The VMA is frightened of Anan in his run for the village presidency. With a crushing pension problem, anti-small business mentality and weak plans for development, their position is the boogeyman. Anan will have a conflict of interest as he will serve as liquor commissioner, too. Why, he has a license too?
The VMA campaign: Let's not talk real problems, our vision of the village or our plans for development. Find a piece of drivel and make it the center of our campaign. Then get the former village attorney to make it stick — the same insider attorney who blocked citizens from Freedom of Information requests, who fought against transparency in government, who authorized illegal executive sessions for the board, intimidated employees, packed the village's legal advisors with cronies, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars and who gave legal advice that helped create the village's landmark "beauty" the Whiteco building.
The former village attorney probably licked his chops when offered my first job with the VMA — get the dirt. My target was John Troelstrup.
The Journal has grabbed hold of this non-issue because it wants the real estate interests backing the VMA to keep its ads in the paper. Suddenly front page and a long letter from the former village attorney.
Closet supporters of Anan in the VMA just might make the difference.
Anan scares the VMA. In debates, Hedges is weak, wobbly while Anan is open, friendly, knowledgeable and has ideas.
So the VMA wants and needs a boogeyman.
Former Oak Park trustee