When you go to the polls today think of all the taxes that have been levied on your pockets in the last 4 years, stop and think if you re-elect the same people back into office will the situation change under their management of the city and county of Joliet and Will County.
I cast my vote today and I voted to oust the current regime and voted for change, I want jobs for the area, “not” more taxes by a pick-pocket elected board(s) I was and am tired of paying for the screws-up, only to be asked to fix the problem with more of my tax dollars when they have wasted so much of our tax dollars in the past.
So vote today for tomorrow your pocket my be picked clean.
Dean Tomich, who donated $500, regularly asks (and receives) zoning variances for projects he develops within the city limits. Churnovic reimbursed himself many hundreds of dollars for meals, airplane tickets, and hotel rooms. One reimbursement for $480
Dax Young – Crest Hill Resident
From the herald Spew News by BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org The date of the candidates’ forum, the location of the forum and the format for the forum were fodder for a lengthy and emotion-filled discussion during the council’s workshop session Monday.
Sam Chellino, president of Crest Hill Community Television, expressed indignation at being called “crooked” at a previous council meeting.
Alderman Charles Convery accused the TV group of trying “to play God” by exerting too much control over the forum.
And Alderwoman Tina Oberlin voiced concern that someone might use their five minutes on TV to “go on a vile rant.”
“If someone wants to take their five minutes and blast their opponent, that’s their decision,” offered Alderman Ray Soliman, a candidate for mayor. He added that he would not do that.
As the debate dragged on for nearly an hour, Mayor Nick Churnovic asked, “Who wants the candidates’ forum at this point?”
But then he concluded, “If anybody wants to show up, they can show up. If anyone doesn’t want to show up, they don’t have to show up.”
“I’m not doing it — not with their format,” Alderwoman Brenda Lelis said.
Alderman John Vershay eased the tension at one point with a tongue-in-cheek defense of the five-minute format.
“You have to sell yourself to the people. What’s the big commotion? It’s a salesman’s job. Who’s got the biggest line of B.S.? And, here I am,” Vershay said, rising to his feet and raising his voice. “I’ve got it.”
Allied Waste Contributed $500 to Churnovic – Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:31:15 GMT
Considering the $5 million contract the city approved this week, I think this has to be something the mayor should address.
Mr. Mayor, how is this not pay-to-play when there was no bidding on the contract?
(I guess I am a mudslinger says: JolietJake as well as anybody with an opinion is, LOL.)
Where is the politicians going with Joliet, January 1st 2008 we are to obey the new law of “No” smoking in public places.
Now isn’t this something else to make businesses abandon Joliet again. When leaving the Windy City for Joliet, Illinois, You see that Joliet has deteriorated under the current and previous politicians of Joliet Illinois.
Joliet has turned into a dying hole on the map, lately Joliet has added old time gas pumps on street corners to add ambiance of Rt 66 to the non-laughable joke of Joliet being brought back to what it once was in the past.
The commercial areas around the train station have become stagnant as well as most businesses have also, most businesses in Joliet that were family owned are now gone to the winds. What have we become the new generation trash man tax payers at work, “The goal should be to find a way to retrain and sustain Joliet and Will County’s work force,” I say “aggressive training initiative to retrain the work force should be a demand made by Joliet residents.” “In Joliet, we have two hotels and they’re not faring well at all especially in the downtown area. Our motels are inadequate, our restaurants are dying, our taverns, our parking lots, the food vendors, and the real estate values have fallen, all of these things are not in good financial health, yet Joliet is trying to look toward a great influx of money, of people, through a very limited medium of riverboat gambling and future homes that may or may-not be built. Riverboat gambling has not met the criteria set forth by Illinois legislators when they sold this idea to the citizens of Joliet Illinois. “It’s illogical to expect casino customers to leave the premises and spend money in nearby stores, restaurants, or bars.” And this hurts local economy and hurts property owners. The economic development we have seen was marginal at best; it has not spurred economic development. It has not created jobs. It has not boosted tourism, and it certainly has not brought new life to Joliet or Will County.
Bring in a gambling venture, and it sucks the dollars out of other areas of discretionary spending just like the employing of illegals in American businesses do also. But what do I know, I guess my eyes lie to me and my hearing must be defective too when it comes to listening to the bullshit the local politicians are spouting daily, we hear the words of encouragement yet we see nothing coming as proof, Joliet is now viewed as a modern-day Slum and the local politicians are its slumlords trying to put a band-aid on the real problems. No one seems to be thinking about good paying jobs or what we can do to attract businesses to the area; I have been to council meetings and been to web sites like www.willcountyced.com and Joliet – Incentives and Grants “Joliet and Will county government leaders are failing because of technology, market share and City and County reach, increasingly complex moving exponentially faster each day.” The dinosaurs we have in office now are falling behind while other areas are growing and leaving us behind. When you have political leaders that can’t even answer there own email how can the same political leaders bring prosperity to Joliet and Will County?
Joliet wants to waste money to fight Silver Cross, Joliet should take every one of those dollars set aside for legal battles and invest them in tranforming Joliet, Joliet should look into how to utilize the current Silver Cross land on the city’s East Side.
I say if Silver Cross wants to go then let them go, makes no differance to me and many others in the area.
Joliet must want to waste money for political reasons. Waste not want not…..
inside source states attorney office: transcripts of 6:45 March 07/08/03 Will county Police
A call came in to the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 6:45 pm the anonymous caller spoke with the on duty officer.
Officer: “Yes. What can I do for you?”
an anonymous caller “I’m calling to report my neighbor Virgil Sith…. He’s hiding Marijuana inside his firewood! the caller stated, I Do not know how he puts it inside the logs, but he’s hiding it there and they are in the shed in back of his home.”
The on duty officer reported what he had been told by the caller to his superiors, So today march 9th 2007, the Sheriff’s Deputies and the States attorney descend on Virgil’s home in the 1400 block of Jefferson St in Joliet Illinois. They search the shed out back of Virgil’s home where the firewood was kept, using axes, they busted open every piece of wood in Virgil’s shed, but did not find marijuana. After 3 1/2 hours grilling the suspect Virgil Sith, Not finding no probable cause for arrest, they sneer at Virgil and leave.
Shortly after the Police and the States attorney left, the phone rings at Virgil’s home. The states attorney and one Will county officer was now enforcing a wire tap on Virgil’s home 3 blocks away; the Unknown caller said:
“Unknown caller (whispering)…. Did the Sheriff show up.
Virgil: Yea and they brought the States attorney too?”
Unknown caller: “What did they do”?
Virgil: They came with a warrant and busted up all of my wood in my shed and I don’t know why?”
Unknown caller: “Well I told you I would help you with that job of splitting the wood!” “Happy Birthday, buddy!”
“Note this just a joke and never really happened“.
From Will county watcher Email Bag
The town of Newlenox IL would have experienced growth if a monkey was mayor.
Mike Smith has promoted growth at ALL costs. Not managed growth.
Route 30 is a mess and only after an up roar is it being addressed. Mike Smith alone backed the WalMart/Menards development on Route 30.
He talks about a comprehensive plan for the town but know one has seen it. It seems to change at his desires. He hasn’t opened dialogue with the residents.
Mike Smith has too much unchecked power. Look at what he was spending city money on……Elect someone who is concerned about the residents and not personal political gain or profit.
The planning is disgraceful. The few voices on the board the last handful of years as well as the residents have been effectively shut out by Smith, they like to spin and label anyone who is for better development as anti-growth. They’re uneducated playground bullies in old man bodies.
Listen to what the candidates say very carefully and question them on everything, and listen to what they don’t say. Most are very effective at soft talk, portraying themselves as bridge builders. Many of them will cherry pick facts they want you to believe. If you’re told anything, check it out for yourself. It is amazing what some of these folks will deliberately hide from the public.
From Joliet Jake: To: Mayor Mike: the questions and comments across the Internet are flying would you like to answer some of these here Feel free to email us at /Will County Watcher/ Bloggers want to KNOW……Remember they vote.
If you think Rt 30 is bad to drive on now wait till I-355 ext becomes a reality.
New Lenox is about to become a driving nightmare if the city of New Lenox Illinois puts a Wal-Mart where Wal-Mart is looking to place their store, “NOW” that would cause the roads to have to be expanded and future tax increases to New Lenox residents, this would cause undue stress of business and property owners along Rt 30 and loss of parking for businesses also.
This would then have the snowball effect of causing businesses to close or relocate maybe along Rt 6 and cause loss of tax dollars to New Lenox and give tax dollars to Joliet, Lockport or Mokena if the businesses choose to relocate in these towns.
I know quite a few business owners in New Lenox; well to put it bluntly they would relocate out of New Lenox pending the decision of New Lenox and Wal-Mart, some already have plans to relocate.
It is common sense if the city costs the businesses money they will move and they will take their tax dollars with them, what about the jobs that will be lost and the pay checks of their employees. Where is the tax dollars gone then?
If Mayor Mike and the rest of the city council goes thru with their plans it would cause great damage to the small town charm of New Lenox while costing many in New Lenox in property values and higher taxes, I know I would not want to live that close to a Wal-Mart store how about you?
To many of us work out of town, I have to drive thru New Lenox to go home, I spend 1 hour in the evening driving home an 30 min going to work, If this plan goes thru I may spend even longer during my daily drive, this then reduces the time I have with my family and it could severely affects home life.
Time to ReThink.