLink rider highlights a deterioration endemic in today’s society. Apparently no one on the train offered assistance to the victim as the attack was occurring. That’s consistent with the “I don't want to be involved" attitude. By funding MetroLink, are we providing a hunting ground for the lawless. An effective response by the law enforcement is necessary.
I couldn't agree more with Belleville Alderwoman Lillian Schneider when she says our money should be spent on road and sewer improvements. Mayor Mark Eckert and his good buddy Alderman Ken Kinsella should take a drive on D Street from Kansas to Sherman. It is little more than a one-lane drive. Most alleys are wider. We have lived here for 31 years and nothing has been done to the street in all that time except a little oil and rock, and that hasn’t been for a long time. And it is no secret that the sewers back up into the homes with every hard rain. Forget the Shrine. Fix the streets and sewers.
What’s the plan?
As a Belleville taxpayer, I would like to know how City Clerk Dallas Cook plans to return the $700,000 plus township surplus to Belleville taxpayers if the township is dissolved. How can this surplus possibly be distributed fairly and accurately? Who will trace the taxpayers who no longer have property but have paid into the surplus?