Talk about getting taken for a ride. Morton Grove News warned about this Action Party bus to nowhere during the recent campaign specifically in promises made and lack of concrete results and the false hope that Village President DiMaria had an actual plan.

bus to nowhere

Now, we are told that the village board has passed a resolution to protect the funds the village receives from the state and a resolution responding to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.” Morton Grove affirmed it wants local control at the village level and rejected state-mandated laws that cost the village money to enforce.

Wasn’t it DiMaria who was just recently telling us how it was such a good deal to be spending our tax dollars to pay a lobbyist to insure that Morton Grove got state dollars? Morton Grove News said then that the promised state dollars were a fantasy and that the money spent on the lobbyist was a wasted crony-driven payoff for political purposes.


Well, guess what? There are no State of Illinois dollars to be had! (gasp!)… imagine that, just one more empty promise from the slickey used-car salesman posing as the leader of Morton Grove.

Do these officials actually believe that their “Action” in this matter will accomplish anything at all? Do they really believe that the good people of Morton Grove believe this garbage? Unfortunately, the answer here is, “probably”.

Well, I hate to throw fertilizer on your cornflakes folks, but the resolutions aren’t worth the cost of the paper they were written on. Fact; State actions trump village actions. That means that if the State decides to cut the gravy sent back to the village… it’s gone… vanished… kaput!

The Champion article reporting the meeting stated: “The state distributes a portion of state income tax revenue into the Local Government Distributive fund, and it’s earmarked for municipalities such as Morton Grove.

That fund has proven over the years to be a reliable source of the funding the village needs to provide services such as police, fire, snow plowing, street repair, etc., said Ryan Horne, the village administrator.

Such a cut could require the village to reduce services or raise property taxes to make up the difference in funding.”

When you cut through the bureaucratic obfuscation and gobbledegook it boils down to the fact that Morton Grove has been living above it’s means because of feeding at the State trough. The “free money” is gone and the pigs will now start going hungry.


Much of the political theater revolved around union opposition to the State’s position on “right-to-work” legislation. What was not mentioned is that the Village has been underfunding police and fire pensions for a long time now and promising to pay amounts that cannot be sustained by the current taxes collected by the village.

This is not new information. It is not as if the collective geniuses in village government just had this information fall from the sky yesterday. As long ago as the Krier administration the rationale for the 28% increase in the tax levy was laid at the feet of the “pension crisis”. Yet, knowing this, the DiMaria administration has increased village payroll, (for example, the economic development personnel have increased five-fold under DiMaria), yet new businesses and tax revenue from new businesses should have it’s picture on the side of a milk carton… it has gone missing.



DiMaria said, (of the two pointless resolutions passed by the board); “It verifies local control. There are a lot of points in it we don’t support.” To quote the church lady from Saturday Night Live; “Well, isn’t that special?” It seems as though the village president is defending these indefensible exercises in futility out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.

Trustee John Pietron lamented that the state’s fiscal situation has gotten as bad as it has, laying some of the blame at Wall Street’s feet. “It’s the average person paying the price for it. It’s unfortunate it has to happen,” he said.

Shouldn’t Wall-street insider Dan DiMaria understand the way that the markets work? After all, he has made his living as a commodities broker, stock broker and a mortgage broker. Where was his expertise when we needed it? Where was the contingency planning part of DiMaria’s plan that the Action Party candidates so recently campaigned on? Why wasn’t there a few bucks put aside in case of a rainy day? And now, the best the village “leaders” can come up with is they “disagree”! How many hours did the Village Attorney work on that gem of a piece of legislation?


Such disempowering bull… and hive mentality cowardice.

Unless you can get something viable and tangible on a very local level, forget the rest. The system is crumbling under its own wicked weight and all you’re gonna have is what’s immediately around you.

Work on that, while raising your conscious awareness and that of those around you. Nothing else matters at this point.


We are the Borg of Morton Grove



In a letter to the Morton Grove Champion 12-30-2014, Action Party secretary Terri Cousar said, in part; “The Action Party started over 40 years ago with the goal of listening to the residents and working together for the best interests of Morton Grove. National political affiliations don’t matter(1). We are, and have always been, “inclusive,” and by that I mean we have often sought out and encouraged people who ran against us in the past to join us.

Mayor DiMaria’s (2), election in 2013 spurred many new people to get involved in village government(3)…”

(1) “Two-term (1997-2005) incumbent Mayor Dan Scanlon is retiring… Scanlon’s predecessor was Dick Flickinger (1977-97), a Democrat and Sutker ally, whose Action Party was really an adjunct to the Caucus Party/Democratic Party.”

(2) Morton Grove does not have a Mayor, it has a Village President.

(3) Niles Bugle Thursday, December 23, 2004 Letter to the editor from (then) Trustee and Action Party President Dan DiMaria: “This letter is in response to the Morton Grove Caucus Party and their 11th hour attempt to confuse the residents of Morton Grove into thinking they could turn the 2005 budget from having a potential shortfall into a huge surplus. It became clear to me that Mr. Krier is more interested in his own political gain than the good of the people of Morton Grove… By the way, I ran for trustee because I was and still am tired of “typical” politicians

2005 Caucus Party candidates:

From the 2005 Caucus Party Brochure:

Brunner + Minx 2009Caucus 2005-Time for a change

It sounds like the Morton Grove Action Party has more in common with the old Chicago Democratic machine or the Borg from Star Trek than it does with a non-partisan group of small town folks looking out for the residents of the village.


The Borg were a pseudo-species of cybernetic beings, or cyborgs, from the Delta Quadrant. No single individual truly existed within the Borg Collective, as all Borg were linked into a hive mind. Their ultimate goal was the forcible assimilation of diverse sentient species, technologies, and knowledge. As a result, the Borg were among the most powerful and feared entities in the galaxy, without really being a true species at all.

So, Ms. Cousar,

one party rule

Morton Grove, best place to raise a family?

In July of 2007 Family Circle Magazine named Morton Grove as one of the 10 Best Towns in the U.S. for families.

At the end of 2011, Business week named Morton Grove the 3rd. best place in the U.S. to raise kids:
“The No. 3 best place to raise your kids in the U.S. Morton Grove, a suburb about 15 miles from Chicago, is part of a park district that comprises 14 parks totaling more than 70 acres, two outdoor pools, a museum, four field houses, a 50,000-square-foot community center, and an outdoor ice rink, according to Morton Grove Park District. The village is home to several high-performing schools, including Hynes Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, Golf Middle School, and Melzer School, according to ”

If you look back in Morton Grove’s history, it was not always so…

♠ Roadhouses thrived during Prohibition (1920–1933) in rural areas near Chicago. Roadhouses varied from small, sleazy taverns to big, fancy nightclubs with name dance bands and floor shows. Many served food, but the big attraction was being able to drink illegal beer or liquor. “The Outfit” or syndicates distributed the illicit booze and controlled many roadhouses where recognized customers could get served.  The Dells and Lincoln Tavern in Morton Grove, were among the biggest and best known.

♠ On October 25, 1931, the unbelievable happened. Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to ten years in prison. That same day Matt Kolb was killed at his speakeasy gambling club, the Club Morton on the corner of Dempster and Ferris Road.

♠March 25, 1935 a tragic fire took six lives at Club Rendezvous in Morton Grove.

♠ February 17, 1947 William Vogel, (dubbed the slot machine king of the north side), surrenders to the court on an indictment of conspiracy to operate gambling equipment in Morton Grove.

And, if you think about it, the more things change, the more they stay the same…

All-InnAll Inn

Top row: “ALL INN on Dempster”

Bottom row:  “BIGGIES on Oakton” This is kitty-corner from Niles North H.S.

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Regulators hit “bad apples” in video gambling.

Video Poker Protections Questioned

More Suburbs Betting On Video Poker

Gaming Board Targets Video Poker Loopholes

And, after the “Tilted Kilt” project was withdrawn in Morton Grove, we now have Playboy Bunnies…

Bringer Playboy
Bringer Inn on Ferris

I wonder whether Business Week would consider Morton Grove as a good place to raise a family in 2015?