Daily Herald Endorses Skillicorn for East Dundee Trustee

from the Daily Herald Editorial Board

The home to 3,200 people is seeing a spark of redevelopment as a result of its economic redevelopment efforts . The cramped downtown fire station has been closed and a new station was built on Route 25. The tiny police station is being combined with the old fire station space and being retooled. The attached village hall will get a makeover.

The village now sponsors a variety of events to draw residents — and hopefully business people and developers — downtown. Meanwhile, the problematic Walmart store will close soon, taking sales taxes with it.

Incumbent trustees Allen Skillicorn, an avowed tax watchdog, and Jeff Lynam are seeking re-election. Neither is overly concerned about Walmart’s departure, saying the corner on which it sits will be redeveloped with something more tax rich. Both favor the outreach the village has been doing, saying it will pay off in strong redevelopment. Skillicorn and Lynam are endorsed.

East Dundee candidates differ on Wal-Mart departure

By James Fuller | Daily Herald

Incumbent East Dundee village board candidates Allen Skillicorn and Jeff Lynam believe it’s long past time to roll back efforts to prevent Wal-Mart from leaving time. But at least one challenger, a face from the village’s recent political past, believes continuing the legal battle is the best first line of defense against a major loss of village tax revenue.

The Wal-Mart at 620 Dundee Ave. is the largest single generator of sales tax revenue in the village. It pours a little less than $800,000 a year into village coffers.

The big-box retailer announced it would jump the border and set up shop just about three miles away in Carpentersville as soon as its East Dundee lease expires in a little less than two years.

Village officials under Former Mayor Jerry Bartels direction went to court to block the company from leaving in belief that it is illegal for Wal-Mart to bolt to a shopping center that’s less than 10 miles away from a competing center when the tenant, Wal-Mart, will receive tax increment finance district assistance — property taxes above a certain point diverted from local governments and into redevelopment — to relocate.

Former Mayor Jerry Bartels is running for the village board with a promise of continuing that court battle despite the legal costs.

But incumbents Allen Skillicorn and Jeff Lynam said it’s time to think about how to replace Wal-Mart rather than keep it.

Skillicorn said the ongoing legal battle makes the village look weak. He’s also upset about the $100,000 of wasted  legal fees spent so far.

“I think that’s quite egregious,” Skillicorn said. “The fact is the law as it’s written has a gaping loophole. All Wal-Mart has to do is say this building doesn’t make enough money for us, and then they can leave. Right now it looks like we lost Dominick’s, lost Wal-Mart, and the best the village can do is sue Wal-Mart. That’s kind of silly. The question is how are we going to approach new businesses to come in, or are we going to sue people who want to leave?”

Lynam went so far as to say Wal-Mart leaving is “a good thing for the town.” He, too, believes times spent trying to save the village’s marriage with Wal-Mart is time that could be better spent wooing a new retail relationship.

Camera Keeps Ticketing School Teacher’s Parked Car

by Darryl Holliday

HUMBOLDT PARK — A Chicago speed camera already cited for ticketing parked cars in 2013 has struck again, ticketing one Humboldt Park woman four times without cause.

Jennefa Krupinski has the photo proof to back up her claim: four speed camera photos issued to her since June show her car parked outside of her home in the 3100 block of West Augusta Boulevard, each triggered by a random speeding car — but each costing her $100.

“Aside from the fact that it flashes in my living room, [the speed camera] has given me tickets three times. I’m in a pickle about this,” she said Wednesday, noting that a fourth ticket issued her a warning. “It’s clear that my car is parked, but the first two tickets I got, I had to pay.”

That’s because Krupinski, an assistant teacher at Suder Montessori Magnet School, was applying for a job within Chicago Public Schools at the time and would have been ineligible for the job if any pending violations were on her record.

She paid the first two at a cost of $200, she said, but the tickets for her parked car kept coming.

Love and Lincoln in East Dundee!

DID YOU KNOW … that there is a replica of the Lincoln family home in Springfield located in downtown East Dundee? It was built in 1993 by a Lincoln enthusiast and businessman, Gerald Heinz, and is located at 206 N. River St.

DID YOU KNOW … that 2015 will be recognized as the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination? There is a Lincoln Memorial Train that is currently under construction and will be making its way from Washington DC to Springfield this year. You can learn more at: the20151incolnfuneraltrain.com Description: As part of our “Love and Lincoln” event the Village of East Dundee will be celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day through both community participation and business specials. During the week of February 9, professional sculptors will be hard at work creating a bust of Lincoln made entirely of snow. On Saturday, February 14, visitors will be greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln at the Depot beginning at 11am. Shortly thereafter, they will officially unveil the snow sculpture and be available for pictures. Afterwards the Lincolns will be discussing their lives and will be available for questions at the Village Hall Annex adjacent from the Depot. The Dundee Township Historical Society will introduce our speaker from the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train. Area school children have been asked to participate in a writing project in which they write a letter to President Lincoln regarding his quote, “I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.”