I would like to be elected as a Village Trustee because there is work to be finished from 10 years ago when I was first elected to the Board.
I love Morton Grove! My husband, Paul and I grew up here, raised our 4 children here and now many of our grandchildren call Morton Grove home. I have always been involved in our Village, and even before I was elected as a Trustee in 2005, I immersed myself in Village government. Then, we began working towards goals that we believed were necessary and took steps to implement them as part of a 10 year vision. Unfortunately I was not reelected in 2009. During the next four years I watched as the Village went backwards and many of the programs we had implemented were completely undone. When Dan DiMaria was elected Mayor two years ago, he re-energized many of the original programs on which I had worked. Mayor DiMaria has a vision that will improve and bring to fruition plans for bringing in new businesses and supporting our existing businesses. These plans will also maintain our Village services to the standards our residents expect and improve our infrastructure. His vision echoes my vision of what Morton Grove was at one time and could be again.
I want to roll up my sleeves and work with the Mayor on these projects. Morton Grove is at a cross roads and I want to see the Village move forward towards a better future, for our seniors, middle age families, and young families who are the future of our village. I will work hard to get us there.
- Rita Minx
Endorsed by Mayor DiMaria & the Morton Grove Action Party
Thank You Morton Grove!
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I would like to continue to serve as Trustee because the Village is at a pivotal point and I’d like to help it move in the right direction. I support the changes we’ve made to our building and zoning codes, the Strategic Plan, and Branding/Marketing initiative. These steps are vital to show businesses and developers that we are serious about our future. Meaningful economic development does not happen overnight; it takes planning, marketing, and time. Most of all, it takes commitment to see it through. I want to help Morton Grove realize its potential so that the residents have increased options, businesses have an increase in customers, and both have a decrease in their share of the tax burden. We can do this while maintaining our excellent level of services and while staying within our budget constraints. I became civically involved 8 years ago because Morton Grove is my daughters’ hometown. I want them, and all residents, to be proud of the place they call home. With a trip to Springfield to help secure state dollars for our Village and by always voting my conscience, I see that I can be very effective in helping the Village progress and hope that I am afforded the opportunity to continue to do so. Morton Grove has so many wonderful attributes: location; green space; schools; and our residents. Morton Grove deserves to be a destination location and I will continue to work hard to get us there.
- Janine Witko
Being Village Clerk of Morton Grove the last two years has been a great experience for me. I went through the "learning curve" and learned
first hand about local governance. As Trustee, I will work as a team member with the Village Board and staff in helping achieve the goals and vision of of our residents. My decisions will always be in the best interest of Morton Grove. Economic development, strategic planning, branding and other major projects will help build a vibrant business environment in Morton Grove. I will continue to help Morton Grove residents with village related problems working toward a successful resolution.
- Ed Ramos
Morton Grove has spent the last two years re-tooling our village codes and regulations to make them more business friendly. We are now on the path to welcome a new forty five million dollar development on Waukegan road. This project will be the foundation to spark a revival of a much neglected area in Morton Grove.
The village has recently purchased a piece of property with the intention of building a much needed police station. The facility currently being used by the department is a converted one hundred year old school. At that time the building was supposed to be a temporary home. It has now been thirty three years.
One of my personal efforts has been to get Metra to relocate their rail yard which is between Lincoln Ave. and Dempster St. A walkway and bicycle path could then be built to connect Dempster Street to the train station. The area has gone from industrial to residential and should be treated as such.
Currently, Chicago’s water rates have gone up over 40% in the last three years. We, the board and staff are negotiating with other potential water suppliers with the goal of maintaining or even lowering our current rates.
These are the four most pressing issues that we are facing today. I’m sure others will arise over the next four years. I am seeking another term to have the ability to follow thru on these challenges. Morton Grove has been good to me and my family and I want the opportunity to give back to the community.
- John Thill