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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Antonia Duhe February 22, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Fishy things surrounding Chris Rintz....An Afffordable Housing proponent whose construction company builds and benefits from Affordable Housing ( Government subsidised housing is a more honest description)... The threatening letter that Rintz supposedly received has certainly brought his unsupported candidacy much attention...Saul Alinsky anyone?
Antonia Duhe February 22, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Worth your time http://www.mrvirtualpresident.com/
nsmom February 22, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Unfortunately for these posters, they have no facts on their side. WIN was a temporary group of residents who joined together for a specific issue that's no longer being discussed, so WIN isn't meeting with anyone. And if any of you had ever been to a League debate you'd know that it is very strictly non-partisan. But the scare tactics (Saul Alinsky? Really?) continue. This is why we need an honest, honorable, mature leader like Chris Rintz. Most of us are tired of the bullying, the lying, and the attempts to scare voters.
Jimmy Davis February 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Do you deny that members of the organization formerly known as WIN met with LWV? Do you deny that some of these same people are, in fact, member of the League of Women Voters? These aren't scare tactics; these are facts. Most of us are tired of being bullied by a small group who simply can't accept the caucus system or the will of the voters.
Mary Louis Simpson February 23, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I agree with Jim. As a progressive (I'm not even ashabed to say liberal), I think the smear tactics being used to try to ruin Gene Graebel's good name and his record of community service are deplorable. My family has lived in Winnetka for more than 75 years. We were there on the Village Green when Dr. King spoke. We've always supported civil discourse and the Caucus system. It now seems pretty clear that at least two Open Communities (Interfaith Group) Board members (Ms. Airey and Ms. McQuet) have tried to smear Mr. Graebel in a public forum. They can deny involvement. They can deny that they've had conversations wtih Mr. Rintz, but check these public comment boards. Is someone signing their names to these posts?Using a 501 (c) 3 group to further the efforts of an individual political candidate is simply wrong. By the way, the League of Women Voters is listed a a "member organization," isn't it? In an age when our President has set the example with "the most transparent administration in history," this whole mess with our local election makes me sick. As hard questions; get sworn statements. You will find that Open Communities, Affordable Housing, the LWV, and others are involved in a coordinated campaign. Is Mr. Rintz aware? I don't know. But I call on him now to publicly disavow himself of these efforts. He should come clean on his record with the LWV and "Open Communities" board members. To Ms. Mcquet "me thinks she doth protest too much" Mary Louis Simpson
El pesoator February 23, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Jim d must have liked it! Guess he has no evidence to back up his false fish tale ..
Jennifer Mcquet February 23, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Hi MLS - Q 4 u: How have I've smeared GG? in another post i said i would have liked to see a debate. I think that one of the things politicians should do. All comments are my own, not related or associated with any of the various boards, groups or organizations I am on/in. Have you also found a way to tie in my book club, the schools where I work and new tried township to this twisted conspiracy? Again I'm a one unelected powerless individual. Lets focus on the candidates.
Rosemary Brooks February 23, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Dear Ms. McQuet, I know Mary Louis Simpson. She comes from one of Winnetka's finest families. We're in church together, and she's one of the most honest people I know. When one of our church members is sick, Mary Louis is the first to bring a casserole. She graduated from one of the "seven sisters" colleges at a time when women weren't encouraged to get an education. We've never met, Ms. McQuet, but I don't like your rough-hewn way of treating my friend, Mary Louis. It's a bit crass, and I must say that Mary Louis is one of the most gentle and refined people I know. Now I freely admit that I was with Mary Louis when we witnessed the meeting at Starbucks that Mr. Rintz had, and we overheard them talking abou this whole LWV debate sham. I also admit that I mentioned it to several people and that's how Mr. Davis probably heard. I'm not as clever as you, so I don't have a picture. But you do have my word. I'm also not as educated as my friend Mary Louis, but I would ask Mr. Rintz to detail the private discussions he had with members of the LWV. I'd also be curious to know what interests he and his companies have in redevelopment. How would they benefit from any "affordable housing"? All of this worries me a great deal. If you want to attack someone please attack me, not Mary Louis. With kind regards, Rosemary Brooks
Sully February 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Government subsidized housing? In Winnetka? You're kidding, right? What, do you think another Cabrini-Green will be built in this area? Really? You afraid gangs of thugs (or would "young black or Hispanic males" be a better description?) will be moving into your neighborhood? Saul Alinsky? Did you get that from Rush or from Glenn Beck (could be both I suppose.)? Just bringing that ridiculous name into the debate disqualifies you as being a rational thinking adult.
Jennifer Mcquet February 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Hi, Rosemary - You've called me crass & rough-hewn, but I attacked no one. Certainly not your "gentle" friend. Pls. explain why you feel that way? If anything MLS jumped on me & Ann Airey. And I am still waiting for her to show a statement of mine that "smeared" Greable...she needs to back that up. I am 100% correct. Jim Davis was simply sharing incorrect and misleading gossip. THANK YOU SO much for clearly this up! So, YOU witnessed a meeting @ Starbucks, but then confused LWV with WIN (?? don't know how that works ...one non-partisan & active & been around forever, the other uni-issue & dissolved). But I get now how Jimmy D. got his story wrong. I'm sorry you were confused. (For future sleuthing, get a sharper pair of eyeglasses or snap a picture and back up exactly who you are talking about 1st. JK! ;-) ) Whether or not Rintz met with LWV for coffee? I haven't a clue. No one who has read the Patch news articles would be surprised if they had, however. Because it was clear he was willing to participate in a non-partisan forum. Gene refused. That's fact, not an opinion. You both have lots of questions for candidate Rintz. On that, we all agree. Wouldn't it have been wonderful for the entire community if there was an open forum where Rintz & Greable could have fielded direct questions on any topic from Villagers, right!?! But that opportunity was passed by. Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Greable will change his mind and you'll get your chance.
Antonia Duhe February 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM
The scare tactics, the bullying....are in fact Saul Alinsky tactics....Deny, Demonize, Lie...it's evident they are doing exactly that..and this IS about Affordable Housing...And Chris Rintz has stirred up a hornets nest, again...claiming he received this threatening letter...lots of publicity however for a candidate who once claimed he would live by the Caucus system of our village...only to turn around and do the exact opposite and start with secret meetings he denies...with the very people who were the Affordable Housing advocates. Too often their tactics are Kabuki Theatre..such as the poor father who was having difficulty making ends meet here in Winnetka..only to find he was out of Washington D.C. HUD...they turn people against one another, they create so trouble ...to get the camels nose under the tent. Many have now become clear about their less than honest tactics.
Antonia Duhe February 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Gene Greable has always conducted himself as an honest fair representative of his fellow villagers...listening with an open and fair mind to the taxpayers for the good of our village...and abiding by our long honored rules...without resorting to underhanded tactics to run people away from serving... If those who think they will employ pressure and more dishonest tactics to harm Mr. Greable and his good name...think again. We prefer an honest and upright political process and demand the same of those who represent us...smears of this well-known, good and honest man will backfire...People have had enough of the agitators.
nsmom February 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Clearly there are supporters of Gene Greable who are afraid of a Chris Rintz candidacy. It's sad that attacking those with whom they disagree using fictional and erroneous charges is the only way they know how to debate. Is this why Mr. Greable refuses to engage in a public, non-partisan forum? Maybe he and his supporters don't think he can win on the issues and plans for the future, so they cling to grade school tactics and resumes rather than adult debates and plans for Winnetka's future. That's unfortunate for Winnetka.
Sully February 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM
You've made a lot of accusations, Antonia. Are you prepared to back them up?
Sully February 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM
So which is it, Antonia- Rush or Beck? Hey, maybe it's Anne Coulter! There's a winner! You, on the other hand, use "dummy" tactics. I'm having a hard time taking you seriously.
Ann Airey February 24, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Hold on - what? I'm smearing Gene Greable?! AII I said was he did a disservice to voters by not agreeing to have a public debate. I certainly didn't intend that as a smear. I have a lot of respect for Mr Greable. He's served many years selflessly for the Village. I think both he and Mr Rintz seem to be well-qualified candidates. I'd like to hear what they each have to say about the huge issues currently facing Winnetka, and I think others would too - what is wrong with that?
J. Miller February 24, 2013 at 02:52 AM
With great entertainment, I am reading just now reading these comments. It was even more entertaining when I googled both "Rosemary Banks" and "Mary Louis Simpson" (Winnetka) and found zero references for those names. Either these ladies have done nothing of mention in the last 15 years or do not exist. No Facebook, no nothing. I too make a tasty casserole, go to church sometimes and have friends that tell me: I'm one of Winnetka's "finest families."
Jennifer Mcquet February 24, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Jim - Let's talk facts, not fish. As a co-founder of WIN. I assure you that since the PMC vote (which we won, BTW, like coach houses) there has been not one WIN meeting, there is currently no "group," we've sent not one e-mail, we have no web site! We have moved ON with our busy lives. So, I'm a LWV member (the only WIN co-founder that is, btw). But I'm also on the Caucus Counsel. Because I think public forums/debates are critical for VOTERS, I had high hopes that one of those two entities would host one. But also for the record, I'm not on Chris Rintz's or Gene Greable's campaign committee. And I had nothing to do with the planning of the LWV forum. If the Caucus hosts one, I'd absolutely volunteer to help with that. Also, if you are trying to smudge me, and it clearly appears that you are, you need to remember that I'm just a private resident (albeit a loud-mouthed, hayseed that can't keep her opinions to herself). FOCUS ON THE CANDIDATES. Don't try to make this election about an issue that it isn't or an unimportant, unrelated person. BTW, funny how rumors get started. You heard something false. But I heard something true: "WHOA" chairman met at Caribou with Mr. Greable last Sunday @ 2:00. The cam phone shot I was sent was titled: "LOL, looks who's meeting..." & was forwarded to me that day. Facts, not fish.
Antonia Duhe February 24, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Sully, your comments are very racist..and worthy of an Alinsky community activist...
S.D. February 24, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Not worth a dime, Duhe.
S.D. February 24, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Duhe - What voters are concentrating on yesterday's issues? None. What do Rintz and Greable want for Winnetka going forward? That's the big question everyone wants to know. Maybe it's time to admit, Greable has harmed himself by saying he's not willing to appear in a public forum and discuss these important issues.
S.D. February 24, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Reply to Duhe's post below. Two questions: 1. "LOSSED?" 2. What legal process?
Stacy February 24, 2013 at 04:19 AM
But yet he won't participate in an honest, fair, representative forum and be open and fair to the taxpayers?
Stacy February 24, 2013 at 04:23 AM
you strongly defend him, yet you misspelled his name grotesquely. not 1, but 2 ways. multiple times. maybe you don't know this candidate as well as you think you do...
ryan family February 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Interesting point. I wondered the same thing. But then I did a google on my mother and my father-in-law. (only relatives of that generation still living) Not one hit. I know neither one uses facebook, and they are both retired.
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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