JAWA water project
Not Too Late

Rolling Meadows, IL

#447 Dec 5, 2013
Does anyone know when the next South Suburban JAWA board meeting is?
Ask Bilotto

Oak Lawn, IL

#448 Dec 5, 2013
Not Too Late wrote:
Does anyone know when the next South Suburban JAWA board meeting is?
He should be able to tell you when the next meeting is.
City Treasurer

Blue Island, IL

#449 Dec 5, 2013
Then ask him how he allowed the city to get so far into debt.
Chicago water cost is goi

Abingdon, MD

#450 Dec 7, 2013
.The Java water is the 1st step in removing it self from City of Chicago water cost that keep going up with no cap. C

If communities do not start supplying their communities with their own water supply. City of Chicago water cost are going up every year.

THe Upfront cost are 300 million because its the first step. Clearly the grants will also kick in after the project gets started.
Why do people forget you are depended on City Waters. They simply keep raising the price and 10 % tax and late fees.

You have to start now or next year it will be 400 million
City Chicago water

Abingdon, MD

#451 Dec 7, 2013
Not Too Late wrote:
Does anyone know when the next South Suburban JAWA board meeting is?
start being free of City Chicago water
Scam

Maywood, IL

#452 Dec 8, 2013
The Jawa was always a friends and family program scam with no water source or accountability it distributed money for nothing. That is way many communities voted to get out and not refund the doomed project.
Not Cost Effective

Maywood, IL

#453 Dec 8, 2013
Chicago water cost is goi wrote:
.The Java water is the 1st step in removing it self from City of Chicago water cost that keep going up with no cap. C
If communities do not start supplying their communities with their own water supply. City of Chicago water cost are going up every year.
THe Upfront cost are 300 million because its the first step. Clearly the grants will also kick in after the project gets started.
Why do people forget you are depended on City Waters. They simply keep raising the price and 10 % tax and late fees.
You have to start now or next year it will be 400 million
At 300 million and above the project is not feasible or cost effective that is why the communities voted out and to stop wasting any more money.
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#454 Dec 8, 2013
Chicago water cost is goi wrote:
.The Java water is the 1st step in removing it self from City of Chicago water cost that keep going up with no cap. C
If communities do not start supplying their communities with their own water supply. City of Chicago water cost are going up every year.
THe Upfront cost are 300 million because its the first step. Clearly the grants will also kick in after the project gets started.
Why do people forget you are depended on City Waters. They simply keep raising the price and 10 % tax and late fees.
You have to start now or next year it will be 400 million
Ponzi Scheme
Duhmingo

Blue Island, IL

#455 Dec 8, 2013
Rain Barrels!
Bernie is still at it

Maywood, IL

#456 Dec 8, 2013
Chicago water cost is goi wrote:
.The Java water is the 1st step in removing it self from City of Chicago water cost that keep going up with no cap. C
If communities do not start supplying their communities with their own water supply. City of Chicago water cost are going up every year.
THe Upfront cost are 300 million because its the first step. Clearly the grants will also kick in after the project gets started.
Why do people forget you are depended on City Waters. They simply keep raising the price and 10 % tax and late fees.
You have to start now or next year it will be 400 million
Is that you Bernie?
scam

Blue Island, IL

#457 Dec 9, 2013
This is just the very tiny tip of the iceberg. This state is being fleeced by politicians and people who have fooled us into thinking they are doing something noble. They are conmen and conwomen. They take and take then change company names. Most of these companies are LLCs and stay open for a year or two before the name changes. The scams are in the BILLIONS of dollars. The Medicaid program is being scammed beyond belief. Madigan should triple the amount of attorneys assigned to handle these scams.
Daily Rip Off

Maywood, IL

#458 Dec 9, 2013
scam wrote:
This is just the very tiny tip of the iceberg. This state is being fleeced by politicians and people who have fooled us into thinking they are doing something noble. They are conmen and conwomen. They take and take then change company names. Most of these companies are LLCs and stay open for a year or two before the name changes. The scams are in the BILLIONS of dollars. The Medicaid program is being scammed beyond belief. Madigan should triple the amount of attorneys assigned to handle these scams.
Mike gets huge support and donations from each of theses companies. Indeed the taxpayers are being fleeced by the politicians daily.
the overseer

Blue Island, IL

#459 Dec 10, 2013
The Blue Island Representative to JAWA, City Treasurer Carmine Bilotto admitted in open session, that he does not know the next JAWA meeting date or time. So much for transparent government. The overseer is not doing a very good job, is he.
Wow

Blue Island, IL

#460 Dec 10, 2013
Foe of Joe
Miami, FL
Reply »|Report Abuse|Judge it!|#82

Joe Ledke said to the people he ripped off in Florida, that "he has 396 mllion in bonds coming due in April/may to which he would pay the victims back... sounds like this was the deal

How did Mayor Peloquin, and Mayor Vargas benefit from this JAWA scam?
Will The Directors Cancel

Maywood, IL

#461 Dec 10, 2013
Next JAWA Mtg is Dec.19, 2013 @3:30 Markham Village Hall at 16313 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois 60428
joe

Blue Island, IL

#462 Dec 10, 2013
Will The Directors Cancel wrote:
Next JAWA Mtg is Dec.19, 2013 @3:30 Markham Village Hall at 16313 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois 60428
Thank You for this date and time. City of Blue Island Treasurer Carmine Bilotto,at tonight's city council meeting denied any knowledge of date or time. He is being silent, to cover their tracks.
Unacceptable

Maywood, IL

#463 Dec 11, 2013
joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank You for this date and time. City of Blue Island Treasurer Carmine Bilotto,at tonight's city council meeting denied any knowledge of date or time. He is being silent, to cover their tracks.
Not just the city treasurer, he is the Blue Island Jawa Director; the Jawa Alternate position is vacant.
Mr. Billotto is responsible for our BI tax dollars at the Jawa table.
Observer

United States

#464 Jan 28, 2014
Does anyone know if there was or is there going to be a JAWA meeting in January ?
Financial Ruin

Maywood, IL

#465 Mar 21, 2014
Unacceptable wrote:
<quoted text>
Not just the city treasurer, he is the Blue Island Jawa Director; the Jawa Alternate position is vacant.
Mr. Billotto is responsible for our BI tax dollars at the Jawa table.
Sheriff's deputies, auditors descend on Harvey's city hall
By Matthew Walberg and Joe Mahr, Tribune reporters
March 21, 2014
Cook County sheriff's deputies and officials from the state comptroller's office descended on Harvey's City Hall on Friday to begin auditing financial records in an effort to enforce a watchdog law long ignored by the scandal-plagued south suburb.

The action came on the same day the Tribune reported on questionable insider deals in Harvey occurring while the city's appointed comptroller is warning that the suburb is heading toward financial ruin. The deals included $88,000 to a firm tied to the mayor's son for social media work — the quality of which experts questioned.

That story followed a series of Tribune articles in February that documented how Harvey has become arguably the most lawless community in the region, reeling from the effects of high violent crime rates, subpar policing and shaky finances amid ineffectual or nonexistent oversight from state and federal authorities. That included the suburb failing for years to follow a law — overseen by the state comptroller — that requires cities and villages to perform yearly audits.

Under Illinois law, if a town does not complete its audit, the state comptroller is allowed to hire auditors to do it and bill the town for the work.

On Friday, four sheriff's vehicles arrived at the south suburb's aging City Hall, joined by an SUV and a minivan with state plates. About a dozen people from those vehicles entered City Hall and walked into the office of the city clerk, an elected official whose job includes keeping and tracking the city's records.

One of Sheriff Tom Dart's top aides, Cara Smith, told the Tribune that the deputies were there to assist the comptroller's office in beginning the process of auditing Harvey's books.

Brad Hahn, spokesman for state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, said representatives from their office went “to assist the city with its financial reporting.” He would not say whether the office would review any of the insider deals highlighted in the newspaper.

He said the agency was limited in what additional details it could give, repeating what it had told the Tribune earlier — that there was an ongoing investigation by an agency he wouldn't name to which the comptroller has already forwarded some records.

The comptroller's office declined to elaborate on the investigation, or say if it is related to an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on a failed insider development deal previously exposed by the Tribune that cost taxpayers $10 million.

Mayor Eric Kellogg was seen going into City Hall about 15 minutes after deputies and auditors arrived. He later issued a statement through a spokeswoman that said the group had a “very productive meeting.”

“We appreciate the assistance of the comptroller's office in assisting us as it relates to becoming current with our financial reporting requirements,” the mayor said.

The move by Dart and Topinka comes seven years after another high-profile unannounced visit by outside authorities, that time armed with subpoenas. Then, deputies were joined by county prosecutors and state police seeking evidence that had long been ignored by Harvey police in murder and rape cases.
Unpaid Water Bills

Maywood, IL

#466 Mar 21, 2014
But while authorities have looked inside Harvey's Police Department, none had publicly examined its finances. Dart, long critical of Harvey's policing, has been looking for a way to get a peek at the books. After the Tribune series in February, he pushed County Board members to adopt an ordinance that would allow him to act as the inspector general for suburbs that failed to file audits. But that legislation has run into opposition from suburban mayors and politicians, including County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who say it's the state's responsibility to force audits.

It's unclear what level of access his office will be given to the records gathered by auditors. When the state comptroller's spokesman was asked if the sheriff's people would also be reviewing the records, the spokesman responded that the comptroller's office would be using its own accountants.

“Our auditors will be reviewing city financial records and working to bring Harvey into compliance with state reporting laws. If the auditors find financial impropriety, that information will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency,” Hahn said in an email.

Harvey is four years behind on the audits, making it difficult — if not impossible — for outsiders and residents to get a clear grasp of the city's financial health.

Records the Tribune obtained suggest that the city is nearly insolvent — borrowing big in recent years yet still spending millions more than it took in, while starving its pension funds and stiffing Chicago on water that the suburb bought and resold. Chicago has sued Harvey. Records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.

Kellogg has bristled at the idea of outside intervention. Last year Dart offered to act as the city's inspector general — an offer eventually made to other suburbs. The Harvey mayor declined the request, calling it “political posturing.”

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