End the Bad Behavior in Island Lake

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 21, 2011 | Go to article overview

End the Bad Behavior in Island Lake


The dysfunctional Island Lake village board continues to set the standard for politicians behaving badly.

We've criticized them before in this space for squabbling like alley cats instead of concentrating on the people's business, but they show no signs of changing. It appears we'll have to pin hopes for a new course on the April 5 election when three newcomers will replace three incumbents who aren't seeking re-election.

The current theme of the infighting is political retribution, and it started a few weeks ago with Trustee Donna O'Malley's sudden shift of alliance on the board.

She joined the group that was formerly the board minority who had complained for years they were bullied by a series of 4-3 votes. Laurie Rabattini, John Ponio and Don Saville, along with O'Malley, now have the votes to do the bullying.

Instead of tackling any number of important issues facing the village and making improvements, the new majority is wielding its power like a cudgel, specifically attempting to strip authority from political nemesis and Mayor Debbie Herrmann.

For weeks now, they have been focused on removing her power to hire and fire the police chief and replacing the village's longtime law firm of Ancel Glink.

They have pointed to Herrmann's heavy-handedness in replacing the former police chief, and spiraling legal fees. …

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