NEWS/BLOG

2020 ITS OVER

So, it is over, we are all back at work this week wondering what is next and how soon before we get a vaccination. I have culled through many articles and some of the headlines are making it to my blog this week.

The best time to be alive is now, Believe in solutions, They exist. The case for opportunity and growth. Don’t let bleakness win. From the editors at the Chicago Trib. The new year is upon us, lets let some optimism in to carry us through 2021. Many have done well this year, they have a responsibility to reach back and help those that have been hurt so badly.

The Dreamers’ are still waiting for their nightmare to end. by Steve Chapman an editor on the board at the Trib. This is the saddest story of the year and possibly the one with the most hope for 2021. Congress needs to act, too much harm and damage has been caused by inaction. One good think, the latest stimulus check will make it to citizens even if an undocumented person is part of their family. That didn’t happen with the first round.

Marchers need to keep on marching, against systematic racism. I joined many of the marches and protests here in Bolingbrook this past year. I will continue to advocate for the County Cannabis Tax money to be used for some of the society damage caused by the war on drugs. I believe we have expunged about 1600 records so far, with more to go. Other countries have learned that this is a war we cannot win.

Lets continue to reach out and help those in our neighborhoods that have been impacted by the virus. And to end a couple of lines from a poem I read.

Though Facebook still stalks us, and spies on our tracks, though misinformation is still spread by hacks. Democracy made it! And though it feels frail, let’s pause for a moment to share and exhale.

A new year is coming, it won’t all be fun, but lets raise a toast to the year ’21

Thank you Mary Schmich for a years worth of poetry.

We can and will make a difference in 2021, each and everyone of us.

Onward

Acting Mayor Obstructing the Garbage Referendum

4,300 Resident Signatures Collected for Garbage Referendum

For the April 6, 2021 Elections

Bolingbrook, IL – 

DuPage Township Democrat volunteers, along with the non-partisan candidates of Bolingbrook United, have organized efforts to talk with residents about their village concerns.  The residents response has been overwhelmingly related to garbage: the fees and lack of toters.  Thousands of residents have supported the idea that the quarterly invoicing for garbage should be reconsidered by our village trustees and rolled back up into our property taxes as a part of the services the village offers, and over 4,300 residents signed a petition to see this question come up for an advisory referendum on the April 6, 2021 ballot.  The planned efforts to continue to meet with residents on the garbage initiative through the end of the year was abruptly halted, and the organizers were forced to file the petitions on November 17, 2020. 

The last day to file petitions for an advisory referendum is January 4, 2021.  However, after review of the November 17, 2020 village board meeting agenda, it became clear that the establishment party, First Party of Bolingbrook who hold the majority on the village board, intended to block the Garbage Referendum by voting to have three other issues placed on the April ballot.  In Illinois, the law limits the number of questions on the ballot to three.  Having learned about this blockade attempt, the organizers of the Garbage Referendum rushed to file the petitions at 3:01pm on November 17 to ensure the hard work of its citizens would not die at the hands of the current trustees at the village board meeting. 

Obstructing the Garbage Referendum politicizes the process and silences the voices of the residents of Bolingbrook.  With 4,300 signatures collected, it was no secret that a petition for garbage was circulating throughout the village.  The acting mayor, trustees, clerk and village attorney were well aware of it and underhandedly tried to slide through three referendum votes before the garbage petitions were filed.  The establishment party has direct access to lawyers who will serve their calling, paid for by Bolingbrook tax dollars, to challenge the filed petition or as stated by the village attorney at the board meeting, add the referendum to a primary ballot in February. 

It’s worth noting that the village’s elected officials haven’t put any referenda on the ballot in over 20 years, and have a history of rejecting the revenue opportunities put forward in the referendum questions proposed.  The village voted no to cannabis over a year ago, and the same with video gaming years prior.  The third question regarding the hotel/motel tax is moot, as the revenue is already used for community services and events, placed as a filler question to block the garbage petition. 

At the village meeting, a new Waste Services Commission was announced, co-chaired by trustees Bob Jaskiewicz, who ran with Bolingbrook United in 2017, and Michael Lawler, running again with First Party, to study the issue of the garbage.  The acting mayor stated she selected trustees representing the east and west sides of the village.

The organizers of the Garbage Referendum stated, “The behaviors displayed by the acting mayor and our elected officials in response to public comments speaks for itself.   Change is needed.  We will ignore accusations raised by the establishment.  Instead, we will focus on listening to the concerned residents of Bolingbrook, amplifying their voices, and working to ensure solutions that serve the community is prioritized.” 

Watch the video here.

Our Tax Base

The last thing our village needs is to get caught in a never-ending cycle of spend and tax- like that of our state government.  We need a mayor who’ll fight every day to fix our financial problems.  Who’ll never forget the special responsibility Village Hall has to be fiscally responsible and accountable to taxpayers… one way we can meet that responsibility is by doing more to enhance our commercial tax base (Amazon development is an example, which will not only create jobs, but allow the Village to cut taxes on homeowners).

Today I declare as a candidate for Mayor 2021

July 4, 2020 -Will County Board Member announces today, Independence Day, her campaign for Mayor of Bolingbrook.  After losing the short but effective race in 2017 by just 151 votes with over 13,000 votes cast on election night, she declares that it is time to try once more to shed the oppressive policies of the current mayor.  In 2019 the Village started a new tax on residents and that is one of the driving forces behind her decision. “Jackie Traynere, Will County Board Member announces today, Independence Day, her campaign for Mayor of Bolingbrook.  After losing the short but effective race in 2017 by just 151 votes with over 13,000 votes cast on election night, she declares that it is time to shed the oppressive policies of the current mayor.  In 2019 the Village started a new tax on residents and that is one of the driving forces behind her decision. ” I just can’t stand by while our Mayor tries to push out new good paying jobs at the same time adding a new tax to residents” Traynere said when asked about her motivation.  Amazon recently purchased the vacant auto auction site which sits opposite a vacant eyesore of a mall at the entrance to Bolingbrook. Recently when Roger Claar shared his anger at the Amazon acquisition it was pointed out that he has done nothing to improve the eyesore that sits at Route 53 and Bolingbrook Drive as you enter our community.  “Good paying entry level jobs with a career path are hard to come by” said Traynere. The election will be April 6th, 2021 with candidates getting on the ballot this fall. 

You can view our video announcement here.

####