Letter: DiCianni Responds to Sandack Robo-call About His Endorsement

DiCianni is proud of his endorsements and record of accomplishment.

Sen. Ron Sandack had pledged his support for me back in November of last year. He was noted on my mail piece, along with nine other state legislators, endorsing my candidacy for early voting back in late March. 

Last week, I was disappointed when the senator called me to say he was pulling his endorsement. While I questioned his timing, I told him I would remove him from any future campaign material, which I did. 

My endorsement mailer includes former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, Republican leadership in both the House and Senate, with endorsements from Leaders Cross and Radogno, Reps. Patti Bellock and Jim Durkin, 17 DuPage Mayors, six DuPage County officials, inlcuding DuPage Forest Preserve District President Dewey Perotti, and lastly, the Fraternal Order of Police. 

I am proud of my record of accomplishment, as well as those who have stood by my candidacy, and I look forward to working with all elected officials to move the county forward.”

—Pete DiCianni, mayor of Elmhurst and candidate for DuPage County Board

Sol Fiske March 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Sorry Darlene, not quite the end yet; back to DiCianni's letter: what "record of accomplishments" is he talking about? "Winning" the mayoral vote when 61% of those voting voted against him? Sidetracking the City's business by trying to introduce prayer at City Council meetings? Trying to hire a friend as lobbyist at taxpayers' expense? Associating with politicos such as Skip Saviano (R-How you doin'?) that wanted to shove video poker down the throats of local governments? Chasing off good City staff people and dropping staff morale through the floor? Using a loophole in the law to claim homeowner's exemptions for two rental properties he owns? And now, further wasting taxpayers' money with what will be a legal battle concerning holding two conflicting elected positions? The hits just keep on comin'.
Kay Flynn March 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Can I take a contrarian view? $10,000 a year means only people who don't need the job will be able to afford the job. I've yet to see any County Board Member "volunteer" to serve; they all run for the office, and cling to it once there. Perhaps it should be the ONLY full-time job Board Members are allowed to have-i.e. you can't hold that second job. Let's be real here, a lot of politicians are lawyers, and they don't need pensions and health care plans because they already have good ones at their regular job, or can afford one with the money they make at their regular job. I don't begrudge someone, willing to make being a county board member be their only job, anything that is offered with the position. Perhaps the folks who decline pensions and health coverage should disclose what pensions and health care plans they already have?
Scott C. March 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
During train station campaigning, a rep of Zannis said she was unequivocally NOT taking the pension and benefits. That was the primary reason she got my vote. If that was incorrect, she'll be hearing from me. Those taking the pensions and benefits are political dinosaurs and deserve the boot. Pete should be taken to task for any suggestion he is "worth it" if there are others willing to do the job without the pension and benefits.
Darlene Heslop March 26, 2012 at 01:04 AM
yes...i agree with you on all accounts. as for elaine zannis, what i went on was her answers to questions given to the candidates during 2 different debates (the elmhurst lwv and the lisle city hall) as well as questionairres filled out by the candidates given to them by the newspapers in the area. you all must understand something, the county board is considered a part-time job (20 hours or less per week) to which members are paid $50k per year, have health insurance, and become eligible for a pension (paid by taxpayers) after 8 years of "public service". how many of you out there work full-time, for $50k or there abouts, and maybe/maybe not, have health insurance and how much to you pay for it, let alone get a pension - guaranteed after 8 years of service? several members of the county board are indeed attorneys, but they don't necessarily work for large firms that have benefits, let alone pensions, so why do you think being on the county board, or for that matter, the forest preserve board, is so attractive to them? look at all of the facts. dicianni intends to hold 2 part-time jobs, one as mayor and one as county board member, in addition to running a business (though he stated during the lwv that his sisters ran the business). he is the owner of a sole proprietorship, probably pays a lot for health insurance, and there is no guaranteed pension, since he'd have to save for it all himself. there is a lot to this that many don't know about.
Darlene Heslop March 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
they shouldn't "need the job"...it's part time...and is considered public service. they cling to the job because where else can you get paid $50k for 20 hours or less per week, have health insurance, and get a guaranteed retirement benefit at 80% of your final salary after 8 years of service? the only full time board member is the chairman.


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