Bill Gentes likes to call himself the "Blogging Mayor" of Round Lake (as if doing a blog is so special - believe me, if I can do one, you can do one). But I think "Lying Mayor" is more like it.
In case you missed it in the last election, Gentes was absolutely crushed by now-Senator Dan Duffy in the race to replace retiring long-time Senator Bill Peterson (who is still Vernon Township Supervisor and happens to be up for election this April). Duffy's ground game, especially his voter ID and GOTV programs, were so effective, he didn't even really need the boost undoubtedly provided when the Daily Herald caught Gentes in a lie about his employment status. As we told you last October, Gentes had told the Daily Herald editorial board he was employed, but later admitted he had actually been fired. We figured at the time you could put a fork in Gentes, because he was cooked. We were right.
Now, however, it looks like Gentes may be up to his old tricks. The Daily Herald reports today that Gentes is under fire for allegedly misrepresenting the position of the challenging slate, led by mayoral candidate Jim Dietz, of the "United for Change" party. The issue is whether candidate Susan Triphahn, of the Dietz slate, supports a proposal to spread Special Sevice Area (SSA) fees from one subdivision across the whole town. Gentes claims that Triphahn mentioned the idea publicly in past years, and Gentes calls it the "Dietz-Triphahn tax plan." (You can see the really nasty mailer on Gentes' blog if you care)
Dietz and Triphahn deny the claim, saying they favor only trying to get the particular subdivision (which has had a high foreclosure rate lately) some state and federal grants that would help relieve homeowners of high infrastructure assessments.
I haven't been following the Round Lake race closely, but given Gentes past penchant for lying when it suits him, the notion that he is now twisting and misrepresenting his opponents' positions to play on fears of higher taxes is not too hard to believe, in my opinion.
Joining Gentes on his slate is Cynthia Pruim Haran, who just got done losing to Sally Coffelt for Circuit Court Clerk. What is it with some people that are just so desperate to get into public office that they will run for anything? Ms. Haran might want to choose her company more carefully next time if getting elected is such a big deal to her. I don't think Gentes has much of a future in Lake County politics if he keeps this up.