Mayor Domingo Vargass Increased Taxes...
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#61 Jul 29, 2014
election promises forgot wrote:
He is also planning on increasing our taxes the same amount this year.
An increase in taxes will lead to more residents unable to pay their mortgages. The result will be more vacant houses that eventually will lead to a blighted community. Get these bozo's out of City Hall. Tell everyone you know to read Topix.
Relevant

Maywood, IL

#62 Jul 29, 2014
Fallout wrote:
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Blue Island is under attack from within.
The financial scale of the mess is growing.
More to be revealed.
he no pay me no pay

Orland Park, IL

#63 Jul 29, 2014
The man is a renter not a homeowner
no spouse, no kids. Though he has a live in bitch.
Olia

Maywood, IL

#64 Aug 10, 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."
Too many crimes.
Too many lies.
Findings

Maywood, IL

#65 Aug 11, 2014
Olia wrote:
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Too many crimes.
Too many lies.
How much longer will the public be forced to tolerate these actions by elected leaders?
Its Only Money

Chicago, IL

#66 Aug 11, 2014
If Bobby Rita is not involved in day to day operations, then why does he "sit in " in backroom meetings with Carmen, John, Randy and Domingo?
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#67 Aug 11, 2014
Its Only Money wrote:
If Bobby Rita is not involved in day to day operations, then why does he "sit in " in backroom meetings with Carmen, John, Randy and Domingo?
Why are all the above mentioned sneaking in the Calumet Township Offices back door? On a daily basis.
Duhmingo

Blue Island, IL

#68 Aug 11, 2014
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Why are all the above mentioned sneaking in the Calumet Township Offices back door? On a daily basis.
Because that is the REAL Mayor's office.
Ellen

Maywood, IL

#69 Aug 12, 2014
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Why are all the above mentioned sneaking in the Calumet Township Offices back door? On a daily basis.
They're searching for loopholes to cover up their dastardly deeds.
The truth

Blue Island, IL

#70 Aug 12, 2014
Its Only Money wrote:
If Bobby Rita is not involved in day to day operations, then why does he "sit in " in backroom meetings with Carmen, John, Randy and Domingo?
Add Hawley to that list.
Drenched

Maywood, IL

#71 Aug 13, 2014
Ellen wrote:
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They're searching for loopholes to cover up their dastardly deeds.
Shine a Bright Light on All of the inappropriate activities.
there selfish people

Blue Island, IL

#72 Aug 13, 2014

Reply Ľ|Report Abuse| Judged |#7111 hrs ago

Ellen wrote:
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They're searching for loopholes to cover up their dastardly deeds.

Shine a Bright Light on All of the inappropriate activities.

Yes immediately.
Full Moat

Maywood, IL

#73 Aug 15, 2014
there selfish people wrote:
Ellen wrote:
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They're searching for loopholes to cover up their dastardly deeds.
Shine a Bright Light on All of the inappropriate activities.
Yes immediately.
Blue Island's elected leaders have turned the community into a moat with their closed bridges, ongoing flooding, complete with alligators a plenty.
Bob

Blue Island, IL

#74 Aug 15, 2014
Should have installed the moat 20 years ago before we were invaded by the Canadiens.
Cicada Invasion

Maywood, IL

#75 Aug 15, 2014
Bob wrote:
Should have installed the moat 20 years ago before we were invaded by the Canadiens.
A moat would not have prevented the invasion.
Wake Up Call

Maywood, IL

#76 Aug 17, 2014
Full Moat wrote:
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Blue Island's elected leaders have turned the community into a moat with their closed bridges, ongoing flooding, complete with alligators a plenty.
Tone deaf state rep rita, tone deaf mayor vargas, tone deaf aldermen, have created the negligence, serious problems, challenges, and situation passing nonsense liberally with the assistance of the current and previous city attorney.

Time to reconsider the facts; and
"Look at what they have NOT done."
Deal

Maywood, IL

#77 Aug 17, 2014
Wake Up Call wrote:
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Tone deaf state rep rita, tone deaf mayor vargas, tone deaf aldermen, have created the negligence, serious problems, challenges, and situation passing nonsense liberally with the assistance of the current and previous city attorney.
Time to reconsider the facts; and
"Look at what they have NOT done."
Idot has been flooding by design.
Three pensions for all

Blue Island, IL

#78 Aug 17, 2014
True, very True

10 hrs ago

Judged:Brilliant2Agree2Interes ting1
Full Moat wrote:
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Blue Island's elected leaders have turned the community into a moat with their closed bridges, ongoing flooding, complete with alligators a plenty.

Tone deaf state rep rita, tone deaf mayor vargas, tone deaf aldermen, have created the negligence, serious problems, challenges, and situation passing nonsense liberally with the assistance of the current and previous city attorney.

Time to reconsider the facts; and
"Look at what they have NOT done."
Readum n Weep

Alsip, IL

#79 Feb 29, 2016
Three pensions for all wrote:
True, very True
10 hrs ago
Judged:Brilliant2Agree2Interes ting1
Full Moat wrote:
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Blue Island's elected leaders have turned the community into a moat with their closed bridges, ongoing flooding, complete with alligators a plenty.
Tone deaf state rep rita, tone deaf mayor vargas, tone deaf aldermen, have created the negligence, serious problems, challenges, and situation passing nonsense liberally with the assistance of the current and previous city attorney.
Time to reconsider the facts; and
"Look at what they have NOT done."
Did you Read your tax bill?
Taxing bodies are not paying down pension debt.
DIABOLICAL MIND

Blue Island, IL

#80 Mar 4, 2016
Its Only Money wrote:
If Bobby Rita is not involved in day to day operations, then why does he "sit in " in backroom meetings with Carmen, John, Randy and Domingo?
DIABOLICAL MIND

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