Local Government Transparency Newsletter Launched in La Grange Park, IL

Mar 22, 2011, 23:41 ET from La Grange Park Developments

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The residents of La Grange Park, a quiet bedroom community west of Chicago, will be treated to the first issues of La Grange Park Developments, a free publication that presents risks and alternatives to overdevelopment of a fully developed, stable community.

"Our Village has been subjected to pressure from developer-hawks for years," explains the editor, Herb Massin, an advocate for preserving residential neighborhoods and prized green space, currently protected by the Village's comprehensive land use plan.  

Massin cites an impending Village election and the establishment of a political party, the first in the town's history, as the trigger for the publication.  "Overriding the Comprehensive Plan at our very moment of national recognition would be a travesty," says Massin, referring to the town's recent inclusion in Forbes.com's list of America's 20 Most Stable Home Markets.

"I don't think there's anyone more qualified to talk about zoning and planning issues than Herb Massin," admits Don Veverka, an attorney that served as a Village Trustee for fourteen years. "He presents both sides and is always fair with his analysis."

The editor, a retired nuclear engineer, has a track record of shepherding smart growth and financing.  Under his eight-year leadership as a member and president, the local District 102 Board of Education purchased and converted an all-girls private high school to a public co-ed junior high following a successful referendum.  He chaired a successful Village referendum in 2005, served on the Comprehensive Land Steering Committee, and currently serves on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.

"Voters in a Village with stability like ours want facts and a truthful assessment of risks, not pre-election generalities," adds Massin, who is no stranger to analyzing alternatives, assessing risks, and making decisions that protect the public.  It's something he's done throughout his professional life.  Qualified with two advanced degrees from MIT, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Massin completed a 26-year career at Exelon as a nuclear engineer managing the engineering and construction of six nuclear reactors.

"There's none better than Herb when it comes to digesting information and arriving at correct conclusions," recalls Dresden Nuclear Plant director, Joe Kotowski. "In a job like ours, there's no room for error."

It would seem Massin is still doing what he does best, bringing the facts to light.

SOURCE La Grange Park Developments