NonStop

Chicago, IL

#85 Apr 14, 2013
blue wrote:
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Haa, i was totally kidding. That building has had taxes owed for years. A real city manager is needed. The only problem is it is peloquin. First mayor, then city manager. City manager was first introduced by peliquin for him to take time off for his run for congress. He set himself up with a position before any one knew. BI has paid 90,000 into it already. I wonder where the money is? Then he endorses vargas.Then pays bills for tommy at his rec center. Splits the vote independent party wins. That's why the BIIP did nothing. They had it all along. Run the taxes on hickey funeral property. low taxes right. Yep, never forwarded the building permits to the county. Never was any building permits. Remember when Vandenberg owed the funeral home. I do, they flipped it to the mayor for a song. They didn't get the contract for the private ambulance company to patrol the town. That was a good call on peliquin side. Sell it to his wife's family hickey. Then later down the road robb the fireman penision. Start lincoln county. You learn to be a crook, and when no one stops you greed sets in.
Will Vargas change and become a strong advocate for the community he has been elected to represent? His long history reveals it is Highly unlikely.
It is shameful

Chicago, IL

#86 Jun 10, 2013
blue wrote:
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Haa, i was totally kidding. That building has had taxes owed for years. A real city manager is needed. The only problem is it is peloquin. First mayor, then city manager. City manager was first introduced by peliquin for him to take time off for his run for congress. He set himself up with a position before any one knew. BI has paid 90,000 into it already. I wonder where the money is? Then he endorses vargas.Then pays bills for tommy at his rec center. Splits the vote independent party wins. That's why the BIIP did nothing. They had it all along. Run the taxes on hickey funeral property. low taxes right. Yep, never forwarded the building permits to the county. Never was any building permits. Remember when Vandenberg owed the funeral home. I do, they flipped it to the mayor for a song. They didn't get the contract for the private ambulance company to patrol the town. That was a good call on peliquin side. Sell it to his wife's family hickey. Then later down the road robb the fireman penision. Start lincoln county. You learn to be a crook, and when no one stops you greed sets in.
There are a few important details you left out. We also will leave them out for now. The one guarantee Pam Frasor, Don Peloquin received with Mayor Vargas, the assurance they will never be prosecuted, for anything period. Their family should be ashamed,in the condition they left this city.
Really

San Jose, CA

#87 Jun 12, 2013
No surprise there. Things going along as planned.
30 And Counting

Chicago, IL

#88 Jun 12, 2013
The downward spiral continues. It is business as usual.
Agree

San Jose, CA

#89 Jun 12, 2013
Glossy postcards reference
Can not guarantee

Orland Park, IL

#90 Jun 12, 2013
It is shameful wrote:
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There are a few important details you left out. We also will leave them out for now. The one guarantee Pam Frasor, Don Peloquin received with Mayor Vargas, the assurance they will never be prosecuted, for anything period. Their family should be ashamed,in the condition they left this city.
Vargas cannot guarantee Don and Pam anything, especially protection. I see that your mind is so bitter at our governance that you even believe that they are above the law. Just because they 'got away with it' in the past doesn't mean that the law isn't hot on their tails. I myself find it no mere coincidence that the Mayor and his crypt keeper as well as his buddy and the receiver of 'gifts' the Mayor of Mokena just magically decided after all of these years to get out of dodge....but not before they pulled one last job, a fake money grabbing run for congress. Don't fret yourself so, the wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do grind. It took the federal gov't close to 25 years to even begin to clean up Illinois politics, many bigger fish have fallen and with recent developments in the south suburbs it looks like they are onto the little fish.
Don't despair, direct your energy to making our town a better place to be, start with your own street and work your way out. There are many great people here in BI and it takes a lot more than a bunch of self-serving miscreants to destroy it completely.
Chapter Two

Chicago, IL

#91 Jun 12, 2013
The Whale of a Tale Continues.
Same trough, same spaces, same two faces.
no trust

Blue Island, IL

#92 Jun 13, 2013
We should not trust Vargas. He has been part of the problem for twenty two years. He presided over the thirty lawsuits silently. Giving the signal everything is all right.
Brownfields

Chicago, IL

#93 Sep 12, 2013
NonStop wrote:
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Will Vargas change and become a strong advocate for the community he has been elected to represent? His long history reveals it is Highly unlikely.
Brownfields 2011 Cleanup Grant Fact Sheet
Blue Island, IL
EPA Brownfields Program
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.
Community Description
The City of Blue Island was selected to receive three brownfields cleanup grants. Located in Cook County, Blue Island (population 23,463) is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The city will clean up three parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park, which was used as a source of clay for brick making from 1897 to 1952. Between 1952 and 1966, the 87-acre park operated as an open dump, allowing for the disposal of hazardous waste. The former landfill poses a threat to those working in the area, and runoff from the site poses hazards to nearby residents. Actual and perceived environmental conditions at the park have deterred redevelopment, contributing to the negative image of the city as a declining industrial community. For nearly 20 years, the majority of the commercial park was left vacant or underused, bringing in minimal property tax revenues. Cleanup of the parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park will reduce the threat of exposure to contaminants and contribute to sustainable redevelopment of the site with retail space and an eco-industrial park. Sustainable development standards include requirements for native landscaping, innovative stormwater management techniques, and green building standards.
Brownfields

Chicago, IL

#94 Sep 12, 2013
Cleanup Grants
$600,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the City of Blue Island for three brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up three parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park. At Parcel A at 11920 Wood Street, investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used to clean up Parcel B at 11950 Division Street. Investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used to clean up Parcel H at 2010 West 122nd Street. Investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used for community outreach activities at all three sites.
Contacts
For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site ( http://www.epa.gov/brownfields ).
Brownfields

Chicago, IL

#95 Sep 12, 2013
Brownfields wrote:
Cleanup Grants
$600,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the City of Blue Island for three brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up three parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park. At Parcel A at 11920 Wood Street, investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used to clean up Parcel B at 11950 Division Street. Investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used to clean up Parcel H at 2010 West 122nd Street. Investigations have revealed volatile organic compounds, PCBs, and heavy metals in area soils. Grant funds also will be used for community outreach activities at all three sites.
Contacts
For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site ( http://www.epa.gov/brownfields ).
Nearly one million from previous Brownfields Grants has been spent on assessments.
Are there any estimates on what the cost will be to dig 100 feet down truck the soil out to be cleaned and refill that area?
Yolanda

Elmhurst, IL

#96 Sep 12, 2013
Sounds like a lucrative job for the Decker Drunks
Ken

Chicago, IL

#97 Sep 12, 2013
Sounds like a job for Decker
Long Term Planning

Chicago, IL

#98 Sep 12, 2013
The Remedial Objectives Report/ Preliminary Remedial Action Plan (ROR/RAP) for the West Parcels of the former landfill at 119th & Vincennes was submitted to IEPA & USEPA on August 08, 2013. The ROR/RAP is a proposed plan for cleanup that determines the extent of cleanup & remediation options for a property– a major milestone the project team continued to prepare for since 2006 when we first enrolled the former landfill site into IL EPA Site Remediation Program (SRP). The document is available to the public for review during business hours at City Hall (upstairs in the Brownfields team area and at the Blue Island Public Library in the reference section)

IEPA has 90 days to review, comment on and approve ROR/RAP– the period ends 11/08/2013. Immediately following IEPA approval, public comment & review process, public meeting leading to the onsite remediation activities at 1 of the parcels within NE Park site.
Public Meetings

Chicago, IL

#99 Sep 12, 2013
Activities after ROR/RAP is approved: 

Draft cleanup alternatives document (ABCA)— Estimated to be completed end-Nov 2013
Public Notice about availability of ABCA for public comment– Dec 2013
30-day public comment period on ABCA– Dec 2013 – Jan 2014
Public Informational Meeting– Early Jan 2014
Start to Finish

Chicago, IL

#100 Sep 12, 2013
How many years did it take to clean up the "Gasification Site" on Grove and who paid that bill?
Long Over Due

Chicago, IL

#101 Sep 13, 2013
The city will clean up three parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park, which was used as a source of clay for brick making from 1897 to 1952. Between 1952 and 1966, the 87-acre park operated as an open dump, allowing for the disposal of hazardous waste. The former landfill poses a threat to those working in the area, and runoff from the site poses hazards to nearby residents.

Why wasn't this cleaned up years ago?
Why did elected officials ignore this hazard?
corrupt

Chicago, IL

#102 Sep 13, 2013
NonStop wrote:
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Will Vargas change and become a strong advocate for the community he has been elected to represent? His long history reveals it is Highly unlikely.
We all know that Speedy Gonzalas is a mouse.We now know that Mario Gomez is at RAT!!!!!
Flooded Basements

Chicago, IL

#103 Sep 14, 2013
Long Over Due wrote:
The city will clean up three parcels in the Northeast Mixed-Use Commercial Park, which was used as a source of clay for brick making from 1897 to 1952. Between 1952 and 1966, the 87-acre park operated as an open dump, allowing for the disposal of hazardous waste. The former landfill poses a threat to those working in the area, and runoff from the site poses hazards to nearby residents.
Why wasn't this cleaned up years ago?
Why did elected officials ignore this hazard?
The former landfill poses a threat to those working in the area, and runoff from the site poses hazards to nearby residents.

Are these contaminants ending up in basements when it floods?
Notifications

Chicago, IL

#104 Sep 14, 2013
What notifications have the residents in the 7th ward been provided over the years by Former Aldermen Elton or Former Alderman now Mayor Vargas, State Rep. Rita, State Rep. Monique Davis, Cal Towhship Supervisors Martino, Rita, and Rita or Former Mayor Peloquin?

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