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Letter: Milton Township Claims Lack Facts

Milton Township Trustee Marty Keller responds to recent claims about Milton Township government. To send a letter to the editor, email Charlotte@patch.com.

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Milton Township Update
 
I was sworn in on June 12 of this year as the replacement Township Trustee.  I found that while there were some issues and practices that needed attention, there was absolutely no intent to defraud or mislead the taxpayers of Milton Township. Charges of “Chicago style corruption” are a real exaggeration.
 
While several issues have been addressed and corrective actions taken, I was surprised to see how many other charges did not tell the whole story.  I don’t know exactly how much information was given to anyone, so let’s assume they just didn’t have all the facts.
 
Below are additional facts on several of the claims which were missing from the original articles.

  1. An employee was doing political work on township time. The specific employee seen putting up campaign signs one day works on a flexible schedule.  Part of his job involves running a citizen training program that meets nights and weekends.  What he does with his free time is not the business of the township.
  2. Luxury accommodations in Springfield. The employee and two community volunteers did indeed stay in Jacuzzi Suites at the Holiday Inn, but not at the expense of the taxpayer. One of the volunteers used his personal Priority Club points to upgrade their rooms.
  3. Wiretapping of the Assessor’s Office. There is an email questioning the desired location for the video camera and the Assessor’s Office. One look at the architect’s drawings showed the Board Room had been mislabeled as the Assessor’s Office. The error was corrected the next day.
  4. Illegal videotaping of citizens. When both the state required and our security video cameras were finally installed and activated, the question of proper notification came up.  People looking for the posting at the front desk didn’t see any because the required notice was posted on the entrance door, so as to alert people before they ever entered the building.  No violation of rights occurred.
  5. Public disclosure of comments by the Auditor. One of the most recent claims was that the Township Board was hiding the comments of the auditor from the public when in fact the video tape of the 9-11 meeting shows the Board approving a motion to include said comments in the public documents.  Someone must have written their comments before the meeting and then failed to correct them to reflect what really happened.

I find it interesting that the people claiming Chicago style politics actually seem to be following the Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. If the first charge doesn’t dislodge your opponent, make another and another until the shear volume of criticism convinces the general public there most be something wrong.
 
I also wonder why many of the critics find it necessary to use phony names when they make comments. If you read something from “Marty K”, that’s me; I won’t hide behind a fictitious screen name.
 
From what I have seen, this situation has been blown way out of proportion and has caused emotional damage to a lot of good people. Supervisor Heidorn has an ongoing medical situation at home right now and the lack of Christian compassion is appalling. We need to work together in a civil manner so as to attract good people to public service, not drive them away.
 
Marty Keller
Milton Township Trustee

Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
OK, Oak what is the misinformation? The data above is from the Township and is quite damaging to those who lead the Township.
Maple Tree Stay in the Yard September 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Marty, You did not mention the use of Township emails and cell phones for political purposes. You also failed to mention falsification of Township minutes and submission of false oridinances to the County Clerk. The attacking the messenger approach that you and Jeanne Ives are using is getting old. It is kinda like Obamma blaming Bush for his failures. Most troubling in your letter is the assertion that it is somehow not Christian to point out Supervisor Heidorn's mis-management (or lack there of) of Township affairs because he has an issue at home. To use the name of our Lord to deflect critism for political purposes is a lack of Christian common sense. Don't be an enabler Marty, be part of the solution and clean house.
J September 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Ok Marty-As a Trustee, it is your job to tell the supervisor to put Hinkle on a time clock. His hours, even flexible, should be monitored by you trustees, not excused. You are a business owner, is that how you run YOUR business? I would guess not. Your comment about the Heidorn family medical situation-it hasn't been public knowledge-is just as appalling. If he needs to step down, he should do so. Lack of Christian compassion? What the hell are you talking about? We have a supervisor that does what he wants, when he wants, how he wants, laws and public be damned. With his political operative, his "maintenance" man, expecting 'cash advances' to feed his buddies, apparently whenever he is hungry or thirsty. From what you've seen, this has been blown way out of proportion? New prescription needed, Marty. Emotional damage to a lot of good people? There aren't any good people up at the head table at the township meetings to be damaged. And, yes, we need to attract good people to the Milton Township government, but, their path is obstructed with political hacks like Heidorn, Hinkle(s), Falbo, Jensen and you. When you were presented at the last meeting with a public comment and demand to take Chris Levan off the Ethics Commission(and for that matter Jeanne Ives) for being a candidate for office and the conflicts this presents, what did YOU say or do? Nothing, absolutely nothing. You are a MTRCC insider and a protector of what is wrong in Milton.
J September 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The phony names here are being used by YOUR people, blithering their BS. Me, you know who I am. The township's only public commenter. The one that Heidorn cut off, I guess because of all the other people waiting to talk. The one, who would be 100 times the Trustee(look up the word trust Marty) that you are as to me, the Milton Township government is supposed to be for the benefit of all the people, not just family and friends of those at the head table.
Your Darkness Is Upon You September 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The attacks on Milton Township and Supervisor Heidorn are being carried out by a rogue trustee, Jim Flickinger. Why? Because Supervisor Heidorn will not support Flickinger’s friend and accountant Assessor Bob Earl. You have you ask yourself why is Flickinger protecting the INCOMPETENT and PROBLEM RIDDLED Assessor. Flickinger, Earl, and their follower Mark Kmiecik have been creating unusual spectacle, resulting in a wave of blog articles that may be difficult for the uninitiated to understand -- Reliance on inference, instead of reason and a lack of foresight from which Mr. Andrzejewski frames his argument concerning Milton Township and Supervisor Heidorn. Thank you Marty for clarifying the issue and giving the other side of story. For far too long now we have just been getting one slanted version of the truth from this tyrannical group. The arguments this trio presented are interesting not for their content but for the nature of the information. Much if not all of what has been presented has relied heavily on inference, half truths, and self-interest, while containing little or no real facts to support their position. All of the concerns appear to be instances where the most pessimistic interpretation of the issues has been chosen. The use of vague language rather than specifics about facts and solutions indicate that this is one more instance of Malthusian bias.
Your Darkness Is Upon You September 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
"J"'s not a phony name? I don't know who you are and don't take this the wrong way - I don't what want to know. You clearly have a chip on your shoulder and sadly it shows. You ought to try to be a happier person and do something nice for someone instead of trolling Milton Township. Try to have a nice rest of your day.
Bruno Behrend September 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
[The attacks upon the Crown and King George are being carried out by colonial rogue elements like Washington and Jefferson. Why? Because the King will not support independence in the colonies and the incompetent leaders who argue for it.] Kidding aside, who says Flickinger is the rogue, and not Heidorn? Where is the proof that Earl is "incompetent" and "problem riddled." It seems as if thou dost protest too much, as there seems to be plenty of evidence (not inference) that the township leadership is compromised. In state where 4 of the last 7 governors have been indicted and imprisoned, where state reps are double dipping in pensions and salaries, and where the Tribune writes weekly exposes of untrammeled greed on the part of Municipal Kingpins and their fatuous cronies, I would say that the burden of proof is upon the troubled township to persuade citizens that it is on the up and up. Who can blame a citizen for believing the 'most pessimistic' interpretation of issues. Experience indicates that they are right.
J September 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Hey Darkness, is that name on your birth certificate? Didn't think so. Thanks for your concern about my happiness. If we ever throw out all the garbage in Milton, I'll be kicking my heels happy. Until then, my job is to call out the nefarious ones in Milton. And, I am doing something nice by trying to alert as many as I can about the Township and it's collection of waste. The only thing that Marty clarified was that he doesn't know the difference between right and wrong. Anyone that condones the Hinkles' act and Heidorn's running of this township needs a big foot in the heiny, and a toss to the curb. It's sad to see.
Your Darkness Is Upon You September 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@Bruno and "J" - You do know Trustee Flickinger APPROVED ALL the bills he is now complaining about - don't you? There is something else going on here. As far as earl is concerned ask Realtors and others in the business about how he conducts and manages his office. They don't have axes to grind they just want someone who is willing to work with them and that person isn't Earl.
St. Martin September 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
If Flincknger a rogue and Earl, is Incompetent, Why is it independent auditors of Miriani and Associates stated "Significant deficiencies" in the internal control of financial reporting for Milton township office and in the Highway department. NO MENTION Is made of Bob Earl or his office. THIS audit was about the complete lack of financial control by Heidorn and Gary Muehlfelt. You clowns keep bring up Bob Earl, but wheres you proof??? I got here a professional audit that say otherwise. Read it here. http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Milton-SAS115LetterFYE2012-03.pdf The issue is simple, Chris Hiedorn is malfeasance and derelict in his responsibilities of overseeing Township government and MARTY KELLER, MARIE JENESEN, AND SAL FALBO are Chris Hiedorn's rubber stamp enablers, vote lock step with Hiedorn in spit of the facts before them, This corruption that was uncovered by Jim Flicknenger and Adam Adrzejewski is not the messenger fault. it's Heidorns creation. The reckoning is coming for Team HINKLE...
St. Martin September 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
SHOW ME YOUR POOF DARKNESS..
Andy Jones September 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Continued..... We think someone on the Milton Township Board is covering for Earl because there are SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES that were not reported. We are going to look into Mr. Earl a lot further because clearly he is a poor steward of the taxpayer's money, his reporting and actions are questionable. If he can't manage an office, what is he doing to the assessments? We will be back with more facts and information as we acquire it.
Andy Jones September 21, 2012 at 02:09 PM
St Martin - We were baffled by auditor's report, as were many others. There is documented proof Bob Earl's mileage logs do not even come close to meeting IRS reporting standards. How Miriani miss that Earl collected .55 per mile for a 30-mile trip down North Ave and a 32-mile trip along Roosevelt Road. Earl's mileage log only stated office/North Ave. and office/Roosevelt Rd. The township is only 6 square miles! These are only 2 of many questionable mileage reports Earl has been paid on. Furthermore, there was no mention of how Earl accounted for the 100's of hours of 'comp time' he's been paying out in his office. Even more disturbing if you look at Earl's latest financials he hasn't spent one penny on postage. We are 6 months into the fiscal year and the Assessor's office hasn't mailed one correspondence to even 1 property owner. Plus many of us would like to know just how Miriani reported Earl's purchase of a $5000 treadmill with taxpayer's tax dollars and passed Earl’s reimbursements. These an old saying, “where's their smoke there's fire!” What the audit report doesn't show is that Bob Earl is a BIG spender who has badly mismanaged the office of assessor. Earl plead for and received an additional $100 thousand dollars 3 years ago he was supposed to return the $100 thousand the following year, he did not. Furthermore, Earl asked for an additional $70 thousand dollars this budget year on top of $100 thousand he already had and failed to give back. More>
Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 21, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Dandy Andy, You should report Miriani for malfeasance. However, that would be a problem because you would have to use your real name. Once your name is disclosed, you may be subject to a lawsuit from Miriani for slander. Everyone is wrong but you and your cronies from Milton.
Maria VonTrip September 21, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Andy Jones (Marie) You sound like the harpie trying make bovine fecal matter stick. The trouble is you have nothing but LIES, BS and no real facts. Get real The audit cleared BOB and condemned TEAM HINKLE.(Chirs HIedorn, Ralph and Gail HInkle, Marie Jensen, Sal Falbo, Marty Keller, and Gary Muehlfelt) http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Milton-SAS115LetterFYE2012-03.pdf Andy Jones, LIES and half truths don't cut it. Whats the real reason why team HINKLE hate Bob earl- is it because he wont cut team Hinkle land owners a special RATE?
Maria VonTrip September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
BTW, Andy (marie) your boyfriend Ralph Hinkle loves the good stuff - nothing to good for Ralph Hickle and his friends when on the road, all paid on the long suffering tax payers back by Chis Hiedorn's Ralph Hinkle boss. http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Hinkle-Springfield-ICC-Trip-Sept-2011.pdf “...I don't go to Burger King..", (Ralph Hinkle to the Daily Herald) http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120723/news/707239909/
Andy Jones September 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Sorry we hit a nerve. The truth is an absolute defense; please point out where anything we said was not accurate. We have been inundated with documents that were acquired through the Freedom of Information Act concerning undocumented and questionable activities in the Assessor's office. Some interesting information was passed our way, it turns out Trustee James Flickinger owns several rental properties in Milton Township. He also receives subsidies (money) from the DuPage Housing Authority for the properties he owns. This is all a little too cozy for our liking. Furthermore, many people are complaining about Trustee Flickinger's close ties to Assessor Earl and John Day head of the DuPage Housing Authority. We were sent a picture of Flickinger and Day smoking big cigars together. On the surface there's nothing wrong with that but like we said prior, it's a bit too cozy of an arrangement for the taxpayers to feel comfortable. We also told it is common knowledge that Assessor Earl is Trustee Flickinger's accountant. We believe this would be a major conflict of interest especially when Trustee Flickinger votes and has voted on Assessor Earl's budget and compensation package. CHG wouldn't you agree? We are sure of one thing it is very concerning Assessor Earl was left completely out of the Miriani report. We are sourcing different ties between Milton Township Trustees, the Assessor, and the Auditor. Stay tuned.....
Dan F. September 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
ELEPHANT FIGHT!!!! LOL
Dan F. September 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It would find the politically connected lining up to feed at the newly created trough.
Dan F. September 21, 2012 at 03:53 PM
So you are the lone Democrat in Milton Township? Or just the most self-righteous?
Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
"This is America. He [Levan] can lie all he wants." From an article citing Dale Bianco. Thank Andy, I mean Mr. Levan for your innuendos
Milton is Weird September 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Now this is funny. I don't particularly care which Milton faction wins, because you all are weird for the most part and have an in bred quality, but the Team Hinkle/Heidorn defense is laughable. It goes something like this. "We will not admit we did anything wrong, so we better attack anyone that points out mistakes." Is that a West Point tactic learned from Jeanne Ives? Think not...
Toulouse Street September 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
CHG - Nice reference from an article that was written by "No Author" a lot of credibility there. Not to mention the reference appears in a Political Rag and Slam Publication operated by another radical RINO (Stan Zegel) that supports Democrats and that absolutely no one in Winfield Township will speak too. Barbara DiGuido, Director of Communications and Media Relations, received the following response from so called journalist Stan Zegal, Publisher of the Winfield Register: Click the link and scroll down and read the type of person Stan Zegel is and what his opinion is of down syndrome kids. And read Barbara DiGuido's response to Zegel's callous and insensitive remarks directed at these special children. http://confessionsofthechromosomallyenhanced.blogspot.com/2011/03/spread-word-to-end-word-3-2-11.html
Toulouse Street September 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Also found these articles about mr. zegel: Winfield Citizen Pain (Stan Zegel) http://winfield411.com/magazine/2010/03/12/winfields-citizen-pain/ Winfield's Citizen Pain is Back http://winfield411.com/magazine/2012/01/31/winfield-register-citizen-pain-is-back/ Like a bad Horror Show (Zegel) Is Back http://winfield411.com/magazine/2012/01/17/like-a-bad-horror-show/ Zegel's Email Campaign http://winfield411.com/magazine/2012/02/02/zegel-email-campaign/ Read the comments following the articles. It's no wonder Winfield is a screwed up mess!
J September 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Dan F., no Demo here. Just looking for fiscally resonsible government. That doesn't include paying for some piece of garbage's eating and liquor habit. Self-righteous? How about fed-up. And as that piece of trash Heidorn is finding out, one who is willing to stand up to him in person. I'm no great supporter of the accessor, but to replace him with a guy who doesn't have the sense to leave the ethics commission when declaring for a public office seems to be going in the wrong direction. Same with Ives. If you don't know the difference between right and wrong, please don't run for office. This state is filled with enough ethically challenged officials already. I did notice this Dan F.-you didn't address one darn thing I said. Are you a Heidorn brown noser?
Andy Jones September 21, 2012 at 09:19 PM
We are back, we checked with Milton Township and it turns out Trustee Flickinger made numerous calls to the auditor. You have to wonder what those conversations entailed? We also found out that the auditors report on Highway Commissioner Muehlfelt was inaccurate. The detailed billing the auditor complained about is covered by attorney client privilege. Muehlflet is only required to present the invoices not the detail and that makes prefect sense. Not sure this auditor knows what he’s doing and the mere fact he found nothing wrong on the Assessor’s side is troubling. Especially given the amount of information about inaccurate and incomplete reporting by the Assessor. Sure would like to know what Flickinger said to the auditor. We are going to keep digging.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thank you Chris LeVan for the update. Please show proof to back up your statement. I think the best thing to do is FOIA all of Muehlfelt's purchases. I bet he wouldn't like it.
Maria VonTrip September 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Andy Jones..WHERE IS YOUR POOF? I CALL YOU OUT AS A LIAR.
Ives/Heidorn/Hinkle/Weirdo September 22, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Milton Township is full of a bunch of weirdos. Just look at the coments above. I blame the Jeanne Ives/Ralph Hinkle types that think their sh*t doesn't stink while they pop prozac and pretend they are so morally superior. In fact Milton stinks. I would vote Democrat, but they are actually worse. Vote all of the bums out!
Friends of William R. Adams October 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
In this election you can vote for a person that will respectfully represent all of the citizens of the 42nd District, William Adams. Even though he is a democrat, he financially conservative and socially responsible. He is a Accountant by trade. Give him the benefit of the doubt and vote for him on November 6th.

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