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Proviso Probe

Saturday, October 29, 2005

MEDIA, Karen Yarbrough on Bryant's show? [7th Rep]

I've been told State Representative Karen Yarbrough was tenatively scheduled to be today's guest on Arnie Bryant's show, on WJJG 1530 AM from 2-3 PM. You can call in at (708) 493-1530.

What would you ask Yarbrough?


  • 1. Will she sponsor legislation to increase the negative consequences for filing a bad faith defamation suit?

    2. Will she sponsor legislation to create a periodic audit of the Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission?

    3. Will she sponsor legislation to remove the power for local ethics committees to fine complainants?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:43 AM, October 29, 2005  

  • The Site Meter says Proviso Probe has broken 2000 visitors.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:45 AM, October 29, 2005  

  • Remember the house rules.

    No posting as "anonymous". You have to come up with some sort of pseudonym to post under.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:24 PM, October 29, 2005  

  • I don't agree with Yarbrough's smoking ban.

    She says it's about local control. I suspect it's about anti-smoking people getting their way.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:16 PM, October 29, 2005  

  • What's it going to take for Dems to back universal health care?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:17 PM, October 29, 2005  

  • I got somewhat annoyed at Yarbrough implying the top problem facing schools is funding.

    District 209 has plenty of money by any reasonable measure but gets crappy results.

    The top problem facing Proviso Township High Schools is not that affluent communities won't support a tax swap. The money is available it's being misspent.

    For Yarbrough to say that regular folk need to go to board meetings sounds like she's dodging responsibility. I've been going to meetings. I let people know what's going on.

    You know who I haven't seen at any board meetings? Rep. Yarbrough.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:25 PM, October 29, 2005  

  • Carl,
    Thanks for calling in on the Bryant show. In reference to your inquiries:

    On the Clean-Air Act or "Local Control" issue. Please refrain from calling it a "smoking ban". This law allows for local Mayors and council members to have hearings in their municipalities to decide policy concerning public smoking. (If they wish) The can do nothing at all if they wish and many will choose to do just that.
    The issue here is about leveling the playing field to allow for all municipalities to have the same opportunities concerning public smoking not just the 21 that were preempted in 1989.

    I agree with you that in the case of school district 209 they are funded per student at a higher level than in some areas their problem maybe a case of "miss-spending." But, I still hold that the elected officials at that level need to be held accountable by tax-payers. School officials stand for elections and are voted in by the registered voters of Proviso. These officials boast that they are sent by thousands to represent their interest at this level. They also indicate that the majority of voters are "happy" with their actions and that there are only a few loud "malcontents" that are unhappy because they continue to get elected.
    Now, either that representation is true or the electorate needs to look more closely at the ballot. I hate to sound like a broken record Carl but, "Bad politicians are elected by good people who do not vote."

    There are however a good number of Proviso people who's "eyes have been opened" to the blatent going ons at District 209 in particular. They are raising their voices and being heard. I applaud their activism and feel that they are on the right track. The power is in their hands and they feel it.

    On Universal Health Care. The All Kids proposal is a great step in the direction of Universal Health care. This governor has continued to make great strides in addressing Illinois health care needs. Kid Care, Family Care and now All Kids!

    On School Board Meetings etal:
    I go to very few school board, village board or township meetings unless I am requested to come for a particular issue. I have a very busy schedule taking care of my state responsibilites, committee assignment meetings, special legislative hearings and responding to constituient issues which many times take me not only back and forth to Springfield but also to other venues throughout the state.
    I however, have good relationships with the schools in my district and am but a phone call away.

    Again, thanks for your inquiries and congratulations on your blog. I hear from constituients that want to post but don't really understand "how to." "Blogging" is not one of my strong suits however, one of my collegues, Rep. John Fritchey, has a blog and shares some great info. He has indicated that it "labor-intensive."

    For the novice though, could you give a "lesson" on how to become a blogger on your site? I'll bet you'll get to 5,000 visitors quicker!

    By Anonymous Rep. Karen Yarbrough, at 6:25 PM, October 29, 2005  

  • Thank you Rep Yarbrough,

    Surely the hostage situation in which your constituents find themselves can/should be addressed at the legislative level.

    Why shouldn't schools be subject to periodic review by the taxpayers who pay the freight? School Board elections do not address the failure of District 209, or promise any resolution for the future.

    Referenda after referenda have failed in 209 without consequence. Revenues continue to rise and the money continues to be mis-spent.

    It should not be a threat to good school districts to have their standing re-affirmed by the voters, but it would be a blessing to the voters in districts like 209 to have an opportunity to banish the politics and non-education related shenanigans that we endure.

    The deck is currently stacked in 209's favor. You mentioned a level playing field for smoking. Why not one for education?

    By Anonymous watcher, at 11:56 AM, October 31, 2005  

  • Yarbrough was just awful on the Arnie Bryant show! It appears that she has no understanding of her community and does not care either!It appears as if she has been watching to much "oprah shows", instead of being out in the community to find out the real problems.Her discussion of "the voters are responsible for the mess at 209", is true, but as an elected official she has a responsibility to stand up for the taxpayers when they are being fleeced byEugene Moore and Chris Welch! She never did anything against them, until they threatened her and her cushy job in Springfield!Her discussion about a smoking ban, was commendable in Oak Park, but not for Proviso politics! Hello Karen, you live in Maywood where 3/4 of the people are unemployed, high school drop outs, heavy drug users and heavy gang influence, and all you can talk about your achomplisments are trying to have a smoking ban? You must be on Mars?No wonder Moore and Welch have been robbing the school district blind for years, and will probably continue to do so!This race between Welch and Yarbrough is a race of who is the lesser evil! Karen is the lesser evil, because she does not care about anytrhing but her pension and free offices. To bad Welch is so corrupt, I think if he put his goals to do the right thing he would be the best stae rep. in Illinois, but his heart is in doing harm wioth Moore and Bruno!Hey, Karen, start campigning , go out to the streets, walk the streets, have the community join you and your organization, have your office be inclusive and hire people from your community! Meet with all the people,as well as those outside your district, wake up and work to get re-elected, because if you don't you'll get your lunch handed to you!

    By Anonymous Giving Karen Coffee, at 8:58 PM, October 31, 2005  

  • Giving Karen Coffee's comment was right on the money. You are absolutely right, Yarbrough did nothing to stop Welch while he was running a muck in Proviso Township for less than five years. Maybe, this race between the two will show who really cares about the children of Provisio Township. The voters need to stand up to politicans that are only concerned with their own agendas. However, I still have hope for Yarbrough; I think when she begins to talk to the people of Proviso Township and hear their cries about District #209 and other issues she will do something about it. Yarbrough and Proviso Township needs to WAKE UP!
    Yarbrough Please help!

    By Blogger daTruthHurts, at 8:31 PM, November 01, 2005  

  • Will You Refuse to Take Money from Anthony Bruno and will you Return the money you have recieved from him in the past or maybe will you donate it to Katrina Hurricane Relief?

    By Anonymous Just Wondering, at 9:40 PM, November 01, 2005  

  • karen yarbrough should be ashamed of herself. she has done nothing for maywood, and all she wants to do is talk about a smoking ban. no wonder maywood is the murder capital of the world. i don't care much for her or welch, but i would vote for him over her any day.

    By Anonymous i wear a brace, at 5:46 PM, November 04, 2005  

  • Please, are you nuts? A man deaf, blind, and in a vegetable state would not vote for Welch. Yarbrough anyday before Welch. Let's keep it real now! I would vote for Devil's son-in-law before Welch.

    By Blogger datruthhurts, at 12:41 AM, November 05, 2005  

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