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Noak Challenges McMichael to Debate

Romeoville mayoral candidates have been sparring in the media; now the incumbent is asking for a face-to-face debate.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak took to the airwaves Wednesday to challenge opponent Steve "Mongo" McMichael to a debate.

The two mayoral candidates have been engaged in a somewhat heated battle leading up to the April 9 election.

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Noak, the incumbent, challenged McMichael during a Wednesday morning interview on WIND.

“The contrasts between Mr. McMichael and me couldn’t be clearer, and our residents deserve to see those differences side-by-side,” said Noak. “Mr. McMichael has made statements that are raising questions among voters. Debates are the best way to get those and many more questions answered."

Click here to hear Noak's full interview on WIND.

On Wednesday afternoon, Noak said he hadn't yet heard whether McMichael would accept his challenge to debate face-to-face.

The McMichael campaign did not immediately respond to a message from Patch Wednesday, but last week, the former Chicago Bear indicated he would consider a debate.

Read: Ditka to Host McMichael Fundraiser

"I don't know," McMichael initially told Patch. "Am I privy to all the information he is being mayor of the town? If not, how can I show up and have an informed opinion on some of the things he's done?"

He went on to add, "The campaign will be discussing a fact-based debate. We're going to talk about it."

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Dale Lewis March 06, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Noak would smoke him. Learn the issues Ming. Issues that affect your constituents
Matt March 06, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Noak is wasting your taxpayer money faster than they can collect it! Get rid of him now.
Dale Lewis March 06, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Have any evidence of that Matt?
Matt March 07, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Yes, watch a board meeting.
Gary March 07, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I don't think Matt answered Dales question.... Which I guess answers his question.
Rick Buscemi March 07, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Matt do you really watch the board meetings ? Maybe tipping a few brews at.the same time? I don't see what you see.....what I see is a well run government! The taxes we pay on property in Romeoville is probably less than you spend on brews in a month..... come on, most of our property tax is not levied by Romeoville. Please make remarks "value added".. . Don't waste our time!
SylvanGoddess March 07, 2013 at 01:01 PM
So to work through Mc Michael's thought process. "I do not know what the mayor may know but because I do not know it must be bad"... What a great reason to run for mayor. I cannot debate the mayor because I am clueless about what this mayor has done or is all about. Vote for me because I own a bar and can sell you brewskies and I know Mike Ditka. Maybe sometime you might see some of my former Bears buddies in town because I can show off how I blew into this 'burg and was elected mayor just on the basis of my washed-up football career.
Lisa Salazar March 07, 2013 at 02:47 PM
My property taxes are outrageous, but I don't blame the Mayor or his administration, because the levy comes from the County. Sure the Mayor is spending money, but clearly there is some serious good money management going on, or else we wouldn't have seen a mid-year surplus. McMichael doesn't know about a debate because he's not "privy to all the information he is being mayor of the town" and he feels he can't "have an informed opinion on some of the things he's (Noak) done"? Seriously? Does this man know ANYTHING about debate procedures or election process? Candidates debate ALL THE TIME without having actually been in the position. That's how it works. I know where John Noak stands on the issues because he's actually told us, not necessarily because he's the current mayor. McMichael doesn't want to debate because he doesn't actually have a platform and he knows if he keeps his mouth shut on the issues, he can snow some of the citizens of Romeoville with his "celebrity" status. I can only hope that one of two things happens: Either the McMichael supporters will wake up and see that their candidate has no substance behind him, or they'll just stay home because they're so sure he can beat Mayor Noak without their vote.
I'M JUST SAYING March 07, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Property taxes depend on the area,what you purchased house at and how much construction stiil going on in your Area... Plus we Have Alot of EMPTY Warehouses which I think some of are Taxes go to keep the power on to them for the next business to come in to LEASE for awhile.......Humm Just wondering! Just some advice.... Mayor Noak Just gave a break of Twenty Dollars to the Water Bill not to Long ago WOW.........................Just commenting :)
NoMasNoak March 07, 2013 at 04:40 PM
do any of you realize we are 14th municipality in Illinois(soon to be in top 10) and number one in Will County in terms of debt? our outstanding obligations are over $118 million in principal only. when you add a interest( additional $105 million) our debt outstanding is over $222 million. those numbers are from April 2012 and just to put them into context and make them relevant: total corporate bonds in April 2007( last year for mayor Dewald) we owe just over $32 million, total corporate bonds in April 2012( hopefully last year for mayor Noak) we owe just over $82 million. You do your own math.
NoMasNoak March 07, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Dale, I hope I answer your question just below.
Brad Bumber March 07, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I'm just saying, why would the Village of Romeoville pay the electric bill of an in unoccupied warehouse? That is the responsibility of the warehouse owner if he or she chooses to do so. How many empty warehouses does the Village currently own?
SylvanGoddess March 07, 2013 at 05:37 PM
The only empty warehouse that the village owned was a strip club that was torn down within days of purchase (good riddance). If you do not like your tax bill then pick it apart and look at where most of your money is going (school district).
Brad Bumber March 07, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Nomasnoak, is the ranking you refer to based upon total dollars or per capita? I am aware most if not all municipalities are struggling with reduced tax revenues. And I would be interested in how we are tending with other municipalities. Getting new businesses here will help with additional tax revenues.
I'M JUST SAYING March 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Whats up with that HUMMMM wonder if the LARGE VILLAGE HALL had anything to do with that............. We do know this is ROMEOVILLE Not OAK BROOK,NAPERVILLE or any of the other Towns and yes I said TOWNS we are still considered a VILLAGE LOL.. So as a VILLAGE we need to stick together so our Village will be a Town in the Future.............. = )
James Smith March 07, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Do you realize that Romeoville is one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois and one of the largest municipalities in the state? Do you realize with growth comes the need for new facilities and infrastructure? Do you realize that all of the village's debt has funding planned for it already? Do you realize that the village has had a budget surplus the past few years? Do you realize that the village started a property tax rebate program?
James Smith March 07, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Let's see your complaining that the village is actually giving money back? How crazy are you. Romeoville is one of the few places in Illinois that actually does this and is one of the few that has had a sold budget every year since the recession. I know lots of people that really appreciate the extra money.
NoMasNoak March 07, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Total dollars
Paul A. Cigna March 07, 2013 at 09:44 PM
to the few anti Noak Comments...He deserves credit for Hooking us up with the New Electricity Provider...joining with Bilingbrook, Plainfireld and Crest Hill to cut rates in half...counts for something to me...and I think He is doing a Great Job...will get my vote...
Brad Bumber March 07, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Nomasnoak, I would be interested in per capita numbers over the last few years of each municipality. This would be more accurate and show trends. I do like how Mayor Noak has helped to improve some of the infrastructure and cosmetics of where we live. Hopefully some more of the residents take pride in their neighborhoods and do their best to improve their homes as well. But cost is a challenge for many.
James Smith March 07, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Where do you get that the village is some how paying for the electric at empty warehouses? That is just made up. You may want to check which side of the street you are talking about when it comes to warehouses. I've heard people talk about ones that are really in Bolingbrook or Woodridge. The municipal lines come right up to each other in those industrial parks. So make sure you actually know which ones your talking about.
James Smith March 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM
To "I'm Just Saying": There is no such thing as a "town" as far as municipalities in Illinois go. There are "cities" and "villages". The only difference is in how they are governed. It has nothing to do with population. Crest Hill and Lockport are cities but both are half the size of Romeoville. Romeoville is much larger than Oak Brook for instance and Oak Brook is a village. As for Romeoville's municipal complex it is mostly the police department, not the village hall. It was built to accommodate the village's build out. This is the exact same thing that village's such as Plainfield, Shorewood, New Lenox, etc did over the last few years as well. Just check the combined square footage of both the Plainfield Village Hall and the Plainfield Law Enforcement Center then compare it to Romeoville and you will see the two are almost the same total size. No surprise that Romeoville is actually bigger than Plainfield. Did I mention that Plainfield also built a brand new Public Works facility in addition. One final note on the Romeoville municipal complex it was constructed under budget and the savings paid for dozens of other projects that would have had to be paid for from the yearly budget if there hadn't been so much cost savings for the building.
Rick Buscemi March 08, 2013 at 05:16 AM
To Nomasnoak......82 million is a lot of money but we're not talking about you or me owing this amount and it's due tomorrow. This is long term debt, like a mortgage used to buy a house....it's paid off over time with a benefit of use over the course of time. Things need to be in perspective.....be real, this is debt taken on to progress this Village into the future. I believe that Romeoville is in a great position for the future. If we follow your way of thinking we are backing into the past.....not the way I want to be moving!
I'M JUST SAYING March 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Who is That Provider ? I like to Save money on my utilites..............you mean Bolingbrook,Plainfield,Cresthill I have to check that out HUMMMMMM =>
I'M JUST SAYING March 10, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Who owns empty Warehouses???? Mr Know it all ??? And if you Call Cresthill they answer the phone City of Cresthill I've talked to them in passed and they told me they are a CITY not A VILLAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And for u Mr James Smith........... Sure everyone likes to Save MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've Lived in this VILLAGE long time and seen changes !!!!! Some GOOD Others Bad.. JUST SAYING =>
Francie Jones March 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I think Mayor Noak is doing a wonderful job. I would love to work for him! If I still lived in Romeoville, he would have my vote.
David Schiro March 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
John Noak for Mayor all the way!! Steve McMichael needs to get a clue.
Lisa March 12, 2013 at 03:02 PM
If that were true, Mongo supporter, how could our village be in surplus?? How could he have everyone a credit on their water bills if the money was being wasted. Good thing the people of Romeoville are actually paying attention to the facts and not fabrication.

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