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Jul 1, 2013
 
Last Thursday was a red flag day at the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency.(JAWA)
The new board was sworn in including Carmine Bilotto as B.I.’s new commissioner. The fireworks really started with the report by out –going treasurer Terry Stevens. Terry Steven told the board at
Greg Postel,(Postel-Yore) the JAWA program manager, should not be paid for the following reasons: 1. Postel was charging as if he was running a construction project instead of the feasibility study that he was supposed to be doing. 2. Postel was charging the board more than his own contract would allow. 3. Postel was not giving any documentation as to what kind of work was being done and how it was being done to Terry Stevens. In fact, Postel stated that non- payment was a violation of the contract implying there would be legal action if he were not paid. According to article four of his contract with the JAWA board; he can charge us interest for unpaid bills so it’s in his interest to stand and fight about it.
Carmine Bioltto made a motion to stop all payments from the board until it can be worked out by the board in an executive session. The board agreed and the board will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 3pm.
It was also announced that all appropriations for 2014 had to be voted in by the end of July. I reminded the board that all appropriations votes required a public hearing. It was decided that public hearing would be held on Thursday, July 25 right before the 3pm meeting.

It was a year ago this month that Blue Island sold $600,000.00 in bonds to join the JAWA board. As of this date: 1.This board does not have a water source. At first, we were told the water would be bought from Hammond, IN; later it was Whiting, IN. Now the word is that JAWA is back to talking with Hammond but that Whiting is threatening litigation if a contract is signed. Thought; why would we be putting money into a water distribution system that doesn’t have a water source? 2. The JAWA board PROMISED the municipalities a completed feasibility study, a completed full cost analysis and an engineering study that could be reviewed by our city engineer (10/25/11 and 6/12/12 city council meeting minutes). As of this date, neither Greg Postel nor the JAWA board has produced any of these studies. As a matter of fact, this board has spent two million dollars (one million to Postel-Yore) and has nothing to show the tax payers that this project can even be done. Blue Island deserves better than this. The public hearing is on Thursday, July 25th at 2:30pm and the tax paying public needs speak out against this waste of money.
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Jul 1, 2013
 
The whole project has been fatally flawed and a pocket filler from the very beginning. Detailed information regarding all aspects of the project have never been presented. Peloquin, Potaska, Janko, Postel, Donahue, have failed to provide any evidence the project has potential as agreed in the JAWA contract(s). As we prepare for sentencing of otherbChicago elected leaders, it is strongly recommended a throughal and complete investigation of the Jawa project be conducted and charges filed as appropriate.
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The whole project has been fatally flawed and a pocket filler from the very beginning. Detailed information regarding all aspects of the project have never been presented. Peloquin, Potaska, Janko, Postel, Donahue, have failed to provide any evidence the project has potential as agreed according to the JAWA contract(s). As we prepare for sentencing of other Chicago elected leaders, it is strongly recommended a through and complete investigation of the Jawa project be conducted and charges filed as appropriate.
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All discussions need to be held during the open meeting. What are they hiding? The taxpayer has a right to know the truth. Even if Mr. Billito does not think so.
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Waving Red Flags for Jawa wrote:
The whole project has been fatally flawed and a pocket filler from the very beginning. Detailed information regarding all aspects of the project have never been presented. Peloquin, Potaska, Janko, Postel, Donahue, have failed to provide any evidence the project has potential as agreed according to the JAWA contract(s). As we prepare for sentencing of other Chicago elected leaders, it is strongly recommended a through and complete investigation of the Jawa project be conducted and charges filed as appropriate.
The Taxpayers who were Robbed without a Pistol!
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Stateside, Harvey officials are more tight-lipped. Mayor Eric Kellogg and his spokeswoman declined requests for interviews.
A city spokeswoman issued a statement that said aldermen initially thought the project was "viable and worthy" and that the city is now "exploring its options" to recover the money — nearly two years after the hotel went into foreclosure.
Joseph Letke, the city's comptroller, said he was looking out for Harvey's best interests and that he firmly believed the project would succeed.
Several experts the Tribune talked to about the deal questioned why city officials would give so much money to a cash-strapped developer, then not set benchmarks or a clear way to get the money back. They included Thomas Cafcas, a researcher with the Washington-based Good Jobs First, which advocates for stricter rules on taxpayer subsidies.
"I'm baffled, frankly," Cafcas said. "It sounds like the city took on a very risky deal and the risk didn't pay off, and the risk wasn't even worth it."
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Jul 5, 2013
 
Fraud and Waste Brigade wrote:
Stateside, Harvey officials are more tight-lipped. Mayor Eric Kellogg and his spokeswoman declined requests for interviews.
A city spokeswoman issued a statement that said aldermen initially thought the project was "viable and worthy" and that the city is now "exploring its options" to recover the money — nearly two years after the hotel went into foreclosure.
Joseph Letke, the city's comptroller, said he was looking out for Harvey's best interests and that he firmly believed the project would succeed.
Several experts the Tribune talked to about the deal questioned why city officials would give so much money to a cash-strapped developer, then not set benchmarks or a clear way to get the money back. They included Thomas Cafcas, a researcher with the Washington-based Good Jobs First, which advocates for stricter rules on taxpayer subsidies.
"I'm baffled, frankly," Cafcas said. "It sounds like the city took on a very risky deal and the risk didn't pay off, and the risk wasn't even worth it."
This sounds like Mayor Peloquin and city Clerk Pam Frasor JAWA SCHEME. HELLO FBI!
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CASA wrote:
Last Thursday was a red flag day at the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency.(JAWA)
The new board was sworn in including Carmine Bilotto as B.I.’s new commissioner. The fireworks really started with the report by out –going treasurer Terry Stevens. Terry Steven told the board at
Brett Postel,(Postel-Yore) the JAWA program manager, should not be paid for the following reasons: 1. Postel was charging as if he was running a construction project instead of the feasibility study that he was supposed to be doing. 2. Postel was charging the board more than his own contract would allow. 3. Postel was not giving any documentation as to what kind of work was being done and how it was being done to Terry Stevens. In fact, Postel stated that non- payment was a violation of the contract implying there would be legal action if he were not paid. According to article four of his contract with the JAWA board; he can charge us interest for unpaid bills so it’s in his interest to stand and fight about it.
Carmine Bioltto made a motion to stop all payments from the board until it can be worked out by the board in an executive session. The board agreed and the board will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 3pm.
It was also announced that all appropriations for 2014 had to be voted in by the end of July. I reminded the board that all appropriations votes required a public hearing. It was decided that public hearing would be held on Thursday, July 25 right before the 3pm meeting.
It was a year ago this month that Blue Island sold $600,000.00 in bonds to join the JAWA board. As of this date: 1.This board does not have a water source. At first, we were told the water would be bought from Hammond, IN; later it was Whiting, IN. Now the word is that JAWA is back to talking with Hammond but that Whiting is threatening litigation if a contract is signed. Thought; why would we be putting money into a water distribution system that doesn’t have a water source? 2. The JAWA board PROMISED the municipalities a completed feasibility study, a completed full cost analysis and an engineering study that could be reviewed by our city engineer (10/25/11 and 6/12/12 city council meeting minutes). As of this date, neither Brett Postel nor the JAWA board has produced any of these studies. As a matter of fact, this board has spent two million dollars (one million to Postel-Yore) and has nothing to show the tax payers that this project can even be done. Blue Island deserves better than this. The public hearing is on Thursday, July 25th at 2:30pm and the tax paying public needs speak out against this waste of money.
How many involved in Jawa had a heads up regarding the 7/5/2013 front page Chicago Tribune Watch Dog Article?
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Jul 5, 2013
 
Waving Red Flags for Jawa wrote:
The whole project has been fatally flawed and a pocket filler from the very beginning. Detailed information regarding all aspects of the project have never been presented. Peloquin, Potaska, Janko, Postel, Donahue, have failed to provide any evidence the project has potential as agreed according to the JAWA contract(s). As we prepare for sentencing of other Chicago elected leaders, it is strongly recommended a through and complete investigation of the Jawa project be conducted and charges filed as appropriate.
Agreed!
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Waving Red Flags for Jawa wrote:
The whole project has been fatally flawed and a pocket filler from the very beginning. Detailed information regarding all aspects of the project have never been presented. Peloquin, Potaska, Janko, Postel, Donahue, have failed to provide any evidence the project has potential as agreed according to the JAWA contract(s). As we prepare for sentencing of other Chicago elected leaders, it is strongly recommended a through and complete investigation of the Jawa project be conducted and charges filed as appropriate.
Greed.
concerned citizens

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Jul 6, 2013
 
CASA wrote:
Last Thursday was a red flag day at the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency.(JAWA)
The new board was sworn in including Carmine Bilotto as B.I.’s new commissioner. The fireworks really started with the report by out –going treasurer Terry Stevens. Terry Steven told the board at
Greg Postel,(Postel-Yore) the JAWA program manager, should not be paid for the following reasons: 1. Postel was charging as if he was running a construction project instead of the feasibility study that he was supposed to be doing. 2. Postel was charging the board more than his own contract would allow. 3. Postel was not giving any documentation as to what kind of work was being done and how it was being done to Terry Stevens. In fact, Postel stated that non- payment was a violation of the contract implying there would be legal action if he were not paid. According to article four of his contract with the JAWA board; he can charge us interest for unpaid bills so it’s in his interest to stand and fight about it.
Carmine Bioltto made a motion to stop all payments from the board until it can be worked out by the board in an executive session. The board agreed and the board will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 3pm.
It was also announced that all appropriations for 2014 had to be voted in by the end of July. I reminded the board that all appropriations votes required a public hearing. It was decided that public hearing would be held on Thursday, July 25 right before the 3pm meeting.
It was a year ago this month that Blue Island sold $600,000.00 in bonds to join the JAWA board. As of this date: 1.This board does not have a water source. At first, we were told the water would be bought from Hammond, IN; later it was Whiting, IN. Now the word is that JAWA is back to talking with Hammond but that Whiting is threatening litigation if a contract is signed. Thought; why would we be putting money into a water distribution system that doesn’t have a water source? 2. The JAWA board PROMISED the municipalities a completed feasibility study, a completed full cost analysis and an engineering study that could be reviewed by our city engineer (10/25/11 and 6/12/12 city council meeting minutes). As of this date, neither Greg Postel nor the JAWA board has produced any of these studies. As a matter of fact, this board has spent two million dollars (one million to Postel-Yore) and has nothing to show the tax payers that this project can even be done. Blue Island deserves better than this. The public hearing is on Thursday, July 25th at 2:30pm and the tax paying public needs speak out against this waste of money.
Can we meet up tomorrow?
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Jul 6, 2013
 
CASA wrote:
Last Thursday was a red flag day at the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency.(JAWA)
The new board was sworn in including Carmine Bilotto as B.I.’s new commissioner. The fireworks really started with the report by out –going treasurer Terry Stevens. Terry Steven told the board at
Greg Postel,(Postel-Yore) the JAWA program manager, should not be paid for the following reasons: 1. Postel was charging as if he was running a construction project instead of the feasibility study that he was supposed to be doing. 2. Postel was charging the board more than his own contract would allow. 3. Postel was not giving any documentation as to what kind of work was being done and how it was being done to Terry Stevens. In fact, Postel stated that non- payment was a violation of the contract implying there would be legal action if he were not paid. According to article four of his contract with the JAWA board; he can charge us interest for unpaid bills so it’s in his interest to stand and fight about it.
Carmine Bioltto made a motion to stop all payments from the board until it can be worked out by the board in an executive session. The board agreed and the board will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 3pm.
It was also announced that all appropriations for 2014 had to be voted in by the end of July. I reminded the board that all appropriations votes required a public hearing. It was decided that public hearing would be held on Thursday, July 25 right before the 3pm meeting.
It was a year ago this month that Blue Island sold $600,000.00 in bonds to join the JAWA board. As of this date: 1.This board does not have a water source. At first, we were told the water would be bought from Hammond, IN; later it was Whiting, IN. Now the word is that JAWA is back to talking with Hammond but that Whiting is threatening litigation if a contract is signed. Thought; why would we be putting money into a water distribution system that doesn’t have a water source? 2. The JAWA board PROMISED the municipalities a completed feasibility study, a completed full cost analysis and an engineering study that could be reviewed by our city engineer (10/25/11 and 6/12/12 city council meeting minutes). As of this date, neither Greg Postel nor the JAWA board has produced any of these studies. As a matter of fact, this board has spent two million dollars (one million to Postel-Yore) and has nothing to show the tax payers that this project can even be done. Blue Island deserves better than this. The public hearing is on Thursday, July 25th at 2:30pm and the tax paying public needs speak out against this waste of money.
Village of Crete
http://www.villageofcrete.org/archives/36/02-...

Page 2 – February 19, 2010 – Minutes

It was projected that the Village will completely run out of money by 2013 if actions are not taken to avert the shortfall. Mr. Letke expressed the importance of addressing the financial issues now rather than waiting. He acknowledged the board for taking action now.

The board members were able to compare spreadsheets provided by both President Einhorn and Letke & Associates. President Einhorn stated the primary interest at this time concerns the village corporate fund and items that affect the fund.

Discussion was held concerning Debt Service. The board concurred with President Einhorn’s request for the accountant to show debt service as expense, allowing expenditures to be easily visible and understandable by board members and department heads.

The projected shortfall by the accountant in the corporate fund for 2009/2010 fiscal year is approximately $277,000.00. 
Shake the Money Trees

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Jul 6, 2013
 
From one municipality after another.
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crooks

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As for Gabhawala, he said he has potential investors lined up, but they must first sell 100-year-old "Chinese gold bonds."

Anybody want to buy some ocean front property in Arizona?
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Follow the Money wrote:
http://my.chicagotribune.com/# section/-1/article/p2p-7656276 8/
These were individuals working together for "their own common good" in several different communities simultaneously. Some people caught on to their ponzi schemes quicker than others so they were constantly looking for their next revenue stream.
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Many mayors may have been given political contributions, who in turn provided questionable encouragement to their trustees and aldermen to rubber stamp in favor of the schemes that were nothing more than a rip off for each of the communities involved.
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Hind Sight wrote:
Many mayors may have been given political contributions, who in turn provided questionable encouragement to their trustees and aldermen to rubber stamp in favor of the schemes that were nothing more than a rip off for each of the communities involved.
I am witness of Mayor Peloquin requesting his rubber stamp Aldermen, involve the city of Blue Island financially with JAWA. This was done without any research on the Aldermen s part. And yes, then Alderman Vargas the Law Scholar, went along with it, without any questions!
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Is there a Pattern wrote:
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Village of Crete
http://www.villageofcrete.org/archives/36/02-...
Page 2 – February 19, 2010 – Minutes
It was projected that the Village will completely run out of money by 2013 if actions are not taken to avert the shortfall. Mr. Letke expressed the importance of addressing the financial issues now rather than waiting. He acknowledged the board for taking action now.
The board members were able to compare spreadsheets provided by both President Einhorn and Letke & Associates. President Einhorn stated the primary interest at this time concerns the village corporate fund and items that affect the fund.
Discussion was held concerning Debt Service. The board concurred with President Einhorn’s request for the accountant to show debt service as expense, allowing expenditures to be easily visible and understandable by board members and department heads.
The projected shortfall by the accountant in the corporate fund for 2009/2010 fiscal year is approximately $277,000.00. 
Follow the Money
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-04-09...
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Jul 8, 2013
 
The federal grand jury has recently sent subpoenas through defense lawyers to people who might have knowledge about the fundraising effort, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. Federal agents have continued to interview people involved in the fundraising, including Joliet pharmacist Harish Bhatt, sources said.

The Tribune has reported Bhatt was among the businessmen who attended the India House meeting setting up the December fundraiser.

Agents have also interviewed businessman Satish "Sonny" Gabhawala, he acknowledged Wednesday. Gabhawala, the owner of the Chicago Park Hotel in Harvey, told the Tribune in December that he was at the planning meeting for the Elmhurst fundraiser. He said Wednesday that FBI agents contacted him after that article, but asked him not to talk about it.

Blagojevich was indicted last week along with a group of key insiders and accused of running state government as a racket. He is to be arraigned Tuesday, along with his brother, fundraiser Christopher Kelly and Springfield power broker William Cellini.

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