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Milton Township Names New Trustee

Martin Keller of Wheaton will replace Chris Edwards, who stepped down from his position as trustee in March.

A businessman from Wheaton will replace former , Township officials decided Tuesday.

Martin Keller of Wheaton is a Milton Township Republican precinct committeeman and general manager at BAM, a division of MK Systems, Inc. in Elk Grove. He will replace Edwards, who resigned from the board last month.

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Keller said with his background in business, his contribution to the Township will be: "getting people to work together."

"That's what I've always done... That's (kind of) always been my job."

Keller, who has been a committeeman for eight years, said the reason he became involved in goverment is because, "government doesn't run enough like business."

He said he has no specific agenda to pursue his goal of more business-like operations at the Township.

"I have to wait and see how people work together," he said. "Goverment is like businesses... 99 percent of the time, the problem in the business is personalities—It's personalities butting heads.

"You work around (it) and focus on getting the job done first—Keep the personalities out of it. That's what I'm good at. That's what I'll try to do here."

If he can accomplish his goal of a more cohesive team of people working together, "That's great—I can serve my one term here," he said.

A current precinct committeeman, Alan Bolds, and former committeeman Jack Beopple also applied for the position.

After a closed session discussion Tuesday, Milton Townshp Supervisor Chris Heidorn appointed Keller, whom he said is "well rounded" in business. Heidorn and trustees Sal Falbo and Marie Jensen voted in favor of Keller's appointment. Trustee James Flickinger voted against it.

Keller will be sworn in as the new trustee at the next Township meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the .

Hank Kruse May 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Comment by Paul Miller on May 25, 2012 at 11:42 am said: Three things are very wrong with Milton Township 1. Jim Flickinger 2. Bob Earl 3. Mark Kmiecik I’m wondering why you are investigating Milton Township Assessor Bob Earl? There are an inordinate amount of complaints flooding the township offices about Earl. Furthermore he runs the office like Club-Med. His people come and go as they please – they don’t punch in or out. Comp time is off the charts and the morale has never been lower. We won’t even get into the complaints about how unfair his assessments are. Maybe you don’t want to write about Earl because he’s Flickinger’s treasurer and Kmiecik is his best friend. You do know Mark Kmiecik over at your offices don’t you Adam?? It appears Fliginger and Earl are more interested in burning down Milton Township which tells you a lot about their character. Adam call the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s offices ask them why they are looking into Earl. Also get the letter written by one of the employees that is making it’s way around the township. Then write your story on what’s wrong with Milton Township. The same post was placed on "For the Good of Illinois" Website. It is always good to have a name with non sourced accusations. I believe the accusations against Heidorn and Hinkle were sourced
J June 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
It is time to wake up and demand some small level, at least, of accountability from Milton. Milton Township is a paying(our money) member of the TOI-Townships of Illinois. The Daily Herald did an article on them on March 14 and here is an article the CBS-2 posted in January-- http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/18/lobbyists-drawing-lucrative-pensions-partially-paid-by-taxpayers/ This TOI essentially fights to keep Townships as a perpetual entity, fighting against the very taxpayers, us, that pay for the townships and thru them, paying for TOI membership.The TOI also has been able to abscound pensions for staff members, though not a public entity. When I talked to Chris Heidorn about this in March and asked him to reconsider being a paying member, I was met with absolute indifference. Since this time, after reading threads like this, and reading this from a highly held source of REPUBLICAN values, http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/blog/whats-the-matter-with-milton-township/ People of Glen Ellyn and Wheaton,, why don't you check out this thread from the Glen Ellyn Forum http://glenellynforum.com/showthread.php?222-Our-townships-have-lobbyists-that-get-public-pensions-and-lobby-AGAINST-us Try not to get sick. Those of you insider Milton Township types that seem to know the inside secrets, y'all either part of the solution or part of the problem. Heidorn needs to be airmailed elsewhere. He is in his spot because some of you support him and vote for him.
J June 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Ran out of room. There are 2 roads to change for Milton Township-- 1) We become a more informed citizenship, wake up, and throw Heidorn and company-that means Hinkle, Earl, etc. out on their cans OR 2) Wait for Lisa Madigan or Bob Berlin to do it for us.
Five and Fly June 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Believe me that Milton Township, under Chris Heidon is engaged in actions and behavior total unethical and is engage in total nepotism. Ralph Hinkel, Chirs's hench men are bad actors and need to be removed. It's my hope that the local Milton Central Committee rank and file throw out Ralph's hand picked Chairman and Vice-chairmen, These people have hijacked the MTRCC for personal and political gain. Time will tell if change comes from with in or though Lisa Madigan or Bob Berlin's office. . Ps... for those milton types let be known that Sal, Maria, Marty area in bed with Chirs Heidorn on this.
Milton Sign Guy September 03, 2012 at 09:12 PM
A Space in Time is really Jeannie Ives. Hey Jeannie, do us a favor and bring your Milton Township ethics down to Springfield and take your do boy Mark Stern with you. Looking for hypocrites??? Look in the mirror or at one of your Milton sign locations put up by public employees on government time. Shame on you for being a big phony.

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