Comments made at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting tonight by Dianne Miller:
My name is Dianne Miller.
I live at 1274 Thornwood in Crystal Lake Robert Miller is my husband.
I remember a few months back when City Manager Mayerhofer and Mr. Magnuson, Director of Public Works came to our home to see how the City could regain our trust after some problems had come to light between us and the City.
After almost 2 hours of discussion we agreed to move forward and said we hoped the trust could be regained.
A similar discussion was held over coffee with Mayor Shepley and Councilman Haleblian.
We agreed to disagree on some subjects but felt it was a good idea to move forward, remembering the issues that caused the problems in the first place.
We hoped to regain trust in our City.
After recent events I stand before you to say my trust in the City of Crystal Lake is ZERO – absolute ZERO.
The objections made by Council members Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson to my husband’s petitions and supporting paperwork were a blatant attempt to get rid of any competition and retain their seats for four more years without having to run a
No need to spend any money or debate the issues. Not the first time this group has used this tactic either.
Robert is new to the election process and didn’t know he had the right to review the other candidates’ petitions.
By the time he did it was too late for him to file objections.
Good thing for the objectors since there were mistakes in their paperwork!
The objectors aren’t new to the election process so there should have been NO mistakes – right?
Unfortunately, Robert was removed from the ballot because he filed his Statement of economic Interest receipt from the County a day late because of the blizzard.
The County offices were closed.
At least he filed one.
Mr. Hopkins your packet didn’t have the receipt in it at all!
Your paperwork used the same wording as Robert used for the office being sought.
Your petitions clearly said “City Council”.
You sir are a hypocrite!
Ms. Ferguson your paperwork was deficient also.
There should have been a numbered page included before the deletions page titled “certificate of attached list of deletions”.
Your receipt from the County for your Statement of economic interests says you are a “Crystal Lake City Council – candidate”.
You’re a hypocrite too!
If Robert had filed objections to your petition filings (based on their deficiencies) your elimination from the ballot would have been certain and today there would be only one candidate on the ballot for three open City Council seats!
After the hearing, during my public commentary, I stated that Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson had done the same thing twice before.
After the hearing was closed Ms. Ferguson spoke with Robert and said in all honesty we’ve only done this once before.
My mistake – you three did it once before and now you’ve done it twice!
The Mayor did it once before too.
Yep – it’s legal but so unethical and unfair.
Mayor Shepley, in the last election, during the hearing for your objections, the attorney representing Mr. Chadwick (former Mayor Bob Wagner) pointed out that Crystal Lake had not disqualified candidates before – that previous councils had not nit-picked people off the ballot.
He also said, “I don’t remember anyone getting kicked off the ballot – Crystal Lake’s philosophy was to encourage people in the process”.
Looks like that philosophy no longer exists.
I get it – you don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking.
That doesn’t help you – it’s against your interests.
This is nothing more than a form of voter suppression!
What an incredible WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY!
Just to eliminate the competition so you don’t have to run a campaign, spend money on a campaign or most importantly
DEBATE THE ISSUES!
Robert has filed for a review of the Election Board Hearing Decision in McHenry County.
Currently he doesn’t have an attorney, so he filed his paperwork on his own – pro-se.
We aren’t rich people.
Robert is an honest, hard working man who has always gone out of his way to help others.
We strongly believe in karma.
Must be nice to have thousands of dollars to spend on an attorney – or is she doing the work pro-bono?
In kind contributions don’t have to be reported unless you spend more than $5000 on a campaign.
What a great deal if you eliminate the competition!
I will make a prediction, based on past practices of this City Council…..you will nit-pick everything he spent days working on to keep him from getting back on the ballot.
I’d bet that your attorney is going over the paperwork already.
Just remember one thing – LOTS of people are watching, paying attention and talking.