On the other hand, bad leaders make poor decisions…
Everyone will make a poor decision once in a while, but if you have a governmental leader who is making poor decision after poor decision, you have to ask yourself if this is the type of leader you want to follow.
Unfortunately, here, in Morton Grove, we seem to have a leader who has had more than his share of poorly thought out, to downright bad, to absolutely terrible, (and most likely illegal) decisions.
On February 6th Morton Groves’ bond rating was lowered from Aa2 to Aa3. The village consultant from Wm H. Blair & Company, (the folks consulting for the village on issuing bonds) said the downgrade was nothing to worry about.
On a video of the board meeting, officials said it was “no big deal?”
Consider the following; if you are taking out a mortgage on a property in the amount of $350,000, one point on that loan would amount to $3,500.
Likewise, a downgrade in the bond rating means that the village will have to pay more to borrow money. How much more is difficult for the lay person to figure out, but it is not difficult to figure out that if the municipality needs to pay more to make their bonds more attractive to investors, it is going to take more tax dollars out of the residents’ pockets than a higher rating would. Consider how much more it would cost the village to borrow money on a bond issue of $10,000,000!
Trustee Grear can, perhaps, be somewhat excused for his ignorance, but Mr. DiMaria, who has spent much of his working life in the commodity and mortgage industries has no excuse for thinking this is “no big deal”. Is it possible since it is not his personal money, but your tax dollars is why to Mr. DiMaria this is “no big deal”?
The state’s election code doesn’t explicitly ban photographing ballots, but it does prohibit voting in a way that can be observed by others. Ken Menzel, deputy general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said posting photos of completed ballots on social media is a clear violation of that provision.
Written before the age of smartphones, the law wasn’t intended to punish social media-obsessed voters. Rather, Menzel said, lawmakers enacted it to discourage vote-buying.
Its classification as a felony — carrying a one- to three-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $25,000 — reflects how seriously Illinois officials take the practice.
“Having a picture of the ballot is an important cog in vote-buying schemes,” Menzel said. “The buyers want to know they got what they paid for.”
As the highest office holder in Morton Grove, with unlimited access to the advice of the village attorney, wouldn’t you think that someone would have advised
Mr. Di Maria that he had perhaps committed a class IV Felony under Illinois law, punishable by 1-3 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, and posted the admission and documentation of it on a public forum? Poor decision making and a show of arrogance and disregard for the law and the office he holds.
In 2005, Mr. DiMaria wanted to run in a primary election. To do so required a certain amount of signatures collected in a certain way. It was suspected that Mr. DiMaria did not follow the law and his petitions for candidacy were challenged, (see Cook County Board of Elections decision Niles Decision-DiMaria 05COEB TC 05 ) As a result of this challenge Mr. DiMaria was removed from the primary election ballot.
In its decision, the election authority stated; “ On another, deeper level, we are appalled at the behavior confessed to by the candidate. It has no place in the public arena”.
It seems as though Mr. DiMaria has established a pattern of disregard for the election laws.