Does Tinley Park Official's Tie to Design Business Create a Conflict?

Tinley Park has been paying a local business owned by the sister-in-law of the village's marketing director to do design work on village property, the Chicago Tribune reports. Is that a good idea?

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
Since 2000, Tinley Park has contracted a local design business owned by the sister-in-law of a village employee to do work throughout the community, the Chicago Tribune reports

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Le Deux Donnas, which has earned more than $86,000 from Tinley Park for decorating the village during holidays, is owned by Donna Lee Framke, who is the sister-in-law of Tinley Park's marketing director, Donna Framke, according to the Tribune. Despite the name—it means "The Two Donnas" in French and is a reference to the owner and actress Donna Reed, a family friend—Donna the director has no financial stake in the business, the report stated.

Officials told the Tribune that the director's relationship with the owner had no bearing on the decision to use Le Deux Donnas over the years. Donna the director said she does not involve herself in the village decision processes that involve Donna the designer, the report stated.

Over the past 13 years, some of the village projects the business has been responsible for decorating include, according to the report:
  • a 2000 Halloween party, the first time it was contracted
  • the Oak Park Avenue Metra station since 2003 (the proposals for 2012 and 2013 are on the village's website)

For the 2013 Oak Park Avenue contract, Le Deux Donnas was the second-lowest of five bidders but the only one from Tinley Park, the report stated. The lowest bid was $8,776; Le Deux Donnas bid $9,989.

YOUR TURN: Conflicts of interest aren't just about impropriety but the appearance of impropriety. Do you think the village did the wrong thing? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Denise Politano January 17, 2014 at 02:24 PM
One of the lowest bidders, does a GREAT job AND is a Tinley Park business. I think it's a no brainer that the village went with the right company.
concerned January 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM
I don't see almost 10,000 dollars worth of stuff here. Looks like the village got ripped off. Zabrocki's son also works for Robinson Engineering which makes a fortune off of Tinley. The wife of this kid works full time in the village all issuing water bills which only come out twice a year. I wonder what she does the rest of the year.
Tony January 19, 2014 at 08:28 AM
The big z and his cast of characters have the system in place so it works for them and not the taxpayer. Decorating for events is subjective and want to know the reason the lowest bid wasn't taken. Same old story here folks, lifetime career political hack spends taxpayers money like a child spends their parents money since that "box" is full of it...ya just need to go to it and push some buttons and out pops the cash. Elaborate train stations, payroll games, rediculous wasteful expense account abuses and an expensive study that couldn't come to ANY conclusion on term limitations. How about the sweetheart deal where the brook side Glenn developer bought Zs for significantly higher than market value and sold him a home on discount. Who ya hackn? Not this tp tax paying resident!


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