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25th Avenue Overpass Named After Former Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale

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Left to right: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey, Pasquale, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico during the June 16 ceremony naming the 25th Avenue overpass after Pasquale. | Photos by Tara Gray/Feel This Moment Photography via state Rep. Welch/Facebook

Frank Pasquale Overpass_2Friday, June 16, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

During a ceremony on Friday morning, local and state elected officials converged on the 25th Avenue overpass that spans Bellwood and Melrose Park in order to give the structure, which was opened late last year, an official name: Mayor Frank A. Pasquale Overpass.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House resolution that made the bridge naming possible.

“I have known Mayor Pasquale for many years, and am proud to have worked alongside him to make Bellwood a better place for everyone,” said Welch in a recent statement. “As mayor for 16 years, Frank gave so much to Bellwood, and this small token of gratitude will solidify a legacy of community service for many more years to come.”

Lower left photo: Pasquale shares a light moment with Hillside Mayor Joseph T. Tamburino and Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson. | Tara Gray  

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Broadview Opts Out of Minimum Wage Ordinance | 25th Ave. Overpass to be Dedicated to Former Bellwood Mayor

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A member of the Chicago-based advocacy group Black Workers Matter during a June 15 march in Forest Park protesting that village’s decision to opt-out of the Cook County minimum wage ordinance. | William Camargo/Wednesday Journal 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews || Updated: 7 p.m.

Last week, the village of Broadview opted out of the Cook County’s minimum wage ordinance, contrary to my original reporting that indicated that Broadview would automatically be subject to Cook County’s minimum wage ordinance because of its non-home rule-status.

Cook County Chronicle reporter Jean Lotus was in attendance at last Monday’s board meeting where the decision was made. According to Lotus, the village’s decision could open it up to a potential lawsuit.

Lotus noted that Despres Schwartz and Geoghegan, a public interest law firm, has issued a memo stating that non-home-rule municipalities are liable to lawsuits if they opt out of the county law.

Back in April 2015, nearly 85 percent of Broadview residents voted against giving the village home rule authority, which allows municipalities to override the mandates of larger governments, namely the State of Illinois.

In the case of a new Cook County ordinance that would bring the minimum wage up to $10 an hour, home rule municipalities have the authority to “opt-out” of going along with the county ordinance so that businesses located within those towns’ borders only need to comply with the statewide minimum wage of $8 an hour.

Broadview isn’t a home-rule town, but it adopted an ordinance stating that the Illinois Constitution “provides that if a home rule county ordinance conflicts with an ordinance of a municipality, the municipal ordinance shall prevail within its jurisdiction.”

In an email letter, attorneys with the village’s contracted law firm, Del Galdo Law Group, noted that, “In effect, this provision of the Illinois Constitution serves as a check on the expansive powers of home rule counties, not as a limitation on the powers of home rule or non-home rule municipalities.”

According to the ordinance, Broadview officials found that the county’s minimum wage ordinance places “an undue burden on employers within the village given the current rights of employees available under federal and state law.”

Read the full ordinance below. This article will be updated to include the village board vote breakdown.

Village Free Press regrets the error. 

 

25th Avenue overpass to be dedicated to former mayor Frank Pasquale

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The 25th Avenue overpass will be named in honor of former Bellwood mayor Frank Pasquale, pictured below.

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Officials are preparing for a bridge dedication ceremony to take place on June 16, 10 a.m., at the 25th Avenue overpass, which will be named after former Bellwood mayor Frank Pasquale, who served in the position for 16 years before stepping down last year.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House resolution that made the bridge naming possible.

“I have known Mayor Pasquale for many years, and am proud to have worked alongside him to make Bellwood a better place for everyone,” said Welch in a recent statement. “As mayor for 16 years, Frank gave so much to Bellwood, and this small token of gratitude will solidify a legacy of community service for many more years to come.” VFP

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Bellwood’s in the Homebuilding Business | Area Home Prices Still Below Pre-Crash Peak — Crain’s

Caption and photos from Crain’s: “Bellwood officials built the new, larger homes on Englewood Avenue that complement the smaller 20th-century offerings on the same street.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Bellwood resident Chimanga Williamson, a CTA employee, told Crain’s Chicago Business that she had her eye on buying a home in Westchester or Hillside before considering the town where she now resides.

What fixed Williamson’s gaze were the homes. Not the thousand-square-foot, mid-20th Century homes that dominate Bellwood’s landscape, but ones that are twice as big and that were built by the local government within the last five years.

“It’s good for the village to have these more spacious houses available,” Williamson told Crain’s, which recently published an article on Bellwood’s foray into homebuilding.

“Five years ago,” Crain’s reports, “Frank Pasquale, mayor of west suburban Bellwood, found he had two overlapping problems on his hands.

People were leaving because the houses were too small, but builders wouldn’t build in the town. The solution, Pasquale found, was for the village to build the homes itself.

Since 2012, Bellwood has built and sold eight new homes, with prices starting at around $260,000 for three-bedroom models. And another 20 could be on the way. Pasquale said the program has, so far, been a success.

To read more on Bellwood’s homebuilding plans, click here.

Home prices in area zip codes still well below the pre-crash peak

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The average percent change in price of a single-family home in the west suburbs since Sept. 2006.

In another Crain’s report from earlier this month, “Home prices in the Chicago area peaked in September 2006, dipped infinitesimally in October and soon started a downward path that didn’t reach bottom until March 2012.”

“Chicago’s home prices,” the publication notes, “at times among the slowest recovering in the nation, have returned to their decade-ago peaks in only a few neighborhoods and suburbs.”

Unfortunately, Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park weren’t among those fortunate few (Maywood’s zip code wasn’t included in Crain’s analysis, which looked at data provided by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices).

The following charts track the “average percent change in price of a single-family home in” zip codes in Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park. “Using September 2006 prices as a base, the line shows the percent change from that point to any other month, through May 2016.” (Visit the full Crain’s interactive by clicking here).

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Bellwood among worst performing zip codes in Chicago-area market

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In Brief: W. Suburban Mayors Endorse Clerk Brown; Senior Freeze Exemption Workshop; Online Voter Registration

Dorothy Brown.jpgWednesday, January 13, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

A group of West Suburban mayors, including Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale, have formally endorsed Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s re-election bid.

The announcement is a boost in the prospects of the embattled clerk, pictured above, who has been the target of a federal corruption probe related to alleged misconduct.

Last November, federal authorities indicted an employee in Brown’s office in what the Chicago Tribune reported was the first public confirmation that Brown’s office is “under investigation over the possible ‘purchasing’ of jobs and promotions.” That employee, Sivasubramani Rajaram, was later charged with lying to federal authorities while under oath. Rajaram, 48,  has since pleaded not guilty of the charges.

When reports of a possible corruption probe surfaced, Brown at first denied that she was ever the target of a probe, telling ABC 7 that she was the victim of “unsubstantiated media reports.”

In the wake of reports that she was under investigation, the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Brown’s main challenger, Chicago Ald. Michelle Harris (8th).

At a Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) meeting held in Maywood late last year, numerous African American clergymen endorsed Harris as well.

But the tide seems to have been turning for Brown of late, with U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) and Alderman and former Maywood Village Manager Jason Ervin (28th) both endorsing her early this year.

At a Jan. 12 press conference, Pasquale noted that he’s endorsing Brown for reelection “because she is the most qualified candidate and the best person for the job” and that “the Court Clerk’s office has been the most progressive under her administration.”

Perkins reinforced Pasquale’s points, adding that “Brown’s knowledge and experience about running an effective Clerk of Court office is unmatched.”

Brown is set to face Diane Shapiro, Jacob Meister and Harris in the upcoming March 15 Democratic Primary election.

“I am very excited that all of these well-respected mayors, who collectively represent more than 100,000 Cook County citizens, are voicing their full support of and confidence in my leadership as the Clerk of the Circuit Court,” Brown said. “We all share the same goals: to serve people with integrity and empower communities as a whole.”

SENIOR FREEZE EXEMPTION WORKSHOP

The Village of Maywood and the Proviso Township Assessor will sponsor a senior freeze exemption workshop on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Avenue.

Seniors are encouraged to bring all exemption forms they’ve been sent in the mail, documentation showing 2015 income and identification.

“In their un-wisdom a few years ago, the Illinois General Assembly changed the law from automatically exempting qualified seniors each year to making each senior annually reapply for their senior freeze property tax exemption,” noted Maywood Senior Citizens coordinator Larry Shapiro in a recent Facebook post.

For more information, contact Shapiro at (708) 238-3657.

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

vote-button[BY VILLAGE OF MAYWOOD] With the implementation of online voter registration in Illinois it is easier than ever to register to vote.  Click here to register online.  Remember, as the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary approaches any citizen who can register, should register. You can also download and print mail-in registration forms, if you would prefer to register in person.

Suburban voters can also find extensive information about key dates, early voting, mail voting, etc., at cookcountyclerk.com.  City of Chicago voters can find the same information at chicagoelections.com. VFP