Did Marks Try To "Circumvent" Ballot Process?

Former village president Eugene Marks is trying to earn a sport in Northbrook's April election in an unusual way.

Former village president Eugene Marks might not appear on Northbrook's April 9 ballot after all. 

Marks did not submit the necessary petition to appear on the April ballot, so he tried to maneuver the county clerk to conduct a primary election in Northbrook on Feb. 26 so he can earn a place on the ballot by getting votes, according to the Northbrook Star.

“It seems that while our office is very supportive of ballot access and giving candidates opportunities to be on the ballot, there is a filing process in place that Marks attempted to circumvent,” Cook County clerk spokesperson Courtney Greve told the Northbrook Star

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Muriel Elrod February 19, 2013 at 01:00 PM
The surplus for the fiscal year 11/12 was over 1.8 million and the projected surplus for 2013 is just shy of 2 million. This is in addition to 17 million in reserves!!!!! The money that was spent was spent on larger projects to defray tax increases. These projects are improvements to the water system and have you driven by the commuter lot? It used to look like a war zone and the board was able to use collective negotiating with other communities needing work to have it resurfaced at a great price. I am sure if Gene did it at all he would have one of his "buddies" do it and we would pay through the teeth. The current board led by Sandy have done everything they can to cut costs while still maintaining services and keeping our bond rating. In tough economic times they thought outside if the box and joined with other organizations inside our community and out to complete projects at a savings. All of this is on the website and they are all readily available to answer questions. Call them up and ask.
Silvio Dante February 19, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Tough economic times and we are spending 3M to expand the theater room in the library?. You are right. Things are running so well in Northbrook. In fact, things are so wonderful in Northbrook that there is no need for a contested election. No need to defend their records. Can we pass an amendment so that all the current trustees and mayor can serve as long as they desire? These tough economic times have given us a Dollar Tree Store anchoring our downtown, a Goodwill store anchoring the west side, and soon a WalMart anchoring the east side. Since Magic Johnson puts movie theaters in economically challenged neighborhoods, perhaps he will choose downtown Northbrook for his next project. Will that be too much competition for the new theater at the library? How about we spend $1000 on asphalt and fix some of the potholes in downtown Northbrook? I blew two tires over the past year falling into potholes on village streets.
JM February 19, 2013 at 03:10 PM
@Frank, the library and Village are separate government and taxing bodies. If you don't like the library expansion you need to address that with the library board, not the Village board. Furthermore, the Village board does not pick and choose who landlords let their vacant retail spaces to, so they had no involvement in the leases for Goodwill or Dollar Tree. (those stores' benefit to our community is an entirely different topic for discussion) What potholes are you referring to? If they are on public streets, you should call them in to Public Works, and I am sure they would be addressed promptly.
Silvio Dante February 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM
The library board is controlled by the Mayor's husband. Mr. Carlos Frum. Do not preach the separate nature of this.
Hershel Rabkin February 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
If you like the fact that indigent prisioners relased from jail receive a voucher from Goodwill to pick up their clothing in Northbrook at their flagship store than you are quite happy with the way Northbrook is being run. A huge Goodwill store benefits our community? A Dollar Tree Store all lit up in bright green at night benefits the community? You guys are nuts. Regarding potholes, I cannot agree with the earlier post. The streets are a mess and I am tired of calling village hall to complain and it never gets fixed. It seems like most of these posts are from insiders so I would suggest that they call their friends on the board and get the potholes fixed. lol
D February 19, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I have shopped at Goodwill and am grateful that it is here when hard times have hit. I have lived in Northbrook my whole life and you now think because I have to shop at a Goodwill store that you are somehow better than me? I have never broken the law, I work hard and I raise my children with values. Personally, I don't want Gene Marks to have anything to do with Northbrook's government. I believe he is in it for personal gain for himself and his buddies. I base this belief on his record with the village and what I have personally seen knowing him for years. As for the Goodwill store and the dollar store somehow lessening Northbrook.... You clearly don't know Northbrook because that downtown mall you speak of was initially anchored by Ben Franklin..... A dollar store, and that was in a time when the snobs didn't live here and our village was a kinder nicer place to live. If you want a potholes fixed, call public works. I have never had to wait more than a day for a response from them so perhaps you are calling the wrong person.
Silvio Dante February 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Go talk to the Manager of Dominicks and ask him how much theft and crime has gone up at his store since the Goodwill Store was placed in the mall. Regarding snobbery, if you want to classify every resident who does not want such retail outlets a snob than you would have a majority of NBK who would be "snobs" according to your logic...Ben Franklin makes sense....I remember that well. THE PROBLEM IS NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE BEN FRANKLIN. or V@S Variety. If you want to be taken seriously when you make a claim that Marks is in it for his "friends" please give examples before you go after someones character. You call public works. For all we know, NBK reader anonymous, you work there.
Silvio Dante February 19, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Muriel Elrod February 19, 2013 at 05:49 PM
If a potential business meets the requirements for leasing a space what exactly do you want the President and board to do? Deny them so the village can be sued by the landlord and potential tennant? That would just be great.
D February 19, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I agree Muriel, as for Frank....I talk to the Dominick's manager multiple times a week and have never once heard him complain about Goodwill. I do not work for public works or any other village entity. As for my distaste of Gene Marks, it is both political and personal. I don't like the guy and I think his only goals have to do with his financial, societal and political status. I am entitled to my OPINION just the same as you... I have not seen you give any valid reason why he didn't follow the rules to get on the ballot, why he feels the system should be changed to suit him? Why do you feel I have to give YOU (who I don't know nor do I care to) a reason for MY Opinions....... Easy, I Don't! And I can state them here as many times as I want to. Sorry, but you can take your sour grapes to yourself.
Hershel Rabkin February 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The job of village president does not even pay a salary. I commend anyone who has a desire to serve. This is not a personal thing for me and the only thing I have to go from are the records of both individuals. It sounds to me from this board that people like who they like and are not going to swayed one way or another. It would be nice if someone could actually say they support a candidate while not agreeing with everything they have done or are currently doing. That would give creditability to all involved.
Silvio Dante February 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM
If the village leadership had a better relationship with landlords and businesses perhaps we wouldn't get stuck with businesses that are better suited for Mundelein. I do not see a Goodwill flagship store in Winnetka, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Glencoe, or Northfield. Yet, we have the honor. Why is there not a Dollar Tree store in downtown Winnetka or Highland Park? Perhaps the answer rests in the fact that the leadership of those towns have solid relationships with landlords/ retailers and actually attempt to create relationships with retailers and business owners. I am not suggesting that we should put ourselves in a position to be sued, Yet, we can create a business friendly environment where we have an open dialog with landlords and an understanding that we need businesses that reflect our community a bit better. I think we can all agree on that. Let's find some common ground. Can't we all get along? lol
D February 20, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Frank, earlier when I referred to the snobs, I get the distinct feeling you would fit into that group based on your comments here. What is your problem with Mundelein that you would say that those establishments you so clearly consider negative should be in that community? Additionally, what makes you think anyone who lives here wants to live in Winnetka, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Glencoe, or Northfield? Perhaps if that is the type of community you seek (based on your retail preferences) you should consider moving there. Those of us who want Northbrook to be known for what Northbrook offers we can continue living here. If you want Northbrook to look so much like some other community why not just move to one of those? Then you can read and comment on some thing that you are unhappy with on their patch sites. The facts of this article are simple, Gene Marks thinks for some reason he is somehow better than or different from any other candidate and he should not have to follow the rules that everyone else did follow. Personally, I don't think ANYONE should be exempt from the rules. If he didn't file in time he's out! Better luck next time. Next time follow the rules if you want to be a leader. I don't want a leader who thinks he is above the law, do you?
Kati Byrne Spaniak February 20, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Actually, Hershel, the village president and the trustees all make about $5,000 for serving on the board.
Silvio Dante February 20, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Thanks for the posting Denise. I found it interesting that the "caucus" is considered a new party.
D February 20, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Unbelievable! Cook county makes a decision but Gene and his cronies now won't accept that either, they now threaten a lawsuit?! Face it. Your "strategic plan" failed, you're out Gene! Give up.... Good bye, good riddance.......
Silvio Dante February 20, 2013 at 03:36 AM
@NBK Reader...Sounds like Gene Marks really pissed you off. This is personal for you. Perhaps, you should have a drink and relax. If you actually agree with what Crook County feels than you are just as corrupt as the county itself.
Muriel Elrod February 20, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Frank Lopez-you have a few things confused. Carlos is not the President of the library board and never has been. Additionally, the construction project is not finalized by any means. Why don't you attend a library board meeting and express your concerns? You may learn at the meeting that the library is extremely well run and fiscally sound.
Silvio Dante February 20, 2013 at 05:10 PM
@Muriel ....You are correct. He is only a member of the board. Yet, he holds the most power over that board as we all know. They are the First Family of NBK! My concerns will be addressed at the voting booth. Wait, no one else is running. My bad!
John Q Citizen February 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I agree the the Village should have periodic turn over in Leadership. Mr. Marks had the opportunity to file officially or use the Caucus mechanisms to be on the ballet. His failure to do so in a timely manner should not penalize the entire community because of the cost of his possible attempts to get on the ballet at this late date. I find it disturbing that Mr. Marks' interest in Village President seems to coincide with Walmart's announcement that Northbrook is being evaluated for a new location. Mr Marks' close ties with the developer in the Dundee / Skokie BLVD failed development make me wonder if there may be a connection between Mr. Marks and the various entities currently trying to develop commercial property in Northbrook. From Mr Marks' last turn at Village President it appears that Mr. Marks' is more concerned with himself and his associates then he is the Village of Northbrook as a whole.
Muriel Elrod February 20, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Frank-perhaps you should have run for something yourself. There was a shortage of people willing to give their time to serve our village for little or no money like Carlos, Sandy and the rest of the candidates. Lopez for 2015! Put your time and effort where your mouth is.
John Q Citizen February 20, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Frank, the Caucus is not the only way to get on the ballet. One can file independently of the Caucus. The Caucus was created in the 80's precisely for the reasons that you allude. There where not enough candidates for various boards and when they were not filled via election the current board presidents appointed folks to be on the board. The Caucus generates interest with in the community for the various boards and elected positions in Northbrook out side of the Village Government's influence. The Caucus actively posts its activities in the local press and is open to any Northbrook Citizen to either participate in the screening process or as a candidate. Frank you sound like a citizen that would like to see our community get more involved in the decisions that effect their lives. I hope that you get involved with either the caucus or another community organization. If you do not agree with the existing orgs please start one your self. The goal is to get more folks involved and not just on election day.
John Q Citizen February 20, 2013 at 05:43 PM
The Caucus refiles every two years as a "new" party. This to make sure that the Caucus does not become group of individuals that controls the local political landscape for a long period of time.
Silvio Dante February 20, 2013 at 05:44 PM
@Muriel. Thank you for the endorsement. Yet, I am too old to get involved in such drama. This is a younger man/woman's game. I would suggest that you should run as you already have that important cook county political last name!
D February 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM
@Frank, I thank you for your very insulting comments but believe this article requires no further discussion. The facts are clear. Gene Marks did try to circumvent the system and it didn't work. Hopefully the candidates will be able to do what's best for Northbrook for the next two years. Additionally, I as the others suggest that if you have so many things you think need changing then you should take steps to run for office and change them. I am happy with our current board for the most part so I hope they will serve us well.
Steve Huberty February 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM
The more of this dribble that I read, the more I think that Frank Lopez is really Gene Marks afraid of using his real name for fear he will get trampled even more. If not, maybe someone should tell Gene to read this forum. I am sure that it would tell him that he is only going to get one vote. That vote would be from Frank Lopez. That is of course, assuming that Frank Lopez lives in Northbrook and not Mundelein, where he secretly hopes for a Dollar Tree store to open.
Marc Lonoff February 21, 2013 at 03:51 AM
D February 21, 2013 at 05:16 AM
..... that's funny Steve, you're probably right..... :)
Silvio Dante February 21, 2013 at 05:31 AM
That is hilarious. For all we know Steve Huberty is Sandy Frum. Why is it so hard to believe that people can disagree on such issues. I think we have had a lively debate. It seems like there are only 10 people on here who post regularly. I hope we cannot come to the conclusion that only 10 people out of 38,000 residents care enough to share their opinions. Even if others find strong disagreements. The bottom line that should worry us all is the fact that no one seems to really care anymore in general. People have pretty much lost faith in their leaders. Past and present. Perhaps it is just the environment we live in. If all we can get is 10 people to banter and argue back and forth, that is not an illustration of an involved community. Even if all people can add is their opinions on here I find it better for the town. I just have always believed that elections should be contested and all leaders shoudl defend their records. I think it is a waste of money to have an election with no choice or contested races. Again, I think that goes back to the fact that most residents do ont care. And, I think most residents are unhappy. That is my opinion and we know everyone in this town has an opinion. Heck, we know that for sure. Now, I will give everyone a moment to call me an idiot because I said NBK has 38,000 residents and that number could be incorrect. I am too tired to google it. lol
Dr. Dave Simone February 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Drive for 35 ,000 came up just short. Why not a Republican primary. According to 2009, Candidate Marks needs all of the Republican Damisch voters and 15% of Frum voters to win. Township elections are the contested races you seek. It is simple....do you believe the Township should tax more to expand for new social services while it is in need of more money to provide its essential current services? The reason for the Northbrook Caucus, as any of the five I have done, is to reasonably grill all applicants. Contentious candidates can stack the public meeting. But passing motions , well...lends to another pro/con discussion.


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