Trustees Ignore, Argue with Stone

Some Buffalo Grove officials tried to ignore Lisa Stone as she spoke Monday night, while others offered her guidance or engaged in heated debate.

State Rep. Sid Mathias was not the only public figure who . 

Stone made repeated visits to the podium, where she addressed topics including water quality, , the legalization of marijuana and concerns about mosquito abatement. As she spoke, some trustees left the dais, while others made other overt efforts to keep Stone from their lines of vision.

“Trustee Trilling, can I have your attention when I speak?” Stone asked at one point.

“No,” Steve Trilling replied.

As Stone continued to talk, Trilling closed his eyes. Trustee Jeff Berman turned his chair backward so that he faced the wall while she spoke.

During that five-minute period — a maximum amount of time permitted for citizens to comment on an agenda item — Stone talked about her past job, praised the work of Health Officer/Deputy Building Commissioner Brian Sheehan and , as well as the village ordinance that places restrictions on pit bulls and Rottweilers, for which she rallied several years ago.

“The question is,” she said, getting to her point, “do we have any criteria for that mosquito spray so that it might not be worse that West Nile itself?”

“I understand that I’m not conventional, but I just want answers already,” she said. “…What is in the spray?”

“If you had just asked that one question — you were up there five minutes,” Trustee Beverly Sussman told her. “In 30 seconds, if you had just said, ‘Let’s find out what’s in the spray,’ that would be a good question. Why didn’t you just ask that question?”

“Don’t tell me how to work my form,” Stone replied.

After Village President Jeff Braiman used his gavel to restore order in the room, Trustee Andy Stein asked Sheehan to explain how the abatement companies’ sprays are certified.

Sheehan said the sprays are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tension also arose Monday night when Stone sparred with Trustee Jeff Berman over whether he should have disclosed on paper years ago that his wife worked for a law firm that was contracted by the village. Berman replied that he was not required to do so and called Stone’s comments “inappropriate innuendo.”

“You are making an accusation. I’m demanding that you withdraw it, right here, right now,” Berman said.

“You can’t demand anything of me, because I’m telling the truth,” Stone answered.

“You’re full of baloney, is what you are,” Berman replied.

After Stone concluded her final remarks, made during the public comment portion of the meeting, she was about to leave when she realized that Mathias was making his way to the podium. “Sid, I’ll stay for you,” Stone called to him.

Mathias then proceeded to distance himself from her, announcing,

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J September 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Does the VIllage have enough evidence to build a class action lawsuit against Lisa Stone for wasting B.G tax payers money and also Village time and resources with her schemes and drawn out way of asking a question? We are all victims to her craziness and I don't think one more cent should be wasted on her. She has been told, publicly, so many times, to get to the point and yet she continues to waste time and money. I feel that B.G. should no longer provide her with the forum to spout at the mouth since she is basically stealing from all BG. residents when she is unable to get to the point and ask a straight forward question. If you "must" let her speak, require her to submit her question, in writing, a fixed number of days prior to the meeting, which will help to make sure that she and the trustees stay on target during the meeting and any off topic spouting can be curtailed since the question will be read aloud by a trustee so that everyone will hear the question once and only once Thank you.
betty September 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I am a resident of BG and am APPALLED!! by the behavior, commentaries and actions of the entire Village Board!!! from the President down to the trustees. It is highly inappropriate and unprofessional and I expect our village officials to conduct themselves with a modicum of dignity! If I feel this way, I can GUARANTEE you that other residents feel exactly the same way...sick and tired of listening to this nonsensical bickering; it needs to STOP! Perhaps you people should have thought about it before you went after Lisa Stone, who at the time was a contemporary, like you were conducting a witch hunt of the middle ages. She has been mocked, degraded and demoralized by this entire board over and over and over and maybe she is trying to give you back some of the anguish and misery that all of you have caused her. What is the matter with all of you? I don't know her, but gather that she was inexperienced when she was first appointed and instead of working with her everyone turned against her. It seems to me that she has always had the best interest of the residents of Buffalo Grove in her heart and isn't that what all of you are supposed to be doing there? ANYWAY, To the Village Board...Please GET OVER IT! Move on! and stop posting this garbage that no one wants to read.
Mark Bushey September 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
From the Villages Code of Ordinances: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16229 "The Village President shall eject from the meeting any person, other than an elected official, who interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting or who persists in disorderly, disruptive conduct and may call on any officer of the police department for assistance. " Please board, next meeting, just do this. It will stop wasting time.
Mark Bushey September 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Betty, the entire village board has been dealing with her crap for so long, it is better for them to look or walk away than snap at her. Have you watched the meetings where she was a trustee? Have you watched the current meetings?
LiLSuzQ32 September 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Excellent research, Mark - - thanks for the info! However, I feel that "betty" and "lisa" will believe that this regulation applies to everyone *EXCEPT* for her :)
LiLSuzQ32 September 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Mark, I think that "betty" might just be "lisa" in disguise :)
Walter White September 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM
You're appalled at the board's behavior. Oh, brother. Another LL (Lisa Lunatic). No Suz, she actually spells words correctly and punctuates. Can't be Lisa.
Mark Bushey September 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
that and she didn't say "I am a resident of Buffalo Grove... 60089"
Walter White September 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM
And she's an expert legal researcher and has lots of mocksy.
Janet Sirabian September 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Betty, with all due respect, please be sure you watch at least one board meeting before you draw conclusions. Staff and board members spent countless hours trying to work with her before and during her term of office. She does not wish to work with anyone. Her goal when she entered the office was to destroy staff and current officials. She has accused numerous staff and board members of being unethical, yet provides no facts to back up her accusations. She has been out of office for nearly two years, and she still attends board meetings in order to try to ruin reputations. I believe you are accusing the wrong people of a witch hunt. Again, please watch the 9/10/12 board meeting before you condemn the board.
RELENTLESSCRITIC September 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Betty- Where have you been for the last 3 years? Apparently you haven't been paying attention to what's been going on in the village. Or maybe you don't care about all the disruption of billage business and waste of taxpayer money Stone has caused through her lousy behavior and personal vendettas thinly veiled as community "causes". Go do some research before you spout your half-baked opinions. If you were even semi-aware of the history here, and had half an ounce of common sense, you'd understand what the real issues are. Based on your comments, you didn't even bother to educate yourself- you just decided to come on here and spout some ill-informed nonsense. If you don't want to read this "garbage"' then don't read it. But until you have an informed opinion, no one wants to read the garbage you post. Your post demonstrates why we need to keep this conversation going. Too many uninformed nincompoops would rather believe the conspiracy theories and tripe rather than educating themselves on the real facts. That's how Stone got elected in the first place, and the community has been dealing with the after-effects ever since. We can't allow that to happen again- with Stone or the next unqualified and inept candidate that comes along. Betty- you may want to continue reading these threads- you may learn some important civics lessons about what's been happening right in your own back yard.
RELENTLESSCRITIC September 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Erica hasn't seen the light... there's no light where her head has been shoved for the last 3 years. This is just her feeble attempt to get the uproar over her hero's public humiliation to die down. For years she's been one of Stone's Flying Monkeys, defending her at every turn. Now, all of a sudden she's trying to be Henry Kissinger brokering a peace settlement? She thinks she's the voice of reason, goodwill and charity? Erica- there's nothing you can do to mitigate the embarrassment and humiliation your buddy Stone suffered the other night. She brought it on herself- it has been brewing for months and it finally came to a head. One thing is certain- she'll be back with a vengeance, and you'll be right at her side- or actually half a step behind her- defending her actions again. So don't be so quick to try to broker a truce that your hero wouldn't support. A week ( or less) from now, both of you will be back in attack mode and we'll be right back where were. I am sure she has her pal Kitty Kurth working on a press release as we speak. And she's probably been burning up the phone lines to the FBI since she has them on speed dial. The only way this will die down is if Stone dramatically changes her modus operandi and learns how to behave and treat people civilly, or she simply goes away, stops foisting her silly causes on the public and wasting taxpayer dollars. I doubt that either of those scenarios will happen.
Jane Edwards September 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
.Thank you RC for setting Betty straight. When I read her comments and she said "lisa has always had the best interest of the residents of BG in her heart", I nearly choked and thought "where did she hear that". It then dawned on me that she must be a friend of Mrs. George, the only person in Buffalo who would feel that way.
Mark Bushey September 13, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I think we need to stop poking at the bear. She has not said anything since Monday night and maybe the embarrassment will quiet her. There is no point in egging her on if she keeps quiet. Else we become as bad as her. If she starts her lies again, then we can start calling her out on them.
Walter White September 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Like I said, if she keeps her mouth shut, there'll be nothing to talk about.
Janet Sirabian September 13, 2012 at 03:16 AM
It is not as bright a line as some would believe. There is a something called the First Amendment. The essence of freedom of speech can be summarized in the famous quotation: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” That isn't to say the right is boundless and without limits. The Village, I am sure, has received advice from its legal counsel and perhaps also from the States Attorney on whether and when they can eject her (or anyone), and what she, and they, must do beforehand. Remember as well that she wants to be a martyr, and she loves filing lawsuits. I suspect eventually it will come to that. But, to Sandy and others who claim it is a sign of weakness, I would suggest to the contrary. The patience shown is a sign of strength, and of respect for the Constitution, even at their own expense in having to endure her and her nonsense.
RELENTLESSCRITIC September 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I finally had a chance to watch the tape of the entire meeting, and she was so obnoxious, , so disruptive, so rude, so condescending, so mean spirited and so arrogant that it made Sid's comments at the end absolutely perfect. Seeing the rug pulled out from under her at the end of the night was a thing of beauty. It couldn't have played out any better, especially after she called out "I'll stay for you Sid" as he was walking to the podium. She must have thought she'd provide him with some moral support. Then BOOOM! After seeing her "performance" , I'm not certain I am ready to stop poking the bear just yet. It was just too fun to watch.
Mark Bushey September 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I agree that it was perfect. I'm just hoping this shut her up. Newspapers ran the story. The public is informed of her lies. I just don't want to give her reasons to come on here and start ranting.
Dolly September 13, 2012 at 06:45 AM
"Raingirl" needs to get a life!
Walter White September 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Did you catch one of the board members at the end saying "Can we just sit here and enjoy?" Priceless.
Below is part of her response to finding out she was 'recalled' by a 3 to 1 margin. I wonder if she remembers this? Stone said she plans to see the Land and Lakes landfill issue to its conclusion, but will otherwise take a big step back from community involvement. "I'm not going to be a citizen activist. I've only been an activist in the areas that are brought to me," she said. So who brought her the 'area' of clean water? L&L was cleared by everyone but seems she can't accept that 'conclusion'. Oh well, so far she's not posted here nor on the Daily Herald article. Maybe she will ' take a big step back from community involvement'.
LiLSuzQ32 September 14, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Mark, I share your optimism ... however, Ms. Stone manages to infiltrate every publication and every public message board that exists. However, should she arrive and start ranting, the best thing all of us could do is simply *not* reply to her and go on with our lives. But, if one believes they should respond to Ms. Stone, they should prepare to gird for battle and entrench themselves for at least a several month long attack. Frankly, I just plan to get the *heck* out of Hell-Annoy in the next 5-6 years, and make my escape to rural Bloomington, IN .... where I can buy 20 acres of land, with a house and several outbuildings, for around $60-$90K ... and where my real estate tax bill will be around $1K a year, and that would be on the upper end of the scale. As a matter of fact, if Ms. Stone tried to follow me to tell me how polluted my water was, and how I should sue the local aquifier, I'd just laugh her off and drink the questionable water and (just in case there *should be* a problem, I'd filter the water. Once again, I just wonder why Lisa just won't SHUT THE F**K UP !!!!!!!!!!!! ~~ Suz ~~
Sandy Klein September 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Janet, I think when you come from a place of fear, as fear of a lawsuit, it does put you in a position of weakness. And Lisa Stone knows that and uses it to her advantage. I think it's safe to say we all believe in freedom of speech, but that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about controlling someone who is out of a control. A loose cannon. A mean spirited and vindictive, nasty, waste of human form. She is a rabid dog who takes control of every meeting by insinuating herself into every discussion on the table, hijacking the meeting in this way, rambling on and on, and attacking everyone while she does it. She has zero respect for anyone and if you oppose her - look out. The venom is vicious and she's unrelenting in her attempt to "get back". I respect the individuals on the board and appreciate the contributions made - but as a whole I would have a lot more respect for the board if they would contain the madness by telling spectators that if they have more than one topic to address they need to wait until the end of the meeting when they'll get 10 minutes to address everything. No more speaking after every issue. And WHEN she gets up to talk out of turn or attacks people or starts with her passive-aggressive remarks or continues past the time allotted, cut her microphone and have a police officer at the ready to physically remove her from the podium IF NEED BE. That's not inhibiting freedom of speech - it's inhibiting freedom of insanity.
Sandy Klein September 14, 2012 at 08:14 PM
She's probably busy planning how to get back at Sid, vindictive bully that she is.
Mark Bushey September 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Did anyone see this article from last Friday? http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_0b08f952-f946-11e1-b490-001a4bcf6878.html “Maybe at some point I’ll run for a higher office,” Stone said. “It appears I have unique abilities to stand up to opposition.”
Erica Williams September 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Bunch of bullies. And I'm not talking about Lisa Stone.
RELENTLESSCRITIC September 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Just as I predicted in another thread... Stone re-emerges and Erica Immediately drops her "can't we all just get along?" crap and starts her name calling again. Nice try Erica, we saw right through you.
Walter White September 15, 2012 at 01:41 PM
She won't be pushed around!! (said in Teddy KGB voice)
Richard Crane September 16, 2012 at 08:29 AM
How about "demonized" instead of "demoralized?" If you're going to babble and support the village idiot, you should at least get something right. R
J September 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Since this just "popped up" on my screen...Perhaps Lisa Stone is better off arguing with a level higher than the Village. From what I am observing, she IS arguing and her issues should be addressed at a County or State level and not with the Village of Buffalo Grove. Please stop wasting Buffalo Grove tax dollars and get your concerns to the right group of people. Lights, heat/airconditioning, cleaning crew, bathroom supplies, paper/electricity, Trustee time and effort are all being wasted on listening to Lisa talk to deaf ears since the problems are at a higher level and belong outside of B.G. Lake County should address the Water problem...Not Buffalo Grove. If the water issue is on Cook County side, then CookCounty should address it. Lisa is not a lawyer and is walking a fine line right now. Doing legal research and working for a lawyer does not a lawyer make. She claims to not have graduated from College in one of the many rantings of the village meetings. It is my understanding that ... Can't become a lawyer if you don't have a license. And, to get a license, you have to go to Law School and actually complete it and pass the BAR exam. And, to go to Law School, you have to apply(and get accepted) as well as finish college with a degree. See a pattern forming?


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