Mary White is running in the April 4, 2017 election as an independent candidate for Village Trustee of Morton Grove. She and four other independent candidates believe bringing back a solid economic foundation, high ethical standards, and attracting sustainable businesses are among the top priorities. Mary shares her vision for Morton Grove and why she is a candidate for Village Trustee.
“As with so many of us, my mother had some good quotes that she could pull out of her back pocket any time a situation called for it. Two of immediately jump to mind as I think about my reasons for running for Trustee of the Village of Morton Grove:
1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
2. You can get used to hanging if you hang long enough.
“Regarding the first quote, I feel there is something broken here in Morton Grove, and it needs to be fixed, or at least worked on. I moved into Morton Grove the spring of 2013 and at that time, the Prairie View shopping center was basically empty except for just a few stores. Jump ahead to spring 2017 and the story is still the same. I know things cannot happen overnight, but I cannot fully understand how “nothing” can continue to happen over a four-year
‘A second important issue is communication and transparency. The communication between the current leadership and the people it serves has been almost non-existent, and is as a case in point for me. The town house I live in overlooks the new site of Moretti’s. My front steps are about 5 feet from the construction site. As a resident directly impacted, I feel like I’ve been living in a bad movie script. There has not been much communication from village leadership about what is happening on this site. I found out more in one day walking out the front door and talking to some of the people working on the site then I have received from our leadership. I am concerned about the safety of the land I live on. the environmental impact study done for Moretti’s showed the ground to be contaminated and Morton Grove had to pay $300,000 to clean it up for Moretti’s. I wonder about the land my house and my neighbors houses stand on, is the dirt under our feet “still dirty.” I am also concerned about access lanes to our homes for emergency vehicles.
“Regarding the second quote, I think I am tired of “hanging,” by which I mean just waiting for something different to happen. The example of my own home and the way it has been handled in response to development in Morton Grove makes me think, if this is happening to me, what has happened to others, and what may the future bring if this leadership continues? What next project will be undertaken in the same way without any real regard or involvement of the community it affects.
“We as a community should not be held to hanging on from a top down decision making process, I would like to see the community more involved with leadership and given a chance to voice opinions on issues that directly affect them.
“When I moved here, I heard of great plans for Prairie View and other locations for bringing more shops, restaurants, and amenities to town to further enhance our community. Much of that hasn’t happened, and I am concerned about the way the little development that has happened was conducted. I am running for Trustee to help bring better communication, financial growth, accountability, and conscientious development to Morton Grove.”
To learn more about Mary White and the other Independent Candidates for Morton Grove, visit the website at www.ic4mg.org and the Facebook page at Independent Candidates for Morton Grove.
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