Massive quarry, underground limestone...

Massive quarry, underground limestone mine planned in Robbins

There are 85 comments on the The Southtown Star story from Oct 11, 2013, titled Massive quarry, underground limestone mine planned in Robbins. In it, The Southtown Star reports that:

A west-suburban developer is looking to acquire massive swaths of land in Robbins and turn it into an industrial megaplex complete with a quarry, an underground mine, asphalt and concrete factories, and a therapy horse ranch, according to an agreement village officials quietly approved earlier this year.

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Where are the Details

Maywood, IL

#21 Oct 14, 2013
We OPPOSE wrote:
We oppose Mayor Tyrone Ward's plan to construct a Massive Lime Stone Quarry in Robbins.
Mayor Ward is determined to build a Lime Stone Quarry that will impact Robbins, Chicago, and the entire SOUTHLAND region. The lime stone will be transported into and through our communities by truck and railroad. 
The dangerous and possible cancer causing emissions will be deposited into our environment. Help keep our community safe, especially for the long term effects to the health of our children.
CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH YOUR OBJECTIONS IMMEDIATELY! 
All of Blue Island elected officials including State Representatives Will Davis and Robert "Bob" Rita MUST STEP UP and FIGHT TO OPPOSE THIS DISASTROUS PLAN!
Unfortunately, details for this plan are unavailable to reporters, State Reps, Mayors of surrounding communities, residents in Robbins, or any one nearby. Surely this is not a good plan for anyone but the developer.
The Vision

Maywood, IL

#22 Oct 14, 2013
Where are the Details wrote:
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Unfortunately, details for this plan are unavailable to reporters, State Reps, Mayors of surrounding communities, residents in Robbins, or any one nearby. Surely this is not a good plan for anyone but the developer.
Think Burbank, the area affected will become industrial.
CASA

Midlothian, IL

#23 Oct 14, 2013
This is government at its absolute worst. What kind of a government would sign an agreement denying the tax payers any kind of access to great big plan like this if it was wasn't dirty?

What kind of a mayor would refuse to meet with his community about this project if he had nothing to hide?

Why would our state reps go long with such a plan if they know that the public was unaware and the plan blocked from any kind of public scrutiny?

This is nothing but dirty money and unethical politicians.
Where are the Connections

Maywood, IL

#24 Oct 14, 2013
There is a link.....to whom?
Bet

Maywood, IL

#25 Oct 14, 2013
Where are the Connections wrote:
There is a link.....to whom?
Betcha won't have to dig 600 feet below ground level to find these folks!
follow the money

Nocona, TX

#26 Oct 15, 2013
I heard the Bilotto and Rita families own property in Robbins. I wouldn't doubt if those are some of quick-take house. Someone should look into these double dipping thugs!!
capone

United States

#27 Oct 15, 2013
follow the money wrote:
I heard the Bilotto and Rita families own property in Robbins. I wouldn't doubt if those are some of quick-take house. Someone should look into these double dipping thugs!!
Wouldn't surprise me. Bilottos are all mobbed up.
Nepotism

Blue Island, IL

#28 Oct 15, 2013
capone wrote:
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Wouldn't surprise me. Bilottos are all mobbed up.
Is Alderperson Charissa engaged to the Berrinin recently hired in the Building dept?
Master Plan

Maywood, IL

#29 Oct 17, 2013
Give Away wrote:
At least one Robbins trustee isn’t happy with the plan. Lynnie Johnson said the prior administration passed the redevelopment agreement,“without having a lot of information. I think it’s wrong because we don’t know the facts.”
Johnson’s brother, David, lives in the footprint of the plan at 13805 Albany Ave., near the village’s Metra station. The 70-year-old man said he plans to fight the deal until he gets kicked out of his home, if that’s what is needed.
“When you cut a contract giving away one third of the town for no money is kinda ridiculous when the people you are giving it to are going to mine about a billion dollars worth of limestone,” Johnson said.“This is too lopsided a deal.”
The developer’s managing partner, whose other company developed the village’s master plan, said the development would generate much needed jobs and revenue.
Finally

Chicago, IL

#30 Oct 17, 2013
They should burn and bulldoze that entire crap hole of a town to the ground and do something useful with it. Only problem is, then the displaced trash that infests that area will try to migrate out into the neighborhoods that try to keep them away.
Master Planners

Maywood, IL

#31 Oct 17, 2013
Details for this plan were worked by the managing partners and made unavailable to reporters, State Reps, Mayors of surrounding communities, residents in Robbins, or any one nearby. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN a GOOD PLAN for anyone but the POCKET FILLERS.
Resident Almighty

Hinsdale, IL

#32 Oct 17, 2013
If Bob rita thinks its a good idea, then this needs to be heavily investigated for insider deals.
Shear Nuttiness

Maywood, IL

#33 Oct 17, 2013
Master Planners wrote:
Details for this plan were worked by the managing partners and made unavailable to reporters, State Reps, Mayors of surrounding communities, residents in Robbins, or any one nearby. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN a GOOD PLAN for anyone but the POCKET FILLERS.
You do not sell your house to pay your electric bill.
such chicanery

Blue Island, IL

#34 Oct 17, 2013
Lawsuit claims Robbins quarry developer defaulted on loan

Updated: October 17, 2013 11:36AM

First Midwest Bank has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that the west suburban developer planning a limestone quarry and underground mine in Robbins defaulted on a $350,000 loan.

The lawsuit claims that Jim Louthen — whose company ALM Resources is in charge of the Robbins project — owes the bank $350,000 after defaulting on a loan, according to court records. A second lawsuit claiming Louthen and his wife defaulted on a mortgage for their Riverside office and owed more than $109,000 was dropped in September, court records show.

The lawsuits were filed about nine months after ALM Resources was founded and about three months before the company signed the development agreement with Robbins, records from the Illinois secretary of state’s office show. The Robbins agreement stipulates that there are no pending lawsuits against the developer that threaten the project.

The lawsuits concern Louthen’s Riverside-based development firm, Town Builder Studios, which developed Robbins’ comprehensive plan. Town Builder Studios and ALM Resources share an office in Riverside.

Louthen issued a statement Tuesday saying that ALM Resources was using the Riverside office as a “temporary Robbins development mailing address” and that ALM Resources plans to soon open an office in Robbins. The statement also said Louthen has asked the bank for additional time resulting in a tentative deal to resolve the pending lawsuit.

“Louthen is committed to servicing his debt and growing the business mission of town building,” the statement said.

The SouthtownStar previously reported ALM Resources entered into a deal with Robbins in August that calls for the village to acquire roughly 100 single-family homes. The developer wants to acquire the land through a quick-take process, which needs approval from Illinois lawmakers, who could consider it during the General Assembly’s upcoming veto session.

If approved, the redevelopment would dramatically alter the face of Robbins —one of Southland’s poorest communities.

The pending lawsuit concerns a $300,000 loan Louthen took out in September 2011, which he promised to repay by May 2012. Two months after taking out the loan, Louthen boosted its total to $350,000, and he modified the loan three times in 2012 to push back the due date to December 2012.

According to the lawsuit, Louthen still owes the bank $350,000 plus interest, attorney fees, and late fees.

In his statement, Louthen said the lawsuits were the result of developing “distressed communities like Robbins,” that require significant investment without seeing any meaningful return.

“This coupled with the impact of the recession on the construction industry generally and the delay in getting paid on completed projects has forced Louthen to have to delay payment to certain of his creditors including the bank which holds the mortgage on his office in Riverside,” he said.
October Surprise or

Maywood, IL

#35 Oct 17, 2013
such chicanery wrote:
Lawsuit claims Robbins quarry developer defaulted on loan
Updated: October 17, 2013 11:36AM
First Midwest Bank has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that the west suburban developer planning a limestone quarry and underground mine in Robbins defaulted on a $350,000 loan.
The lawsuit claims that Jim Louthen — whose company ALM Resources is in charge of the Robbins project — owes the bank $350,000 after defaulting on a loan, according to court records. A second lawsuit claiming Louthen and his wife defaulted on a mortgage for their Riverside office and owed more than $109,000 was dropped in September, court records show.
The lawsuits were filed about nine months after ALM Resources was founded and about three months before the company signed the development agreement with Robbins, records from the Illinois secretary of state’s office show. The Robbins agreement stipulates that there are no pending lawsuits against the developer that threaten the project.
The lawsuits concern Louthen’s Riverside-based development firm, Town Builder Studios, which developed Robbins’ comprehensive plan. Town Builder Studios and ALM Resources share an office in Riverside.
Louthen issued a statement Tuesday saying that ALM Resources was using the Riverside office as a “temporary Robbins development mailing address” and that ALM Resources plans to soon open an office in Robbins. The statement also said Louthen has asked the bank for additional time resulting in a tentative deal to resolve the pending lawsuit.
“Louthen is committed to servicing his debt and growing the business mission of town building,” the statement said.
The SouthtownStar previously reported ALM Resources entered into a deal with Robbins in August that calls for the village to acquire roughly 100 single-family homes. The developer wants to acquire the land through a quick-take process, which needs approval from Illinois lawmakers, who could consider it during the General Assembly’s upcoming veto session.
If approved, the redevelopment would dramatically alter the face of Robbins —one of Southland’s poorest communities.
The pending lawsuit concerns a $300,000 loan Louthen took out in September 2011, which he promised to repay by May 2012. Two months after taking out the loan, Louthen boosted its total to $350,000, and he modified the loan three times in 2012 to push back the due date to December 2012.
According to the lawsuit, Louthen still owes the bank $350,000 plus interest, attorney fees, and late fees.
In his statement, Louthen said the lawsuits were the result of developing “distressed communities like Robbins,” that require significant investment without seeing any meaningful return.
“This coupled with the impact of the recession on the construction industry generally and the delay in getting paid on completed projects has forced Louthen to have to delay payment to certain of his creditors including the bank which holds the mortgage on his office in Riverside,” he said.
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Pop Quiz

Maywood, IL

#36 Oct 18, 2013
Hope YOU Did Your Homework!

ESSAY QUESTION:
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION in complete sentences for EXTRA CREDIT.

1. Describe the Massive Limestone Quarry in Robbins, the impact it would have on the inhabitants of Robbins, the surrounding communities, the relationship between the Failed Developer and the Robbins Master Planner. Identify Who was going to sponsor a "Quick Take Bill in Springfield". Finally, WHO Was Going to ACTUALLY Benefit From this Project?
Jimmy

Tinley Park, IL

#37 Oct 18, 2013
That crap hole needs the money. They should mine the whole village and turn it into gravel. It's been nothing but a crap bowl since it's inception.
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#38 Oct 18, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
That crap hole needs the money. They should mine the whole village and turn it into gravel. It's been nothing but a crap bowl since it's inception.
You sir are an insensitive louse! There are good, hardworking residents in Robbins. They shop and work in our community. They too, own homes that have have worked hard to maintain and own. Many are our good and descent neighbors. Some are my friends. You sir, are what is wrong with this world. When I hear friends, from the Western suburbs talk negatively about Blue Island, in comparison to their communities, I hear the same words from them that you have just spewn about ROBBINS. I know they are wrong. I live here. I know the people here and I know that their bias is wrong. Until we talk positive about our town and its neighbors we will never be able to attract a Starbucks or another popular chain business. Our goal is to improve and draw attention that is positive for our town.
Is that You Joe

Maywood, IL

#39 Oct 18, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
That crap hole needs the money. They should mine the whole village and turn it into gravel. It's been nothing but a crap bowl since it's inception.
The failed developer sounds just like many of the other failed bankrupt developers who made false promises and were bankrupt.
Undercover Big Bro

Maywood, IL

#40 Oct 18, 2013
Trying to provide an assist for caught up Lil Bro.

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