Carol

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#43 Aug 8, 2010
CarolDoesntLoveBlueIsland wrote:
Crime-free housing is a go in Midlothian
May 16, 2010
BY MICHAEL DRAKULICH
Criminals may have a tough time finding a place to live in Midlothian now that the village has officially joined the ranks of suburbs with an enacted crime-free rental housing ordinance.
Midlothian joins Tinley Park, Orland Park and Oak Forest among south suburbs with such an ordinance on the books. The move gives village officials a chance to crack down on problem tenants and landlords in an effort to keep rental properties maintained in better condition and reduce crime. The ordinance, which was approved Wednesday, was seen as a top priority for village officials.
Tenants looking to get a lease, under the new ordinance, will now have to sign off on a promise to not do anything illegal at their residences. The ordinance applies to guests, too.
Those caught doing something illegal - whether it's a resident or a guest - could face eviction. But village officials who will be enforcing the ordinance say it's not meant to be entirely punitive.
All landlords in the village will have to attend an eight-hour seminar to familiarize themselves with the ordinance. The seminar will teach owners how to screen potential tenants more thoroughly and how to keep their properties safer, said officer Ryan Gulli, who will be the police department's administrator of the ordinance.
Property owners also will learn how to implement the Crime Free Lease Addendum, which is an agreement between landlords and tenants that they and anyone who visits their unit will be good citizens.
A landlord becomes certified in the crime-free housing program upon completing the seminar, Mayor Terry Stephens said. The certification acts as a business license in a sense. Without it, a landlord cannot continue to rent in Midlothian, Stephens said.
"Landlords have never really had to have a business license before. Not in the strictest of senses," he said.
Landlords can also lose their certification if they refuse to evict tenants identified as nuisances by the village, Stephens said.
After completing the seminar, landlords will learn a concept contained in the ordinance called "crime prevention through environmental design." Village staff will teach and recommend ways they can make their properties more secure, such as use of dead-bolt locks, strike plates on doorknobs secured with three-inch screws, window locks and adequate lighting.
Then the village will hold a get-together of all the landlords so they can begin to network with each other. Gulli said landlords have 60 days from the ordinance's passing to contact the village and sign up for the seminar.
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Midlothian just become home rule by referendum in April 2010.
Notice the sentence "Requirements such as landlord licensure and building registration are being imposed by several home rule municipalities in Illinois, but non home-rule units cannot impose such requirements." in the first paragraph of this link.
http://www.iarbuzz.com/2010/03/crime-free-hou...
Maybe if we passed home rule a few years back we wouldn't be having such a problem with the new influx of crime from the people who moved here from the city after the projects were torn down.
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If you listen to Carol and vote NO to home rule, you will be asking yourself in a few years, "Geez maybe we should have voted YES for Home Rule" when you see Blue Island getting worse and worse.
The first steps to correcting these problems are:
FOLLOW Blue Island ORDINANCES, existing state laws, and CUT WASTE!
not this

United States

#44 Aug 8, 2010
straight talk wrote:
<quoted text>Vote No to home rule. Vote out the current administration then vote maybe to home rule after we become more informed?
I agree, when this thing was on the ballot Cathy told us how home rule would give the mayor too much power because he controls the alderman. What changed? Politicians will stab you in the back every chance they get!
need to know

Chicago, IL

#45 Aug 8, 2010
CarolDoesntLoveBlueIsland wrote:
HOME RULE UNITS IN ILLINOIS As of 02/02/10.
Addison
Alsip
Alton
Arlington Heights
Aurora
Bannockburn
Barrington Hills
Bartlett
Bartonville
Bedford Park
Belleville
Bellwood
Benton
Berkeley
Berwyn
Bloomingdale
Bloomington
Bolingbrook
Bridgeview
Bryant
Buffalo Grove
Burbank
Burnham
Cahokia
Calumet City
Calumet Park
Carbon Cliff
Carbondale
Carlock
Carol Stream
Carpentersville
Carterville
Champaign
Channahon
Chicago
Chicago Heights
Chicago Ridge
Christopher
Cicero
Collinsville
Country Club Hills
Countryside
Crainville
Crystal Lake
Danville
Darien
Decatur
Deerfield
DeKalb
DePue
Des Plaines Dolton
Downers Grove
DuQuoin
East Dundee
East Hazel Crest
East St. Louis
Elgin
Elk Grove Village
Elmhurst
Elmwood Park
Elwood
Evanston
Evergreen Park
Fairview Heights
Flora
Forest View
Freeport
Galesburg
Glen Ellyn
Glendale Heights
Glenview
Glenwood
Golf
Granite City
Gurnee
Hanover Park
Harvey
Harwood Heights
Hazel Crest
Herrin
Highland Park
Highwood
Hillside
Hodgkins
Hoffman Estates
Homer Glen
Hopkins Park
Inverness
Jacksonville
Joliet
Kankakee
Lake Barrington
Lake Bluff
Lake Forest
Lake in th Hills
Lansing
LaSalle
Lincolnshire
Lincolnwood
Manhattan
Marion Markham
Mascoutah
Maywood
McCook
Mettawa
Midlothian
Moline
Monee
Monmouth
Morton Grove
Mound City
Mount Prospect
Mount Vernon
Muddy
Mundelein
Murphysboro
Naperville
Naples
Nauvoo
New Lenox
Niles
Normal
Norridge
North Chicago
North Utica
Northbrook
Northlake
Oak Forest
Oak Lawn
Oak Park
Oakbrook Terrace
O'Fallon
Old Mill Creek
Onarga
Orland Park
Oswego
Palatine
Park City
Park Forest
Park Ridge
Pekin
Peoria
Peoria Heights
Peru
Phoenix
Plainfield
Posen
Prairie Grove
Quincy
Rantoul
Riverdale
Riverwoods
Robbins
Rock Island
Rockdale
Rolling Meadows
Romeoville
Rosemont
Round Lake Beach
Saint Charles
Sauget
Schaumburg
Schiller Park
Sesser
Sherman
Skokie
South Barrington
South Holland
Springfield
Standard
Stickney
Stone Park
Streamwood
Sycamore
Thornton
Tilton
Tinley Park
Tuscola
University Park
Urbana
Valmeyer
Volo
Warrenville
Washington
Watseka
Waukegan
West Chicago
West City
West Dundee
West Frankfort
Westmont
Wheaton
Wheeling
Williamsville
Wilmette
Winnetka
Woodridge
And you wonder why Blue Island keeps getting the worst of the worst.
All the towns in Cook County and Illinois are Home Rule except for Blue Island.
Keep listening to the people who tell you that home rule is bad and you will continue to see Blue Island deteriorate.
Vote YES for HOME RULE!
So what happen to Dolton? It not on your list.
not this

United States

#46 Aug 8, 2010
What is this supposed to mean anyway? None of these towns have mayor don peloquin and the council he controls.
Carol

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#47 Aug 8, 2010
Ensure Building Codes are followed by the Building Department for the rental or sale of residents, construction, and property maintenance. Provide copies of respective ordinances to property owners and place ordinances on the Building Department web site.
Persons selling drugs should be arrested.
Carol

AOL

#48 Aug 8, 2010
not this wrote:
What is this supposed to mean anyway? None of these towns have mayor don peloquin and the council he controls.
Blue Island ordinances laws followed a la carte and political favors that swept the city for twenty five years; have resulted
in today's Blue Island reality.
straight talk

Chicago, IL

#49 Aug 8, 2010
Blue Island is a mess we need a proactive mayor, one that is involved with the community! Not the current lame duck we have now!
Bart Simpson

United States

#50 Aug 8, 2010
straight talk wrote:
Blue Island is a mess we need a proactive mayor, one that is involved with the community! Not the current lame duck we have now!
I agree.
fiftyone

United States

#51 Aug 8, 2010
stupid statement was quoted "If you listen to Carol and vote NO to home rule, you will be asking yourself in a few years, "Geez maybe we should have voted YES for Home Rule" when you see Blue Island getting worse and worse."

how far must you have your head shoved up peloquins ass?
what a pathetic dilusional statement. short of the entire city being roped off with yellow 'do not cross' tape, this city cannot be made much worse.
but you can only dream?
Bart Simpson

United States

#52 Aug 8, 2010
Make no mistake, this administration given home rule would make this town much worse. Home rule may be a nice fit for all the communities that were listed but if you don't see a pattern yet then you should open your eyes and walk around this once beautiful city.
Carol

AOL

#53 Aug 8, 2010
In the famous words of Ronald Reagan;
TRUST BUT VERIFY!
It is clear Blue Island residents forgot, neglected, or failed to Verify statements regarding the Economic Health of
The City of Blue Island made by the administration.

Corrective Action Recommendations:

1.) Ensure Building Codes are followed by the Building Department for the rental or sale of residences, construction, and property maintenance. Provide copies of respective ordinances to property owners and place ordinances on the Building Department web site.

2.) Persons selling drugs should be arrested.

3.) Cut the Waste!
omg

Tinley Park, IL

#54 Aug 8, 2010
People who are selling drugs are arrested. The problem is after they are sentence to probation they move back to the apartment down your street. With home rule you can evict them. Now they cannot be evicted.
straight talk

Chicago, IL

#55 Aug 8, 2010
omg wrote:
People who are selling drugs are arrested. The problem is after they are sentence to probation they move back to the apartment down your street. With home rule you can evict them. Now they cannot be evicted.
You arrest them again! You don't blame it on home rule! Peloquin lover?
straight talk

Chicago, IL

#56 Aug 8, 2010
And then you go after the landlord!There are laws in the books already? Home rule will not help this administration they cannot be trusted!
Bart Simpson

United States

#57 Aug 8, 2010
who="omg"]People who are selling drugs are arrested. The problem is after they are sentence to probation they move back to the apartment down your street. With home rule you can evict them. Now they cannot be evicted.
the plain simple fact is that we already voted on this. Why can't our mayor respect our wishes. The majority said no to home rule. I guess we need a new mayor and the council as well. What a slap in the face. Anything peloquin wants this bad must be bad for blue island. What good is a referendum if we vote it down again, wich we will, don and the mindless aldermen will just put it on the next ballot.
omg

Tinley Park, IL

#58 Aug 8, 2010
No. You are wrong. You only evicit with home rule. Fact.
straight talk

Chicago, IL

#59 Aug 8, 2010
Mayor Peloquin cannot be trusted.Fact.
omg

Tinley Park, IL

#60 Aug 8, 2010
Wrong. If the haters are against home rule then it must be a good thing. Fact. Crime Free zones are only possible as a home rule community.
Bart Simpson

United States

#61 Aug 8, 2010
Scarol wrote:
Carol,
You are a babbling idiot with an obvious ax to grind. You list Home Rule communities and use 20 year old data. Then you compare Midlothian to B.I. by using the 60445 zip code which throws Crestwood into the mix. Hence, your data is flawed.
In your list of what Blue Island has done wrong you talk about eliminating crossing guards. Shouldn't that funding be the responsibility of the school board, not the City Council? You talk about bridge repairs not being done. How many of the bridges are the actual responsibility of the City?
Then again it should not surprise me that you lack some of the basic understandings about how local government operates. What clued me into that was when you quoted the amount appropriated for the mayor's office. Do you know the difference between an appropriation and a budget? Probably not.
Finally, you may not like the way the City is run but remember this. Home Rule gives local control. It moves control from Springfield to the local governing body. Are you, Carol, more comfortable with Springfield running B.I.? I'm not. I prefer local control. That way if I have a question or concern it is much easier to have my voice heard.
"The local governing body" is the problem, not home rule. "have your voice head" we couldn't be more vocal when we voted no last time. Did you hear us? It just shows how much our local government is listening to us. What else could we say? Does anybody know what it costs to add a referendum to the ballot (for the third time)?
Bart Simpson

United States

#62 Aug 8, 2010
omg wrote:
Wrong. If the haters are against home rule then it must be a good thing. Fact. Crime Free zones are only possible as a home rule community.
How about the voters, when we voted no to home rule last time did that make us haters. How about you get your head right. Stop trying to force this thing down our thoat. We don't want home rule!

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