I Will Scratch Your Back If You Scratch Mine

I want to start by saying that this may all just be one incredible coincidence, and mean nothing. Political campaign contributions on their own are not a sign of wrong doing no matter how shady they look, Enginnering, and Acounting firms that do substantial amounts of government business should not be allowed to donate to any campaigns let alone ones they intend to do business with, but should not be allowed does not equal illegal.

Let’s recap

So we have the Wally Park property re-assessed in 2015 and recieved a tax break with the help of Joseph Kotlarz of the Carlisle Group of Illinois that is possibly the same company as Carlisle Group Action Committee of Schiller Park, who donated 10s of thousands to An MWRD campaign.

We have Top Quality Hardwood Flooring (incidentally also a contributor to the vision for the village party )  re-assessed and receiving a property tax break with the help of Joseph Kotlarz of the Carlisle Group of Illinois that is possibly the same company as Carlisle Group Action Committee of Schiller Park, who donated 10s of thousands to An MWRD campaign.

The Carlisle Group of Illinois aka Joseph Kotlarz (also maybe aka Carlisle Group Action Committee) donated mostly to the Mayor of Chicago Heights who is also the owner of Schiller Parks Auditor firm GW & Associates.

Then we have the donations of at least mailers to the New vision village Party by Frank B Avila son of Frank M Avila of the MWRD through the Illinois Committee for Honest Government.

Now let’s just move over to Thomas Grusecki. Could it be the same Thomas D. Grusecki, President & Chief Executive Officer of Northern Builders of Schiller Park, and campaign Contributer to the new village vision party. The same construction company that lost their bid for the Kennedy expansion bid package #1.

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Received through a F.O.I.A. Request

The Village/MWRD permit issues that stopped construction and continue to stop construction seems to be coincidentally close in timing to Northern builders loss of bid package #1.

Now let’s enter Christian Roge onto the interesting coincidence list, this was an engineering firm who was at one time appointed by Mayor Barb Piltaver to perform engineering duties for Schiller Park? (They have since quit). The company’s owner is still to the best of my knowledge Heather Starsiak. The daughter of Drew Starsiak once superintendent of School District 81 ( interesting side not this was also during Mr McCampbell’s time on the Board of the same School District). Wait I believe I got her name wrong same person but it’s now Heather Kotlarz wife of Joseph Kotlarz disgraced politician and campaign contributor, yes that guy again.

So on one hand you have a village or Mayor that seems to be drowning in questionable connections to questionable people who in some cases have considerable ties to the MWRD. In the other hand you have a local contractor with a possible “relationship” with the village or Mayor who lost a bid for a construction project that is now being stopped/delayed by the MWRD.

What does it mean when both of your hands are dirty and it isn’t from the cookie jar?

 

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