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Trombley says he'll stop at nothing.
So what else is new?

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Steve Trombley at City Hall 9/11We want to be clear we will stop at nothing to open this center

—Steve Trombley, CEO Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area

Steve Trombley says Planned Parenthood will "stop at nothing" to open their Abortion Fortress of Aurora. So what else is new? We've already seen that Planned Parenthood won't be held back by any notion of honesty or respect for the rule of law.

So far they haven't done worse than that—bad as it is—and for now I'll assume Trombley meant those words only to intimidate the City Council with the prospect of a long legal battle.

But just imagine if I were to say we'll "stop at nothing" to keep them from opening. I'd be accused of threatening violence.

But wait—I have been accused of threatening violence. Trombley did just that in his letter to the City Council and full page ads in the Beacon, where he said the pro-life leaders in Aurora have "a long history of advocating violence." Tomorrow we file suit for libel in Kane County.

It's been a tough week for Steve Trombley, and it's starting to show.

Yesterday as City Hall, I passed him on the sidewalk, offered my hand and said, "Steve! Nice to see you again!" We had met in Judge Charles Norgle's federal courtroom last week—where Trombley lost his suit to force Aurora to let PP open.

He muttered in reply, "I don't need to talk to you," and yet he shook my hand—shook my hand even while snubbing me. It was strange: his hand was saying one thing while his mouth said another. Then again, this is the guy who boast of keeping his building secret while claiming to have been up front about it.

It must be hard to be Steve Trombley these days—especially after the bombshell (that's a metaphorical bombshell, by the way) that we dropped on the City Council last night. Here it is:

Just yesterday we learned that the City zoning codes require "health related facilities . . . not operated for pecuniary profit" to obtain a special use permit—a process requiring public notice in a local paper, written notice to nearby residents, and a public hearing. Planned Parenthood did none of these things.

Planned Parenthood's response, not surprisingly, is confusion and contradiction:

PP/CA CEO Steve Trombley: "I have no idea what he's talking about." (Quoted in the Aurora Beacon News; it's not clear whether "he" is zoning administrator Ed Sieben or pro-life attorney Vince Tessitori.)

PP/CA Spokeswoman Sara Knaub: "Officials from Gemini discussed this with the city. It was determined that this project did not require a special-use permit." (Quoted in the Aurora Beacon News.)

Now, why would the question of a for-profit LLC like Gemini Office Development needing a special use permit even come up? (And by the way, what's a not-for-profit corporation like PP/CA doing owning a for-profit LLC anyway?) Doesn't add up.

Planned Parenthood's obfuscation aside, here's the deal with the special use permit:

Certain uses of property—a church, a soup kitchen, a not-for-profit clinic—require this special permit because of the impact they're likely to have on the surrounding community. The threshold for acquiring such a permit is higher.

Planned Parenthood continues to repeat that the property is zoned for a medical facility. That's true. But it's not enough. Because PP is a not-for-profit agency, they need that special use permit. And they don't have it.

What's more, if 20% of residents on the property's frontage object to that "special use" (for any reason), the special use permit can only be granted by a supermajority of the City Council. Ouch.

For more of the details on this, see Jill Stanek's blog. Jill has been doing an outstanding job of covering the scene here in Aurora. Also of interest is JT Eschbach's video of a PP supporter dissing Trombley.

Now, it may take some hard work—even yet another lawsuit—to get the City to follow through an actually enforce their laws on Planned Parenthood, whom they've allowed to occupy the building this past week without an occupancy permit (though they are not conducting the abortion business so far as we know).

But this is a huge development for us. Everyone is beginning to realize that Planned Parenthood has practiced deception upon the City of Aurora. An editorial in the Aurora Beacon today sharply criticized Planned Parenthood for their lies. The media are no longer speaking about a "review" of the permit process; they're using words like fraud and deceit.

As for me, I'm going farther than that. I consider the entire Gemini/Planned Parenthood project from start to finish to be poisoned with deceit, and I'm calling for the City to have the building demolished. Here are my remarks from the City Council meeting last night:

Remarks to the Aurora City Council, September 25, 2007

My name is Eric Scheidler and I live at 839 Garfield Avenue.

Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area CEO Steve Trombley has claimed that Planned Parenthood built their structure at 3051 E. New York Street secretly in order to avoid opposition—even harassment and violence—from what he calls “anti-choice extremists.”

Today we have discovered the real reason Planned Parenthood came into town behind the mask of Gemini Office Development, a for-profit limited liability company.

Planned Parenthood was trying to avoid having to obtain a “special use permit” as required by the City Code. That was the true purpose of their deception—and they almost got away with it.

I call your attention Land Use Category 6630: “Social Service Agencies, Charitable Organizations, Health Related Facilities, and similar uses when not operated for pecuniary profit.”

This descriptions conforms precisely to every public statement Planned Parenthood has made about what they do—in letters to the City Council, in their full page ads in the Beacon, in statements to the press, and in their arguments before Federal Judge Charles Norgle.

The laws of this City require Planned Parenthood to obtain a special use permit in order to occupy and use the building at 3051 E. New York Street, a process requiring public notice in a local paper, public hearings, and written notice to nearby residents of the intended special use.

They have done none of these things. Moreover, we all know—and Steve Trombley even admits—that it was always their intention to operate a not-for-profit medical facility at this location.

Gemini/Planned Parenthood’s failure to obtain a special use permit renders the entire permitting and process illegal from start to finish. Every brick, every sheet of “bullet proof glass,” every blade of grass being protected by that dangerous fencing erected along the sidewalk was placed in violation of the law.

Planned Parenthood cannot occupy this building. They cannot be suffered even to sell it to someone else and profit by their mockery of this City Council, of our Mayor, of our Laws and of Justice itself.

And so I call upon the City to immediately revoke all of Gemini/Planned Parenthood’s permits and privileges and order Gemini/Planned Parenthood to demolish the unlawfully constructed building at 3051 E. New York Street.

Nothing less than demolition can adequately punish the sinister deception practiced upon this City by Planned Parenthood and deter any other outfit from attempting a similar scheme.

Let me close by emphasizing that the issue of the special use permit—which is clearly required for a business like Planned Parenthood to operate anywhere in the City of Aurora—has only come to light this very day.

The question of whether certain permits or statements to the Planning and Development Committee were fraudulent is answered decisively in light of this new discovery. The entire process was illegal, because no special use permit was ever obtained as required by law.

And so I repeat: the Planned Parenthood building at 3051 E. New York Street must be demolished.

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21 Responses to “Trombley says he'll stop at nothing.
So what else is new?”

  1. Net says:

    Jeff, that is an incredible photo of Trombley. Great job!

    September 26th, 2007 at 3:25 pm
  2. Dave Wassel says:


    As I prayed there last night, I had a comical thought after a prolonged period of shared prayer with three others. We should put up "KEEP OUT" signs on that goofy plastic fence. It made me laugh out loud in prayer, which I immediately apologized for laughing.

    Dave Wassel

    September 26th, 2007 at 3:46 pm
  3. Alex Rechenmacher says:

    (I'm reposting this from a different thread, since this one is more on topic)

    As an interested law student, I looked into Aurora’s zoning ordinances about two weeks ago. I noticed this and shared it with my friends, but ultimately assumed that I was misreading it or that it had been considered already. I didn’t know that Gemini is listed as “for-profit”. That changes a lot of things, because that would explain how they could bypass the special use provisions. See Aurora use categories.

    Funny enough as it is that a non-profit company can have a for-profit subsidiary, this is a cute little way around Aurora law. The non-profit distinction essentially shifts PP’s use into a whole new category that suddenly subjects it to the public’s approval. It seems to me that suddenly they would have to overcome the possibility of a written protest by just 20% of the surrounding property owners…and by overcome, i mean they would need a 2/3 vote of the Council to continue.

    That’s my flawed, law-school student analysis of what i remember from last week. You can read it yourself if you go here and scroll down to page 191.

    City governments often use special use provisions to keep adult book stores or even Wal-Marts out of their towns to protect their citizens’ ideals or surrounding businesses.

    I remember being cautiously excited about this a few weeks ago and I’m glad that feeling has been renewed by Mr. Breen and Mr. Tessitore.

    September 26th, 2007 at 4:10 pm
  4. Paul says:

    Well this latest development seems too good to be true, but it is.

    I believe it is an answer to our 47+ days of prayer, and the concerted efforts of many good people, including but not limited to Eric Scheidler, and attorneys Vince Tessitore, Peter Breen and Tom Brejcha.

    Won't it be great if the wrecking ball hits that dastardly place?!

    Keep praying.

    September 26th, 2007 at 4:29 pm
  5. Rebecca says:

    Mr. Tessitore and Mr. Breen need to be on retainer by the city of Aurora. Geez, how about just a consultant to educate the city officials on how to conduct business. Talk about modern day heroes, the power of the community here is amazing. I look foward to the road that will be paved by all of this discovery. Steve Trombley is a coward and his deception will be his own ultimate undoing. He will be unemployed by years end I imagine. For profit business does not put up with this level of ineptitude. It will cost them money. Anything we can do to deter this business from it's steamroller affect on lives is God's work indeed.

    September 26th, 2007 at 4:35 pm
  6. Net says:

    While I am very happy about all this, I didn't like reading where Eric Scheidler was using sarcasm regarding the shaking of hands with Steve Trombley. In fact, I stopped reading at that point. As this is a public site, many people will read that post and although this is a very heated situation, I think it's especially important that one keeps their cool at this time. It's just my opinion … and please delete this if it doesn't go over well in here. But Christ alerted people straight out what they were doing right or wrong many times in parables … He didn't use sarcasm or make fun of them. In my opinion, it hurts the fight!

    September 26th, 2007 at 4:58 pm
  7. Terri Johnson says:

    Praise the Lord! I am so thankful that these men found this out. My husband was the building inspector on this building and didn't even know what it was going to be other than a "medical office building." He has asked not to do any more inspections on it since he found out! We continue to pray and support the vigil. We will be out there tonight. Thanks for all you are doing on behalf of the babies, and us.

    September 26th, 2007 at 5:24 pm
  8. Mike says:

    We are now at 48 days of prayer and fasting everyone. Please keep it up!

    Prayer is the key to defeating Planned Parenthood and fasting amplifies the power of the prayer. Give up anything even if its sweets or television or anything. Just keep it up.

    Here's the website for "40 Days of Prayer" which is sweeping our Nation right now…


    September 26th, 2007 at 5:34 pm
  9. Uh huh. says:

    Prayer will stop Planned Parenthood from operating? Yes, by all means keep praying. Maybe YOU will be next in line to adopt an unwanted child from the inner city? There are many children in foster care that need you more than ever! Think of what a difference you can make in their lives.

    September 26th, 2007 at 11:23 pm
  10. Tim Woods says:

    If the building is demolished, it would be an even greater show of God's power, because they never gave us the CHANCE to march around seven times!

    September 27th, 2007 at 4:45 am
  11. Nancy says:

    Uh huh,
    We are in the process of adopting a child, in fact, and to adopt in Illinois you must become a foster parent first, and so we will soon be foster parents. But just for your information, listen to what happened when I called an adoption agency. They said they had so many families waiting that we could not even get ON the waiting list. They would ONLY take 15 families waiting per available child. (This is one of the reasons so many people adopt from overseas.) This problem only gets worse as the infertility rates in this country continue to rise. The wait times to get a child range from 12 months to 2-1/2 years. Fear not, there is no lack of adoptive parents in general, and certainly not in the pro-life community! If you were at the City Council meeting, you heard some of us pro-life adoptive parents speak. Personally I know 3 pro-life families who have also adopted sibling groups of special needs children. And I'm just one person.

    September 27th, 2007 at 6:07 am
  12. Jill Amoni says:

    Demolition isn't the answer. That's wasteful. I think the East side of Aurora should have a Visiting Nurses Association facility, too, for easy access.
    I think that PP should donate the building to VNA. Taking lemons and pouring lemonade for the Aurora community. How 'bout it?

    September 27th, 2007 at 6:12 am
  13. annie says:

    Has anyone tried to negotiate with Planned Parenthood? Maybe if they could commit to doing only non-abortion-related services (which they say is 90% of the services they provide), then they could serve the community without destroying human life.

    I am against abortion, but it would be hypocritical of me to oppose Planned Parenthood altogether. When I was in college and had no health insurance, Planned Parenthood was the only place I could go for an exam. They treated me professionally, kindly, and for a very reasonable price.

    Human life is sacred from conception to natural death, and abortion is evil because it destroys human life. But I do not believe that providing exams, counseling rape victims, and prescribing non-abortifacient birth control should be portrayed as evil. I would not want to live in a society where married women had no control over their reproductive choices (before conception)–the way things were in this country before Planned Parenthood.

    I think there's room for compromise from both sides on this issue.

    September 27th, 2007 at 6:43 am
  14. Nancy says:

    Annie, that's an interesting idea. I myself wonder if they are so "committed" to providing all those other services, why they don't simply separate them from doing abortions, and then they wouldn't have anybody protesting them. It seems like a simple and obvious solution, and the fact that they haven't come up with it themselves makes me suspect that they are really far more committed to providing abortion. But I would love to hear what they would say.

    September 27th, 2007 at 8:10 am
  15. Ian Wylie says:

    As I understand from my reading about PP, they are committed to abortion because it is the ONLY PROFITABLE PART OF THEIR BUSINESS. The other services are "come ons" to increase the profitable part of their business. Remember that they were founded by a Eugenicist (someone who wanted to "improve" the human race by getting rid of "undesireables" – Margaret Sanger). They cite their "clinics" in areas of racial minories in order to kill them off – literally. Remember, killing 250,000+ people every year makes them deadly effective at their sickening, evil goal. YES, it is the Devil's work (no question). YES, there are people there that do not know this. YES, there are people there who can and will turn to the Lord (and many have because of the pull of their conscience – the Holy Spirit doesn't give up on people because they commit terrible sin – THANK GOD!!!!). I do not believe that PP can be "reformed". I believe that it must be destroyed as an organization but God is the one who must do this (and I believe that He will). Fortunately, many workers at PP may see the destruction of their organization and see the hand of God and turn away from what they had been doing. I love to hear the testimonials of the former abortion workers. Even Judas could have received forgiveness had he sincerely asked for it. The Power of the Sacrifice of Jesus is greater than any Sin.

    Praise Be to God!!

    September 27th, 2007 at 8:27 am
  16. Eric Scheidler says:

    Net writes: "I didn’t like reading where Eric Scheidler was using sarcasm regarding the shaking of hands with Steve Trombley."

    I have just revised the passage that concerned you, but I want to be clear that I reached out to shake Trombley's hand in all sincerity. We had met the week before, and I hoped we might be able to talk.

    And I do honestly feel bad for the guy. He's fumbling this whole thing big time and probably going to lose his job.

    September 27th, 2007 at 10:08 am
  17. Sheri says:

    Let's sign the on-line petition to stop our tax dollars from flowing into PP's coffers. It is found at

    Also, below is American Life League's (ALL) most recent article about a similar situation in Monrovia, CA where PP had not obtained a special use permit:
    Planned Parenthood's Aurora stealth repeats history

    “We’ve seen it all before,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, referring to the developing situation in Aurora, Illinois where Planned Parenthood is reported to have constructed a new abortion facility without following the proper procedures to obtain the required special use permit.

    “In 2001 Planned Parenthood built a new abortion facility in Monrovia, California and did not follow procedures,” said Sedlak. “Local citizens filed lawsuits against the city and after a two year battle, the Planned Parenthood facility was bulldozed and turned into a parking lot.

    “This is what Aurora citizens are demanding and it’s perfectly reasonable,” concluded Sedlak. “The Aurora city council should immediately order Planned Parenthood to vacate the building and begin the process of having it torn down.”

    September 27th, 2007 at 10:45 am
  18. Roger says:

    Ian Wylie wrote that PP was "founded by a Eugenicist"

    At the city council meeting on Tuesday, one speaker mentioned this fact, that the founder of PP, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist. What shocked me was the reaction of the PP supporters. They let out an audible gasp of disbelief, as if to say, "how can you even say such a thing". I don't think PP supporters know this aspect of PP.

    September 27th, 2007 at 10:50 am
  19. Rebecca says:

    Eric has stood in the face of pure evil and stood fast. I don't think it hurts the fight to use sarcasm. I for one love that line and I continue to fight this on a daily basis. Steve Trombley is getting a bit comical and I am thankful. Once Planned Parenthood starts using him as their fall guy it further admits motive and intent for this fraud. No one is defending him so that's a good sign..he's guilty. However he represents a company so the company is guilty. That's the way the law works.

    Evil can be it's own undoing and we should be pleased about that. Not amused, not insincere but relieved and pleased…you can put me in that category.

    As for the fight we are undertaking, Eric has given me strength in dealing with people and how they feel about me. My convictions are my own, others will disagree and I am not in a popularity contest. Neither is Eric. I admire him for standing toe to toe with Mr. Trombley and extending his hand….twice. Mr. Trombley is a coward. Using words and deceptive tactics to interact with this community and it's citizens. He is a talking head and a pretty inefficient one at that. I am glad about that.

    This is a new age of awareness and the old retoric from P.P. is not going to cut it. Their short cuts and lies can be exposed and that will be their ultimate undoing…and their arrogance. We are not arrogent….we should however be CONFIDENT and devout but not in a mousy way. In a vigilent, proud and resolute way. I am trying to find a word for tough that is not threatening since we are painted that way….but our opponents need to know we are not weak or timid in our values.

    (I know my spelling is not the best….my blogg time is sandwiched between caring for my children)..please excuse:)

    September 27th, 2007 at 11:52 am
  20. Families Against Planned Parenthood » Blog Archive » Your “Anti-Choice Rabble Rouser” on the Special Use Permit Question says:

    [...] remarks were to the effect that Planned Parenthood, as a not-for-profit medical facility, required a [...]

    September 27th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
  21. Ramir San Diego says:


    The blog entry by a PP supporter regarding his experience at the recent city council session is a
    MUST READ: (thanks to Jill Stanek)

    *Finally, some honest observation from the "other side"…

    September 28th, 2007 at 9:27 am

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