State Rep 28th Bob Rita is not addressing the problems of his district
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#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.
#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.
#3 Jul 25, 2014
Jawa is failing lets jump on the other water project $$$$$
#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.
#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
#6 Jul 25, 2014
is this j " matthew " ?? aka i called you mateo on fb. its me, M
#7 Jul 26, 2014
What matters is the neglected unserved public. Our current elected leaders obviously could care less.
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