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Political Discussion / Re: Joey Johnston appointed to Township board
« Last post by markberwyn on Yesterday at 12:58:18 PM »
It's odd that people talk about how meaningless this elected position is, and yet it seems to be very competitive. I wonder what's so worth competing for that Ms. Jimenez was bullied out of the job.
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Political Discussion / Joey Johnston appointed to Township board
« Last post by Ted on May 27, 2017, 09:19:05 AM »
Joey Johnston has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Berwyn Township Trustee board to replace Elizabeth JImenez, who elected to not take the oath of office when she was told she could lose her school board seat if she took the oath of office. There were two nominees for the vacancy - Brenda Patterson of the DCOB and Joey Johnston of the Berwyn United organization. The vote was a 2-2 tie, with Elizabeth Pechous casting one of the votes and the other elected trustees casting the other votes. The votes went along party lines, with the two DCOB officials voting for Patterson and the two Berwyn United officials voting for Johnston. Township Clerk Marge Paull cast the tie breaking vote in favor of Johnston.

  FYI, both Johnston and Patterson ran in the Democratic primary for the township board and lost.

  That will make Joey Johnston the 8th openly gay resident of Berwyn to take the oath of office this May due to the April elections.
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I also find it weird that Mrs. Northsider, as a low-class, low-information voter ("lipstick on a dumb shit," "go fuck yourself," etc), would be suddenly so high-minded and concerned about details about this particular candidate.
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It's not about a lack of backbone. Knowing Elizabeth- I know she'd fight them if she had the $. The cost of a lawyer to fight this would be completely cost prohibitive for her. AND she'd risk losing her seat on the school board.

She made no indication this was about $$.   She said counsel advised her this was the right thing to do.  If it was worth the battle, her party would have taken care of it as they did (or tried to) with the rest who were challenged.
Total BS.  I just want to know who her counsel was.  And why, since her seat on the school board was so important to her, did she decide to take on another office in Berwyn that would cause a conflict of interest with it.

Again, you need to slow down and read the thread. Other Berwyn elected officials have held multiple positions without incident. She had no reason to believe that she would be targeted in this way.
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It's not about a lack of backbone. Knowing Elizabeth- I know she'd fight them if she had the $. The cost of a lawyer to fight this would be completely cost prohibitive for her. AND she'd risk losing her seat on the school board.

She made no indication this was about $$.   She said counsel advised her this was the right thing to do.  If it was worth the battle, her party would have taken care of it as they did (or tried to) with the rest who were challenged.
Total BS.  I just want to know who her counsel was.  And why, since her seat on the school board was so important to her, did she decide to take on another office in Berwyn that would cause a conflict of interest with it.
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General Discussion / Klas restaurant closed?
« Last post by berwynmike on May 25, 2017, 06:17:03 PM »
Did the Klas restaurant in Cicero really close?

I saw the status was set to closed on Yelp. If so, that's a shame.
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Political Discussion / Re: Elizabeth Jimenez decides to not take oath of office
« Last post by Bonster on May 25, 2017, 06:13:44 PM »
It's not about a lack of backbone. Knowing Elizabeth- I know she'd fight them if she had the $. The cost of a lawyer to fight this would be completely cost prohibitive for her. AND she'd risk losing her seat on the school board.

She made no indication this was about $$.   She said counsel advised her this was the right thing to do.  If it was worth the battle, her party would have taken care of it as they did (or tried to) with the rest who were challenged.

Her quote and did say it could be a lot of money.  Still, the party would have picked it up if it was worth it, but it would ultimately be up to a judge, and it's only a Trustee position.  Not worth losing a spot on the BoE.
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General Discussion / Re: $30 million dollar bond
« Last post by Ted on May 25, 2017, 05:21:07 PM »
I am guessing my taxes will increase by about $1000 or more next year, if taxes across the board go up by about 10% due to the reassessment, and then add on about $300 due to the District 100 increase and now another $250 for pensions!  This is getting utterly ridiculous. What are they doing with all the money they collect? Berwyn has one of the highest tax rates in the metro area.   

 I have explained this in other places, but the increase in reassessment does not cause a linear increase in taxes.  If everyone' reassessment goes up by the same amount, then your taxes paid into Berwyn will not increase because of the re-assessment.

  Tax levies are allowed to increase only by the cost of living.  The tax levy is like a pie - the reassessment just indicate how big your piece of the pie is.  It does not increase the size of the pie itself (for Berwyn taxing bodies).

  The reassessment will increase your taxes if Berwyn reassessments increased more (in relative terms) than the rest of Cook County.

 Also, if your reassessment was relatively higher than your neighbors in Berwyn, it will also increase the taxes.

  I believe that the largest cause of any tax increase in July will be the increase in the D100 tax rate and the $30 million dollar bond by the city, not the reassessment, since all Berwyn houses had an increased reassessment.

   FYI, my reassessment increase was 21%.  I guess we'll have to wait to see what the tax bill is in July.  I am expecting a $180 increase due to D100 tax rate increase and a $150 dollar increase because of the $30 million dollar bond.

  I have no way of determining what the assessment will do but I do not think it will be much.  I guess we'll see in July.
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General Discussion / Re: $30 million dollar bond
« Last post by markberwyn on May 25, 2017, 02:26:18 PM »
Berwyn has one of the highest tax rates in the metro area.   

What's the evidence for this? What I'm seeing is that Berwyn's is lower than at least a dozen Cook County municipalities, including Forest View, Bridgeview, and Cicero.

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General Discussion / Re: $30 million dollar bond
« Last post by berwynres on May 25, 2017, 12:42:05 PM »

I voted "NO" on the District 100 tax increase, but I doubt most residents knew it was on the ballot. The district knew there would be fewer voters in the general election than in the primary.  Smart, but very sneaky.     
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