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South suburban agency's water-supply plan a pipe dream?

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Sun-Times story from Sep 22, 2013, titled South suburban agency's water-supply plan a pipe dream?. In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

Markham Mayor David Webb is chairman of the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency.

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Maywood, IL

#1 Sep 30, 2013
They must have been thinking they wouldn't get caught!
Real Talk

Maywood, IL

#2 Sep 30, 2013
You would think the politicians involved would have learned a thing or two after Jessie and Sandy were sentenced.

Blue Island, IL

#3 Oct 1, 2013
Don Peloquin is the crook behind the curtain.
Never Enough

Maywood, IL

#4 Oct 1, 2013
Real Talk wrote:
You would think the politicians involved would have learned a thing or two after Jessie and Sandy were sentenced.
Municipal attorney Burt Odelsonís law firm has been paid $202,296 for legal work. Odelson donated $1,600 last June to Densonís fund and his firm works with Calumet Park and, until recently, Blue Island.

Maywood, IL

#5 Oct 1, 2013
"This is very disturbing to me," says Sharon Rybak, mayor of Midlothian, one of seven towns that comprise the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency. "How long are we going to sit around doling out money before someone is held accountable?"
Talk is Not Cheap

Maywood, IL

#6 Oct 1, 2013
To put this in perspective, the Village of Alsip paid Chicago $6.3 million for 2.42 billion gallons of water last year, Alsip Finance Director Deborah Freischlag says.

It's unclear right now whether the south suburban plan makes good financial sense.

The water agency raised nearly $5.6 million in an August 2012 bond sale, with the money earmarked for a study to gauge, among other things, its cost-effectiveness. But that study is on hold, officials say, mainly because the towns still don't know where in Indiana the lake water would be pumped from, a critical step in the process, despite years of talks with three different northwest Indiana towns.

Officials say they're close to an agreement with the City of Hammond, Ind., though the head of that town remains circumspect.

"I don't know if I'd say we're close, but we've made progress," Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott says.

Meanwhile, the suburban water agency has spent about $2 million on legal work, project management, financial consulting and more, the BGA has found.
What are They Thinking

Maywood, IL

#7 Oct 6, 2013
Chicago is charging water users about $2.80 per thousand gallons of water, the rest is added on by the various municipalities who bought into this sick pipe dream.
Other Jawas

Maywood, IL

#8 Oct 12, 2013
Powerful Stuff

Maywood, IL

#9 Oct 14, 2013
Other Jawas wrote: er/drinking-water-watch/pws-we ll-contamination/index.html

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