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Former Village President Eugene Marks Seeks Reelection

Marks will run against the Northbrook Caucus and current president Sandy Frum in the village's April elections.

Eugene Marks, Northbrook's former Village President, along with former Trustee Julius Kole, Lynn Ritz and Daniel Scott, will run as the Democratic party against the Northbrook Caucus' mostly-incumbent slate in the village's April's elections, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

"When (Kole) and I left the last time, the village had been in the best financial shape," Marks told the Tribune. "We were business friendly. Morale was up. Things were running phenomenal."

Marks previously served as a non-caucus president from 2005 to 2009, until caucus-slated, current president Sandy Frum was elected. She is seeking re-election this year.

The Northbrook Caucus is a local political party, formed in 1982, designed to identify, interview and recommend candidates for positions on village boards. The 2013 caucus slate is listed below. 

For the Northbrook Village Board

  • Sandra Frum (Village President)
  • Debra Ford (Village Clerk)
  • Kathryn Ciesla 
  • Todd Heller
  • Michael Scolaro

For the Northbrook Library Board 

  • Carlos Frum
  • Vera Mayer
  • Daphna Neirick

For the Northbrook Park District Board

  • Penelope Randel 
  • Michael Schyman
  • Paul Zima

For Northbrook School District 27 

  • Helen Melnick
  • Jamie Werhane
  • Ed Feld
  • Laurie Garber-Amram (first-time candidate)

For Northbrook School District 28

  • Joshua Prober
  • Louis Gross (first-time candidate)
  • Michael Gilmore (first-time candidate)
  • Anthony Forchetti

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Melissa Morreale January 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Morale was up???? Who are you kidding Gene. Two words. Ed Renko. Here are another 2 words. Plan Commission. The absolute worst time in Northbrook history was when Gene Marks was president.
Theodore L. Casey January 09, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I am very pleased to hear Gene Marks is running again. He is just what Northbrook needs to attract solid business investment in our Village, which has been sorely lacking the last several years.
Raymond Handler January 09, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Are they kidding?????? They left Northbrook "a mess". Eugene Marks appointed all of his "friends" to the Village Board and Plan Commission and others. Look at the corner of Dundee and Skokie - no trees! Return to a "parklike setting". That was a joke! The entire block on Sutton Drive flooded because the trees were removed from the Happ's property on Dundee and Sutton Drive. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO OUR WONDERFUL VILLAGE AGAIN!!! Do you want Northbrook - or Cook County politics?????
Deb January 09, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I agree!!!
Deb January 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Not that he has a chance in heck, but if Eugene Marks is re-elected I'm moving.
Laurie Baum January 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I agree with Melissa & Raymond! Our currant board knows the pulse of our Village. During these stressful economic times, we need strong, calm and logical government. Durning Marks' time there was a real undercurrant of dissatisfaction amongst the residents who care and are actually involved in this town! Theodore talks about Marks attracting solid business?! Thanks to our forefathers, business' have been giving the residents good tax breaks for decades, much more than neighboring towns. Marks played politics with interested companies and gave them huge tax breaks! Why don't you ask Marks where he got that nice piece of jewelry?!
Ed60062 January 09, 2013 at 04:25 PM
It is pretty obvious that most prefer Cook County and Illinois politics; otherwise why would the same politicians, from the same party, keep getting re-elected?
Silvio Dante January 09, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The pulse of our Village? The Dollar Tree store is the downtown anchor store. A Goodwill store anchors our west side...And now, a Wal-Mart will anchor the east side. The pulse of our village has turned to us being Buffalo Grove east. Have you seen your recent water bills? Are you happy with them being 20% higher? There are pot holes all over my neighborhood and they never get fixed correctly. Streets have not been repaved for 25 years in some neighborhoods. Our streets need repair, our library does not need to be expanded at a cost of 3 million dollars, and our surplus is gone. It sounds like the pulse of Northbrook is near flat line under the leadership of Sandy Frum. If that is not reason enough to move out of Northbrook (Anne) I do not know what is....There is a reason Northbrook young married adults are moving to neighboring towns, instead of returning and raising their young families in Northbrook. Sounds like most of the postings here are a bunch of insiders and political hacks. Such as one posting talking about a piece of jewelry. What is that all about? The silent majority of Northbrook residents, many of them young people, who are the future of NBK, are upset with the way things are being done in this town. Are we in financial position to spend 3 million dollars on expanding the library? Northbrook is in 1985 mode instead of 2013 mode. It's time people started talking about reality and issues instead of being a group of talking heads with a particular agenda.
B&H January 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Gene Marks must be wanting to add a few more drive through restaurants to add to his "legacy". What a joke - the Center for the North Shore - what a fiasco, that tiny parking lot at the Starbucks and Pot Belly on Skokie south of Dundee? Remember the townhouses planned for Dundee and Shermer that never took place? Thank the Lord! This guy needs a friend to tell him to stop dreaming that he was liked. He was resoundingly kicked out of office. We don't need him back. Stay home Gene! Better yet go drive over to some other town for your fast food fixes.
B&H January 09, 2013 at 09:49 PM
The water bills are 20% higher due to Stormwater Management planning. This town is not like other towns with rampant debt. If you like the taxes they pay in Highland Park or Deerfield go live there. This town is one of the best run in the state. Most of the potholes are on county roads. The library is a separate taxing entity it is not under the Village Board's control. Learn a little more about the government here before you go mouthing off without knowing about what you speak.
B&H January 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Gene Marks tenure was the worst 4 years Northbrook had in the 20 we have lived in this village. Do you like overspending and chasing after development at any cost? That was what he stood for in his term. We don't need that again.
B&H January 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Amen - those of us who follow the happenings here closely know that he was a disaster. The uninformed - drive by citizens - they see the flash of the jewelry and the promise for MORE STORES and think that sounds good. Stay away Gene!
Silvio Dante January 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Sounds like you have an excuse for everything. I guess Sandy Frum is best mayor in the history of Northbrook and no one told me about it. Thankfully, the Patch has this forum for people to inform me of such things. Let's all go to The Dollar Tree in downtown Northbrook and be thankful that she is running for a 2nd term. Maybe Wal-Mart can build in downtown Northbrook so we can really make Wheeling jealous of our success.
Laurie Baum January 10, 2013 at 03:52 AM
This is a "free country" is it not?! The Village Board can not dictate what specifically should or not be put into a retail space. Ultimately it is up to the landlord. The Dollar Tree pays the rent. I believe the Board spent time putting together a public opinion group last spring asking residents what they would like to see in their town. Also, there are thousands of adults of all ages living here that have grown up here.
Laurie Baum January 11, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Gene Marks is being very strategic. Did you notice how he is applying under the Democratic ticket?! People will vote for him just for that reason. I urge you all to please ask around and get more active in your community! He is not the right fit for our Village. Lets have a discussion about this without the emotional sarcasm.
Mark Damisch January 11, 2013 at 03:57 AM
If the village managers salary is $300,000 I'll kiss Gene Marks on both lips at the start of Next summers Fourth of July parade. Fact check please!!!!
Billy Bob January 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
The cost to the Village of the Manager's comp is easily $300,000. His comp is $236,000 and standard employee cost assumptions requires you to add 30 percent to cover pension, employer-side of the payroll taxes and other costs. That puts the cost of our Manager over $300,000.
Mark Damisch January 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Actually, there is something of concern to me that I would like to hear both candidates discuss. As a result of the Petition for Rezoning at Dundee and Skokie Boulevard, the developer, Ed Renko and associates ended up being indicted. The vast majority of indictments by the US Attorney's Office end up with plea deals. I am concerned that in the time since the indictment, a) Gene Marks has not commented on it one way or the other and b) there has been no comment by the Village in general. Has there been contact with the FBI? If Mr. Renko pleads guilty, is he likely to point fingers at someone in the Village who favored his petition? This story is not over. It has the potential for huge Village embarassment. The people who were in office at that time, including both candidates need to give full disclosure as to what they knew and when they knew it. We, as voters, deserve that.
Silvio Dante January 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Good point Mark Damisch. We the voters deserve much more than we are currently receiving on a number of issues. You ran against both candidates. Surely, you have an opinion that we would all like to hear on a number of topics. Northbrook is so very partisan, and split on ideology, that it is difficult to find anyone willing to give a particular candidate any credit for action on issues. If you had to support one of these candidates, who would it be and why?
Silvio Dante January 12, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Also, a good point by Billy Bob on the Village Manager total pay. Even the tribune stated that the pay did not include benefits of any kind and was only base pay. Full compensation, as illustrated by many towns across the country, must be known by the voters and taxpayers. If the total salary is not 300k a year, it is awfully close when combined with a standard benefit and bonus package. Will the voters receive full disclosure on the salary of the Village Manager? I sure hope so...especially considering the President of the Village has modeled herself on full transparency as reported by the Patch and Tribune.
H. bailey February 21, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Gene and his cronies wasted village funds going to conventions all over the country " trying to drum up business for Northbrook. His claim to fame is getting the McDondads after attending a convention in Las Vegas. What was wrong with just driving to corporate headquarters in Oak Brook. Guess he couldn't drink vodka with his Russian friends.

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