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Rintz Responds to Cancelled League of Women Voters Forum

The Forum was cancelled because one of the candidates, Caucus-slated candidate Gene Greable, has declined to participate.

The League of Women Voters has cancelled its Winnetka Village President candidate forum because one of the candidates, Caucus-slated candidate Gene Greable, has declined to participate.

"My qualifications to serve as President and my long and active record of leadership are very well known," Greable said. "My resume speaks for itself. The Winnetka Caucus Council interviewed us both at length and then selected me." 

Greable continued to state that any debate should have happened at the Town Meeting when Greable's nomination was ratified, and that there was no opposition from Rintz or his supporters who "could and should have appeared to challenge my nomination and qualifications in the proper forum." 

Read earlier coverage about the cancelled forum here. 

"He did not do so, when he could have debated this specific issue with me at the critical time and in the most appropriate place, when 600 of his fellow Winnetkans were present and would have given him and his supporters a full and fair hearing,' Graebel said. "Accordingly, I declined the LWV invitation."

Chris Rintz, the independent candidate for the position of Winnetka Village President, expressed his disappointment that the forum was not going to happen. 

"I respect Gene Greable and I respect the Caucus, but there are times that we disagree and now is one of those times," Rintz said. "I accepted the League's invitation to a forum debate as soon as it was extended. This would have been a wonderful opportunity for voters to learn about us both and make an informed decision about which of us will be the better person to lead Winnetka in the future." 

He continued on to say that he feels the election is about the vision that each candidate has for the future of the village.

"Elections are not just about resumes listing what a candidate has DONE; elections are much more about what a candidate will DO to address current issues and concerns that are important to voters now," he said. "And the Caucus is certainly not, as Mr. Greable suggests, the only 'proper forum' for such discussion."

Rintz added that the League of Women Voters forum would have provided the opportunity for both of the candidates to tell Winnetkans what they think and answer questions. 

"In my opinion, any discussion with voters is the best and most "proper forum" in any political race," Rintz said. "I'm disappointed the voters were denied a marvelous opportunity offered by the League for them to get to know both of us and make an informed decision about leadership for the Village."

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Mary Louis Simpson February 24, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I didn't mean to offend anyone. This world of rough and tumble politics is a nasty business. We should be a better village. That's why I support the caucus system. At church today the sermon was from Luke 13:31-35. It should give us all something to think about. Luke 13:31-35 Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'" Mary Louis Simpson
From heavens above February 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, this just in: Jesus, yes, the Big Guy's Big Son, is now poised to give Chris Rintz and Gene Greable a run for their money in the Winnetka Village President election. Rintz and Greable are mere mortals and both have undoubtedly sinned in the past. Jesus, on the other hand, can make miracles and cannot be questioned. 'nuf said, this 3rd party newcomer will win by a landslide (or will smote one upon us).
shp March 01, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Winnetka should definately get on the band wagon with "Affordable Housing". It works so well in Skokie and Evanston. For seniors it's not a problem!
DWP March 17, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Rintz or Greable? Greable or Rintz? Here IS the fundamental question, "Does Winnetka want to be like Skokie or Evanston and go the way of Affordable Housting?" If you want to be like those neighboring communities, and you are disappointed that we are not, vote for Rintz. Right? If you think Winnetka should not be like Evanston or Skokie, and that you moved here for that reason, then vote for Greable. Let's not demonize these two gentleman. Let's vote and decide. But I am tired of Chicago's urban issues encroaching on our community.
Jennifer Mcquet April 07, 2013 at 03:45 PM
It's not that black & white. This election is not about affordable housing, but since you continue to bring it up.... Here is some history: - Greable voted in favor of coach houses and the property maintenance code, both parts of affordable housing. Both passed. The world did not end as WHOA predicted. - Greable voted "yes" to include an affordable housing component to the Fell project. He quoted in the minutes as being in favor. - Rintz did not vote to "expand" affordable housing - he only voted to discuss affordable housing. Let's talk about Chris vs. Gene and how they'll deal with real, current issues.

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