Blue Island Addiction Recovery Home Shut Down

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Blue Island addiction recovery home shut down

A program for recovering drug and alcohol addicts must cease its work at a Blue Island facility, at least temporarily, and most of the residents must move out by Friday because of licensing and safety issues, officials said Wednesday.

Affordable Recovery Housing is operating without a state recovery home license, and the former school building in which it is housed has no sprinkler system, officials said.

Addicts are sent to the former Mother of Sorrows Catholic High School, 13811 S. Western Ave., to stay clean and get their lives back on track while learning trades such as carpentry, plumbing, small engine repair, auto maintenance, tuckpointing and detailing. The facility offers rooms and meals, and hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Now this work is being put on hold until the nonprofit can get its business affairs in order, according to Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin.

“The city has a track record of working with organizations to help families. It’s not a matter of us not helping,” Peloquin said.“We have to do it the right way.”

Peloquin said 14 of the 70 residents can continue to live on the property to maintain the building and provide security for the nuns living there. The others must be out by Friday. The program’s CEO, John Dunleavy, hopes some of his contacts can provide help finding a place for them.

Meanwhile, the Affordable Recovery Housing program has to get its state license within 30 days and a sprinkler system within 60 days or be shut down, Peloquin said.

Blue Island Fire Chief Terry Vrshek on Thursday met with officials from Affordable Recovery Housing to discuss the requirements.

Peloquin said Dunleavy and others initially were allowed to move into the building without a state license so they could provide security for the nuns. Dunleavy was supposed to acquire the license and go before the city’s zoning board for final approval before allowing recovering addicts to move into the home, according to Peloquin.

Peloquin also said the program has been taking in residents who were released from prison, which goes against the original plan. But Dunleavy said his contract with the city allows nonviolent former inmates to live there.

Dunleavy also said it is unfair for the city to make the program find new homes for tenants, who live on the second floor of the school and the adjacent convent.

“No matter what we do, we take one step forward and take two steps backward,” he said.

Dunleavy claimed the city initially refused to conduct an inspection required for a state license to operate a recovery home. He also said his understanding was that installing a sprinkler system was part of a five-year plan to which the city agreed.

“The sisters lived here 80 years with no sprinkler system and no adequate fire alarm system,” Dunleavy said.“Why is it an issue now, an immediate emergency, when the sisters had lived here for 80 years? It’s not an immediate danger, is it?”

This confusion, is only possible because the City Clerk refuses to do her job and update the Codification Book, so the Alderman can have a proper nomenclature to govern our city. The Clerk had over twenty years to do this, and she refuses. It seems she enjoys this mass confusion in Blue Island, Illinois. This enables the Mayor and City Clerk to run a city as if they were home rule! Please take notice BLUE ISLAND IS NOT A HOME RULE COMMUNITY.
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This whole thing shows the true color of Don Pelquin and his "suck boys" in the administration.

The sisters did everything by the book except pay Don his "street tax." The sisters have every right to go in and sue the city for this mess. You want to know why the city is being sued to death and cannot pay it's bills? It is because of garbage like this caused by Don Peloqin.
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This whole thing shows the true color of Don Pelquin and his "suck boys" in the administration.
The sisters did everything by the book except pay Don his "street tax." The sisters have every right to go in and sue the city for this mess. You want to know why the city is being sued to death and cannot pay it's bills? It is because of garbage like this caused by Don Peloqin.
Why was this done? What is the real problem over there and why isn't the city coming clean? Has crime gone up with the new residents or is the program being improperly administrated in some way? The nuns are very old, extremely frail and may not be aware there are any issues. I feel we're not getting the whole story but as secretive as this town is about crime it makes some sense that BI would use a code violation issue to close the place down instead of their real reason. Anybody really know?
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This confusion, is only possible because the City Clerk refuses to do her job and update the Codification Book, so the Alderman can have a proper nomenclature to govern our city. The Clerk had over twenty years to do this, and she refuses. It seems she enjoys this mass confusion in Blue Island, Illinois. This enables the Mayor and City Clerk to run a city as if they were home rule! Please take notice BLUE ISLAND IS NOT A HOME RULE COMMUNITY.

It is what it is. Thank you for the terrific insight. Maybe the city needs to be sued again? No wonder so many vacant stores and apartments in Blue Island. They are so goofy!
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No threat to the community, I can guarantee you that. It's politics at its best. Nothing but a bunch of male egos thinking they are god.

Without bad publicity there wouldn't be any for Blue Island.

No one governs this city but the Mayor, people are in office but are the puppets of the mayor. They are afraid of losing their jobs.
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It Is What It is wrote:
Blue Island addiction recovery home shut down
A program for recovering drug and alcohol addicts must cease its work at a Blue Island facility, at least temporarily, and most of the residents must move out by Friday because of licensing and safety issues, officials said Wednesday.
Affordable Recovery Housing is operating without a state recovery home license, and the former school building in which it is housed has no sprinkler system, officials said.
Addicts are sent to the former Mother of Sorrows Catholic High School, 13811 S. Western Ave., to stay clean and get their lives back on track while learning trades such as carpentry, plumbing, small engine repair, auto maintenance, tuckpointing and detailing. The facility offers rooms and meals, and hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Now this work is being put on hold until the nonprofit can get its business affairs in order, according to Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin.
“The city has a track record of working with organizations to help families. It’s not a matter of us not helping,” Peloquin said.“We have to do it the right way.”
Peloquin said 14 of the 70 residents can continue to live on the property to maintain the building and provide security for the nuns living there. The others must be out by Friday. The program’s CEO, John Dunleavy, hopes some of his contacts can provide help finding a place for them.
Meanwhile, the Affordable Recovery Housing program has to get its state license within 30 days and a sprinkler system within 60 days or be shut down, Peloquin said.
Blue Island Fire Chief Terry Vrshek on Thursday met with officials from Affordable Recovery Housing to discuss the requirements.
Peloquin said Dunleavy and others initially were allowed to move into the building without a state license so they could provide security for the nuns. Dunleavy was supposed to acquire the license and go before the city’s zoning board for final approval before allowing recovering addicts to move into the home, according to Peloquin.
Peloquin also said the program has been taking in residents who were released from prison, which goes against the original plan. But Dunleavy said his contract with the city allows nonviolent former inmates to live there.
Dunleavy also said it is unfair for the city to make the program find new homes for tenants, who live on the second floor of the school and the adjacent convent.
“No matter what we do, we take one step forward and take two steps backward,” he said.
Dunleavy claimed the city initially refused to conduct an inspection required for a state license to operate a recovery home. He also said his understanding was that installing a sprinkler system was part of a five-year plan to which the city agreed.
“The sisters lived here 80 years with no sprinkler system and no adequate fire alarm system,” Dunleavy said.“Why is it an issue now, an immediate emergency, when the sisters had lived here for 80 years? It’s not an immediate danger, is it?”
This confusion, is only possible because the City Clerk refuses to do her job and update the Codification Book, so the Alderman can have a proper nomenclature to govern our city. The Clerk had over twenty years to do this, and she refuses. It seems she enjoys this mass confusion in Blue Island, Illinois. This enables the Mayor and City Clerk to run a city as if they were home rule! Please take notice BLUE ISLAND IS NOT A HOME RULE COMMUNITY.
I can tell you that there are a lot of new faces in City Office and the ones that were in the positions have come and gone i.e. Minderman. since this organization has tried over and over to work with the city. It's unfortunate that the sisters have to be subject to such evil. I heard the organization was blindsided on Friday with a notice to evacuate by June 1st. They gave this notice before a 3 day holiday. How evil can they be.?
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No threat to the community, I can guarantee you that. It's politics at its best. Nothing but a bunch of male egos thinking they are god.
Without bad publicity there wouldn't be any for Blue Island.
No one governs this city but the Mayor, people are in office but are the puppets of the mayor. They are afraid of losing their jobs.
Male egos? Are you saying City Clerk Pam Frasor is a male? Inquiring minds want to know. No one governs the city but the Mayor, you say! I, must disagree with your comment. We have fourteen elected Alderman who are there to balance power. In this case there is only one Independent who stands out and stands up. The Mayor in all of his statutory power does not have the legal authority to shut this business down in the Mayor Peloquin fashion. He and his inner circle, we must include all his lawyers are nothing but a bunch of thugs. Hey Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald United States Attorney for Northern Illinois are you listening?
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We all need to ban together to stop the corruption of this city. Wake up Blue Island citizens, we have a right to vote and choose who we want in office. Before voting investigate the people running for office. News flash: When Sister Gabriel passed away not to long ago the Treasurer Carmen B. showed up at the wake and approach the sisters to bad mouth Affordable. Making up lies about them. How disrespectful can one person be to do that at a wake. These people think they are above everything. As I said before "pure ego" and no commonsense.

City Clerk Frasor oops she works with a bunch of ego's maybe it's rubbing off.
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Sounds like the new Fire Chief is trying to make a name for himself!! He's been unreasonable with business owner, unwilling to cooperate, and threatening to close down businesses all over Blue Island. Thats what we need?? Less business. Send this Vrshek guy back to Alsip
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Just found out the police showed up there last night and wanted to search the place. When they were refused they wrote tickets on all the vehicles on the property. One of the policeman called them MF's because they took pictures of them getting harassed.
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Oh not last night at 1:00am this morning.
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Didn't we all see that one coming...no suprises here.
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Just found out the police showed up there last night and wanted to search the place. When they were refused they wrote tickets on all the vehicles on the property. One of the policeman called them MF's because they took pictures of them getting harassed.
Did they have a proper search warrant? Well if not then!
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I am glad the Afforable is willing to stand up to Mayor Peloquin and sue. For too long, Don Peloquin has bullied the businesses, organizations and people of Blue Island. This time he will answer for his disgusting behavior.
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Good ! Let these Losers go somewhere else.
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Good ! Let these Losers go somewhere else.
You moving.
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Did they have a proper search warrant? Well if not then!
Of course not.
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"Did the police think that raiding our home would give them some sort of information to use in the law suit? It seems fishy to me that after nine months of us doing good for the community here, the last two weeks have been one government contrived emergency action after the other." Said Mary Jo Dunleavy, the Executive Director of ARH.
"It seems like the city doesn't want us here. They don't want us to be a part of a community. They ignore our requests to move forward in licenses and appeals." Said John Dunleavy.
After the police visit during the middle of the night, a court hearing took place today with the Honorable Robert M. Dow Jr. The City of Blue Island was ordered to detail the legal basis for the assertion of city code violations and to put on the agenda of the City Council ARH's appeal of an order to vacate the convent, which had been ignored up to this point. ARH was told to continue taking steps toward obtaining pertinent license(s) and permit(s).
ARH's attorney, John Mauck, summarized the outcome of the court hearing today. "The judge is allowing for due process before any danger is done to the residents by putting them on the street."
Only one week ago, Fire Chief Terry Vrshek gave a "cease and desist" order to the non-profit which aims to assist veterans and non-violent ex-offenders. If ARH could not plan and install a sprinkler system for the entire residence by 9:00 a.m., June 1, 2012 all their members but 14 would be kicked out onto the street. ARH is suing for threatening an illegal eviction and giving limited time to appeal to the City Council
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In response to last night's police visit, Mary Jo Dunleavy expressed frustration over the City's actions toward her fruitful non-profit. "I feel bullied and threatened. Isn't the government's response to our defense of our rights in court, more typical of North Korea than of America?"
ARH is sharing occupancy with five nuns at the Sisters of Sorrow Convent on Western Avenue and houses 73 men committed to living a changed life without alcohol. This non-profit recovery program has been recognized by the Cook County Board of Commissions for an outstanding program of supporting veterans and non-violent ex-offenders in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In fact, Mayor Peloquin praised it effusively in 2011.

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