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New Mayor Talks Mokena, Economic Development and the Future

Newly elected Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer addresses economic development, thanks the community for its support and talks about what's next for Mokena.

Mokena's newly elected mayor, Frank Fleischer, is ready to work with newly elected trustees, village administration and others to bring the village economic development. Although he was elected in an unopposed race, Fleischer said that the voter turnout indicated that the village was ready for change.

“People voted for me for a reason,” he said. “Even though I was unopposed, people voted for me. … That tells me people are looking forward to what I said during the campaign. They want economic development in the village of Mokena and I will start doing that as soon as I take office.”

With economic development at the forefront of his mind, Fleischer said he plans to find a way to bring an economic development director position to the village.

“I want to bring that in, I want to sit down with the administration and find out where we can get the money and bring that person in,” he said.

As the election ended, Fleischer said he can move on to doing his main goal: Making Mokena better.

“It's my responsibility to do what I said I was going to do during the campaign.

See what else the newly elected mayor of Mokena had to say about Mokena in the video above.

RAK April 10, 2013 at 01:55 PM
McDonalds, 191st & LaGrange (Outlot west of Mindy's), get it done!
Mike April 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Mayor Fleischer will bring new ideas. That is good. He has an opportunity to continue Mayor Werner's fine record of doing good for this community. He has one of the best village administrators in John Downs. The mayor's first task is to assure Downs that he (Downs) is the boss in the day to day operations of village. Unfortunately, I have a pessimistic view of things to come. I hope Fleischer will be able to work with his board. I hope all will remember how it was before Werner came in. Let's be grown ups and let's discontinue the silliness of village board members comments at the end of every meeting. We need this village to be run like a business. Successful businesses don't waste time with egotistical silliness.
kerchanko April 10, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Hope Frank has changed his ways I can remember him pointing his finger at those who did not agree with him when he was a trustee. Also hire a economic developer??? No money for that. What do you think Alan zordan has been doing he Took on múltiple roles. Werner was a great mayor. Guess when frank comes down Wolf rd in 4 Of July parade We can all boo him. His taticts for his campagain Were uncalled for. What he was his only way to win election cuz he ran for mayor before and lost to werner.
Thomas Connelly April 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Outlot west of Firestone on the south side of 191st an LaGrange Road. Morning traffic going to work enables McDonalds to get breakfast customers which makes the most money.
RAK April 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Good point, you also have the light at Everett to help with traffic flow. Get moving Mr. Mayor times-a wastin!
AB2 April 11, 2013 at 02:02 PM
McSh*ts... how 'bout we support some independents?
Al Bumin April 11, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Why would you boo someone who just took office? Give the guy a chance. Grow up people! BTW a toys r us or babies r us would be nice here...
M4 April 11, 2013 at 04:28 PM
There will be no reason for Downs to keep working once you see the retirement package Werner left for him...
nakita April 11, 2013 at 04:39 PM
If you only knew his past as a trustee. He is probably gonna turn mokena into another robbins.hire economic developement corridanator. Where mokena gonna get the money for that. Thats what Alan zordon is doing. He has múltiple positions. Don't forget he will.point his finger at you if you don't agree with him.
Amanda Bowl April 11, 2013 at 05:28 PM
The same old big ego Frank! People voted for you because you were the only one on the ballot. Over 700 people didn't vote for you because they knew the rest of their ballot was still good. Take 700 off your total and you got about as many votes as your highest trustee candidate which wouldn't probably be enough to win if there was another mayoral candidate on the ballot. Most of the older voters were afraid to not vote for mayor because they thought the rest of their ballot wouldn't be good either. So in your own mind continue to think all the people wanted you. They don't and they also don't want you at the village hall all day. You are not needed there. Reading this interview with you makes me know for sure that the current board is probably going to have to constant damage control until your ego gets burst. I think that will happen pretty quick.
Cereal Bowl April 11, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Ms. Bowl, your inflammatory remarks continue to prove that you don't care about Mokena. You just want to HATE. If you're guy Werner cared so much about this town why didn't he step aside and give one of his faithful a chance to run for mayor.  His stated reasons for QUITTING are suspect because he was in that same situation for 3 years. It was nothing new. His actions gave Fleischer a lock on the mayor's chair.  Joe Werner had just as much to do with Mokena getting a new mayor as anyone else. Since you hate the new guy so much why don't you ask Werner? What happened Joe? Why couldn't step out of the contest and give one of the Friends of Mokena the chance to run? Say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so. Amanda Bowl cares not about Mokena. She just wants to HATE! And her next posting will prove it.
jose cuervo April 11, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I did not vote for frank. Maybe the way he approached the election was his way Of saying I.can not be joe in the election so i will do it This way. He cost the village $20k for his actions. While he got his.legal action pro bono. If you look back frank and vince difore ran against werner for mayor and the both lost. I am glad that the there got reelected. They will keep frank in check
Amanda Bowl April 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM
When Werner got elected 8 years ago as Mayor, Fleischer called him and told him he really should go take a class on how to be Mayor. Really, Frank? You need to go take a class on reading the material your TEAM sent out during the campaign that you and Vince said you supposedly didn't know anything about. Really, Frank?
Rick April 12, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I really dont think Bowl is all about hate. It is a fact that there was no other choice to vote for mayor and the incumbents won. If the people truly wanted Frank they would have voted his people into office. I'm sure a lot of people are not happy how Joe pulled the plug at the last second before anyone else could have run. Kinda of shady I think. I've been a resident for over 40 years and Fleischer does have a history here. I also agree people voted for him thinking if they didn't the ballot would not count. No hate just facts. The next 4 years will be interesting.
Amanda Bowl April 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Thanks, Rick. As a strong incumbent supporter even I was upset when Werner withdrew from the election. But I truly don't think there's anything shady. Just a man torn in many directions and wanted to continue to do it all and then realized he just couldn't. The petition objection threw things off quite a bit too. Very time consuming and expensive for the incumbents to get ready for the hearing. I think that was the straw that broke the camels back for Werner and he just realized he couldn't put up with 4 more years of the crap that comes along with being Mayor. And it was very shady of Frank to go along with the filing of the petition objections. That was the start of his candidates heading for a loss. The next 4 years WILL be very interesting but great for the people of Mokena. Thanks again! I have to add that I think Mokena school district 159 got some very smart, hard working people elected to the school board. Lots of luck to them too.
Cereal Bowl April 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Werner is on the record stating that he made the decision to withdraw before the petition challenge. He also indicated that he was aware that Fleischer was circulating petitions before the filing deadline. What a person does in personal life is most certainly their decision and none of anyone's business. If his reasons for withdrawing are truthful then he is to be commended for having his priorities in order. By his actions he told the voters in Mokena that Frank Fleischer was acceptable to head the village government. Fleischer made it clear that he expects the incumbents not to work with him. The incumbents claim otherwise. Be interesting to see who blinks first. Werner single handedly prevented the voters from having a choice in the mayor's race. In that respect he did the town a grave injustice and demonstrated how selfish he can really be. It is highly likely that others would have run for his seat with proper notice. Mazzorna or Siwinski would both be formidable mayoral candidates. Unless there was a drastic and unexpected change in his life why in the world would he do such a thing to Mokena?
jack schranz April 13, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Any information about the WATER mixing during the drout or is that just another cover up?

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