Elmhurst Weekly: A New Vision of Elmhurst

Elmhurst Weekly: Alderman Mark Mulliner's Views on Issues Important to Elmhurst

The City Manager type of municipal structure is a form of government designed to vest day-to-day decision making in that person, not the mayor. The City Manager form is the system of local government that combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed and hired professional city manager. This type of local government establishes a representative system where governing power is concentrated in the elected aldermen and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services on a day-to-day basis. For years that approach worked well.

As a city, more recently we've found out what happens when a person tries to exert more power than he actually has as mayor. The mayor has an important role, for sure. Now that voters spoke so clearly against the dual elected office concept, we can choose a new leader with a new vision. 

So what Elmhurst needs in a new mayor is someone who understands and respects the limits of the office of mayor and thrives in that role. Mayors in city manager communities are key political leaders and policy developers. In the case of the city council, the mayor is responsible for soliciting citizen views in forming these policies and interpreting them to the public. It takes a leader of particular skill and sensitivity to bring all the sides together. It takes a leader that respects the limits of governing power. I am that type of leader.

Elmhurst needs someone like me who is going to reach out and be a coalition builder, not someone who is pushing an undisclosed agenda. Elmhurst needs a person that will help our new city manager to perform his duties in that professional role.

Urgently, we need someone who will work for all our residents to get things done. I will bring people together. We need someone who will push an agenda that is inclusive of all the stakeholders here in Elmhurst, not just the few. At the end of the day, we need a problem solver, a coalition builder. And more than anything else, we need to return honesty and integrity to Elmhurst city government!  As your mayor, I am committed to make that happen and I have key proposals that I will bring within the first 100 days of my administration. Read more about those at www.mullliner4mayor.com

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TJ February 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
A new vision for Elmhurst? Says the longest serving Alderman on the Council... A coalition builder, when not one of the other Alderman on the Council is supporting him? Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the spin zone.
Elm Forest February 04, 2013 at 02:56 PM
TJ, why would anyone be elected and re-elected? I don't think Alderman Mulliner is concerned about the coalition of Alderman and he isn't addressing that as I read it. I guess you are? But really I don't know why? Then you probably don't like checks and balances in city government. You know the mice will play when the cat is away. We don't need to continue what we had in the last guy that occupied the office. It takes a disciplined individual to not be a power grabber. Is it possible the Aldermen want more of the pie of power and they see a Mayor Mulliner as someone who will limit them and himself? I'm sure I'm not the only Elmhurst resident that is tired of having my taxes continuing to escalate. Some of these Aldermen would vote to spend our tax dollars on an underpass at York and Prairie Path? Yes, Federal and State moneys would go into it but "Hello" both are broke and who is flipping the bill? Citizens hold the invoice for payment. Is it possible the Alderman don't want to hear the word" "No"? Alderman Mulliner is the guy that will speak with integrity and not follow the herd. The others like the comfort of a group. You know, don't rock the boat and certainly don't limit your own power for the sake of our “Community, State or Country”. I know Mark has always been the one that will speak up. He has been the lone voice, time and time again, like opposing the dual office holding. All the while, the other Aldermen nod their heads and sip their coffee.
MJ Rogers February 04, 2013 at 03:28 PM
@TJ so what if an independent thinker like Mulliner is willing to work to bring people together? That is not spin. So far the handful of Aldermen that make side decisions in secret led by Morley has not impressed many here in Elmhurst. I believe may agree with this sentiment...... "Elmhurst needs in a new mayor is someone who understands and respects the limits of the office of mayor and thrives in that role" Several are absolutely convinced seeing how Alderman Morley rammed through the TIF 4 discussions leaving the schools and other in town with absolutely no voice shows he is not able to understand the limits of mayoral power. He did DiCianni's bidding blindly. And Morely is STILL DOING DICIANNI's bidding today! Elmhurst business can't thrive during another four years of the same old same old.
Voice of Reason February 04, 2013 at 04:24 PM
yeah, wow ... this tj person really has a spur in his/her saddle for Mulliner. kind of makes you wonder. he/she makes lots of accusations, but doesn't seem to be able to back them up with facts. like on his blog 2 weeks ago, she reamed Mulliner for claiming that the park/city/school cmte was new; then he/she/tj blasted a park commissioner, but never could come up with old 'meeting minutes' to prove him wrong. he/she says "Bob - the Committee DID exist, it just never met, or hardly ever met". So which was it tj ? was it a phantom cmte that "existed" but never met ? or did it meet once, but you cannot find the meeting minutes. perhaps since you are such a knowledge former insider, you should just do a foia for those minutes. but ahh ..small problem there; to do a foia, you would have to come out of the weeds; and disclose your identity. what do you think Doremus ? who is this tj person ? I know it's not you because you usually make plausible claims. maybe tj is in fact a secret mulliner mole trying to make him look good by being so incredibly petty.
fittnessfanatic February 04, 2013 at 04:50 PM
TJ, you must lead a really unhappy life. Look at the big picture what is best for elmhurst, Mulliner is looking to the future, elmhurst is a great place to live. Let the right people do their job, as stated the Manager run the day to day ops, mayor and council stay out of the day to day business. It has not happened this way the past few years, and maybe Mulliner is a total stand up honest guy, and does the right thing, and does not "follow the crowd" like some do Yes there are reasons people continue to get reelected, they are doing their job, the mayor before this last short stint joke got elected 4 times and would have been 5 if he had won.
Ian Graham February 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Mulliner and Morley are both two solid candidates for mayor, and ultimately this race comes down to these two. Elmhurst is fortunate to have these two running as both are reasonable men, and have demonstrated a desire to return this office back to a respectable position. Although I like Mulliner, I was disappointed to see his performance several weeks ago with the Darlene Heslop situation, and his attempt to recuse himself. If you can't take a stand against the nut job Heslop, what kind of leadership does that show? Ms. Gutenkauf comes off as a mean, negative person and not a leader. She will not be relevant in this race as she projects nothing but anger. The good news is Alderman Pezza has decided not to seek re-election. Hopefully her successor is committed to working for solutions with the Ciy Council and City Staff, unlike Ms. Pezza who seemed to be always looking for problems.
Elmvoter February 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Mulliner is the only solid candidate for Mayor because of his experience at the City, his independence and integrity. He won't get into situations he shouldn't (the Heslop/Wagner objection) and won't abuse the "power" of the Mayor as the ex did.
fittnessfanatic February 05, 2013 at 04:47 AM
@ Ian graham. Mulliner did the right thing on recusing himself on the heslop thing. It was a 7th ward issue of which he is a current alderman now. Heslop is the only one who should disappoint anyone for what she did. Mulliner has integrity transparency and honesty. He is solid for not only our 7th ward but for the city of Elmhurst
Ian Graham February 05, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Don't confuse integrity, transparency and honesty with a lack of leadership skills. He is a good guy, but honestly, grow a pair and take a position. Considering his long tenure on the council, he should be able to provide an unbiased opinion, regardless if this was his ward or not. I was disappointed in how he handled the situation and it makes me question his ability to make a tough decision should he become mayor.
Cara Konnel February 07, 2013 at 02:11 AM
What would you have done?
Voice of Reason February 07, 2013 at 02:58 PM
@ Ian: you make very fair points; however, keep in mind that the ballot challenge was a legal proceeding, not a committee meeting or a city council meeting. in other words, legal proceedings are supposed to be fair, impartial, beyond reproach: they are not the time or place "to take a stand against nut jobs". A judge's job is not to be a "leader"; it is to follow the law, and your conscience. imo, it was a close call. however, you have to respect someone who does something unusual here in elmhurst: which is to actually admit that he or she cannot view something with an open mind. and this is something that plagues Elmhurst. we have all these people who serve on multiple boards - the biggest culprit being those that serve on the board of our over-leveraged hospital, while sitting on the zoning & planning commission (which is a court in some respects). Mulliner's stand on reforming the Liquor Commission is refreshing as well. He doesn't want the Mayor to be the judge of whether liquor establishments have violated our laws. imagine that... not wanting to judge bar owners who might also donate to political campaigns. if mulliner has an old fashioned sense of ethics, it will be a welcome change to the just departed guy who followed the money.. just ask the bar owner of Pints, or 100 South, whether they were ever pressured by our former mayor.
walter z February 09, 2013 at 12:28 AM
don't close this city only for native germen,,, Norway Swedish and Italian people .. open this close circus for other,,, and be open meind American like people who wrote constitution
fittnessfanatic February 09, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Walter z what the heck are you talking about?
Angry woman running for Mayor February 09, 2013 at 03:55 PM
@Walter z is making perfect sense to me, I will name him Minister of Communications in my cabinet. #shutupandvote


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