I-Team: Bridges of Blue Island

I-Team: Bridges of Blue Island

There are 43 comments on the ABC7 Chicago story from Mar 27, 2014, titled I-Team: Bridges of Blue Island. In it, ABC7 Chicago reports that:

The I-Team investigates a bridge problem that has residents fuming, the state of Illinois scrambling and a new mayor dealing with a transportation nightmare.

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vieyra

Midlothian, IL

#21 Apr 6, 2014
We believe wrote:
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We all know who NOT to vote for. A strong candidate that can stand up to Vargas and the Rita's will win in a landslide. Stevo needs to give it a rest and just run for alderman. His representation and voice will be heard and he will be able to challenge bad decisions. This next election will be an easy win.
against letty, please he only got 20 votes to her 300 last time he ran against her
Three

Maywood, IL

#22 Apr 6, 2014
Insert candidate # 3 incumbent wins.
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#23 Apr 6, 2014
Three wrote:
Insert candidate # 3 incumbent wins.
Not really. I for one was shocked that Vargas was in bed with the Rita's. A friend asked him if the rumors were true that J Rita was going to be placed in a position with the city. Vargas lied to their face and said no. There is no way the people of BI will ever trust him or any of his associates again. We are exposing him every day and you can too.
Endless Possibilities

Maywood, IL

#24 Apr 6, 2014
We believe wrote:
<quoted text>
Not really. I for one was shocked that Vargas was in bed with the Rita's. A friend asked him if the rumors were true that J Rita was going to be placed in a position with the city. Vargas lied to their face and said no. There is no way the people of BI will ever trust him or any of his associates again. We are exposing him every day and you can too.
Blue Island elected officials have traditionally been in the business of self service for 30 plus years. The Peloquin Coalition Party and Ritas have enjoyed a 30 plus year behind the scenes behind closed doors relationship as evidenced by the Peloquin Bilatto and Vargas Rita alliances.
Just saying

Blue Island, IL

#25 Apr 6, 2014
Blue Island what needs to happen to destroy that Axis group. Blue Islanders need to vote all those guys out of office. If you don't vote, guess what don't complain. Some one please have a petition stating that we are tried and we will vote you out! Have these so call elected officials start feeling the heat. We are tried and we need complete change!
Mario

Blue Island, IL

#26 Apr 6, 2014
WTF does just saying mean?
Get to the Bottom of It

Maywood, IL

#27 Apr 6, 2014
It is time to throughly investigate what has transpired at Blue Island City hall, unearth all of the connections, and hold accountable all those responsible for wrongdoing.
Luca Brazi

United States

#28 Apr 6, 2014
I blame all those Italians on the east side...they are mobbed up.
Tragic

Maywood, IL

#29 Apr 7, 2014
Corruption plagues Blue Island where funds for essentials are chronically diverted.
InComplete Streets

Maywood, IL

#30 May 4, 2014
Could IDOT Bike Plan Represent a Turning Point for the Car-Centric Agency?

The Illinois Department of Transportation has a long history of promoting driving before all other modes. However, its new Illinois Bike Transportation Plan, released this morning at the Illinois Bike Summit in Champaign, may represent a new direction for the department.

In recent years, IDOT has pushed wasteful, destructive highway projects like the Circle Interchange Expansion and the Illiana Tollway, and it recently released a “Purpose and Need” statement for the North Lake Shore Drive rehab that was written largely from a windshield perspective.

When the department launched the public input process for the state bike plan last summer, it was still prohibiting Chicago from installing protected bike lanes on state roads within the city, apparently for reasons that had nothing to do with safety. It seemed ironic that IDOT was seeking input on strategies for improving bike safety when its own policy undermined it.

In October, at a memorial for Robert “Bobby” Cann, a cyclist who was killed by a motorist on Clybourn, a state road, it was announced that IDOT was lifting the PBL ban. The agency is currently working with the Chicago Department of Transportation to design protected bike lanes on Clybourn, possibly shielded by concrete curbs, on an experimental basis.

This morning, the Active Transportation Alliance heralded the release of the bike plan, which calls for improvements to state road design and more funding for bike safety projects, as a sign of IDOT’s growing commitment to improving conditions for non-motorized transportation.“This is not an easy task given IDOT’s historically car-centric perspective that has de-prioritized biking and walking,” the Active Trans release said.

“With the adoption of its Complete Streets policy in 2007, its plans to pilot-test protected bike lanes on state routes, and now the state bike plan, I think it’s fair to say IDOT is turning the corner, so to speak, toward a multi-modal approach that provides a range of transportation options for Illinois residents,” said Active Trans director Ron Burke in a statement.

The bike plan focuses on the design and management of state roads, as well as the distribution of federal and state transportation money to Illinois municipalities. Improving state roads could go a long way towards making biking and walking safer, since these highways are often overly wide, with multiple lanes and high-speed traffic.

State roads often lack bike lanes or side paths, and crosswalks protected by traffic signals or stop signs are often few and far between. Active Trans noted that improving bike and pedestrian accommodations on state routes could have a big impact on safety in Chicagoland, since these highways make up 2,775 miles of roads in the region, nine percent of the total mileage. State hwys are also often the only through routes in suburban or rural locations.

In recent years, IDOT has begun striping bike lanes on some state routes, such as the Dixie Highway through south suburban Homewood. On the other hand, the department recently turned down a recent request from nearby Blue Island to add bike lanes while repaving Vermont Street. One hopes that with the goal of improving safety on state roads now codified in the bike plan, the department will be less likely to disregard such requests.

The new document, which the state prepared with assistance from consultants Alta Planning and Design, includes a number of action items. It calls for dedicated and prioritized state funding for safety and access facilities like bike lanes and sidewalks. Active Trans argued that IDOT should not require local municipalities to provide matching funds for these projects, since this can delay or kill the projects.
InComplete Streets

Maywood, IL

#31 May 4, 2014
The plan calls for documenting the number and quality of state complete streets projects. It also recommends developing walking and biking safety standards and earmarking funding to make them a reality.

IDOT design manuals will be updated to reflect modern standards for accommodating biking and walking, which should increase the quantity and quality of bike facilities incorporated into state road projects. And the plan calls for hiring a full-time bike and pedestrian coordinator to work within the agency to ensure these modes are accommodated. Active Trans points out that this person needs to be someone well-informed about current best practices in bike and pedestrian safety in urban and suburban settings.

The language of the state bike transportation plan is somewhat vague, and the document will simply be words on paper until IDOT begins to implement its objectives. However, it’s encouraging to see the state acknowledge it needs to do a better job accommodating biking and walking in its projects. Hopefully, the document will lead to good facilities for cyclists and pedestrians becoming the rule, not the exception, on state roads.
Greg 121

Alsip, IL

#32 May 7, 2014
POSEN wrote:
The bridge money must be in posen they are "rebuilding the 147th street at 294 bridge for the third time in 10 years.
They are expanding not repairing. To be fair.
Greg 121

Alsip, IL

#33 May 7, 2014
Mario wrote:
WTF does just saying mean?
REALY need an explain action on that ? " just saying"
Means no offense just pointing it out.
Greg 121

Alsip, IL

#34 May 7, 2014
Just saying wrote:
Blue Island what needs to happen to destroy that Axis group. Blue Islanders need to vote all those guys out of office. If you don't vote, guess what don't complain. Some one please have a petition stating that we are tried and we will vote you out! Have these so call elected officials start feeling the heat. We are tried and we need complete change!
A suitable alternative would be appropriate . Instead we get the lesser of two evils.
My Back is Wet

New Lenox, IL

#35 May 7, 2014
Mario wrote:
WTF does just saying mean?
Consult your English dictionary, Mario. You're an illegal, aren't you?
The Contract Includes

Maywood, IL

#36 Jun 14, 2014
Tragic wrote:
Corruption plagues Blue Island where funds for essentials are chronically diverted.
Kennedy Expressway Fine:$4,000 every 15 Minutes per Lane for ANY Completion Delay.
Excellence

Maywood, IL

#37 Jun 14, 2014
The Contract Includes wrote:
<quoted text>
Kennedy Expressway Fine:$4,000 every 15 Minutes per Lane for ANY Completion Delay.
That's "HOW to" Write a Binding Contract.
Lesson for the BIIPS

Maywood, IL

#38 Jun 14, 2014
The Contract Includes wrote:
<quoted text>
Kennedy Expressway Fine:
$4,000 every 15 Minutes per Lane for ANY Completion Delay.
Contracting with companies that "Can Do" the work helped to bring the project in "Ahead of Schedule."
Fix the Bridges First

Maywood, IL

#47 Jul 11, 2014
Blue Island eyes rowing center, larger marina


By Nick Swedberg Correspondent July 11, 2014 7:22PM
A shout-out from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has drawn attention to a developing project along the Calumet Sag Channel in Blue Island.

Building on the success of rowing events in years past, Blue Island officials are examining the feasibility of building a rowing center to serve Division I collegiate competition and expanding an existing marina along the shipping canal.

A report from Quinn’s office on the Millennium Reserve project named Blue Island’s proposed Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Marina as a high priority. The Millennium Reserve initiative stretches from south of Lake Shore Drive through Chicago’s South Side into the Southland.

The project is intended to help boost projects that foster economic growth, restore the environment and promote healthy communities within a 210-square mile area. It also will expand green space in the Chicago area by 140,000 acres.

Mayor Domingo Vargas believes the proposed projects will spur the local economy and continue a trend he has seen in recent years of the city becoming a “destination place.”

In 2007 and 2008, Blue Island hosted several rowing competitions, including the Cochrane Cup and the Southland Regatta. The Cal-Sag Channel also was used for rowing during the 1959 Pan American Games.

“We’ve wanted to try and find a way to make (such events) more sustainable … and create an economic opportunity for the entire Southland region,” said Jason Berry, Blue Island’s deputy director of planning and building.

Berry said the city is studying the feasibility of the rowing center and marina expansion through a grant from the Chicago Community Trust. Until that’s done, the city won’t know the demand, how large the facilities should be and how much they would cost, he said.

Blue Island’s privately owned marina has 88 boat slips on Fay’s Point, a peninsula that juts into the Cal-Sag Channel. The city is looking to purchase the marina from developer Mack Cos.

Within the marina, a new boathouse would serve a range of functions, such as storage, meeting space or possibly a restaurant, city officials said.

By next year, Blue Island’s portion of the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail will be complete and will run through the marina. The trail, now under construction, will run from Illinois 83 near Lemont to the Burnham Greenway near the Indiana border

“I think it’s really important to show people that these waterways are an asset,” Berry said.
BOB

Blue Island, IL

#48 Jul 12, 2014
Blue Island Marina? What a joke. Blacks and Browns are not boaters.

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