DeSantis resigns as North Riverside trustee

Cites appellate court ruling as basis for decision

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By Bob Uphues

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Rocco DeSantis resigned as a North Riverside trustee on April 17, saying he won't fight an Illinois Appellate Court decision that his status as a police officer on duty-related disability leave made him ineligible to serve as an elected official.

His resignation was effective immediately; he attended his last village board meeting on April 15.

"I've submitted a letter resigning my position as trustee," DeSantis said, "being that the courts have ruled the jobs are incompatible. I totally disagree with the ruling."

Hubert Hermanek Jr., who was elected mayor on April 9, indicated that he would name a replacement for DeSantis at a special meeting of the village board of May 13. That person would serve out the remainder of DeSantis' term, which expires in 2015.

Asked last week if he had a candidate in mind, Hermanek said, "A decision hasn't been reached yet."

He also wished DeSantis well.

"He served his constituents well," said Hermanek of his would be-be mayoral opponent. "He had to make a difficult decision, whether to retire or resign as a trustee. I respect his decision and wish him well in his future endeavors."

It's been a whirlwind four months for DeSantis, who in late December 2012 submitted nominating petitions seeking to become North Riverside's next mayor. In 2011, he rocked the local political scene when he topped a field of six candidates and was elected as a trustee.

A former North Riverside police officer who went on disability pension after 30 years of service, DeSantis and political ally H. Bob Demopoulos took the ruling VIP Party by surprise, winning two of the three trustee seats up for grabs.

Two years later, he had his sights set on the top job in the village, and he assembled a full slate of candidates under the Transparency & Accountability in Politics Party banner to challenge VIP once again.

This time, VIP was ready to push back.

North Riverside resident and VIP Party ally John Beresheim challenged TAP's nominating petitions and singled out DeSantis. He argued that because DeSantis had not officially retired as a police officer and instead opted for a disability pension, DeSantis was still technically an active duty officer.

Beresheim used a 1983 court case in which a Tinley Park police officer on a leave of absence was elected village trustee. A court ruled in that case that the officer was ineligible to serve, because he had the ability to return to active duty. As such, his jobs as both police officer and trustee were incompatible.

A local electoral board made of up of VIP officials sided with Beresheim on all of his objections, one of which contended that the official TAP Party name was too long. The party and DeSantis appealed the local board's ruling to Cook County Circuit Court.

A county judge ruled only on the matter of the party name, striking all of its candidates from the ballot, but leaving open the matter regarding DeSantis' eligibility to serve.

DeSantis went to the Illinois Appellate Court, asking it to overturn not only the circuit court's finding, but the local electoral board's ruling as well. While the appellate court reversed the circuit court ruling with respect to the party name, that court agreed with the local electoral board with respect to DeSantis' ineligibility to hold office while on a disability pension.

While he had the option of taking the matter to the Illinois Supreme Court, DeSantis chose to accept the appellate court ruling.

DeSantis' attorney Richard Means, in an email Tuesday afternoon to North Riverside Village Attorney Eric Hanson, explained that the appellate court's ruling "clarifies that further defense of Mr. DeSantis' qualifications would be fruitless."

Asked if he considered simply retiring from the police department and removing the main objection to his eligibility, DeSantis said he always believed he would prevail.

"I felt the ruling would go in my favor," DeSantis said. "I really thought we had a win situation. I really thought the [Tinley Park] case didn't apply."

Making his resignation official would also have financial implications for DeSantis. Duty-related disability pension payments made to DeSantis are tax-free and he also receives free health insurance.

The electoral challenge cost TAP $7,000, according to a filing submitted to the Illinois Board of Elections. DeSantis also incurred other legal fees related to a separate complaint filed by North Riverside Mayor Kenneth Krochmal, seeking to have DeSantis removed as trustee using the 1983 Tinley Park case as precedent.

There was a third lawsuit filed by North Riverside's paramedic contractor against TAP and its individual members for libel related to statements made on the Tap Party website.

Prior to the election, DeSantis told the Landmark he had incurred legal fees edging close to $20,000 to fight the lawsuits.

"It was all politically motivated," said DeSantis. "If you don't believe that, I'd like to see the color of the sky in your world."

DeSantis tried to mount a last-ditch write-in campaign for mayor, but the Cook County Circuit Court ordered the Cook County Clerk not to include DeSantis' name on a list of eligible write-in candidates and not to count any write-in votes he received on April 9.

Hermanek Jr., the VIP Party candidate, ended up alone on the April 9 ballot and was elected mayor with 815 votes, according to unofficial totals released by the county clerk.

DeSantis said that even though he was forced out, he accomplished what he set out to do two years ago.

"I opened a lot of eyes to the inner workings of the village," said DeSantis. "If people start going to meetings and making sure that the village is accountable to them, then I've won."

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Great Song from North Riverside  

Posted: April 26th, 2013 5:52 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAgnJDJN4VA

Winner from North Riverside  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 3:48 PM

Have you not heard about the rules changes. It is called the North Riverside rule. Like the designated hitter rule in baseball. The winner is the actual loser and the Loser in more ways then one is the Winner. I will explain, if the score is 5-0 the team with 0 wins. It is the North Riverside rule. It opens up all kinds of possibilities. If a team has to forfeit a game because their name is too long , then the loser wins and the winners losses. It is called the "New North Riverside rule, simple,

Winner?  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 2:44 PM

Really?

WINNER from NORTH RIVERSIDE  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 12:51 PM

AND THE WINNER AND STILL NOT VILLAGE PRESIDENT DUE TO COURT CHALLENGES AND THE "MINORITY" NOT WANTING THE ACTUALLY HIGHEST VOTE GETTER WIN ROCKY DESANTIS, THIS TOWN NEEDS AN ENEMA WATCH VIDEO WAIT FOR COMMERCIAL AND THAT'S THE FACT JACK.ROCKY II TRAINING - YouTube

Michael from North Riverside  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 12:11 AM

SPECIAL ELECTION. Where are the final votes. Nothing on web site. Here we go again.

To No Nonsense NR   

Posted: April 24th, 2013 11:47 PM

No nonsense are you talking Illinois Supreme Court? Has the paperwork been submitted are they waiting hot a response? That should make things interesting....

Nonsense from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 11:43 PM

Hey Nonsense - get over it all the rest of the village has. You'll have a chance to start the same ole same ole again in four years.

No Nonsense from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 10:44 PM

He got next to nothing for all the crap that happened to him. He will not quit. He did what he thought was best for the Village. He stepped aside till all the legal issues are cleared. You made the guy spend tons on money to run for an office that would have been his. The Supreme Court will handle this and we will see where it goes from there. He was the next Village President but the "minority" did not want it that way so they went to court.Everyone knows that. The election was a sham.

To Nonsense  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 8:51 PM

Try learning your facts. Desantis was upped to a SGT. to receive a higher disability pension and yes he received a settlement. This is why he will never say anything bad about the PD. If he wants to come back in 5 years when he officially retires fine. But he will find another excuse to quit again.

New Game from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 8:42 PM

We are going have a lot of winners in this new "game" we play. Goes for Football, Baseball, Hockey, Boxing, Basketball for all sports. We will call it the NORTH RIVERSIDE WIN. How does it work, well the team that is in inferior wins. If the score is 5-3 the team with 5 losses. Now it is going to revolutionize the game. All the losers are winners and all the winners become losers. We will call it like the "designated hitter rule" We will call it the North Riverside rule.If you lose you win, right

NUMBERS from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 8:25 PM

The VIP did the numbers and said we gotta knock this guy off the ballot. So they did everything and anything they could. They then said after they got a judge to "go there way" he is off. When he decided to run as a write in a write in, not on the ballot, they did they numbers again. Went into appeals court and asked them if they can knock him off as write-in court said they lost jurisdiction.Knowing he would win they went back to first judge who had no jurisdiction and he ruled against him.

Nonsense from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 8:13 PM

Did he (Desantis) get several million dollars from the accident and the beating he took. NO. Did he every say he needed punitive and consequential in the millions from the fall he took. NO. He deserves what he gets. He could of been UPPED and got a higher pension like ALL the others do. He did not. Will he be back. WHY NOT. He would have been the top vote getter BY FAR. So is that not how it is supposed to be. Or do you say the minority leader should win?You know they know he would have won big

Floyd from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 7:01 PM

Floyd - Desantis will be back once he OFFICIALLY retires from the police department and starts paying taxes on his income. I don't see that happening anytime soon that's for sure. He just hasn't figured out a way to continue to milk the residents of more tax payers money is all.

Hey Floyd  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 6:40 PM

Try "I'LL BE BACK."

Floyd from North Riverside  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 2:44 PM

In 1956 Floyd Patterson defeated Archie Moore for the Heavyweight Championship. He dodged one fighter for years till they met in the ring. Same as knocking off the ballot or dodging the opponent. We had the same thing here in North Riverside. One man doing his best to knock off his opponent. He finally did but not in the ring in court. Look up history eventually they had to meet (as in this case) and I assure you the same result will occur. The man who was knocked off ballot will win, Desantis.

Fish Response from North Riverside  

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 10:53 AM

You hit it right on the head, with one exception. The majority is with the fish swimming in the opposite direction. Problem is they do not exercise their right to vote. A very small number come out to vote. That is the problem. Things have to change. It takes time for change.

Fish in a barrel   

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 9:43 AM

Shortly after moving to NR it was local election time an older resident of the village told me the residents here are like fish swimming around in a barrel. Everyone is content & happy swimming in circles but soon as one or two fish begin swimming the opposite direction the majority get all upset. Wow he hit the nail on the head on that one!

VIP PUPPETS from North Riverside  

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 7:21 AM

All these caring people out there. Where is "free work here" The residents are not stupid they know the score. Genuine people help out our residents without having to constantly show their work. Stop sounding your horn and let whatever you do speak for itself. Self praise stinks. You are like Elliot Ness grabbing the moment or having a picture of you with a shovel in hand. Do it without the headlines. Without the photo or headline,then you are real. Not a publicity hound which the residents see.

Proud Puppet  

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 11:40 PM

If helping others and supporting VIP people who also help others is wrong, then call me a Puppet also....I know that when the call went out to the public that the VIP was there along with other concerned residents...Not the same can be said for the TAP and H Bob who claimed to care for residents and were NO-SHOWS when it came time....Actions speak louder than your words TAP....Sayonara and don't try to infest our village again while trying to trick residents in believing YOU care.....

Puppets....  

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 11:33 PM

Why do you feel the need to call VIP supporters puppets...You TAP supporters know all to well that if there is need for charity, good work, things around town to be taken care that VIP people are the first to help in any situation, no questions asked, we help our neighbors and fellow residents...Yes the VIP cares about our fellow friends in town...You seem to mock the good deeds done by the good people that overwhelming support VIP...Sadly, you have no idea how much your venom. Offends ALL NR's

Watch out Bob  

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 4:34 PM

Trustee H.Bob- Watch your back. Vips wont be happy till they have all "Vip puppets" back on board.

Wondering from NR  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 11:27 PM

How did they get volunteers for sandbagging? Is it a call list? Or.......what? Did I miss a sign up? It is interesting how some people knew and some didn't... I think in that big of a problem, all hands on deck would help

NR VOTER from North Riverside  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 10:05 PM

You clowns (VIP) were the same ones during the election (the first one not the next one Special Election) saying if you do not like living near the water move away from Forest View Drive and places where water flows. IT was King VIP said that. Now he argues that everyone should help out since VIP did nothing but play the blame game on 2 trustees that had no ability to control anything unless they pushed real hard since they were outnumbered by 4-2 margin.The flooding has always been here,for yrs

NR Voter from North Riverside  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 9:19 PM

Excellent responses regarding H. Bob! He talks a good talk but walks the other way when the flood waters rise. Your right where were the rest of the TAP party when the bags were being filled? They are such community people they all chose to stay in doors and hide. We have two more years of H. Bob's excuses and then we can vote him out.

Good Laugh...  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 7:38 PM

Just saw H Bob's response about what he does...He posts it on his site?...Thanks, next time we need someone to post ideas on their website instead of doing something for the Village, we'll let you know...Posts on his site but not in the Village meetings....That's Pretty productive for a Trustee....Can't wait for next election....

Nice response H Bob...  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 7:33 PM

Thanks for proposing ideas on YOUR site..How does that help the Village?..Perhaps actually doing something other than passing the buck....You can't write a Grant...?...Hmm, seems that anyone can and especially someone who preached about it SHOULD....What do you do for the Village except complain about things you CANT or DIDN'T do???..Tell us which staff is writing your grant?...Fact is no one is or has been asked to do so...Don't blame Village Staff for your incompetence...We work hard, do YOU?

Sad Tap....What a Shame.  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 7:27 PM

As a TAP supporter I thought these guys were for the people...No longer will I be fooled....H Bob talked a mean game about flooding....But not one TAP Party member, especially Soon to be ex-Trustee H Bob, wasn't out filling sandbags with all the other residents and Yes, VIP newly elected and old members were there helping out until all hours....Thanks for nothing, I guess I was only good for my vote and support, but not the other way around...H Bob, Rocco, Annabelle, Marybelle, Luigi and Pete...

NR Voter from North Riverside  

Posted: April 21st, 2013 6:27 PM

H. Bob - sounds like your 15 minutes of fame are up like Rocco's? If you are so concerned about the Village and the residents how come you weren't out helping fill sandbags on Thursday evening? So much for working for the residentson your part. How sad.

We Will figure it out from North Riverside  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 5:31 PM

We will figure out who will pay later. It is on the way. It will be for the people.

SPECIAL ELECTION  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 4:13 PM

Who's going to pay for it?

H. Bob Demopoulos from North Riverside  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 5:58 AM

Open Eyes: I guess you don't pay any attention as well. No longer are we losing money on water sales (as we have been for 20 years). No longer are we losing money on garbage (as we been subsidizing for ages). The Village has done a complete 180 with respect to how we budget and save. Lastly, we treated all employees the same. If one department gets a raise, so does everyone. Pretty fair eh? But it is something that previous Boards could not accomplish...while the current Board did it in 2 years

H. Bob Demopoulos from North Riverside  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 5:51 AM

Whoops: Fact is, you don't pay attention at the meetings and were not present at any committee meetings. First, the notes I turn in are the Water Reclamation meetings that have nothing to do with flooding. Second, I proposed many ideas just read my web page. Third, we have a copy of a mitigation plan from a neighboring town and we'll attempt to pass it. Fourth, a Trustee can be reprimanded for over stepping their bounds. A Trustee does not write grants, he/she directs staff to do it. Get it?

Roger from North Riverside  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 8:32 PM

Can you spell the words S P E C I A L E L E C T I O N coming to your neighborhood.

Whoops  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 7:32 PM

Talk about collecting a paycheck and doing little to show for it. Well you guys have a VM being paid BIG bucks and is in a OJT program. ( on the job traing) with no previous experience. The village is in financial turmoil and the VM is learning as they go. This ain't going to get us out of the red and in to the black. Where's the cash coming from for the Police pension? Hello

Open Eyes...  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 5:21 PM

To Whoops....I have to agree...actually Ive never heard him say a word except when he was back tracking about the Paramedic lawsuits.....Other than that I think it just a break between smokes for him and Rocco...If he's not gonna do anything, why even show up?? They can just direct deposit your Village checks and you can stay home and practice a new campaign slogan and never come through with...Food for thought???...

Whoops....  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 5:17 PM

Fact is, and I still have the literature..H. Bob ran on a platform of working on the flooding problem. Fact..I attend every board meeting and all he does is turns in notes from a meeting he goes to every quarter. Fact..He has never proposed any idea about the flooding or even tried writing for a grant. Fact is, he gets paid to do nothing, not even "voice" an opinion at all..Fact..check all Board meeting minutes..Not one Idea or Solution ever...Now explain who just sits back and gets a check???

Fed Up from NR  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 4:00 PM

@Paul- You should be ashamed of yourself to make the comment that the fire union hard work at their fund raiser was for the TAP party. The funds went to the Wounded Soldiers Project. You should get your facts straight before opening your mouth on a forum.

Are you serious from north riverside  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 3:46 PM

FYI: H Bob being in the voting minority is hard pressed getting anything passed that makes sense that wasn't initiated first by a VIP trustee. So the 2 years you say he spent trying is a legimate attempt to make something happen. Just remember when you try to sell your house to make sure you disclose that the basement floods. Can you say declining real este values.

The election is over.   

Posted: April 19th, 2013 12:27 PM

We are no longer VIP or TAP. We're North Riverside residents. Great job by all last night coming together and helping the town. Now lets move on. If you have questions or problems with something go to a board meeting.

Eman Laerton  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 12:14 PM

All the bickering. Face it. The Krochmal/VIP legacy. Removing anything Scheck may have done. Higher property taxes, higher when they actually deal with the pension problem. So much easier to blame Unions. Am I right? An overpaid VM that rubber stamped a 6 million dollar gimme to Monroe, on the largest empty parcel of land in the W. burbs. No more 4th. And no solutions this decade. The pointing finger game. It's enticing in it's stupidity. Appoint a Monroe partner. The most logical choice.

are you serious from NR Response from North Riverside  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 11:58 AM

Give me a break. H. Bob ran on the promise of fixing the flooding and two years later still no work has been done. Now you open your eyes and see that these are just parts of Mother Nature and can't be prevented fully. Yeah and where was H. Bob last night when the community came together to fill sand bags and help the residents living in flooding areas out? He and his TAP folks were no where to be found. There will be a VIP excuse I'm sure.

Appoint Annibelle  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 11:54 AM

Annibelle Downs is retired and has time to serve the public. Mr. Mayor. How about appointing her as trustee? Food for thought.

The Duke of NR  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 11:49 AM

Duke u have a serious problem man. You need to get out more its 2013 and roads, sewers are getting old. It's called infrastructure! You can't blame TAP for a village sewer system thats probably 50 plus years old and gets to maximum capacity from a light rain. It's old antiquated and should have been addressed by the governing party over the last 20 years. So now whos responsibilty would that be Duke?

ducky1326@yahoo.com  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 11:24 AM

The river has risen to a record level, flooding is occuring NOT just in NR, but all over. Nothing could have prevented any of this flooding. Just glad that the Village personell were able to drop of sandbags, and help with what they could. I heard there were alot of volunteers filling the sandbags. I didnt get to meet you, but thank you.

are you serious from NR  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 10:19 AM

Are you serious? Record amount or rain, Des Plaines river to a record high in riverside. Do you really believe this could be prevented? Both deep tunnels filled. The sewers you'd need are subway tunnels.....

ASKING from NORTH RIVERSIDE  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 9:19 AM

You must understand Bob is 1 trustee not the Mayor not the new mayor or the other trustees. It is the whole groups job to get this under control. Look at the Mayors block (he is still the guy running the show) 19th it is done. You guys need to sandbag that block. Get going on it. Fix the problem, he the Mayor lived there for a lot of years but decided to go to Oak Brook. He and the rest should have done something. I am only raising this because you said it was Bob who did nothing. Schek did zero

Answer to Flooding  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 8:52 AM

He has been on the Board for 4 years, but never served on Streets, Water or Sewer committees. Also, neither he nor any other VIP candidate ever promised Grants or that the flooding would get fixed. Trustee Demo did.

Flooding from North Riverside  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 8:21 AM

H Bob was in for 2 years. What did Hermanek do for the last 4. The water problem has been here who is taking care of it.

Question for trustee Bob  

Posted: April 19th, 2013 12:18 AM

This flooding is everywhere look around. Our finest Trustee Bob said he was going to fix our flooding problems hum two years later still having problems. Don't blame the VIP I don't think they ever gave false hope to the residents like Rocco and Bob did. Now what I did see is a community come together and help others. Some residents basements were under water but they still gave some time to help fill sand bags. Hum didn't see any TAP members out helping the residents. Hum makes ya wonder

M  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 11:34 PM

Seriously many of you grown adults look like children crying over this election still. If you dont like who is president then move!!! NO ONE is making you live here!!!!

Who'll stop the rain.   

Posted: April 18th, 2013 9:41 PM

Since the out going VIP didn't have an answer to the seasonal flooding problem in NR what will the new VIP group do to address this major issue for residents?

Rain from North Riverside  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 8:23 PM

Rain rain go away come back another YEAR.No more.

Paul from North Riverside  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 5:33 PM

They will donate for the SPECIAL ELECTION coming soon.

Paul  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 5:11 PM

I guess the fire union won't need anymore fund raisers for TAP

SO SAD  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 4:38 PM

SO SAD WHAT YOU GUYS DID TO ROCCO. OVER $20K IN LEGAL FEES.

Then Marybelle  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 4:06 PM

Give us someone other than a VIP in good faith.

Ha......  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 3:58 PM

Pete caulific resigned from tHis own Party because he didn't have enough time, now you want him as a Trustee...??...What world do you live in....The guy didn't even campaign for himself in the race, not one house in my area saw him, we couldn't even pick him out on the street if we had to.....I think the town can do better, Thanks, but no thanks....

Nomination  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 2:29 PM

I nominate Pete Culafic for trustee

Seth from North Riverside  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 1:21 PM

Last time I saw the election results, the TAP party lost every slot by almost 2 to 1. Why in the world would you appoint someone, who the voters by a large margin, did not want, to fill an open position. TAP lost, it's over, get over it. Quit making lame excuses.

Good Gesture  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:21 AM

It would show a sign of good gesture if VIP would appoint a TAP person as trustee. Show that you really want to work with the residents.

Who gets the trustee position?  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:05 AM

Don't look for any sign up sheets at the Rec to fill the DeSantis trustee position. Ill bet my diamond studded pinky ring that whom ever is appointed will have a 25 year VIP lapel pin. Im sure RS wants the board back to total VIP domination. That's fair....?

Appoint Bianco  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 8:30 AM

I see Jason Bianco as an appointed trustee.

Why not ?   

Posted: April 17th, 2013 11:21 PM

Why not? at least he knows how to read the election laws. I would vote for him. Not a bad idea Board should consider.

Just wondering  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 11:11 PM

I'm curious to know what his department supporters think about this? Will they continue to make up excuses or finally admit he had an agenda?

Who gets Rocco's DeSantis trustee position?  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 11:01 PM

Will North Riverside resident and VIP Party ally John Beresheim be appointed to the recent vacated trustees position of former trustee Rocco DeSantis? Anybody?

Tunesmith from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 8:30 PM

(to the tune of backbird) I was once a town trustee, now I'm not, turned in my key. Bye bye Rocco. Thought that I could bend the rule, spent some dough, looked like a fool. Bye bye Rocco. Told the folks to put thier faith in me. But they voted VIP. Now I'm gone, packed up my bags, headn' home, readn' mags. Rocco, bye bye.

his words from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 8:07 PM

Let's see........DeSantis said, "being that the courts have ruled the jobs are incompatible. I totally disagree with the ruling." DeSantis said he always believed he would prevail "I felt the ruling would go in my favor," DeSantis said. "I really thought we had a win situation. I really thought the [Tinley Park] case didn't apply." "It was all politically motivated," said DeSantis. "If you don't believe that, I'd like to see the color of the sky in your world.". IT'S OVER GIVE IT UP

mr happy from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 8:00 PM

I wonder how the doners to the TAP party feel. What a waste of money. Now the party leader quits. I'd think twice before someone asks me to donate money to a "shoe-in".

agree eith big al from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 7:50 PM

Couldn't agree more with Big Al. Right on. If you read the article, Mr Desantis STILL does not get it. Couldn't sell it, the people didn't buy it.

Big Al from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 7:42 PM

This is just absurd. The guy loses the election for President a week ago and now steps down as a trustee? He has made a complete joke of the entire town of North Riverside. I find it disturbing that people still write on his behalf.

Rebuttal from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 7:21 PM

Leave Mr. Uphues alone. He just does the news. No Desantis was a shoe in. That is why they did everything to beat him in court. They could not win even up. Why could they, if so why did they not let him run on the ticket. They knew he surprised them in 2011. Had he run now for the first time as President he would have won. They did the plus's and saw no way they could win. So they stuck this on the wall and nobody thought he would be knocked off. He still may run another time.For sure.

life long resident from north riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 7:00 PM

as a life long resident, I've voted in village elections since the late 60's. There have been MANY "shoe-in" candidates, one even a former retired police chief. All of them lost. Why? number of reasons, but I feel that sometimes shoe-in candidates and thier associated parties have personal agendas that affect a select few, and the majority of residents can filter through the fluff and see the real deal; people that will move the village forward, not backward.

mee  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 6:51 PM

So the silliness in the comments begins again...shoulda, coulda, woulda...whatever your views, it's over....let's move on...hey Uphues help NR, shut the comments section down.

Big Boys  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 6:41 PM

Goes to show don't mess with the big boys with large pockets. I guess future possible candidates will be afraid to run in fear of financial ruins from the wrath of the VIP's.

President from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 6:31 PM

He was a shoe in for President. Desantis would have won easily They knew it and that is why they kept plucking away at him in the courts. He had the election won they knew and and elected someone who would have lost by far.The VIP won by default and hung this police thing out there and that is why they won. They beat him up and the residents lost.

Bob from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 6:27 PM

Is Mr Desantis living in another world? Be violated election and Illinois law. He's getting a sergeant's salary at 65% TAX FREE. He's getting his insurance 100% paid for. (FREE) The voters saw through this smoke screen. With both police anf fire unions behind him, could you imagine the salary and benefits that would have been negotiated? (not to mention UNION fire paramedics) Talk about costing the taxpayers money. Glad the VIP's won.

sTAN from North Riverside  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 6:19 PM

Mr Uphues, why in the world do you keep putting a positive spin on this guy? He evidently violated election and Illinois law yet you keep defending his actions? Write the truth for a change. His party (TAP) investigated the VIP's in the same way they did; pulled petitions, looked at voter rolls, etc. and found nothing. All things considered, the residents of Village of North Riverside won this election. We have elected good, qualified people.

Tax free.....  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 5:24 PM

Tell the Truth....Please don't sugar coat this story...The truth is that he collected all his pay and DIDNT HAVE TO PAY TAXEs, like us common residents....He wanted his cake and eat it too...All the time harping about the other candidates...O Yeah, and his tax free Health insurance...All of this paid by YOU.. The residents.....I guess when it comes to money or doing the right thing, WE know where he stands.....I guess he wasn't the MAN of the people after all ???....Hipocrosy at its Best...

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