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Proviso Probe

Saturday, December 02, 2006

KLEPT, Calderone wants the lawyers paid or no one gets paid [FP]

At 10:00 AM on Monday, December 4, the Village of Forest Park will hold a special meeting of the board of commissioners. The meeting will vote on the bills that were left unpaid after the last meeting.

At the regular meeting Commissioners Patrick Doolin and Terri Steinbach voted to pass all but a few line items of the package, which included over 200 bills. Commissioner Tim Gilliam was absent and Mayor Tony Calderone and Commissioner Mark Hosty refused to approve any of the bills unless the bills connected to the law firms Giglio & Del Galdo and Hervas, Condon & Bersani were approved. See Forest Park Review (Josh Adams).

The Giglio & Del Galdo bills were part of the village’s plan to acquire eight properties for parking and a police substation. (Does Forest Park need a police substation?) According to Doolin the scope of this land acquisition was more aggressive than he had been led to believe. So he and Steinbach were caught off guard by the large number of properties.

Further Doolin questioned why the legal work was done by Giglio & Del Galdo instead of the law firm Forest Park has on retainer, Storino, Romello & Durkin. Giglio & Delgaldo is closely associated with Ron Serpico, political boss and Melrose Park Village President. The firm tried to get District 209’s legal business recently.

Hervas, Condon and Bersani represents disbarred attorney Anthony Bruno, who is under investigation by the feds for corruption and was the contractor for the Forest Park water project.

Doolin also thought the $1,500 bills for each appraisal were too high. Doolin, a realtor, said a thorough appraisal should cost $250-500 and a drive-by appraisal—presumably the homeowners did not grant access—should cost $50-150.

I will re-iterate my theory that municipal law firms are money laundering operations protected by attorney-client privilege. Law firms get paid now so they can fill their coffers to make contributions for the spring elections.


  • Hey defaming Carl Nyberg is back spewing his bullshit once again.

    Can't get a fact straight if he tried. Never has never will.

    We feel sorry for you Carl that your true inhibitions have come to light and we can see thru you.

    By Anonymous simmons, at 2:06 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • simmons, who have I defamed? How?

    Or are you just engaging in namecalling?

    I'm curious. What do you think my "true inhibtions" are?

    I don't go naked on the street?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:35 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • Austin Zimmer is a young attorney who works for Giglio & Delgado. He moved into Forest Park a little more than a year ago and was immediately placed on the Zoning Board. Giglio & Delgado is a Westchester law firm that represents Melrose Park and their mayor, Ron Serpico. This law firm stands to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for work done on these condemnation proceedings.

    If you think I’m wrong, think back three years to Calderone’s attempted take over of the U-Haul property. He lost and that cost the taxpayers nearly $500,000 in legal fees.

    By Anonymous Skippy, at 11:25 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • Austin Zimmer focuses his practice on state and federal litigation representing individuals, corporations, and governmental bodies. Furthermore, Mr. Zimmer counsels private and public clients on developing practices and procedures in an effort to avoid litigation. For his governmental clients, Mr. Zimmer advises on day-to-day issues involving building violations, code enforcement, and police issues.

    Mr. Zimmer is a seasoned and experienced trial attorney. Before joining Giglio and Del Galdo, LLP, Mr. Zimmer was employed as an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. During his time as an Assistant State's Attorney, Mr. Zimmer gained extensive litigation experience. He conducted over 100 bench trials and several jury trials. Mr. Zimmer successfully prosecuted several DUI fatality cases and countless Class X felonies. Before leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Mr. Zimmer was assigned to the Special Prosecutions Unit, where he successfully prosecuted some of largest narcotics cases in Cook County.
    At Giglio & Del Galdo, LLP, Mr. Zimmer has continued his commitment to public service and is actively defending municipalities and their police officers from a variety of lawsuits. Furthermore, Mr. Zimmer routinely represents a governmental unit as a municipal prosecutor.

    Areas of Experience
    Governmental Affairs
    Municipal Prosecutions
    Significant Representations

    - DePaul University College of Law, Law Review, Member 2000-2001

    - J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2001
    - B.S., Arizona State University, 1998

    - Illinois
    - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General Bar
    - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar

    For additional information on the Firm and/or for client references, please contact Joseph M. Giglio and/or Michael T. Del Galdo.
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    By Anonymous Yikes, at 11:45 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • Doolin is going to be required to report Nyberg's work as an "in-kind" campaign contribution when he files his campaign finance disclosure report. Otherwise a complain will be filed, and the State Board of Elections will have to levy heavy fines against Doolin and Nyberg for violating election laws. We are a village of law and rules, after all. Or does that only apply to other people?

    By Anonymous interested, at 6:49 AM, December 03, 2006  

  • Hey Skippy $500,000.00 in legal fee's are you Nyberg in dress.

    Another person who can't get their facts straight.

    By Anonymous Sofa King, at 10:10 AM, December 03, 2006  

  • Seems the real point is that Doolin was able to prevent the Village from paying all of its bills because he couldn't get his way on a few. That is one irresponsible and reckless individual.

    By Anonymous huh, at 7:05 AM, December 04, 2006  

  • What do you expect from looser Doolin, hey it's election time he needs to find a way to make a splash. What a goof, want's to place the village in jepordy.

    By Anonymous Hieman, at 1:18 PM, December 04, 2006  

  • Yah. Forest Park now may have to lay off workers, they will be sued by the minorities that the cops beat regularly, they will have a who's who of indicted or soon to be indicted vendors, money will be laundered through various illegal means, un-qualified people will be hired as heads of departments and spend money like the idiots they are, and the whole place will be in chaos. Errh, wait a minute, that is actually Calderones record.

    By Anonymous Now That's What I'm Talkin' 'bout, at 9:57 PM, December 06, 2006  

  • That's what I'm talking about, Doolin loosing all the way.

    Hurray for Forest Park to rid itself of that one time looser Doolin once and for all.

    By Anonymous Jesus, at 8:45 PM, December 07, 2006  

  • Doolin wants a one person rule, god help us if he was elected, this gut would be the most brutal person on earth.

    Doolin is flippant rude and a complete idiot

    By Anonymous Sara, at 8:31 AM, December 08, 2006  

  • Nyberg, what does Hervas' bill have to do with Anthony Bruno? Hervas represents our police & fire commission and that's what the bills are for. This is where your journalistic ethics show their true nature. You twist things to try to make the story look a certain way. That's completely wrong and you put it out there falsely. If you want to talk about facts, use them, don't twist things around to deceive, it's not right.

    By Anonymous Katherine J. Adams, at 12:11 PM, December 08, 2006  

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