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w e e k l y r e p o r te r. c o m T h e We e k l y Re p o r te r B r e a k s T h e S i l e n c e ! A p r i l 2 , 2 0 0 9 - A p r i l 8 , 2 0 0 9 Vo l . 2 I s s u e 14 Attorney Richard Vogel named in complaint for wrong doing.

Bolingbrook Candidate says Taxes Could Take Your Home .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Attorney Kenneth Carlson accused of attorney misconduct.

ARDC Complaint Filed Against Frankfort Township Attorneys .................................................... Ralph LaPorte – rlaporte@theweeklyreporter.com

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Our legal system is not perfect, but when the participants follow the rules, when the judge is fair and impartial, it does work. In such a system, there is the judge who sits on the bench without bias, an attorney who opposes you, and you, or an attorney who represents you. The judge may have clerks and law clerks who are attorneys who assist the judge in researching the law and in writing decisions, among other things; they only assist the judge no one else. Your opponent brings accusations against you and must present witnesses and evidence to support those allegations. The judge hears the accuser’s evidence and witnesses but withholds judgment until you have had your opportunity to present your evidence and your witnesses with which you hope to disprove your accuser’s case. That is how the system should work, from administrative hearings to the United States Supreme Court. Two adversaries with a neutral judge or jury presiding. READ MORE ON PAGE 14 >

Bolingbrook is a lovely community where people live and work together much like folks ought to. The citizens are to be congratulated. But there are dark clouds on the horizon for many of those same folks according to Mayoral Candidate Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea. Bonnie, for short, says regardless of how our national economy improves in coming months and years, taxes may drive some homeowners out of Bolingbrook. She points to the financial documents you can view at www. bolingbrook.com//info/ AnnFinancRpt04_30_08. Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea pdf. warns of increasing ballon “My property tax has payments ahead.

doubled and next year it could triple. At that pace it won’t be long before I am taxed out of my home. People cannot afford such outrageous increases.” Bonnie criticizes current Mayor Roger Claar and his administration for the crippling obligations the village has assumed. She refers to The Bolingbrook Golf Course as a “white elephant.” “The current balloon

payments we are obliged to pay this year on our village debt amount to $9 million dollars. In 2014, five years from now, the village will face a balloon payment of $22 million and it will escalate after that to an incredible $77 million dollars!” According to Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea homeowners, faced with huge tax increases assessed against their property, may be financially unable to remain in their homes. They will be faced with leaving Bolingbrook where most of the READ MORE ON PAGE 14 >

Frankfort Township Assessor Sued for $15 Million Dollars .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Frankfort Township resident David Ho has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against Frankfort Assessor Paul Ruff and Frankfort Township. The lawsuit was filed on Monday March 30th by David Ho’s attorneys Skaletsky & Associates, LTD. of Chicago. The suit stems from a letter that was mailed by Assessor Paul Ruff to people in Frankfort Township. Ruff is currently running for re-election as the Frankfort Township Assessor. The letter, mailed on March 6, 2009 on official stationery struck out at an individual named Joe Kral who is running against Ruff in the April 7th election. In attacking his opponent Joe Kral, Paul Ruff violated the Illinois Statutes relating elections according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The Board of Elections declared the Ruff

letter “a criminal matter not a civil matter.” They urged Ruff ’s opponent Joe Kral to immediately file a complaint with State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s office which he did promptly. Further on in the letter Ruff accuses David Ho, who filed the lawsuit, of slanting the facts and enraging homeowners in his subdivision. David Ho a successful stock trader is Asian-American and took offense to the reference Ruff made to slanting and said Ruff, who

knows he is AsianAmerican, had to know such phraseology would be insulting to anyone of his race. It is Ho’s opinion that the insult was intentional. David Ho first became involved with the Frankfort Assessor’s office when his property taxes increased in increments that Ho saw as far different from others who had similar properties. When he found no relief David Ho a man who could not be silenced.

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Dirty Tricks Do Not Move Noak or His Party ................................................................ John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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It would not require a doctorate to guess who installed the Noak for Mayor and Romeoville United signs that sandwich an opponent’s sign on Belmont and Independence Blvd. Last week a photo of the dirty-trick- placing of the Noak signs was called to the attention of the public. Most people would be ashamed to be caught playing unfairly

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election? Businesses read this newspaper. Businesses know that all the members of the Change Party, The People First Party, and the United Community Party have spoken out in favor of strong ethics laws that prohibit “PAY TO PLAY” politics. They know that the three mayoral candidates of those three parties have said they want to end the practice of trading contracts with Romeoville for contributions to a campaign fund. John Noak has been using his big money to swamp the village with mailers that paint a rosy picture of him. None of the mailers tell voters that John Noak has received over 100,000 in contributions since he was appointed last February to replace Fred Dewald who resigned under allegedly shameful circumstances. Noak is a staunch supporter of Dewald. One would think that with over $100,000 to spend John Noak and his folks could just play the game fairly, the other guys can’t fight back without lots of money, but as the photo shows someone associated with Noak does not understand fair play. The Change Party does not have tons of money to spend that has been given to them by business. On the other hand

A week passes but Noak’s Party won’t undo their dirty dealing.

and obstructing an opponent’s signs— apparently John Noak does not care; he has not moved his signs. As the photo clearly shows someone installed a Noak for Mayor Sign and another Noak Romeoville United sign in front of and behind a homemade sign of the Change Party who are one party of three running against John Noak and his friends. No one can read the Change Party sign. Businesses have given John Noak most of the $100,000 in contributions he has received since he was appointed last February. Why do businesses want John Noak to remain in office? The better question is why might businesses not want any of the other three parties to win the

the Change Party has no favors to sell for contributions to their campaign fund either. That is why that sign you see in the photo is homemade; it is small town, down-to-earth campaigning. Not one member of John Noak’s Romeoville United Party, including Noak, has come forward to support new ethics laws that would prohibit companies from donating large amounts of money to do business with the city. Disgraced former Mayor Rod Blagojevich allegedly shook down companies for campaign contributions, Blagojevich is awaiting trial. If companies want to pay to do business in your town they should be paying you the taxpayer for that privilege. Let them donate that money for parks or schools, streets, or something worthwhile not to fatten some politician’s campaign chest so he can continue to do favors year after year for businesses rather than voters. You the voter can put an end to such disgraceful contributions with your vote April 7th.


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Someone Smashed His Truck Windshield Romeoville Cops Arrest him ................................................................ John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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On Friday March 20th a Romeoville resident who wishes to have his name withheld but who was interviewed by telephone and tape recorded for our records, called the Romeoville Police Department to report loud noise and music emanating from a street near to his home.

dy was transported to the hospital where he was allegedly treated for alcohol poisoning. Then, the following day Saturday, about ten or ten-thirty at night Mr. X was preparing to go to sleep when he was startled by a loud noise. Right behind the first loud report there was another. He raced out of his house realizing that the noise sounded as if it had occurred on his property. In his haste he ran outside clothed only in his underwear. Outside he found the windshield and the driver’s side window broken. The windshield was smashed but the window was broken out entirely. Mr. X was furious; he considers his truck his prize possession. He said a large “landscaping block” was lying on his driveway apparently where it fell after striking his windshield. A second block was on the floor inside the truck. Mrs. X was due to come home from work at that time and the block lying on the driveway was positioned where she might strike it when she drove onto the drive. When that occurred to him, Mr. X picked up the “landscaping block” and placed on his front porch. He went inside to put on a pair of pants. Mr. X then went to the house to the north of his where the lights were still

Victim’s Smashed Windshield.

The police responded and according to Mr. X, as we will call him, three individuals he described as teenagers were arrested. One of those taken into custo-

lit to ask the neighbors if they had seen anything. He said he has been feuding with those same neighbors for more than 10 years. He said a 28 year old daughter visiting from out of town answered the door and told Mr. X they had not seen or heard anything. From somewhere inside the home her father told her to shut the door and she did so abruptly according to Mr. X. Moments later three Romeoville police squads arrived. Mr. X believes his neighbor made the call to police department. He did not want to call until he could determine if anyone had seen the person or persons who smashed his windows. An officer went to the neighbor’s home and spoke with someone there and subsequently returned to where X was talking with a female officer. Mr. X was then told that he was being placed under arrest for filing a false police report. He said he was shocked. One officer told him they believed he had broken the windshield and window himself just to make the police departCONTINUED ON PAGE 11 >

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Prevent Hazards in the Bathroom ................................................................. ARAcontent info@theweeklyreporter.com .................................................................

(ARA) - An elderly woman slipped in her bathroom while brushing her teeth and had to be rushed to the hospital. A month later, an older man couldn’t get out of his bathtub and was stuck in it for five days surviving on water from the facet before a neighbor found him. We’ve all heard tragic stories of the elderly being injured in the bathroom. That might leave you to wonder, how safe is the bathroom in your home? These stories are sad, but not surprising because the bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas in a house. A small area with frequent water use makes it a prime location for injuries from falls. And for older people the bathroom can be a real hazard. “Falls are the leading cause of death from injuries among older persons and the death rate from falls continues to climb. Each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older fall and almost a third of them need medical treatment as a result,” according to the AARP. “Research shows that 75 percent of household accidents happen in the bathroom,” says Karen Grassle, spokeswoman for Premier Care in Bathing. “It is crucial, especially for older individuals, to create a bathroom that is both accessible and safe.” For most elderly, remaining in their home to live an independent lifestyle is extremely important. And a safe home environment can be possible if the bathroom is assessed and if need be, renovated to fit their needs. Installing grab bars, non-slip rugs and bright

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lights is a great start, but the bathtub is one of the most important components to consider. Regular bathtubs can become more difficult to use as we age. To avoid injuries while still remaining independent, you might want to consider putting in a new tub that is specifically designed for use by those with limitations. Premier Bathrooms, a company that specializes in walk-in bathtubs, disabled bathrooms and assisted bathing products, has a range of tubs that are safer and easier to use. One thing you should look for when shopping for a new tub is how you will be getting in and out. This is when a lot of fall-related injuries occur and it is important that the entry and exiting process can be done safely and with ease. The Cambridge tub, for example, allows you to simply step in through its convenient side entry door. Once in, you can sit comfortably on the contoured bath seat, turn the handle to seal the door and run the water. Once the tub is filled to your satisfaction press the button and you will be gently lowered into the water. When you have finished your bath, simply press the control once more to lift you back to the seated position and get out of the tub. Another fully accessible option is the Washington model that has a built-in seat lift. The user sits in the seat outside the bathtub; the seat lifts the user’s legs over the side of the tub, rotates and lowers them into the bath. This is a safer option for seniors who want to remain independent in their home. The Washington model is compatible for people of all ages who need the use of a wheelchair. Whether you and your spouse are aging and you want to remain independent in your home, or you have parents and you’d like to help them live more comfortably, consider making the bath a safe and secure place that will remain free from accident and injury. For more information on walk-in tubs or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call (800) 578-2899 or visit www. Premier-Bathrooms.com. For inquiries in Canada visit www.premierbathrooms.ca or call (888) 596-4909

Letters to the Editor Library Referendum   Must Be Defeated The

latest round of propaganda came

Des Plaines Library District this weekend. It highlighted all to residents of the

the jobs that would be created with the new buildings.

However, no one wants to 40 or so people working at the Library on Normantown will LOOSE their jobs! There have been NO offers to any of them. say that the

The plan to build a library first in Romeoville is just a delay tactic of an eventual 200% increase in library district property taxes. All of the Romeoville residents South of 135th Street have been paying taxes for DECADES and have seen nothing for the MILLIONS of dollars they have given Des Plaines Valley Library District. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 >


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How to Invest During a Recession ................................................................ Mary Jo Ardizzone Maryjo.ardizzone@edwardjones.com Edward Jones | www.edwardjones.com ................................................................

We are now finishing the 16th month of the recession, which began in December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Not only is this a long recession, but it’s also a severe one, marked by painfully high levels of job losses, a sharply reduced credit flow and a drop in the value of many investments. Still, despite all the bad news, there are valid reasons to believe that brighter days lie ahead. But you don’t have to wait for things to turn around before taking steps to help your own financial future.

Here are some actions to consider:

• Don’t cut back on your 401(k). During difficult economic times, it’s hard for many people to assume their jobs are safe. But if you are fairly confident your employment situation is secure, continue investing in your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. The tax advantages of these types of plans — not to mention the employer’s match, if one is offered— make them ideal savings vehicles for retirement. Of course, your plan probably has taken a hit over the past year, but that’s the case for many investments. If you’ve chosen a good mix of investments, your plan should recover at some point.  • Diversify, diversify, diversify. Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to tie up more than 5 percent of your portfolio in a single investment. Spread

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your investment dollars among a wide range of stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit and other securities. For a rough idea on how well you’ve diversified, ask yourself: “If the value of a few of my stocks and bonds declined and didn’t recover, would it be extremely painful for me financially?” If the answer is “yes,” you probably need more diversification. Of course, diversification by itself cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, but it can give you more chances for success and reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. • Think long term. Your investments may have lost 30 percent to 40 percent of their value from October 2007 to the present — which may seem like a long time. Yet quality investments often need much longer periods to show significant growth. So while it can be painful to endure short-term losses, you need to develop the discipline to hold your investments for many years. • Don’t reach for high yields. When the stock market is down, many investors turn to bonds that offer high yields, reasoning that bonds are always safer than stocks. Don’t be fooled into this line of thinking; high-yield bonds mean high-risk bonds. If the issuer defaults, you could lose your principal. Stick with investment-grade bonds. • Look for opportunities. Instead of avoiding the financial markets, look for good investment opportunities. Because investment prices have fallen so much, your dollars can now buy more shares. Historically, buying shares at lower prices has often led to higher returns over the long term. If you’re receiving dividends, now is an especially good time to reinvest them. You probably can’t avoid all the negative effects of the recession. But by following the above suggestions, you can help avoid getting thrown off track on your journey toward your financial goals.

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Nasal Rinsing Promotes Free Breathing and Nasal Health ............................................................... Courtesy of ARA content info@theweeklyreporter.com ...............................................................

ARA) - In recent years, more and more American families have turned to home-based, complementary remedies to manage basic health needs. In fact, an estimated 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use some type of complementary and alternative medicine, according to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One example of this growing trend is nasal rinsing, an ancient technique that has been practiced for centuries in India and other parts of South Asia and is now gaining popularity in Western culture. A traditional Ayurvedic and yogic technique, nasal rinsing originated from the yoga practice of Jala Neti, which means “water cleansing.” The practice isdesigned to clean and hydrate the nasal passages to promote free breathing and overall nasal health. Why Nasal Rinsing? With every breath, we inhale particles such as dust, allergens, germs, smoke, dander and pollutants. The nose acts as a natural air filter, protecting the body from these impurities. However, many particles remain in the nasal and sinus passages and can potentially cause irritation. During nasal rinsing, a saline water solution is inserted into the upper nostril while the head is tilted, flushing out im-

purities not naturally filtered out by the nose. “Nasal rinsing is a simple technique to cleanse nasal and sinus passages while helping you to breathe freely. While it may seem complicated for beginners, today there are products that make it easier than ever,” says Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia, an internist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “AFRIN PureSea is a new and convenient way to clean nasal passages because it requires no mixing, minimal cleanup and the contents stay sterile even after the product is used.” Nasal Rinsing Options There are a number of ways to practice nasal rinsing. Using a neti pot is a common technique, but it can be cumbersome and involves extensive preparation and clean-up. A modern product like AFRIN PureSea comes ready-to-use with no ingredients to mix and is made entirely of 100 percent purified sea water. There are also all-natural nasal rinsing products designed for use in children as young as six months. Since young children often have difficulty blowing their own noses, nasal rinsing can be particularly helpful in ridding their nasal passages of excess mucus and irritants. To learn more about the benefits of nasal rinsing and naturally-sourced products for adults and children, visit http://www.afrinpuresea.com.

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Was Lockport Mayor Murphy Behind Counterfeit Flyer? Did Dev Trivedi Help Spread Lies and Hate? .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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One man said, “Don’t know if it was Murphy but it sure smells like it!” That was the response to a flyer distributed in Lockport sometime between Friday and Sunday. The counterfeit flyer is a piece of hate mail and will be turned over to federal authorities because of its racial overtones. That flyer, falsely purporting to come from Kelly Turner, says in part, “We speak for the angry white male.” It is a vicious hate piece that could incite anger among the races and that could land the people that made and distributed it in federal prison. This reporter hopes the morons responsible for it are apprehended and prosecuted. Whoever made it

slithers several strata beneath manure along with Adolph Hitler’s henchmen. That person is a traitor to American beliefs. Kelly Turner is one of three candidates running for Mayor of Lockport. Audrey Manley is Turner’s stiffest competition. Audrey was telephoned on Sunday March 29th. She was asked for her opinion of the flyer but she said she had not seen it. After it was read to her she said, “My campaign for the senate was ethical and respectful. I do not approve of attacking the

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Victim of Lies Kelly Turner

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Medals awarded while in active service are issued by the individual military services if requested by veterans or their next of kin. Requests for replacement medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army veterans, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) verifies awards and forwards requests and verification to appropriate services. Requests for replacement medals should be submitted on Standard Form 180, “Request Pertaining To Military Records,” which may be obtained at VA offices or the Internet at h t t p : / / w w w. va . g ov / vaforms/search_action. asp. Forms, addresses,

and other information on requesting medals can be found on the Military Personnel Records section of NPRC’s Web siteat http://www.archives.gov/ st-louis/military-personnel/index. html. For questions, call Military Personnel Records at (314) 801-0800 or email questions to: MPR.center@nara. gov. When requesting medals, type or clearly print the veteran’s full name, include the veteran’s branch of service, service number or Social Security number and provide the veteran’s exact or approximate dates of military service. The request must contain the signature of the veteran or next of kin if the veteran is deceased. If available, include a copy of the discharge or separation document,

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Spring Safety Reminders ......................................................... Andrea Sala /WR asala@theweeklyreporter.com Andrea Sala is the Principal at Scarlet Oak School District 145 .........................................................

The weather is changing and as we leave this particularly cold and long winter parents should take time to revisit some safety reminders with their children. As spring arrives kids will be outside more often; the hot days of summer are on their way. Use the following list to see if your children are ready and safe for their warm weather fun. Your child must know important information and be able to tell it to others who they know can be trusted to help them: First and last name, street address, parents’ or guardians names, and a phone number. We should all be outside as much as possible so make sure you and the kids know the safest routes to destinations you have approved. Practice the way with them. Go over rules for traffic lights stressing that they wait on the curb for the right light. Make sure they understand about crosswalks and looking both ways before they walk, not run, across a busy street. Remind kids that sidewalks are the safest place to walk and that they must be absolutely certain to watch for cars pulling in and out of driveways. Be certain

they have developed the habit of looking. If you don’t see them checking for cars then you must assume they never do. Make this a strong point – they MUST always be alert for drivers, especially near driveways and subdivision streets. Make sure your child has an emergency plan that includes an alternate phone number and location to go to in case you are late meeting them or picking them up. Dress for the weather, wearing layers is the right way to go. A helmet and protective gear is a must for bike riding and roller blading. Remind your child not to talk to strangers. Make sure your child knows what a stranger is. If they have never met the person with you, the parent, personally then that person is a stranger. Just because a person looks normal and nice does not mean they are not a stranger. People that look dangerous or different are also strangers if they have not spoken to them in your presence. Dangerous or different looking people are not strangers because they look that way. Again they are strangers because the child doesn’t know them. They should know how to be polite while being safe. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a good online resource for preventing child abduction and other safety tips. Go to www.missingkids.com to learn more.

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Tino Lettieri The Lone Mokena Challenger Says Enough! .................................................... Mark Goodson mgoodson@theweeklyreporter.com

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board. That is a start. Then maybe we can change things one person at a time.” Tino Lettieri’s plans to change Mokena government one seat at a time seems to be a difficult task at least. But, he is a determined person and what he says he will do he does his best to accomplish. On Thursday night March 26th at 7:00 pm, Tino Lettieri held a meeting for Mokena voters. It was a meeting in which Lettieri and others addressed the crowd. Lettieri explained his position on a number of issues and said he wants to see the local government returned to the control of the residents. He has accused the current administration under Mayor Joe Werner of mismanaging village affairs. He noted that while communities around Mokena have developed and have attracted revenue producing businesses Mokena has failed.

Santino Lettieri is a tenacious individual who cannot be persuaded to abandon what he believes is his patriotic duty; to return Mokena government to the people. Tino, as his friends call him, is a successful businessman and Mokena homeowner who believes the current administration has failed the citizens in developing the village. He has accused the trustees of being yes-men for Mayor Joe Werner. On April 7th Tino Lettieri will be the only person running in opposition to Joe Werner’s Citizen’s United Party; the only person to challenge the incumbents he is displeased with. Lettieri himself said he will face stiff opposition if he is elected to the board. “But at least I will be a voice Tino Lettieri says change for the people on the begins with one voice.

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Challengers Should Defeat Frankfort Incumbents gether to keep him off the ballot are Jim Moustis, Supervisor; Marguerite (Margo) McDermed, Clerk; Paul Ruff, Assessor; .................................................... and David Smith Trustee. Each of those people is hoping you will re-elect them For years and years the Frankfort on April 7th. Seven other alleged coTownship incumbents could assume their conspirators are not running for office. elected positions in township government You need to demonstrate that you were secure. They could assume the elec- want honest government in Frankfort tion could only go one way—their way Township. There is but some recent incian old saying, “If dents may have swept it ain’t broke don’t away that sense of sefix it.” Very often curity. that can be applied An affidavit signed to office holders. by Frankfort Township Why replace someresident Joe Kral has one who is doing a given voters a view of good job. But now Frankfort Township you have an opgovernment they have portunity to demprobably never seen onstrate your own and perhaps would desire for honest never have seen exgovernment by cept for Assessor Paul saying “It is broke Ruff ’s quest to prevent so I want to fix it.” Bob Hennessy Could become Joe Kral from running This is the Next Frankfort Supervisor. against him. United States of Two people named America where in the Kral Affidavit atwe elect people to tempted to convince him to voluntarily READ MORE ON PAGE 14> step aside so Assessor Paul Ruff could run unopposed for his office. Kral says he was offered a job. He was assured that Frankfort Township Supervisor Jim Moustis would give him a job if he agreed not to run for office. When that did not work Kral’s nominating petitions were challenged. The record indicates that two Frankfort Township attorney’s wrongfully worked with the Objector’s attorney to keep Kral’s name off the ballot. According to a transcript of a hearing held to remove Kral’s name from the April 7th ballot they probably violated the integrity of their positions as officers of the court by helping build a case against Kral to keep his name off the ballot when they should have remained neutral. Those attorneys will have to answer to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for what they did. The effort to eliminate Joe Kral as an opponent of Paul Ruff in the April 7th election was not only dirty tricks but in all likelihood what was done violated the law and might be criminal. Kral has alleged there was a conspiracy to prevent him from running for office in Frankfort Township just to keep Paul Ruff in office. The people Kral alleges conspired to.................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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(ARA) - With the economy affecting your budget, your family is staying home for more meals. So it’s more important than ever to get the most for your dollar when shopping for healthy foods at the grocery store. Besides eating healthy, you want to provide a variety of food choices to keep mealtimes interesting and flavorful. Here are three items you can add to your grocery list:

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1. Kiwifruit. During the months when finding American-grown fresh fruit is a chore, look for California-grown kiwifruit, typically available between mid-September and June. Buying fruit grown in America supports our domestic economy and is better for the environment since shipping requires fewer resources. Plus, you know you’re getting fresher fruit. A Rutgers University study found that of the 27 most commonly consumed fruits, kiwifruit is the most nutrient-dense, containing vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and vitamin E, to name a few. Plus kiwifruit is very versatile. It can be eaten raw, sliced up on top of foods, blended into drinks and salsas or tossed into salads. 2. Rolled oats. Yummy for both breakfast and in cookies, oats are full of fiber and complex carbohydrates. The grain has been linked to lowering bad cholesterol and reducing the chance of heart disease. Buying plain oats in bulk costs less per serving than buying most other cereals. 3. Wild Rice. Wild rice not only is native to the U.S., but is also rich in protein and a good source of calcium and potassium. Plus, it’s an energy food high in carbohydrates and fiber, helping to balance out your healthy meals. Wild rice can be served cold or hot and mixed with

nuts, vegetables and all kinds of meat. Saving money and eating healthy will benefit not only your family but your wallet. California Kiwifruit Commission has several recipes available for your family to try including Kiwi Mint Lemonade -- perfect for a warm afternoon on the porch, and Mediterranean Kiwifruit Couscous -- which compliments any lunch or dinner menu.

Kiwifruit Mint Lemonade Serves 4

1 cup water 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves 3 California kiwifruit 2 to 3 lemons Sparkling water In a medium saucepan, heat water with sugar over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Let stand 20 minutes Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into chunks. Puree in a food processor. Place puree in a pitcher. Strain cooled syrup into pitcher, pressing on mint, then discard leaves. Refrigerate until cold. Squeeze juice from 2 lemons. Stir into kiwifruit mixture. Taste, squeeze in juice from remaining lemon for a more tart lemonade. Pour into glasses. Top with sparkling water. Serve garnished with a slice of kiwifruit.

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Bolingbrook Clerk, Trustees and Objector Face Lawsuit ............................................................... Mark Goodson mgoodson@theweeklyreporter.com

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An individual who never appeared at the Bolingbrook Election Board hearing but who nevertheless challenged the nominating petitions of mayoral candidate Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed on her behalf in the 12th Judicial District Court. That person, who was inadvertently omitted as a defendant in the original complaint is named in an amended complaint filed by Attorney Scott Skaletsky of Chicago The Village of Bolingbrook; Sandy Swinkunas, Trustee who sat as Chairman of the Electoral Board in Bonnie’s case; Leroy Brown Trustee and member of the Electoral Board in Bonnie’s case; Carol Penning, Village Clerk and member of the Electoral Board in Bonnies’ case; and the Objector of Record Christopher Mathis of Bolingbrook are named as defendants. The United States Constitution Amendment 6 guarantees the person who must defend him or herself in a legal action the right to confront and to question witnesses against them. The fifth and fourteenth amendments guarantee due process of law. In the case of a traffic ticket for example, if a police officer does not appear to testify against you the ticket should be dismissed for want of prosecution. Why? Because that officer must testify as to what you did and give you or your attorney an opportunity to challenge what he says with evidence, cross-examination or witnesses. The U.S. Supreme Court held in 2004 “...the only indicium of reliability sufficient to satisfy constitutional demands is confrontation.” The complaint cites a number of allegations that Bonnie declares wrongfully deprived her of her right to have her name appear on the ballot. Among those is the serious allegation that Attorney

Richard Kavanagh provided evidence to the court that was different from a list of names he provided to Bonnie. At one point in the record, when she asked for copies of information she believed she should have been given, Mr. Kavanagh angrily said he was tired of doing her work for her and refused to give her a copy of the evidence. Bonnie’s attorney said she was entitled all of the information used against her. The complaint alleges that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy “that deprived the Plaintiff of her rights.” The complaint states that the defendants held meetings without the Plaintiff (Bonnie) present “and made secret agreements regarding keeping the Plaintiff off of the

Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea filed suit against Election Board.

mayoral ballot.” The current lawsuit was filed in Will County and addresses violations of Bonnie’s rights pursuant to Illinois Law but she has the option to bring the same or expanded charges in a separate action in Federal Court for violations of her federal rights. The complaint asks that the decision of the Bolingbrook Election Board be invalidated and requests monetary damages for “her inability to appear on the ballot” and punitive damages for “willful and reckless conduct.” Although the complaint asks that her name be placed on the ballot that is relief the court will not be able to grant since the ballots could not be reproduced prior to the election which will be held on April 7th. Bonnie will have to depend upon voters to blacken the write-in oval and write her name in as their choice for mayor if she expects to win the election.

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Flavorful, Budget-friendly Fun Foods salt 3 California kiwifruit 1 yellow or orange pepper 1 cup colorful cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, preferably spicy 3 green onions, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves pepper 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil In a small saucepan, lightly salt water

then bring to a boil. Add couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let stand until water is absorbed, about five minutes. Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into bite-size chunks. Dice pepper and slice large cherry tomatoes in half. Pit olives if needed and thinly slice green onions. Place all in a medium bowl. Whisk vinegar with oil, garlic, oregano and generous pinches salt and pepper. When couscous has cooled, gently stir with kiwifruit mixture. Toss with as much dressing as needed to just coat. Stir in feta and basil. Salad will keep well refrigerated for one to two days.

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Someone Smashed His Truck Windshield Romeoville Cops Arrest him

ment “look bad.” The officer said they had a witness. Although he explained that such an idea was “ridiculous” and that he has a thousand dollar deductible for damages to his truck he was arrested. At the time of the interview he said he believed it would cost about $800 to replace the broken glass. He said it does

not make any sense that he might have broken his own windows. He has provided The Weekly Reporter with photographs he took of the damage done to his truck that night. Mr. X is scheduled to appear in Court in Bolingbrook. He will be represented by an attorney from Chicago for that hearing.

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Was Lockport Mayor Murphy Behind Counterfeit Flyer?

Did Dev Trivedi Help Spread Lies and Hate? candidates running against me. I have not actually seen the flyer so I cannot address it but I am sure Kelly Turner would not say that.” Sunday afternoon Turner visited The Weekly Reporter office and discussed the flyer. He said he telephoned Dev Trivedi. Trivedi is Tim Murphy’s guy in this election; he said to Dev Trivedi, “Dev I’d like to know if you will denounce this flyer.” Dev Trivedi hung up on him! That says a great deal about Dev Trivedi and his opinion of right and wrong. Tim Murphy chose not to run again for mayor. He knew his history would do him in. At best he might have gotten a handful of votes; his personal habits would probably have defeated him. The next best thing to being mayor is to have a puppet running the city whose strings you can pull. If you promise developers you can get favors done for them it would be nice to have a dummy in power to carry out your commands. Dev Trivedi is the guy who was able to wriggle from under suspicions that he broke the election laws in the last election when his checks to a mailing

in company in Georgia were illegally sent from Tim Murphy’s office by illegally using the City’s FedEx account. When Trivedi’s job with the state police crime lab was in jeopardy because of that escapade he pointed the finger at his pal Tim Murphy and told internal affairs officer Sergeant Michael Witt that Murphy did it without his knowledge. Many people were pleased as punch when Tim Murphy’s name was not in the running but if his pals rule the roost, people like Dev Trivedi, the city could still be run by Murphy who could pull strings from somewhere in the shadows. Lockport needs sober, moral leadership at the head of its government. It needs an honest, ethical leader who will serve the people with integrity. It needs a leader who will respect marriage and family values; someone with strong ethics who will not sell out the city for campaign contributions. Perhaps the only one way to be rid of Tim Murphy is to be rid of all traces of Tim Murphy and his allies. Lockport needs a mayor who will respect it and its citizens.

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Someone Who Will Treat You Very Special Route 59 in Plainfield. Vanery McMurtrey stands out as a shining example of what good customer service can be. If you happen to be a TCF Bank customer who uses the facility located at Black Road and Route 59 there is a strong possibility that you all ready know Vanery because she goes out of her way to be friendly, polite and helpful to everyone. She recognizes her customers and waves hello to them when they pass by even if they have only come to shop in the food store. Her friendly personality and warm smile make Vanery a very positive advertisement for TCF Bank. She attends Joliet Junior College and upon graduation she plans to attend Northern Illinois University where she will study business. Since she has banking experience, 2 years with TCF, she hopes to increase her banking knowl-

edge by pursuing courses that relate to the banking industry specifically. At twenty years of age she has a clear vision of how important education will be to her future success. Vanery’s patience and willingness to give each customer her sincere and undivided attention makes a visit to the bank a pleasant experience anytime she is on duty. So this week we want to say “Thank you Vanery for being such a very special person, someone who really cares about the folks you deal with. Keep up the great work and you cannot help but be a success at whatever you choose to do in life. Congratulations to TCF Bank for hiring people such as Vanery who sincerely want to provide good customer service to each and every person who visits them each day.


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Dear Lindsey: We have always been a very close-knit family so cousins and nieces and nephews are always in and out of each other’s homes. No problem. We all love one another. We have never had any serious problems and we always get along. Even minor disagreements have always been exactly that just minor disputes. But now I have a different problem. My niece Laura is a sweet girl and she is the same age as my oldest boy (I have 3). They have played together since they were babies. Once in awhile Laura or my boys sleep over at each other’s house and it has never been a problem at her house or at ours but last week I discovered that Laura always sleeps naked. When she sleeps over she stays in a room by herself with the door shut but I still feel uncomfortable about her being in there without anything on. It just does not seem right. What do you think? Dear: What do you think? I think you have a dirty mind. Nothing you said gives me a reason to believe that either your sons or your niece are sexual predators or that they might get together to do something shocking. If Laura only slept naked when she stays at your house it might be suspicious but you said she “always” s sleeps nude. You have not given any reason why you might think she may be interested in her cousins or why you might think they are interested in her. I gather they are teens, but that does not mean they cannot be trusted. The time to act is when you see something that makes you suspicious. Until then I see no reason why you should say anything to Laura or to the boys. They seem to be doing fine just as they are and you will probably alienate your niece if you suggest that she change her sleeping habits when she is at your home. Could it be you are being haunted from an event in your own past?

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The Doggie Diaries

Bath Time Breakdown I got a question I hope someone can answer for me…It’s something that’s been on my mind and I just want to know…Why do I have to take a bath? I mean, I’m fine just as I am – so WHY do I need to get clean? Mom says I will get stinky…SO? Dogs like smells…and I’d like to keep my smell! Besides, I’ve had baths before and I just don’t like them! That’s why when I heard dad say I needed to take a bath – I hid! It didn’t do me any good though… mom and dad found me! I don’t know

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The Pilsen Alliance ...................................................... By Lisandra Bernadet teentalk@theweeklyreporter.com Lisandra is a sophomore at Joliet West High School ......................................................

This past week I participated in a rally organized by the Pilsen Alliance. Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side. They work for quality public education, affordable housing, government accountability and healthy communities. The organization’s goals include using innovative community education tools and programs, direct action organizing campaigns and advocacy initiatives reflecting the popular education philosophy of building social consciousness for personal and social collective transformation. In recent news there have been reports of Chicago public schools closing and being taken over by

how they did – I thought I had a GREAT place to hide. I went under their bed…I didn’t think they’d look there, but I was wrong! You know what the good thing was? I was in the middle and they couldn’t reach me! Their arms weren’t long enough! So they told me to come out, but I didn’t want to – I DON’T WANT TO TAKE A BATH!!!!! I didn’t want to move, but dad seemed to be getting angry with me. I knew if I didn’t get out from under the bed I’d be in trouble - but I really, REALLY don’t like baths! I DON’T like getting wet! AND, I’m soooo afraid I’m gonna get soap in my eyes… THAT HURTS! Dad promised the bath would be fun and he’d make sure to keep the soap away from my eyes. I don’t know…he’s told me this before and I’ve gotten soap in my eyes – and my baths are STILL no fun! That’s it…I made up my mind! I’m gonna stay under the bed – FOREVER! That way I’ll never have to take a bath!

charter schools. Many people whose children attend these schools are distraught and outraged by the closings. Chicago is being transformed into a global city due to the possibility of the Olympics being held in Chicago. The citizens understand that the city will undergo a major renovation, but they do not see the point of phasing out children from their schools to provide a private school that they know their families will not be able to afford. The result of the public schools becoming charter schools is that it forces families to move from their home and causes children to begin in another school. While I was at the rally and hearing down at the Chicago Public School (CPS) buliding in downtown Chicago I saw many people waiting to speak to the Board Of Education. There was an eceltic range of ages there to speak their mind! Although not everyone was able to speak it should illustrate how much the Pilsen community cares about education and for the children who are affected by it.

Well that seemed like a good idea and mom even said it was ok. She told me I could stay there forever, but how was I going to eat? Or drink? And what about my toys? Or my BALL! Oh, my ball – I forgot my ball! Mom said she wasn’t going to bring me any toys…if I wanted them, I’d have to come out! BOY, I REALLY DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THIS! Then she said sometimes we all have to do something we really don’t want to do. Like my mom said she doesn’t want to clean the house, but if she or dad didn’t do it… we’d have a VERY messy and dirty house! And when our house is clean, she feels better…just like I will after I have my bath. So I came out from my hiding place and I had my bath. It was okay. Dad did try to make it more fun and he didn’t get soap in my eyes. Well, I guess I learned something from this. Taking a bath is definitely not my FAVORITE thing to do, but I need to do it. And next time when my parents tell me it’s bath time…I’ll make sure I bring my ball and snacks when I hide under their bed!


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Replacing Military Medals, Records... ration documents are lost, veterans or the next of kin of deceased veterans may obtain duplicate copies by completing forms found on the Internet at http://www.archives.gov/research/index.html and mailing or faxing them to the NPRC. Alternatively, write the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Specify that a duplicate separation document is needed. The veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full name should be printed or typed so that it can be read clearly, but the request must also contain the signature of the veteran or the signature of the next of kin, if the veteran is deceased. Include the veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s branch of service, service number or Social Security number and exact or approximate dates and years of service. Use Standard Form 180, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Request Pertaining To Military Records.â&#x20AC;? It is not necessary to request a duplicate copy of a veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discharge or separation papers solely for the purpose of filing a claim for VA benefits. If complete information about the veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service is furnished on the application, VA will obtain verification of service.

Correction of Military Records The secretary of a military department, acting through a Board for Correction of Military Records, has authority to change any military record when necessary to correct an error or remove an injustice. A correction board may consider applications for correction of a military record, including a review of a discharge issued by courts martial. The veteran, survivor or legal representative must file a request for correction within three years after discovering an alleged error or injustice. The board may excuse failure to file within this time if in the interest of justice. It is an applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to show why the filing of the application was delayed and why it would be in the interest of justice for the board to consider it despite the delay. To justify a correction, it is necessary to show to the satisfaction of the board that the alleged entry or omission in the records was in error or unjust. Applications should include all evidence, such as signed statements of witnesses or a brief of arguments supporting the correction. Application is made with DD Form 149, available at VA offices, Veterans organizations or http:// www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/formsprogram.htm.

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Most Romeoville residents are frustrated with the way BOTH library districts worked together to close the library on Normantown. They have expressed many concerns to keep it open. Even the Village of Romeoville offered land in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downtownâ&#x20AC;? area but Des Plaines Valley claims the building wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in right even though the proposed library design in Lockport was recently changed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fit in with the downtown areaâ&#x20AC;?. Des Plaines Valley claims that it would cost just as much to upgrade the the existing library building on

Normantown Rd. as it would  to build a new building. However Fountaindale passed a referendum that guaranteed $5 million dollars would make those upgrades. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $12 million less than the projected cost of the new one! Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not telling the truth here? It is just NOT feasible in times of recession to build three new buildings at the tax payers expense who are struggling to make ends meet.

The library board should

go back to the drawing board and work out a no tax increase resolution to keep a library open in

Romeoville. It

was not the residents that decided to close the library but it should be the residents that decide the proper way for their tax dollars to be spent.

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ARDC Complaint Filed Against Frankfort Township Attorneys

Bolingbrook Candidate says Taxes Could Take Your Home

Joe Kral, candidate for Frankfort Township Assessor, collected more than a sufficient number of signatures to put his name on the April 7th ballot. But a man named Kent Brunner stepped from the shadows to object to those signatures. He challenged them and accused Kral of committing fraud in gathering them. Kent Brunner never appeared at anytime during the hearings supposedly brought at his urging. He was represented by a lawyer Patrick Burns. Mr. Brunner is a close friend of Assessor Paul Ruff whom Mr. Kral intends to beat in the April 7th election. Mr. Ruff is a close ally of James Moustis, Marguerite McDermed, and David Smith. The four have contributed money from time to time to each other’s political campaigns. They meet and socialize at political events held by their party. Joe Kral had to appear before an electoral board to respond to Brunner’s charges of fraud. The temporary electoral board has three members by law and at Joe Kral’s hearing they were James Moustis, Chairman; Marguerite McDermed, and David Smith. They were his judges! The board was represented by two attorneys who also know Mr. Ruff. They are Kenneth Carlson and Richard Vogel. Since they represented the Board, they had an obligation to be neutral. They were not prosecutors, they were not attorneys for the Objector Kent Brunner, and they were not defense attorneys helping Joe Kral. Their duty by their oath as officers of the court and by Supreme Court rules was to be neutral parties providing legal advice to the three members of the board if and when it was needed. Mr. Carlson and Mr. Vogel were not retained by Kent Brunner they were being paid by you the taxpayer to represent the electoral board who was supposed to be an impartial body. But Mr. Richard Vogel disregarded the canon of ethics, he disregarded his oath, and he disregarded the fact that he was being paid by Frankfort Township to represent the 3 member electoral board allegedly so they could conduct the hearing properly. Mr. Vogel, in an allegedly outrageous, unheard of breach of attorney ethics, joined Mr. Brunner’s attorney Patrick Burns at the Will County Clerk’s Office to examine signatures and to verify whether people who signed Joe Kral’s petitions were registered voters. When the first signature for examination was displayed Mr. Brunner’s attorney Patrick Burns departed, he never examined a single signature. He was present at the proceeding for 10 minutes! But the Township Attorney Richard Vogel remained in charged examining signatures and developing Mr. Brunner’s case against Joe Kral. He was not supposed to be there! He was not supposed to be representing Kent Brunner the Objector! He was being paid by Frankfort Township to be a neutral attorney advising the 3 panel members of the electoral board, to represent you. During the hearing Richard Vogel volunteered additional information as to the status of the signatures he examined. Kenneth Carlson reopened the hearing to present additional evidence on behalf of Kent Brunner! He also joined Kent Brunner’s team against Joe Kral. This information was taken from the official transcript of the hearings. The charges Kral has filed with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission are serious and if upheld by the commission could bring a penalty up to and including the revocation of an attorney’s license to practice law. They are serious charges. According to Joe Kral the hearing was a disgrace and totally unfair. After what Joe Kral calls a joke of a hearing his name was removed from the ballot so Paul Ruff could run unopposed. Joe Kral did not give up, he said, “you can write in my name and blacken the oval by write-in.

people moved because it is a community of decent citizens who are able to work and play together in harmony. “Mismanagement by this administration is going to force people into situations that are not of their own making. Problems that have been created by a Mayor who does not seem to realize what he is doing to the people. Perhaps he does not care as long as things are done his way.” Bonnie said there is time to turn this disaster around. She said sound fiscal management and calling a halt to the wild spending spree of this mayor could bring relief to homeowners. There was no response from the Mayor’s office. Ms. Kurowski-Alicea has proven to be a tiger and a real threat to the usually unchallenged Mayor

Roger Claar. She has demanded and in almost all cases received documents that reveal what the administration has done and is doing. She forced the publication of the financial statements by continuously pressing for public disclosure. She has proven that she will not be stilled when there is an issue to be resolved. In response to questions concerning her obvious tenacity and determination to get to the facts Bonnie said, “We are supposed to have a government of the people but in Bolingbrook we have one voice, the voice of Roger Claar and if you don’t like it he will do whatever he can to keep you silent. I for one will not be intimidated by the mayor.” “They played some dirty tricks to get my name off the ballot. That is why I have retained an

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attorney and filed a lawsuit. So if people want to vote for me they will have to blacken the oval where it says write in under Roger Claar’s name. Then they have to write may name in. The vote will count if your intent is clear regardless of whether you write my name correctly or not. All I am asking people to do is to take their village back and get control of their government so more people will not face the loss of their homes to taxes they cannot afford. We can turn this village around but it will take your vote to do it. If you stay home and do not vote you have voted for Roger Claar. You are the loser in the long run. Don’t let it happen give your vote to me and let’s work together to make this a community where everyone’s voice counts.”

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Frankfort Township Assessor Sued for $15 Million Dollars by addressing the township assessor directly Ho pursued the matter through the county level. The lawsuit states among other things that Ruff ’s letter “characterizes the Plaintiff as a troublemaker who challenged Ruff ’s assessments without any regard for accuracy.” The lawsuit alleges that the letter is “essentially campaign material that was sent out on official FRANKFORT TAX ASSESSOR’S letterhead and envelope.” The Illinois State Board of Elections agrees with Ho on that point. The lawsuit has been filed in Circuit Court for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Will County. In the meantime The Will County State’s Attorney is investigating the conclusion of the Illinois State Board of Elections that Paul Ruff broke

certain criminal statutes by creating and mailing the letter from his office and in his official capacity as the Assessor. Although the lawsuit has been filed in the Will County Circuit Court other avenues of relief may be open to David Ho in the Federal Courts under distinct federal laws since the acts were allegedly done in Ruff ’s official capacity as the Township Assessor. Prior to the mailing of Paul Ruff ’s letter that is at the center of this lawsuit, David Ho did extensive research into assessments that have been made on properties throughout Frankfort Township. He analyzed the assessments and compared them to his own and determined that a suspicious pattern emerged from the evidence he collected and recorded.

Paul Ruff has not been available to discuss the lawsuit and it is not likely he will answer questions regarding it since he has not been willing to address any issues that have come up concerning his reelection bid. Although countless Frankfort residents have complained that Ruff ’s assessments have been unfair to them David Ho is the only one who has pursued relief so tenaciously. David Ho issued a press release concerning the lawsuit on Monday in which he refers to himself as“outraged” when he learned from his neighbors that Ruff sent that letter. David Ho said he was the only person in his subdivision who did not receive a copy of the letter.

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Challengers Should Defeat Frankfort Incumbents do a good job, an honest job for us in office. When they fall below our moral or ethical expectations, if they fall below our standards for honesty we can remove them with the stroke of a pencil or pen. When it is broke we can fix it! You’ve heard it, “Give him enough rope and he’ll hang himself.” That may have happened in Frankfort Township. Some-

times folks become so accustomed to just doing as they please they assume they are untouchable— above the law. It just ain’t so! Vote them out! You have a right to expect honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct in exchange for the high salaries you pay the people who run Frankfort Township. You can demand exactly that when you vote

on April 7th. The terrible things that happened to Joe Kral are by no means over. There is much more to come. You can do your part on April 7th by casting your vote for honest government, high morals, and stringent ethics for all office holders.

Do your part on April 7th—VOTE!


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Tino Lettieri The Lone Mokena Challenger Says Enough! Noting that New Lenox, Frankfort, Orland Park and Tinley Park have all out paced Mokena in attracting business into those communities he said Mokena has empty stores fronts, 78 at last count. Lettieri promised to be a voice for change if elected. “Yes, I will be up against the people who always vote with the mayor, but you have to start somewhere.” The very fact that Lettieri is willing to run alone against a significant group who are united behind the mayor speaks well of him. In addition to being tenacious and indefatigable he is knowledgeable about the needs of the community. Last year he championed an effort to change the at-largetrustee system of governing Mokena to one in which alderman would replace trustees. The advantage says Lettieri is that the alderman would have to reside within the district he represents and it would make

it possible for people to have a neighbor representing their needs on the local board. Lettieri believes the referendum for that failed because people were convinced by the mayor that better representation and accountability was bad for them. The current system makes each trustee accountable only to the entire village and no special area specifically. Under such a system they need not fear repercussion from decisions they make because are elected by the entire community and those who are unhappy with their performance in office may not have enough votes to oust them. An alderman would be elected by his neighbors and would have to produce for them or be removed. Asked if he has anything to say Lettieri said, “Yes. I want people to vote for only one trustee, Tino Lettieri.”

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