CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved pay for a four-page, full-color newsletter touting the government interests of 4th Ward Alderman Ramonde Williams, despite objections from one council colleague.
Alderman Nick Manousopoulos, 6th Ward, insisted the measure to edit the newsletter be voted on separately from other action items on the Calumet City Council agenda.
Manousopoulos voted against approving a $1,500 payment to Newsmakers Inc., for writing, editing, proofing and layout of the 4th Ward newsletter.
His was the only opposition. Another item on the agenda for a $2,520 payment to What’s Da Bizniz Inc., for printing the newsletter also came up for a vote.
Manousopoulos voted in favor of that payment, and it passed by a 7-0 vote.
Manousopoulos declined to explain his opposition to the Newsmakers Inc., payment.
Williams said he was unaware of why Manousopoulos would be opposed to his newsletter.
The newsletter, a copy of which Williams provided The Times, includes a calendar of city events ranging from a May 20 job fair at South Suburban College in South Holland, to a Dec. 20 “Secret Santa” gift giveaway to be held at a location yet to be determined. It also contains a story about a public safety seminar held by the Police Department and a story about the property manager of Bernadin Manor who helped residents cope with a storm last summer that left residents without electricity.
Williams said that with payments now approved, he feels comfortable distributing the newsletter to 4th Ward residents, and he hopes to have it mailed and delivered to those residents by Tuesday.