The city is broke?
Shorted

Maywood, IL

#21 Oct 19, 2013
Who will Bell the CAT wrote:
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Sadly, the condition of Blue Island is far worse than ever before. Persons without credentials are in appointed positions placing the municipality at risk at levels never before seen.
Shamefully, the present administration has not acted in best interest of the community, they did not do any homework, they have not fixed or improved anything, and have risked everything to fill all of the pocket pickers.
EastSide

Midlothian, IL

#22 Oct 20, 2013
what job posting wrote:
<quoted text>They also hired Frank's brother Enzo Berrini along with two others whom have positions with the building dept. I understand that one of the new guys is Mario's personal assistant to assist in reading and written skills.
isnt charissa bilotto marrying a berrinni?
Officer Flip Flop

Blue Island, IL

#23 Oct 21, 2013
EastSide wrote:
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isnt charissa bilotto marrying a berrinni?
Will not last!
Bold

United States

#24 Oct 21, 2013
EastSide wrote:
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isnt charissa bilotto marrying a berrinni?
Yep, the alderman is engaged to a immediate family member of the new dept head, and the plot thickens. This is just bold. I can't believe the cajoles on this guy. Frank is made dept. head and now more family jobs!
Gold Rush

Oak Lawn, IL

#25 Oct 21, 2013
Bold wrote:
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Yep, the alderman is engaged to a immediate family member of the new dept head, and the plot thickens. This is just bold. I can't believe the cajoles on this guy. Frank is made dept. head and now more family jobs!
Are these the same infamous Berrinis that ran The Gold Rush pizza joint years ago? They delivered more then pizza?
why broke

Midlothian, IL

#26 Oct 24, 2013
Five men.
One supervisor.
Bucket truck 106.
Dump truck with tree shredder.
Public works van.

All the above to install a single 20 mph speed sign on 123rd at the golf course.

Over an hour to install.

all vehicles running ( fuel costs)
one man truly working

All for a speed limit that is never enforced.
Great job men keep up the good work.

Splish Splash

Maywood, IL

#27 Oct 25, 2013
Blue Island has a chronic spending problem, money never seems to get where it is needed the most. The money is always missing or in someone's pocket.
Get the Lesson

Maywood, IL

#28 Oct 25, 2013
Flossmoor gets glowing financial audit
BY SARAH ZYLSTRA Correspondent October 23, 2013

Flossmoor’s finances are in fine shape, according to an audit report for the fiscal year that ended April 30.

“The village has done a very, very good job at being financially frugal,” auditor Fred Lantz told the village board.“Some of these financial policies that the village and the board of trustees have adopted historically ... really serve as the foundation for very, very good financial management overall.”

Flossmoor has a line-item audit done each year, village finance director Scott Bordui said.

Lantz said Flossmoor’s financial status has resulted in a bond rating of AA+ and a low interest rate of 2.54 percent in January on the bonds for its water main project.

The village’s general fund, its main operating fund, decreased by about $424,000 during the fiscal year, less than the anticipated drop of $745,000, Bordui said. He said most of that money went for a streetlight replacement project, and the savings came from that work and other projects coming in under budget.

Health insurance premiums and worker compensation expenses were lower than anticipated, and several personnel vacancies also saved money, Bordui said, and higher sales and state income tax revenue helped the general fund balance.

Even new accounting procedures for pensions, which move unfunded pension costs to a line item on municipal budgets, won’t trip Flossmoor up. The village has been fully funding its pensions even though the state allows for 90 percent funding.

“There are not too many folks that report a net pension asset for funding more than what the actuary says you should into a pension plan,” Lantz told trustees.“That in itself is a significant accomplishment.”

A line item audit in Blue Island will benefit all not "some."
tired

Lockport, IL

#29 Oct 25, 2013
how is the city broke when they just hired a second director position to over see depts?
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#30 Oct 25, 2013
tired wrote:
how is the city broke when they just hired a second director position to over see depts?
They just keep improvising as they go along! Major idiots!
There are FOUR DIRECTORS

Maywood, IL

#31 Oct 25, 2013
tired wrote:
how is the city broke when they just hired a second director position to over see depts?
City government vargarita biip lasagna, baby.
Gotta Love it.
Absolutely

Maywood, IL

#32 Oct 25, 2013
We believe wrote:
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They just keep improvising as they go along! Major idiots!
Roberts Rules of Order is for all forms of governments in the United States. Stop trying to load the dice to play your own made up game and follow the rules.
Number Two

United States

#33 Oct 26, 2013
tired wrote:
how is the city broke when they just hired a second director position to over see depts?
Who's the second director? Which depts? Other than John Rita who oversees the entire city?
Who does number two work for?
Four

Maywood, IL

#34 Oct 26, 2013
1. Terry Sullivan, Director of Constituent Services
2. John Rita, Director of Public Safety
3. Mack Galvan, Director of Municipal Services

(See July 9, 2013 And October 8, 2013 city council meeting minutes at BlueIsland.org )

Under BIGG there appear to be Four Directors listed.(See October 22, 2013 city council meeting minutes when they are available on line.)
Mayor Vargas stop lying

Blue Island, IL

#35 Oct 27, 2013
Four wrote:
1. Terry Sullivan, Director of Constituent Services
2. John Rita, Director of Public Safety
3. Mack Galvan, Director of Municipal Services
(See July 9, 2013 And October 8, 2013 city council meeting minutes at BlueIsland.org )
Under BIGG there appear to be Four Directors listed.(See October 22, 2013 city council meeting minutes when they are available on line.)
Mayor Vargas is caught in another despicable lie!. He promised to correct the Peloquin-Frasor years of financial mismanagement. So far this mismanagement continues, with the same players. He also promised to hire only Blue Island residents, the above mentioned all reside outside of Blue Island. Mayor Vargas continues to break his campaign promises, and looks in your face and lies to you.
BIIPS

Blue Island, IL

#36 Oct 27, 2013
Funny how Terry Sullivan has been saying for years he has to get out of here.
BIIP RUBBER STAMP

Maywood, IL

#37 Oct 27, 2013
Blue Island is NOT BROKE

Look at the contracts, salaries, benefits, and perks. Blue Island is not broke, it is spending at levels never before seen. Look at the payouts (on BlueIsland.org ).

One or more aldermen should request a line item audit.
Fire Marshal Bill

New Lenox, IL

#38 Oct 27, 2013
ride wrote:
Two beers of honesty.
I live on the south side. The two biggest problems our town are vacant/abandon businesses homes and bridges. We need a solution. From anyone.
Invoke some eminent domain and tear down or rehab all or just 1 anything. A festival from bridge to bridge.
Fire. Have the fire department conduct practice drills on these blighted eyesores.
Homeowner Occupied

Maywood, IL

#39 Oct 27, 2013
Best Idea heard at "ANGEL TOUCH FUND RAISER"

Blue Island should Invoke eminent domain on the banks holding the foreclosed homes, sell the homes back to the home owners, no money down at fair market value.
End result, the vacant 300+ homes become homeowner occupied residences.
Great idea

United States

#41 Oct 27, 2013
Homeowner Occupied wrote:
Best Idea heard at "ANGEL TOUCH FUND RAISER"
Blue Island should Invoke eminent domain on the banks holding the foreclosed homes, sell the homes back to the home owners, no money down at fair market value.
End result, the vacant 300+ homes become homeowner occupied residences.
That's great. Then all the homeowners of property which is worth less than they owe, because of the market, can stop paying the mortgage, wait until the home forecloses (several months of no payments), let the bank recover the home. then BI can take possession of the home by eminent domain and resell it to them for what's its worth now. With no down payment of course, sounds great.
Besides all the other problems with this, do you really think the trustworthy politicians would sell the homes back to the people who lost them? Or maybe this is another scam for the politicians to cash in on?

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