At tonight’s Village of Pleasant Prairie’s Board meeting, not one of the five board members used their time to speak about the elephant in the room – seven felony charges against the Village’s former Public Works Director, John Steinbrink, Jr, the son of the President. Many residents arrived to speak, but didn’t sign the paper in time, so they couldn’t voice their concerns. Some resident arrived soon after the starting time of 5pm, but were surprised the meeting had already concluded. The Village uses a process called “consent agenda.” It is a way to pass multiple items with a rubber stamp all at once. This makes the meetings go very quickly. Many Village residents, mainly employed residents don’t like the 5pm start time. They are difficult to attend.
Fox6 attended the meeting and were also surprised that the meeting ended so quickly. Fox6 and this author approached Steinbrink, Sr to ask some questions. Right out of the gate, Steinbrink Sr snapped “Apparently a lot of people don’t understand how the system works. We’re not allowed to comment on anything right now.” While it may be true that Steinbrink’s criminal attorney may have advised him not to talk about the case, there is no state statute that bars him from speaking publicly. Steinbirink Sr refused to go on camera with Fox6 saying “for those who know the law. [I can’t talk to you on camera.]” We asked Sr how he didn’t notice the extra $90,000 in the budget, to which he answered, as he looked to long-time friend and former Village Administrator Mike Pollocoff, “I’m not sure if I can comment on that.” Steinbrink started to answer saying “Apparently….” but then he was cut off by Pollocoff. We were able to catch Sr off guard for a second when he admitted that Village-owned gates were installed on his family farm, but then cut himself off saying, “I’m sorry but I’m not going to discuss this with you.” This author then acknowledged that Sr might be incriminating himself by answering questions for us. “It’s not that. You [KCE] don’t have one single fact right.” Sr then told us that everything KCE published about the corruption was false. This author repeatedly challenged him to name one false fact that was reported. He seemed to think hard, but couldn’t name one.
What Steinbrink, Sr did not know, is that KCE was in possession of a photo of a Department of Public Works truck installing village-owned Gates on his family’s farm. For him to contend that he was unaware is simply not believable. We also have a copy of the work order. Simply put, he is lying.
When asked if Pollocoff was aware of the extra $90,000 in the budget, he said “I wasn’t involved in that project.” While talking to Fox6, Sr told the reporter that KCE wasn’t credible journalism. We then challenged Sr one last time to point out one factual error in our publications, to which he replied “Please leave.” He later admitted he cannot make this author leave. He wouldn’t commit to an external audit and questioned the truthfulness of the Village’s whistle blowers.
This author couldn’t help but notice photos around the board room from almost 40 years ago and many in-between. In all photos, Steinbrink Sr, and Mike Pollocoff, his right-hand man on his right side…literally.
We reached out to the entire board and none said they were willing to vote to remove Steinbrink from the board. It will take an election to do that.
Maybe the Village needs a full-scale cleansing…..
(See Below For Video Footage Of the Entire Interaction)