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posted: 3/10/2014 12:01 AM

Island Lake getting back on right track

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Finally -- getting back to honesty in Island Lake -- in particular, the police pension fund.

Step one was unfortunate -- terminating Financial Director John Little. While "not unusual" for municipalities to forego pension deposits, in this case proceeds came from county property taxes levied for that specific purpose.

Throughout this issue, then-opposition Trustee Rabattini had to file FOIA requests for financial info she shouldn't have had to ask for. Yet her FOIAs were denied, variously by former mayor Herrmann, former clerk Miller, former clerk Gomez, and by clerk and former trustee Mascillino.

Had Little taken a braver stance, he might still be employed, rather than be Herrmann's cannon fodder. Unfortunately, it seems many are still willing to cover for Herrmann and their own personal incompetence in "office." They spent almost $400,000 that wasn't theirs, sought an additional $500,000 credit line from the Water Fund during the time in question, AND also decided they had to borrow another $6 million a new Village Hall.

We now know we had other funds that could have set things right so easily, Under Amrich's leadership, funds are finally being applied to put things right -- and back to honesty.

Now we have hope, and hope's never looked so good.

Dave Labuz

Island Lake

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