JAWA water project
iwin

United States

#62 Jul 22, 2012
Kevin wrote:
<quoted text>You are obviously a part of the inner circle, in waiting, to pick the pockets of the taxpayer.
f you
Sounds like you are the pocket picker
Really me? I would be honored but...for people who might think like you, no thanks
Like I said this guy( group or company) was more then a couple bucks off in his Personal life means he can't add 2 plus 2
That is if that story is true about bankruptcy
iwin

United States

#63 Jul 22, 2012
CASA wrote:
<quoted text>If Mr. Letke can't manage his own money, then why should the tax payers trust him with theirs? Not only that, but Mr. Letke is being sued by Country Club Hills for not doing an audit that he was paid to do. If he couldn't do the job for what ever reason, he should have done the honest thing and returned the money to Country Club Hills.

This whole mess is not a confidence booster for the JAWA plan in the south suburbs. Why wasn't Mr. Letke vetted by the JAWA board before he was hired? Surely they would have found all of the lawsuits that are pending and realized that they could do a whole lot better for the tax payers than this guy.

People do file for bankruptcy for good reasons but this guy has owed a great deal of money for a long period of time and that is why he is being sued by so many people.

If this the best that the Joint Action Water Agency can do for the tax payers of this area; we would be better off without this agency
and its plans all together.
yep thank you for being sane and of sound mind un like the last guy
Denial

Chicago, IL

#64 Jul 23, 2012
Enlighten my rear wrote:
<quoted text>Enlightened us to what?
The problem with the jawa is mismanagement and misrepresentation. 
Taxpayers are intelligent and know a study can be completed to reflect any data you want to present!
Those currently advocating jawa have not fully disclosed any or all of the information. The appointed financial jawa administrators and those running the facility will not want to be held any more responsible or accountable than the elected officials currently in office who have promoted this scam and need to go.
CASA

Chicago, IL

#65 Jul 24, 2012
The other problem we have here is that if the JAWA board pays Mr. Letke for the water study and he doesn't do it (like he did with the audit for Country Club Hills) the only recourse we will have is to get in line in front of the bankruptcy judge and get our ten cents on the dollar.

There are many other financial businesses in the area that we could be using that aren't sitting in bankruptcy. So why did JAWA go with this clown?
terry

Blue Island, IL

#66 Jul 24, 2012
CASA wrote:
The other problem we have here is that if the JAWA board pays Mr. Letke for the water study and he doesn't do it (like he did with the audit for Country Club Hills) the only recourse we will have is to get in line in front of the bankruptcy judge and get our ten cents on the dollar.
There are many other financial businesses in the area that we could be using that aren't sitting in bankruptcy. So why did JAWA go with this clown?
Why don't you come to the Blue Island city council meeting tonight, and see if the Mayor permits you to ask Alderman Potoska this question! His election is nine months away! He should go.
Denial

Chicago, IL

#67 Jul 24, 2012
SSJAWA soured quickly.
All of the elected officials who promoted and voted for JAWA
knew they were promoting and voting on JAWA.
Those who voted for JAWA need to go.
jobs for votes

Blue Island, IL

#68 Jul 24, 2012
It seems as if the same "elected officials" promoting JAWA were for "HOMERULE"
Denial

Chicago, IL

#69 Jul 24, 2012
*The following comments were made at the Blue Island City Council meeting 7/24/2012.*

It appears as though the mayors have allowed themselves to loose perspective and became excessively passionate regarding SSJAWA and it was further suggested the feasibility study could be completed at a much cheaper rate and that a pre-engineering study has already been done. The problem with the this jawa like everything is mismanagement and misrepresentation. Taxpayers are intelligent and know any study can be completed to reflect the data you want to present! 
Read and review the bond agreement, period. 
 "The variable bond, swap or cap, reinvestment product, bond or loan proceeds to be reinvested with the 0.15 notational amount of each, derivative or reinvestment transactions."
"Transaction fees, expenses, transaction costs, these fees are payable in cash and due immediately upon presentment of invoices and/or statements of account." 
"Measures to protect the secrecy of and aviod disclosure" 
.......what will the actual cost be?

Information regarding who, what, how it will be paid for,(bond market analysis) and when the  bonds will be paid requires full disclosure to assist with making the best choice. JAWA did not share or fully disclose any of the intimate details with the residents, taxpayers, or the public of the communities involved. At this time, there is minimal evidence this JAWA has the potential to benefit any residents taxpayers, or the public.

The seven mayors, of Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Harvey, Markham, Midlothian, and Robbins, Mr. Letke, the treasurer and Mr. Donahue, the engineer, have been working closely together on the SSJAWA project for at least a few years. Collectively, they have promoted SSJAWA and all of the mayors agreed to spending shares of the $5.6 million for predevelopment costs (the initial bond issue is expected to be paid 2023 in the event the SSJAWA does not move forward). 

Those currently advocating jawa failed to fully disclose any or all of the information, including costs for water will be increased due to the cost of building the JAWA facility and installing pipe. The appointed financial jawa administrators and those running the facility will want to be held no more accountable than persons currently in office who have promoted this current JAWA that will not resolve any problems and will only create further debt from the volatile bond market.

We need to keep our community safe, especially for the long term effects from financial hardship that will impact our children; and object to this JAWA now! 
Call all of your local elected officials with your objections immediately! 
NO JAWA!
INFORMED

Chicago, IL

#70 Jul 25, 2012
He tried to put together a land development in Michigan. His inexperience has resulted in a $20mil lawsuit. Michigan Land Group on the Cook County Circuit Court website. Check it out.
INFORMED

Chicago, IL

#71 Jul 25, 2012
I was referring to Letke above.
INFORMED

Chicago, IL

#72 Jul 25, 2012
Letke also owns Public Funding Enterprises. He will be the one to help these municipalties to issue the bonds. He'll be making money there to.

He needs it since he keeps bouncing payroll.
Mike

Blue Island, IL

#73 Jul 25, 2012
Denial wrote:
*The following comments were made at the Blue Island City Council meeting 7/24/2012.*
It appears as though the mayors have allowed themselves to loose perspective and became excessively passionate regarding SSJAWA and it was further suggested the feasibility study could be completed at a much cheaper rate and that a pre-engineering study has already been done. The problem with the this jawa like everything is mismanagement and misrepresentation. Taxpayers are intelligent and know any study can be completed to reflect the data you want to present! 
Read and review the bond agreement, period. 
 "The variable bond, swap or cap, reinvestment product, bond or loan proceeds to be reinvested with the 0.15 notational amount of each, derivative or reinvestment transactions."
"Transaction fees, expenses, transaction costs, these fees are payable in cash and due immediately upon presentment of invoices and/or statements of account." 
"Measures to protect the secrecy of and aviod disclosure" 
.......what will the actual cost be?
Information regarding who, what, how it will be paid for,(bond market analysis) and when the  bonds will be paid requires full disclosure to assist with making the best choice. JAWA did not share or fully disclose any of the intimate details with the residents, taxpayers, or the public of the communities involved. At this time, there is minimal evidence this JAWA has the potential to benefit any residents taxpayers, or the public.
The seven mayors, of Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Harvey, Markham, Midlothian, and Robbins, Mr. Letke, the treasurer and Mr. Donahue, the engineer, have been working closely together on the SSJAWA project for at least a few years. Collectively, they have promoted SSJAWA and all of the mayors agreed to spending shares of the $5.6 million for predevelopment costs (the initial bond issue is expected to be paid 2023 in the event the SSJAWA does not move forward). 
Those currently advocating jawa failed to fully disclose any or all of the information, including costs for water will be increased due to the cost of building the JAWA facility and installing pipe. The appointed financial jawa administrators and those running the facility will want to be held no more accountable than persons currently in office who have promoted this current JAWA that will not resolve any problems and will only create further debt from the volatile bond market.
We need to keep our community safe, especially for the long term effects from financial hardship that will impact our children; and object to this JAWA now! 
Call all of your local elected officials with your objections immediately! 
NO JAWA!
Dear Denial, Can you please explain to me and any other taxpayers who refuse to accept corruption. Why the Blue Island elected people go on these wild adventures with our money and my children s money? The Mayor tried to invest over three hundred million we do not have in a plasma arc incinerator. Why won't the Mayor just rebuild all the streets and make necessary improvements as he should?
Denial

Chicago, IL

#74 Jul 25, 2012
Pay very close attention to the direction the JAWA goes in. The JAWA has the unique potential of bankrupting several municipalities simultaneously.
Planet Peloquin

Elmhurst, IL

#75 Jul 26, 2012
JAWA is nothing more than a reverse "PONZI SCHEME"
blue island resident

Eustis, FL

#76 Jul 26, 2012
VOTE ALL THE ELECTED OFFICIALS OUT WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN OFFICE. REALLY LOOK AT HOW YOUR ALDERMAN HAVE VOTED ON ISSUES. IF THEY ARE THE PUPPETS WHO CONSTANTLY CAN NOT THINK ON THEIR OWN AND ALWAYS VOTE WITH THE MAYOR - THEY NEED TO GO.
WHO DO YOU GO TO TO START AN INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN BLUE ISLAND MUNICIPALITY. MAYBE WE AS CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE OUR OWN MEETING TO RALLY AGAINST THEM.
Denial

Chicago, IL

#77 Jul 27, 2012
Midlothian, Harvey, Robbins, Markham, Blue Island, Calumet Park and Alsip formed the South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency. At their Thursday, July 26, 2012, meeting the directors immediately went into executive session to address the matter of the bankrupt treasurer and concluded an audit should be done to determine if he should remain as the treasurer for SSJAWA. 

SSJAWA voted to move forward on insurance, disbursements for bills, including $450,000.00 + dollars for the feasibility study with another percentage going to that, when the project moves forward (indeed the study has already been done). A vote was taken to pay for the study, insurance, and hear about financing issues.  

The project interest rate increased from the previously quoted nominal fee upwards toward 10% and the project has been projected over 40 years. 

At this time it is doubtful $JAWA$ can ever come in at a competitive rate to reduce the price of water from Chicago. The connection/hook-up costs to be paid for by each community, feasibility study, initial $5.6 million,$200 million, bond issue for construction costs, fees, interest, it is projected SSJAWA will come in at over (one)$1$BILLION$ dollars over the next 40 years. Each community will pay a their percentage for the bill. Harvey’s share is 38 percent, Alsip (30 percent), Blue Island (11 percent), Robbins (7 percent), Midlothian (6 percent), Markham (5 percent) and Calumet Park (4 percent). 

By the way, what will happen if one or more of these communities ends up bankrupt in the process? How will that impact SSJAWA?

April, 2013, Election day is not far away. ALL of the elected officials from the 7 communities involved are responsible for wasting our hard earned taxpayer dollars in the current down turned economy, and must be held accountable and responsible. 

It is further recommended mayors voted out of office and their second chair not be allowed any seat what so ever on any SSJAWA Board!

They have ALL failed to respect us and our hard earned tax dollars!
   Vote them ALL out of office! 
Denial

Chicago, IL

#78 Jul 29, 2012
When will the public community meetings be held for this water project?
factual

Mokena, IL

#79 Jul 29, 2012
Denial wrote:
<quoted text>
Glenwood firm, auditor declare bankruptcy
BY CASEY TONER [email protected] 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.
The newspaper is not always accurate. Abraham Lincoln filed a personal and a business bankruptcy. Would you judge Abraham Lincoln unfit to serve?
iwin

United States

#80 Jul 29, 2012
factual wrote:
<quoted text>The newspaper is not always accurate. Abraham Lincoln filed a personal and a business bankruptcy. Would you judge Abraham Lincoln unfit to serve?
you bet I would, Abe with the stroke of a pen freed 1 million slaves without their owners approval starting the civil war killing many
Denial

Chicago, IL

#81 Jul 30, 2012

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