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#1 Oct 11, 2013
Wow, this is news...
5yr Midlo Resident
Since: Apr 09
#2 Oct 12, 2013
Wow. Thanks for posting that. Very interesting.
#3 Oct 12, 2013
where do u think they all will relocate? here...or markham or posen...100 families displaced
#4 Oct 12, 2013
that will be a good time for me to sell
#5 Oct 12, 2013
Jobs Jobs Jobs. Its may suck for long time residents but they can take one for the team.
#6 Oct 13, 2013
would gladly accept home owners here, we just don't need any more section 8 people.
#7 Oct 13, 2013
We oppose Mayor Tyrone Ward's plan to construct a Massive Lime Stone Quarry in Robbins.
Mayor Ward is determined to build a Lime Stone Quarry that will impact Robbins, Chicago, and the entire SOUTHLAND region. The lime stone will be transported into and through our communities by truck and railroad.
The dangerous and possible cancer causing emissions will be deposited into our environment. Help keep our community safe, especially for the long term effects to the health of our children.
CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH YOUR OBJECTIONS IMMEDIATELY!
All of Robbins elected officials including State Representatives Will Davis and Robert "Bob" Rita MUST STEP UP and FIGHT TO OPPOSE THIS DISASTROUS PLAN!
#8 Oct 13, 2013
that's okay I hope you like the sound of dynamite at 7 o'clock in the morning, and your house shaking
#9 Oct 13, 2013
This sounds like another incinerator fiasco .Mayor Brody sold the people of Robbins on the idea , promising pie in the sky wealth .We all see what happened there .Just drive down Kedzie and you can see the eternal landmark that I really don't think ever took off.Lyme is a terribly cancerous substance .We have our own Lyme problem , most people are unaware of, with this cement company on 149th they've been cited by the EPA .We in Midlothian should really take a close look at what they're putting into our air.Those kids that play at the park are breathing toxins that company needs to go.Good luck to Robbins in fighting this .
#10 Oct 13, 2013
Kadner: Shine some light on Robbins mine
By Phil Kadner [email protected] October 11, 2013 10:15PM
The Robbins Community Plant will be used for part of the planned Quarry, October 11th, 2013, in Robbins.| Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 13, 2013 12:28PM
You would think everyone in the area would have to know about a plan to turn more than 20 percent of a south suburb into a rock quarry.
But the public has been given almost no information about an agreement between Robbins and a corporation for a 61-acre surface quarry, which would be followed by a 169-acre underground mine.
But that’s not all. There would be asphalt and ready-mix concrete plants and possibly a trucking terminal, multifamily housing and an equine therapeutic correction facility to be “referred to as a ranch and produce farm.”
More than 100 single-family homes would be taken by the project, along with some businesses, churches and the old Robbins incinerator.
Village officials have approached state Reps. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) and Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) about sponsoring quick-take legislation so the corporation behind the plan, ALM Resources LLC, can force people to sell their land.
Davis told me he has introduced a shell bill in the Illinois House to expedite the quick-take legislation.
“I told people at a meeting in Robbins this week that I couldn’t promise them that I wouldn’t introduce the bill in the veto session (of the Legislature, which begins Oct. 22),” Davis said.“That doesn’t mean I will do it. It means I’m not going to rule it out at this time.”
That meeting was called by community activists in Robbins who wanted to blow the whistle on the largest project in the south suburbs that hardly anyone had heard about.
“I not only have to represent the residents of Robbins, but the municipality, which means the mayor and the elected board,” Davis said.“If the mayor believes this is a good thing for the village, a good deal for the people, I have a responsibility to represent him.”
Rita, who said his House district includes “most of Robbins,” was more circumspect.
“I would not sponsor any legislation for quick-take unless there were public hearings or meetings, and everyone impacted by this plan had a chance to ask questions and get answers,” he said.“With the veto session beginning in about two weeks, I don’t think there’s enough time to do that.”
Rita said Robbins officials had briefed him on the plan and talked about the need for quick-take legislation but had not described how many homes would be taken or the plan’s wide-ranging impact on the village and beyond.
“With a project of this size, there would likely be an impact on traffic on neighboring suburbs, and we ought to consider that and any other impacts,” Rita said.“Everyone, including the bordering suburbs, should have a chance to speak out on the plan.”
But Rita and Davis emphasized that they understood Robbins’ financial predicament and the history of the incinerator project, which sparked opposition by neighboring towns that eventually resulted in the state withdrawing financial incentives, undermining the original developer of the incinerator.
While environmental activists and political leaders outside Robbins fear pollution, as one of the poorest suburbs in the nation Robbins needs money to pay its police officers and firefighters.
Gloria Scott, who owns a home in Robbins, has different concerns.
“They’re going to be blasting underground to make tunnels under people who are living in their houses,” Scott said.“What happens if the ground collapses? What happens if the blast breaks windows or causes other damage to those homes?
“Robbins is a historic community, one of the first black suburbs in the country, and no one is concerned about the people who live there. There was one meeting about this called by the village, and very few people knew about it.”
#11 Oct 13, 2013
I tried repeatedly to contact Mayor Tyrone Ward and the village administrator without success Friday.
The mayor eventually sent an emailed statement that read:“We are obtaining more documents and information in hopes of negotiation and/or amending the existing agreement to one that would be more favorable to our residents. We will be rendering our decision based on the outcome of those deliberations, which we hope will be soon.”
But an agreement with ALM was signed in May by former Mayor Irene Brodie. Several people told me that Brodie, who did not seek re-election in April, had been less than 100 percent cognitively for many months before deciding not to run again.
“That’s something that would require a legal inquiry,” Davis told me when I mentioned the issue of Brodie’s mental capacity.“I don’t know anything about that.”
There’s little doubt that a project of this size could be the economic engine that Robbins needs. But there are serious questions as to whether the leadership in Robbins has done their due diligence on behalf of residents.
At the very least, extensive public hearings ought to be held, and village officials have to subject themselves to tough questions.
I said the same thing regarding Orland Park when its village officials were planning to subsidize construction of a large apartment building.
This is a much larger project, much more complex, and would directly impact thousands of people, inside and outside of Robbins.
Davis noted that before any quick-take legislation could be passed, the corporation needs to comply with a House rule requiring details about its plans.
I’m not satisfied with that. Davis is to be commended for meeting with local residents opposed to the project, but ALM needs to be accountable to the public.
Its agreement with Robbins has a clause saying that documents involved in this deal are not subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Davis noted that as a home-rule municipality, Robbins could use its power of eminent domain to take the land needed for public benefit but for some reason has chosen to go through the state.
All I know for sure is that no one seems to know enough about this plan to answer questions.
#12 Oct 13, 2013
The Massive Lime Stone Quarry provides an EXCELLENT EXAMPLE of why it is so IMPORTANT to VOTE!
Why TERM LIMITS are desperately NEEDED!
Why and HOME RULE is BAD for the PEOPLE!
#13 Oct 13, 2013
Typical of folks in a black community. "Lets not create jobs" Lets give more welfare instead. Get a job and stop making your fellow man pay for you to be lazy and ignorant.
#14 Oct 13, 2013
Jobs are needed in Mido - ALM Research, LLC.
Please come to Mido and give us the opportunity to sell our property and our homes to you
for $25,000 -$50,000.
We have a much larger area than Robbins and need your help with a TIF DISTRICT.
We so look forward to doing business with YOU!
#15 Oct 13, 2013
Looks like Midlo1 would love to have ALM RESEARCH, LLC. come to Midlothian and Orland!
#16 Oct 13, 2013
Midlothian and Orland would love the opportunity to do business with ALM RESEARCH, LLC.!
Please come to Bremen Township, Orland Township, or Midlothian and Orland City Hall.
Let's talk business.
#17 Oct 13, 2013
We are Looking forward to DYNAMITE, SINK HOLES, POLLUTION, AND MAYBE A Hot Spring or Two.
#18 Oct 13, 2013
This Quarry will devastate Midlothian.
100 homes x 2.5 residents per home = Black Diaspora.
The southwest point of the development is 135th and Pulaski Rd.
Semi-Truck traffic on Pulaski will be unmanageable in its present state.
The jobs will go to illegal Mexicans and Robbins already has a surplus of large black hoes.
The upside-lower property taxes due to the depreciation of home values.
#19 Oct 14, 2013
Do the research , the air quality from this project will affect everyone in nearby communities . They've picked Robbins because that's what large pollution companies do they go for the weak vulnerable towns , they promise them everything but in the long run what's more important ,CANCER or money .We in the surrounding communities need to rally to st this horrible situation.For the sakes of our children.This is pretty serious something needs to be done Mayor Rybak needs to look into this.
#20 Oct 14, 2013
Let's be honest, Robbins in one big dump. The town needs to be razed and just started over. There are more empty homes and lots than occupied homes. I'm sure that some of the old timers that may be displaced but they will also be compensated. No matter who comes in and tries to develop the area the people will get upset and say that they're being discriminated against because that's all they ever say. How about wanting more for yourself and your kids? Get yourself out of the ghetto and become a functioning member of society. Oh wait...that may be a problem. You'll lose your welfare. It's a cycle that will never end unless someone steps in and makes it end.
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