Morton Grove Melodrama part 9 – The Face of Our Village


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Dan DiMaria’s cry to the Action Party four years ago as to why he had to be elected Mayor was; “The Village Mayor is the Face of the Village.”

After being elected he certainly implemented his concept by plastering his name on everything from village signs , village newsletters and village mailings to residents to brand himself as the Rock & Roll Mayor.

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All at Taxpayer expense, of course. The last time we had seen the blatant politicization of governmental signage and abuse of public communications was under the Cook County machine politics of John Stroger.

If appears that DiMaria wants everyone to see his name everywhere as many times as possible …except on a check to pay for his political aspirations. He has left that up to developers, contractors doing business with the Village of Morton Grove (pay to play), and members of the Action Party to pay for his reelection bid.

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In the long list of donors one name is consistently absent Dan DiMaria.

Ignoring the Village Law that Dan DiMaria & Bill Grear both voted for, they have lined their political pockets from the old Blagojevich “pay to play” handbook by raising funds from Village of Morton Grove Vendors, Contractors, Developers, and those seeking favors & Ordinance Variances

Speaking of ordinances, this type of behavior is specifically prohibited by Village ordinance 01-08-12 Section D Prohibition of Political Contributions;

D.  Prohibition Of Political Contributions:

1.   Any person or business entity whose contract(s), and pending bids for contract(s) with the village of Morton Grove in aggregate annually total more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) shall be prohibited from making any contributions to: a) a political organization established to promote a candidacy of an elected village official, or a declared candidate for an elected village office, b) an elected official, or c) a declared candidate for an elected village office in excess of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per year per official, declared candidate, or political organization. This prohibition shall be effective for the duration of the term of office of the elected official, or for two (2) years after the date of the election for a declared candidate for an elected village office, whichever is longer.

2.   A political organization established to promote a candidacy of an elected official or a declared candidate, an elected official, or a declared candidate shall not knowingly accept a campaign contribution in excess of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per year from any person, business entity whose contracts and pending bids for contracts with the village of Morton Grove in aggregate annually total more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00). This prohibition shall be effective for the duration of the term of office of the elected official, or for two (2) years after the date of the election for a declared candidate for an elected village office, whichever is longer.

From January 1st 2014 through January 1st 2017 according to Illinois State Board of Election D-2 reports that every Political Party must file, (this can be verified by visiting the web site of the Illinois Board of elections), Dan DiMaria has only donated $315.00 in three years ,the least amount of any elected official in the Action Party. That’s less than $100.00 per year.

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You might rightly believe that he should be able to afford to give more.

He gave himself a 25% increase in his stipend & non itemized expense compensation that he receives for being Mayor & liquor Commissioner. That came out to a $200.00 a month raise!

Interestingly, that started one month after he took office. There was no public notice, no amendment to the 2013 Budget and no vote by the Village Board authorizing the increase. He just casually dipped his paw into the public treasury.

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The Action Party is starting out the Spring Election with the largest bank roll in its history. All due to Dan DiMaria’s & Bill Grear’s disregard for Village of Morton Grove Ordinance 1-8-12, forbidding them from asking for and accepting donations from anyone doing business with the Village.

I guess they forgot the oath they swore when they took office, “…to Honor and obey The Constitution of the United States, The Constitution of the State of Illinois, & all of the Laws and Ordinances of the Village of Morton Grove. “

Is it possible that they, and the other elected members of the Action Party believe that the citizens of our town agree with and endorse the “politics as usual” graft that this represents?

There’s one question as a citizen of Morton Grove that you have to ask yourself; “well, do you agree?”

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