After having Bill Mueller as the president of the Lombard village board for more than 20 years, sadly we have the task of choosing a successor. We must be very careful in making this choice because it probably will have a strong effect on the village, its residents and businesses for years to come.
The last time we had a village election this important was in 1973. We had a one-party rule for well over a decade before that election. A majority of the village board members lived within a three block radius. After that election, I came to know may of the members of the UAP who then became good friends of mine. It was the power that took over after so many years of control that destroyed the party.
The electorate rebelled in April 1973 and changed the form of government to district representation, in which an elected trustee represents each of six areas.
My choice for village president is Keith Giagnorio. He runs a small business in town and has been involved in the community for many years. He served on the park district board, now serves as a village trustee and has supported many local organizations over the years. We must have people in government who have business experience.
Keith has that experience. He knows that it is like to make payrolls for this employees, how to balance his business budget as well as his family budget. We have all seen how government can create debt. All we have to do is look at the state of Illinois and Washington Dc. We need Keith on the job to make sure issues are looked at on a businesslike basis whenever possible.
Bob Goldin Sr.