Vargas has a problem

Blue Island, IL

#122 Jun 26, 2014
lessons not learned wrote:
Where will this lead? Attorney Mayor Vargas refuses to be forthright .

Disgorgement of Ill-Gotten Gains)
Issue an Order requiring Letke to disgorge the ill-gotten gains that he received,
directly or indirectly, as a result of his wrongful conduct, including prejudgment interest.
Its shocking and its frankly deplorable,
Disgorgement

Chicago, IL

#123 Jun 27, 2014
lessons not learned wrote:
Where will this lead? Attorney Mayor Vargas refuses to be forthright .
Disgorgement of Ill-Gotten Gains)
Issue an Order requiring Letke to disgorge the ill-gotten gains that he received,
directly or indirectly, as a result of his wrongful conduct, including prejudgment interest.
All ill-gotten gains need to be returned to the taxpayers including prejudgment interest.
Recovery

Chicago, IL

#124 Jun 27, 2014
Interests of the residents of Blue Island are not protected nor have they been the focus of any actions by elected officials at city hall. Walk, ride your bike, drive, car pool, dance, or what ever you like to voice your opinion regarding all taxpayer dollar concerns, including bond sales, conflict of interest, ethics violations, transparency issues, at Blue Island City Council Meetings twice a month. You may also contact the media, OIG'S office, FBI, US Attorney Fardon, on any regular business day.
Vargas scams

Midlothian, IL

#125 Jul 29, 2014
Mayor, here's a little information about your new Superintendent of Public Works. Just in case you didn't know!

Cook County's overtime time bomb
County workers stash overtime hours now -- for high pay later
Monday, April 27, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Mark J. Konkol

If Joseph Lafata were to retire anytime soon from his job as a maintenance supervisor with the Cook County Highway Department, he'd have a nice cushion to take with him into retirement: a $60,000 payout for more than 1,000 overtime hours that he has accumulated -- hours that, in theory, he's supposed to take as paid time off.

County highway workers have amassed mountains of what's called "time-off overtime" -- TOOT, for short -- a Chicago Sun-Times review of county records shows, with Lafata piling up more overtime than anyone else.

The idea behind TOOT is this: Rather than pay county highway employees for all the extra hours they might end up working from week to week, some of them are allowed to take paid time off later.

But rather than do that, many have been accumulating it and then cashing in when they retire or leave their county job months or years later -- when their salaries are higher. Then, they are paid for that time at their final salary, which is sometimes much higher than what they were making when they accumulated the time.

In all, county records obtained by the Sun-Times show, highway workers have banked 44,000 hours of overtime currently worth about $2.2 million. Forty-one people -- more than 14 percent of everyone on the Highway Department payroll -- have each stacked up more than 300 hours, or nearly eight weeks.

Another 50 highway workers are sitting on 200 to 300 hours of accumulated overtime, records show.

County Commissioner Forrest Claypool says "this is an outrageous accumulation of time, and it should not be allowed."

His solution? "The only way to fix this is to fire the highway superintendent.... The superintendent is either not managing the work force or allowing the politically connected to game the system. Employees are running the department for their own benefit -- and taxpayers are getting handed the bill."

County Board President Todd Stroger's staff declined to make Highway Supt. Rupert Graham available for an interview.

Stroger spokeswoman Chris Geovanis says highway workers who have accumulated the most overtime did so by doing an important job: handling snow removal. There aren't enough people on staff to manage when the area sees a heavy snow season, she says, so some workers end up amassing huge amounts of banked overtime.

But, in fact, the top 10 job titles linked to the most accumulated overtime per person include engineering assistants, machinists, boilermakers and administrative analysts, an analysis of county records shows. None of those workers was involved in snow removal.

Engineering assistant Michael Ponticelli, who makes $74,000 a year, has the second-most accumulated overtime, with more than 979 hours -- or $53,000 -- due him. Next on the list: engineer Bharat Patel, who makes $81,610.88 a year and has cached 824 hours of overtime. Maintenance supervisor James Poelsterl has banked 775 hours.

None of those employees returned calls seeking comment.

Questions about Highway Department overtime were first raised in January, when the Sun-Times reported that maintenance workers had called in sick, took vacation or put in for paid time off on the same days they were being given overtime compensation. Also, highway workers responding to snow and ice emergencies almost always got paid for their entire scheduled shift, whether they worked that shift or not, time sheets and overtime reports showed.

Contributing: Art Golab
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Misspent Funds

Chicago, IL

#126 Jul 29, 2014
Recovery wrote:
Interests of the residents of Blue Island are not protected nor have they been the focus of any actions by elected officials at city hall. Walk, ride your bike, drive, car pool, dance, or what ever you like to voice your opinion regarding all taxpayer dollar concerns, including bond sales, conflict of interest, ethics violations, transparency issues, at Blue Island City Council Meetings twice a month. You may also contact the media, OIG'S office, FBI, US Attorney Fardon, on any regular business day.
Blue Island is in a crisis of neverending corruption.
Culture

Chicago, IL

#127 Jul 29, 2014
New people will have to be brought In who do not have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo to bring these people to justice.
Vargas scams

Midlothian, IL

#128 Jul 30, 2014
Culture wrote:
New people will have to be brought In who do not have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo to bring these people to justice.
No one with dignity wants to work for these thugs. Ask former employees. They would say NO in a heartbeat!
Under Investigation

Chicago, IL

#129 Jul 31, 2014
Disgorgement wrote:
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All ill-gotten gains need to be returned to the taxpayers including prejudgment interest.
Tax Hikes, No Bid Contracts, Closed Bridges, Jobs for the Connected, Taking Funds from the Library, Dirty Streets, Water Mains not Repaired before Winter, how much more damage can Blue Island be forced to endure?
Compelling

Chicago, IL

#130 Aug 3, 2014
Daily failure will ultimately hurt elected leaders, the greedy, and followers who will wake to find themselves in the middle of their crumbling mess.
Special Finance Meeting

Chicago, IL

#131 Aug 19, 2014
Why is Mayor Vargas Distributing a $7400.00 NO BID CONTRACT? Clearly Blue Island can not afford it. Right now; Blue Island has to DIP into the RISK MANAGEMENT FUND and CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION FUND to Pay $ 70,000.00 for UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

A Special Finance Meeting is scheduled to occur:
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Watch Dog on Maple St

Midlothian, IL

#132 Aug 19, 2014
Special Finance Meeting wrote:
Why is Mayor Vargas Distributing a $7400.00 NO BID CONTRACT? Clearly Blue Island can not afford it. Right now; Blue Island has to DIP into the RISK MANAGEMENT FUND and CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION FUND to Pay $ 70,000.00 for UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
A Special Finance Meeting is scheduled to occur:
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Hi Allan
Butters

Midlothian, IL

#133 Aug 19, 2014
Special Finance Meeting wrote:
Why is Mayor Vargas Distributing a $7400.00 NO BID CONTRACT? Clearly Blue Island can not afford it. Right now; Blue Island has to DIP into the RISK MANAGEMENT FUND and CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION FUND to Pay $ 70,000.00 for UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
A Special Finance Meeting is scheduled to occur:
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Does meeting on a Saturday violate The OMA?
Never Been Happier

Chicago, IL

#134 Aug 19, 2014
Butters wrote:
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Does meeting on a Saturday violate The OMA?
Daily failure has ultimately hurt Blue Island elected leaders, the greedy, and their followers who find themselves in the middle of their own fiasco.
Steamy

Chicago, IL

#135 Aug 20, 2014
Never Been Happier wrote:
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Daily failure has ultimately hurt Blue Island elected leaders, the greedy, and their followers who find themselves in the middle of their own fiasco.
The puppets seem pathetically dizzy from multiple trips to the spin room.
Mix Up Match Up

Chicago, IL

#136 Aug 20, 2014
Special Finance Meeting wrote:
Why is Mayor Vargas Distributing a $7400.00 NO BID CONTRACT? Clearly Blue Island can not afford it. Right now; Blue Island has to DIP into the RISK MANAGEMENT FUND and CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION FUND to Pay $ 70,000.00 for UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
A Special Finance Meeting is scheduled to occur:
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
The $74,000 and $70,000 are a good start-up for the 7th ward sewer project!
Blue Island Aldermen MUST VOTE TO Redirect the FUNDS!
Irresponsible

Midlothian, IL

#137 Aug 20, 2014
Special Finance Meeting wrote:
Why is Mayor Vargas Distributing a $7400.00 NO BID CONTRACT? Clearly Blue Island can not afford it. Right now; Blue Island has to DIP into the RISK MANAGEMENT FUND and CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION FUND to Pay $ 70,000.00 for UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
A Special Finance Meeting is scheduled to occur:
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Vargas certainly was responsible for the rise in unemployment experience rates when he carelessly terminated experienced personnel last year and earlier this year. Rita puppet for sure.
Irresponsible

Midlothian, IL

#138 Aug 20, 2014
Irresponsible wrote:
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Vargas certainly was responsible for the rise in unemployment experience rates when he carelessly terminated experienced personnel last year and earlier this year. Rita puppet for sure.
It is likely that someone aspiring to be a judge will never be appointed or elected with associations with the Rita's.
Bob

Alsip, IL

#139 Aug 20, 2014
Irresponsible wrote:
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Vargas certainly was responsible for the rise in unemployment experience rates when he carelessly terminated experienced personnel last year and earlier this year. Rita puppet for sure.
Wrong
Bob

Alsip, IL

#140 Aug 20, 2014
Irresponsible wrote:
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It is likely that someone aspiring to be a judge will never be appointed or elected with associations with the Rita's.
More wrong
Irresponsible

Midlothian, IL

#141 Aug 20, 2014
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>More wrong
Watch it play out, Bob

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