Monday, October 22, 2012
Grafton Assessor Candidate's "Blizzard Of Kindness" Foggy
"I don't know," said Moore. "You'll have to ask him."
The event which Zielinski publicized (although not to FEN) as a "Blizzard of Kindness" was originally supposed to take place at Sammy's Restaurant and Lounge in Huntley. In actuality, it happened in the Wuich parking lot next door. The restaurant's entrance Sunday bore two two-page notices that boiled down to Sammy's is all for feeding the poor but not very big on politics.
When Zielinski appeared, he said food donations would go to "The Grafton Township Food Pantry."
Yes, but the charitable organization registered under that name with the Secretary of State and, despite a registered assumed name as the Grafton Food Pantry, still often called the Grafton Township Food Pantry, or the one Moore started operating and now calls The Grafton Township Food Pantry?
"The one on Vine Street," said Zielisnki, Moore's. "What difference does it make, as long as people are fed?" Zielinski asked. It's a question no one in Grafton Township's been willing to publicly address for almost two years now.
Zielinski promised food contributors Sunday a chance to win one of ten free home appraisals "worth up to $995." He said they were from a firm called Assessmentbusters. That's the company that's also been providing free coffee and cookies at Moore's Grafton Township programs with County Assessor Bob Ross. It takes some cross-referencing but it's possible to find that Assesssmentbusters is one of the business names by which Zielinski himself offers appraisals.
"A corporation isn't allowed to do appraisals in Illinois, only individuals" said Zielinski.
But Assessmentbusters isn't a corporation. It's an assumed name. Where's it registered?
"It's not," said Zielinski. "My attorney said I didn't have to. Neither is Fast Appraisals or
Exact Valuations" Those are two other names which are Zielinski. The Assumed Business Name Act requires Illinois residents to register the names under which they operate a business with the County Clerk. "A man at the Department of Professional Regulation said I didn't have to register," said Zielinski. "You can ask him. His name was Warner. Dennis Warner.... No. I think it was Benjamin."
Moore cut further inquiry short. "You're disturbing people trying to bring food," she said, ignoring half a dozen of Zielinski's Samoyed dogs milling about the table.
Next door, Sami Abdullai turned an order of hashbrowns over on the grill and said ruefully, "I don't get involved in politics. I just thought it was to help the Food Pantry."
Which one, the Supervisor's version on Vine Street or the one on Smith Drive?
"Smith Drive," he said.
In the pic: Grafton Assessor candidate Al Zielinski talks with a possible voter while Supervisor Linda Moore stands behind a table bearing one of his campaign banners. The box covered by a sign at the left end of the table also contains "Re-Elect Linda Moore" fliers.