ElmhurstStinks.com - A Community Group Endorses Alderman Candidates
With just 6 days until Election Day and the peak of skunk season around the corner, ElmhurstStinks.com - a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Elmhurst residents everywhere released their list of endorsements for the Elmhurst City Council Election slated for Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
“While there are certainly more critical issues facing our City in the coming year like a balanced budget, traffic congestion, crime and economic development, dealing with the skunk problem is one thing that all of Elmhurst can agree on,” claimed ElmhurstStinks.com Founder Jake Parrillo. “This election holds the key to helping residents solve the skunk issue. These endorsed candidates have presented strong and creative plans to address this quality of life issue. Elmhurst residents should consider these candidates to be the “Skunk Fighters and vote to elect all four to the City Council.”
ElmhurstStinks.com Endorsed Candidates for Elmhurst City Council - 2011 Election
Ward One: John Raniere
Ward Three: Dannee Polomsky
Ward Four: Mark D. Anglewicz
Ward Six: No Endorsement
Ward Seven: Dean O'Brien
Based on a answers from a questionnaire that candidates submitted, Elmhurst Stinks formed an Endorsement Board made up of a diverse set of Elmhurst residents from broad cross-section of neighborhoods. Conducted with rigorous non-biased standards, the Board voted to endorse in four contested races, while holding an endorsement in the Sixth WardThese endorsements signify to the voters across the city that these candidates are best equipped to handle an issue that everyone can agree on: Elmhurst needs to do something about the skunk problem.
Along with these endorsements, ElmhurstStinks.com is proposing a creative approach for the city to bring back animal control - while controlling costs. Similar to how some cities like the City of Chicago approach sidewalk repairs, ElmhurstStinks is looking for an Alderman in the City of Elmhurst to propose a 50/50 share plan for skunk removal. Funded between the individual homeowner and the local government, along with having the program administered by City Hall, ElmhurstStinks.com believes that such a plan would not overburden the city while partially solving the problem.
About ElmhurstStinks.com: Founded in 2010, Elmhurst Stinks is a group of concerned citizens of Elmhurst Illinois who have had enough with the skunk problem in our town. We organized to demonstrate to the City that collectively our voice on improving the quality of life in Elmhurst needs to be heard. As of today, more than 600 skunks sightings have been “submitted” to the site from all four corners of the City of Elmhurst.
Elmhurst is a wonderful place to live and work. Members of Elmhurst Stinks wouldn't change a thing - except for getting rid of the skunks!
Posted Oct 01, 2009 @ 12:14 PM
Elmhurst, IL —
Messing with Mother Nature can sometimes really stink.
Elmhurst residents have for many years lived side-by-side with unwelcome neighbors, and the air should now be cleared. Sharing land with these four-legged creatures is incredibly foul.
The locals have appealed to the city for help in ridding the area of these skunks, but some folks are sure something reeks. They’re having trouble getting traps from the city, and that has put them in a real funk.
Community leaders have been put on alert: Residents demand a fresh start. The skunks that have invaded their property must leave to make life for humans more sweet.
City officials want to remove the stench of opposition by being more cooperative with residents.
Traps will be more readily available, leaving some residents to believe they can finally smell success.
A small victory for residents, perhaps, but there’s no doubt the skunks would find this deal quite rank. They occupied this land first, and their removal conveys the definite scent of betrayal.
Why do humans in this city have their noses all out of joint? How have they come to take such a malodorous view of their furry neighbors?
Rather than maintaining a rancid relationship with the skunks, we should embrace this aspect of the community’s heritage. Elmhurst was, in fact, fondly known as “Skunk Hollow” back in the day. Now that’s sprinkling some fragrance on the situation.
Wildlife is precious and should be highly valued, not perceived in any kind of a noxious manner. Respecting animals in their natural habitat helps keep our ecological system from going stale.
So, let’s cherish the aroma of communing with nature in a way that benefits both humans and creatures. Let’s not allow our hearts to grow musty. Let’s give our skunk neighbors the living space they deserve, and then let’s stand back to take a whiff of true ecological harmony.
When Gerald Harsen walks at night with a flashlight, his Elmhurst neighborhood “comes alive with eyes looking back at you,” he said.
Many of those eyes belong to skunks. Too many of them, he believes.
“I grew up on a farm and I’ve always had the opinion there are certain critters I should not have to live with,” he said.
So, recently Harsen did something about it. He set a trap in his backyard, luring skunks with peanut butter and bread. On the morning of Sept. 30, Harsen caught one, grabbed his pellet gun and shot it dead. Then he…