Archive | July 2008

Intermodal Facility in Joliet Gets City Council Approval

Approval for a $2 billion dollar, Centerpoint Properties integrated logistics centre has been granted by the City of Joliet as the proposal is expected to bring to the region approximately 6,900 Jobs and $765 million dollars in annual economic output.

The facility, which is to cover about 3,600 acres of land immediately south and adjacent to Joliet will Intermodal Centremirror an existing integrated logistics centre in nearby Elwood.  A facility that has seen economic benefit for the region with revenues going up nearly 10-fold and annual local wages increasing more than 50 percent.


Commenting in the wake of receiving approval, the Chief Executive Officer of Centerpoint Properties, Michael Mullen said that  “We are so pleased with the support we’ve received from the City of Joliet and Will County.” Mullen added, “It is our experience that the responsible development of integrated logistics centres benefits customers, boosts economies and enhances the quality of life in the communities that embrace them. We are proud to be a part of Joliet and are eager to provide a platform for global industry here in Will County.”

Tom White of the Will and Grundy Counties Building Trades Council also hailed the City of Joliet’s decision, saying that “It takes bold vision to prepare Joliet for the future, and the City does just that by partnering with CenterPoint on this development, all the while creating thousands of high-paying jobs that will generate millions for the region.”

Source: Thanks to or friends at PR Newsire for the story. These figures are close to what this place may generate, Not the 14,800 jobs herald news say is going to come from this new facility in Joliet.

Centerpoint cries wolf and Will County Residents suffer

Environmental issues  Herald (spew)news Link
The company raised environmental concerns about Lepacek’s property, where he also operates All American Tree Service and stores about 30 vehicles he has collected for future resale.
While Lepacek calls them “vintage” cars, CenterPoint referred to them as “abandoned.” Lepacek’s collection includes a 1955 Studebaker President and a 1972 Chevelle convertible. The vehicles, crowded into a pole building, are in various states of disrepair.

How that makes me laugh Centerpoint is worried about contamination from Oil and leaking fluid from old cars and etc, I almost busted a gut when I Read that in the Hearald (spew) News today, when Centepoint took over the Elwood ammunition plant, the hazards that were already there out numbered the ones at Lepacek’s property.
Silver Azide, Silver Acetylide, Lead Azide and Mercury Fulminate were just some of the chemicals that were found on the old Elwood ammunition plant, nobody worries what is still there or what was just covered over and built over.

How about the people that work there now at the Elwood intermodial what are they being exposed to… I could go on and on about what information is available on the Web (Environmental Protection Agency: Joliet army ammo manufacturing) once the area of the old Elwood ammunition plant was supposedly cleaned up where did they (meaning Centerpoint properties) get rid of the harmful contaminates at.

the Lead Azide Lagoon that was used as a settling basin to store wastewater treatment sludge, Of the thousands of organic compounds that can be found in Elwood ammunition plant samples the ambient air and ground area holds a relatively small number to high enough toxicity and/or are present at a sufficient concentration to give rise to potential human health problems. How about the rest of the chemicals that are still there and the ones now leaking from containers on the property currently?

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Just a reminder for all Will County Residents

Start Date/Time: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 8:30 AM End Date/Time: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 9:30 AM Recurring Event: One time event Description:

Held at the County Building, Committee Room #1

GIS and Will County-what the Hell 2 million tax dollars.

GIS PDF Will County  ( just in case will counties link is removed) What is GIS and why is Will county spending  2 million a year on it :

I have been asked by a reader. Will County Download port

Well I will tell you for lack of a better term mapping software and who authorized this? 

  • MapWindow GIS – Free, open source GIS desktop application and programming component. Yet Will County won’t use open source.
  • Someone in Will County is costing us tax payers a lot of money, time to stop this bleeding of tax payers pockets….GIS may turn into a tool of omni-surveillance, privacy, and censorship of public information.

    Definition from

    A geographic information system (GIS), also known as a geographical information system, is an information system for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing and presenting data which are spatially referenced.

    In the strictest sense, it is any information system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing, sharing, and displaying geographically referenced information. In a more generic sense, GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information science is the science underlying the geographic concepts, applications and systems, taught in degree and GIS Certificate programs at many universities.

    Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, geographic history, marketing, and logistics to name a few. For example, GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or GIS can be used by a company to site a new business location to take advantage of a previously underserved market.

    As I see it: In Will County and Joliet Illinois.

    Intermodal containers down by Will County Court House...(not really)
    Intermodal containers down by Will County Court House…(not really) These are being used as mini-apartments for section 8

    Will county

    is in major trouble due to the over spending that has been going unchecked for years; it is time to bring down the cash cow.
    Now we are moving into mass taxation of gas, cigarettes, and property.

    We now have a bad taste in our mouths by the advocates for the city taxing structure. Currently there are practically no ethical standards in place ensuring that elected and appointed officials are turning down gifts offered to influence the decision-making process in Will County, look at the Centerpoint issue, With the Centerpoint issue there will be approximately 800 people working at this facility when the company’s new intermodal gets going full blast, many of these employees will be shipped in from LA, Georgia and other states all the while not giving to many Will county residents a chance at these jobs, out of state builders will be coming in and they will bring their workers from their respective home states, so again the money leaves the Will County area.

    Eight thousand jobs were lost when the arsenal closed in 1976,  the same number  will not be created by the soon to be 2 intermodals.

    Since there is no state commission or board to investigate, rule, or advise on these matters of questionable actions, this conduct by elected and appointed officials, many officials just slap us in the face by their actions, the list of inappropriate actions continues to grow. And, since there is no ban on government officials and regulators soliciting money of those they inspect regulate or license in building these type of business operations, the well-being and safety of the public will continue to be in jeopardy as will our county and cities as a growing community.

    There is legitimate cause for concern of the inappropriate conduct of Will County decision-makers and insiders which has become all too common in recent years. Secondly, there is absolutely no excuse for Will County board members to delay acting, But they will….If they did that, this would set strong, clear, standards and show the residents that in fact we have become viable and self supportive in our actions .

    The Will County area currently is a luxury tax gone amuck, now we are being thrown a bone when politicians turn down pay raises they wanted to initiate them selves to begin with.

    The shelving of pay raises recently is to take our minds off the real troubles that exist in Will County and Joliet‘s future, its just another bait and switch con on the part of the board members, we need to look into all financial statements of Will County, and Joliet and force the board to act on behalf of the residents, instead of we as a community allowing wasteful spending in many forms and the seemingly illegal actions of Will County politicians.

    While our leaders have sought full support from Will County residents on the Centerpoint issue “only as it benefits the elected politician“ it is apparent politician must work to resolve the issues that hit home for the tax payers and workers who helped elect them and pay the bills of the city and county.

    Shipping Containers by antiadventures.

    Imagine Joliet and Will County with shipping containers that no one wants anymore that has been used to haul hazardous materials and Joliet and Will County being a dumping area for these boxes (shipping containers).

    Email Michael Murphy with your thoughts.

    Executive Vice President, Development Michael Murphy

    630.586.8142 direct
    847.650.9799 cell

    Amnesty of illegals by big business and the federal politicians

    The Social Security cards that illegals are currently using if linked to American citizens then in the future the card could become null and void and all monies paid into SS will no longer be obtainable by either persons using the number.

    The dollars or tax money now becomes the property of the federal government and is lost, I guess that is also why the big push for amnesty of illegals by big business and the federal politicians.

    Comment by Dan Kennison now Will County News

    Dan Kennison
    Walsh Running Will County the Chicago Way:
    Connected Developer, Political Donor Poised to get south Joliet Intermodal Deal Joliet, Illinois… Will County Executive Larry Walsh is trying to play a fast one on Will County families.

    Today on WJOL’s “Scott Slocum Show”, Walsh expressed some concerns about the proposed intermodal development in south Joliet by Centerpoint Properties. The reality is that Walsh has already signed off on the deal.

    It’s classic Chicago-style, pay-to-play politics. A politician like Walsh cuts a backroom deal, while telling the public he is working through some concerns. Those concerns ultimately get quickly worked out, particularly when the interested party is a regular campaign contributor.

    Centerpoint Properties participated in a downtown Chicago fundraiser for Larry Walsh at the Chicago Yacht Club less than a month ago. In addition, according to campaign disclosure reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Walsh has received more than $6,000 in campaign contributions from the combined donations of Centerpoint’s political arm and its CEO, Michael Mullen. The most recent contribution of $1,000 came on June 30, 2008.

    Centerpoint’s proposed 3,900-acre intermodal in Joliet would be bigger than the intermodals in Elwood, Crete, and Wilmington combined.

    “First of all, regardless of the merits of the project, the deal looks bad because it’s being pushed by a major donor of the County Executive which is why, unlike Mr. Walsh, I have said I would not accept campaign contributions from vendors who do business with Will County,” said challenger Dan Kennison. “Second, Larry Walsh is going to turn Will County into a parking lot if we’re not careful. We have a sizeable amount of truck traffic as it is. We need to be thoughtful as we plan for Will County’s future to accommodate our growth in such a way as to not endanger our quality of life.”

    “These are the types of insider deals where the politicians and the connected businesses make out at the expense of the residents. This is what people in Will County are sick and tired of,” added Kennison. “You simply have to be objective when you consider these types of issues on behalf of those that you work for – Will County residents. We have too much at stake to allow clout and pay-to-play politics to determine the future development of our county.”

    This is not the first time issues about Walsh’s public ethics have been raised. An April 1, 2008, Associated Press story suggested that Walsh may have been involved in a quid pro quo with Governor Blagojevich whereby Walsh, then a State Senator, would trade his vote on a piece of legislation in exchange for a state job for his legislative secretary.

    Additional Google found information Emissions  PDF Kansas City Star  Railroad says it didn’t violate pollution law  Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Quality  Frieght Corridor study  Intermodal modular spent nuclear fuel transportation system