The League of Women Voters sends volunteer "observers" to keep an eye on local bodies of government, serving a critical function in a functioning democracy. Winifred Pozorski has had, for some time now, the unenviable job of tracking the Triton board, not generally noted as a paragon of participatory democracy. A few notes from the recent LWV newsletter will illustrate:
"The organizational meeting lasted one minute. The board selected a chairperson, secretary and treasurer but did not tell us who they were. They appointed attorneys, accountants, and architects Kusper, Markert and Wright and Co. They appointed board representatives to Illinois Community College Trustees Organization, American Association of Community Colleges, and American Association of Community Trustees. They saved time by not announcing who the appointees were. Stephens appears to remain the board chairman."
That would be Chairman For Life Mark Stephens, son of King Donald Stephens of Rosemont. The younger Stephens has ruled the Triton board for the past dozen years or so. Oak Park Realtor Merrill Becker has been on the board for at least that long.
Pozorski summarized the rest of the business attended to that night and concluded: "With one unanimous vote, the board approved 17 action exhibits.
Talk about efficiency!
New Leadership Party to meet
The New Leadership Party (NLP) will hold a kickoff event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Fuego Loco, 722 Lake St.
The New Leadership Party slate includes candidates for village president, three trustees and village clerk.
Quote of the week
"The Foundation will pioneer an entirely new way for people to relate to farm animals."
?#34; from a Whole Foods statement this week announcing the company's efforts to start a new non-profit organization to promote the compassionate treatment of animals by farmers and ranchers.
Ken Trainor, Katharine Grayson and Drew Carter