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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

MEDIA, what article is important to you?

Proviso Township has a number of weekly newspapers that arrive on Wednesday. What articles struck you as important? Why?

* Forest Park Review
* Maywood Herald
* Melrose Park Herald
* Riverside/Brookfield Landmark
* Suburban Life
* West Proviso Herald
* West Suburban Journal (arrives Thursday)
* Westchester Herald

Also, this last weekend the Forest Park Post arrived. It's not available online, but did anything in the Post catch your attention?

14 Comments:

  • I thought the Maywood drug sting story was interesting.

    19th & St. Charles at 4 PM on a Friday.

    When was the last time Bellwood ran a drug sting?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:37 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Bellwood hasn't had an effective police department for 6 years. That's what happens when police departments get too political: the public suffers.

    And are they ever paying the price in Bellwood - which was once a nice, safe town. Too bad they don't have a good paper out there that reports any news of the outrages committed by Pasquale and his cronies.

    By Anonymous Dump Pasquale, at 11:45 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Last week a couple people were ragging on Pioneer Press (Maywood Herald, MP Herald, West Proviso Herald and Westchester Herald).

    Basically, I think Pioneer Press is pretty decent. If I'm looking for background on something a couple years ago, there are pretty good odds Pioneer Press covered it.

    But sometimes there's something missing in Pioneer Press coverage. I'm not sure what it is, but here's a guess.

    Take the story on Broadview losing its fire protection contract with Hines VA. The Maywood Herald has the facts of the current situation, but the story doesn't do much to explain the context.

    Maybe, I'm offbase in my criticism, but there's obviously something about Pioneer Press that isnt' "hitting the spot" for people.

    And from my point of view Pioneer Press does a good job covering the essentials. The local coverage could be much worse.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:59 AM, September 13, 2006  

  • Was this the first issue of the Forest Park Post without a Mike Sturino column in awhile?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:00 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • In the FP Post Mayor Tony Calderone announced a couple parties he's hosting.

    I recommend Forest Park residents attend Calderone's party. He does an excellent job at hosting parties.

    But there's more to being mayor than throwing the best parties in town.

    I sometimes say that if Forest Park were a fraternity--phi pi--I'd be first in line to nominate Calderone to be president of the frat. I think he'd be really good at it.

    However, there are other factors that determine how good or bad a mayor he is.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:06 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • FP Post (Mary Win Connor) had an article titled "Blogging".

    Most blogs also have a message board of sorts where readers can comment on the content of the blog. Needless to say, on the political blogs this can lead to some interesting entries. Because the world-wide web really has no politicing system it's not unusual to see comments calling the blogger of his subject names that normally would not be used in polite conversation.

    Blogs are popular for a number of practical reasons. They are not subject to the restrictions of other media and they readily accept feedback and encourage lively debate without having to go to commercial break. While the entries are not always of the greatest literary quality, between the narrative and the pictures the reader gets the full impact of the story being told.

    MWC concludes with:

    However, a good rule of thumb when reading a blog is to consider the source. Just because it's in print doesn't mean it's true.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:15 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • I was just reading about the Richard Bryant situation and the magnet school problems in the Forest Park Review.


    Both situations are extremely fishy and garner a further and in-depth discussion about leadership, responsibility and accountability at District 209.

    I find it highly illogical for the school board president, Chris Welch, to have no knowledge of the current PMSA fiascos. This is beyond irresponsible and borders on incompetence with all blame to be attributed to the District 209 leader, President Welch.

    We can ill-afford this type of leadership while continuing to disregard Welch’s formula for disaster. Yes, poor planning is a formula for disaster that Welch knows all too well.

    We cannot fail to recognize the top heavy and salary heavy administration (most have salaries that are above the budget) that has been employed due to Welch and his majority board.

    It is beyond comprehension that this PMSA fiasco wasn’t noticed until Stan Fields gained the Superintendent post. Fields is not that good and Welch is not that dumb!

    As with everything else at District 209, the full story is always disguised by smoke and mirrors when it comes to Welch and being upfront with the citizens of our community.

    I have no confidence in Chris Welch and his leadership capabilities. Welch’s resignation and departure from all things related to District 209 is a must!

    By Anonymous the absence of leadership, at 12:18 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • I concur with the statment from The Absence From Leadership. Welch needs to resign! He should just quit before the indictments are handed out.

    By Blogger welch_is_an_ass, at 1:28 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • Get rid of having an outside PR firm and save the district at least $100,000. It's a start!!!

    By Anonymous forest park citizen, at 3:41 PM, September 13, 2006  

  • To dump Pasquale:

    Is your beef about "not having a good paper out there?" real? Explain what a "good" newspaper is?

    When they had that sorry 3-pager local newspaper paper---- it was a sad excuse for a paper with all the typos and inaccurate information. And then, because the editor could not "hold up" the village or the Mayor for ransome (ads) they flew the coop.

    As a Bellwood resident, I know that Pasquale has been a good Mayor. He delivers on stuff that we care about and will not be rebuffed by outsiders.

    By Anonymous Bellwoodian, at 12:23 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • Wait a minute.

    Per the Forest Park Review, fingers are being pointed at Phyllistine Murphy, regarding the issues surrounding PMSA.

    My question is, why hasn't anyone mentioned the CEO Robert Libka? This gentleman is the Cheif Education Officer for District 209, is he not also responsible for the situation at PMSA?

    Robert Libka, a Chris Welch campaign contributer, commands a salary of $150,000, that's $25,000 more than Murphy, yet what has he done to deserve his over-budget salary?

    Chris Welch's presidential leadership is laughable; all the while making a total and complete mockery of the Illinois educational system.

    As a leader, you don't point fingers in the press to take the heat off yourself.

    A real leader is accountable, not oblivious.

    A real leader addresses problem areas and works on solutions, not sweep them under the rug with hopes they don't get noticed.

    A real leader is respected, not tolerated.

    A real leader is not Chris Welch!
    Welch's focus is on a higher office and political advancement.

    There is no room for actual educational progress on his agenda...it's not personally profitable.

    As a community, we need to have pride and be able to hold our heads high and prosper.

    Chris Welch cannot continue to profit off the pain of our community. Welch must resign and vacate District 209 with haste!

    By Anonymous profiting from pain, at 11:10 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • PMSA Watcher says: Interestin editorial in the Forest Park Review. I always had the opinion that PMSA would bankrupt the district. PMSA is talking about fundraisers to keep the school open? What bothers me is that now the other two schools will be hurting for money too just to keep this school with 250 students open? It doesn't seem fair. I think the reason PMSA didn't have teachers in the beginning is because they couldn't afford them. What's going to happen next yearwhen they again have to hire new teachers?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • ha ha, bellwoodian...you are funny!

    pasquale already lets bellwood get run by outsiders - namely bruno, serpico, and mccampbell.

    they're bleeding that town dry and the suckers who elect him will be left holding the bag when they're through.

    bellwood, you're a chump if you really believe what you wrote.

    By Anonymous dump pasquale, at 9:17 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • Are you talking about Bellwood or Forest Park? Because Forest Park's dis-honorable Tony Calderone brought the same group of "consultants" to our town to rape and pillage the taxpayers money. Is there a pattern developing here or what?

    By Anonymous dump calderone, at 10:00 PM, September 18, 2006  

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