The Cover Up Continues

Blue Island, IL

#41 Jan 8, 2014
hey now wrote:
Where are the December payroll stats?
Where are Decembers accounts paid?
Why did they quit posting them on the cities page?
Robert Ritas orders.
stepping stones

Blue Island, IL

#42 Jan 11, 2014
Mayor Vargas has short term memory loss. He promised not to raise taxes, he is not planning to face the voters again. He is planning to become a cook county judge. He is stepping on the Blue Island residents. We are merely stepping stones, that he cares nothing about.
Hummm

Chicago, IL

#43 Jan 11, 2014
His Foggy Memory has served others well.
Linked

Chicago, IL

#44 Jan 11, 2014
"In August 2012, the newspaper showed how Madigan's son, Andrew, was forging a successful insurance career in Chicago's suburbs with the help of mayors who rely on his father in legislative matters."

This would be the same insurance company "BIue Island's Sweetheart Deal" that currently provides insurance for Blue Island city employees. A change made by the new administration.
Bobs blight

United States

#45 Jan 11, 2014
Captain Obvious wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. But then you must ask the same questions about Robert Rita. He owns several properties in town that are in deplorable shape.
. Be assured he's there on the 1st collecting his money! Douche bag Rita!
Heusers Choice

Midlothian, IL

#46 Jan 11, 2014
Linked wrote:
"In August 2012, the newspaper showed how Madigan's son, Andrew, was forging a successful insurance career in Chicago's suburbs with the help of mayors who rely on his father in legislative matters."
This would be the same insurance company "BIue Island's Sweetheart Deal" that currently provides insurance for Blue Island city employees. A change made by the new administration.
Vargas says the candidates inherited a prickly financial situation. The city, already saddled with unfunded pension liabilities of $40.3 million, has seen annual expenses soar 22 percent to $26.3 million since 2010. Meanwhile, revenues have remained relatively flat, putting pressure on city officials to cut costs. Saving money was the reason the city recently picked a new health insurance plan for 183 current and former municipal employees and their families, Heuser says.
But the BGA found the new deal, which took effect Oct. 1, may not deliver immediate savings. Blue Island had been self-insured, and last fiscal year its health care costs totaled $2.1 million, or $200,000 less than what the city will pay under the new deal.
Heuser called that an anomaly and says, "We happened to have a good claim year. But who wants to gamble?" In 2011 and 2012 the cityís health care costs totaled $2.9 million and $2.7 million respectively, he says.
The new contract is with health insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Mesirow was Blue Islandís broker, essentially acting as a middleman between the city and the insurer. Mesirowís commission is $39,000, Heuser says.
On Aug. 29, the city council approved the contract with BlueCross BlueShield.
The vote culminated a process that began shortly after the election when city officials, at Heuserís suggestion, privately decided to switch insurance.
The city could have gone through a competitive bidding process to hire a broker. But instead, Heuser this summer contacted Mesirowís Andrew Madigan, the son of the powerful Illinois House speaker.
The scenario follows a pattern of Chicago-area towns with direct or indirect ties to the elder Madigan doing business with his son and Mesirow.
In this case, Michael Madigan and Robert Rita are political allies and Robert Rita has strong ties to Blue Island. Political committees controlled by Michael Madigan have donated more than $73,000 to Robert Ritaís campaign funds since 2004, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Andrew Madigan didnít return calls. A spokesman for Speaker Madigan had no comment.
Robert Rita says he knows Andrew Madigan and even told city officials "Mesirow is a good company." But he denies having lobbied Blue Island to use the firm.
"I care about this town," Robert Rita says. "I want to make sure itís going in the right direction." But, "I have no involvement in the day-to-day operations."
Master of Disaster

Chicago, IL

#47 Jan 11, 2014
Vargas who has been in office for more than 20 years as alderman and mayor pro tem created the financial situation with his previous leader when they chose to unfunded pensions and allowed the liability to grow to $40.3 million. Blue Island's annual expenses have exploded due to Vargas' higher hires.

Always Remember "The BIIPS believe we work for them; they do not work for us."
Swindled

Midlothian, IL

#48 Jan 11, 2014
Heusers Choice wrote:
<quoted text>Vargas says the candidates inherited a prickly financial situation. The city, already saddled with unfunded pension liabilities of $40.3 million, has seen annual expenses soar 22 percent to $26.3 million since 2010. Meanwhile, revenues have remained relatively flat, putting pressure on city officials to cut costs. Saving money was the reason the city recently picked a new health insurance plan for 183 current and former municipal employees and their families, Heuser says.
But the BGA found the new deal, which took effect Oct. 1, may not deliver immediate savings. Blue Island had been self-insured, and last fiscal year its health care costs totaled $2.1 million, or $200,000 less than what the city will pay under the new deal.
Heuser called that an anomaly and says, "We happened to have a good claim year. But who wants to gamble?" In 2011 and 2012 the cityís health care costs totaled $2.9 million and $2.7 million respectively, he says.
The new contract is with health insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Mesirow was Blue Islandís broker, essentially acting as a middleman between the city and the insurer. Mesirowís commission is $39,000, Heuser says.
On Aug. 29, the city council approved the contract with BlueCross BlueShield.
The vote culminated a process that began shortly after the election when city officials, at Heuserís suggestion, privately decided to switch insurance.
The city could have gone through a competitive bidding process to hire a broker. But instead, Heuser this summer contacted Mesirowís Andrew Madigan, the son of the powerful Illinois House speaker.
The scenario follows a pattern of Chicago-area towns with direct or indirect ties to the elder Madigan doing business with his son and Mesirow.
In this case, Michael Madigan and Robert Rita are political allies and Robert Rita has strong ties to Blue Island. Political committees controlled by Michael Madigan have donated more than $73,000 to Robert Ritaís campaign funds since 2004, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Andrew Madigan didnít return calls. A spokesman for Speaker Madigan had no comment.
Robert Rita says he knows Andrew Madigan and even told city officials "Mesirow is a good company." But he denies having lobbied Blue Island to use the firm.
"I care about this town," Robert Rita says. "I want to make sure itís going in the right direction." But, "I have no involvement in the day-to-day operations."
"The city could have gone through a competitive bidding process to hire a broker. But instead HEUSER, THIS SUMMER CONTACTED MESIROW'S ANDREW MADIGAN, the son of the powerful Illinois House speaker." The whole BIIP is involved with this.
BIIP NO Bid Process

Chicago, IL

#49 Jan 11, 2014
Swindled wrote:
<quoted text>"The city could have gone through a competitive bidding process to hire a broker. But instead HEUSER, THIS SUMMER CONTACTED MESIROW'S ANDREW MADIGAN, the son of the powerful Illinois House speaker." The whole BIIP is involved with this.
Get used to No Bids and Appointments.
Utterly Useless BIIPS

Chicago, IL

#50 Jan 11, 2014
No Doubt the BIIPS are useless.
Throw a BIIP Farewell Party with friends and neighbors and
Cheer Up!
The next election is around the corner.
Too Late My Friend

Midlothian, IL

#51 Jan 11, 2014
Utterly Useless BIIPS wrote:
No Doubt the BIIPS are useless.
Throw a BIIP Farewell Party with friends and neighbors and
Cheer Up!
The next election is around the corner.
Rita will win another 7 aldermanic seats next election and then he'll have all 14 for the next Mayor election which he'll put his candidate up instead of Vargas.
Boast

Chicago, IL

#52 Jan 11, 2014
Too Late My Friend wrote:
<quoted text>Rita will win another 7 aldermanic seats next election and then he'll have all 14 for the next Mayor election which he'll put his candidate up instead of Vargas.
Following the higher hires, no bid contracts, ravaged streets, closed bridges, January 2014 snow removal effort, broken water mains, and garbage that was not pick up.......things don't look so grand for the grand ole party.
We need a City Clerk

Blue Island, IL

#53 Jan 11, 2014
Heusers Choice wrote:
<quoted text>Vargas says the candidates inherited a prickly financial situation. The city, already saddled with unfunded pension liabilities of $40.3 million, has seen annual expenses soar 22 percent to $26.3 million since 2010. Meanwhile, revenues have remained relatively flat, putting pressure on city officials to cut costs. Saving money was the reason the city recently picked a new health insurance plan for 183 current and former municipal employees and their families, Heuser says.
But the BGA found the new deal, which took effect Oct. 1, may not deliver immediate savings. Blue Island had been self-insured, and last fiscal year its health care costs totaled $2.1 million, or $200,000 less than what the city will pay under the new deal.
Heuser called that an anomaly and says, "We happened to have a good claim year. But who wants to gamble?" In 2011 and 2012 the cityís health care costs totaled $2.9 million and $2.7 million respectively, he says.
The new contract is with health insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Mesirow was Blue Islandís broker, essentially acting as a middleman between the city and the insurer. Mesirowís commission is $39,000, Heuser says.
On Aug. 29, the city council approved the contract with BlueCross BlueShield.
The vote culminated a process that began shortly after the election when city officials, at Heuserís suggestion, privately decided to switch insurance.
The city could have gone through a competitive bidding process to hire a broker. But instead, Heuser this summer contacted Mesirowís Andrew Madigan, the son of the powerful Illinois House speaker.
The scenario follows a pattern of Chicago-area towns with direct or indirect ties to the elder Madigan doing business with his son and Mesirow.
In this case, Michael Madigan and Robert Rita are political allies and Robert Rita has strong ties to Blue Island. Political committees controlled by Michael Madigan have donated more than $73,000 to Robert Ritaís campaign funds since 2004, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Andrew Madigan didnít return calls. A spokesman for Speaker Madigan had no comment.
Robert Rita says he knows Andrew Madigan and even told city officials "Mesirow is a good company." But he denies having lobbied Blue Island to use the firm.
"I care about this town," Robert Rita says. "I want to make sure itís going in the right direction." But, "I have no involvement in the day-to-day operations."
Isn't it fun to give money to your friends, especially when it is not your money, but the taxpayers. SHHHHH nobody will know.
Too Late My Friend

Midlothian, IL

#54 Jan 11, 2014
Boast wrote:
<quoted text>
Following the higher hires, no bid contracts, ravaged streets, closed bridges, January 2014 snow removal effort, broken water mains, and garbage that was not pick up.......things don't look so grand for the grand ole party.
I'm not boasting but stating what is going to happen. The people voted him in and it's his turn now. Nobody learned from the Calumet Township takeover so "It's too late my friend."
Question

Midlothian, IL

#55 Jan 11, 2014
Too Late My Friend wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not boasting but stating what is going to happen. The people voted him in and it's his turn now. Nobody learned from the Calumet Township takeover so "It's too late my friend."
The same way nobody has paid attention to what has been going on with District 218, nobody even wants to learn. Best to jump ship before the taxes are any higher and your home and bussiness are deemed worthless. Can anyone list anyone community that is doing very well under representative Rita?
Forgetting or Maybe

Chicago, IL

#56 Jan 11, 2014
Master of Disaster wrote:
Vargas who has been in office for more than 20 years as alderman and mayor pro tem created the financial situation with his previous leader when they chose to unfunded pensions and allowed the liability to grow to $40.3 million. Blue Island's annual expenses have exploded due to Vargas' higher hires.
Always Remember "The BIIPS believe we work for them; they do not work for us."
The mayor forgets alot; or could it be symptoms of Alzheimer's?
Bob Rita failed us

Blue Island, IL

#57 Jan 11, 2014
Question wrote:
<quoted text>
The same way nobody has paid attention to what has been going on with District 218, nobody even wants to learn. Best to jump ship before the taxes are any higher and your home and bussiness are deemed worthless. Can anyone list anyone community that is doing very well under representative Rita?
If you really want to change this situation you will have an opportunity. A Petition is being circulated to have term limits in Springfield, and also a petition to stop the gerrymandering of state representatives, state senate districts. Circulate and sign the petitions, get your family and friends involved. We can remove the Bob Rita type from Springfield and put in a person who has the intelligence, and concern for residents to move the 28th district forward. All who are involved with Bob Rita are in it for themselves financially, they have no genuine concern for the residents.
Power to the People

Blue Island, IL

#58 Jan 12, 2014
Bob Rita failed us wrote:
<quoted text>
If you really want to change this situation you will have an opportunity. A Petition is being circulated to have term limits in Springfield, and also a petition to stop the gerrymandering of state representatives, state senate districts. Circulate and sign the petitions, get your family and friends involved. We can remove the Bob Rita type from Springfield and put in a person who has the intelligence, and concern for residents to move the 28th district forward. All who are involved with Bob Rita are in it for themselves financially, they have no genuine concern for the residents.
TERM limits and honest drawn districts, would put an end to this CHICANERY. And put the state on a path of healing itself.
election promises forgot

Blue Island, IL

#59 Jul 28, 2014
He is also planning on increasing our taxes the same amount this year.
Fallout

Chicago, IL

#60 Jul 28, 2014
Linked wrote:
"In August 2012, the newspaper showed how Madigan's son, Andrew, was forging a successful insurance career in Chicago's suburbs with the help of mayors who rely on his father in legislative matters."
This would be the same insurance company "BIue Island's Sweetheart Deal" that currently provides insurance for Blue Island city employees. A change made by the new administration.
Blue Island is under attack from within.
The financial scale of the mess is growing.

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