There are things you never want to get between including Chris Christie and a box of donuts, Blagojevich and a mirror, and the Naperville Township Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak and his $2,619,330 budget. If you do, there will be hell to pay at best, and going to court at the worst. It looks like the worst is scheduled to happen on June 29 at the DuPage County Courthouse. Wojtasiak appears to be “mad has hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore”.
He wants his budget, he wants it all, and he wants it now. That’s not asking for too much is it? Well the Naperville Township thinks it’s too much, so off to court they go. Wojtasiak likes things just as they were, as they have always been, and as he always wants them to be. Wojtasiak has created the perfect world for himself, great job, great salary, great benefits, great staff, great budget, and answers only to the Township Highway Commissioner which is himself. It doesn’t get any better than that.
But just when Wojtasiak has everything arranged, here comes the City of Naperville, wanting to change things, including supposedly saving Naperville taxpayers somewhere between $500,000 to $800,000. Stan had a choice to save taxpayers bundles of money, or keep his fiefdom in all its glory. He chose his fiefdom. The township decided to cut his budget by over $540,000. That’s when Naperville Township Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak became bent out of shape, and filed a lawsuit against Naperville Township Supervisor Rachel Ossyra and trustees Kelly Malm and Janice Anderson who voted to cut his budget.
The first two judges (Paul Fullerton and Robert Gibson) assigned to hear the case on June 29 had to recuse themselves because trustee Janice Anderson worked on their election campaigns. Additionally the attorneys (Rick Tarulis and Steve Adams) representing each side worked together as partners in the same Naperville law firm for almost 20 years. It’s as if it’s one big happy family where everybody knows each other. They could all meet at the township office, pile into a van, and carpool to court. The attorneys make money, the court makes money, the plaintiff and defendants pay nothing for the suit, and the taxpayers are left to pay all the expenses. Isn’t that how it always works in local government.
Good reasons to abolish township governments and think twice when voting in the next Naperville city council election.