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Going forward or just political favors?

Is giving away half a million bucks to Dana Molded Plastics  a good thing for Carpentersville’s taxpayers? OR, is it a risky venture for the taxpaying families of Carpentersville?

Why didn’t the Carpentersville Village Board spread the TIF money over 7-8 years, instead of handing all the cash  to Dana Molded Plastics in one year? What other goodies did this firm receive?

It will take at least 7-8 years for the taxpayers to get their money back. Did we also waive the sewer and water hook-up fees too?

Who really benefits from this deal? Was this deal your typical political favor?


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 Carpentersville’s Village President Ed Ritter

claims Americans and their children as LAZY and if all the illegal aliens left the State of Arizona they would go BANKRUPT.

Check out these following links:
American workers compared to all other Industrialized Countries are not only putting in the longest hours, but are also the most productive. This includes Japan too!
Mr. Ritter, who happens to be a School Teacher for District 300, would of lambasted and gave the student an “F”, if  his student would of made the same claims that he made in his classroom.

Why? For making such a ridiculous claim, without providing proof. Yet, Mr. Ritter went ahead and lambasted an audience for bringing up the subject of illegal aliens and how they have badly affected their neighborhood and taken jobs away from Americans. Mr. Ritter then went on a rant about how LAZY Americans are.  For someone like Ed Ritter who has a job as a District 300 Teacher, it’s very apparent that he has lost all sense of what REAL AMERICANS do for a living. OR, what they make per hour, benefits, retirement packages, vacation time, the time they put in per year, sick days and the wear and tear of working REAL jobs. Your average AMERICAN would be extremely lucky to have half as much time off as your average District 300 Teacher. AND, they would be happier than pigs in mud,

 if they had anywhere close to the benefits and retirement plans that Teachers have.

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I went to the Town Hall Meeting at Carpentersville’s Village Hall last Wednesday on June 16th. Not only was I shocked by what Village President Ed Ritter was saying, but everyone else who attended.
First of all, I’d like to thank State Representitive Keith Farnham 

for coming to Carpentersville and hearing our complaints and wishes for not only Carpentersville, but for all of Illinois. Of course, a lot of the conversation had to do with the huge budget crisis that Illinois is facing and the taxes that are being raised on the struggling families who live in Carpentersville. Village President Ed Ritter asked Mr. Farnham, “Why can’t Illinois just cut spending 5% across the board?”

Well Mr. Ritter, I ask you this, “Why can’t Carpentersville cut it’s spending 5% across the board?”
Mr. Ritter also gave Mr. Farnham a funny look when he said he supported the reform of the Teachers Pension Plan, which is growing uncontrollable and is a big reason why Illinois is facing huge deficits in it’s pension liabilities.
Well Mr. Ritter you think it’s easy when others have to make cuts in spending, as long it doesn’t concern the Teacher Pensions and Carpentersville’s bloated budget and spending spree. Your concern for Carpentersville’s Village employees comfort and well being is duly noted by your urgency to build a new Public Works Building. Damn the recession with falling revenues, foreclosures and crumbling infrastructures. We’ll tax and tax and tax and find fees to pay for Public Works Director Bob Cole’s grand vision of a Taj Mahal for his employees. But enough of the bitching of raising taxes and fees on the struggling families in Carpentersville.
What’s truly disturbing was this, Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter

proclaimed Americans as LAZY and so are their children! What made Mr. Ritter say something so horrible and UN-AMERICAN? Well, as usual, when you have Carpentersville’s eastside residents together in one room, the subject of illegal aliens comes up. A resident asked what can be done with a revolving door of illegal aliens who live next door to him. He stated that at least 9 Hispanics live there on a rotating basis, with loud music and cars constantly coming and going. Other residents chimed in, including Trustee Judy Sigwalt about the effects of illegal aliens on Carpentersville and elsewhere. Village President Ed Ritter had enough of all this finger-pointing and blaming illegal aliens, so he decided to reprimand the audience, sort of like in School when a teacher feels that his students are starting to get carried away. Here’s where it gets kind of scary, sort of like when your a kid and a teacher uses his/her position to intimidate and shames you into being silent.

Mr. Ritter starts going on a rant, a rant that most Carpentersville residents haven’t heard, since Bill Sarto was Village President.

He first said that Americans [We all believed he meant Caucasians] would rather be on unemployment than work. He further stated that Americans don’t want to work for 12 dollars an hour. This made several people to yell SHAME! A resident behind me said what 12 dollar an hour jobs? Maybe 9 dollar an hour jobs! Mr. Ritter then came up with an example, he told us that his 24 year old daughter has a friend who never held a job in her life! Then he continued ranting about how he read a study that if the State of Arizona was able to get rid of their 400,000 illegal aliens, that Arizona would become BANKRUPT! AND he continued with another diatribe that we should be careful for what we wish for! Oh my Mr. Ritter, Carpentersville would probably go BANKRUPT, if Carpentersville loses it’s illegal aliens too. Tell you what Mr. Ritter, why don’t we raise a new flag at Village Hall.


This way we can start attracting more illegal aliens to Carpentersville. AND, we’ll get rid of the rest of those lazy and pesky Americans who reside on the eastside!

Hmmmm, doesn’t it make you wonder what Mr. Ritter think of his lazy Caucasian students and their parents? He should really go back to the eastside of Carpentersville and teach there, since those lazy Caucasian students only make up a small minority there. He’ll find teaching not only easier, but more fulfilling. After all he won’t be wasting his precious time with lazy Caucasian children who make up the majority of his students now on the westside.
Yes Mr. Ritter, you can help your students raise the Flag of the true hard workers in America! With out the illegal aliens we would go bankrupt!


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This is a e-mail sent to me recently and I want to share it with my fellow AMERICANS.



 One Light Bulb at a Time
A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American…
 Good idea… . One light bulb at a time . . . .
 Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking…
 In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let’s get behind her!
 My grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now… I do not buy it any more.
 My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico … now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything… This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, “Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats –
 they were the same except for the price…  The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in
 a company in Cleveland, Ohio.
 So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here…
 So on to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets .. .. . Yep, you guessed it, bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using
 for years and at almost half the price!
 My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
 If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!
 (We should have awakened a decade ago …)
 Let’s get with the program . …. Help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U. S. A …
 I Passed this on ……… will you ???????

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Humpfer going back to Court, for what reason?

Paul is going back to Court again, should he continue in politics and try to clear his name? Should he concentrate being a good parent?

Knowing not only Paul, but his immediate family I believe he should do what’s best for his children. Quit politics Paul, it’s the only right thing to do.

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Carpentersville’s Moral Compass?!?!


Village Board May, 2009

Why is it that Carpentersville’s Village Board continues it’s anti-business practices at the detriment to not only businesses that are trying to survive in these tough economic times, but to our taxpayers who’ll have to pay more in taxes for the grandiose plans of a multi-million dollar palace for Public Works employees.

The Village decided about four years ago to create a new paying position called Economic Development/Special Projects Coordinator. Has this position, which was to attract and help new businesses to move to Carpentersville helped any? So, now Carpentersville Village Board is creating another committee to do what? Attract more business? Help businesses to communicate with the Village Board? Cut red tape?

I’m sorry for being a skeptic, but  this Village Board and those in the past have done everything to stop businesses from either locating here in our village or to be competitive with surrounding communities. Besides, the empty storefronts and foreclosures are increasing.

Heres some examples of the hypocrisy of our, oh, so moral Village Board. For years we’ve had Village Presidents and Trustees who opposed the selling of liquor in the morning, even though some surrounding communities were selling at a much earlier time. This hurt local businesses, but our trustees wanted to play the “moral card.” During those dark days of the Boettger administration which Judy Sigwalt  was also a trustee, they decided to raise the sales tax. AND this was done after Judy Sigwalt was elected on a promise to not raise taxes.

During the Sarto administration with the help of Ed Ritter, the Village Board raised gas taxes, at the detriment of the Gas Stations in Carpentersville. Now many residents of Carpentersville would rather go to East Dundee or other communities where the gas is cheaper. I just hope Carpentersville’s BP Gas Station can survive against East Dundee’s Thorton Gas Station, just kiddie corner from it.

Also, during the Sarto administration, the Village had a great opportunity to have a new business located on the west side of town. The Hookah Lounge which is an absolute hit and nice revenue source for Schaumburg, wanted to open another Hookah Lounge in Carpentersville. With their great food, wi-fi stations for Internet  Service and with a very nice atmosphere for College students and young professionals to hang out. This was definitely going to be something new and exotic for people from Carpentersville and the surrounding communities to visit and spend their money. BUT, due to the influence of the Midwest Minutemen and others [Paul Humpfer and Judy Sigwalt] who had xenophobic attitudes about anything that hinted of Muslim and/or Arab cultures decided to STOP this revenue source that Carpentersville so sorely needs.

AND, now we have the Village Board and their “moral compass” attacking and trying to deny our Restaurants and Bars with liquor licenses an opportunity to compete with other businesses in the surrounding communities. I’m talking about “Video Poker Machines.” Once again at the detriment of local businesses and Carpentersville taxpayers, our Village Board had brought out their ”moral compass” and is trying to permanently BAN this revenue source. Will our local businesses suffer from competition across Carpentersville’s border with others? Could they fail?

Why in the heck is our Village Board in the “morality business” anyway? Do they think that they have been given a God given right to dictate morality to businesses and paying customers of said establishments? OR, do they think that THEY have the right  to gamble on the future of Carpentersville’s finances?


This present Village Board has already skimmed 1.3 million dollars as a “poison pill” to place the new PALACE for our Public Works Building on the fast track. This same building is now already over a million dollars over-budget and we haven’t even dug a hole yet. The entire costs, including the poison pill will eventual cost the struggling families of Carpentersville more than 14 million dollars. Just watch as the costs start to climb as this Village Board, Bob Cole and Staff want to include all the bells and whistles to turn this new garage into a PALACE.

YES, our “tax and spenders” are in a rush to build a monument for Public Works employees, even if it means we have to raise taxes and fees to pay for it. YET, they shun new revenue sources that could help our fiscal deficits that we’ll be facing this year and next.


We need to stop being a “moral compass” and attract new revenue sources. This Village Board and those in the past have shown that they wont think outside the box  in these tough economic times. Where is this Village Board going? Are they going to cut services to its residents? God forbid, if this Village Board or  Staff is going to cut Village employees. Nope, they’ll raise your taxes, fees and cut services. Oh wait they did make a crucial cut to save our finances, they eliminated our FOURTH  Of JULY FIREWORKS! BRAVO! You guys saved a whole $7500, whippie! Great job Parks Committee.

Tell you what, why don’t our Trustees and Village President give up their Carpentersville’s salary for only two months to show how patriotic they are and apply it to the Forth of July Fireworks? This would amount to over $7500, with extra cash for other activities around that time. This way Carpentersville’s families can go to Carpenters Park and enjoy our Independence  and way of life. BUT, I’m sure our Village President and Trustees can’t be asked to sacrifice their earnings for something so dear to all of us.


Nope, this Village Board, with the help of Staff will ask the families and businesses of Carpentersville to sacrifice for the “tax and spend” policies. They after all have the “moral compass” and know what’s good for us, no matter what the financial pain the taxpayers and businesses have to endure.

Now if this Village Board would want to use their  “moral authority” to crack down on under-age smoking, I’ll go along.


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Police hand over TITLE from Paul Humpfer!


Gloria Van Cleave has finally received her vehicle TITLE yesterday at around 3:20pm. The Secretary of State Police delivered said TITLE  from Paul Humpfer.

It’s too bad that Mrs. Van Cleave had to call the Illinois State Police to force the issue with Mr. Humpfer. This issue eventually fell to the office of the Secretary of State Police office.

The Court date of January 29, 2010 still stands though for Paul Humpfer.

What goes on in the cranium of Mr. Humpfer? Why did he allow all this drama to unfold?

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Paul Humpfer’s New Book out!

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He removes the “trust” from trustee.

At tonight’s Village Board Meeting, Gloria Van Cleave raised the topic of a Trustee on Carpentersville Village Board, who owed her a TITLE, during “public comment.”. She said how can anyone “trust” a Trustee, who has with-held a TITLE from her for over two years.
Mrs. Van Cleave did hand the Village Clerk a couple of copies of the “Bill of Sale” contract that Trustee Paul Humpfer signed on June 20, 2007.
As mentioned before He has consistantly lied about the status of the TITLE.
Now he lies to the Illinois State Police and the Secretary of State Office. He told the Investigator from the State Police, that Gloria never attempted to call or get a hold of him concerning the TITLE. More LIES! Yes and he also told the investigator that there’s a 18 month “statue of limitations” on this crime he committed.
AND, we trust this creep who is Chairman of the Finance Committee? This guy can’t even straighten out his own finances, let alone trying to stall a senior citizen with excuses and LIES from knowing the “TRUTH” of said TITLE.


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