Brookfield trustee hopeful not aligned with Russ

'I have my own political philosophy,' says Gribben

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By Bob Uphues


Daniel Gribben, who has filed to run for Brookfield trustee next April, wants to make one thing abundantly clear:

He is not connected politically with anyone running for office in Brookfield.

"I am not aligned with either group," said Gribben. "I have my own political philosophy."

Gribben objected to an article published in the Landmark on Dec. 19, which stated he was aligned with Bill Russ, the former VIP Party chairman who is running as an independent for village president.

While admitting that Russ, indeed, helped him collect signatures and put together the petitions, he said that's where his connection with Russ ends.

"For you to say I'm politically aligned with him is incorrect," Gribben said.

Gribben turned to Russ for help after having had his nominating petitions disqualified by a PEP Party-dominated electoral board in 2011. At that time, said Gribben, Russ offered his help if Gribben ever decided to run in the future.

"I learned my lesson," said Gribben about his 2011 experience getting tossed off the ballot.

Gribben took Russ up on his offer. Russ offered people to help Gribben circulate petitions and afforded him the services of the same notary public.

Asked if he'll be campaigning with Russ, Gribben said he wouldn't discourage any candidate or political organization from endorsing him.

"If they think I'm a good candidate, I'm not going to tell them not to," said Gribben. "If PEP wants to put up a sign for me, that's fine. If Bill [Russ] does, that's fine. But our political views are different."

Gribben noted that he did not go to Russ' fundraiser on Dec. 10.

"It's just incorrect to assume that I'm one of his followers or have the same philosophy, which I don't."

Asked how he understood his relationship with Gribben, Russ replied in an email, "I will help anyone who wants to run for office in Brookfield. … Dan is his own man and has his own ideas."

A third independent candidate for trustee, Mitch Mierop, also shared resources with Russ and Gribben with respect to nominating petitions. Mierop's ties with Russ, however, are much closer.

Mierop was also a VIP Party member and ran for trustee on a slate alongside Russ in 2005. Russ' name also appears as the person who registered a new website touting Mierop's candidacy for trustee through on Nov. 7.


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R. Phaeton Lemmington from Brookfield  

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 8:57 AM

Huzzah I say for all the posters who have correctly posited their stories concerning the dastardly Hollinger. Had we been rid of that cur prior to his ruination of our fair hamlet, how different things would be now.

Fuss Over Russ from Brookfield  

Posted: December 31st, 2012 9:57 AM

Dr X- Why are you put out with practicality? Ever use a pay toliet or do you do it in public when one has to go? Bill thought of the town residents and the blue boy was avialable to all for use only exception for a small fee. It's purpose was to avoid watering of the flowers in the event the lines were long at the park facilities. Happy New Year and the up coming political year is certain to bring change with it. God Bless the USA and Bill Russ.

DR X.  

Posted: December 30th, 2012 12:13 PM

Fuss over Russ, Back during Bill's administration his open door policy went far. During Brookfest that policy consisted of a port of potty stored on his property for his guest of his own private party. Can you imagine how his neighbor felt. Especially when that door opened. Guess you just were not welcomed in his home. That the great treatment he felt residents required. Go due your business by my neighbors garage.

Fuss Over Russ from Brookfield  

Posted: December 28th, 2012 10:57 PM

John; you are totally correct and that is exactly my point and time is now to get Big Bill back into office. Greenie; Mr. Russ runs a transparent office and has an open door policy. I know that he will listen and might even consider the cold patch and tar program.


Posted: December 28th, 2012 3:43 PM

Greenie:and what's your point:Holding a dead man responsible for 35 year old streets?What is it you're hoping to get out of dead people and old administrations?No matter who you support in the upcoming election,it makes little sense to live in the past.1 things certain,Brookfields going no where with the current 1/2 wits running the village.

For A Greener Tomorrow II from Brookfield  

Posted: December 28th, 2012 1:36 PM

John you ever try brand flalkes and geritol. The combination might even loosen your constipated brain. I know Brookfield very well and certainly know the officials who are responsible for the deteriorated roads in town. I still remember the village meetings that were hotly contested way back then when they were held at the old village hall. I was in favor of cold patch technology with annual crack tarring in liue of concrete roads. As it turns after years of weathering I was correct.

DR. X  

Posted: December 28th, 2012 11:29 AM

Comments from Brookfield blogger only tells me two things VIP still has some support and secondly Russ is hoping that being a third party running for president splits the vote for he can slither in. Hopefully he soon will be making his agenda known. Then we can remind residents of past history.

Fuss Over Russ from Brookfield  

Posted: December 28th, 2012 9:46 AM

Greenie I agree if John is correct by his assumption of Phil. Road beds normally carry a 100 year warranty when properly designed. The road in front of my home is in dire shape and requires total replacement. Shame to see that it only lasted 35 years. To much water was used in the mix or it was a hot load.


Posted: December 27th, 2012 5:30 PM

Greenie:if you're referring to Phil Hollinger,that was 35 years ago.Chronic drug use has clearly affected your ability keep track of time and be objective.Its 2012,not that it means anything to a junkie like yourself.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 2:25 PM

fuss over russ never said that things were bad when he was president in fact i was a major backer and thought the village was doing good. but all the years of the pep administration with there retreads anf now him losing the last 5 elections i think his supporters should take a hint and back new thinking because pep/vip thinking is back in the 20th century.

brookfielder from brookfield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 2:09 PM

Greener day--- Who or what is PH day and who is Phil???

For a Greener Tomorrow II from Brookfield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 1:45 PM

I agree with the comment made by Fuss for Russ. I too have agrued with the staled mind attackers on this website over new libraries, cleaner parks, and wind turbine technology. Who cares about his name on the trucks or over crumbling roads that were poorly construted during the PH day. Phil cronie hired who pored inferior cement and we all now pay for these past sins.

say wha? from Brookfield, IL  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 1:28 PM

Yes I want Bill Russ back as our Village President too so we can have his name splattered on all of the village vehicles. Who cares about fixing them streets or adding more business down Odgen Ave. We need our village president's name all over the place!

Fuss Over Russ from Brookfield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 1:21 PM

Mark sounds like sour grapes and that you are full of vinegar. Brookfield was booming during the Russ era and since then has been in a death sprial. We are sick and tired of griping about the progressive changes earmarked and slated for our community. Take a chill pill and the next train out of town please!!!!!!

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 10:20 AM

fuss over russ sounds like you two are dumb and dumber

Fuss Over Russ from Brookefield  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 9:39 AM

Retread???? Sand in your face??? I along with others are glad that Bill is throwing his hat back in the ring. Brookfield was prosperous during his time in office. Bill you can count on my vote come April.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 5:02 PM

could not agree more Dr. x we need new people not the same old retreads.


Posted: December 26th, 2012 11:18 AM

Good luck on your run. Smart move to keep former Village President at arms length away. You would think that after losing 5 strait elections in a row he would have understood by now that the people have spoken. Apparently some people like having sand kicked in their face. Once again, good luck, new candidates and fresh blood is what this community need.

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