Blue Island's Mayor Peloquin: Small t...

Blue Island's Mayor Peloquin: Small town hero

There are 26 comments on the Illinoisreview story from May 10, 2008, titled Blue Island's Mayor Peloquin: Small town hero. In it, Illinoisreview reports that:

Everyone should have a small town hero who does his job with dignity and class and who quietly, but forcefully, accomplishes what he sets his mind to doing. via Illinoisreview

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tired in BI

Joliet, IL

#1 Jun 10, 2008
When St. Francis announced it was closing, Don Peloquin called his "best friend" Cary Horvath, former city attorney who now is with Odelson and Sterk (big law firm) who comes up with a tax increment funding project that the hopsital never asked for. The TIF will cut tax funding to our under-funded schools,will make Odelson and Sterk (and Cary Horvath)a ton of taxpayer funded money. Don't worry, Donald will get his "cut" of the deal too. Donald Peloquin is no small town hero, only a greedy, sneaky man.
aaa

United States

#2 Oct 15, 2008
I'm curious to know where the first commenter to this post got the misinformation that the hospital did not ask for any incentives.
Susan

United States

#3 Oct 16, 2008
I'm not sure where "tired" got his information. I do know that although St.Francis Hospital has been sold,the BI city council has not yet voted to approve the new TIF district. I think it is obvious that Mr. Kimmel was perfectly willing to buy the hospital without the TIF district being in place.
BI Rez

Crest Hill, IL

#4 Feb 2, 2009
Tired in BI needs to do some research to understand what a TIF is and does... it does not take funding from schools!
Tired in BI

Melrose Park, IL

#5 Feb 6, 2009
I did do the research. Go to the IL municipal code. TIF's take money from the local schools and local governments(parks, libraries etc..). TIFs were to designed to give an economic boost to blighted areas that need development. The money that would go into tax revenue is placed into a special fund to be used for later development for that area.
The St. Francis Hospital area could never be called "blighted" This was just nothing but an ugly money-making stunt by the mayor.
Sue

Tinley Park, IL

#6 Feb 10, 2009
Mayor Peloquin is a hero. He saved the hospital; he save jobs; he saved health care for the region and he saved the City of Blue Island
Susan

Edwardsburg, MI

#7 Feb 24, 2009
A good number of people stepped in to save the hospital. In my opinion, the Drs and hospital staff that refused to leave, even though they were under intense pressure from SSM to do so,were the people who saved St. Francis Hospital.
Thankful in BI

AOL

#8 Mar 15, 2009
In other words Tired in BI would rather have St Francis Hospital closed?

“Speaking Truth To The People”

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Chicago

#9 Mar 16, 2009
I know some would like to give Republican Voting Mayor Donny P. the GLORY for saving St. Francis Hospital
However, if the truth be known it was State Representative Robert Bob Rita, William Davis and a collection of other state and Nation leaders the likes of (Rep. Bobby Rush, Rep. Jesse Jackson jr.) that pulling together the meetings to save St. Francis and Mayor Donny P. jumped on the band wagon as a Johnny come lately to steal the credit and rewrite history to serve his reelection bid but sorry to little to LATE... BYE BYE DONNY P.!!!
BI Resident

Crest Hill, IL

#10 Mar 19, 2009
He may not have "saved" the hospital himself... For example, he did not purchase it himself, BUT you cannot deny that he took a leadership position and did everything within his power to avoid a disasterous situation, a vacant hospital. When you are a mayor for 25 years, you gain certain connections and form relationships with people that someone with ZERO government experience cannot comprehend. I am afraid Mr. Brown is in over his head. Please keep Blue Island moving in the right direction and vote on April 7th for the REAL Mayor, Mayor Don Peloquin.
BI Resident

Crest Hill, IL

#11 Mar 19, 2009
AND TIRED IN BI - TIFs are designed to spur development and put money into needed infrastructure - something the BI downtown area desperately needs! It does not TAKE money from the schools, the schools/libraries still receive the SAME amount of money they have always received! You are able to borrow from the anticipated money in the TIF to get things going NOW! It is a GREAT economic development tool, something that has been very successful in the City of Chicago (hello Millenium Park!) and Blue Island is lucky to have a leader that would know to put a TIF district in place around the hospital! Your idea of blight is subjective - must of the area around the hospital could VERY well be considered "blight" in the laws of the TIF.
Sue

Tinley Park, IL

#12 Mar 19, 2009
Mayor Peloquin saved the hospital and the City. Just the fact
tired in BI

Crown Point, IN

#13 Mar 20, 2009
Blue Island has 5 TIF districts now and where is the development? The new Aldi's was not built on in a TIF district but on Western Ave where the traffic and the people are.The area around 119th and Vincennes is a TIF district but the new Target and Jewel are going up in Chicago on 119th Marshfield,not Blue Island. In fact, talk is that when the new Marshfield Jewel gets built, the BI Jewel will close, we will lose the jobs and tax revenue. If Don Peloquin has so many "good" connections why didn't he know that the hospital was in trouble or encourage the new Jewel and Target to be built in BI?
Ince

Midlothian, IL

#14 Mar 20, 2009
How would "tired in BI" know what's going on or even care about Blue Island if they live in Chicago? Friend of Mr. Brown maybe? Seems to me, being an employee of MetroSouth Medical Center (formerly known as St. Francis Hospital) & seeing first hand what Mayor Peloquin did, that yes he did take the leadership role. He contacted State Rep Bob Rita, he contacted Rep Bobby Rush, he contacted legislators in order to try to stop the madness of the hospital closing & I for 1 am extremely grateful. THANK YOU MAYOR DON PELOQUIN! THANK YOU ALSO TO MR. ARNIE KIMMEL & Transition H.C. for buying the hospital and allowing me to keep my job in these very tough economic times.
woe is me

Rockford, IL

#15 Mar 25, 2009
BI Resident wrote:
He may not have "saved" the hospital himself... For example, he did not purchase it himself, BUT you cannot deny that he took a leadership position and did everything within his power to avoid a disasterous situation, a vacant hospital. When you are a mayor for 25 years, you gain certain connections and form relationships with people that someone with ZERO government experience cannot comprehend. I am afraid Mr. Brown is in over his head. Please keep Blue Island moving in the right direction and vote on April 7th for the REAL Mayor, Mayor Don Peloquin.
Everyone gives the impression that Mayor Don saved the hospital himself, but if you read the news articles, it was Robert Rita who stepped in with Peloquin folowing behind him. Why doesn't anyone give credit to Robert Rita and all the others who helped. Give me a break, Peloquin gets more credit than he deserves. He always seem to jump on the band wagon for the credit
BI REZ

Crest Hill, IL

#16 Mar 25, 2009
I'm sure Jewel and Target built in Chicago because the City of Chicago is able to offer them incentives... unfortunately BI is not in the same position of the City of Chicago when it comes to incentive packages. The good thing is that BI can piggyback off the Marshfield Plaza development. These things all take time and planning. There is a reason TIF districts last 20+ years... b/c it can take that long for things to happen! If you are so TIRED in BI - leave!! I'd rather have people with a positive attitude and optimistic vision living in the city I live in anyhow.
tired in BI

Crown Point, IN

#17 Mar 25, 2009
The mayor has had 24 years to "develop" BI. In creating the TIFs, all he has done is place an increased tax burden on the small businesses in BI that are struggling to stay alive. Look at Western Ave south of 127th St. With all of the empty storefronts, it looks like a ghost town. The people of BI want infastructure,a stong tax base and fairness. If a fire brakes out at Metrosouth Medical Center, they'll call the BIFD,and the BIPD but they aren't obligated help pay for those city services.The mayor just doesn't care about BI.
Sue

Tinley Park, IL

#18 Mar 25, 2009
Again: Mayor Don Peloquin saved the hospital. This a fact.
sick of it

Midlothian, IL

#19 Mar 25, 2009
Sue wrote:
Mayor Peloquin is a hero. He saved the hospital; he save jobs; he saved health care for the region and he saved the City of Blue Island
Read the attached and find out the truth

http://www.house.gov/list/press/il01_rush/stf...
BI REZ

Crest Hill, IL

#20 Mar 26, 2009
So please tell me how Tommy Brown is the answer?

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