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Tinley Park Trustee Diane Galante Removed from Village Board Meeting

Trustee Diane Galante was removed from the board meeting by vote, with only Galante voting no.

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Jason Allen
Jason Allen
Reporter for the Southland Journal covering Crestwood, Orland Park, and Tinley Park

Tinley Park Trustee Diane Galante Removed from Village Board Meeting (Tinley Park, IL) — At the village of Tinley Park’s regular board meeting held Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Trustee Diane Galante was removed from the board meeting by vote, with only Galante voting no. The drama ensued during the board comments portion after Mayor Glotz read from a police report which included allegations that Glotz intimidated her after a board meeting.

When Trustee Sullivan stated she was present but did not witness these accusations, Galante interrupted her and was asked not to interrupt, as has happened at previous board meetings. Galante continued interrupting, which devolved into a shouting match. As a result of the lack of order and decorum, Glotz asked if there was a motion to remove Trustee Galante for lack of decorum. Trustee Mahoney made the motion, Trustee Brennan seconded it, at which point it was approved with only Galante voting no.

The chain of events that led to Galante’s removal began with Glotz discussing a police report filed against him:

On April 7, Trustee Galante walked into the police station to file a false police report against me.  … ‘Subject states coworker got in her space and intimidated her by quietly speaking discourteous comments to her.’ Trustee Galante also said that I blocked the door. I couldn’t block the door if I wanted to.

Glotz continued reading from the report, “At the end of the Tinley Park board meeting Diane Galante had her hand on the door … when Michael Glotz came up to her and stood within arm’s reach, leaning towards her.’ Again, that is just not true.”

The report also includes allegations of name-calling. Glotz claimed he never called Galante an idiot, but he confirmed “I said you are rude and embarrassing.”

The report includes Galante’s statement that Glotz is trying to hurt her family. While he denied trying to hurt her family, he did ask “Please consider to make restitution with Village Coin for the money that you do owe.”

Glotz claimed that there were 16-17 people “who heard and saw Diane become unhinged and act in a very scary manner as I walked away from her and she came chasing me down.”

Glotz went on to list previously alleged misdeeds committed by Galante. He also stated “You tried to intimidate the police chief and coerce him at a residence house to give you information that you weren’t even entitled to. The chief felt threatened by you and reported it.

Glotz told Galante “Please stop your games and let’s work together, or just resign so we can get back to business.”

Galante’s response included the following:

“I went to the police department out of fear. I feared, myself, that day as you whispered in my ear and that’s why I went there. How dare you … I wasn’t gonna let you belittle me and do what you do and walk out that door like you’re gonna make me feel bad. … Just because I couldn’t be told what I was gonna do, then I’m out and I’m attacked.”

It was after Galante’s comments that the argument between Sullivan and Galante ensued and was gaveled by Glotz. Noting that he had warned Galante nine times previously not to interrupt other board members, he asked for the motion to remove her. After she left the room, the comments continued.

Clerk O’Connor stated “She sits here and attacks residents. I cannot understand that. That cannot be allowed to continue. … This is really disappointing, what we all just had to witness. I apologize to those here in attendance and to our 55,000+ residents.”

Resident Michael Stuckly, who was called out by Galante by name during her comments, decided to speak:

It was not proven that anything was leaked to me or shared to me, so I don’t know where she’s getting that from … Obviously classless, bringing my name up again … she just proved how she is tonight, she just can’t handle herself, she’s not professional.

Resident Tim Janecyk spoke next:

I can’t believe what’s going on with this trustee. … What I saw tonight, as an American, it’s my right to criticize any one of you on that dais. … But Trustee Galante has filed two police reports against me, that I know of, based on Mr. Stuckly and my FOIA requests on her police reports.

He went on to say that he wanted to confront her “about her attempts to have me arrested for my Facebook criticisms about her.”

Janecyk continued:

Trustee Galante is not only corrupt, but is absolutely unfit for office. She’s abused her office, she’s abused the traditions of this nation. We’re all Americans here, we can all criticize our elected officials. Janecyk stated he does not want to sue his village, but that “she can hire her own lawyer, and defend her own unethical and illegal, immoral, corrupt behavior in this room on this dais. … Trustee Galante needs to resign.

Other Agenda Items

CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-025 AMENDING TITLE XI, CHAPTER 112, SECTION 112.22 OF THE TINLEY PARK MUNICIPAL CODE– AN ORDINANCE DECREASING THE NUMBER OF CLASS “A” LIQUOR LICENSES THAT CAN BE ISSUED IN THE VILLAGE AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CLASS AV LIQUOR/VIDEO LICENSES THAT CAN BE ISSUED IN THE VILLAGE (HILLGROVE TAP, 9505 W. 171st STREET) – Galante voted no.

(all others approved unanimously)

  • CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA  – Motion to approve agenda with removal of Item 11
  • CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL VILLAGE BOARD MEETING HELD ON MAY 3, 2022
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-044 RECOGNIZING BECKY NICHOLS FOR HER EFFORTS IN STARTING AND MANAGING THE TINLEY PARK FARMERS MARKET
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION  2022-R-048 DESIGNATING MAY 15TH THROUGH MAY 21ST AS NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK IN THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-051 RECOGNIZING THE STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
  • RECEIVE PRESENTATIONS OF THE TINLEY PARK BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT – TK INSURANCE AND UCP SEGUIN FOUNDATION
  • CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BOARD COMMISSION LIAISON APPOINTMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023
  • CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023
  • CONSIDER APPOINTING BRETT OFTEDAHL TO THE POSITION OF FIRE INSPECTOR
  • CONSIDER APPOINTING KAREN SCHUTT TO THE POSITION OF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
  • CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:
    • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-045 CELEBRATING FATHER JAMES “JAY” FINNO ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD.
    • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-046 APPROVING A GROUND LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK AND STC TWO, LLC FOR 18301 RIDGELAND AVENUE, TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS (250 SF).
    • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-047 APPROVING A GROUND LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK AND STC TWO, LLC (18301 RIDGELAND AVENUE, TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS).
    • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-039 APPROVING THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO THE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND BANGING GAVEL PROPERTIES LLC. THE AMENDMENT WILL REMOVE THE TIME LIMITATION ON THE TEMPORARY OUTDOOR BEER GARDEN.
    • CONSIDER PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING BILLS IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,364,017.57 AS LISTED ON THE VENDOR BOARD APPROVAL REPORTS DATED MAY 6 AND 13, 2022.
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-034 GRANTING VARIATIONS TO PERMIT A ONE-STORY BUILDING ADDITION FOR A CERTAIN PROPERTY LOCATED AT 17344 OAK PARK AVENUE
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-049 APPROVING AN AMENDED RIGHT-OF-WAY ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN ELEVATED ENTERPRISES, LLC., AND THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 17344 OAK PARK AVENUE
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-035 GRANTING A VARIATION TO PERMIT A CORNER FENCE IN A SECONDARY FRONT YARD FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 7501 HANOVER DRIVE
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-036 GRANTING A SPECIAL USE FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT AND FINAL PLAT OF SUBDIVISION FOR THE OAK RIDGE SUBDIVISION
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-037 GRANTING STEVEN NOVAK OF ANYTIME FITNESS A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A COMMERCIAL INDOOR RECREATION USE GREATER THAN 3,500 SQUARE FEET IN FLOOR SPACE AT 17823 80TH AVENUE
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2022-O-038 GRANTING VARIATIONS TO PERMIT A PATIO AND FENCE IN A SECONDARY FRONT YARD FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 7240 174th PLACE
  • CONSIDER ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2022-R-050 APPROVING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK AND AUSTIN TYLER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT – DOROTHY LANE & IRONWOOD DRIVE
  • CONSIDER RESOLUTION 2022-R-052 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF A HOMELAND SECURITY MOBILE BOLLARD SYSTEM FROM ADVANCED SECURITY TECHNOLOGY (AST)

Tinley Park Trustee Diane Galante Removed from Village Board Meeting

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