What is this Really for

Chicago, IL

#244 Jan 21, 2013
Rubber Stamp wrote:
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No, Alderman Vargas gave the 7th ward vote for a costly pet project.
What is this money going toward?
Progress Report

Chicago, IL

#245 Jan 25, 2013
Denial wrote:
Midlothian, Harvey, Robbins, Markham, Blue Island, Calumet Park and Alsip formed the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency. At their Thursday, July 26, 2012, meeting the directors immediately went into executive session to address the matter of the bankrupt treasurer and concluded an audit should be done to determine if he should remain as the treasurer for SSJAWA. 
SSJAWA voted to move forward on insurance, disbursements for bills, including $450,000.00 + dollars for the feasibility study with another percentage going to that, when the project moves forward (indeed the study has already been done). A vote was taken to pay for the study, insurance, and hear about financing issues.  
The project interest rate increased from the previously quoted nominal fee upwards toward 10% and the project has been projected over 40 years. 
At this time it is doubtful $JAWA$ can ever come in at a competitive rate to reduce the price of water from Chicago. The connection/hook-up costs to be paid for by each community, feasibility study, initial $5.6 million,$200 million, bond issue for construction costs, fees, interest, it is projected SSJAWA will come in at over (one)$1$BILLION$ dollars over the next 40 years. Each community will pay a their percentage for the bill. Harvey’s share is 38 percent, Alsip (30 percent), Blue Island (11 percent), Robbins (7 percent), Midlothian (6 percent), Markham (5 percent) and Calumet Park (4 percent). 
By the way, what will happen if one or more of these communities ends up bankrupt in the process? How will that impact SSJAWA?
April 9, 2013, Election day is not far away. ALL of the elected officials from the 7 communities involved are responsible for wasting our hard earned taxpayer dollars in the current down turned economy, and must be held accountable and responsible. 
It is further recommended mayors voted out of office and their second chair not be allowed any seat what so ever on any SSJAWA Board!
They have ALL failed to respect us and our hard earned tax dollars!
   Vote them ALL out of office! 
No site, no intergovernmental agreement, we have sold bonds, are paying bills, and distributing money. End of report.
You Are Not Alone David

Chicago, IL

#246 Jan 25, 2013
Smells Bad wrote:
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Markham cops charged with theft
By Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporter
1:46 pm, November 21, 2012
Two Markham police officers – one of them the son of the town’s mayor – have been charged in state court with stealing thousands of dollars from a south suburban business while on duty and investigating a burglary, officials announced today.
Darryl Starks, 38 and Andre Webb, 41, are charged with armed violence, theft of property and official misconduct for their alleged actions during a 2010 investigation into flat-screen televisions that were stolen from a Markham distributor.
The two were charged with armed violence because they were carrying weapons at the time of the alleged crimes, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, which was assisted in its investigation by the FBI and Illinois State police.
Soon after the thefts, a Markham tactical team entered a Dolton warehouse without a search warrant and searched the building for the stolen televisions. Webb and Starks allegedly went into an office there, where Webb, the son of Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr., used a knife to open a locked closet door.
The policemen then each took over $3,000 from a box inside the closet that contained a large amount of cash, hid the money on their bodies and left the office.  Another Markham officer later entered the office and counted the recovered funds in the presence of the business owner.
The owner then reported that money was missing and an investigation was immediately started at the warehouse. Webb allegedly admitted taking money and hiding in the police vehicle he drove to the warehouse and $3,380 was recovered from under the driver’s side floor mat.
Over the next two days, Starks said he had additional funds to turn in, eventually giving police $3,175. All of the stolen funds were returned to the business owner.
The two police officers appeared in bond court today, where Judge Israel Desierto set bail at $25,000 apiece and ordered them to turn their firearms over to state police.
Former Harvey cop gets $600,000 in federal lawsuit - Topix

Former Harvey cop gets $600,000 in federal lawsuit
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter kjanssen@suntimes.com January 24, 2013 4:25PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35PM 

A Harvey cop who was forced to patrol in an unsafe squad car without his K-9 partner as revenge for his political opposition to Mayor Eric Kellogg was awarded $600,000 in damages Thursday by a federal jury.

Former police officer Alex Gbur was shot at by a gang member on the night of Sept. 26, 2006, but couldn’t call for help because the decrepit squad car he was assigned had a broken radio. Just hours later, Metra police officer Thomas Cook was killed in the high-crime south suburb — allegedly by the same gunman.

An emotional Gbur testified at trial he was ordered to work without his police dog, and to take the “deathtrap” squad car, in retaliation for backing the mayoral campaign of Kellogg rival Marion Beck, and for giving evidence to a Department of Justice probe of racism within the Harvey Police Department.

A jury took less than four hours to reject Kellogg and the City of Harvey’s denials, awarding Gbur $500,000 in compensatory damages and ordering Kellogg to pay an additional $75,000 in punitive damages. Former Police Chief Andrew Joshua was ordered to pay $25,000 in punitive damages.
Great Success

Chicago, IL

#247 Jan 25, 2013
Jawa will be on the April ballot in Calumet Park!
Gamble

Chicago, IL

#248 Jan 26, 2013
Doubts wrote:
Our view: Doubts about towns’ water plans
SouthtownStar editorial January 18, 2013 11:28PM
A major benefit of residing in the Chicago region, one often taken for granted in the past, is the plentiful supply of high-quality Lake Michigan water for homes and businesses. But these days, hardly anyone is taking water for granted.
That’s because lake water, which is more expensive than well water, is getting even more costly — to the point where some suburbs are looking at alternatives, including forming water agencies, to try to save money.
We acknowledge the political heat that municipal officials are under as water rates rise sharply, but we’re uneasy about them trying to operate their own water systems. Doing so involves great cost and substantial risk — taking on high levels of debt to build or acquire water lines and pumping stations and operate them.
An official of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources warns that creating a new water distribution system is “extraordinarily difficult” because of the financial, legal and technical challenges involved. But several towns in South Cook and Will counties are not being deterred.
Seven towns have formed the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency to explore getting lake water from Whiting, Ind., rather than Chicago via a new pipeline. Five others belong to the Northern Will County Water Agency, which plans to take over the water system of a private utility that town officials believe has gouged their residents for many years. Many other municipalities are chafing at the higher cost of water but see no alternative to Chicago.
Driving the unrest is Chicago’s decision to nearly double its lake water rate over four years, through 2015, to cover the cost of a massive project to improve its aging water delivery system. The 12 towns that get lake water from Chicago via Oak Lawn face added costs because of Oak Lawn’s plan to upgrade and expand its water system over four years.
With more suburbs going deeper into debt, using their home-rule power or a special kind of bond to avoid borrowing limits, towns need to be very careful about pursuing major water projects. Will towns really save significant money long-term? We’re not sure, but they better be.
You got to know when to roll em, know when to hold em, know when to walk away, know when to run.
Keep Moving Forward

Chicago, IL

#249 Jan 26, 2013
Great Success wrote:
Jawa will be on the April ballot in Calumet Park!
Congratulations to Our Calumet Park Friends!
BlueIslandSkepti c

United States

#250 Jan 27, 2013
In my opinion JAWA is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen. What these town and suburbs should have done is take Chicago to Federal Court. Force Chicago to show a line by line cost review and explain WHY the water cost is going up. Why do the said towns & suburbs have to bear the brunt of Chicago rebuilding their water system. Let Chicago residence carry the load...not your out of town customers. What a scam..atypical Chicago rip-off and everybody is willing to get bent over and take it. Idiots.
Common Sense

Chicago, IL

#251 Jan 27, 2013
Doubts wrote:
Our view: Doubts about towns’ water plans
SouthtownStar editorial January 18, 2013 11:28PM
A major benefit of residing in the Chicago region, one often taken for granted in the past, is the plentiful supply of high-quality Lake Michigan water for homes and businesses. But these days, hardly anyone is taking water for granted.
That’s because lake water, which is more expensive than well water, is getting even more costly — to the point where some suburbs are looking at alternatives, including forming water agencies, to try to save money.
We acknowledge the political heat that municipal officials are under as water rates rise sharply, but we’re uneasy about them trying to operate their own water systems. Doing so involves great cost and substantial risk — taking on high levels of debt to build or acquire water lines and pumping stations and operate them.
An official of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources warns that creating a new water distribution system is “extraordinarily difficult” because of the financial, legal and technical challenges involved. But several towns in South Cook and Will counties are not being deterred.
Seven towns have formed the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency to explore getting lake water from Whiting, Ind., rather than Chicago via a new pipeline. Five others belong to the Northern Will County Water Agency, which plans to take over the water system of a private utility that town officials believe has gouged their residents for many years. Many other municipalities are chafing at the higher cost of water but see no alternative to Chicago.
Driving the unrest is Chicago’s decision to nearly double its lake water rate over four years, through 2015, to cover the cost of a massive project to improve its aging water delivery system. The 12 towns that get lake water from Chicago via Oak Lawn face added costs because of Oak Lawn’s plan to upgrade and expand its water system over four years.
With more suburbs going deeper into debt, using their home-rule power or a special kind of bond to avoid borrowing limits, towns need to be very careful about pursuing major water projects. Will towns really save significant money long-term? We’re not sure, but they better be.
No site, no intergovernmental agreement, bonds to pay for with taxpayer money, no bid contracts, distributing money, the feasibility study for Jawa delayed until after the election. Come on "Who is fooling Who?

There are millions of dollars and reasons to vote NO JAWA
and vote the elected officials out of office who voted for Jawa.
Stop wasting OUR MONEY!

Common Sense Good Government for All People!
Stevo it is! 
10 Commandments

Midlothian, IL

#252 Jan 28, 2013
Thou shall not lie! You fool no one. "For All" your politics are negative and shallow. Your self endoresments seen here display that.
SSJAWA

Chicago, IL

#253 Jan 28, 2013
City of Blue Island
Director:      Mayor Donald Peloquin
Alt Director: Alderman Mark Patoska
CASA

Chicago, IL

#254 Jan 28, 2013
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
In my opinion JAWA is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen. What these town and suburbs should have done is take Chicago to Federal Court. Force Chicago to show a line by line cost review and explain WHY the water cost is going up. Why do the said towns & suburbs have to bear the brunt of Chicago rebuilding their water system. Let Chicago residence carry the load...not your out of town customers. What a scam..atypical Chicago rip-off and everybody is willing to get bent over and take it. Idiots.
Not only should Chicago prove to the public why this water rate is necessary; but the suburbs should be meeting with our senators and congressmen to discuss regional control over our water rates. Chicago and Hammond do not own Lake Michigan and yet they make alot of money off of it. That being said, it is a total waste of the tax payers money to be building parallel water distribution systems in an area.Our elected leaders can do better than this.
BI JAWA Monthly Meeting

Chicago, IL

#255 Jan 29, 2013
Mike Janko reported the January 30th 6pm regularly scheduled Blue Island JAWA monthly public meeting in Blue Island City Council Chambers has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
Hold them accountable

Blue Island, IL

#256 Jan 29, 2013
BI JAWA Monthly Meeting wrote:
Mike Janko reported the January 30th 6pm regularly scheduled Blue Island JAWA monthly public meeting in Blue Island City Council Chambers has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
What are they afraid of? The tide is turning. We must hold them accountable.
Victor

Blue Island, IL

#257 Jan 30, 2013
I went to the BI JAWA meeting and the sign said it was canceled. I can only think our elected people let us down, here in old Blue Island. For them it is all about greed, they should be ashamed of themselves.
SSJAWA Meeting Postponed

Chicago, IL

#258 Jan 31, 2013
The regular meeting of the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency has been POSTPONED and will be held at 3:00 pm on February 7, 2013 in the Markham Village Hall 16316 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois 60428
BItaxpayer

United States

#259 Jan 31, 2013
Victor wrote:
I went to the BI JAWA meeting and the sign said it was canceled. I can only think our elected people let us down, here in old Blue Island. For them it is all about greed, they should be ashamed of themselves.
I think the City Council killed the JAWA project for Blue Island. I was at the last council meeting and they took a vote & killed it. It may come back up again but from what I heard it's gone. Only 2 people voted to try to keep it alive. One was Nancy Thompson???? Watching Alan Stevo run up to her & ask why she voted to keep it alive was comical. Everybody there were scratching their heads over it. Anybody know who the other Alderman was?
Talks were Held

Chicago, IL

#260 Jan 31, 2013
The hot topic was Ryan leaving the pen; making room for his replacement and who would be the best fit.
peter

United States

#261 Jan 31, 2013
BItaxpayer wrote:
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I think the City Council killed the JAWA project for Blue Island. I was at the last council meeting and they took a vote & killed it. It may come back up again but from what I heard it's gone. Only 2 people voted to try to keep it alive. One was Nancy Thompson???? Watching Alan Stevo run up to her & ask why she voted to keep it alive was comical. Everybody there were scratching their heads over it. Anybody know who the other Alderman was?
Alderman jenco was the other alderman. Mark miller actually ran up to alderman Thompson to find out about the black culture night since he wants to dress up as Abe lincoln
The Plumber

Midlothian, IL

#262 Jan 31, 2013
CASA wrote:
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Not only should Chicago prove to the public why this water rate is necessary; but the suburbs should be meeting with our senators and congressmen to discuss regional control over our water rates. Chicago and Hammond do not own Lake Michigan and yet they make alot of money off of it. That being said, it is a total waste of the tax payers money to be building parallel water distribution systems in an area.Our elected leaders can do better than this.
Yes Chicago doesnt own the lake but they do own the largest water treatment plant in the world (Thats Right World) and guess were your water comes from, that plant. If you want to drink or bathe from your water faucets I guess you will have to pay.
Tom and Chicago Heights

Chicago, IL

#263 Jan 31, 2013
The Plumber wrote:
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Yes Chicago doesnt own the lake but they do own the largest water treatment plant in the world (Thats Right World) and guess were your water comes from, that plant. If you want to drink or bathe from your water faucets I guess you will have to pay.
A case (24) of bottles 16 oz. each, contains 3 gallons and sells for $3.99 on average.
The mayor of Hammond Is ironing out a deal with Chicago Heights as we speak. The seven Jawa member municipalities certainly could have simultaneously done the very same thing with Chicago. It's called concurrent planning.
For the record $2.51 per thousand gallons to drink, cook, wash clothes, wash the car, water the lawn, or bathe in many places not that far from Chicago is considered a wonderful bargain!

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