A special meeting of the Lemont Village Board has been called for this Monday, January 6, 2014, at 7 PM at the village hall, 418 Main St.  The primary agenda item is a vote to repeal the ordinance for alternate revenue bonds to pay for a $21 million sports complex.  By killing this ordinance, the mayor and board will prevent citizens from having a vote on whether to pledge their taxes to pay for the project.  This will pave the way for the Reaves administration to use village revenues, including sales and income taxes to guarantee a private $21 million loan.  Audience participation will be on the agenda, so residents with comments or opinions about the project or the referendum vote should feel obliged to testify.  You will not be alone, and this may be your last chance to voice your concerns.

Below is a link to the official village announcement:


This is a link to the official agenda:


B.S. Buster January 04, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Boy Jim, that's quite a pickle! First you establish a petition drive against the alternative revenue bonds, get the signatures to get revenue bond financing on the ballot, should it be used. Now your petition and cause is accommodated, alternative revenue bonds taken off the table and you are still not happy...... At least you've struck a more conciliatory tone, hopefully that signals your intent to run for office next election. That's really the only way you can have the kind of say you seek at the bargaining table. Best wishes!
Jim Ladas January 04, 2014 at 12:34 PM
If the "Plex is not a complete success, village sales and income tax money will be used to bail it out. That has always been my main objection, and that has not changed. All that has changed is that we will have no vote on it. I have no desire to "bargain" with our local government or to run for office. But I do expect our elected leaders to honestly listen to the fears and complaints of the people and to act accordingly. The current group has been devious and secretive in their actions, and that is no way to run a government.
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 08:30 AM
How can you say you haven't been heard? You've even had a face to face on the sports complex. The administration Accommodated your petition against the bond issue, and went to private financing. That's about as much influence as you can get without having your own vote! So go out in the cold tonight and say the same thing, for the umpteenth time...... Until you actually have a seat at the table you are the Jesse Jackson of Lemont, loud mouthing and rabble rousing When things don't go your way. Do you still have a copy of your petition? You should read it
Rose Baker January 06, 2014 at 12:51 PM
The administration did not accommodate the petition, they found a way to circumvent it. If this sportsplex is such a great idea, why not make the case and let us vote. Why is there a need to repeal the ordinance? Why hide behind a shroud of secrecy and fake names? Why not disclose the “players” in this deal
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Rose, did you read the petition? It was specifically about the type of financing. The administration changed the financing. That's what the petition asked for. It's what the petition delivered! Democracy at its finest. You should read and understand what you are signing. There was no petition to circumvent the elected officials from building anything. As for names used here, you didn't read the patch terms of use you agreed to either. Did you? Patch has no way to authenticate any of the names used here.
Time January 06, 2014 at 02:25 PM
B.S. ? If this Lemont sportsplex FAILS their will be NO tax of any kind to support this project?
Rose Baker January 06, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Sorry BS, your viewpoint is very narrow on this issue. The petition sought a vote on the issue of bonds and by extension the entire issue of borrowing $21 million. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the village is trying to use a procedure to get around the voters. Also, regardless of Patch terms, put your name to the issue. Make your case and let the chips fall where they may. Are you a trustee, or as others suspect, the Mayor? It isn’t that far out. One of the trustees was caught doing exactly that on this very issue. Is that you again?
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 03:09 PM
You better read those words again Rose. What is happening is a small group of vocal political gadflies attempted to use a procedural to wrest control away from the elected officials. A petition is a legal document and very particular as to its effect. No alternate bonds. Private investment. That's what was asked
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 03:15 PM
@time: why don't you go to the meeting tonight and ask the mayor?
Time January 06, 2014 at 05:13 PM
B.S you said no one ask you any ?'s, I do and you don't even answer the ?.
Time January 06, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Mayor, if you had respect for human life (-18) you would cancel tonight's meeting.
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Time, what's your question? I can't find an intelligible question in your gibberish so far. It's been a while since I last visited village hall, but it was heated....
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Well lets hear what you got! You are so against this one, but you didn't go to the meeting?
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Ha ha ha ha ha
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Easy to say, but again no details
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 09:41 PM
General comments don't solve anything. Specific actions do. Lets hear some....
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 09:50 PM
Good luck with that!
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Step up to the plate!
Frank January 06, 2014 at 10:34 PM
B.S. Stop with the "B.S. It's not a private investor. It's the village securing a loan through a private lending institution. The village will be on the hook when it fails.
B.S. Buster January 06, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I never said private invester was involved. The private lending institution is not a bond issue. The ordinance and petition were very specific to bond issues. This is not a bond issue.


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