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Maywood Mayor Wants Donuts, Coffee Served Inside Metra Station

Thursday, March 22, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon and Metra Executive Director Don Orsino after a grand opening for the new Metra station last summer. | File 

Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins said that she’d like to see a vendor serving coffee and donuts to commuters inside of the village’s new Metra train depot, at the corner of Main St. and 5th Ave. in Maywood.

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Maywood Trustee Takes Back His Support of Pro-Immigrant Resolution

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Last month, Maywood Trustees Ron Rivers, (far right), and Melvin Lightford, (second from right), expressed regrets over voting on a resolution supporting immigrants. But the village had already sent the letter off to President Donald Trump and other high-ranking state and federal officials. | Michael Romain/VFP

Thursday, April 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Last month, Maywood Trustee Ron Rivers asked his board colleagues if they could rescind their support of a resolution that they unanimously passed on March 21.

Rivers referenced a March 27 announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that doubled down on previous threats made by President Donald Trump to withhold federal funds from cities who go against the president’s mass deportation orders.

Sessions threatened that the justice department would deny cities that adopt sanctuary ordinances federal law enforcement grants.

The motion passed by the Maywood Board of Trustees calls for the state and the federal government to “support immigrants in the United States of America.”

Unlike sanctuary city ordinances passed by municipalities like Oak Park and, most recently, Berwyn, Maywood’s resolution does not call for village officials to defy federal authorities in any way when it comes to immigration or other matters.

According to Village Manager Willie Norfleet, a certified copy of the resolution had already been mailed to President Trump, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Danny K. Davis by the time Rivers told his board colleagues about his change of heart.

“I would like for the board to reconsider the motion we passed to send letters to the president and [other officials],” Rivers said during a March 29 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting. “With this notification, I wouldn’t want to put a bull’s eye on our back,” said Rivers, adding that the board hasn’t “asked our citizens how they feel about this.”

Trustee Melvin Lightford seemed to agree.

“In combat, I have enough sense not to put a target at my back,” said Lightford. “Why shake the bush? Just leave it alone.”

Trustee Michael Rogers reinforced his earlier position when a sanctuary city proposal was first introduced by Trustee Isiah Brandon in February. At the time, Rogers said that he would not vote for any ordinance that would put the village at odds with the federal government, but added that the village should nonetheless take a stance in support of immigrants.

“I was careful not to put forward a motion that could be construed as not being in compliance,” Rogers said. “We sent a resolution that urged federal officials up the line to think about what they’re doing and how it affects [people]. It is not a feel-good thing. It is a thing you should do. You should tell your president how you feel about something.

“There is no penalty for expressing your opinion,” Rogers said. “The penalty that the Attorney General is talking about is being in defiance of the law or executive order that was passed.”

Rogers said that if enough municipalities sent similar letters to state and federal officials, “[those officials] would change their tune.”

Brandon said that he stands behind his original proposal for a sanctuary city ordinance in Maywood, an idea that village officials have said they’re still vetting.

“I still stand behind the idea of having a welcoming city,” Brandon said. “And to those who choose to operate in fear, I can’t take that role. Our community is one that is very diverse and we need to let those individuals who are in the immigrant community know that we stand with them.”

“We’re making a large commitment. I have no problem with the label welcoming city,” said Rivers. “I understand we’re all immigrants and we do welcome diverse citizenry but by the same token, I take a stance of why would we put a bullseye on our back?” VFP

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Maywood Trustee Announces Mayoral Run, Formation of Slate

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Maywood Trustee Antonette Dorris, top, has announced her candidacy for mayor in the upcoming April 2017 municipal elections. She’ll run on a slate that includes sitting trustee Melvin Lightford, below left, who is running for reelection. | File

Melvin LightfordWednesday, November 2, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 4:26 p.m.

The field of candidates seeking to run in next year’s municipal election has expanded with the recent formation of the Maywood Visionary Party (MVP), a slate headed by sitting trustee and Maywood Park District Executive Director Antonette Dorris, who is running for mayor.

According to a statement released today announcing MVP’s formation, joining Dorris on the slate are project manager Steven R. Smiley, a candidate for clerk; sitting Maywood trustee Melvin Lightford, who is seeking reelection; T&JJ’s Supreme Steaks and Catering Service co-owner Joseph A. Wilson; and real estate broker and former Bellwood District 88 school board member Drena Lanier.

Joseph A. Wilson, Steven R. Smiley and Drena Lanier round out the Maywood Visionary Party slate. | Courtesy Maywood Visionary Party 

“We are tired of failed leadership in the village of Maywood resulting in no economic development, the continuance of estimated water bills, and the lack of adequate public services to all constituents,” noted Dorris in the statement.

“MVP offers our residents a combination of experience, vitality, and the ability to bring elected officials, [village manager] and staff together behind a vigorous new plan to improve Maywood,” the trustee added.

The party will open a campaign office at 510 S. 5th Ave. after Dec. 1, the statement notes. Although the election isn’t until April 4, 2017, the deadline period for filing nominating petitions for next year’s election is sometime in December.

A total of five seats on the Maywood Board of Trustees, including those of Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustees Michael Rogers, Dorris and Lightford, will be contested next year; along with the seat of Village Clerk Viola Mims.

Dorris, a former Bellwood District 88 school board member, was elected to her first term as Maywood trustee in 2013, when she ran on the Maywood United Party slate. The slate also comprised Rogers and Lightford, both of whom also won that year. Yarbrough, then the village’s two-term mayor who headed the slate, was narrowly defeated by Perkins.

With Dorris’s formal announcement, the field of likely mayoral candidates expands to at least four, with Perkins, Yarbrough and liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry having indicated that they’ll be running for mayor next year.

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