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Letter: Tea Party endorses Parker in Kirkland

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We at the DeKalb County of Illinois Tea Party have found it perplexing that our state senator Dave Syverson and our state representative Bob Pritchard, both Republicans, have publicly endorsed Mayor Les Bellah of Kirkland for his re-election bid. Bellah declined to meet with us, but his opponent, businessman Tony Parker did. It seems that Parker subscribes to Republican ideals much more than Bellah does.

During our meeting, Parker revealed to us some issues that Kirkland’s citizens should be concerned about. He had noticed an almost $4,000 discrepancy between what the village said would be the final cost for engineering on the Hortense Street Bridge project, $92,900, and the final bill for $96,670.

Where did that $4,000 go?

Likewise, Parker discovered a serious discrepancy in the purchase of a police car. The approval for the purchase by the city council occured in November 2012, but the actual purchase itself took place two months earlier in September. How is that possible?

Parker also attempted to save the citizens of Kirkland $15,000 a year by pushing for an open bid for waste collection. He found that a competing company was less costly and had higher customer satisfaction than Waste Management. Yet Bellah and the council refused to consider the bidding process and allowed Waste Management to continue its monopoly unchallenged.

We presented Parker with a questionaire and have found him to be a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility, much more than Bellah. Therefore we feel that Senator Syverson and Representative Pritchard should reconsider their endorsement.

Ted McCarron


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