Riverside Township GOP names 2013 slate

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By Bob Uphues


It looks as if the Riverside Township Regular Republican Organization will keep its stranglehold on the Riverside Township Board of Trustees for the next four years.

The organization is again running a full slate of candidates — all of them incumbents — while the township's Democratic organization once again is sitting out the election, which will take place on April 9, 2013.

Local Republicans held their caucus on Dec. 4 and voted to slate Richard Tuscher for township supervisor; Liane Blauw for clerk; Fran Sitkiewicz for assessor; and Matthew Decosola, John Ertler, A. Wayne Gieseman and Ann Dynako Kubiczky as trustees.

In November, Riverside Township Democratic Committeeman John Allegretti told the Landmark he was not actively seeking to put together a slate of candidates for township board.

Tuscher has been Riverside Township supervisor since he was appointed to the post in 2007, replacing Pat Pavlich, who resigned.

He was elected to his first full term as supervisor in 2009, running unopposed along with a slate identical to the one the party has decided to run in 2012.

Tuscher has been on the township board since 1997, when he and his colleagues, Ertler, Gieseman and Kubiczky, ran as part of a Republican slate that swept into office that year.

Decosola and Blauw were elected to their posts in 2009. In addition to running to retain his seat on the Riverside Township board, Decosola is also running for one of three trustee seats up for grabs in North Riverside next April.

Veteran township observers may not realize that no one will be running for the post of township collector in 2013.

Last summer the Illinois General Assembly voted to abolish the post of collector in counties where the population exceeds 2 million residents. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure in July.

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Joe B from Riverside  

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 5:56 PM

Starting this January the township board meetings will be televised by riverside's cable commission. The funding for this broadcast is being underwritten by the township. This board voted unanimously to allocate funds for the broadcast. They should be comended for their interest in open government.

Honesty from Riverside  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 5:55 PM

Perhaps - the school board meetings should be televised too - maybe we could get a better idea of how things are done in District 96. Let's get everyone aware of how our elected officials perform their duties.

Fran Sitkiewicz from Riverside  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 5:21 PM

I think it's great that the meetings will be televised. The meetings are always on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. They have been for years. This schedule is posted at Township Hall and on their website. I do not know why this is so inconvenient. Have you ever been to a meeting? It would be great to see more residents at these meetings.

Steve Goodman  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 3:32 PM

The Riverside cable channel is going to start televising the township board meetings soon. The board didn't like the idea, because generally they hold their meetings at inconvenient times ,so no one from the public shows up. Maybe if some residents see how easy it is to make an extra 6 grand a year, they will run for township trustee. The town(not township) of Riverside board members are unpaid I believe, which is more common in small municipalities.

fact check please  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 1:18 PM

Check out your facts! The trustees on the Riverside Township Board make $5,925 a year.

Brookfield board members same from brookfield  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 12:31 PM

Sounds like Riverside board members are incohoots with the Brookfield board members too getting nothing done and getting paid for it. Sad that the manager over here got a raise to $143K a year what a waste of our tax money there wish I can make 143K and get all things paid by others. No ration or reason for all this too.

Just wonderin from Riverside  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 12:17 PM

Steve, How much are these board members paid?

Had no idea  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 8:31 AM

I had no idea that these board members are paid. How much?

Steve Goodman  

Posted: December 21st, 2012 6:12 AM

How many people in this town realize that these township board members are paid a nice wage to sit around and collect your tax dollars, while doing basically nothing? When is the last time you heard of these people tackling a problem or initiating a project to help this township? They also have a huge budget surplus they don't ever mention if possible. It's time to eliminate this outdated level of government.

Elephant Walk  

Posted: December 18th, 2012 10:39 PM

There is a GOP in Riverside? Since when?

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