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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Melrose PD mandatory volunteer work for political campaigns

From the files of Mike Manzo, who ran for village president in 2001:
MELROSE PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT
(official Melrose Park Police letterhead)

TO: ALL ELECTION DAY VOLUNTEERS
FROM: CHIEF VITO R. SCAVO
DATE: MARCH 7, 2001
RE: MANDATORY MEETING

THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2001 AT 7:00 P.M., THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY MEETING HELD AT the MELROSE VISION PARTY HEADQUARTERS, 2405 DIVISION. THE MEETING WILL LAST APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
//sig//Vito R. Scavo
CHIEF VITO R. SCAVO

VRS/jl

1 NORTH BROADWAY * MELROSE PARK * ILLINOIS 60160 * 708-344-8409
“911” FOR EMERGENCY

Who is "jl", the person who prepared this memo for Scavo?

Does it make sense to have a "mandatory" meeting for "volunteers"? Was "volunteering for political work required to be considered for promotion in Melrose Park? To keep one's job?

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5 Comments:

  • It makes me sad to hear these things still happening today- I moved out of Melrose Park over 18 years ago- It was a good place to grow up. I always felt safe- Sadly their was crap happening then if you lived in Melrose Park you knew about it -just didn't talk about it- Sounds like nothings's changed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • jl in scavos letter is his secretary Jojette laino. and yes if you did not work the elections you would have been messed with by scavo.trust me i know

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 AM, July 25, 2007  

  • yes, it does make sense for volunteers to be called for mandatory meetings.

    Volunteer electoral judges have mandatory meetings to learn the electorate/poll process.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:47 AM, July 25, 2007  

  • Election judges get paid, right? So requiring training and the like makes sense.

    Were Melrose Park campaign volunteers provided compensation for their political work?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:03 PM, July 25, 2007  

  • Making sure Serpico won his election was in Scavo's best interest. Scavo would remain employed and his company would land lucrative contracts!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:23 PM, July 25, 2007  

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