Attention Mayoral Candidates!

Attention Mayoral Candidates!

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Build BI2

United States

#1 Jan 25, 2013
This forum topic is intended to provide YOU and YOUR party our collective thoughts regarding the top issues facing our city and our expectations regarding the incoming city leadership.

Mr. Vargas, Mr. Stevo and Mr. Brown we would welcome - and expect- your comments accordingly.

Forum participants: please identify the top 3-5 issues and add any constructive comments accordingly.
ItsOnlyMoney

Wilmette, IL

#2 Jan 25, 2013
The Multi-ton gorilla in the room is the underfunded pension obligation owed by the city.
Where are new revenues going to come from to shore up these costs?

What strategies are being looked at so that the burden will not be shifted on the taxpayers backs?

Blue Island is fast approaching the 200 year old mark (1835 - 2035).
What plans for replacing existing aging infrastructure do the candidates have?

Are they going to wait and place band-aid over band-aid with each consecutive water main break or flood from over burdened sewer system?

Will we have capable management (read non-self interest) with both experience and foresight to handle these challenges?

How will each of these candidates foster a planned, positive, growth oriented push for quality, sustainable businesses to support the tax base needed for above?

We have seen hope and change - it has produced neither.

Candidates: What are your plans and how will you achieve results?
aBlackman

United States

#3 Jan 25, 2013
ItsOnlyMoney wrote:
The Multi-ton gorilla in the room is the underfunded pension obligation owed by the city.
Where are new revenues going to come from to shore up these costs?
What strategies are being looked at so that the burden will not be shifted on the taxpayers backs?
Blue Island is fast approaching the 200 year old mark (1835 - 2035).
What plans for replacing existing aging infrastructure do the candidates have?
Are they going to wait and place band-aid over band-aid with each consecutive water main break or flood from over burdened sewer system?
Will we have capable management (read non-self interest) with both experience and foresight to handle these challenges?
How will each of these candidates foster a planned, positive, growth oriented push for quality, sustainable businesses to support the tax base needed for above?
We have seen hope and change - it has produced neither.
Candidates: What are your plans and how will you achieve results?
I say we give Tommy a chance. The Democrats will put their strength & power behind Tommy to get Blue Island back on it's feet and stop the rampant racism in the town.
cal

United States

#4 Jan 25, 2013
aBlackman wrote:
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I say we give Tommy a chance. The Democrats will put their strength & power behind Tommy to get Blue Island back on it's feet and stop the rampant racism in the town.


Let me ax you a question. Will they do blue island like they did dolton il?
A Voter

Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 25, 2013
Tommy? He can't even speak clearly and concisely and you expect him to not only have feasible, let alone profitable, ideas to improve the town but to be able to speak with other politicans and state/federal agencies to obtain their help? He was able to get the rec center but has he been able to sustain even that? Noooooooooo......and you think he would be capable of running the town (other than even further into the ground of course)?
Resident

Robbins, IL

#6 Jan 25, 2013
Yes, Tommy is the one because it is time for a change. I don't think we can keep the same course. I think he should be given an opportunity. We won't know what kind of job he can do until we give hime that opportunity. Yes, maybe he is the least of the evil in this town. Vargas would not give us a different course and Stevo, well sorry I don't see him as a leader.
ItsOnlyMoney

Wilmette, IL

#7 Jan 25, 2013
Pardon me, but I did not seem to make myself clear: A mayoral election is NOT about giving someone a "shot", "try", or "opportunity".

That type of talk is for a pick up game of bags, ball or bowling.

I don't want to "give someone a shot" for four years only to be in a deeper mess!

It is about capable, responsible leadership.

This thread is addressed to candidates, not their toady boot lickers who want to "rah rah" their favorite candidate into office on a wing and a prayer.

What is a candidate's plan for retiring debt?
Please notice my earlier comment was written BEFORE today's Chicago Tribune editorial asking the same question.

Mr. Brown, Mr. Stevo and Mr. Vargas, the citizens of Blue Island are owed a responsible, comprehensive and thoughtful plan of how things are going to be different, not just "giving it a shot".

So, in terms all can understand, please tell this thread exactly how finances are going to be improved to pay our bills and fix the city.
Please.
The citizens of Blue Island deserve at least a plan of action.

Build BI2

United States

#8 Jan 25, 2013
Thanks for the comments - let's not let this dissolve into a candidate debate forum ...there will be plenty of time for that!
Mike

Blue Island, IL

#9 Feb 14, 2013
Downstate bookkeeper who stole $53 million gets 20 years


Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, seen here last October, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison and immediately taken into custody Thursday.






ROCKFORD — A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

Rita Crundwell, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for embezzling money from the city of Dixon from 1991 until her arrest last April, tearfully apologized in a Rockford federal courtroom before U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard sentenced her to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison — just shy of the maximum 20 years. She was taken into custody at the end of the hearing.


For more than two decades as Dixon's comptroller, Crundwell siphoned city funds to fund a lavish lifestyle that included building what became a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation.

Crundwell's apology to friends, family and the city, which is best known for being the site of Ronald Reagan's boyhood home, marked her first public statements about her massive theft. Before she got to speak, Crundwell had to listen to people testify about the damage she had done.

Before sentencing her, Reinhard told Crundwell that she cared more for her horses than the citizens of Dixon. He said his sentence means the 60-year-old Crundwell will likely remain locked up until she is 77.

Crundwell still faces 60 separate but related state felony charges for theft in Lee County. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Crundwell was able to get away with her scheme for so long because she had sole control of the city's finances for years, and would hide the theft by producing fictitious invoices for things such as municipal sewer projects. All the while, she was spending the city's money on her prize-winning horses, expensive jewelry, luxury cars and birthday bashes in Florida.

Prosecutors say Crundwell began stealing Dixon's money in January 1991 and continued doing so until her arrest in April 2012. Authorities began investigating Crundwell in 2011 after she went on an extended vacation and a city employee filling in for her became suspicious. The mayor notified the FBI, which was able to monitor Crundwell as she continued stealing city funds for months.

The wire fraud count carried a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Crundwell's public defender requested leniency, arguing for a punishment at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines, or around 13 years, while prosecutors sought a sentence closer to the maximum.

Crundwell was also ordered to pay full restitution —$53.7 million — as per the terms of her deal. Over the past several months, U.S. Marshals have been auctioning off Crundwell's fortunes, including houses, horses and jewelry, to raise restitution funds.

Crundwell had worked for the city about 100 miles west of Chicago since she was 17 and started to oversee public finances in the 1980s. The town's residents are largely lower-middle class, working at factories and grain farms. Prosecutors say residents came to trust her with the town's finances, but she began stealing money in 1990 to support her extravagant way of life.

Authorities say Crundwell bought luxury homes and vehicles and spent millions on her horse-breeding operation, RC Quarter Horses LLC, which produced 52 world champions in exhibitions run by the American Quarter Horse Association.

Her scheme unraveled when a co-worker filling in during Crundwell's vacation stumbled upon her secret bank account, prosecutors said.
Had Enough

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 14, 2013
I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in Blue Island. In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises — the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, the 1970s oil crisis, Enron, the struggles that include 9/11, the bond market, I spoke out about the down turning economy six years ago, and learned We won't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. So whether it's a humongous pay raise for the mayor, failing development plans, a $450 million dollar failed plan to build a Plasma Arc Incinerator,  a pawn shop, stick it to the taxpayers home rule, using taxpayer dollars to establish a water utility Jawa without needed intergovernmental agreements and distributing moneys to appointed project managers, Speak Out. Really, come on the taxpayers know exactly what you've been doing, we see it every day. Blue Island needs a better future for everyone including our children, and those who will come after us. That's the challenge we must raise the bar and not settle. It's a call to action for people who, like me, believe in Blue Island. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty darn close. So, Let's tell the Coalition/Progressive Blue Island Independent Party we've had enough.
Voter Taxpayer

Blue Island, IL

#11 Feb 15, 2013
Mike Please tell me. With the lack of any financial oversight from the RUBBER STAMP city council especially Attorney Alderman Vargas, and city Treasurer Carmine Bilotto who has never compiled one monthly treasurers report. Could this same type of embezzlement occur here in Blue Island? It just makes a person wonder, where did all the money go?
Mike wrote:
Downstate bookkeeper who stole $53 million gets 20 years

ROCKFORD — A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.
Rita Crundwell, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for embezzling money from the city of Dixon from 1991 until her arrest last April, tearfully apologized in a Rockford federal courtroom before U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard sentenced her to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison — just shy of the maximum 20 years. She was taken into custody at the end of the hearing.
For more than two decades as Dixon's comptroller, Crundwell siphoned city funds to fund a lavish lifestyle that included building what became a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation.
Crundwell's apology to friends, family and the city, which is best known for being the site of Ronald Reagan's boyhood home, marked her first public statements about her massive theft. Before she got to speak, Crundwell had to listen to people testify about the damage she had done.
Before sentencing her, Reinhard told Crundwell that she cared more for her horses than the citizens of Dixon. He said his sentence means the 60-year-old Crundwell will likely remain locked up until she is 77.
Crundwell still faces 60 separate but related state felony charges for theft in Lee County. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Crundwell was able to get away with her scheme for so long because she had sole control of the city's finances for years, and would hide the theft by producing fictitious invoices for things such as municipal sewer projects. All the while, she was spending the city's money on her prize-winning horses, expensive jewelry, luxury cars and birthday bashes in Florida.
Prosecutors say Crundwell began stealing Dixon's money in January 1991 and continued doing so until her arrest in April 2012. Authorities began investigating Crundwell in 2011 after she went on an extended vacation and a city employee filling in for her became suspicious. The mayor notified the FBI, which was able to monitor Crundwell as she continued stealing city funds for months.
The wire fraud count carried a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Crundwell's public defender requested leniency, arguing for a punishment at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines, or around 13 years, while prosecutors sought a sentence closer to the maximum.
Crundwell was also ordered to pay full restitution —$53.7 million — as per the terms of her deal. Over the past several months, U.S. Marshals have been auctioning off Crundwell's fortunes, including houses, horses and jewelry, to raise restitution funds.
Crundwell had worked for the city about 100 miles west of Chicago since she was 17 and started to oversee public finances in the 1980s. The town's residents are largely lower-middle class, working at factories and grain farms. Prosecutors say residents came to trust her with the town's finances, but she began stealing money in 1990 to support her extravagant way of life.
Authorities say Crundwell bought luxury homes and vehicles and spent millions on her horse-breeding operation, RC Quarter Horses LLC, which produced 52 world champions in exhibitions run by the American Quarter Horse Association.
Her scheme unraveled when a co-worker filling in during Crundwell's vacation stumbled upon her secret bank account, prosecutors said.
Retired

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 15, 2013
Voter Taxpayer wrote:
Mike Please tell me. With the lack of any financial oversight from the RUBBER STAMP city council especially Attorney Alderman Vargas, and city Treasurer Carmine Bilotto who has never compiled one monthly treasurers report. Could this same type of embezzlement occur here in Blue Island? It just makes a person wonder, where did all the money go?
<quoted text>
Seriously?
resident

Chicago, IL

#13 Feb 15, 2013
I will vote for someone with upstanding morals and ethics. Lest we forget who was the one that bragged about associations with chicago politicians. who was the one who defaced there own stuff who cried racism.and placed blame on some one else.Who is the one that encourged voters of a certain race to register and vote for one of our own primarly the apartments. Does he really think people are so stupid please dont insult our intelligence and dont forget how he went purposely for a hispanic persom so he could get that vote to.Remember what you do in the dark always comes to light. so just go sit down shut up.But if you want to make a fool of yourself lot of people are already laughing and waiting for your whats up next.To many details? not enough? no I will wait til the time comes cause I know You.Someone said we have to deal on the issues well you can tell a person as well by ethics and morals, tells character of person
resident

Chicago, IL

#14 Feb 15, 2013
Don't forget stevo is repulican. Mr brown is running under the democrat ticket does he really think people will automatically vote for him for that reason? domingo is democrat but is running as a independent stevo is educated so is domingo brown educated in the hood' his old neighbors in robbins can't stand him.
They play you

Orland Park, IL

#15 Feb 15, 2013
The progressive/coalition party has begun the master craft they know best.Try to pit friends against each other in an attempt to secure jobs which they all have a chance to lose. They will use any lie/means known to man to pit you against one another.
"Everything done in the dark will come to light"
The Lord will have no mercy for the wicked!
The Swan

Blue Island, IL

#16 Feb 15, 2013
They play you wrote:
The progressive/coalition party has begun the master craft they know best.Try to pit friends against each other in an attempt to secure jobs which they all have a chance to lose. They will use any lie/means known to man to pit you against one another.
"Everything done in the dark will come to light"
The Lord will have no mercy for the wicked!
You hit Bulls Eye
blood money

Blue Island, IL

#17 Feb 15, 2013
This country does not have a gun problem...it has a gang problem. They are responsible for the vast majority of shootings in this country. Focus on putting gang members behind bars and not plea bargaining every arrest so the offender walks free within hours/days.
Thank you

Midlothian, IL

#18 Feb 15, 2013
They play you wrote:
The progressive/coalition party has begun the master craft they know best.Try to pit friends against each other in an attempt to secure jobs which they all have a chance to lose. They will use any lie/means known to man to pit you against one another.
"Everything done in the dark will come to light"
The Lord will have no mercy for the wicked!
You're describing exactly what happened in the Calumet Townsip elections last time between the Democrats Martino/Rita. This time in B. I. it's called the Blue Island Independent party.
Thank you

Midlothian, IL

#19 Feb 15, 2013
ItsOnlyMoney wrote:
Pardon me, but I did not seem to make myself clear: A mayoral election is NOT about giving someone a "shot", "try", or "opportunity".
That type of talk is for a pick up game of bags, ball or bowling.
I don't want to "give someone a shot" for four years only to be in a deeper mess!
It is about capable, responsible leadership.
This thread is addressed to candidates, not their toady boot lickers who want to "rah rah" their favorite candidate into office on a wing and a prayer.
What is a candidate's plan for retiring debt?
Please notice my earlier comment was written BEFORE today's Chicago Tribune editorial asking the same question.
Mr. Brown, Mr. Stevo and Mr. Vargas, the citizens of Blue Island are owed a responsible, comprehensive and thoughtful plan of how things are going to be different, not just "giving it a shot".
So, in terms all can understand, please tell this thread exactly how finances are going to be improved to pay our bills and fix the city.
Please.
The citizens of Blue Island deserve at least a plan of action.
I agree. None of the 3 candidates are worth voting for.
Save Blue Island

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 15, 2013
Had Enough wrote:
I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in Blue Island. In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises — the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, the 1970s oil crisis, Enron, the struggles that include 9/11, the bond market, I spoke out about the down turning economy six years ago, and learned We won't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. So whether it's a humongous pay raise for the mayor, failing development plans, a $450 million dollar failed plan to build a Plasma Arc Incinerator, a pawn shop, stick it to the taxpayers home rule, using taxpayer dollars to establish a water utility Jawa without needed intergovernmental agreements and distributing moneys to appointed project managers, Speak Out. Really, come on the taxpayers know exactly what you've been doing, we see it every day. Blue Island needs a better future for everyone including our children, and those who will come after us. That's the challenge we must raise the bar and not settle. It's a call to action for people who, like me, believe in Blue Island. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty darn close. So, Let's tell the Coalition/Progressive Blue Island Independent Party we've had enough.
Yes, Blue Island IS worth saving! Career politicians have to go. If you have been in office for 4 years or more and have not done a thing YOU NEED TO GO!

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