Lisa Stone: 'Now it's up to You'
Letter to the editor
When I was asked to run for the elected position of Trustee of Buffalo Grove, I took a few weeks to evaluate if the position was right for me and if I was right for the position. While not a politician, I felt my integrity and honesty would guide my decisions on all issues that came my way.
What I discovered was that the “job” was far more complex. As a mother, I felt an overwhelming responsibility for the health and safety of my children and that feeling then transcended my family to society as a whole. So when an issue of health or safety arises where I feel I can make a difference, I take up the cause and work hard to try to make a difference. Be it legislation for higher restrictions relative to Pit Bulls/Rottweilers, Heroin Awareness & Prevention or Landfill Toxins reaching the groundwater, I have spoken out regardless of controversy, opposition or political power behind the issue I was confronting.
Some have said I am an activist, a watchdog or a whistle blower. Regardless, for me it is natural and necessary. Sadly, we live in a world where leaders compromise their convictions for political correctness, to "fit in" with their "party" or to please their contributors, all of which undermines their ability to be sincere to their constituents and do what is in the best interest of the people.
I have learned first hand that standing up for truth is indeed a difficult and costly battle. Nonetheless, it is a battle that must be fought for the sake of society and our children's future. The time to act is not when it's too late and the damage is done; the time to act is when you are aware of a problem.
I acted on the landfill "releases" and independent experts have documented the truth, which was ignored by our government officials. I brought this truth to the public to the very best of my ability and resources. I hope that some of the agencies and people that I have recently alerted are looking into the scientific records that exist and will act as well. As for the public, I have provided the information and raised the issues of concern.
Please note, I sent a detailed summary of concerns and issues to the IEPA on January 3, 2012, an email to the Attorney General Bureau of Land on January 12, 2012, and a press release was issued by Kurth Lampe on January 13, 2012 on my behalf. (Click on the hyperlinks to read these documents which are also attached below.)
Please take the time to read the information, as knowledge is power. Democracy works, but you must get involved to make a difference. Those in power often recruit their minions to maintain the status quo and stay in office with no regard for what is best for the general public. Changes can be effectuated for the health and safety of the community. Now, it's up to you.
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
~Cree Indian Proverb
- January 3, 2012 – My Email to IEPA
- January 12, 2012 - My Email to Attorney General-Bureau of Land
- January 13, 2012 – Kurth Lampe Press Release on my behalf
- December 6, 2010 - The Chicago Environmental Law Clinic submitted official comments to IEPA-2010, directed by Kent Environmental Law Professor-Keith Harley
- 2005 - Shaw Environmental Preliminary Review: (purged from government record, audio of closed session audio tape gone as well).
- 2005 - Brownfield Grant, Intergovernmental Agreement, groundwater, BG collected the money from Lake County but never cleaned the water, per the agreement.