Massive quarry, underground limestone mine planned in Robbins

Oct 11, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Southtown Star

A west-suburban developer is looking to acquire massive swaths of land in Robbins and turn it into an industrial megaplex complete with a quarry, an underground mine, asphalt and concrete factories, and a therapy horse ranch, according to an agreement village officials quietly approved earlier this year.

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Oct 11, 2013
 
At least one Robbins trustee isn’t happy with the plan. Lynnie Johnson said the prior administration passed the redevelopment agreement,“without having a lot of information. I think it’s wrong because we don’t know the facts.”

Johnson’s brother, David, lives in the footprint of the plan at 13805 Albany Ave., near the village’s Metra station. The 70-year-old man said he plans to fight the deal until he gets kicked out of his home, if that’s what is needed.

“When you cut a contract giving away one third of the town for no money is kinda ridiculous when the people you are giving it to are going to mine about a billion dollars worth of limestone,” Johnson said.“This is too lopsided a deal.”
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Oct 11, 2013
 
This is how the South Suburban Mayors Managers work.....side by side with the State Reps against the residents and taxpayers.
As one community false the rest will follow Blue Island, Cal Park, Harvey, Markham, Posen, Riverdale.....and so on and so on.
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At least one Robbins trustee isn’t happy with the plan. Lynnie Johnson said the prior administration passed the redevelopment agreement,“without having a lot of information. I think it’s wrong because we don’t know the facts.”

Johnson’s brother, David, lives in the footprint of the plan at 13805 Albany Ave., near the village’s Metra station. The 70-year-old man said he plans to fight the deal until he gets kicked out of his home, if that’s what is needed.

“When you cut a contract giving away one third of the town for no money is kinda ridiculous when the people you are giving it to are going to mine about a billion dollars worth of limestone,” Johnson said.“This is too lopsided a deal.”
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This is how the South Suburban Mayors Managers work.....side by side with the State Reps against the residents and taxpayers.
As one community false the rest will follow Blue Island, Cal Park, Harvey, Markham, Posen, Riverdale.....and so on and so on.

Your Legal Council is responsible for this sweet heart deal! Who was Robins Attorney? Blame the Attorney, include him in any future litigation. How many years was he Attorney? Has the Village progressed, stagnated, or declined further under this Attorney?
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Another Rita scheme to fill pockets.
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Hand in Hand wrote:
This is how the South Suburban Mayors Managers work.....side by side with the State Reps against the residents and taxpayers.
As one community false the rest will follow Blue Island, Cal Park, Harvey, Markham, Posen, Riverdale.....and so on and so on.
There is what goes on on top of the table and what goes on under the table!
Eventually the schemes are revealed.
No wonder the previous mayor said it was to much and retired.

Mayor Ward it is time for you to step up and fix these debacles plaguing Robbins.
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There You Have It wrote:
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There is what goes on on top of the table and what goes on under the table!
Eventually the schemes are revealed.
No wonder the previous mayor said it was to much and retired.
Mayor Ward it is time for you to step up and fix these debacles plaguing Robbins.
Looks like a deal has been struck and Mayor Ward is turning Robbins over to the Rita's just like Vargas did in Blue Island.
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Hand in Hand wrote:
This is how the South Suburban Mayors Managers work.....side by side with the State Reps against the residents and taxpayers.
As one community falls the rest will follow Blue Island, Cal Park, Harvey, Markham, Posen, Riverdale.....and so on and so on.
Too many hands in the pockets of the taxpayers, sucking these poor communities dry!
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Hand in Hand wrote:
This is how the South Suburban Mayors Managers work.....side by side with the State Reps against the residents and taxpayers.
As one community falls the rest will follow Blue Island, Cal Park, Harvey, Markham, Posen, Riverdale.....and so on and so on.
These are the very politicians who will retire and go live on an island in the Bahamas they own paid for by the taxpayers from the communities they raided.
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Oct 12, 2013
 
Sure was a great Labor day parade and feast that Robert (Bobby) Rita threw for the people of Robbins.
The people of Robbins should roast him like the pig he is.
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Bob's new name "Mr. Slate"
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These are the very politicians who will retire and go live on an island in the Bahamas they own paid for by the taxpayers from the communities they raided.
We don't think any part of this MASSIVE project will ever pass IEPA?
The air quality in Robbins and all of the surrounding communities is already very poor.

Open meetings need to include IEPA!

http://www.epa.state.il.us/community-relation...
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We don't think any part of this MASSIVE project will ever pass IEPA?
The air quality in Robbins and all of the surrounding communities is already very poor.
Open meetings need to include IEPA!
http://www.epa.state.il.us/community-relation...
The question isn't whether it will pass or not, but instead what political contributions were made to Ward or Rita.
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The question isn't whether it will pass or not, but instead what political contributions were made to Ward or Rita.
Certainly very large sums of money are changing hands, there is back slapping, and hugs too.
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These are the very politicians who will retire and go live on an island in the Bahamas they own paid for by the taxpayers from the communities they raided.
This project that will affect Robbins and the surrounding communities was kept under wraps and quietly pushed through on everyone by our wonderful democratic elected officials who are proving every day they have no more interest in representing the people they were elected to serve than republican elected officials.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
“This is a takeover,” resident Delean Fuller said.

Village officials have been tight-lipped. But according to documents the SouthtownStar obtained, the project would stretch from 135th Street north to the Calumet Sag Channel and from Pulaski Road east to Francisco Avenue. It would travel from Kedzie Avenue east to the village limits at Sacramento Avenue, and south down Cooper’s Grove Boulevard. The far southeast corner of the village, where it runs into Interstate 294, also is part of the deal.

To make the project happen, the village needs to acquire land that includes roughly 100 single-family homes. The developer wants to acquire the land through a quick-take process, which needs approval from Illinois lawmakers, who could consider it during the General Assembly’s upcoming veto session.

State Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island), who represents most of Robbins, said the project would be a “good opportunity for the village.” He said he may introduce quick-take legislation during the veto session but won’t call it for a vote. State Rep. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest), who also represents Robbins, said Mayor Tyrone Ward and village officials need to meet with residents to clarify the situation but would not rule out sponsoring the legislation.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
The plan calls for the excavation of a 61-acre quarry on the village’s east side and a 169-acre underground mine tunneling under homes through the village’s north end. In turn, Robbins would get an annual cut of revenue from mining operations.
The developer’s managing partner, whose other company developed the village’s master plan, said the development would generate much needed jobs and revenue.
Robbins residents who live in the plan’s footprint, however, aren’t so keen on the deal. Many, such as Fuller, claimed village officials left them out of the planning process and are giving away the historically black community for a fraction of their land’s value.
“Our people settled here in the 1800s. You have families that have been here three, four, five generations,” Fuller said.“These people are underhandedly buying up our properties, and we had no clue as to what was going on.”
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Oct 13, 2013
 
Davis attended the meeting and bore the brunt of the crowd’s anger. After the meeting, Davis said Robbins Trustee Shantiel Simon approached him about the project, and he later met with the developers concerning the quick-take option.

ALM Resources donated $2,000 to Simon in March, according to campaign records from the Illinois Department of Elections. Simon could not be reached for comment.

In one of her final acts as mayor, Irene Brodie signed off on the redevelopment agreement with ALM Resources in May, and the board unanimously approved it, records show.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
We oppose Mayor Tyrone Ward's plan to construct a Massive Lime Stone Quarry in Robbins.

Mayor Ward is determined to build a Lime Stone Quarry that will impact Robbins, Chicago, and the entire SOUTHLAND region. The lime stone will be transported into and through our communities by truck and railroad. 

The dangerous and possible cancer causing emissions will be deposited into our environment. Help keep our community safe, especially for the long term effects to the health of our children.

CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH YOUR OBJECTIONS IMMEDIATELY! 

All of Blue Island elected officials including State Representatives Will Davis and Robert "Bob" Rita MUST STEP UP and FIGHT TO OPPOSE THIS DISASTROUS PLAN!
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Hey Blue Island and other surrounding suburbs to Robbins, this affects us all. Don't think the negative effects of this project will be just isolated to Robbins. Please read this report, and there are many others.
http://news.caloosahatchee.org/docs/Rock_Mini...
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Worldwide, mining operations from prospecting to excavation are causing ecological problems from erosion, formation of sinkholes, biodiversity loss, and heavy metal and organic contamination of groundwater and surface water (Kraus and Wiegand 2006). High contaminant levels in the acid mine drainage originating from the coal and ore mining processes in general and open-pit mining in particular are well documented in the literature (Cherry et al. 2001; Skousen et al. 2002). Even though the environmental impacts of ore and coal mining have been adequately investigated, the impact of limestone rock mining has not been well studied.

Quarrying of limestone aggregate currently represents in the USA a $7 billion per year activity (Lolcama et al. 2002). New data focusing on the surface and groundwater interactions are showing that the rock mining has a long-term and cumulative impact on stream water quality (Renken et al. 2008). Extraction of aggregates from below the natural water table in Northern Germany and the large volumes of mine water discharged into local rivers and channels caused the salinization of the streams (Iwanoff 1998). The effect of these mines is accentuated if the surrounding environment is already stressed by decades of agricultural farming, and it is particularly detrimental where water quality of the close-by areas is subject to high-quality standards.

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