Highland Park Political Candidates Debate Today

Candidates running for City Council, school board and park board will participate in the League of Women Voters candidate debates today at the Highland Park Country Club.

The League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood will be sponsoring Candidate Debates today beginning at noon at the Highland Park Country Club.

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The debates is free and open to the public. In order of appearance, candidates for the following offices are scheduled to appear:

  • District 113 and District 112 School Boards
  • Mayor of Highwood
  • City Council of Highland Park
  • Park District of Highland Park.

Twenty-two candidates have been asked to participate and will be available to answer questions throughout the afternoon, according to Margie Weiss, Voter Service Chair. 

The League’s popular Voters Guide will be published on its web site on March 15, she said.

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Daniel Struck March 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM
The point of a community caucus is for a group of committed community members to come together to question and interview the candidates and then to reach a consensus about which candidates are most highly qualified to serve the public in the relevant office. It is a shared enterprise in which members of the community commit to abide by the assessment reached by their fellow caucus members. After considerable good faith debate, the NSSD 112 Caucus determined that the four candidates most highly qualified to serve on the Board are Karla Livney, Jane Mordini, Paul Tatelli, and Howard Metz. It is unfortunate when a forum such as the Patch is used to spread misinformation, innuendo, and sour grapes.
Daniel March 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
No sour grapes here. Personally , I don't know any of the candidates. I just don't like the process, especially when Carol states that" most " caucus member were openminded. I think it would have been better to have meetings open to the public where candidates responded to questions and gave their opinion on issues. No need for a slate picked by mostly open minded people. Another question, how did Carol determine who was open minded and who was not? And still no answer about obligations of caucus members. Where did Carol get that from? Why would you serve if you can't later take part in the election?
Daniel March 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM
One is required to "commit to abide: by the decisions. Dangerous if you ask me. Not misinformation, innuendo or sour grapes, Mr. Struck.
Daniel Struck March 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM
The NSSD 112 caucus is composed of volunteers selected by their respective PTO's representing every school in the District. The delegates spent considerable time and effort working to formulate questions to submit to the candidates about the issues facing the District and its students. After reviewing the responses of the candidates, the Caucus interviews and asks questions of the candidates. By the way these meetings are announced and open. Only after all this, does the NSSD 112 caucus go into closed session to deliberate about which of any of the candidates do 2/3's of the delegates agree are highly qualified to serve. As part of this shared enterprise, we all agreed to abide by the determinations reached by 2/3's of our fellow delegates. This is not authoritarian, it is working together as a community, non-partisan caucus and having respect for our fellow delegates and the caucus process. If you are interested in this process, we gather together again in two years. In the meantime, 2/3's of the voting delegates agreed that the most highly qualified candidates for NSSD 112 School Board are Karla Livney, Jane Mordini, Paul Tatelli, and Howard Metz. Please remember to vote.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I would never want to be part of a caucus that would prevent me from expressing my views afterwards. I find it offensive that you try to silence someone (Lee) who supports a non caucus slated candidate whether Lee was a caucus member or not. Let him speak. Also, does your mostly open minded caucus release the vote totals for all candidates? If the 5th candidate lost by a vote or two the slate endorsement would not mean much. If a candidate got little support that might be something useful to know. You keep stating that their is an obligation to stand by the slate. Where is that stated? Is there some kind of by-laws?
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Not that it matters is was Bob who supports a non slate candidate, not Lee.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 01:57 AM
If this is the same Daniel Struck as you we are all in troouble: http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/10477166-418/police-blotter.html How did that case get resolved. If your head of our school caucus your charcter counts right?
Daniel Struck March 11, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Yes, I got into an argument and lost my temper with someone who was speeding on my street. And this is the Thru the Looking Glass quality of the bullying, ad hominem attacks, obfuscation, and fallacious logic that some seem to believe stands as public discourse. Enjoy your continued trolling. When the readers of this forum who have decent and honorable intentions go to vote, I hope they keep in mind the outstanding and dedicated candidates endorsed by the NSSD 112 Caucus: Karla Livney, Jane Mordini, Paul Tatelli, and Howard Metz.
Walter White March 11, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Say their names 10 or 20 more times. It will make us want to vote for them more. Oh, and control your temper.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Mr. Struck: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used aginst you in a court of law and public opinion. Anger management issues? Citizens of Highland Park: We can do much better than Daniel Struck leading our school caucus.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 02:27 AM
How did the case get resolved? We have a right to know who are leaders are and what their character is. Don't we?
Deena Schillaci March 11, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Daniel.. Your attempted character assassination of Dan Struck is pathetic. I am aware of the incident that you so maliciously brought up. Someone speeding down the street and talking on the phone ran through the stop sign and nearly ran over Dan's son. The driver was cited and despite what the link says, Dan Struck was not arrested. Maybe you should post your last name so we can do a little digging into your past?
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Character assassinattion implies that my statements were not true. They were. My nameis Drew Peterson and I want to be your next head of the 112 School Caucus. And I know how the sun times lies and made up that Danny boy was not arrested. Sun-times should be held accountable for falsely accusing mr. struck.
Lucy March 11, 2013 at 03:07 AM
. Carol Summerfield is 100% correct and I could not have stated things better myself! Daniel- if you do not believe in the caucus as a vetting body then work to change it. A few years ago, there was a school board election without a caucus. That election didn't turn out so well, but I digress. And please leave Daniel Struck alone. You are hijacking a discussion that was initially started by Lee Rosenberg! ( I am not sure why his name has been changed to Bob Goldber. But I know that my initial response was to Lee Rosenberg. He was the caucus delegate promoting a non endorsed candidate.) Anyway, Daniel, stop your trolling and work for change. "Campaign Don't Complain". And Larry Jones is asking for my last name! LOL............
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 03:17 AM
What happened in the election that did not work out because the caucus was not involved. Did Daniel Struck not get elected?
Larry Jones March 11, 2013 at 03:59 AM
What became of the 112 caucus this year? So many questions. Since the resurgence of the Nssd112 Caucus in 2008, the endorsed candidates always ran as a slate: So why are they not running as a slate for this election? Is it possible that the endorsed candidates are not pleased with the results? Do you know who the Caucus delegates are? Is there a published list of Caucus delegates? How do you know those members represent you? Was the 2/3 representation of 53 voting delegates really an adequate cross section of the over 24,000 registered voters in Highland Park and Highwood? Or were some school DELEGATIONS heavily stacked with special interest members, or worse PTA President and Executive Board members of one school with agendas of their own, including a Caucus board member, who came in with their minds already made up with who they wanted as the four endorsed candidates. By the way they succeded in their efforts!!! Do your own homework and find what the candidates stand for. Ask your own questions and you will get your own answers
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Agree with you Larry. I got no answer to my questions? What was the vote total for each candidate? Which rule , document, bylaw or anything similar requires a caucus member to back the slate and no other candidate? No one from the caucus wants to answer these questions.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 04:09 AM
If I was on the slate not sure I would want to be endorsed by you.
Lucy March 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
So I have been enlightened! Lee Rosenberg removed his name from these posts because a caucus member should not be endorsing a candidate who was not slated by the caucus! I have been saying that from the beginning! He was very wrong to be doing that. Vote for whomever you wish to vote for. But many voters will go to the polls and vote the slate! This discussion is over for me. I plan to now devote my time to promoting the endorsed candidates. Flyers whatever.. Lawn signs are only one way to get votes.
jerry March 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Lucy, you have not been enlightened, I did not remove my name. And you are also wrong about who I can or can not endorse as I have re read the caucus rules and regulations, which I am sure you have not read. As you gave a sarcastic (lol) when I asked you to use your real name I will assume you are part of the OT delegation
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Lee, you can say or endorse anybody you want. This is America not Iran. Where did you find the rules and regulations for the caucus? I'd like to read them. Mr. Struck and his caucus friends won't answer my questions about caucus rules.
jerry March 11, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Daniel" As the rules and regulations are public knowledge I am sure Mr. Struck would be glad to forward them to you as he is the new Caucus Chairman. I am sure that he will be more than happy to respond to your request.
Daniel March 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Sure, he seems to have more time for stopping speeders.
Larry Jones March 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Where did the caucus get the money to run a ad in todays HP News and isn't it interesting that the four of them are not running as a slate because three of them did not want to be associated with the fourth. Please tell me which candidate did they want left out?
Larry Jones April 08, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Larry Jones April 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I am hoping that the right people are still following this blog. This is directed to Carol Summerfield, Dist112 Caucus Board member along with a board member of Oak Terace PTA., and also to the President of the Oak Terrace PTA who also was a caucus delegate. You and your Oak Terrace delegation came into the caucus without a open mind. Your one ambition was to make sure that Samantha Stolberg was not endorsed by the caucus and your Oak Terrace member Paul Tatilli got the endorsement. You succeeded and Paul is a good man and would have made a decent board member. It was your misfortune that Samantha won and Paul for the second time in a row lost. Maybe next time there is a caucus you will play the game by the rules
carol summerfield April 10, 2013 at 08:08 PM
ARTICLE II PURPOSE, OBJECTS, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS Section 1. Purpose and Objectives The purpose and objects of the Caucus are: 1.1 To exchange ideas and to facilitate concerted action on matters of mutual educational and community interest in the District. 1.2 To find, endorse and support, to the conclusion of the election, qualified candidates for the Board. 1.3 To endeavor to obtain opinions from community members that reside in all geographic school boundaries in the District. Section 2. Duties and Obligations It is the duty and obligation of the Caucus to: 2.1 Seek out qualified candidates for the Board and in doing so endeavor to endorse Candidates who represent all the different interests within the community. 2.2 Endorse and support one qualified candidate for each Board vacancy. The Caucus may, however, choose to endorse fewer Candidates than the number of vacancies to be filled. 2.3 Endeavor to obtain the necessary signatures and set up the procedure to file petitions for the endorsed Candidates. 2.4 Publicize the qualifications of its endorsed Candidates by any means the Caucus members deem appropriate. 2.5 Take such steps as they may deem appropriate, and which are consistent with the provisions of these By-Laws, to support its endorsed Candidates. 2.6 Keep all proceedings, deliberations, and votes during the Endorsement Meeting strictly confidential.
carol summerfield April 10, 2013 at 08:10 PM
If you were on the caucus then perhaps you remember signing this NORTH SHORE SCHOOL DISTRICT 112 CAUCUS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT I, , a member of the 2012 North Shore School District 112 Caucus, hereby agree that all discussions, votes and any other matters pertaining to the slating of candidates that take place during the Caucus Interview/Endorsement meeting(s) of December 1, 2012 will be held in the strictest confidence.
Larry Jones April 10, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Jeez, Carol that's really interesting
Larry Jones April 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Gee thanks Carol except i was'nt on the Caucus so i can say what ever I want


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