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…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Aldermen voted 4-3 in favor of approving a liquor license for the K-Mart home goods retail store in Des Plaines on Monday.
Customers of the Kmart store in Des Plaines may soon be able purchase alcoholic beverages. Des Plaines City Council voted in favor of approving a liquor license, 4-3, for the home goods retailer in the first of two public readings of the ordinance at a meeting on Monday. Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten said he voted against the liquor license because he wanted to support small business liquor stores already operating in Des Plaines. “I don’t believe a billion-dollar corporation needs to cut in on the turf of small business,” Walsten said. “There are a lot of smaller liquor stores in Des Plaines, stores that have been around for years trying to make a living, and now we have billion-dollar companies that want to jump in on that.” Second …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
A memorial service in honor of Veteran’s Day will take place at the Lake Park Pavilion in Des Plaines on Nov. 11.
Community members will gather at Lake Park Pavilion, 2200 Lee St. in Des Plaines, for a Veterans Day memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. At the city council meeting preceding Election Day, Second Ward Alderman John Robinson and other aldermen reminded citizens to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. With that in mind, Robinson invited the community to the Veterans Day service at Lake Park. “So, come out and pay homage to the people that exercised their right and became veterans,” Robinson said. In his official Veterans Day proclamation, President Barack Obama stated: “This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We welcomed our veterans …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Mayor, aldermen gave Dave Wiltse a standing ovation at the end of the city council meeting Monday.
City council members gave Dave Wiltse, the city’s attorney, a standing ovation to show their appreciation for his nearly 20 years of service at the end of the meeting Monday. Wiltse retired at the end of June and has been helping transition the city to working with the Chicago-based law firm, Holland & Knight, since then. Monday’s city council meeting was Wiltse’s last as city attorney. Michael Bartholomew, city manager, introduced Peter Friedman, the attorney assigned to Des Plaines by Holland & Knight, to council members. Then, the mayor and each of the aldermen took turns thanking Wiltse for his professionalism, knowledge, advice, accessibility and more. “Thank you very much for your years of service to the City of Des Plaines,” First …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Officials say the project has changed, and should go through bidding process again.
A bid approved by city council amid objections from some aldermen last month to complete a plumbing project at city hall was rejected, 5-3, at the city council meeting on Monday. Tim Oakley, director of public works and engineering, said because the scope of the project changed, bids should be rejected and a new round of bids should begin later this month. Second Ward Alderman John Robinson, Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad and Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten voted against the measure. Walsten said it was not fair to the bidder to make that information public, then reject the bid. “It is unfair that the bidders had to show their cards,” Walsten said. Stay connected: Receive an email from Des Plaines Patch with headlines in the morning. …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Aldermen say that that flood mitigation projects top residents’ lists.
Des Plaines will likely receive between $3 and $5 million dollars from Rivers Casino this year and aldermen say they plan to use it for infrastructure improvements and debt reduction in 2013. The finance and administration committee met last night to formulate a policy that will help guide current and future city administrators and politicians in how revenue generated from Rivers Casino can best be spent. Many stressed that this policy will help Des Plaines avoid mistakes other casino communities made with their revenue, such as spending it on operating costs. Des Plaines has the tenth and final casino license in the state and earned that in part because it entered a 30-year Business Development Agreement. The agreement stipulates that the…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Aldermen work on finalizing 2012 budget.
At the third and final meeting for the 2012 budget at City Hall Wednesday, officials examined costs for a number of programs as they work to allocate the city’s $114 million in expenditures. Aldermen approved a new full-time position, which officials hope will foster better relationships between the city and businesses. Earlier: Zero Percent Property Tax Increase in Des Plaines’ 2012 Budget Michael Bartholomew, director of Community and Economic Development, said the Business Development Coordinator position, which will the city approved at $100,000, would give the city a way to inform businesses of its incentive programs and increase business retention, said. Mayor Martin Moylan said the city had a similar position a couple years ago and …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Here is a complete list of winners.
Election day has come to a close. Here is a complete list of winners in the Des Plaines April 5 elections. To see how candidates fared against one another, click here to see voting statistics at the Cook County Clerk's website. City of Des Plaines Ward Alderman - Four year term Des Plaines Park District Commisioner - Six year term Des Plaines Park District Commisioner - Two year term Oakton Community College Board of Trustees - Six year term Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education - Four year term School District 62 Board of Education - Four year term Community Consolidated School District 59 - Four year term Don't think the best man or woman has been elected? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We have winners for 2nd and 6th Ward Aldermen!
For up-to-the-minute results and information on your local races, Des Plaines Patch is the place to be. We'll be posting stories on the candidates and races, and updating the numbers until it's all over. Hey Des Plaines, looks like we have two winners already! All information has been taken from the Cook County Clerk website. John F. Robinson has won 2nd Ward Alderman Mark Walsten has won 6th Ward Alderman
Monday, November 22, 2010
Eighteen local residents have requested aldermanic candidacy packets.
With just under a month left to file, eighteen Des Plaines residents have already expressed an interest in running to fill the four aldermanic seats that will be up for election in April 2011 by picking up candidate packets. Among them, all four aldermen whose terms are expiring have picked up packets. They are John Robinson (2nd Ward), Jean Higgason (4th Ward), Mark Walsten (6th Ward) and, Rosemary S. Argus (8th Ward). Argus cannot seek re-election due to term limits so it's unclear why she requested a candidate packet. According to City Clerk Gloria Ludwig, candidate packets became available for pick up at her office on Sept. 21 and will be available until Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Although eighteen applications have been requested, the actual …