Express Yourself: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Thank You to Our Viewers

Friday, April 19, 2013

Roof of Old Train Station in Aurora Crumbles | Shodeen Stuffed Thousands Into Corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner's Pocket, Taxpayer Paid Shodeen Over $7 Million


In yet another symbol of the crumbling schemes of corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner, the Old Train Station in Aurora's roof has crumbled.

The train station, part of the Shodeen project, was touted by Weisner as a "key" to the Shodeen project that was promised to appear in 2009.

Shodeen has stuffed thousands of dollars into the pockets of Weisner with campaign contributions.  Taxpayers have paid Shodeen over $7 million cash, PLUS about $3 million in giveaways of properties, for over TEN MILLION DOLLARS of expense.

Weisner could not be reached for comment from his home in Florida.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

taxpayers better not be paying for the cleanup or demolition of this building!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm sure we will. We've basically paid for everything on this project, haven't we? We basically gave Shodeen a blank check, he dug some holes, then disappeared.

Anonymous said...

Why was this building not torn down or inspected? Somebody could have been killed.

Al Kohollick said...

The City of Aurora has let that building rot away for about 4 decades. They have known for a long, long time that the property was a toxic waste dump. They did nothing about it except scheme on how to make money off it. The City of Aurora should be sued for negligence.

Anonymous said...

the city take Shodeen to court for this public safety danger instead of going after little old ladies who don't move their garbage can.

Anonymous said...

3:55 they did not take Chapa_LaVia to court for the Masonic Temple did they?

Anonymous said...

The Masonic Temple is ready to fall down drive by there are wet spots all over the building you can tell it filled with water. Yet the city does nothing but harass citizens on small inspection issues. Where is the City somebody is going to get killed.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the old West Aurora High on Galena. It's also falling down and it's being used as a target shooting gallery at night. Don't walk by it--a brick will fall on you or you might get shot. Remember when it was going to be a high end condo development? Next stop--River City!!!
Weisner has an attention span that's about 30 seconds long. He's more than happy to spend millions and millions on new projects like that awful park and the doomed to fail Restaurant Row. But when it comes to maintaining what is actually here, that's not glamorous enough. I read that we, the tax payers, just gave Aurora University 220,000 for that charter school, which is going to be very exclusive. Meanwhile, the public schools, which we also support, have been declining for 30 years. I agree with Al, the city should be sued for negligence. On all fronts. But we'd end up paying for that too.

Anonymous said...

It really is a shame, because I've always liked both the train station and the Masonic Temple. Just something about the architecture appealed to me. Unfortunately, thanks to neglect I think there's no doubt they'll both have to be taken down at this point, and replaced with some soul-less piece of crap. Or in the case of the train station, they can just leave a hole so it fits in with the rest of the Shodeen project.

Anonymous said...

We all liked them, but how do you explain the fact that the train station has been totally vacant for 27 years? The Masonic Temple has been vacant for 6 years. Maybe economic reality and the market liked them less.

Anonymous said...

There were (and still are) a lot of vacant buildings in Aurora, even while the developers are still building new strip malls, etc. all over the place. Quite simply, they can make more profit building new than renovating old. The train station was supposedly going to be renovated and used as part of the Shodeen development -- which of course was a scam from day 1. The Masonic building wasn't exactly bursting at the seams, but it was still at least partially in use when the city closed it down because the stonework was falling off. Perhaps if it had gotten the right attention back then, it would never have gotten that bad and would have stayed in use. Had a nice little theater on the upper floor. But at this point it's just waiting for the wrecking ball.