City hands out another Public works ...

City hands out another Public works job

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Ken

Orland Park, IL

#1 Jul 27, 2014
We now have filled the second superintendent job since Vargas took office.
Another lead position filled by an outsider collecting a county pension.
This now the 2nd lead city job to fill my shoes. Good luck
Only Democrats need apply

Blue Island, IL

#2 Jul 27, 2014
Ken wrote:
We now have filled the second superintendent job since Vargas took office.
Another lead position filled by an outsider collecting a county pension.
This now the 2nd lead city job to fill my shoes. Good luck
Why are you surprised? The Cook County Democrats work to get Mayor Vargas elected. Now the Rita's can trade jobs, and put favors in the lafamilia bank account.
Jobs For Sale

Blue Island, IL

#3 Jul 27, 2014
Hope the new hire donated at least a thousand dollars.
Legal

Blue Island, IL

#4 Jul 27, 2014
Vargas is a sellout!
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#5 Jul 27, 2014
Vargas did what he had to do. You are the dumb one if u voted for him.
Save Blue Island

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 28, 2014
Take a poll, how many of the Alderman either work or spouses or other family work for the Calumet Township?
Training Days

Maywood, IL

#7 Jul 28, 2014
Save Blue Island wrote:
Take a poll, how many of the Alderman either work or spouses or other family work for the Calumet Township?
And individuals with those positions are watching them magically disappear, faster than the Lucky Charms Leprechaun as they are each replaced by the more politically connected trainees.
fact

Orland Park, IL

#8 Jul 28, 2014
The main complaint that I have is that no matter who is working where or in whatever lead position nothing is done to better this community. Code enforcement is a joke, not strictly enforced parking not enforced traffic not enforced cops drive around ignoring violations they see with the idea that they can only act on called in complaints only . Its only going to get worse bo community that has had money issues has ever come back to life.....
Sisters of St Francis

Blue Island, IL

#9 Jul 28, 2014
Save Blue Island wrote:
Take a poll, how many of the Alderman either work or spouses or other family work for the Calumet Township?
Rita, Berini, and Pittman
Fed Up

Blue Island, IL

#10 Jul 28, 2014
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
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#11 Jul 29, 2014
So basically, our new Blue Island Superintendent of Public Works deceived taxpayers for his own benefit. Another acquaintance of John Rita's. Another Rita friend approved by our puppet Aldermen.
More Costly Payouts

Maywood, IL

#12 Jul 29, 2014
Approved by elected officials.
Fed Up

Blue Island, IL

#13 Jul 29, 2014
How much overtime will he rack up? Get ready to pay up, Blue Islanders!
Ken

Orland Park, IL

#14 Jul 29, 2014
Fed Up wrote:
How much overtime will he rack up? Get ready to pay up, Blue Islanders!
He lives over 45 minutes away from Here too.....
Fed Up

Blue Island, IL

#15 Jul 29, 2014
Ken wrote:
<quoted text>He lives over 45 minutes away from Here too.....
J.R. will probably pay him travel time.
Vargas scams

Blue Island, IL

#16 Jul 29, 2014
Fed Up wrote:
<quoted text>J.R. will probably pay him travel time.
Lock up the gas pumps!
Rust to Judgement

Maywood, IL

#17 Jul 30, 2014
Save Blue Island wrote:
Take a poll, how many of the Alderman either work or spouses or other family work for the Calumet Township?
Celebrate everyday and what ever works for you. Renovate Blue Island and prepare for the next election.
gov cheese

United States

#18 Jul 31, 2014
Check the fine print. This guy with his added bonus is pulling in over $100 thousand a year. He's also Rita's exes cousin. Funny shit.
gov cheese

United States

#19 Jul 31, 2014
Also think about all the kickbacks for contractors. I once had to give 25% back to you know who.
just wrong

Orland Park, IL

#20 Jul 31, 2014
its a shame that people work there for years wanting to move up in ranks and its handed to one that never worked or lived here.

What are the supers plan for snow services this year
plan for leaf removal
plan for sewer cleaning
plan for trash pick up
plan for fixing roads/alleys
so far it looks that he simply has a take home vehicle free gas and free phone in which does not answer on weekends.

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