Bolingbrook's Claar Hints His Days as Mayor May Be Numbered

Iconic leader of the Village calls for members of Illinois general assembly to take action on proposed pension reform and medicare legislation.

Roger Claar will have served 31 years as Bolingbrook's mayor when his current term ends in April 2017. Credit: Ron Kremer
Roger Claar will have served 31 years as Bolingbrook's mayor when his current term ends in April 2017. Credit: Ron Kremer

During his closing remarks at the State of the Village Luncheon, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar took a moment to call for help from members of the Illinois general assembly on issues ranging from police and fire pensions to medicare.

Several local and state political leaders were in the audience at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. He urged them to be creative in finding ways to cut costs and save taxpayers money.

To that end, Claar said the Village eliminated three departments and axed several staff members in 2013. And he said to expect more of the same in 2014.

“We’re going to privatize services where we can,” Claar said. “And it’s not going to be popular. And you’ll read about it the paper.”

Read about it? Claar has a long history of making headlines.

And he said when his current term ends—in April 2017—he will have served as Bolingbrook’s mayor for 31 years and hinted that could be enough—even for him.

“As I said last year, ‘Don’t order the yard signs yet,’ " Claar said. “But this term could be it and, in the eyes of some, should be it.”

Smurf January 23, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Well its about time. What has this fool done for the us ?????
Jackie Randle January 24, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Order the yard,signs
Jackie Randle January 24, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Nobody can do the job like Roger Clarr if he leaves Bolingbrook will go to hell in a hand basket.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo January 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Your the fool, Roger has done much, more then! You must not be from here very long. Do the talk but try the walk. I agree with Jackie.
ARR67 January 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Though he has done a great deal for BBrook. Everything has its end, including his administration. The house needs cleaning, & some fresh new perspectives are in order. Bring in a fresh new face, not only Mayor, but to every single person employed under him. Thanks Roger


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