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Mayor-for-a-Day Student Gets Interesting Lesson in Government at Monday's City Council Meeting

Aldermanic outbursts likely more memorable than what was ultimately approved.

The issue was appointments to two city committees, but based on the anger that flared, one might have thought the City Council on Monday was talking about more emotional matters.

Seventh Ward Alderman Mark Mulliner pulled two appointments to the Zoning and Planning Commission and one appointment to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation from the council's consent agenda. He said he wanted to postpone them until the next council was seated in May.

A barrage of motions and points-of-order flew across the dais as aldermen debated how long the appointments could be postponed and whose interpretation of Robert's Rules of Order was the ultimate authority.

Seventh Ward Alderman Patrick Wagner asked 1st Ward Alderman Diane Gutenkauf, one of the motion-makers, a question. When Mayor Pete DiCianni asked her to respond, Gutenkauf did not like the way he addressed her.

“Do you always have to be so snippy?” she asked the mayor.

When Wagner interrupted Gutenkauf's reply to his question, Gutenkauf raised her voice and told him to “shut up” so she could finish her answer.

Sitting next to DiCianni was Sheila Evans of York High School, the winner of the Mayor for a Day contest sponsored by Character Counts.

The appointments were ultimately approved.

Steve October 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Are the comments made from this article alone or from opinions made by being at the meeting?
RobertAWilson October 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The mayor is a bully and a blowhard who still can't run a meeting. He's clearly out of his league.
Cronan October 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Oh the irony! ...Mayor for a Day contest sponsored by Character Counts.
Bill Angel October 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
@Peggy Surratt, you left one very important factor out. Peter DiCianni personally ran the entire Aldermanic campaign for Dean O'Brian. All the printing, mailing and consulting was done for free. Neither O'Brien nor DiCianni graphics or Win Marketing reported to the state board of elections the in-kind contributions that was well over $7500. I don't know Mr. Brinkmeier, but if Mr. Brinkmeier wants to stay on...he needs to make a politcal contribution. Rember Blago? Rezko?
Darlene Heslop October 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
peggy..., i spoke with alderman mulliner when the "news" first broke regarding the appointment of mr. o'brien to the zoning board to replace mr. brinkmeier. this occurred a few weeks ago. i told him at the time that this reminded me soooo much of the fiasco surrounding the replacement on the library board of long time member david dyer...who...was replaced by someone who has since resigned after just over a year, mind you. i told alderman mulliner that mr. brinkmeier was ESSENTIAL. to the zoning board and was irreplaceable...he is a man of impecable reputation, a pillar in the community...and was being replaced because he isn't into playing pete's little games. per alderman mulliner, last night appearantly, caving to pressure from what were once "hiz guyz", who received calls in support of alan brinkmeier remaining on the zoning board...dicianni pulled the recommendation of mr. o'brien. all of your facts are indeed correct and verifiable if anyone bothered to check facts here in elmurst...which appearantly...you get crucified if you rely on them instead of mere opinion... .
kk October 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Yes, a fine example of our American statesmen at work.
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Jo Richards October 18, 2012 at 08:21 AM
(sp) emperor
Bob Santini October 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM
there's a rumor going around that one of the mayor's cronies on the zoning commission will be resigning soon based on some financial troubles

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