Tag: Mayor Katrina Thompson

Broadview Declares Sept. 25 Autism Day

Monday, September 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Debra Vines, founder of The Answer Inc., and her son, Jason, who is autistic. | Photo courtesy Debra Vines

Earlier this month, Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson presented Debra Vines, the founder of the Answer Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support services for autistic individuals and their families, with a proclamation declaring Sept. 25 Autism Day in Broadview.

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Remodeled Broadview Aldi a Hit With Shoppers

Thursday, September 14, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Shoppers stand in the rain before the grand reopening of the Broadview Aldi on Sept. 13. | Michael Romain/VFP

Terri Sansone, of Forest Park, was in line at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the newly remodeled Broadview Aldi, 1001 W. Cermak Rd. The Sept. 13 grand reopening lured patrons from around the western suburbs.

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Broadview Taking Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Wednesday, August 30 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Feature image: Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise. | Wikipedia

The Broadview Fire Department will be taking donations for Hurricane Harvey victims from now until Friday, and perhaps later, according to village officials.

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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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Broadview Mayor Outlines Governing Vision in First Town Hall Since Election

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Broadview mayor Katrina Thompson speaks during her first town hall meeting as mayor on June 3. | Michael Romain/VFP

Monday, June 5, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

New Broadview mayor Katrina Thompson has been in office for less than three months, but she’s inherited more crises (click here, here and here) than some mayors face in a term.

During a recent town hall, however, Thompson was able to frame the narrative of how she plans to govern. The town hall, Thompson’s first since assuming office, was held on Saturday at the Beverly Center, 3031 S. 25th Ave. 

Thompson spoke for about 15 minutes after U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) and before Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), who co-hosted the June 3 event, which included some time for the mayor and commissioner to answer audience-generated questions from among the 50 to 60 attendees.

Thompson was elected in April to succeed former two-term mayor Sherman Jones, who successfully ran as a trustee on Thompson’s Broadview People’s Party after residents voted for a referendum that prohibited him from running for a third term. 

The new mayor’s briefing converged around the theme of communications, with Thompson clearly articulating how she wants to differentiate her administration from her predecessor’s.

“Some concerns I heard while campaigning was, “You all only come out when it’s time to get my vote,’” Thompson said. “I don’t want to be that type of mayor. I want to be the type of mayor who is accessible and has an open door policy.”

Thompson said she and her staff are working on delivering a website for the village of Broadview, which hasn’t had an active one in at least two years. The website could be live by August 1, she said.

“We want to make sure that we have something that’s user-friendly and that residents can have access to,” Thompson said, adding that each department in the village will have a page. She said she also intends to revive the practice of live streaming village board meetings and public town halls.

“We did it less than a year ago and the camera came up missing,” she said, before noting that the live streaming measure is in keeping with her pledge to head an administration that’s “very transparent,” “held accountable,” and “honest as we move forward.”

Thompson said that she’s had discussions with the library and park district directors about the possibility of creating a single, unified newsletter for all three taxing bodies.

“It makes sense to send out one big newsletter instead of doing it individually, because we spend so much money sending out mailers,” she said, before adding that the village, library and park district could also share the village’s robocall system to enhance communication between the local government and residents.

“Currently, we have two systems setup for robocalls. One is for emergencies and one is for pubic service announcements,” she said. “We want to get more engaged with that [form of communication]. We’ll share that [robocall system] with the park and library districts.”

Sometime in the future, residents may receive robocalls announcing public state of the village meetings designed to educate them on Broadview’s budget before it’s enacted.

“We will do a state of the [village] address to give you information on the budget [for a given year],” Thompson said, before cautioning that her thought process on the concept could change in the future.

So far this year, Broadview still has yet to approve a budget, the fiscal year for which ended on April 30. Thompson said that she hopes a budget is approved by July 1.

The ideas that landed Thompson her biggest applause lines were about water bill payments and the Fourth of July.

Thompson announced that she’ll the extend the village administration building’s hours of operation to accommodate those seeking to pay their water bills on time.

Starting June 15, the administrative offices will be until 5 p.m. (rather than 2 p.m.) on the last Wednesday of each month. And starting September 1, the offices will be open for four hours on Saturdays.

“The other day when I was coming out of my office I saw a line of cars [waiting to pay water bills] that was out by the police department,” Thompson said. “That was unacceptable to me.”

Thompson also said that this year, the village will host a small Fourth of July parade, which she hopes will be a precursor to a much larger parade (and a possible fireworks show) next year. VFP

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