Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten was appointed acting mayor of Des Plaines by city council on Monday.
Des Plaines aldermen appointed Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten acting Mayor of Des Plaines at a meeting on Monday. Walsten is the fourth city council member to fill the vacancy left by former mayor and now state Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) since January. Walsten will serve in the office until Mayor-elect Matt Bogusz is sworn in on May 6. City council voted 5-1 to appoint Walsten. Seventh Ward Alderman Dan Wilson voted “present,” Third Ward Alderman and Mayor-elect Matt Bogusz arrived several minutes after the vote was taken. Second Ward Alderman John Robinson voted against Walsten’s appointment. “I feel like I was left out of the picking of the next mayor, and I don’t feel it’s right to myself and my constituents,” Robinson said. …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad has served as acting mayor since February. Des Plaines City Council is scheduled to consider appointing a new acting mayor on Monday.
Des Plaines may have another temporary mayor after tonight’s city council meeting, according to the public agenda. Consideration of selecting an acting mayor is planned to occur before the closed session portion of the meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday. Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad has served as acting mayor since February 19. Prior to that, First Ward Alderman Patricia Haugeberg and Eighth Ward Alderman Michael Charewicz served as acting mayor to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) when he resigned on Dec. 31. The Des Plaines Journal reported Sixth Ward Alderman and former mayoral candidate Mark Walsten may be appointed acting mayor by city council. A message left for Walsten was not immediately returned at publication…
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…
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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Des Plaines Electoral Board reviewed two petition objections on Thursday and dismissed one.
Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten’s name will appear on the ballot for mayor of Des Plaines in April, after all. A motion to dismiss an objection to Walsten’s petition signatures filed by Carl Mauter-Hollenbeck on Jan. 3 was made a Des Plaines Electoral Board meeting on Jan. 24. The Cook County Clerk’s Office performed a records check, said Gloria Ludwig, Des Plaines City Clerk and member of the Electoral Board, and found that more than the minimum number of required signatures were submitted, and his name would appear on the ballot. The minimum number of signatures required was 480, and Walsten submitted 586, Ludwig said. Walsten has previously stated be believes Third Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz’ mayoral campaign was behind the objection. …
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.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Bishop Plumbing received eight complaints since 2008, filed with the Consumer Protection Commission.
A bid for a contract worth nearly $200,000 to replace plumbing in city hall was approved by city council, 5-3, this month despite concerns voiced by aldermen. Fifth Ward Alderman James Brookman said at the May 7 meeting that he did not support Bishop Plumbing’s bid because the Consumer Protection Commission had received several complaints about the company. The commission serves as an alternative dispute resolution, like a mediator, for residents and businesses. "I can't vote for them to work in city hall," Brookman said. Brian Wilk, vice president of Bishop Plumbing, said he was aware of four complaints in 2010 and 2011. “All four complaints have been satisfied with the [Consumer Protection Commission],” Wilk said. “Both parties have been…