Pulse: Traynere has cool excuse for absence
June 23, 2013 10:49PM
Jackie Traynere SUBMITTED PHOTO
Updated: June 24, 2013 4:45PM
With the Will County Board being tied 13-13 between Republicans and Democrats, it’s imperative that all members show up for meetings where there are controversial votes.
On Thursday, board Democrats lost a chance to have Will County declared a Cool County by a local environmental group called Cool Joliet. The vote was 12-13. The only member missing was Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook.
But Traynere had a good excuse. She wasn’t sunning herself on a beach somewhere. She’s studying at Harvard Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Executives.
“I would never have missed this vote otherwise,” she told Pulse via email.
Speaking in code
Joliet banker Jim Roolf was his usual tactful self when defending the mayor’s Committee to Attract and Retain Business in front of the Joliet City Council last week.
But you didn’t have to read too hard between the lines to know he was directing his comments at someone on the city council when Roolf talked about the challenges of attracting new business to town and added, “That means sometimes having to put aside one’s own interests to benefit the entire community.”
Roolf is a member of the mayor’s committee that has come under criticism since it became known that it met with Corrections Corp. of America, the company that wanted to build an immigrant detention center in Joliet but has dropped the plan.
Back at you
Could Roolf have been referring to Councilman Jim McFarland, one of two council members who raised questions about the committee’s meeting with CCA.
McFarland, asked after the meeting what he thought about Roolf’s comments, offered a compliment that sounded at least a little back-handed: “I think that it’s great that it took two years for the committee to come forward to the council with some suggestions to implement.”
One more time
Or could Roolf have been referring to Councilman Larry Hug, who had said previously that he was “embarrassed” to find out that CCA had met with the mayor’s committee without meeting with the council.
Hug last week proposed a new city council economic development committee, the timing of which did not appear coincidental. Councilman John Gerl expressed concern that the council committee would become a rival to the mayor’s panel, known by its acronym CARB.
Hug said the new council economic development committtee, which was approved, “is certainly going to work with such groups as CARB.”