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5yr Midlo Resident

Since: Apr 09

Orland Park, IL

#21 Dec 28, 2013
Lost Time I know exactly what I'm talking about. If you meant a different store you should have come out and stated a name just like I did. You are just tossing shit in the wind, and it's going to bounce right back at you.

As "Know More" already proved you wrong on, Pete's would be here or at least be breaking ground by now. Your precious Lang and Stephens didn't want to wait because Pete's had three sites they wanted (Midlo being one), and they could only develop two immediately. We were third on the list, they DID want our space. I'm sure they were shocked when the village decided to pursue other stores. I might have to play poker with the former mayor. If he ever bets big I'll know when to call his bluff.

Lang was a detriment, and it's a good thing he's gone.

I like that bit about checking with a "knowledgeable trustree." Do you think I don't? I'd like to know who you are, and like "which one" and "know more" said, which trustee or trustees you are referring to. If the initials are VS I'm going to bust out laughing.:)
Lost Time

Midlothian, IL

#22 Dec 29, 2013
All trustees are advised of any and all negotiations, plans, proposals, etc at committee meetings. Any trustee should be able to answer your question. If not, they don't belong there.

You are absolutely wrong on Pete's. Pete's said they were interested, several years down the road originally, but came back to find out what the village would give up for them to come here. The were just playing with the village.

Obviously your source for information is a bit uninformed. Otherwise you would know which grocery store I was referring to. Again, and I repeat, again, you don't have to take my word for anything. Do some research and talk to a someone who has a clue and doesn't make up stories to appease you.
Do tell

Blue Island, IL

#23 Dec 29, 2013
Lost Time wrote:
All trustees are advised of any and all negotiations, plans, proposals, etc at committee meetings. Any trustee should be able to answer your question. If not, they don't belong there.
You are absolutely wrong on Pete's. Pete's said they were interested, several years down the road originally, but came back to find out what the village would give up for them to come here. The were just playing with the village.
Obviously your source for information is a bit uninformed. Otherwise you would know which grocery store I was referring to. Again, and I repeat, again, you don't have to take my word for anything. Do some research and talk to a someone who has a clue and doesn't make up stories to appease you.
What grocery store ARE you talking about then?
give it up

Alsip, IL

#24 Dec 29, 2013
Lost Time wrote:
All trustees are advised of any and all negotiations, plans, proposals, etc at committee meetings. Any trustee should be able to answer your question. If not, they don't belong there.
You are absolutely wrong on Pete's. Pete's said they were interested, several years down the road originally, but came back to find out what the village would give up for them to come here. The were just playing with the village.
Obviously your source for information is a bit uninformed. Otherwise you would know which grocery store I was referring to. Again, and I repeat, again, you don't have to take my word for anything. Do some research and talk to a someone who has a clue and doesn't make up stories to appease you.
I don't think 5 yr sounds like the uninformed one here. You are the one that won't give the name of the store that you say was lined up to come here. Why's that? In my opinion, it's because you're just blowing smoke.
5 yr is absolutely correct in what was said about Pete's. They projected coming here within 3 years and were told to move along because we couldn't wait that long. How'd that work out for us? Lang was a drain on our finances and was useless to us. You can compare all day his salary to other towns but we didn't need him in the first place. We acquired him from the Buckley company that was failing us as a developer. Now he works for Dotty's, which with him on board will most likely fail also.
Know More

Alsip, IL

#25 Dec 29, 2013
Several names had been brought to the Village over the last few years as far as grocers that were "very" interested in moving to Midlothian. Pete's, Walt's, WalMart Urban Market, Cermak Grocers, and Pete's again. Obviuosly none of them came or even signed a letter of intent to come. WalMart Urban Market was Mr. Lang's last name to drop before he left, assuring the Village they would make a decision in the first few months of 2013 and that they were almost certain to move to Midlothian, even though there are Super Walmarts within a few miles of each other in Crestwood and Country Club Hills. Well here we are, almost 2014, and still nothing. It seems obvious now that it was an attempt to get his golden goose reelected.
In 2009, the Buckley Company, who Mr. Lang worked for, was hired to market and develope 147th and Cicero and were paid hundreds of thousands dollars over two years with no results.
In 2011, Mr. Lang was hired by the Village (and then brought in Clark Street Developement) to help with the developement of 147th and Cicero and was paid hundreds of thousnds of dollars over two years with no results.
Talking with all of the towns around us that are experiencing economic growth, it takes 12 to 18 months to get a developement going. Mr. Lang represented Midlothian, in one way or another, for four years with no results.
Know More

Alsip, IL

#26 Dec 29, 2013
really wrote:
<quoted text>
Wouldn't our insurance savings have been a little better if we weren't paying premiums for people who died a long time ago? I'm just wondering cause it would seem to me that deceased people don't need health coverage. Good catch Rybak!! I'd vote for you again!
Through a collaborative effort of the new Mayor, the new HR person and a Village Trustee, it was recognized that the Village had been paying the health insurance premiums of numerous former employees that had passed away. One of these former employees had been dead for ten years. Getting these dead former employees off of the health insurance rolls didn't create a significant savings for the Village, but it brought to light just one of the many issues that was crippling the Village.
NOT BUYING IT

Frankfort, IL

#27 Dec 29, 2013
Lost Time wrote:
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As a matter of fact, Mr. Lang paid his own way to attend conferences where he met with prospective merchants that may be interested in opening businesses in Midlothian.
You, sir, can slander all you want but facts are facts and you know surprisingly few. The properties in question are quite valuable and he was able to negotiate a remarkable price for all of the Chrysler property which the village know owns. The Chevrolet property is another matter all together. Again, don't take my word for it, GO ASK A TRUSTEE!
You may not agree with the salary he was paid but go check on salaries for other village managers. In his first year alone, Mr. Lang saved the village over $300,000 in insurance premiums, over $400,000 his second year. I would say that is a fairly good return for the investment.
Please try to obtain at least some facts before offering your uneducated opinion.
The bottom line is he failed miserably at bringing a business in. That will be Stephens and Langs legacy.

Since: Dec 13

Location hidden

#28 Dec 30, 2013
Heard the same thing about the grocery stores. Sounds like the guy was just tossing names out there to sound like he was working when he wasn't. If he's going to all those meetings maybe he's just continuously networking for when each "job" finally catches on and gets rid of him.
wow

Chicago, IL

#29 Jan 12, 2014
Its in midlo who build something here, If Crestwood had that property It would not of been vacant that long.
Not surpall is not roses

Blue Island, IL

#30 Jan 12, 2014
wow wrote:
Its in midlo who build something here, If Crestwood had that property It would not of been vacant that long.
interesting article in the Southtown today about bond woes in Crestwood. So what is Sharon doing about the property? Anything concrete? The "cleaning up Terry's mess" is not a viable excuse.
Really

Midlothian, IL

#31 Jan 12, 2014
Not surpall is not roses wrote:
<quoted text>interesting article in the Southtown today about bond woes in Crestwood. So what is Sharon doing about the property? Anything concrete? The "cleaning up Terry's mess" is not a viable excuse.
the hell it ain't. He blows through millions and she just waves a wand and all the troubles are over? The moron left this place a mess.

Since: Dec 13

Location hidden

#32 Jan 12, 2014
I think she's trying to get the final property at the corner to make it more appealing to develop. Midlo owns part of the corridor over there but not the old Sunrise property. Don't know the specifics or how far along it is .. Just know that could make the property more enticing.

Hopin' some good news comes out soon. Anyone else heard about it lately?
Doubting Thomas

Northbrook, IL

#33 Jan 15, 2014
The problem is for going on seven years all we the residents end up with is blah blah blah. And we still drive everyday past big weedy parking lots. This in a town that could use some better shopping options. Things are looking pretty sad around here.

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