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Oak Brook's Library Hater Turns Crankiness On Fire Dept.

By aaroncynic in News on Oct 1, 2010 6:40PM

Xinos, via ABC 7 video
Not only does Oak Brook’s crankiest resident hate libraries, he also has issues with police and firefighters. In a heated Village Board meeting, Constantine Xinos, enemy of library loving children everywhere, suggested the village fire one firefighter a month until an agreement was reached regarding pensions. Xinos stated “Firemen, like cops, are street people. They only understand civilized force. That’s what they understand. You fire ‘em!” Connie, hoping that pressure from family would cause firefighters to back down, continued (while presumably twisting an evil looking mustache): “Maybe they'll sue us. Maybe they'll win something three years from now. She'll leave him. He'll be out of the house. The dog will be dead and the kids will be out on the streets.”

Oak Brook residents don’t pay property tax for village services. Instead, the money comes from sales tax revenue at the upscale shopping center. Local union president George Grodek, a 17 veteran firefighter, told ABC News “To hear someone say because they don't want to pay a property tax they'd like to ruin my livelihood and family's well-being is just shocking.” Normally we’d agree, but coming from a man who prides himself on being a Dickensian caricature, it’s not surprising.