Winfield United Defends Trustee Spande Flouting State Law

May 27, 2012

-By Jim Hughes

Winfield United supporter Rock Rockett believes WU Elected Officials are justified to breach Village Code – but he’s not bashful about pointing the finger  to other board members how they should toe his line.

Mr. Rockett quotes “In my personal opinion, Trustee Spande’s actions were justified”

His comments later talk about Trustee Reyes, a Non-WU supported Trustee as: “suspicious and smacks of good old boy cronyism” Mr. Rockett forgets to tell you that Trustee Spande supported sending President Birutis and Trustee Reyes to talk with the Sheriff’s department, along with Spande supporting going into Executive Session (most times), Spande also supported hiring REM. Actually ALL Village Board members supported these actions together. This was NOT a one or two or four Trustee topic Winfield. Mr. Rockett names four Trustees a couple of times in his comments, yet gracefully fails to mention at all the other WU supported board members such as President Birutis and Trustee Bajor to which Trustee Bajor even said, what Trustee Spande did was wrong, and therefore Trustee Bajor voted for Censure of Trustee Spande.

I believe it’s all very simple once we all take the emotions, anger, and mistrust away – Trustee Spande came forward just few weeks before all the other board would have been able to, and by doing this Trustee Spande breached Village Code/State Ordinances, just to be the first to come out with the information.

Now we have WU member(s) coming out to say, it’s OK to break Village Code/Ordinances and/or Law. If so, then what else is OK?  Seedy Illinois Politics at are its best in Winfield right now, do something wrong, then scare the citizens, and then blame it on someone else. I ran for office directly to challenge that sort of Leadership. Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

Mr. Rockett continues on saying: “contrarian ideas that are being promoted by Olson, Reyes, Allen and Hughes and let’s return to open government for the Village of Winfield.”

So I guess if I understand it correctly Mr. Rockett,  if it’s not a WU supported elected official, it’s a terrible idea and always bad for our Village?

WU members have seen my Facebook page. It’s loaded full of very transparent information about our Village. Trustee Allen blogs at and we all know he “tells all”.  Tony is the king of emails. There have been on-going complaints by some the WU supported elected officials for some time now about how open this board has been, and will continue to be. In this matter I have been facing all our Citizens I can and our Police Officers face-to-face talking about this topic and listening to everyone for some time now. I don’t know how your village board could be any more open and transparent than it already is.

Mr. Rockett seems to have forgotten 3 other board members supported by WU that drove the bus with regards to our Village Police Department topic. This leaves me thinking and asking, Winfield, do you want Winfield United trying to run and control our Village? Do you want that one group deciding when their supported elected officials are above our Ordinances, Codes, and Laws?

11 Responses to Winfield United Defends Trustee Spande Flouting State Law

  1. Jason
    May 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    How in the world is the next Village of Winfield Board Meeting going to be productive when you have a person sitting on the board that CAN NOT BE TRUSTED? A Village President that is in over her head and no longer can see right from wrong and continues to protect the interests of a view vs. the majority? It appears that The Village of Winfield President continues to “leak info” or give conflicting information to the press, etc. WU leadership are excellent “Spin Doctors” and sure like to make it sound like everyone else is the bad guy. It is about time that the citizens of Winfield come forward and request for the resignations of certain individuals that continue to harm and hold back Winfield from being what it can be. Have to ask, are some of this summer board meetings going to be cancelled like usual? If so, what are the dates that the meeting will not happen?

    • Mr. Sugar
      May 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM


      I don’t trust any of ‘em. Wanna go halvsies on a dunk tank?

    • Mr. Sugar
      May 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Note to copy desk:

      Are you sure “flaunting” is the word you were going for?

      • sickoftima11en
        May 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        I now come here to see what Mr. Sugar is going to say next.

  2. LeRoy Budnik
    May 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    What I believe we want is:

    1) government that quietly does its job,
    2) at least cost for reasonable service
    3) so that we can go on with our lives

    • sickoftima11en
      May 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      No LeRoy, we want people who actually give a rats [Edited] about the integrity of the community, and we got none of that and we’re all annoyed about it. we also want a government who understand how to operate from a sense of prosperity… the nuance of that phrase has gone over this groups head, but that’s okay, we need dumb people in the world too

      • LeRoy Budnik
        May 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        I agree that we want a government that values and practices “integrity” and belive that it fits in my above list. Integrity is a characteristic of doing their job, an essential requirement on which the community can build trust in their government which enables us to go on with our lives.

        Relative to your earlier “letter to the editor” post, I promised to write on the subject of functioning from a standpoint of prosperity, and will in a week or so. As one person said, most people choose to buy-in to the prevailing wisdom of lack, in which case it becomes …; however, to present an alternative, it will need to be in the context of government, rather than personal decisions and suggestions of TV preachers (which have wide variance). As stated before, you posed an important question, but the answer complex.

      • Tom Blackburn
        May 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Judi, your statement is so loaded in meaning, it is hard to know where to start with it. The biggest conflict in your statement is that you mention “integrity of the community”, then proceed to refer to the community as “dumb people”. Maybe the first course of action is to start living the Golden Rule?

        I think the basis in the misunderstanding is in the attempt to apply corporate principles to government. In a corporation, you have essentially a small core (the Board of Directors) who pick a CEO who comes up with the mission of the company, picks his leadership team, and directs the mission to the underlings. The corporation’s success lies in the focus of mission of the CEO and performance of the team.

        Well, how does a CEO put together the leadership team? With people who subscribe to his mission. What happens when a manager doesn’t believe in the mission? He is fired. What about the staff employee? He quits and moves on to some other company. Shareholders? They sell the stock. Then, you are left with an efficient team, because they all agree on the purpose of being together.

        Leading with a sense of prosperity also requires this same sense of mission, whether it is people on the team or financial backers willing to stand behind the mission.

        So how, pray tell, does a government like Winfield’s gain this sense of mission when is left up to 4,000 or so voters to pick its Village President, and they can’t even agree on a most basic level what Winfield is all about? And then, how about throwing in a senior management team who do not agree with each other, let alone with the Village President? And, add to the mix an appointee that wasn’t even put in by the voters but rather by those who got defeated and were on their way out?

        If this was a private corporation, it would be out of business by now, because 4,000 people cannot run a single company without going off in their own directions. It’s also easy to lead with a sense of prosperity when it is someone else’s money you’re borrowing to do it.

        Do you also think any effective CEO in his or her right mind is going to take essentially a volunteer job and put himself up to the abuse one gets in his town?? If everyone learned to follow the Golden Rule rather than doing such things as sponsoring the “Winfield Register”, that alone would get us halfway to the goal.

  3. sickoftima11en
    May 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM


    You said ” I ran for office directly to challenge that sort of Leadership. Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” Wouldn’t it be a lack of leadership/responsibility to get ones wife to go out and get signatures instead of going out and getting them on ones own? Lest I mention that she did it twice for you. I should have voted for her instead.

  4. sickoftima11en
    May 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    It’s loaded full of very transparent information about our Village. Trustee Allen blogs at and we all know he “tells all”.

    I know used car salesman that tell all just like he does.

    Transparency is NOT what the village gets from this current board of trustees. We get a lot of self aggrandizing, lies, and bad sales pitches wrapped up in illogical goat poop. I look forward to the next election cause it’s gonna be a blood bath if I get annoyed enough

  5. WOW
    May 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Executive Session….

    Here is a point of view and reason why the Village Board needed to be having the discussions of outsourcing the PD in Executive Session. Did UnTrustee Spande think of the morale of the entire force before he let this out??? I think not. The board needs time to do their due dilligence. Would I be in favor of his NO! However that is why he needed to fight his fight in Executive Session. The Village Board is made up of elected officials. They have been elected by the people in the Village. There are reasons why municipalities have executive sessions. One of which is personnel matters (disciplinary, hiring, firing, raises) all of which should not be open to the public. It is up to the elected officials to make these decisions in executive sessions and then be able to explain those decisions to the public in an open meeting. What UnTrustee Spande did is inexcusable. He should have kept his mouth shut and fought for his constituents in executive session. And when the time came and only when the time comes he could fight for them in a public forum!!!!

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