Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Des Plaines city council approved a plan to contract the same event promoter as last year, amid concerns expressed by aldermen, the Daily Herald reported.
It appears the Summer Fling will return to downtown Des Plaines this year, as city council voted in favor of contracting the same company to run the event as last year, the Daily Herald reported. Several aldermen expressed reservations about using the same event promoter, the Daily Herald reported, but with such a small amount of time to prepare, endorsed the plan. At Des Plaines Summer Fling in 2012 David Cassidy performed for thousands packed in front of the Des Plaines Public Library and the strip mall across from the Des Plaines Theatre. A Led Zepplin cover band, Led Zepplin 2, performed at Des Plaines Summer Fling in 2011, where Patch caught a rare glimpse of a Mexican wrestler, Lucha Libre, and the character Stewie from the animated …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Aldermen expressed a desire for involvement with Des Plaines’ lobbying in Springfield on gaming and other issues that impact the city at a meeting on Monday.
Des Plaines city council approved expenditures on lobbying services in Springfield at a meeting Monday, but limited the length of the contracts in order to reevaluate the performance of the firms. Council members voted 7-0 in favor of entering short-term contracts, until July 1, with two of the three lobbying firms the city has previously paid to advocate for Des Plaines’ interests with regard to gaming and other issues that affect the city. Fifth Ward Alderman James Brookman said he had never seen a report from the lobbyist firms, nor had there been regular communication between aldermen and the representatives. “Basically we don’t have meetings where we discuss with these gentlemen what they’ve done, or what our objectives and goals are…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Purchasing water from Evanston is an option being considered by Des Plaines, among others, TribLocal reported.
Thursday, February 14
Des Plaines and Park Ridge are addressing increasing water rates from Chicago, TribLocal reported. Among options for both cities is purchasing water from Evanston, TribLocal reported, which sources water directly from Lake Michigan. Des Plaines City Council voted against passing along the water rate increase from the City of Chicago to Des Plaines residents earlier this month, the Daily Herald reported. The City of Des Plaines increased its water and sewer rate by 21.23 percent at the beginning of 2012.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The water and sewer fund deficit would increase, if no action were taken by Des Plaines to address the water rate increase from Chicago, the Daily Herald reported.
Wednesday, February 6
A water rate increase from the City of Chicago will not be passed along to Des Plaines residents, as city council voted against a water rate increase at its meeting on Monday, the Daily Herald reported. The City of Des Plaines increased its water and sewer rate by 21.23 percent at the beginning of 2012.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Des Plaines City Council appointed First Ward Alderman Patricia Haugeberg to acting Mayor of Des Plaines on Monday.
Des Plaines City Council appointed two aldermen to serve consecutively as acting mayor until the middle of April at a meeting on Monday. First Ward Alderman Patricia Haugeberg took over the acting mayor position from Eighth Ward Alderman Michael Charewicz, who filled the role since being appointed Jan. 7. Haugeberg will serve as acting mayor until the beginning of the next city council meeting on Feb. 19, at which time Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad will become acting mayor, according to the approved plan. Sayad will serve as acting mayor until the beginning of the city council meeting on April 15. Aldermen voted, 5-3, in favor of the plan for Haugeberg and Sayad to fill the vacancy left by former Mayor Marty Moylan, who resigned Dec. 31…
Monday, February 4, 2013
The city council meeting will begin an hour earlier than usual on Feb. 4 for aldermen to discuss selection of an acting mayor, according to the agenda.
Des Plaines residents may wake up with a new mayor on Tuesday. Des Plaines City Council is scheduled to discuss selection of an acting mayor at its meeting Monday night. Former Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan resigned Dec. 31 ahead of his first term as state representative. Eighth Ward Alderman Michael Charewicz has served as acting mayor since being appointed on Jan. 7. The motion to appoint an acting mayor must take place during an open, public meeting, Charewicz said, and there are two possible outcomes. Aldermen could make a motion to appoint another alderman to acting mayor, Charewicz said, or, if no motion is made, he would continue as acting mayor. When asked if he would prefer another alderman serve as acting mayor, or if he would …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Daily Herald reports that Des Plaines supports a property tax break to bring Motor Coach Industries to town.
Wednesday, January 9
Des Plaines City Council is supportive of a property tax break to help Motor Coach Industries relocate its headquarters from Schaumburg, the Daily Herald reported. The company would consolidate 37 full-time employees in Schaumburg and 30 from Des Plaines in a building at 200 E. Oakton Street, the newspaper reported. Alderman expressed support for a property tax incentive to keep MCI in town, however, MCI's operation would generate about $5 million in sales tax revenue a year, the newspaper reported.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
8th ward alderman Michael Charewicz was elected acting mayor of Des Plaines.
Eighth Ward Alderman Michael Charewicz was elected acting mayor of Des Plaines Monday by the City Council. Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, elected to represent the 55th Illinois House District on Nov. 6, resigned as mayor of Des Plaines. Charewicz will serve as acting mayor for several weeks. Des Plaines will elect a new mayor in the Consolidated Election in April. Three candidates for mayor have announced their campaigns: former mayor of Des Plaines Tony Arredia, Third Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz and Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Grazie! Ristorante & Banquets, 1050 E. Oakton Street, has been closed for about a year.
A plan to turn the former Grazie! Ristorante & Banquets property into a worship center was effectively rejected by the Des Plaines City Council Monday. The Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center planned to buy the property at 1050 E. Oakton Street, but several alderman voiced concerns about whether the location was the right place for the center. First Ward Alderman Patricia Haugeberg noted that the city's comprehensive plan called for a commercial use on the nearly 4 acre property. Third Ward Alderman Matthew Bogusz said that Des Plaines values diversity as "an essential part of our community." But he also said that the center's plans for the property were not congruent with the city's vision for the area. Although Bogusz motioned to deny…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Moylan, elected to represent the 55th Illinois House District on Nov. 6, resigned as mayor of Des Plaines on Dec. 31.
Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, elected to represent the 55th Illinois House District on Nov. 6, resigned as mayor of Des Plaines at a special mayoral announcment and city council meeting scheduled Dec. 31, though the public meeting did not take place due a majority of aldermen not in attendance. Moylan has been recovering from knee-replacement surgery, and Seventh Ward Alderman Dan Wilson served as a temporary mayor, called a mayor pro tem, to run the last city council meeting. Also on the agenda for the meeting was to consider selecting an acting mayor, a temporary mayor who would serve until a new mayor is sworn in following the Consolidated Election in April. A quorum of aldermen were not in attendance to call a meeting to discuss the …