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Rouge Amended

I was amused and gratified to have someone voluntarily offer themselves as a real life example of someone who is not just ignorant of how our form of government is supposed to operate, but is aggressively proud of their ignorance. So thanks to Mr. BS for his example of such thorough ignorance. His uncalled for insulting and unfounded accusations about the integrity of those in Lemont who merely want input into a decision that will ultimately cost over $34 million says more about him than it does those who dare ask that their voices be heard  in this matter. Please read his comment and then take a shower. A second comment made by a real person, Jared Butler, was somewhat more rational than Mr. BS's. Mr. Butler's complaint was that I misled you readers by suggesting that the 1,700 signers of a petition regarding the method of funding for the project was about approval of the project itself. Well, as Mr. Butler notes in his comments, if the village can't get the funding approved, then the project is effectively cancelled. This was explained to the signers and since the gang of 6 and the mayor have steadfastly refused to allow the Lemont taxpayers to have a say in whether this project goes forward or not, the demanded referendum on funding was in fact a de facto vote on the project itself. I, and many, many others stand by the demand that the people of Lemont should decide for themselves if this project should go forward.
P.S. My profound apologies to Sara Palin for not buying her book "Going Rogue". If I had I would have not suggested in my original title that the gang of 6 and the mayor are red-faced from using "rouge". I, of course, should have typed "rogue". Any red faces on the gang of 6 and the mayor should be from the shame of disregarding the basic rights of those that they collectively govern: namely that they are supposed to govern us with our "consent", not rule us over our "dissent".


B.S. Buster January 17, 2014 at 08:02 AM
So representative governments should not allow the representatives to govern? You are amusing! Are you always like this when you don't get your way?
Jared Butler January 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Al – I believe you misinterpreted my previous comments. The petition as it is written states to put to public vote “AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF LEMONT SPORTS COMPLEX REVENUES/INCREMENTAL TAXES/ GENERAL SALES TAX/REVENUE SHARING RECEIPTS ALTERNATE REVENUE SOURCE BONDS OF THE VILLAGE OF LEMONT, COOK, DUPAGE AND WILL COUNTIES, ILLINOIS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING A LEMONT SPORTS COMPLEX AND RELATED COSTS”. Had the petition against the ordinance gone to a vote in March, the result would either be to continue with the project using alternative revenue source bonds for financing or to not finance the project with alternative revenue source bonds and seek other financing options to continue the project. With either result from the potential vote in March, the project would still continue. What the Board has done is agreed not to pursue Alternative Revenue Source Bonds and use private financing instead, negating the need for the vote because the original Ordinance became null and void. In essence, the Board sided with any Lemont resident that signed the petition with the intent of voting “NO” to alternative revenue source bonds. I am not suggesting one finance option is better than another or that the plan should or should not proceed – but I believe this is an unbiased, objective view of the current situation.
B.S. Buster January 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM
So the local elections don't mean anything? A group of single issue people should be allowed to hijack your government away from duly elected officials? You see your view isn't how "government works", it's how you "wish government works". Big difference! anyhow if your rights have been taken away I'm sure the courts would restore them
B.S. Buster January 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM
So things AREN'T going the way you say they should and I don't know how government works but you do.. Doesn't sound like your point is even plausible let alone proven
B.S. Buster January 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM
How's your idea of how government works delivering for you? It seems like you'd have some kind of success moving your political agenda forward if you knew what you were doing
B.S. Buster January 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM
The gratitude is mine sir! Good luck in election! I'll be here on the entertainment page at least until then
B.S. Buster January 19, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Any time! Things been kind of boring around here recently!

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