Morton Grove Action Party Announces Slate of Candidates for 2009 Election

The Morton Grove Action Party proudly announces its slate of candidates for the upcoming April 2009 municipal election. Five seats on Morton Grove’s Village Board will be on the April 7th ballot.
Nov. 7, 2008 - PRLog -- The Action Party, a grassroots Morton Grove-based political party, prides itself in the fact that its members are non-partisan – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – who are dedicated to providing the Village of Morton Grove with experienced, independent, and dedicated leadership.

Daniel J. Staackmann, slated by the Action Party for the office of Village President, is currently serving in his second term as Trustee on the Village Board. Staackmann has been a Village Trustee since 2003. The Morton Grove Champion stated that Staackmann “is not afraid to speak his mind. A lifelong resident of Morton Grove, he has a passion for the village.” In an editorial, the Champion also cited Staackmann for his integrity.

Staackmann served on the Morton Grove Park Board for 16 years. The Champion also called Staackmann a “strong leader” with regard to helping the Park Board “end its financial mess.” In 2001, Staackmann was awarded the Illinois Association of Park District’s “Outstanding Board Member” award. Staackmann also served as Board Member, Treasurer, and President for the Maine-Niles Special Recreation Association.

As a founding member of the Morton Grove Days Committee, Staackmann served as President of the organization. He is also past Treasurer of the Morton Grove Foundation, past Board Member of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce, and was honored in 1993 as “Man of the Year” by the Liponi Foundation. In addition, Staackmann is a member of the Morton Grove Moose Lodge, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Luxembourg Brotherhood.

Daniel P. DiMaria, slated by the Action Party for the seat of Trustee, has been a Morton Grove resident since 1997. A graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles, and Loyola University (with a degree in political science), DiMaria currently serves on the Liponi Foundation and the Morton Grove Foundation. He is also a member of the Chicago Board of Trade/CME Group. DiMaria is past Vice President of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce.

DiMaria served as Village Trustee from 2001 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as Village Clerk and as a Commissioner on the Appearance Commission. After taking a hiatus from village government to spend time with his wife, Melodee, and their five children, DiMaria is now refreshed and ready to once again put his previous Board experience to work for the Village.

Larry Gomberg, slated for the seat of Trustee by the Action Party, was a Village Trustee from 2000 until 2005. Gomberg also served the Village as a Commissioner on the Community Relations Commission and Economic Development Commission.

Gomberg is a former Golf-Maine Township Park Board Commissioner and served as Trustee on the Niles Township Board of School Trustees. A local businessman, Gomberg and his wife, Diane, have lived in Morton Grove for 23 years. They have three college-aged children.

Bill Grear, a life-long resident of Morton Grove, has also been slated by the Action Party for the seat of Trustee. Grear is proud that the Action Party trustees think for themselves and vote their conscience, always putting the best interests of Morton Grove first.

Grear, in his first run for a municipal seat, has been the President of the Action Party since 2005. Grear is a fixture at Village Board meetings. In addition, Grear is a member of a large family that all attended St. Martha Parish, including his three children with wife, Janice.

Tony S. Kalogerakos, has been slated by the Action Party for the seat of Village Clerk. Kalogerakos is an attorney with a private practice in Lincolnwood. He is a graduate of Loyola University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Kalogerakos is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, and Hellenic Bar Association.

“We are thrilled to have such hard-working and dedicated individuals associated with the Morton Grove Action Party, and know they will give the Village’s citizens their very best in pursuit of honest, non-partisan and efficient government,” stated Mark Matz, Campaign Co-Manager of the Action Party of Morton Grove.

Campaign Kick-Off. The Action Party of Morton Grove cordially invites all residents to attend its Campaign Kick-off event. Come out to meet and greet the Action Party candidates on Sunday, November 16, 2008, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the party room at Classic Bowl, 8530 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove, IL.

For more information, please contact Terri Cousar at 847-638-2706, Maria Toth at 847-470-1992, or email them at: Look for more information about the Action Party of Morton Grove and the upcoming election on

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Today's Action Party! New People, New Ideas and a New Vision for Morton Grove!

The name may be the same and certainly the goal of open, honest and effective government remains unchanged! But, what many had perceived about the Action Party of Morton Grove in the past; has evolved with fresh ideas and new people to better meet the challenges facing the village today and into the future!

To learn more about the future direction of today’s Action Party of Morton Grove (or participate in shaping it), please visit our website at or drop us a line at: The Action Party of Morton Grove, 6749 Dempster Street, #121 Morton Grove, IL 60053 so that YOUR voice is added to all of those are now coming together for a positive change during the next local election on April 7, 2009.

We need you! Please share your vision of Morton Grove’s future so we can help make it a reality!
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