Pulse: Will County Democrats picked Kelley event or union rally
August 25, 2013 10:22PM
Members of AFSCME gather outside the Will County Courthouse on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. | Cindy Wojdyla Cain~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 27, 2013 6:08AM
While many Democrats flocked to Lockport on Thursday to help Sgt. Mike Kelley announce his entry into the Will County sheriff’s race in 2014, one of Kelley’s likely Democratic primary opponents, retired Lt. Ed Bradley, and other Democrats were in downtown Joliet at a union rally for county workers.
“I think the county is in a very good financial state and it’s long overdue that they settle this,” Bradley said of the year-long labor negotiations. A lack of a contract “breeds inefficiencies and low morale among all the employees,” he added. “It’s time for this to be over with.”
Three for Joliet
Joliet Democrats Sen. Pat McGuire and Rep. Natalie Manley aren’t the city’s only state legislators anymore. Another was added last week when Republicans picked John Anthony to replace state Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, who resigned because she’s moving to Texas.
While Anthony, 37, says he lives in Plainfield, he actually lives in a Kendall County section of Joliet that has a Plainfield mailing address.
“It gets confusing,” he said Friday.
Anthony, who will be sworn in Monday at 6 p.m. at the Grundy County Courthouse by Judge Sheldon Sobol, has to run in next year’s election to keep his appointed post. He also wants to try to keep his job as a Kendall County sheriff’s deputy.
“I’m prepared to resign, but I do want to stay on. In what capacity and for how long that would work, I have no idea,” he said.
Call that a life?
New Joliet City Council committee rules were proposed after Councilman Michael Turk canceled a meeting of the Public Service Committee, which he chairs. But Turk said the meeting wasn’t canceled just because he couldn’t be there, noting that the committee has met before without him — although that doesn’t occur often.
“I try to plan my whole life around council meetings and committee meetings,” Turk said.
Which may say something about how exciting the life of a city councilman is.
Emphasizing that he does not mind a committee meeting without him, Turk added, “Anyone who know me knows that I don’t have an ego that needs to be pampered.”
Even so, the council voted 7-2 for new rules that put in writing that two committee members can call a meeting on their own without the chairman involved. Turk and Mayor Thomas Giarrante were the two “no” votes.
The Joliet City Council debate on committees and the respective powers of the mayor and council members led to a brief review from City Attorney Jeff Plyman on how the city got its form of government with city manager, at-large council members, and a mayor who votes on every issue — not just tie-breakers.
“In Joliet, it’s been that way since the 1950s,” Plyman said, noting that the current form of government was the result of the will of the people expressed in a voters’ referendum.
Quote of the week
“Is anybody here rich? We’re average working people.” — Roberta Lynch, deputy director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, speaking at a Will County employees’ union rally Wednesday in downtown Joliet.
Herald-News reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.