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Citizens Organized for Reasonable Routes Enhancing Community Traffic & Safety non- non-partisan, nonprofit, member-supported public interest organization that promotes Traffic and Safety issues by influencing public policy decisions: legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral. A community organization dedicated to providing a central place to review Park Ridge Traffic and Safety issues with its citizens and their elected Representatives and City's management. To practice and promote the responsible use of our roads, traffic systems and resources. To educate and enlist citizens to protect and restore the quality of our auto and pedestrian traffic as one of our cherished human environments in Park Ridge. CORRECTS - Citizens Organized for Reasonable Routes Enhancing Community Traffic & Safety believes that citizen's pedestrian safety, auto safety and reasonable routes comes first in city traffic. That before adding a traffic signal or traffic signals which generates slow traffic, bumper-to-bumper traffic, traffic gridlock, traffic complaints, traffic crashes, traffic signs, traffic bottleneck, automobile traffic, traffic congestion, rush hour traffic, bumper to bumper traffic, traffic congestion, rush hour traffic and automobile traffic, that a Park Ridge Alderman and/or Park Ridge Aldermen, should require a traffic study to avoid this auto traffic scenario in Park Ridge, Illinois. Only reasonable auto traffic should be permitted to provide reasonable routes with traffic safety and avoid traffic accidents, traffic injuries, pedestrian injuries, auto accidents, traffic problems, which will also decrease pedestrian traffic in Park Ridge and thus negatively affect retail sales and our quality of life. We encourage Park Ridge citizens to register and for all voters to vote only for a Park Ridge Alderman / Park Ridge Aldermen Park Ridge Mayor that promises to ensure Reasonable Routes and City Traffic Safety. Today’s Park Ridge City Policy of waiting for citizens to first be injured, maimed and dead, while creating a serious crisis of traffic congestion, in traffic routes and hurting existing retail businesses, is unacceptable. CORRECTS holds itself out as an Open Forum to provide an opportunity for citizens and organizations to inform the public of events, issues or projects. This will allow you to report anything you wish to see addressed or answered regarding traffic anywhere in Park Ridge. Your input on this issue if vital to all of us. Please review and advise us of what you think of the concepts and what you prefer. We need your input to inform and advise. Check out our Park Ridge Traffic and Safety series of forums and speak out.

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As of December 06, 2006

Subject: Park Ridge Officials Rated

Mayor Howard P. Frimark

Howard Frimark

Listens, Concerned, Votes and Capable of More   

Is Working On Washington Street realignment at N.W. Hwy.

Council service: 2003-2009
Occupation: Owner, Frimark Insurance Agency

Mayor Frimark was an Alderman to formally go on record before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P & Z) and question the traffic study and its impact. And the he believes improving business traffic for the Uptown area viability essential. Uptown Redevelopment should be intelligently integrated within all of Uptown and its surroundings. So as to provide a pleasant retail, cultural and social signature landmark. Which requires adequate  transportation and foot traffic and a feeling of safety and pleasure. He  was the only Alderman who publicly expressed concern for the Summit and Touhy pedestrian crossing and traffic. He would have liked P&Z to have reviewed the Summit Retirement Traffic Consultant's study which was scrapped.

Mayor Frimark addressed concern over increased traffic expected on Greenwood between Touhy and Elm at the P & Z hearings. Conducted a Greenwood Traffic Study, currently being restudied by a second Traffic Consultant for final  recommendations.

He recommended planning for the future of a Cumberland viaduct to provide a direct north / south bypass route. Current preliminary  being studied by Traffic Consultants.

Mayor Frimark expressed an interest in tweaking the proposed PRC traffic plan. This promise did not occur. Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted him or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Mayor Frimark has not receive our highest traffic recommendation.

First Ward

Alderman Donald N. Crampton  

Listens, Concerned, Participates
500 N. Washington Street, 847/567-9444
Council service: 2003-2007

Occupation: Managing Director, General Agent and Broker, Insurance and Financial Services; Consultant in Executive Incentive Compensation
Committees: Chairman, Finance & Budget; Public Works Committee; Advisory Committee for Boards and Commissions; Liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission; Liaison to the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District

Aldermen Crampton was the only Alderman to public that the City of Park Ridge had to assume responsibility publicly for fixing the N.W. Hwy. and Greenwood intersection.

He backed a complete traffic study of all of Park Ridge and approved founding for the first phase and reportedly favors a bond issue to eventually address significant arterial traffic improvements.

Alderman Donald Crampton was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Donald Crampton has not received a higher traffic recommendation.

Alderman Kirke Machon 

Kirke_Machon

Listens, Concerned, Participates

301 Meacham Ave

Council service: 2005-2007

Occupation: President, Machon & Machon Insurance Agency
Committees: Procedures and Regulations Committee; Public Works Committee; Zoning Ordinance Review Committee; Liaison to the Human Needs Task Force

 

Kirke is concerned with better traffic flow and Machon advocated for looking at improving Washington at N.W. Hwy. On Public Works he voted to approve the 1st and 2nd phase of the study to accomplish this.

 

*Kirk Machon opposed the closing of Meacham Avenue without a traffic further study and asks how sending a far heavier volume of traffic their way, while at the same time cutting off their only reasonable access to Touhy, will do anything other than reduce their quality of life. This promise did not occur.  Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted him or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. Alderman Kirke Machon did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works and as Alderman. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Machon has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

Second Ward Aldermen

Alderman Richard A. DiPietro  

Listens, Concerned, Votes and Capable of More   
1488 Parkside Dr., Park Ridge, IL 847/698-2471
Council service: 1995-2007
Occupation: Business owner (graphics arts specialist company)

Committees: Procedures & Regulations Committee; Zoning Ordinance Review Committee

 

Rich DiPeitro  approved moving forward on a study of Manor Lane for Traffic Calming. CORRECTS is looking forward to more movements forward in improving our arterials.

 

Alderman Richard A. DiPietro did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works and as Alderman.

 

*Alderman DiPietro was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS, which has now been requested. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman DiPietro has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

- Alderman Jeannie Markech

Jeannie Markech

HIGHEST Recommendation We Can Give

1305 Tyrell Avenue

847-825-0515

E-mail Jeannie Markech

Council service: 2005-2007

Occupation: Homemaker and volunteer
Committees: Procedures and Regulations Committee; Public Works Committee; Liaison to the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission; Liaison to School District 64
 

Markech cares greatly about safe traffic and pedestrian traffic and is active in examining the actual sites and reviewing the facts.

 

Recently she took a stance that traffic calming must be put into place on Manor Lane between Potter and N.W. Hwy.

 

Alderman Alderman Jeannie Markech did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works.

 

Alderman Jeannie Markech was the only one in the lawsuit to not guarantee bank loans for the developers, which would have allowed City renegotiations to legally occur.

 

The lawsuit distracted her from openly questioning the future traffic problems that will come from a stoplight at Summit and Touhy. Since she was forced only to discussed it behind closed door meetings and with unknown questionable legal advisements, she received our highest traffic recommendation.

Third Ward Aldermen

Alderman Andrea Rundblad Bateman   

Listens, Concerned, Participates
545 N Rose; 847/384-0522
email: AldBateman@aol.com
Council service: 2000-2007
Occupation: Owner, Dave Rundblad Inc., Insurance Agent
Committees: Finance and Budget Committee; Public Safety Committee; Liaison to the Electrical Commission

Alderman Andrea Rundblad Bateman was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS, and will not run for re-election. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, her positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman DiPietro has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

Alderman Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones

Listens, Concerned, Votes and Capable of More   

642 N. Forestview Avenue, 847-692-3868
kgracejones@hotmail.com
Council service: 2005-2007
Occupation: Administrator, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, State of Illinois
Committees: Chairman, Public Works Committee; Public Safety Committee; Advisory Committee for Boards and Commissions; Liaison to the Youth Services Commission
 

Kimberly Jones is concerned with traffic and safety and will review the impact on the citizens before approving issues. "I look forward to playing a role to ensure that Uptown redevelopment will not diminish the luster and charm that has been a “Park Ridge hallmark". She has helped push forward traffic improvement with a city-wide traffic study; study of Washington and N.W. Hwy. and traffic calming on Manor Lane.

 

Alderman Kimberly Jones did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works and as Alderman.

 

Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted her or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Kimberly Jones has not receive our highest traffic recommendation.

 

Fourth Ward Aldermen
-Interim Alderman James Allegretti  

James Allegretti

LOWEST Action Based Rating We Can Give 

123 S. Delphia Avenue

847-823-7563

jallegretti@sbcglobal.net

Council service: 2005-2007 (By Appointment)

Occupation: Criminal Defense Attorney and Bankruptcy Law

 

CORRECTS does not know Alderman Allegretti views on traffic.

*Interim Alderman James Allegretti was seated by council appointment and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS, which has now been requested. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Interim Alderman Allegretti has not receive a higher traffic recommendation. 

Committee, Liaisons, Boards and Commissions: Public Safety Committee

Alderman James Radermacher

James Radermacher

LOW Action Based Rating

106 N. Grace Avenue, 847-712-1532
jpradermacher@hotmail.com

Council service: 2005-2007

Occupation: Graphic Arts Financial Consultant; Advocate Leader, American Diabetes Association
Committees: Finance and Budget Committee; Procedures and Regulations Committee

Alderman James Radermacher cares about the impact traffic has on business and are daily commutes, he also believes pedestrian safety should have reasonable reward risk ratios. "We need to insure the long term success of the entirety of our retail districts. This success is dependent on long term planning for infrastructure, parking needs, traffic flow, pedestrian safety, the preservation of our green space and return on our tax dollar investment."
Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted him or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Alderman James Radermacher has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

Fifth Ward Aldermen -
-Alderman Mark Anderson

LOW Action Based Rating

542 S. Washington, 847/823-7933
E-mail Alderman Mark: mark4alderman@aol.com
Council service: 2003-2007
Occupation: Retired corporate attorney; stay-at-home dad
Committees: Chairman, Public Safety Committee; Finance & Budget Committee; Advisory Committee for Boards and Commissions; Liaison to the Fair Housing Commission; Zoning Ordinance Review Committee

Alderman Mark Anderson was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS, and will not run for re-election. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Mark Anderson has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

Alderman Joseph Baldi 

Jospeh Baldi

LOWEST Action Based Rating We Can Give 

822 S. Vine Avenue, 847-698-0057
jabaldi@comcast.net

Council service: 2005-2007

Occupation: Bankruptcy Attorney
Committees: Finance and Budget Committee; Liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals; Liaison to the Heritage Committee

 

Joseph Baldi said he cares about Traffic and Safety.

Promised, his ward citizens at Summit Retirement Residence to protect their interests.  Did not keep his promise  

CORRECTS has not seen traffic be a serious issue to date.

*Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted him or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Joseph Baldi has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

Sixth Ward Aldermen

Alderman Rex Parker

Jospeh Baldi

LOW Action Based Rating
612 S. Greenwood, 847/698-9521
Council service: 2003-2007
Committees:
Occupation: President of a marketing communications group
Committees: Public Works Committee; Liaison to the Cultural Arts Council

Alderman Rex Parker did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works.

 

Alderman Rex Parker was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS which has now been requested. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Rex Parker  has not receive a higher traffic recommendation. 

- Mary Wynn Ryan

Mary Wynn Ryan

Listens, Concerned, Participates

737 S. Home Avenue, 847-825-5566
wynnryan@rcn.com
Council service: 2005-2007

Occupation: Professional writer/consultant
Committees: Procedures and Regulations Committee; Public Safety Committee; Liaison to the Appearance Commission; Liaison to the Park Ridge Library Board

Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted her or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Alderman  Mary Wynn Ryan has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.
Seventh Ward Aldermen

 Alderman Jeff Cox  

Jospeh Baldi

LOW Action Based Rating
1427 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 847/823-4798
E-mail AldermanCox
Council service: 2003-2007
Occupation: Attorney, Intellectual Property Law
Committees: Chairman, Procedures and Regulations Committee; Public Works Committee; Chairman, Advisory Committee for Boards and Commissions; Alternate Liaison to the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission

Alderman Jeff Cox did back an city-wide traffic study by Public Works.

*Alderman Jeff Cox was already seated before the election cycle and therefore not asked for his traffic position by CORRECTS, which has now been requested. Since Uptown traffic was only discussed in closed door meetings, his positions are unknown. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Jeff Cox has not receive a higher traffic recommendation. 

Alderman Frank Wsol

Frank Wsol

Listens, Concerned, Participates

1411 S. Grove Avenue, 847-823-6247
frankwsol@juno.com
Council service: 2005-2007
Occupation: Group Manager of Information Technology
Committees: Finance and Budget Committee; Public Safety Committee; Liaison to School District 207

"Dealing with traffic is important to everyone – or it should be. Safety and safe neighborhoods are another positive experience about living in Park Ridge – we all need to ensure where we can we make it safer and where improvements are required we act responsibly and adjust as best meets the needs of the whole community."

 

Perhaps, the lawsuit and other issues distracted him or removed it as an option. Since this was only discussed in  closed door meetings the reasons are unclear. It is only, for this reason that Alderman Frank Wsol has not receive a higher traffic recommendation.

 

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* How the council voted on extending  PRC a $5 million Bank loan guaranty to continue with a bad traffic plan versus renegotiate with PRC.

 

Aldermen Kirke Machon, Richard DiPietro, James Allegretti, Joe Baldi and Jeff Cox voted to extend the guaranty.

 

Aldermen Don Crampton, Jeannie Markech, Kim Jones, James Radermacher, Mark Anderson, Mary Wynn Ryan, Rex Parker and Frank Wsol voted "no" on a motion to extend the guaranty

 

In the end. only Jeannie Markech refused to approve this guarantee.

City Clerk

- Betty W.Hennemann

Not Allowed to Vote (N/A)

1237 S. Knight Ave., 847/823-3689
Council service: 1985-2005
Committee: Sister Cities Commission
Occupation: Teacher (retired)

Park Ridge Official: See WARD MAP to determine

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Appointed Offices:

City Management:

Joseph A. Saccomanno - Director of Public Works

HIGHEST Recommendation We Can Give

Juliana Mailer, Assistant City Manager

Listens, Concerned and is Acting

Tim Schuenke, City Manager

LOW Action Based Rating

Randall Derifield - Director of Community Preservation & Development

Jeffrey S. Caudill - Chief of Police

Planning and Zoning Commission:

Aurora Abella-Austriaco

HIGHEST Recommendation We Can Give

 

Bernard Bono

MID Action Based Rating

 

C. Funkhouser

MID Action Based Rating

 

R. J. Kinnel

LOWEST Action Based Rating We Can Give

 

Alfredo Marr

MID Action Based Rating

 

Chairman Phil Mitchell

Listens, Concerned, Votes and Capable of More   

 

T. Provencher

LOW Action Based Rating

 

Anita Rifkind

MID Action Based Rating

 

Dave Schmidt

HIGHEST Recommendation We Can Give

Subject: Government Officials

ILLINOIS STATE OFFICIALS

Illinois Senator Dave Sullivan District 33 - (Republican)

Pending Change

Senator  Dan Kotowski 33rd District

Illinois House of Representatives District 65

Representatives Rosemary E. Mulligan - (Republican)

LOWEST Action Based Rating We Can Give

e-Mail Rosemary E. Mulligan

Springfield Office: District Office:
218-N Stratton Office Building 932 Lee Street, Suite 201
Springfield, IL 62706 Des Plaines, IL 60016
(217) 782-8007 (847) 297-6533
(217) 782-1275 FAX (847) 297-2978 FAX
Years served: 1993 - Present

Legislative assignments: Committees on Appropriations-Human Services (Republican Spokesperson); Elementary & Secondary Education; Health Care Availability Access; Registration & Regulation; Whole, Committee of the; Approp-Elementary & Secondary Educ; Fee For Service Initiatives (Republican Spokesperson).

Biography: Paralegal; born July 8, 1941, in Chicago; undergraduate studies, Illinois State University; A.A.S., legal technology, Harper College, Palatine, 1982; Flemming Fellow Leadership Institute (Center for Policy Alternatives), 1995; received Illinois Community College Trustees Association's Distinguished Alumni Award, 1993; single, has two children.

 

IDOT Secretary - Timothy W. Martin http://www.dot.state.il.us/

Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764
(217)782-7820

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