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Dec 22, 2012
 

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The old KlineKs building - Western and Vermont has been on the selling block for how long now - 10 years? It looks to be in pretty bad shape - anyone know the status of the building or what the "reduced price" is? Here's an example of a property in a prime spot - that thousands of cars pass a day - and looks like a ghetto building.
The city should require vacant property owners to maintain the property - clean windows, outside paint, etc.- so they are not an eyesore further eroding the image of our town. Same could be said for many empty storefronts up and down Western.
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Dec 22, 2012
 

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Where is the Chamber of Commerce along with the city officials to visit Western Ave. and make an assessment to improve the business section of B.I.?
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Dec 22, 2012
 
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Where is the Chamber of Commerce along with the city officials to visit Western Ave. and make an assessment to improve the business section of B.I.?
Good question - seems the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor get together to give each other awards but that is about it. Blue Island is not NYC - no reason our elected officials are not out an about talking to constituents and walking the business district making note of concerns of the business owners, condition of the property,etc. Aside from being almost vacant the Western avenue business district is dirty - what happened to the painted crosswalks - no wonder the business district was in the opening scenes of The Rite as a "forgotten town"....
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Dec 23, 2012
 
I try to shop in the Blue Island but it is very hard, it looks like a run down town. The leadership of our city has to set the example and provide meaningful input to help to solve this problem. I have great memories of our town when it was consider a business section, but now I just have a few favorite places. It is ashame but it is getting worse. The Chamber of Commerces needs to highlight our best in the city and address in the improvements of the city.
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Dec 23, 2012
 

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I try to shop in the Blue Island but it is very hard, it looks like a run down town. The leadership of our city has to set the example and provide meaningful input to help to solve this problem. I have great memories of our town when it was consider a business section, but now I just have a few favorite places. It is ashame but it is getting worse. The Chamber of Commerces needs to highlight our best in the city and address in the improvements of the city.
It looks like what it has been allowed to become "Peloquinville" (Pottersville)!
Merry Christmas!
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Dec 23, 2012
 
It's seems more like sadville. A question to those individuals who wants to be a public official, please do it for the betterment of Blue Island, not your own purpose. New persons are needed, at this point I really don't care if they have never been elected before. It can not get worse. All you elected officials who have been there more than 5 yrs. please leave and give other persons an opportunity so that they can a chance to help clean up the place and go forward!!!!!!!!!!
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Dec 25, 2012
 
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It's seems more like sadville. A question to those individuals who wants to be a public official, please do it for the betterment of Blue Island, not your own purpose. New persons are needed, at this point I really don't care if they have never been elected before. It can not get worse. All you elected officials who have been there more than 5 yrs. please leave and give other persons an opportunity so that they can a chance to help clean up the place and go forward!!!!!!!!!!
. Bravo! Unfortunately it CAN get worse. Remaining businesses leave or go out of business; new businesses move into town that further degrade the town's image. This is a multi-faceted problem and there are no "quick fix" solutions to undo the problems created, in part, by an apparent disengaged administration that, for the most part, are only looking a what will benefit them. Investors want to make money, Blue Island has many positive factors going for it - transportation, location, natural resources, etc.- but there must be, to your point, meaningful input and action plans developed. Property owners,, the administration, our reps in the county, Springfield and DC, the chamber of commerce, the Mayors association, all play a role. Our leadership must be able to build the needed relationships and work with the stakeholders - including the community and its diversity - to incrementally make positive strides in our business district. Lacking that kind of leadership and effort my fear is that things can get worse ...much worse! Those running for office should be required to address their plans to bring about the positive changes to OUR town!
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Dec 26, 2012
 
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Jan 30, 2013
 
New President Steps in at Orland Area Chamber

Tami Khuntia, the charismatic 2012 president of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce officially handed her seat over to a calm and collected Marc Lochow during an installation ceremony last week.

Their differing leadership styles were on display as the two addressed the audience at Silver Lake Country Club, but so was their shared passion for the chamber and its success in 2013.

"Marc is a wonderful man," said Khuntia, whose business is Sparks Auto Care & U-Haul. "He is a silent worker. He doesn't talk much but he gets things done... I think he will make a wonderful president. I'm looking forward to it."

Khuntia's farewell address was full of jokes and flowery adjectives as she described her year as president. "It was the most memorable time of my life that I'll treasure for the rest of my life just because people like you make it so glamorous," she said.

Looking to the year ahead, Lochow emphasized the importance of the chamber's members and his hopes for the coming year.

"For me, it is about getting to know each one of you on a more personal level," he said. "I want to know what you do and why you do it. I want to know what I can do to make your job easier and more enjoyable."

He pointed out how much the business organization has grown the past 10 years under the direction of Executive Director Keloryn Putnam, more than doubling its size to 565 members.

His mission for 2013, Lochow said, is to focus on retaining those members by building useful programs and events that will motivate them to stay involved.

"We always welcome and want new members," he said. "But we need to make sure we are retaining our current ones."

Lochow joined the chamber in 2004 and took on a leadership role in 2006. He has been involved ever since and last year served as the chamber's vice president.

A graduate of Sandburg High School in Orland Park and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Lochow, 41, has spent most of his career working at his family business PrintSource Plus in Blue Island. He said he purchased the company from his parents nine years ago.

The Orland Park resident said he sees signs of an improving economic climate for area businesses. To build on the progress, he said, the chamber will stay in close contact with Orland Park village officials to make sure businesses have the information they need to grow within the community.

He hopes to maintain that working relationship so area businesses will know how major village projects such as the Main Street Triangle and La Grange Road expansion might affect them in the coming year.

"I think things are going along well," he said. "It's just a matter of making sure we stay on the right track, fine tune things and give the members what they're looking for."
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Feb 1, 2013
 
resident wrote:
It's seems more like sadville. A question to those individuals who wants to be a public official, please do it for the betterment of Blue Island, not your own purpose. New persons are needed, at this point I really don't care if they have never been elected before. It can not get worse. All you elected officials who have been there more than 5 yrs. please leave and give other persons an opportunity so that they can a chance to help clean up the place and go forward!!!!!!!!!!
We like things just the way they are, it is about jobs. You can count on us to create more jobs for our people.
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#11
Feb 1, 2013
 
The Kiine's buiding is representative of the state of our town - years of neglect. Once a proud and vibrant anchor store - in a proud and vibrant "jewel of the south suburbs" - it is now shuttered, filthy, and deserted ...OUR town. Boarded or dirty windows ... Worn out cross-walks ...broken curbs...unkempt store fronts ...

It is time to take action - tear it down and rebuild on its character. Let's do that in April and elect leaders that are committed to restoring our community and its quality of life ...something to be proud of!
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Feb 1, 2013
 
Orland Chamber wrote:
New President Steps in at Orland Area Chamber
Tami Khuntia, the charismatic 2012 president of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce officially handed her seat over to a calm and collected Marc Lochow during an installation ceremony last week.
Their differing leadership styles were on display as the two addressed the audience at Silver Lake Country Club, but so was their shared passion for the chamber and its success in 2013.
"Marc is a wonderful man," said Khuntia, whose business is Sparks Auto Care & U-Haul. "He is a silent worker. He doesn't talk much but he gets things done... I think he will make a wonderful president. I'm looking forward to it."
Khuntia's farewell address was full of jokes and flowery adjectives as she described her year as president. "It was the most memorable time of my life that I'll treasure for the rest of my life just because people like you make it so glamorous," she said.
Looking to the year ahead, Lochow emphasized the importance of the chamber's members and his hopes for the coming year.
"For me, it is about getting to know each one of you on a more personal level," he said. "I want to know what you do and why you do it. I want to know what I can do to make your job easier and more enjoyable."
He pointed out how much the business organization has grown the past 10 years under the direction of Executive Director Keloryn Putnam, more than doubling its size to 565 members.
His mission for 2013, Lochow said, is to focus on retaining those members by building useful programs and events that will motivate them to stay involved.
"We always welcome and want new members," he said. "But we need to make sure we are retaining our current ones."
Lochow joined the chamber in 2004 and took on a leadership role in 2006. He has been involved ever since and last year served as the chamber's vice president.
A graduate of Sandburg High School in Orland Park and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Lochow, 41, has spent most of his career working at his family business PrintSource Plus in Blue Island. He said he purchased the company from his parents nine years ago.
The Orland Park resident said he sees signs of an improving economic climate for area businesses. To build on the progress, he said, the chamber will stay in close contact with Orland Park village officials to make sure businesses have the information they need to grow within the community.
He hopes to maintain that working relationship so area businesses will know how major village projects such as the Main Street Triangle and La Grange Road expansion might affect them in the coming year.
"I think things are going along well," he said. "It's just a matter of making sure we stay on the right track, fine tune things and give the members what they're looking for."
. Congratulations Marc - perhaps you can help Blue Island as well!
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Feb 21, 2013
 
The building is in such decay from years of neglect, It should be demolished.
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The building is in such decay from years of neglect, It should be demolished.
Who owns this property? Call Bob Adams at the Building Dept.
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Feb 21, 2013
 
There isn't much the town can do to force the owner of the property to do something with it. He has made it very clear he will sue the beejeezus out of the town if it tries. I say enforce the "Eminent Domain" statute and take it from the owner & demolish it or get a mini-Walmart into it. Either way something has to be done with it. In fact declare "Eminent Domain" on most of the empty storefronts in town. The Chamber of Commerce needs a new leader instead of keeping the Good Old Boys network intact.
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Feb 21, 2013
 
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
There isn't much the town can do to force the owner of the property to do something with it. He has made it very clear he will sue the beejeezus out of the town if it tries. I say enforce the "Eminent Domain" statute and take it from the owner & demolish it or get a mini-Walmart into it. Either way something has to be done with it. In fact declare "Eminent Domain" on most of the empty storefronts in town. The Chamber of Commerce needs a new leader instead of keeping the Good Old Boys network intact.
We agree. City hall and the council failed.
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Feb 21, 2013
 
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
There isn't much the town can do to force the owner of the property to do something with it. He has made it very clear he will sue the beejeezus out of the town if it tries. I say enforce the "Eminent Domain" statute and take it from the owner & demolish it or get a mini-Walmart into it. Either way something has to be done with it. In fact declare "Eminent Domain" on most of the empty storefronts in town. The Chamber of Commerce needs a new leader instead of keeping the Good Old Boys network intact.
A mini-Walmart? Has anyone ever seen or heard of a mini-Walmart? That's brilliant! Maybe you should share your genius with others... With breakthrough ideas like that, you'll definately be the new leader of the Chamber of Commerce. And then next to it maybe we can get a mini- Home Depot, and a mini-Costco. It'll be great!! Like a little mini-town.... how sad
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They should make it a parking garage, since cars are always driving into it anyway...
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Feb 21, 2013
 
BlueIslandSkeptic wrote:
There isn't much the town can do to force the owner of the property to do something with it. He has made it very clear he will sue the beejeezus out of the town if it tries. I say enforce the "Eminent Domain" statute and take it from the owner & demolish it or get a mini-Walmart into it. Either way something has to be done with it. In fact declare "Eminent Domain" on most of the empty storefronts in town. The Chamber of Commerce needs a new leader instead of keeping the Good Old Boys network intact.
What Blue Island needs to do is the same thing Orland Park does. Fine them for property and code violations and require them to MAINTAIN their properties wether they are occupied or not!
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Feb 21, 2013
 
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They should make it a parking garage, since cars are always driving into it anyway...
Good point...my guys is the owner also received money from the vehicle owner to repair the windows and storefront but has failed to do so. Maybe we should the Orland Chamber of Commerce now how their new member maintains his properties.

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