Top Stories of 2012 In Morton Grove

It was a year of controversy, with people lining up at village hall to protest a garbage dump, heated words over a proposed bar locating in town and people disagreeing over a referendum in District 67.


Morton Grove seems like a quiet place, but 2012 was not a quiet year for the village. Here's a rundown of some highlights. 

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1. When a developer proposed in costumes with plunging necklines and short skirts, to a Dempster Street location, residents argued on Patch about outrage over the proposal vs. Morton Grove's need to bring in new business.

2. Morton Grove resident which is next door to his home, during busy Eid services. No one was harmed, but and police later said it could have killed someone. 

3. Dozens of residents came to an August village board meeting to protest Lakeshore Waste's intentions to locate a garbage transfer station near Oakton and Lehigh. A Citizens' Committee also formed and researched the issue, coming out strongly against it. Mayor Dan Staackmann announced though reserving the possibility of a recycling center. 

4. Golf School District 67, which educates students from Morton Grove and Niles, floated two referendum questions on the March ballot, and both of them failed. On the Nov. 6 ballot, voters passed a construction referendum, which will allow the school to make physical improvements. The district is going to place the second referendum on the ballot again in early 2013.  

5. In School District 69, a decision by superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd to cancel Halloween activities and celebrations led to outrage on the part of some parents. However, the school board upheld his decision.

6. It was a bad year for train fatalities at or near the Morton Grove Metra station. A person was killed in early April, and on Dec. 14, a train struck and killed a man.  In July, a young man, but did not see a train coming; he was struck and killed. 

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Mr. Rats December 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I choose boobs then. Thanks Brad for setting me straight.
Mr. Rats December 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
The most beautiful sound I ever heard: Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria . . . All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word . . Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria . . . Maria! I've just met a girl named Maria, And suddenly that name Will never be the same To me. Maria! I've just kissed a girl named Maria, And suddenly I've found How wonderful a sound Can be! Maria! Say it loud and there's music playing, Say it soft and it's almost like praying. Maria, I'll never stop saying Maria! The most beautiful sound I ever heard. Maria. Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. West Side Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpdB6CN7jww
Mr. Rats December 29, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Maria, what is so "professional" about improving communication and transparency so we don't hear about mis-timed spending (police building) and garbage dumps in the 11th hour? As for the budget, you guys touted it as the "No New Taxes" budget instead of the more truthful "50% increase in tickets/fines" budget. I don't like the overtly political BS but I understand it part of the job. The only thing I'm professional at is web site development. If you want, I can improve the user experience of www.mortongroveil.org and improve village communication through sound information architecture and design principles completely free of cost as my service to the village. Let me know. Also, Maria Maria Mariaaaa!, would you ever respond if it wasn't for my bombastic banter and colorful names? Could I get my message across to the most people as possible? If you analyze my posts I truly care about this village of ours. Don't take it so personal, Mariaaaa!
Maria Toth December 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
If you truly care about this Village, then come out for all of us to meet you -- and get involved. My offer still stands. Send your resume to me c/o the Village, or come in to meet personally with me and Village Administrator Ryan Horne. We are always looking for volunteers who want to make this town the absolute best it can be!
Brad December 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
May I quote Village administrator Ryan Horne, "There will probably never be a big box store at the Waukegan and Dempster mall". Way to go Ryan! Since we can't get the big boys to come in and give us some much needed revenue how bout bringing Par King back? After all the large plot of land is still there. I think Mr. Rats just might get his garbage dump after all. Mmmmmm, the fresh smell of garbage. Yes Rats, go meet with Ryan and Maria about how a volunteer can make the village the best that it can be. The elected officials and six figure salary employees need all the help they can get!


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