Gross Mismanagement
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Really

Lemont, IL

#22 Jan 4, 2013
Colarelli again wrote:
Colarelli you should spend time with your family instaed of on Topix.
If you are so convinced I am Ald. Colarelli email buildtheroad@yahoo.com I'll give you my home address you can come to my home. I will open up the Macallan and you can give me the answers to my questions face to face.
Are they public

Warrenville, IL

#23 Jan 8, 2013
Has the chamber released the books yet? The members want to know.
Shame on Mayor andCouncil

United States

#24 Jan 8, 2013
I don't get the calls for the State's Attorney to investigate. I don't pay any taxes to the Chamber, so why would the State's Attorney get involved? If the Chamber has debts, then those who are owed money could certainly sue, but the State's Attorney wouldn't have an interest. Isn't this just like any other business that has debts?
I find it much more appalling that the city has been so lacking in providing any help for the local economy. It's my guess that if the city didn't allow two burned-out buildings to sit downtown for years on end and if the city were willing to invest a fraction of the Robinson money into business development, our chamber would be fine. Can you imagine Bolingbrook or Romeoville allowing marquee business properties to sit in disrepair for years? Why would anyone want to open a business near those ruins?
I blame the mayor and everyone on the council for this - every time I ask why this is being allowed, I get some roundabout answer but at the end of the day it is their responsibility. Pass an ordinance stating that there must be occupancy within so many days and then fine the heck out of them if they don't comply for a few months and then condemn the damn things and sell them to a developer who will make use of them. How much revenue has the city lost since those buildings were burned down? How much more revenue would have been generated if another business or two were able to open near them?
Cover up

Naperville, IL

#25 Jan 8, 2013
What are you trying to cover up? release the books for the membership.

GDS

Since: Dec 12

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#26 Jan 8, 2013
Being in the hole doesn't necessarily mean mismanagement. Bet many of you are in debt.

What caused this? That's my query.

Was it piss poor planning and a chain of unforeseen events with LogJam?

I've long said on paper the birds eye plan of LogJam had great merit but just about every aspect sucked at the execution point and it became bit by poor weather.

I can't fault the Chamber for trying. At least they got off their asses and attempted something which is infinitely more than I've seen out of others in this town.

Recoup it. Bring LogJam to Dellwood

Bring bands to Lincoln Landing.

Keep the thinking hats on!

I just hope this doesn't clip everyone's wings and we get into the mind set that if we don't succeed as a community 100% of the time then we need to stop trying. Either we are a city on the move or a city that moves.

Sadly , the Chamber is going to get spanked for this one and it will set the 'Port back 7 more years. No more trying. No more progressive thinking outside the box. Just same ol Lockport death spiral.

If it wasn't true mismanagement then lets dust ourselves off and get back on the horse cowboys and cowgirls.

That is unless you want Lockport to become a mini Detroit.
Rain

Naperville, IL

#27 Jan 9, 2013
Log Jam had one night that rained. The chamber board members report that the chamber is in debt for possibly 117 thousand dollars. Log Jam didn't lose all of that money on one rain out.

Show the membership the books! What do they have to hide?

GDS

Since: Dec 12

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#28 Jan 9, 2013
Rain wrote:
Log Jam had one night that rained. The chamber board members report that the chamber is in debt for possibly 117 thousand dollars. Log Jam didn't lose all of that money on one rain out.

Show the membership the books! What do they have to hide?

I'm not saying the rain out caused it all. Was yet another fly in the ointment. I'm saying they lost their asses on the entire , complete project.

And yes , would be nice to see the books.
Lockport Opinion

Lockport, IL

#29 Jan 9, 2013
Thank you Kelly wrote:
That is peanuts compared to what the city council has given away. It is not mismanagement. What is the excuse that the city council would make a big deal out of this. In most towns they would help the chamber. It is tough times when many are losing their homes and everything is overpriced. Of course when you have the taxpayer's loot to work with you can spend it. Have you ever remortgaged your house, K? I know you have. You stink, and make up stories. Pete is only one of many on the board. Thank you for your concerns Pete. You are the best.
Are you really this stupid? The city has tax revenues of several million dollars. The Chamber has an annual budget of under $50,000 and they are possibly over $100,000 in debt. Do the math! Something doesn't add up and someone should start an investigation.

GDS

Since: Dec 12

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#30 Jan 9, 2013
Anyone know the cost of Canal Days and LogJam? Is that the only things the chamber runs ? What happened to paint the downtown storefronts for Halloween. Errr never mind we need to first ask what happened to downtown.
Lockport Opinion

Lockport, IL

#31 Jan 9, 2013
GDS wrote:
Anyone know the cost of Canal Days and LogJam? Is that the only things the chamber runs ? What happened to paint the downtown storefronts for Halloween. Errr never mind we need to first ask what happened to downtown.
The Canal Days has always been the Chamber's big fundraiser every year and this year they added Log Jam, which would have been great if they didn't go into debt to put it on and if it didn't rain one of the nights, but I just can't see how one less day of the event could put them that far in the hole.

The Chamber also puts on the State of the City and a few other non-revenue producing events. Their biggest event has always been Canal Days and dues have been able to support the Chamber for many years - until now and a board with creative financing ideas.

GDS

Since: Dec 12

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#32 Jan 9, 2013
Lockport Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>The Canal Days has always been the Chamber's big fundraiser every year and this year they added Log Jam, which would have been great if they didn't go into debt to put it on and if it didn't rain one of the nights, but I just can't see how one less day of the event could put them that far in the hole.

The Chamber also puts on the State of the City and a few other non-revenue producing events. Their biggest event has always been Canal Days and dues have been able to support the Chamber for many years - until now and a board with creative financing ideas.
So that's what is was wondering. Canal Days does produce income and LogJam was supposed to also.

Gotcha Thank you

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