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Letter to the Editor: Committee Appointments Being Blocked

Four council members blocking appointments.

“You (have) got to have at least four votes.”

In the past when Downers Grove volunteers were needed for Commissions and Committees, they were asked to serve by a council commissioner. The individual Commissioners were each responsible for several different volunteer committees. These committees and commissions provided study and recommendation in any number of areas of concern for Downers Grove. 

The Mayor or councilmen would arrange their own volunteers from this pool. Their recommendations were then presented to council and approved. This shared the work of finding the volunteers who would best serve. 

When the committee volunteer was finished with their service they were thanked for contributing to the Village. 

Now, long serving volunteers are being told they are no longer needed by four commissioners and pushed out of their committees. This is being done under the guise of “just wanting to make a change”. 

Vacancies on the committees are being approved and filled by the same four. Some new people being asked to serve by other Commissioners and the Mayor are being rejected. In my case they first approved me, and then changed their mind after the Village published my approval in the agenda. 

The four commissioners want to be only ones who decide who can and can't serve, to the exclusion of the other council commissioners and the Mayor. The four Council Commissioners are Bob Barnett, Sean Durkin, Geoff Neustadt, and Becky Rheintgen.

Ron Burgandy February 28, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I agree let's hold these elected officials feet to the fire. You wanted this job now do it.
PAUL C. February 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ron....I just fell off my chair laughing. I was thinking of Jane Byrne, young Richie Daley and Harold Washington along with slick Eddie V. Now that was drama!
Ron Burgandy February 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Mr. Cawthorne, Didn't the current council(-Becky) vote against extending liquor sales and thus your business venture failed? So are giving this group a free pass for the way you were treated? I find it funny how they extended the liquor sales law after your club went under...funny how they work thier magic.
John Schofield February 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM
As Mayor Tully replied to your query on February 24th on FaceBook: "First, the council member who recommends an appointment often makes comments on the proposed appointee at the time of the vote. So, it was natural that Bill would have had some prepared comments in-hand. Second, as mentioned, the consensus was disintegrating over the weekend and the Monday before the 2/21/12 meeting. So, since Bill had recommended Mark, I gave him a heads-up on Tuesday morning that it was possible his proposed appointee might not have four votes, but I did not know for sure yet. Simple as that." Why drag out the same accusation again, after you've already received an authoritative answer?
Dan F. February 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
"Case in point, the nomination of Greg Hose to the Plan Commission. An attorney whos law firm represents unions." I agree with Mr. Cawthorne. No place for union lawyers running DG.

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