#22 Dec 19, 2013
At today's December 19, 2013 JAWA meeting, it was announced that, JAWA still does not have a water source. Millions of dollars were spent yet, there are no engineering reports available. The JAWA board continues to show disrespect to any resident who attends the JAWA meeting, who is just trying to hold them accountable. They refuse to answer resident's questions. The Blue Island intermediary Treasurer Carmine Billotto sits in silence. This show of silence condones the irresponsible and questionable actions of the board members to residents. The JAWA board has much to hide and be ashamed of.
#23 Dec 20, 2013
Blue Island Treasurer Billotto is the Blue Island Jawa Director.
Wasting taxpayer dollars/money in a down turned economy is never a good idea.
#24 Dec 20, 2013
The project has been an empty well for the taxpayers from day one; marvelous Ponzi scheme for so many others.
#25 Apr 24, 2017
THIS should never have been supported by Blue Island Mayor Vargas.
More Questions than Answers. The appearance of Confict of Interest and Ethics Violations. Why would someone push so hard to have certain companies do business?
The first donation of $600 to Webb came shortly after the agency approved Postl-Yore’s no-bid contract in June 2011, records show.
◆ Two ventures led by Joseph Letke have been paid $315,933 for financial consulting and accounting work under separate no-bid deals. Letke and his companies have donated $10,000 to Webb’s fund and $7,000 to Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg’s since 2004, records show. Letke is the comptroller in Markham and Harvey, and his firm performs financial audits for Robbins.
◆ Schillerstrom’s law firm, Ice Miller LLP, has been paid $264,630 for legal work. Schillerstrom was directly involved in early negotiations with Hammond, and while his firm still works for the agency, he says he’s not involved in current talks. Schillerstrom briefly ran for governor in 2010.
◆ Municipal attorney Burt Odelson’s law firm has been paid $202,296 for legal work. Odelson donated $1,600 last June to Denson’s fund and his firm works with Calumet Park and, until recently, Blue Island.
Webb says no contracts were awarded in return for campaign donations.
However, he concedes it “doesn’t look good” and says he plans to return the $2,100 from Postl-Yore but not cash from Letke and other vendors, with whom he has long-standing relationships.
“I don’t want this to be a conflict,” he says.
If an agreement is reached with Hammond, Postl-Yore, with the help of several engineering firms, would work to complete the long-delayed feasibility study, officials say.
If subsequently approved by the water agency board, the construction project would take an estimated three years to complete, officials say.
If it’s determined to be too costly, taxpayers in each of the towns, many of which are cash-strapped, must pay back the bondholders. Each suburb is responsible for a percentage of the principal plus interest and other fees. All told, that will be an estimated $11.2 million when the variable rate bond matures in 2025. Harvey’s share alone would be $4.3 million, a gut-wrenching sum given its financial challenges.
Already that town and two others are deeply indebted to the City of Chicago. Harvey owes $15.3 million in unpaid water bills, while Dolton and Robbins owe $1.5 million and $9.5 million, respectively, according to the City of Chicago.
Tom LaPorte, spokesman for Chicago’s Department of Water Management, says Chicago’s water rates are among the lowest in the country, despite recent increases to pay for improvements to an aging infrastructure.
As for the south suburban plan, he says,“We believe the communities involved will agree that staying with us is wiser and far more cost-effective than building a new system.”
Andrew Schroedter works for the Better Government Association.
#26 Apr 24, 2017
Yes, and the municipalities (including Blue Island) are being sued by the JAWA program director and will be in court on May 2nd. All this money went into campaign accounts and it's the taxpayers who get to foot the bill for the lawsuits.
#27 Apr 24, 2017
I love Peloquin
#28 Apr 24, 2017
Will the Blue Island attorney, elected officials and BI Jawa Directors will show up?
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