Action Required

Chicago, IL

#467 Mar 23, 2014
Unpaid Water Bills wrote:
But while authorities have looked inside Harvey's Police Department, none had publicly examined its finances. Dart, long critical of Harvey's policing, has been looking for a way to get a peek at the books. After the Tribune series in February, he pushed County Board members to adopt an ordinance that would allow him to act as the inspector general for suburbs that failed to file audits. But that legislation has run into opposition from suburban mayors and politicians, including County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who say it's the state's responsibility to force audits.
It's unclear what level of access his office will be given to the records gathered by auditors. When the state comptroller's spokesman was asked if the sheriff's people would also be reviewing the records, the spokesman responded that the comptroller's office would be using its own accountants.
“Our auditors will be reviewing city financial records and working to bring Harvey into compliance with state reporting laws. If the auditors find financial impropriety, that information will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency,” Hahn said in an email.
Harvey is four years behind on the audits, making it difficult — if not impossible — for outsiders and residents to get a clear grasp of the city's financial health.
Records the Tribune obtained suggest that the city is nearly insolvent — borrowing big in recent years yet still spending millions more than it took in, while starving its pension funds and stiffing Chicago on water that the suburb bought and resold. Chicago has sued Harvey. Records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.
Kellogg has bristled at the idea of outside intervention. Last year Dart offered to act as the city's inspector general — an offer eventually made to other suburbs. The Harvey mayor declined the request, calling it “political posturing.”
Holes wrote:
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The economy has been down turned for 8+ years. Proactive communities like Flossmoor completed line item audits, consciously saving for the future of Flossmoor, and paid bills on time. Blue Island, Harvey, and Robbins failed to pay bills on time, continued to out spend their resources, and bonding out everything; creating their precarious financial situation, today.
Currently, both Harvey and Robbins have active investigations and investigators through the sheriff's office. Blue Island elected officials have overreached in exactly the same manner. Blue Island taxpayers deserve protection.
Carmine

United States

#468 Mar 27, 2014
When is the next meeting?
Call and Confirm

Chicago, IL

#469 Mar 30, 2014
The JAWA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1st @3:30pm.

Call Markam City hall to confirm on Tuesday to ensure the meeting will occur and is not rescheduled again.
Antwon

Blue Island, IL

#470 Mar 30, 2014
Call and Confirm wrote:
The JAWA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1st @3:30pm.
Call Markam City hall to confirm on Tuesday to ensure the meeting will occur and is not rescheduled again.
Blue Island Treasurer Carmin Bilodo was appointed by Mayor Vargas to JAWA board as the go to guy. Why does Mr. Bilodo not put the time and place of the JAWA meeting on the Blue Island website?
Sweet Heart Deal

Chicago, IL

#471 Mar 30, 2014
Records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.
Harvey Comptroller Letke,(JAWA promoter) is being paid to provide accounting services and assist with JAWA Bonds.
Why

Chicago, IL

#472 Mar 30, 2014
Sweet Heart Deal wrote:
Records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.
Harvey Comptroller Letke,(JAWA promoter) is being paid to provide accounting services and assist with JAWA Bonds.
Why did elected officials from so many communities allow themselves to be hoodwinked or go along with what appears to be funneling money to a project with no real potential?
Burt

Blue Island, IL

#473 Mar 30, 2014
Attorney Mayor Vargas should be the Blue Island delegate to JAWA. He needs to act as if he actually cares. He must find a way to have our money returned, since all involved got scammed.
The Followers Followed

Chicago, IL

#474 Mar 30, 2014
Sweet Heart Deal wrote:
Records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.
Harvey Comptroller Letke,(JAWA promoter) is being paid to provide accounting services and assist with JAWA Bonds.
Calumet Park caught on to the nonsense and voted out. The previous mayor of Midlothian finally put the pieces to the puzzle together and figured it out before he left office. Impoverished Robbins is caught up with the quarry deal, their police department, and the Cook County Sheriff's office. Harvey, Markham, and Blue Island are funneling money to insolvent friends, and Alsip still hasn't figured out they were taken for a ride.
Next JAWA Meeting

Chicago, IL

#475 Apr 2, 2014
Call and Confirm wrote:
The JAWA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1st @3:30pm.
Call Markam City hall to confirm on Tuesday to ensure the meeting will occur and is not rescheduled again.
The April 1, 2014, JAWA meeting has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, April 10th @3:30pm.

Call ahead and confirm the JAWA meeting will occur as scheduled.
Connections

Chicago, IL

#479 Apr 2, 2014
Glenwood firm, auditor declare bankruptcy
BY CASEY TONER
July 20, 2012 10:50PM
A Glenwood auditing firm that does business with Monee, Riverdale, Harvey and other municipalities recently declared bankruptcy, claiming it is millions of dollars in debt, court records show.
Letke & Associates filed for bankruptcy in June in Chicago, claiming more than $9.7 million in outstanding debts as well as listing pending lawsuits that are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
The owner of the firm, Joseph T. Letke Jr., declared personal bankruptcy in May, claiming $2.8 million in assets and $25 million in liabilities.
Among other debts, the firm claimed it owed $8,429 in credit card payments to Dell Business; $30,000 to Dell Computer Corp.; $44,000 to Canon Financial Services for furniture; $40,000 to Martin Whalen Office Solutions for a copier; $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for payroll taxes and $54,000 to Ascension Capital Group for a 2010 BMW sedan, according to court records.
Cezary and Eva Jakubowski filed a lawsuit against the firm claiming they are owed $4 million, and Rob Carlson and Mark Carlson also claim they are owed $4 million by the company. Old Second National Bank of Aurora said the firm owes it $70,000 for a broken lease, among other allegations, court records show.
Also listed in the documents is a lawsuit the City of Country Club Hills filed against the auditor in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming the city paid Letke & Associates $130,380 in June 2011 to perform an audit, but the firm never completed the work and delayed responding to the city, citing personal and health problems, the lawsuit says.
Country Club Hills attorney John Murphey said Letke’s bankruptcy filing leaves the outcome of the city’s lawsuit in the hands of the bankruptcy court.
Letke did not respond to multiple messages left by the SouthtownStar seeking comment.
Several municipalities that employ the firm were unaware of its financial troubles, including Harvey, where Letke & Associates served as the comptroller.
“These are tough economic times where businesses are suffering globally and it is unfortunate that Mr. Letke is experiencing economic hardships,” Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg wrote in a statement.“We ... hope that this will afford Letke & Associates the opportunity to reorganize and restructure the business and continue to provide the city with exceptional services.”
Monee village administrator David Wallace said the company provides audits for the village.
“Who wouldn’t be concerned at this point?” Wallace said recently when he learned of the suit.
Letke & Associates also is helping with a study that Calumet Park, Robbins, Harvey, Alsip, Markham, Midlothian and Blue Island are conducting to determine the feasibility of getting Lake Michigan water from Whiting, Ind. Letke still is doing the bookkeeping for the Joint Action Water Agency, Midlothian Mayor Terry Stephens said Friday.
In his personal bankruptcy filing, Letke claimed he owes $3.5 million to Archer Bank for a loan for an apartment complex in Glenwood; $896,080 to Old Second National Bank for a loan on a house in Frankfort; $1.9 million to MB Financial Bank for a loan for Florida property; $11 million to MB Financial bank for a loan for a property in New Buffalo, Mich.; and $100,000 in back child support.
BIVoter1

Chicago, IL

#480 Apr 2, 2014
Connections wrote:
Glenwood firm, auditor declare bankruptcy
BY CASEY TONER
July 20, 2012 10:50PM
A Glenwood auditing firm that does business with Monee, Riverdale, Harvey and other municipalities recently declared bankruptcy, claiming it is millions of dollars in debt, court records show.
Letke & Associates filed for bankruptcy in June in Chicago, claiming more than $9.7 million in outstanding debts as well as listing pending lawsuits that are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
The owner of the firm, Joseph T. Letke Jr., declared personal bankruptcy in May, claiming $2.8 million in assets and $25 million in liabilities.
Among other debts, the firm claimed it owed $8,429 in credit card payments to Dell Business; $30,000 to Dell Computer Corp.; $44,000 to Canon Financial Services for furniture; $40,000 to Martin Whalen Office Solutions for a copier; $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for payroll taxes and $54,000 to Ascension Capital Group for a 2010 BMW sedan, according to court records.
Cezary and Eva Jakubowski filed a lawsuit against the firm claiming they are owed $4 million, and Rob Carlson and Mark Carlson also claim they are owed $4 million by the company. Old Second National Bank of Aurora said the firm owes it $70,000 for a broken lease, among other allegations, court records show.
Also listed in the documents is a lawsuit the City of Country Club Hills filed against the auditor in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming the city paid Letke & Associates $130,380 in June 2011 to perform an audit, but the firm never completed the work and delayed responding to the city, citing personal and health problems, the lawsuit says.
Country Club Hills attorney John Murphey said Letke’s bankruptcy filing leaves the outcome of the city’s lawsuit in the hands of the bankruptcy court.
Letke did not respond to multiple messages left by the SouthtownStar seeking comment.
Several municipalities that employ the firm were unaware of its financial troubles, including Harvey, where Letke & Associates served as the comptroller.
“These are tough economic times where businesses are suffering globally and it is unfortunate that Mr. Letke is experiencing economic hardships,” Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg wrote in a statement.“We ... hope that this will afford Letke & Associates the opportunity to reorganize and restructure the business and continue to provide the city with exceptional services.”
Monee village administrator David Wallace said the company provides audits for the village.
“Who wouldn’t be concerned at this point?” Wallace said recently when he learned of the suit.
Letke & Associates also is helping with a study that Calumet Park, Robbins, Harvey, Alsip, Markham, Midlothian and Blue Island are conducting to determine the feasibility of getting Lake Michigan water from Whiting, Ind. Letke still is doing the bookkeeping for the Joint Action Water Agency, Midlothian Mayor Terry Stephens said Friday.
In his personal bankruptcy filing, Letke claimed he owes $3.5 million to Archer Bank for a loan for an apartment complex in Glenwood; $896,080 to Old Second National Bank for a loan on a house in Frankfort; $1.9 million to MB Financial Bank for a loan for Florida property; $11 million to MB Financial bank for a loan for a property in New Buffalo, Mich.; and $100,000 in back child support.
Hmmmmm so the firm doing the bookkeeping for JAWA has filed bankruptcy and the owner is millions in debt ... And BI is propping an inexperienced city treasurer to be on the Board ... And this hasn't attracted Federal attention .... Classic Democratic money laundering ....
Classic

Chicago, IL

#481 Apr 3, 2014
BIVoter1 wrote:
<quoted text> Hmmmmm so the firm doing the bookkeeping for JAWA has filed bankruptcy and the owner is millions in debt ... And BI is propping an inexperienced city treasurer to be on the Board ... And this hasn't attracted Federal attention .... Classic Democratic money laundering ....
The FBI and IRS recently seized Harvey's financial records. Harvey financial records show Chicago is owed $18 million for unpaid water bills, about the same amount Harvey takes in from taxes and fees in an entire year.

Harvey Comptroller Letke,(JAWA promoter) is being paid to provide accounting services and assist with JAWA Bonds.

Water for JAWA can not come from Whiting, In. because Whiting's water is contaminated by regular BP discharges into Lake Michigan and Whiting's own water contract with Hammond.
iwin

Brookfield, IL

#482 Apr 6, 2014
2 very good points as to why they are wasting our money..
Bp and the others operating have done so for over a hundred years with one hundred year old technology, so this area has seen lots pollution
And whiting's contract with Hammond
Any and All

Chicago, IL

#483 Apr 6, 2014
The 7 communities were Sold Out or were Sell Outs for the JAWA Fill My Pockets Program. The FBI and IRS should Investigate and hold corruption, individuals, and any party accountable.
Cal Park is Out

Chicago, IL

#484 Apr 11, 2014
Mokena trustee seeks to create task force to fight Chicago water rates
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY April 11, 2014 8:52PM

The continually rising cost of getting Lake Michigan water from Chicago has so riled Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola that he hopes to create a Suburban Water Task Force of local officials and residents to discuss their options.

The initial meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pipefitters Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. It is open to the public.

Among Labriola’s concerns are that Chicago’s water rates went up 25 percent in 2012, 15 percent last year and this year, and will go up another 15 percent in 2015.

Unlike suburban residents, many Chicago residents are not metered but are charged a flat fee. The city also “gave away”$20 million a year in water to nonprofits (until recently enacting a sliding-scale payment system), and more water is lost to leaks in the system, Labriola said.

“Someone has to pay for that,” Labriola said.“Chicago is using us as their piggy bank. They think we have an open checkbook.”

There are 170 municipalities that get lake water from Chicago, and no one has brought all of them together to discuss these issues, he said.

Several towns have teamed up, however, to create two smaller water agencies to explore cost-effective solutions, and one — the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency — is moving forward with a plan to circumvent Chicago, records show.

The agency, which includes Alsip, Markham, Midlothian, Blue Island and Calumet Park, has negotiated a deal with Hammond, Ind., to be its water source, Alsip Mayor Pat Kitching said, according to minutes from the March Alsip Village Board meeting. Kitching reported that JAWA was expected to vote on the deal at its subsequent meeting, according to the minutes.

Meanwhile, Homer Glen joined the Northern Will County Water Agency with Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Woodridge and Lemont and is attempting to use eminent domain to buy water lines from Illinois American Water.

Mokena is one of 13 towns served by the Oak Lawn system that distributes water from Chicago. Oak Lawn soon will build a new additional pipeline and delivery system aimed at ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted water supply for the next 40 years.

Labriola believes they may be able to accomplish more to control the cost of water through a unified effort.

“This is a huge task, but it has to start somewhere,” he said.“This is just the beginning.”

He has reached out to state and county officials and hopes to get residents involved as well.

“Chicago can charge whatever it wants,” he said.“This will be an exploratory meeting to get a movement started. We have to do something.”
Give Aways

Chicago, IL

#485 Apr 12, 2014
Cal Park is Out wrote:
Mokena trustee seeks to create task force to fight Chicago water rates
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY April 11, 2014 8:52PM
The continually rising cost of getting Lake Michigan water from Chicago has so riled Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola that he hopes to create a Suburban Water Task Force of local officials and residents to discuss their options.
The initial meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pipefitters Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. It is open to the public.
Among Labriola’s concerns are that Chicago’s water rates went up 25 percent in 2012, 15 percent last year and this year, and will go up another 15 percent in 2015.
Unlike suburban residents, many Chicago residents are not metered but are charged a flat fee. The city also “gave away”$20 million a year in water to nonprofits (until recently enacting a sliding-scale payment system), and more water is lost to leaks in the system, Labriola said.
“Someone has to pay for that,” Labriola said.“Chicago is using us as their piggy bank. They think we have an open checkbook.”
There are 170 municipalities that get lake water from Chicago, and no one has brought all of them together to discuss these issues, he said.
Several towns have teamed up, however, to create two smaller water agencies to explore cost-effective solutions, and one — the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency — is moving forward with a plan to circumvent Chicago, records show.
The agency, which includes Alsip, Markham, Midlothian, Blue Island and Calumet Park, has negotiated a deal with Hammond, Ind., to be its water source, Alsip Mayor Pat Kitching said, according to minutes from the March Alsip Village Board meeting. Kitching reported that JAWA was expected to vote on the deal at its subsequent meeting, according to the minutes.
Meanwhile, Homer Glen joined the Northern Will County Water Agency with Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Woodridge and Lemont and is attempting to use eminent domain to buy water lines from Illinois American Water.
Mokena is one of 13 towns served by the Oak Lawn system that distributes water from Chicago. Oak Lawn soon will build a new additional pipeline and delivery system aimed at ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted water supply for the next 40 years.
Labriola believes they may be able to accomplish more to control the cost of water through a unified effort.
“This is a huge task, but it has to start somewhere,” he said.“This is just the beginning.”
He has reached out to state and county officials and hopes to get residents involved as well.
“Chicago can charge whatever it wants,” he said.“This will be an exploratory meeting to get a movement started. We have to do something.”
SSJAWA is nothing more than a Money distribution system.
Pasquale

Blue Island, IL

#486 Apr 12, 2014
Cal Park is Out wrote:
Mokena trustee seeks to create task force to fight Chicago water rates
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY April 11, 2014 8:52PM
The continually rising cost of getting Lake Michigan water from Chicago has so riled Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola that he hopes to create a Suburban Water Task Force of local officials and residents to discuss their options.
The initial meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pipefitters Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. It is open to the public.
Among Labriola’s concerns are that Chicago’s water rates went up 25 percent in 2012, 15 percent last year and this year, and will go up another 15 percent in 2015.
Unlike suburban residents, many Chicago residents are not metered but are charged a flat fee. The city also “gave away”$20 million a year in water to nonprofits (until recently enacting a sliding-scale payment system), and more water is lost to leaks in the system, Labriola said.
“Someone has to pay for that,” Labriola said.“Chicago is using us as their piggy bank. They think we have an open checkbook.”
There are 170 municipalities that get lake water from Chicago, and no one has brought all of them together to discuss these issues, he said.
Several towns have teamed up, however, to create two smaller water agencies to explore cost-effective solutions, and one — the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency — is moving forward with a plan to circumvent Chicago, records show.
The agency, which includes Alsip, Markham, Midlothian, Blue Island and Calumet Park, has negotiated a deal with Hammond, Ind., to be its water source, Alsip Mayor Pat Kitching said, according to minutes from the March Alsip Village Board meeting. Kitching reported that JAWA was expected to vote on the deal at its subsequent meeting, according to the minutes.
Meanwhile, Homer Glen joined the Northern Will County Water Agency with Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Woodridge and Lemont and is attempting to use eminent domain to buy water lines from Illinois American Water.
Mokena is one of 13 towns served by the Oak Lawn system that distributes water from Chicago. Oak Lawn soon will build a new additional pipeline and delivery system aimed at ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted water supply for the next 40 years.
Labriola believes they may be able to accomplish more to control the cost of water through a unified effort.
“This is a huge task, but it has to start somewhere,” he said.“This is just the beginning.”
He has reached out to state and county officials and hopes to get residents involved as well.
“Chicago can charge whatever it wants,” he said.“This will be an exploratory meeting to get a movement started. We have to do something.”
He is grandstanding. When he lived in Blue Island, he was a puppet for the Rita's. And nothing, nothing has changed. He feeds from the public trough like a swill sucking pig.
Credible

Chicago, IL

#487 Apr 13, 2014
Give Aways wrote:
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SSJAWA is nothing more than a Money distribution system.
SSJAWA Actions beg for FBI, IRS, Cook County Investigations and Sanctions imposed.
Tainted

Chicago, IL

#488 Apr 18, 2014
Cal Park is Out wrote:
Mokena trustee seeks to create task force to fight Chicago water rates
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY April 11, 2014 8:52PM
The continually rising cost of getting Lake Michigan water from Chicago has so riled Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola that he hopes to create a Suburban Water Task Force of local officials and residents to discuss their options.
The initial meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pipefitters Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. It is open to the public.
Among Labriola’s concerns are that Chicago’s water rates went up 25 percent in 2012, 15 percent last year and this year, and will go up another 15 percent in 2015.
Unlike suburban residents, many Chicago residents are not metered but are charged a flat fee. The city also “gave away”$20 million a year in water to nonprofits (until recently enacting a sliding-scale payment system), and more water is lost to leaks in the system, Labriola said.
“Someone has to pay for that,” Labriola said.“Chicago is using us as their piggy bank. They think we have an open checkbook.”
There are 170 municipalities that get lake water from Chicago, and no one has brought all of them together to discuss these issues, he said.
Several towns have teamed up, however, to create two smaller water agencies to explore cost-effective solutions, and one — the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency — is moving forward with a plan to circumvent Chicago, records show.
The agency, which includes Alsip, Markham, Midlothian, Blue Island and Calumet Park, has negotiated a deal with Hammond, Ind., to be its water source, Alsip Mayor Pat Kitching said, according to minutes from the March Alsip Village Board meeting. Kitching reported that JAWA was expected to vote on the deal at its subsequent meeting, according to the minutes.
Meanwhile, Homer Glen joined the Northern Will County Water Agency with Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Woodridge and Lemont and is attempting to use eminent domain to buy water lines from Illinois American Water.
Mokena is one of 13 towns served by the Oak Lawn system that distributes water from Chicago. Oak Lawn soon will build a new additional pipeline and delivery system aimed at ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted water supply for the next 40 years.
Labriola believes they may be able to accomplish more to control the cost of water through a unified effort.
“This is a huge task, but it has to start somewhere,” he said.“This is just the beginning.”
He has reached out to state and county officials and hopes to get residents involved as well.
“Chicago can charge whatever it wants,” he said.“This will be an exploratory meeting to get a movement started. We have to do something.”
Who would regulate JAWA?  Indiana? Illinois? Both? Who will ultimately over see the Jawa Board? Who is over seeing the runaway Jawa board now? Who will monitor the water quality; if a water source is ever actually secured? Indiana? Illinois?
Unaccounted For

Chicago, IL

#489 May 30, 2014
Tainted wrote:
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Who would regulate JAWA?  Indiana? Illinois? Both? Who will ultimately over see the Jawa Board? Who is over seeing the runaway Jawa board now? Who will monitor the water quality; if a water source is ever actually secured? Indiana? Illinois?
The Board wants more money and thus far has nothing to offer the public except for huge bills at more than "Six Million Dollars". Calumet Park wants out and Robbins has not shown up in nearly one year.

Mayor Domingo Vargas has publicly stated no new money will be allocated for the failed Jawa. So who is Blue Island Jawa Chair Bilato representing and what is he doing?

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