Mayor Vargas Reneges No Bid Contracts

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Sep 30, 2013
 
Lots Money there Cowboy wrote:
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How much more was sloshed around?
you just wait one cotten picken minute there pilgrem it says until recently (meaning Vargas fired them) doesn't it. Good work Vargas.
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Who PUSHED the "SMARTFUSION CONTRACT"?
What were City Attorney Raines recommendations on this "NO BID CONTRACT"?
How was the MAYOR ADVISED by Attorney Raines?
How was the COUNCIL ADVISED by the Mayor and Attorney Raines prior to the VOTE?
How were best interests of BLUE ISLAND, and the TAXPAYERS PROTECTED by Attorney Raines, and Mayor Vagas against Patronage, Special Interest, Self Interest, and a No Bid Contract?
Ethical lapses large and small have been proven. These kinds of transgressions are much to frequent and cost Blue Island taxpayer money. When our elected officials, appointees, and other bad actors cover-up evidence, hide the truth, and fail to work in the best interest of the community Blue Island can never be served.
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<quoted text>you just wait one cotten picken minute there pilgrem it says until recently (meaning Vargas fired them) doesn't it. Good work Vargas.
Vargas terminated heads of departments that were in no way connected to the illegal actions of the council. Unless, there were other terminations that the public is unaware of, you need to back off and get your information from reliable sources. You must realize that when your buddies in City Hall are gone then you will be too.
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Sep 30, 2013
 
We believe wrote:
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Vargas terminated heads of departments that were in no way connected to the illegal actions of the council. Unless, there were other terminations that the public is unaware of, you need to back off and get your information from reliable sources. You must realize that when your buddies in City Hall are gone then you will be too.
I don't think they are going anywhere for quite some time. you can believe what you want to.
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Sep 30, 2013
 
Best Interest wrote:
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Ethical lapses large and small have been proven. These kinds of transgressions are much to frequent and cost Blue Island taxpayer money. When our elected officials, appointees, and other bad actors cover-up evidence, hide the truth, and fail to work in the best interest of the community Blue Island can never be served.
never ever say never
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We believe wrote:
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Vargas terminated heads of departments that were in no way connected to the illegal actions of the council. Unless, there were other terminations that the public is unaware of, you need to back off and get your information from reliable sources. You must realize that when your buddies in City Hall are gone then you will be too.
then who is the afro american man driving around in the building department car today that adams uesd to have ? Is he our new dept head?
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Sep 30, 2013
 
unfortunate wrote:
<quoted text> never ever say never
None of the local mayors or politicians in Illinois ever thought they would go to jail however politicians are going to jail right and left now.
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None of the local mayors or politicians in Illinois ever thought they would go to jail however politicians are going to jail right and left now.
Vargas must address the illegal actions of the council he is responsible. What goes on in the council is on his watch, now. Mayor Vargas can no longer look the other way or say his hands were tied by the mayor.
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Sep 30, 2013
 
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Vargas must address the illegal actions of the council he is responsible. What goes on in the council is on his watch, now. Mayor Vargas can no longer look the other way or say his hands were tied by the mayor.
What illegal actions do you speak of? Please be specific.
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Wow wrote:
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None of the local mayors or politicians in Illinois ever thought they would go to jail however politicians are going to jail right and left now.
Cal City's mayor found guilty of corruption
August 28, 2001|By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Crystal Yednak contributed to this report.
 
Eight years after he was elected as a reformer, Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova was convicted Monday of pocketing about $125,000 in kickbacks from a law firm awarded the city's legal business and using what prosecutors called "an army" of city workers to do his political work.

A federal jury also found him guilty of intimidation for trying to have a Chamber of Commerce director fired from her jewelry store job after she complained about wasteful spending at a City Council meeting.

Also convicted of wrongdoing were Jerome Stack, the city's former public works commissioner who also managed Genova's unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1998, and Lawrence P. Gulotta, the city prosecutor.

Genova, 38, once was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party after his election as mayor of the south suburb a year after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He becomes at least the sixth mayor of a Chicago suburb to be convicted of federal corruption charges in the last decade.

During 3 1/2 days of deliberations, jurors pored over the voluminous government evidence "backwards and forward," said jury foreman James Avolio of Elgin, before convicting Genova of charges including racketeering, mail fraud, bribery and official misconduct.

"We didn't leave anything out," he said. "Everything was critical. It all added up to a pattern [of wrongdoing]."
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Cal City's mayor found guilty of corruption
August 28, 2001|By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Crystal Yednak contributed to this report.
 
Eight years after he was elected as a reformer, Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova was convicted Monday of pocketing about $125,000 in kickbacks from a law firm awarded the city's legal business and using what prosecutors called "an army" of city workers to do his political work.
A federal jury also found him guilty of intimidation for trying to have a Chamber of Commerce director fired from her jewelry store job after she complained about wasteful spending at a City Council meeting.
Also convicted of wrongdoing were Jerome Stack, the city's former public works commissioner who also managed Genova's unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1998, and Lawrence P. Gulotta, the city prosecutor.
Genova, 38, once was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party after his election as mayor of the south suburb a year after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He becomes at least the sixth mayor of a Chicago suburb to be convicted of federal corruption charges in the last decade.
During 3 1/2 days of deliberations, jurors pored over the voluminous government evidence "backwards and forward," said jury foreman James Avolio of Elgin, before convicting Genova of charges including racketeering, mail fraud, bribery and official misconduct.
"We didn't leave anything out," he said. "Everything was critical. It all added up to a pattern [of wrongdoing]."
Incredible Similarities.
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None of the local mayors or politicians in Illinois ever thought they would go to jail however politicians are going to jail right and left now.
Cal City's mayor found guilty of corruption
August 28, 2001|By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Crystal Yednak contributed to this report.
 
Eight years after he was elected as a reformer, Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova was convicted Monday of pocketing about $125,000 in kickbacks from a law firm awarded the city's legal business and using what prosecutors called "an army" of city workers to do his political work.
A federal jury also found him guilty of intimidation for trying to have a Chamber of Commerce director fired from her jewelry store job after she complained about wasteful spending at a City Council meeting.
Also convicted of wrongdoing were Jerome Stack, the city's former public works commissioner who also managed Genova's unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1998, and Lawrence P. Gulotta, the city prosecutor.
Genova, 38, once was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party after his election as mayor of the south suburb a year after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He becomes at least the sixth mayor of a Chicago suburb to be convicted of federal corruption charges in the last decade.
During 3 1/2 days of deliberations, jurors pored over the voluminous government evidence "backwards and forward," said jury foreman James Avolio of Elgin, before convicting Genova of charges including racketeering, mail fraud, bribery and official misconduct.
"We didn't leave anything out," he said. "Everything was critical. It all added up to a pattern [of wrongdoing]."
Pattern of wrongdoing

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So Very Similar wrote:
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Cal City's mayor found guilty of corruption
August 28, 2001|By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Crystal Yednak contributed to this report.
 
Eight years after he was elected as a reformer, Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova was convicted Monday of pocketing about $125,000 in kickbacks from a law firm awarded the city's legal business and using what prosecutors called "an army" of city workers to do his political work.
A federal jury also found him guilty of intimidation for trying to have a Chamber of Commerce director fired from her jewelry store job after she complained about wasteful spending at a City Council meeting.
Also convicted of wrongdoing were Jerome Stack, the city's former public works commissioner who also managed Genova's unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1998, and Lawrence P. Gulotta, the city prosecutor.
Genova, 38, once was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party after his election as mayor of the south suburb a year after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He becomes at least the sixth mayor of a Chicago suburb to be convicted of federal corruption charges in the last decade.
During 3 1/2 days of deliberations, jurors pored over the voluminous government evidence "backwards and forward," said jury foreman James Avolio of Elgin, before convicting Genova of charges including racketeering, mail fraud, bribery and official misconduct.
"We didn't leave anything out," he said. "Everything was critical. It all added up to a pattern [of wrongdoing]."
The Bridges are not open, Mayor Vargas promised he would deliver. When? The council meeting always a Hollywood Production, awards ceremony. There is enough money to hire Friends and Family, but the important work, goes undone.
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Cal City's mayor found guilty of corruption
August 28, 2001|By Matt O'Connor, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Crystal Yednak contributed to this report.
 
Eight years after he was elected as a reformer, Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova was convicted Monday of pocketing about $125,000 in kickbacks from a law firm awarded the city's legal business and using what prosecutors called "an army" of city workers to do his political work.
A federal jury also found him guilty of intimidation for trying to have a Chamber of Commerce director fired from her jewelry store job after she complained about wasteful spending at a City Council meeting.
Also convicted of wrongdoing were Jerome Stack, the city's former public works commissioner who also managed Genova's unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1998, and Lawrence P. Gulotta, the city prosecutor.
Genova, 38, once was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party after his election as mayor of the south suburb a year after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He becomes at least the sixth mayor of a Chicago suburb to be convicted of federal corruption charges in the last decade.
During 3 1/2 days of deliberations, jurors pored over the voluminous government evidence "backwards and forward," said jury foreman James Avolio of Elgin, before convicting Genova of charges including racketeering, mail fraud, bribery and official misconduct.
"We didn't leave anything out," he said. "Everything was critical. It all added up to a pattern [of wrongdoing]."
Former Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova, a one-time rising political star who was convicted last summer of widespread corruption, on Wednesday was sentenced to 5 years in prison by a federal judge who lamented, "You could have been great, but it just didn't happen."

Under state law, the conviction automatically knocked Genova from office.

He is also likely to lose his law license. A spokesman for the state commission that disciplines lawyers said it would seek to indefinitely suspend Genova from practicing law in a few days if he doesn't voluntarily give up his license.
Ask Former Mayor Genova

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Oct 1, 2013
 


Anastasia's salary is borderline ridiculous. People should not only be paid what they are WORTH but also, what the city can afford. Open up these damn bridges!

Alderman Nancy Rita, Tom Hawley have let Blue Island Residents down BIG. It started with the appropriation ordinance, and has never stopped. Every where you look, every department, waste, and corruption. Don't blame Domingo Vargas he has no control. He Relinquished all power he might have had, before he became elected Mayor.

On the payroll
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Its called a Shell Game wrote:
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Alderman Nancy Rita, Tom Hawley have let Blue Island Residents down BIG. It started with the appropriation ordinance, and has never stopped. Every where you look, every department, waste, and corruption. Don't blame Domingo Vargas he has no control. He Relinquished all power he might have had, before he became elected Mayor.

Domingo Vargas allowed this to happen. He is front and center in the blame game! Politics really sucks for him!

Vargas an Attorney, must realize he is ultimately responsible, and so is influence peddler Bob Rita.
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3. MOTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH N. HARRIS COMPUTER CORPORATION FOR SMARTFUSION ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE IN THE AMOUNT OF $38,200.

Bidding Requirements are not optional and legally must be followed.

City Attorney Shawnte Raines did not comment, redirect, give an opinion, or follow any of the proper procedures regarding Bidding Requirements. Why?

Attorney Raines did not ensure Bidding Requirements were followed by the council and did not redirect the motion for approval or assist the mayor and council members in any way prior to the council vote. Why?

Again, what is, "the primary reason SMARTFUSION WAS SELECTED"?
Who "pushed and coaxed the MOTION and AGREEMENT along?"
"WHO wanted it PASSED"?
Who was "URGING" to GET this "NO BID DEAL DONE"?
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3. MOTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH N. HARRIS COMPUTER CORPORATION FOR SMARTFUSION ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE IN THE AMOUNT OF $38,200.
Bidding Requirements are not optional and legally must be followed.
City Attorney Shawnte Raines did not comment, redirect, give an opinion, or follow any of the proper procedures regarding Bidding Requirements. Why?
Attorney Raines did not ensure Bidding Requirements were followed by the council and did not redirect the motion for approval or assist the mayor and council members in any way prior to the council vote. Why?
Again, what is, "the primary reason SMARTFUSION WAS SELECTED"?
Who "pushed and coaxed the MOTION and AGREEMENT along?"
"WHO wanted it PASSED"?
Who was "URGING" to GET this "NO BID DEAL DONE"?
Nonnegotiable issues that require correction should not be ignored.
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3. MOTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH N. HARRIS COMPUTER CORPORATION FOR SMARTFUSION ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE IN THE AMOUNT OF $38,200.
Bidding Requirements are not optional and legally must be followed.
City Attorney Shawnte Raines did not comment, redirect, give an opinion, or follow any of the proper procedures regarding Bidding Requirements. Why?
Attorney Raines did not ensure Bidding Requirements were followed by the council and did not redirect the motion for approval or assist the mayor and council members in any way prior to the council vote. Why?
Again, what is, "the primary reason SMARTFUSION WAS SELECTED"?
Who "pushed and coaxed the MOTION and AGREEMENT along?"
"WHO wanted it PASSED"?
Who was "URGING" to GET this "NO BID DEAL DONE"?
This is how politicians run into trouble and run their constituents and communities into the ground and in debt.
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"Everything adds up to a pattern of wrongdoing."
The truth

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Nothing New wrote:
"Everything adds up to a pattern of wrongdoing."
True

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