Letter to Local Mayors Describes Leftist Agenda
Lakewood President Paul Serwatka sent following letter to Dave Bennett, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus after receiving an email with the subject “Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation.”
The following local government leaders were also sent a copy:
Mayor Henley of Volo
Mayor Jett of McHenry
Mayor Kelly of Harvard
Mayor Koziol of Marengo
Mayor Sager of Woodstock
Mayor Schmit of Fox Lake
Algonquin President Schmitt
Barrington Hills President McLaughlin
Bull Valley President Berendt
Hebron President Martinez
Holiday Hills President French
Huntley President Sass
Johnsburg President Hettermann
Lake in the Hills President Ruzanski
Lakemoor President Weihofen
McCullom Lake President Shepit
Oakwood Hills Acting President Paul Smith
Prairie Grove President Robak
Richmond President Kunz
Ringwood President Mack
Spring Grove President Eisenberg
Trout Valley President Baker
Union President Wagner
Wonder Lake President Topf
It is printed here with Paul’s permission:
Mr. Bennett and Members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus:
I have been a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for nearly a year now, since taking office in May of 2017. I can’t help but feel compelled to share that in the short time I have been receiving your communications and “calls to action” I have become quite disenfranchised with this Caucus and it’s apparent purpose.
From what I have gathered from the communications I have received over the last 11 months, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus serves only as either a leveraging tool to assist in the bidding of Rahm Emmanuel and the abhorrent policies which have made Chicago the premier example of how NOT to govern, or this caucus is simply a progressive initiative to promote progressive agendas throughout the municipalities of Illinois.
Am I wrong in this assessment? Am I alone in this sentiment?
If my assessment of this caucus is not accurate, I sincerely welcome the opportunity to learn of any efforts by this caucus or any information you may have to the contrary, that I may not have been alerted to, in my short time as a member of this caucus.
In my 11 months as a member of this caucus, I have received a number of “calls to action” to join Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and to support his initiatives.
A few examples of the initiatives that I have been called to support are:
– To pass a Resolution in our village in support of DACA and providing a pathway to citizenship (and, of course, free college, etc) for “Dreamers”.
– To pen a letter to Governor Rauner supporting the same.
– To pen a letter to the Governor asking him to sign legislation imposing gun control measures and undue/inequitable licensing on certain Firearm dealers.
– To pass a number of “Green” and “Sustainable” Resolutions in our village.
– To support a number of “Green” and “sustainable” initiatives.
Relevant to the above subject matter, I have not seen, nor do I expect to at this point, any attempt at a concerted effort to encourage state legislators to pass legislation that provides for the REAL protection of our children and our schools, e.g., allowing teachers to be trained and equipped to protect themselves and our children in schools, or to provide other means of legitimate “on-sight” armed protection in our schools.
That said, I await this caucus to take action on issues that are truly and abundantly pertinent in our, now dreadful, state – the issues that are causing the historic mass-exodus of both business and residents from our, once great, state.
I call on the members of this caucus to band together and pass MEANINGFUL resolutions, to pen MEANINGFUL letters and hold MEANINGFUL conferences supporting and encouraging critical policies – the implementation of which could very legitimately save Illinois from the impending collapse that we all know is nearly a certainty at this point!
I call on the members of this caucus to come together and forge sincere initiatives addressing issues including:
– State legislation amending the Illinois Constitution with provisions for MUCH needed pension reform (This is only the single biggest, most devastating issue we face in Illinois!)
– Ending Prevailing Wage Laws which force our municipalities to pay exorbitantly inflated costs for public projects, further increasing overburdened taxpayers, while serving only to enrich and further empower certain legislators and upper echelon union bosses, while masquerading as a means to provide a livable wage for union workers, who are also overburdened with exorbitant taxes.
– Enact “Right to Work” legislation to, both, truly protect workers who do not wish to participate in collective bargaining agreements, yet are forced to pay for them – and to help Illinois businesses to compete with businesses in the 28 states that have enacted right-to-work legislation and continue to benefit from Illinois’ inability to compete.
– Enact legislation for equitable school funding rather than continuing to over-tax collar counties in order to unfairly continue subsidizing CPS and down-state districts.
I know there are a number who will take exception with my words here. Many will role their eyes and chuckle… But, for the few who may actually be sincere about “doing good”, “serving their communities” “making a better place” and all the other tired cliches that we all repeat. I encourage you to step up, speak out, be truthful, and let’s start working on some truly meaningful initiatives.
I welcome all replies!
Paul D. Serwatka
Frustrated Illinois Resident
President – Village of Lakewood