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By Vote, Not by Force

An anonymous writer recently posted a misleading comment under the article “Public Works Director Talks Ash Trees, Solutions” (link below):

http://lemont.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/public-works-director-talk-ash-trees-solutions?newsRef=true#comment-41766450

This person attempted to grant credit to the mayor and village board for reduced electric rates in our town by stating:

Thanks to our ELECTED officials taxes are under control, services adequate to represent the needs of the community and non tax revenue flows are being considered..and you get a great deal on electric.....”(my emphasis ).

But the truth is that it was the people of Lemont who got that great deal for themselves.  On March 20, 2012 the citizens of Lemont voted to join the Will Electric Aggregation Group (WEAG), allowing the community to contract with an energy supplier to lower electricity costs for its residents.

While many other communities supported similar measures, some towns, including Barrington Hills, Chicago Heights, Dolton, Elmwood Park, Lynwood, Matteson, Midlothian, Richton Park and Riverdale, rejected them.  But in every case, it was left to the voters to decide.  It was not the decision of a handful of local officials.

And as with the electric service issue, the decision to assume $40 million in debt to erect a rental sports complex should also be left to the voters.  Such a monumental decision demands and deserves to represent the will of the people; a real choice and not an ultimatum forced down our throats.


Ron Boehm July 12, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Jim Ladas and the Luv people have accomplished a tremendous fete for the tax payers of Lemont by stopping that boondoggle Egoplex. The Luv group is only asking for accountability thru the ballot box. A democratic process. Jim also has the courage to put his name and address behind his convictions. Who would you put your trust in, an upstanding citizen like Jim Ladas or a frustrated amateur actor who likes to flip pancakes.
B.S. Buster July 12, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Well, if we look at history....it's frustrated actor who likes to flip pancakes at least one, Jim Ladas....no more than zero. At least when it comes to actually doing things for Lemont! You may wish to note your guy hasn't been effective at anything. Remember where he unsuccessfully tried to hijack the village from the legally elected officials? He peed on his shoes! Then he comes here and cries like a school girl every week .... Exactly what was accomplished? Respectfully Bartholomew Sylvester Buster III

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