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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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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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