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Magnificent Deception

March 3, 2012

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by Jed Skillman

Deception, n.: The act of deceiving. Fraud.

Those behind the move to divide Winfield voters into six “districts” are running an ad claiming that “Winfield politicians are not listening to us”.

This statement is a masterpiece of political deception.  It is technically “true” only as far as it goes.  Fact is, it is really only a “half” truth.  Since the subject is politicians “not listening” let’s look at a couple real examples.

We have all heard the recent complaints of residents north of the hospital who were not listened to regarding zoning issues and the construction of an out-of-code sign in their neighborhood.  Just a few weeks earlier the residents on Beecher Avenue were not listened to either. Their entire block was re-zoned from their residential neighborhood into the Town Center business district. Also not listened to were the District 34 School Board and the Winfield Plan Commission, which […]

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Vote “No” On Districting – Protect Our Right To Vote for All Trustees!

March 1, 2012

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by Jed Skillman

On January 19th Trustee Tim Allen succeeded in legally preventing the Village of Winfield from publishing vital information concerning his upcoming referendum.  Appearing on the March 20th ballot is Tim Allen’s proposal to divide voters into six separate districts.

With his official information black-out firmly in place, Trustee Allen is asking residents to go ahead and take his word for it and vote in favor of something about which he has prevented them from learning basic facts.  Would any reasonable citizen buy a house, an insurance policy, a used car under these circumstances?

But, instead of facts Trustee Tim Allen has given voters a big dose of ranting – which can be seen here and here – against the civic group Winfield United for a Better Community, and against […]

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Tim Allen Fails To Have State of Illinois Shut Down the Winfield Register

February 25, 2012

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by Jed Skillman

On the morning of February 22nd, the State Board of Elections heard arguments relating to such weighty matters as a major labor union seriously under reporting donations; a Chicago Alderman accused of not filing campaign reports and a dispute between pro life/pro abortion groups…then they got to the matter of “Allen v. Zegel,” a frivolously filed time-waster.

Besides threatening what amounts to a boycott of businesses that advertise in The Winfield Register, Winfield Trustee Tim Allen also filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections in an attempt to get the State of Illinois to shut down The Register or attach fines or regulatory costs that would make publication prohibitively expensive. Trustee Allen claimed […]

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Uncovering Winfield 411

November 17, 2011

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by Steve Romanelli

We generally would not acknowledge the negative blog site Winfield 411, but there have been some recent developments worth noting. The first is that finally there is someone who will now take credit for owning or at least managing the site and that is current Village of Winfield Trustee Tim Allen. Anyone who may have any issues with items that are posted there can take that up with him. Congratulations Mr. Allen, you now have complete control of your beloved website. Second and of noteworthy comment […]

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Does Winfield Need Voter Districts? Don’t Be Fooled

November 1, 2011

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by Jed Skillman

The question of changing our Village electoral system seems to have popped up.  We should wonder why this now seems to be a concern.

In a well-functioning democracy voters choose their representatives.  Things go bad when representatives attempt to choose their voters. […]

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Voss is Prone to Misinform

October 7, 2011

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Winfield’s riverwalk project has become a hot topic in local political circles as of late. Some have seized the opportunity to confuse the public about the project, giving false numbers and projections on the project. In recent days, some of the “Kill the Riverwalk” advocates have gone too far. […]

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