Friday, March 29, 2013

Obama Gives $100 Million Loan (Not Grant) for Chicago Riverwalk; Rahm Emanuel Explains This Ain't Like the $25 Million Waste for RiverEdge Mosquito Park in Aurora



The Obama administration announced they are giving the City of Chicago a $100 million low-interest loan to create and transform the Riverwalk along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been attacked recently by teacher unions as "racist" for closing under-utilized and low-performing schools, says this isn't "some grant" that you see in other communities that is taking money away from schools.

When we asked which communities he was referring to, we learned that one community in particular stood out as being an example of waste, corruption and dumb ideas.

That would be Aurora, Illinois.

Is he referring to the $25 million corrupt RiverEdge Mosquito Park that is funding cronies of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner?

Yup.

The so-called park in Aurora is not really a park, but a sloppy attempt at spending millions to create a stage with grass, trees and lights around it.

And, as Rahm and others have asked with laughter "where are people supposed to park for this so-called park in Aurora?"

Meanwhile, the plans for the Riverwalk in Chicago include recreation such as kayaks to water taxis to high-end restaurants that will generate commerce.  The plan is to pay back the $100 million loan in 35 years.

In Aurora, after 35 years, with the cost of the park, bonds, interest, maintenance and management, the much smaller park will cost far more than $100 million.

Tom Weisner, the so-called mayor of Aurora, could not be reached for a response.

We must admit that it's not often we agree with Rahm Emanuel, but compared to Tom Weisner and the Chicago Teachers Union, he looks smarter than both of them combined.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it would be fitting if the City came up with an official Mascot/Logo for the John Durham Pavillion at RiversEdge Park. Perhaps a White Elephant ?

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to find this quote in other, more credible sources. I haven't found it yet, has anybody else? Openline, where did you steal that quote from so we can check it ourselves?

Anonymous said...

Photoshop

Anonymous said...

You know, I have to admit that I enjoy the general level of snarkiness exhibited by whoever openline might be, but it would be far better received if some of the ridiculous pieces were toned down.
This could have been a decent article, without the ridiculous spin which makes it seem like RE is talking about RIVEREdge. We all know that he's not, and that it's almost guaranteed that he knows nothing about it at all.
For my part, I'm more than willing to give the new venue a try. I'm looking forward to the Blues on the Fox this summer, and very much hope that it will be successful. That would be great for any number of reasons.
So, openline, make your points without being ridiculous, and you'll be more successful. At this point, it's hard to read your blog because one is always brought up short by the silliness.

Al Kohollick said...

In this particular case, I have to side with the other commentators. Why is Openline making up a false quote and then attributing it to the Mayor of Chicago? There are some legitimate concerns about spending 25 million dollars on a narrow strip of land. Sometimes, when you try to be creative and push the envelope a bit, the envelope pushes back. The false quotes don't make sense....but we all make mistakes now and then.

Anonymous said...

Even though I have vowed never to set foot in that park, I agree with Al and 8:23. We keep asking Openline to tone it down, especially since we have no real newspaper. We are in sore need of a serious investigative blog to keep our corrupt pols and their sycophants in check. We have an arrogant, crooked mayor who has no opponent. He surrounds himself with flatterers and he broaches no criticism, even from those who formerly supported him. And 99% of the pod people in this town don't give a shit. Oh well, I guess some of us finally made it to the one percent of SOMETHING. But maybe, just maybe, if we had the aforementioned serious blog, more folks would log on and start using their brains. As it is now, the creeps who need to be investigated find it too easy to demonize and ridicule Openline, and then they blithely go back to looting and pillaging, completely unchecked.

Anonymous said...

And 99% of the pod people in this town don't give a shit. Oh well, I guess some of us finally made it to the one percent of SOMETHING.

Now that if funny! :)

It is true also. The people do not give a damn. I told my children their number one priority should be to start their life (once they are out of college) away from Aurora and out of Illinois. I would think any caring parent would do likewise.

Anonymous said...

But 2:11 are they moving away from Aurora or moving away from YOU?

Anonymous said...

Either way, as long as the are out of this community. I just want what is best for my children and Aurora is not it.

Anonymous said...

Hey, the gangs in Chicago can have a new game, shooting suburbanites that go to and kayak in Chicago! Maybe this will teach the blacks in Chicago how to swim. The can sell Crack by swimming up to the boaters!

Anonymous said...

Thanks 2:11, I'm glad you liked it:) I did exactly as you did and encouraged my kids to live elsewhere. I will be following them soon, when the time is right. Exurbs are no place for young people, especially Aurora.

red5243 said...

So, the comments stream seems to confirm what the tenor & tone confirms - unsubstantiated snark and a grudge. "So Called" Mayor? He's elected. There's no "so called" about it. Cronyism & fraud? Then prove it. Don't hide behind anonymity. Take your facts to a States Attorney - there are plenty of aggressive JD's who will make a name for themselves using FACTS.
I look forward to RiverEdge. And given the volume of empty parking garages we have, the patrons can walk a few blocks.

Anonymous said...

red is an obvious shill/cocksucker. The only reason he is excited about RiverEdge is he figure it will be one more men's room he call blow strangers in.

Al Kohollick said...

Oh wow......I'm not terribly street smart anymore.....How many times do I need to stomp my foot on the stall floor to get "serviced" at Men's room at the John C. Durham Pavillion at RiverEdge Park ?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure 5:40 knows.

Anonymous said...

Well at least we will know where to find Mike Saville.

Anonymous said...

"...the patrons can walk a few blocks."...and let them eat cake too.

red 5243 (aka Weisner's wife)

Anonymous said...

"Tom Weisner, the so-called mayor of Aurora, could not be reached for a response."

Most likely because you didn't try. Or if you did try, because he wisely decided you weren't worth replying to.