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Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar to Volunteer at McDonald's for Heart Haven OutReach

Mayor Roger Claar will volunteer Monday with Heart Haven OutReach at a Bolingbrook McDonald's from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar will spend his birthday "working" at McDonald's for a Heart Haven OutReach fundraiser Monday. 

Claar will volunteer from 5 to 7 p.m. to greet and serve Bolingbrook McDonald's patrons. The McDonald's character Grimace, H2O founder Lindsey "Claar" Smith and members of the H2O staff will also be present at the event. 

McDonald's will donate partial proceeds to Heart Haven OutReach. 

The McDonald's is located at 100 N. Bolingbrook Drive, near the intersection of Route 53 and Briarcliff Road. 

Heart Haven OutReach (H2O) is a Bolingbrook and Valley View School District non-profit organization that serves high school teens experiencing challenges such as loneliness, relationship issues, lowself-esteem, bullying, anger issues and problems at school.

H2O is a place where teens can talk through their problems and know they are not alone. By building caring and supportive relationships, H2O provides one-on-one mentoring, support groups and character education programs.

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Despiser of Obama November 21, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Hick up!!
Jimmy J November 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
It would be nice if Roger and his pals at DuPage Township would refrain from funnelling our tax dollars to fund his (his wife and daughter's) favorite non profit, H2O. He could spend more of his own time and money on these types of activities if he so chooses. Happy Birthday!
Mom of 2 November 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Well said Jimmy J! I would think it would be illegal for him to give our tax money to fund his family's organization year after year. I guess he's learned from the best (corrupt political friends like George Ryan).
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Why is it when something good is being done someone has to always say something negative. The H20 is a good organization in our community. So what if it was started by family. Shows you what a good family they are. Every town funds money to Charitable organizations and it makes good sense to keep it in town. How many of you people are doing some good? Happy Birthday Roger and thanks for all you do in town!
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I agree with Jimmy J. Not everyone in town is a fan of Mayor Claar and his regime. Just because someone questions how our tax dollars are being spent, doesn't make them negative. It makes them smart. Why? Because they have a questioning mind. Jimmy J is absolutely correct. H2O is a family-run organization that's heavily funded by Bolingbrook taxpayers. (without our permission of course.) Fact is fact.
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
...happy birthday, Mayor Claar.
becremm November 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I am curious.....does anyone know how much personal money the mayor donates annually to H2O? If he cares so deeply about it, we would see equal amounts of donations made from his personal bank account. However, I highly doubt the latter scenario.
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
From what I understand (from FOIA requested information up to 2010), the majority of the donations (tens of thousands) come directly from DuPage Township. The T-ship Supervisor, Bill Meyer also served as director of H2O (a blatant conflict of interest), basically pushing thru our tax dollars to fund a pet charity. Here's the organization's last filing (2010) with Lisa Madigan's office - http://ag.state.il.us/PDF_IMAGES/Indexes20120627/01045594-2010.pdf In the report: The organization raised over $100k from it's golf outing (in 2010). Since the BB Golf Course is publicly owned (by the taxpayers), did the organization pay for to rent the room, group golfing, food, drinks, etc.? Or, did they entertain for free, at taxpayers expense? The line items listing room rentals, food etc., are blank. What makes up the $28k in "other expense". Can we see the detail? Also note the name of the person signing the document, and the list of directors. If you want to know how much BB taxpayers spent in 2011 & 2012, simply FOIA all H2O billings/receipts from DuPage Township. (unfortunately the Treasurers' Rpt is not on their website) Bolingbrook taxpayers should be given the opportunity to decide on which pet charities to donate to. Not the politicians. Not cronies.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So Rhonda my friend, I don't really care about how it's funded. It is something we need in the community. I am a Roger fan and always have been. This town would not be what it is today with out him and as you call his regime. I too am still and always be involved. let's not always be so negative and look for things to pick on. He does donate to causes out of his own money people. He puts money aside for donations when needed. I do know this is a fact. Really! As your friend (Rhonda) and knowing you I ask you to once give credit, thanks......... Tina
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Didn't people come there and spend money, let's think. So now your picking on H20. I am really disappointed.
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Hi Tina. As a friend, you know that I truly respect your side, and don't consider your staunch support for Claar as a negative. It's simply your opinion. I don't see it the same way. That doesn't make me negative. It's just an alternative view. And that's ok. On a positive note, I do wish you a very Merry Christmas. Your friend, Rhonda. :)
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Ok, just so you know my view also. I don't get into the nit picking,life is so short as you know. Enjoy the good things that are being offered for others. There are many good people in this group. You were once a Commissioner and know how hard people work. Merry Christmas to you too. Your Friend Tina
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The people that attended the event and spent money did so willingly. However, the taxdollars used to fund this pet charity were not approved by the taxpayers. That's wrong. I'm sure the local food pantry, battered womens shelter, etc. could have used that money. The BB taxpayers were not given the opportunity to have a say. That's disappointing.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
There are many things in government that we don't get to pick or say. I know many that have donated to the things listed above.Is there a battered womens shelter in town now? I know if there was he would make sure it was helped out.
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
(...gosh, you warm my heart, Tina)...I agree with you that life is too short to nit pick. But, I have a different view, and don't see it the same way. Tina, my passion for local government finance is driven out of that very same theory - life is too short to sit on the sidelines, and not "jump in" and get involved. That's what I'm doing. This is not personal, it's strictly about government finance. I'm sure Mayor Claar and his family are good people. How they chose to spend our tax dollars s/b open to scrutiny.
Rhonda November 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
....that's where we differ. Locally, we should have more say in how our taxdollars are being spent. Especially when tens of thousands of dollars are funding pet charities. There's a battered womens shelter in Joliet. Certainly Honorable Claar could use some of the tax money spent on H2O and instead spend it on a new battered womens shelter in Bolingbrook. A better photo-op than McDonalds. A perfect story right before the local election in April, 2013.
Jimmy J November 26, 2012 at 07:59 PM
H2O is a conflict of interest and I don't really care how much good they do if it's the Claar family business. If H2O is so deserving it should exist without our confiscated tax dollars. I really get tired of the local politicians bragging how much good they do in our community spending other people's money (our tax dollars).
jaskie1505 November 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Just got back from buying my dinner at McDonalds and was served by the honorable Mayor Claar. The fund raiser appeared to be a success. A good crowd of people showed up to eat and donate and wish the Mayor a Happy Birthday. The Mayor's daughter is no longer on the payroll and I believe Mrs. Claar is only a volunteer as well. H2O performs a much needed service for troubled teens. We all have our pet charities that we love to support. Each of these charities have their well recognized supporters. Kudo's to the Claar family for donating their time to this worthy cause.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Fault-finding and criticizing, no matter what our intentions, tend to drive wedges between us and other people. Many of us carry this tendency to extremes, though. Many people feel that they need to tell everyone about every little fault that they find in every situation. They feel that they're doing people favors by pointing out what they see as flaws and problems, even though they may not be in a position in which people expect them to find mistakes. And when they do so, they risk hurting people greatly. So just because you choose something that you think is a better cause, then organize it and ask for donations to make it happen. Thank You
Rhonda November 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Ok??? I thought we were debating government spending? Specifically, our hard earned tax dollars being funnelled to Claar's pet charity. Obviously, you support it, and I don't. This fact doesn't make you a saint, and it cerntainly don't make me the devil. Tina, if you're looking for all "pro-Claar" comments on BB Patch, you are living in a dream world. Snap out of it! This is just a debate. It's not personal. [...on a positive note, maybe you can convince honorable Claar to open a battered women's shelter in Bolingbrook. We could certainly use one.]
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo November 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Why dont' you talk to him. His door is open at all times
Rhonda November 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
...sure it is.
Mary AB November 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
OMG, the Mayor uses his own time and on his birthday to help a charitable organization and gets blasted! It's almost like some people were just waiting for an avenue to vent frustration! The truth of the matter is he went to McDonalds to promote a charity that is serving the Bolingbrook Community! Giving teens a place to gather instead of being out on the streets is something that should be commended not attacked. If this is the organization Mayor Claar and his family choose to support, that is their business not that of the general public. As for the comment of how much of his own money does he donate to the organization, I can tell you from personal experience that donating time is often much more valuable to an organization than money. It's easy for people to write a check and claim it as a tax deduction at the end of the year but spending hours actually working is something that only a limited number of people are willing to give! I personally appreciate our Mayor and what he has done and continues to do for Bolingbrook, I have no ties to the mayor, his campaign or his office or staff but I know that when I walked into his office today with a list of concerns from our homeowners association, he was very supportive and helpful and addressed the issues that he could. We elect officials, we don't buy them and their families! There is always room for constructive criticism but attacks and unfounded accusations towards our elected officials is petty and childish!
Aunt Jemima-Butterworth November 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
IZ no the Mayor ands hes as crooked as a pigs dik. Hes only doin dis because his daughter is involved in the bizness. Happy Holly Days every one.

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