#407 Sep 23, 2013
Several other participants must be EXPOSED also!
#408 Sep 24, 2013
Ethical lapses large and small have been proven. These kinds of transgressions are much to frequent and cost money. When our elected officials, appointees, and other bad actors cover-up evidence and hide the truth the public can never be served.
#409 Sep 24, 2013
Burt Odelson is a bum
#410 Sep 24, 2013
Who Signed the Jawa Checks?
#411 Sep 29, 2013
This group operated secretly behind closed doors in Executive Session or at remote undisclosed locations, as any other Chicagoland Gangs do. They refused to answer any questions and divided funds up among themselves without appropriate supporting documentation. The communities are on in hook for more than 11 1/2 Milloin Dollars.
Surely Strong Swift Severe Lengthy Sentences are in order for all of the profiteers and their co-conspirators for this windfall. It is not ok to hoodwink or rob poor communities and withhold information.
#412 Oct 1, 2013
Towns exploring option to Chicago water
By Mary J. Paleologos Correspondent February 16, 2012 10:02PM
Updated: March 18, 2012 8:18AM
In a strategic effort to escape Chicago’s fast-rising water rates, Midlothian is ready to join an association of municipalities that’s seeking to obtain lake water from Indiana.
Brett Postal, of the architectural-engineering firm Postal Yore and Associates, tried to persuade village trustees Wednesday night to join the Joint Action Water Agency, which proposes to build a water system to pump water from Lake Michigan in Indiana instead of buying lake water from Chicago.
So far, Harvey, Markham, Robbins, Blue Island and Alsip have joined the eight-month-old agency.
“This (plan) is in response to the increases from Chicago,” Midlothian Mayor Terry Stephens said.“We have to find a way to stabilize water costs.”
Chicago is raising its rates 25 percent this year, followed by successive 15 percent hikes in each of the next three years.
Stephens said the project, targeted for completion in 2016, would include construction of a water intake crib on Lake Michigan; an on-shore facility; a major pipeline from Whiting, Ind., to Illinois; a filtration plant; and more pipelines to various communities. The project would be financed with bonds, which will be paid back through surcharges on water bills.
“The biggest benefits will come down the road over time,” Stephens said.
Postal requested the village board to authorize an agreement to join the water agency and appoint a trustee to its board. Trustees agreed to put a proposed ordinance on the village board’s March 14 meeting agenda.
“We’ll still have the option to get out if we feel it’s not in our best interest,” Stephens said.“At the very least, we’ll have the opportunity to give our input.”
Postal said his firm has “started conversations with Whiting and East Chicago, Ind.,” about the water project.
#413 Oct 1, 2013
Indiana takes tougher stance on BP
The State of Indiana is requiring oil-giant BP to adhere to tougher standards for mercury discharges into Lake Michigan.
September 25, 2013
BP employees look out over the refinery where they can see Lake Michigan.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on Wednesday set new mercury discharge limits for BP’s massive Whiting, Indiana refinery located just outside Chicago.
The stricter limits will force BP to reduce its mercury discharges into the lake every year by about one-third.
Under the current rules, BP’s mercury discharges must not exceed 23 parts per trillion. The new guidelines reduce that amount to 8.75 parts per trillion. It will go into effect on Nov. 1.
“It’s a significant drop but the technology exists for them to do it,” IDEM spokesman Dan Goldblatt told WBEZ today.
BP spokesman Scott Dean countered that the technology IDEM is talking about hasn’t been tested in the real world.
“These technologies are promising but we do need to see how they work year round in a variety of weather and operating conditions,” Dean told WBEZ.“This is a very, very challenging permit limit and it could be difficult to meet but we’re going to try our best.”
The new technologies were developed by BP in collaboration with the Argonne National Labs in suburban Chicago and the Water Institute at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond.
IDEM is actually forcing BP to work with the entities to make sure its mercury discharges comply with the Clean Water Act.
The effort came about in 2007 after BP announced its $4 billion modernization of the century-old Whiting Refinery in order to process heavier and dirtier Canadian crude oil.
A public outcry from Chicago politicians and environmental groups followed when it came out that BP’s mercury discharges would exceed federal limits.
#414 Oct 1, 2013
Since then, BP says it will continue to “try” to meet the reduced limits.
“BP is committed to protecting Lake Michigan and we are cautiously optimistic that our recent investment in new water treatment equipment will further reduce the Whiting Refinery mercury discharge,” Dean said.“Having said that, the mercury limit in the revised permit has decreased by more than half and the refinery needs to gain experience operating the new equipment before we will know if the refinery can successfully and consistently meet this revised limit.
But Goldblatt says there is no trying.
“They can say they’ll try all they want, they will have to meet it,” Goldblatt said.“If not, they’ll be in violation of the Clean Water Act.
He continued,“Fines are always an option.”
Goldblatt declined to say how much the fines would amount to.
Ann Alexander, lead attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago, gives IDEM credit for getting tough on BP, something it hasn’t always done in the past.
“The new permit is somewhat of a pleasant surprise, albeit still a mixed bag. While IDEM did not do everything we asked here, it adopted some of our key requests, and made modest but significant changes. Overall, the language of the agency’s response to our comments reflects a newfound spirit of willingness to take our input seriously,” Alexander said in a written statement.
Alexander says IDEM should require BP to use the developing technology. She also takes issue with the way mercury discharge from the refinery is actually calculated .
“The State of Indiana must address the health and well-being of Hoosiers and those of us in neighboring states impacted by the potential for wholesale dumping of toxins into the source of drinking water for millions,” Alexander stated.“While we remain deeply concerned that the tar sands expansion at the Whiting refinery has happened at all, these small steps in the right direction by IDEM affords some cautious optimism that environmental regulators can be brought around to recognize that stringent controls on pollution from refining tar sands crude are imperative. We can hold out hope that IDEM’s more cooperative tone reflects the shape of things to come.”
#415 Oct 2, 2013
BP's High Level Mercury Discharges into Lake Michigan water in Whiting, is why Whiting does not take their own water in from the lake in Whiting, IN.
#416 Oct 2, 2013
It is good enough for Blue Island Residents
#417 Oct 2, 2013
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) determined the high level mercury discharges from BP in Whiting, IN. are contaminating Lake Michigan water. Under the current rules, BP’s mercury discharges must not exceed 23 parts per trillion. The new guidelines reduce that amount to 8.75 parts per trillion. It will go into effect on Nov. 1.
#418 Oct 2, 2013
The regular agency board meeting of the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency scheduled to be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the Markham Village Hall at 16313 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois 60428 is RESCHEDULED to be held at 3:30 on Thursday, October 3, 2013 in the Markham Village Hall at 16313 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois 60428.
City of Blue Island
Director: Treasurer Carmine Bilotto
Alt Director:- Vacant
#419 Oct 2, 2013
#420 Oct 2, 2013
WHY is there NO INTEREST INCOME for these MILLIONS of DOLLARS?
#421 Oct 2, 2013
Not a Single Cent!
#422 Oct 6, 2013
How many irregularities are there currently?
#423 Oct 7, 2013
#424 Oct 7, 2013
These frauds don't happen in a vacuum lots of people were aware or should have been aware. Lawyers, bankers, auditors and the connected saw stuff that they knew was wrong or was suspicious and said little or nothing.
#425 Oct 9, 2013
#426 Oct 17, 2013
SEC probing clout-heavy UNO for possible securities violations
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS Staff Reporter October 16, 2013
Federal authorities are investigating possible securities violations involving the state’s largest charter-school operator, the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization.
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission requested documents last month from the clout-heavy Chicago group, according to a letter obtained Wednesday by the Chicago Sun-Times.
A spokeswoman for the federal agency wouldn’t comment. But in a Sept. 20 letter to UNO’s board, an attorney from the SEC’s enforcement division in Chicago said the agency “is conducting an investigation ... to determine if violations of the federal securities laws have occurred.”
An UNO spokesman said the group is cooperating.
A top UNO executive, Miguel d’Escoto, resigned in February, days after the Sun-Times reported the group gave $8.5 million of business to companies owned by two of d’Escoto’s brothers with money from $98 million in state school-construction grant funding.
The SEC is looking at how UNO raised more than $37.5 million on Wall Street in 2011 through state-approved bonds, the letter shows.
In all, UNO has borrowed more than $70 million from private lenders to rehabilitate some of the buildings it uses for the 16 schools it operates in Chicago, which more than 7,600 students attend.
The attorney for the federal agency, Michael J. Mueller, asked UNO for records including:
◆ Documents and communications involving work done under the state grant by the two companies owned by d’Escoto’s brothers — Reflection Window Co. and d’Escoto Inc.
◆ Transcripts and copies of UNO board minutes, particularly from meetings with any discussion of “conflicts of interest between UNO and d’Escoto” and “between UNO and Reflection Window.”
◆ Communications with state authorities, bond underwriters and investors.
The SEC also demanded documents regarding UNO from the Quinn administration’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity-the agency overseeing the group’s school-building grant — in a letter on June 26.
In April, Gov. Pat Quinn temporarily suspended payments from the state funding in the wake of the Sun-Times reports.
Last month, Chicago businessman Martin Cabrera Jr. resigned as UNO’s board chairman, citing “a difference of philosophy and mission.” He left just 3 1/2 months after he took the unpaid post as part of a board overhaul and other reforms that Quinn cited when he restored UNO’s state funding in June. Cabrera, 42, is chief executive officer of Cabrera Capital Markets, which has gotten bond business from City Hall and other government bodies for more than a decade. Cabrera had replaced Rangel as board chairman, with Rangel staying on as chief executive officer.
Quinn’s move to restore funding allowed UNO to finish construction of the state-funded UNO Soccer Academy High School on the Southwest Side.
Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), a major Quinn campaign fund-raiser, had urged the governor to restore the funding, believed to be the largest government subsidy nationwide for a charter operator.
So far, the state has given UNO $83 million of the promised $98 million.
UNO also gets tens of millions of dollars a year from the Chicago Public Schools, which it relies on to run its schools and repay money it has borrowed.
Juan Rangel, UNO’s $250,000-a-year chief executive officer, was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign co-chairman in 2011 and also has close ties to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).
A statement from UNO Wednesday acknowledging the federal probe came hours before the group’s lawyers were due to respond to a Sun-Times public-records request seeking copies of any demands UNO received from government investigators.
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