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Due to President Obama being re-elected, Carpentersville man [who demands anonymity] has bought a round of beer for all the patrons at a local tavern.

This gentleman says that he’ll now be able to get health insurance without being denied for a pre-existing condition.


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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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City Stickers Unenforceable?

— On Fri, 8/13/10, Ed Ritter <ilcarplincrit@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Ed Ritter <ilcarplincrit@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Cars with NO stickers still visible.. more than 3/4 houses, on any given street
To: “Harley Chick” <harleychick754@yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, August 13, 2010, 11:59 PM

Hi,Our police work hard to enforce all laws, but they are never 100% successful in enforcing any particular law, although they don’t stop trying. The police have an entire year to write tickets for stickers sold this spring. It is much more reasonable to expect them to write 100 tickets a month for 12 months than 1200 tickets in one month. Our force has to prioritize their work and take the most serious offenses first and then fill in the rest as time permits. Please allow them to use the full year they have to work on these tickets.We have also found that writing the tickets does not mean that people will comply. We are looking at ways to force these people to both buy their stickers and pay their fines. Within a few months we plan to pass an ordinance that allows either booting or towing for those who ignore tickets.I understand that citizens who follow the rules can be frustrated by those who don’t, but we cannot give up in our quest to have a safe and orderly society.Ed Ritter

— On Thu, 8/12/10, Harley Chick <harleychick754@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Harley Chick <harleychick754@yahoo.com>
Subject: Cars with NO stickers still visible.. more than 3/4 houses, on any given street
To: ERitter@vil.carpentersville.il.us
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 12:23 PM

Hello, me again..
 Just to say that writing down all the houses/addresses with no city stickers would go thru all the ink in a package of Bic pens.. many are parked.. some even in the street at very early hours.. neighbor`s RED truck is still in the driveway with NO sticker.. would seem to me that a slow steady drive down ANY street would show that most cars are sticker-less… some even having last years.. which is a no brainer that this car is a C`ville car.. middle of August and same cars.. same trucks, same houses… no stickers.. I think next year they should be banned.. so that those that actually pay for them can then save hard earned money also. This is not an enforceable ordinance.. so why have it? Very unfair..


Harley Chick

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Go after the deadbeats!

Me again.. Just driving up and down the streets in the Indian Section of Carpentersville.. We spotted at least 90% or more cars either did NOT have a current city sticker.. some had NO stickers at all.. what is going on? Why is it fair to those who actually purchase these things? We are not on public aid, do not get food stamps, do not live in Habitat for Humanity houses.. nor are we on section 8. For some reason, WE purchase our “ must have“ stickers.. abide by the rules… and it really burns me as well as other residents that this issue is still not addressed. If WE can see that cars parked IN the street all day and then IN the driveway at night do NOT have stickers, how is this “ issue“ not corrected? I know for a fact that friends of mine have been targeted.. and every one of their cars is stickered, licensed and insured.. what is going on? It seems to me that the only people who are actually purchasing these things are the ones who have done so in the past… again.. WE as Carpentersville residents..are NOT too happy with the lack of enforcement on this and many other issues.. not directing this at one board member, just sending it to all. Seems that when something like this goes on, it is a slap in the face to those of us who have purchased them all along.. like I said, when I first moved out here, cops were stationed at all exits..not that hard.. they checked.. I was impressed.. thought that was great.. now at least 90% of the cars/trucks etc, that are clearly LOCAL.. are not forced to purchase these.. refunding the money paid by those who have paid for years would make a nice down payment on a new house in a different neighborhood.. again..another issue that could and would cut down on the neglected vehicles.. and the parking of cars all over the property.. yet nothing is done.. thanks again for a job well done.. ha ha..

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Deaf Ears at Village Hall

Hi everyone,
 I am just wondering why Carpentersville, can`t seem to find the time to monitor and cite those who are in flagrant disregard of village ordinances?

 So many vehicles have NO city stickers. Most have none.. and the ones I can see from just driving by, are still PINK.. how is that not noticeable? I have sent letters, contacted board members.. only four people connected with village issues have responded to any of my emails. I voted for Ed.. he has NEVER once replied to any of my emails..regarding city issues.

 Why have an email address accessible to the residents if no replies will be sent? I find it very sad that with the village in such financial disrepair, the streets in horrible condition, that the revenue generated by city stickers is not enforced. I have lived here for over 20 years.

 This town WAS a nice place to live. Not so anymore. When the first thing  you encounter on Helm and 25 is an obstacle course to avoid potholes,  it is not a good “ plus“ for moving here. So many homes with obvious code violations and nothing is done. These issues have been noticeable from the street. I get no response from the village..none.. Just a shame..  a real shame.

I also have had a not so friendly neighbor for about 15 years now. HIS tree has now grown up to my fence.. he refuses to do anything about it. Any ideas? We have huge trees here, and to me, he needs to take care of it. I have a chain link fence and this tree will also block access to my back yard. It is within inches of touching MY gutter on my garage.. if anybody has any ideas.. please contact me. I do not want any more issues with this person, but for 15 years I have raked and raked, cleaned up branches.. etc, all the while this tree gets bigger and bigger. It is now ready to do damage to my actual property, IE fence and garage gutter.

 Help.. if you know of a solution.. thanks..

Harley Chick


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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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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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Sigwalt wanted a casino, but not video poker?

Here’s the typical flip-flopping of Trustee Judy Sigwalt. She proclaimed a couple of years ago, she wanted an Indian Casino in Carpentersville. Now she’s against a revenue source from video poker?

First she’s against the Public Works Building, as recently as the last election in April of 09, and now she’s for it.

It’s basically has to do with petty politics. After all our last Village President Bill Sarto was against any Indian Casino, so Judy had to go the other way. The same thing happened when Bill Sarto was for the new Public Works Building. She was against that wasteful spending, since we couldn’t afford it at the time. Now she flip-flopped with Sarto gone. Now she proclaimes that we need to build a new PALACE for Bob Cole’s employees. Doesn’t matter does it, that we are drowning in debt in Carpentersville today.

Not everyone pulling lever on casino in Carpentersville
By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 12/8/2007 12:19 AM
Carpentersville Trustee Judy Sigwalt says the village needs to find unique ways to compete with surrounding municipalities for coveted tax revenue.

So, the senior trustee has asked the village staff to research the possibility of bringing a land-based tribal casino to Randall Road, on a 50-acre parcel just north of Huntley Road.

But casino experts and village officials warn local economies do not always benefit when a casino opens — there are no big tax advantages, and restaurants and such on Indian land often steal customers from established businesses.

Furthermore, they say the steps required to open a tribal gaming site would be lengthy and laborious since the land — known as the Heinkel property — is farmland and not a designated Indian reservation.

Sigwalt said the proposal arose after she learned Hoffman Estates rejected an American Indian tribe’s request to open a casino there.

In 2004, Ho-Chunk Nation officials shut the door on building a casino on a 125-acre site at the Northwest Tollway and Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates.

At that time, Hoffman Estates Village President Bill McLeod said the proposal hadn’t gone far before residents and some neighboring towns opposed the plan.

Pingree Grove officials in the same year invested about $17,000 to determine if an Indian casino was a viable option for that village. Plans did not progress beyond unofficial talks.

Sigwalt said a casino could bring many benefits to Carpentersville.

“Other towns around us have basically used all of the creative ways to develop economically, so we have to be extremely creative,” she said. “There’s not many options left. This would be creative and a good revenue stream for the village.”

But bringing a tribal casino to Carpentersville would be a “very involved process,” said Gary Garrison, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Garrison said the first step involves finding an out-of-state tribe to purchase the land, since there are no federally recognized tribes in Illinois and just three off-reservation casinos across the country, including one in Wisconsin.

Once a tribe purchases the land and places it in a trust, Garrison said, the governor must approve a gaming compact authorizing the tribe to operate a gaming venue. The deal must then seek approval of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

William Thompson, a professor of public administration at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, said a casino actually could hurt the village’s economy if the proposal moves forward.

Indian-owned casinos and resorts do not pay local, state or federal taxes.

“A casino is going to draw money out of the pockets of the local businesses,” said Thompson, who has studied the economic impact of casinos on communities in Illinois. “It is quite likely the casino will have restaurants and buffets. People are not going to walk across a parking lot and across the street to eat at a local restaurant.”

Village President Bill Sarto also questioned the rationale of opening a casino less than 10 miles from Elgin’s Grand Victoria, the most successful of the state’s nine licensed riverboat gaming sites.

“Why would the governor approve a casino that is in direct competition with a state-licensed riverboat just down the road?” Sarto said. “It makes no sense. It is not beneficial to the community.”


Judy doesn’t have any real plans for Carpentersville. Just look how she took control of the Parks Committee, she first favored the return of the Fourth Of  July Fireworks at Carpenter Park. Now she’s so concerned about our financial problems she and others decided to eliminate the HUGE costs of the fireworks. Yes, a whopping $7500!

Yes, Judy Sigwalt needs that $7500 to help pay off over 14 million dollars for the new Public Works Palace!

And now, apparently we don’t need any extra revenue from Video Poker machines.                                                   

Does Judy need a psychological exam? Does she just follow Paul Humpfer’s orders? The same guy who gave all sorts of excuses and LIES about a vehicle TITLE that took 2 years and 6 months to hand over to one of his victims?


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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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