State Rep 28th Bob Rita is not addre...

State Rep 28th Bob Rita is not addressing the problems of his district

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We have NO Representation

Blue Island, IL

#1 Jul 25, 2014
Bob Rita prefers to work outside his district, Expanding Gambling in Illinois. wasting his time and taxpayers monies. ignoring the real problems. Flooding, murders, crime, unemployment, etc. You get the picture.

Oak Lawn to start huge water improvement project

By Nick Swedberg Correspondent

July 24, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Lawn officials broke ground Wednesday at the village’s main pumping station, signaling the start of a major project to improve Oak Lawn’s water distribution system that also provides 12 other suburbs with drinking water.

At the ceremony, Quinn also signed a law that will increase funding from $1 billion to $2 billion for his Clean Water Initiative, which is designed to deter flooding across the state and protect Illinois’ drinking water by helping municipalities repair or replace infrastructure.

Most of the $171 million water project will be financed with a $102 million low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that will be paid off by water customers over a 40-year period. The IEPA loan is part of the Clean Water Initiative.

Oak Lawn will install a 60-inch water line that will carry Lake Michigan water through Palos Hills and Palos Park and along ComEd and Cook County Forest Preserve District rights-of-way to Orland Park, where it will loop into the existing 48-inch water line. The new line will double Oak Lawn’s water supply capacity from 55 million gallons per day to 110 million.

The village’s four pumping stations will be upgraded, including backup generators for power outages and newer technology to detect problems before there are breaks in the water lines. And for the first time, the 13 towns using the system will pay into reserve funds to cover future repairs and operating costs.

“What this does is allow us to increase (water supply) capacity for future needs,” Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury said.“It’s just a good thing for everyone.”

Benefiting from the project and helping to pay for it (based on their water usage) are 12 towns that get lake water from Chicago via Oak Lawn — Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Orland Hills, Country Club Hills, Matteson, Olympia Field, Mokena and New Lenox. Water rates will increase to pay for the project, on top of the rate increases that Chicago has imposed to help pay for its water system improvements.

While pointing out the environmental benefits of the various Clean Water Initiative projects statewide, Quinn also emphasized how important such infrastructure improvements are to the business community.

“One of the first things they ask about in our state, when businesses come or want to expand, is if we have adequate water,” he said.
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#2 Jul 25, 2014
Do not question " Prince Robert" he is royalty in Blue Island. Look at all he has done. Look at what his family has done.
hmm

Orland Park, IL

#3 Jul 25, 2014
Jawa is failing lets jump on the other water project $$$$$
Flooding Continues

Maywood, IL

#4 Jul 25, 2014
Flooding continues in communities ignored by elected officials who do not have plans to address those issues in less financially healthy communities that include Blue Island and Midlothian.
J T L U K

Tinley Park, IL

#5 Jul 25, 2014
Rita is for Rita he dont give a sh-t about anything unless it helps him or his family members.

Since: Mar 13

Midlothian, IL

#6 Jul 25, 2014
J T L U K wrote:
Rita is for Rita he dont give a sh-t about anything unless it helps him or his family members.
is this j " matthew " ?? aka i called you mateo on fb. its me, M
Oahin

Maywood, IL

#7 Jul 26, 2014
What matters is the neglected unserved public. Our current elected leaders obviously could care less.
over spending

Blue Island, IL

#9 May 21, 2015
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
REP. IVES AND ASSESSOR DIXON: THE NUMBERS BEHIND MADIGAN'S PROPERTY TAX BILL
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives and Assessor Warren Dixon -
As Chicago plummeted to junk bond status, the political circus played on in Springfield. The House voted on a bill to freeze property taxes that, unsurprisingly, won’t actually do so – the sponsor admitted such in debate. In a pitiful display of insincerity, though, the Democrats ran with the bill so their suburban legislators could claim they voted to freeze taxes. In fact, freezing property taxes is the last thing these union-backed legislators wanted to do.
Furthermore, freezing Chicago property taxes could plunge the city into deeper trouble with the bond market and threaten the immediate recall of millions of dollars by creditors. This bill was meant to fail and it did. But, the convoluted property tax system needs at least a bit of discussion. Property taxes are a liberal’s dream as they are both progressive and out of control in Illinois.
Illinois has the second highest property tax burden in the United States. Assessors across the state are confronted daily with seniors who can no longer afford to stay in their homes due to the escalation of taxes on their property. In DuPage County, average property taxes have increased 21% in the last decade even when the value of the property dropped by 17% during the same period. Freezing property taxes is an important goal and lowering them would be even better. However, simply freezing the amount that local governments ask for each year, the tax levy, will not guarantee a freeze for your individual property tax.
Even if your district’s levy and total value of property stays the same, your taxes will rise if any of your taxing districts has increasing debt costs that are levied outside the tax cap. Bondholders require that the debt is guaranteed with specific property tax revenues. The security of those payments are so important that they typically flow straight from the county treasurer to bondholders, bypassing even the local government responsible for them.
Additionally, your property taxes will continue to rise even under a frozen levy if the value of your property rises in comparison to other properties in that taxing district. Six years ago in Naperville Township, commercial property accounted for over 40% of total property value, now it only accounts for 33%. Under this reality, even if government had asked for the same levy amount, residents picked up more of the burden as commercial values declined. Here is yet another reason we need to become business friendly.
The resident/commercial burden is especially skewed in Cook County and Chicago. This year on March 15, the Willis Tower sold for $1.3 billion. At that time, the Cook County Assessor, however, valued it at only $534 million. The next highest sale was a building that sold for $850 million and was valued at only $360 million - 42% of the sales price. Within the top 12 sales in Chicago last year, one building was on the books with a fair market value of only 11 percent of its sales price. Additionally, it is interesting to note that Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan's law firm – according to the Cook County Assessor’s website – represented, for tax appeal purposes, 7 of those top 12 buildings that were woefully undervalued for assessment purposes.
101 counties in the state of Illinois have the same property tax laws. But Cook County is the only county allowed to operate under different rules. Their under valuation of property for both residential and commercial makes them seem to have less local resources and results in them receiving more state education dollars than they deserve. The bureaucrats and politicians have known this for years, but the political class, headquartered in Chicago that have run this state for decades, wants the rest of the state to play the game they rigged.
over spending

Blue Island, IL

#10 May 21, 2015
Meanwhile, the best way to reign in individual property taxes is through economic growth and local government cost control. Wheatland Township levied zero dollars last year. They consolidated assets, sold assets they didn’t need, and used that money instead of levying any tax. The City of Wheaton has not raised property taxes in 5 years. New development and new stores generated new taxes through normal economic growth. Local government leaders have openly stated that what they need for budget control are prevailing wage reform, pension reform, worker’s compensation reform, and collective bargaining and arbitration reform. All of those ideas have gotten lip service in Springfield.

Finally, just in case there was any lingering doubt about the true motives behind this fake property freeze bill, Illinoisans should consider the fact that the bill was passed on Friday. On Monday morning, before the ink on the legislation had dried, direct mail pieces blasting Republican legislators who voted present on a sham bill were stuffed into mailboxes in their districts.

Governor Rauner’s pro-growth reform agenda, along with other business reform initiatives, is the answer. If he doesn’t get it through, we should all be worried. Illinois can only defy the market for so long before economic reality hits.
wake up voters

Blue Island, IL

#11 May 27, 2015
Over the last four weeks there have been 150 shootings 25 murders and NO response from Springfield. All he seems to be interested in, new gaming legislation. We need 100,000 to picket Springfield. And then defeat him at the election.
Feeling moist

Blue Island, IL

#13 Jul 24, 2015
J T L U K wrote:
Rita is for Rita he dont give a sh-t about anything unless it helps him or his family members.
Nothing has changed, its all about booty,
where was Bobby

Blue Island, IL

#14 Jul 25, 2015
Where was State Rep Bobby Rita?

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/822380/...
Change is needed

Midlothian, IL

#15 Jul 25, 2015
where was Bobby wrote:
Where was State Rep Bobby Rita?
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/822380/...
Setting up for movies in the park.
RIP

Midlothian, IL

#16 Jul 30, 2015
Jessie Diaz
no moderation here

Blue Island, IL

#17 Jul 31, 2015
Who continues to remove important post's from topix?
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#18 Jul 31, 2015
Certain names will not even post.
Cocoa The Clown

Blue Island, IL

#19 Jul 31, 2015
Im running for State Rep.
More to come,
Bob Rita failed us

Blue Island, IL

#20 Aug 8, 2015
Bob Rita help to make this state of Illinois financial mess, he has no answers how to correct it. And the residents are suffering because his lack of action.

It didn't happen by accident. Governors and legislators, Republicans and Democrats, repeatedly approved financially toxic changes that created the worst-funded pension system in the country.

BY DAVE MCKINNEY

There are many paths to failure. But to understand how Illinois' pension system became the worst in the nation, it's instructive to look at what happened 10 years ago in the final, hectic days of the annual state legislative session in Springfield.
A dense, 78-page bill aimed in part at curbing pension abuses in downstate and suburban school systems landed in lawmakers' laps two days before their scheduled May adjournment. One sponsor called it the first “meaningful” reform in 40 years, a reversal of “decades of neglect and bad decisions.” Another predicted that it could save the state up to $35 billion.
But in addition to true reform, the bill later signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich allowed the state to skip half its pension payments for two years and to stretch out some expenses approved under the previous governor, George Ryan. No one mentioned those could cost $6.8 billion. The math hadn't been done.

"I SOMETIMES WONDER WHETHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD THE MATH."
PETER CHAN, FORMER HEAD OF THE FEDERAL SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION'S MUNICIPAL SECURITIES AND PUBLIC PENSIONS UNIT IN CHICAGO

In fact, reliable calculations weren't completed for two months. Democrats in the Legislature, eager to pass a budget before their summer began, muzzled debate with a stopwatch, ignored the incomplete calculations and jammed the pension bill through anyway.
In retrospect, Senate Bill 27 was no cure-all. It also was no exception.
For more than a quarter-century, governors and state legislators, Republicans and Democrats alike, made a series of financially toxic moves in the pension systems for state employees and public school teachers. Proposals to fix the perennially underfunded pensions were based on botched calculations—or no calculations at all—and were driven by misguided rationales that weren't fully vetted. Everyone was to blame, yet few accepted responsibility. Even the public-sector unions that stood to lose the most sometimes embraced those choices.
In separate interviews with Crain's, one Illinois governor pointed the finger at his predecessors for bad decisions, while an earlier governor said those who followed him messed things up.
Cumulatively, those poor decisions more than quintupled the $20 billion deficit that existed in 1995 to the current $104.6 billion, leaving a seemingly insurmountable emergency with no fix in sight.
Most charitably, the reason Illinois faces such an unholy mess may be the inability of state leaders to fathom how even slight alterations to state employee retirement plans could carry billion-dollar costs or lead to bond-rating downgrades.
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#21 Aug 8, 2015
We failed us
Cash Flow

Maywood, IL

#22 Aug 8, 2015
With Illinois government now billions of dollars in the red, citizens might like to know where the politicians in both parties are stashing their cash. Now you can. As long as you have a smartphone, you can track state spending down to your neighborhood. Be prepared, though, because the results aren't pretty.

The political class in Illinois wants you to believe that your voice and vote don't matter. It's nonsense. Using an accountability model of open data, citizen engagement, and earned media, regular citizens can help squeeze-out waste, taxpayer abuse and fraud.

Watchdog groups are doing this across Illinois.

It took a 2013 lawsuit against then-Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka, who rejected a Freedom of Information request. Because of this suit, our organization, American Transparency. was able to put together a database of a half-million vendors paid from a half-billion transactions from a half-trillion of your tax dollars. We've just, updated our app, Open The Books, which makes citizen activism easier by exposing public spending at all levels.

In May, we added 10 years of all state checkbook payments to already captured spending from the local, state and federal governments. The app is free for Apple and Droid platforms.

Here are just three tidbits we tracked down after searching state spending:

• Attorney General Lisa Madigan's travel reimbursement payments went to a "supervising" attorney, Cecilia Abundis -- who lives two states away -- 507 round-trip miles from Dearborn, Michigan, to Chicago. Madigan signed off on 18 travel vouchers forcing taxpayers to pay thousands of dollars from an "in-state travel reimbursement" fund -- some of the trips were listed to 'Mom's Residence.'

• Rich Miller, perhaps the state's most conflicted "journalist," runs a subscription blog called Capitol Fax. Incredibly, Miller is compensated by taxpayers with nearly $260,000 flowing to him from 70 state agencies. Look up his company, Ahead of Our Time Publishing.

• Over $320,000 in payments flowed to lobbyist Shea Paige & Rogal since 2009. Comptrollers Topinka and now Leslie Munger paid the bills. This taxpayer-funded lobbyist benefited court reporters employed by chief circuit court judges. The judges didn't actually contract directly, but through Court Reporter Services -- an administrative office of their own system. In this convoluted scheme, circuit judges cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars for a lobbyist paid by the comptroller -- who, as a state agency, is barred by law from contracting with lobbyists.

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