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Monthly archives for April, 2015

Edwards House move clears crucial hurdle

 

DOWNERS GROVE – The next step toward saving the historic Edwards House has been made, as a space can be prepared where the house can be moved.

On Wednesday, the Downers Grove Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a height variance that would allow John Tillotson to change his house at 743 Maple Ave. into an accessory structure.

Tillotson has previously said the variance would make it possible to move the Edwards House from its existing location at 942 Maple Ave. to his property.

The Edwards House is in jeopardy because a condominium developer has plans to build a structure at the historic home’s current site. Community members have come together in an effort to save the house, a process that has been ongoing several months.

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Downers Grove Watch Calls For Loftus Resignation From Library Board

Meet Dan Loftus, Appointed Downers Grove Library Trustee and proclaimed President of the rogue organization Downers Grove Community Advocates.

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Mr. Loftus was an integral part of an election campaign that sought to secure a power grab of the Downers Grove Village Council that had been in the works for years.  The final push to complete the process was to install Commissioner Geoff Neustadt at the helm as Mayor where they could rubber stamp projects and policies that included a $52 million dollar municipal building plan and the demolition of historic homes to make way for in-town condominiums. The act of indifference to Village residents and taxpayers was a clear indication of the political aspirations of a few, at the expense of the many, with absolute control.

As president of the “Advocates”, an organization claiming impartiality, he preemptively placed signs in his yard for his chosen candidate, as did other advocate members, long before their “endorsement” interview process began and then criticized the incumbent Mayor for not participating. This disregard for honest process was purposeful with the intention of promoting a chosen slate, one that was thankfully voted down unanimously by Downers Grove residents.

In his final plea to voters, Mr. Loftus formed a letter denouncing the opposition as “political, divisive, condescending and exclusionary”, yet, the Advocates endorsement process, led by Mr. Loftus as President,  is depicted by those adjectives discernibly in his letter.

To that end we question Mr. Loftus’ role in representing Village residents as a Library Trustee, in public service, and the conflict of interest it portends with his direct involvement and offensive activity within the Advocates organization.

Dan Loftus should resign from the library board.

Downers Grove Voters Transform Village Council

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The Downers Grove Watch would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Martin Tully on his successful reelection bid for Mayor and welcome three new commissioners Bill White, Gina Vattimo, and William Waldack to the Village Council.

We look forward to your cooperation and collaboration on the many issues that face the Village going forward and are quite confident that this cohesive group is up to the task.

Downers Grove Watch Places Ad in Suburban Life Newspaper

The Downers Grove Watch placed an advertisement in the West Suburban Life newspaper to draw awareness to the group.

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