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Missed it by THAT much…!! Blue out, Patton in at Marion for city council

Posted by on Friday, February 9th, 2018 @ 6:29 pm.

Monte Blue

MARION, Ill. - A refreshing case of being an honest politician has left a Marion guy NOT being a politician.

A couple of days after Monte Blue was selected for the Marion City Council this week, he resigned the position...not because of any wrongdoing, but because it was discovered, almost by accident, that he wasn't qualified to hold the position.

We'll let Blue tell it; here's the letter he submitted, explaining the situation:

Dear City of Marion residents, employees and community members,

On February 9, 2018, I was sworn in as a City Commissioner of Marion, Illinois. I was proud of this role, and looked forward to working with this town, and the community members that I love so much. I have devoted by life to this town, working with almost every member of our community at one point or another, and was looking forward to working with you all again. Through the good times and the bad times, my friends in Marion have been there for me, and I have tried to be there for every one of you. As I write this letter, just 24 hours after being sworn in as a leader of this community, I am sorry to say that I must resign from the same position.

I built a house on South Market Street in December of 2010, and I have lived there ever since. I have voted in every city election, have paid city water, have bought four different building permits, and have paid city taxes on a portion of my land since the day I built the house. When we built, the 911 coordinator at the time verified our address, and when we were broken into, the city police department responded. I have coached the Marion baseball team, owned and operated a funeral home in the city, and truly bleed blue and gold. However, yesterday, after being sworn in , my son went to the code enforcer to buy a building permit to start construction on some land he owns next to mine, and he was informed that his land was not technically inside city limits and no permit was required. While looking into this, we then noticed that the land in front of my house (east), as well as the land to the north, south and west of my house are all inside city limits, but my house is not. The city limits surround my house, but my house is not included, therefore I am not qualified as a City Commissioner.

As I write this, I want to be clear that I do not believe this to be anyone's "fault." Everyone involved truly believed that I was in the city, and based off of past situations, none of us had any reason to think otherwise. I am sure that because of the situation and the land surrounding me, I could have figured out a way to work around this but that is not what I wanted to happen. I was not inside city limits the day I was sworn in, so no matter what happens in the future, I believed that the right thing to do was play by the rules, not try alter them by annexation.

I truly believe that I was the right person for this job, and I had every intention of serving my community in the best way I possibly could. Having said that, I also believe that there are really, really good people interested in filing the seat of commissioner and I know that I am leaving you in good hands. I have full confidence in the five men that joined me at the meeting Monday night, and I look forward to watching one of them serve in my place.

I know a lot of you have questions and I plan on answering every one of them. However, I will be out of town on a planned cruise over the next few days, unable to respond as this news breaks. I apologize for the inconvenience, the misunderstanding, and any embarrassment this might have caused. I had only the best intentions at heart when deciding to apply for this seat, and hope that the zoning situation can be looked at so that I can run in future elections. This is my home, this is my city, and you are my friends. A map cannot take the Marion out of me, but out of respect for the city, the other commissioners, and my community members, I have decided not to fight this, and resign as Commissioner of the City of Marion effective today, February 9, 2018.

Doug Patton, who also ran for the position, will be sworn in Monday. And Monte...? There's always room on the county board for someone this HONEST.

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3 Comments for “Missed it by THAT much…!! Blue out, Patton in at Marion for city council”

  1. Groucho

    The fix was in. My unqualified guess is good ol’ boy el corrupto collusion when Patton wasn’t reinstated. Interesting that within minutes of Chris’ application, the corruptos were notified of the crazy city limits- meaning that more than likely ,someone at city hall had already done the research. What a bunch of hosers,
    STINK-O!!!!

  2. Groucho

    And I don’t discount the possibility that the old goat is still pulling the strings-sounds like something he would do.

  3. Groucho

    The city can’t have it both ways–Either Monte is within the city limits or he is not..If he is not, then the city has been derelict in taxing him, and owes him a refund.Monte, of course, has to do business in the city.

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