Country Club Hills, IL ~The truth be told that despite all of its good, there has always been at least one alderman, Steven Burris, shouting that the mayor’s behind the scene tactics were just not right. The stability, tranquility, and beauty of Country Club Hills has led to its being labeled as the jewel of the south suburban region by many south and far south suburban mayors, presidents, and managers and, perhaps, rightfully so. Because of the eloquence, cleanliness, and other fine things within the city his voice went unheard. One can look near and far and Country Club Hills is a shining star among the rest.
As it has turned out the mayor has become a little too relaxed and overzealous, and is continously embarrassing the town a bit by having his hand to dip into the cookie jar. With the downfall of the economy, many who were sitting back and enjoying the good times began to take notice that plenty of funds were going out, but were not coming as they had in the past. The mayor has yet to face the reality that the very things that caused him and the town to rise to prominence is now sinking his. This reality is crashing down, and hard, on the mayor and the city of Country Club Hills. Rather than curtail his lavish spending, the mayor had made the very unwise decision of massively increasing the tax burden on the homeowners in the hope of continuing his lavish and (as suggested by some) wasteful spending.
And this was the breaking point. After the bit of the tax increase begin to pinch many homeowner, Alderman Burris was no longer out there digging and challenging the status quo by himself. You fast forward many years later and the sad news about the of the mayor and his abusive spending continue to be revealed.
That tax bite hit the already-strapped property owners hard, and his political opponents seized the opportunity and fought hard to unseat the mayor, who had been riding the political tide virtually unmatched for many years. Rather than facing this new political and economic reality, the mayor set forth to divide the city with his racially-charged rant of “reverse discrimination.” It would be a shame to see a city divided and beginning to falter instead of pushing forward with an eye on the prize of continued economic development.
The residents took a stance and decided they were no longer going to accept his disrespect and wasteful spending; they demonstrated this by electing a new town treasurer, Rhonda Williams. Revenue is a focal point for the new treasurer, Ms. Williams, as she seek to get a handle of the mayor’s wasteful spending.
Among its many embarassments the cities former top law enforcement official has been indicted in an ongoing investigation of alleged fraud over a $1.25 million state job-training grant. A federal grand jury indicted Ronald Evans Jr. today, accusing the former inspector general of Country Club Hills of working with his wife – then the south suburb’s police chief – to use grant money to pay the mortgage on a historic Chicago theater. The money was supposed to be used to help dozens of minorities or women train for jobs in the building trades.
Yet, despite the hiccups, the city of Country Club Hills still have a lot to boost about.