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forum april 2020 issue

Enjoy the recent issue of the forum online today! 

april 2020 (pdf)

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illinois covid-19 testing sites

State of Illinois to Open Two Additional Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Facilities (pdf)

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remove gloves the right way

working together by staying apart

message from mayor vargas april 2020

april 14, 2020 blue island city council meeting

emergency city council meeting march 22, 2020

*UPDATED/DRAFT ONLY* Cannabis ordinance city of blue island

The following PDF is a copy (DRAFT ONLY) of the ordinance of the City of Blue Island AMENDING the zoning ordinance 

of the code of Blue Island regarding adult-use cannabis. 

amendment-cannabis-DRAFT (pdf)

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ALDERMEN & WARDS

 

Dexter Johnson

1st Ward Alderman 2009 – Present

Finance Committee

Public Health & Safety Committee

djohnson@cityofblueisland.org

708-275-3961

Annette Alexander

1st Ward Alderman 2019 – Present

Finance Committee

Community Development Committee

aalexander@cityofblueisland.org

William Cazares

2nd Ward Alderman 2019 – Present

Community Development Committee

Public Health and Safety Committee

wcazares@cityofblueisland.org

708-256-6761

708-527-9368

Fred Bilotto

2nd Ward Alderman 2014 – Present

Community Development Committee, Chairman

Finance Committee

fbilotto@cityofblueisland.org

708-932-2907

Nancy Rita

3rd Ward Alderman 2011 – Present

Judiciary Committee, Chairman

Municipal Services Committee

nrita@cityofblueisland.org

708-385-2183

Kevin Donahue

3rd Ward Alderman 2013 – Present

Finance Committee, Chairman

Judiciary Committee

kdonahue@cityofblueisland.org

219-689-1582

Tom Hawley

4th Ward Alderman 2013 – Present

Mayor Pro-Tem

Community Development Committee

Judiciary Committee

thawley@cityofblueisland.org

708-612-5463

Bill Fahrenwald

4th Ward Alderman 2017 – present

Municipal Services Committee

Public Health and Safety Committee

bfahrenwald@cityofblueisland.org

708-528-0681

Mike Mech

5th Ward Alderman 2019 – present

Municipal Services Committee

Community Development Committee

mmech@cityofblueisland.org

773-816-9595

Johnny Hill

5th Ward Alderman 2019 – Present

Judiciary Committee

Public Health and Safety Committee

jhill@cityofblueisland.org

708-385-7438

Raeann Cantelo Zylman

6th Ward Alderman 2019 – Present

Community Development Committee

Judiciary Committee

rzylman@cityofblueisland.org

708-932-3868

Candace Carr

6th Ward Alderman 2013 – Present

Municipal Services Committee, Chairman

Public Health and Safety Committee

ccarr@cityofblueisland.org

708-653-6196

James Klinker

7th Ward Alderman 2019 – Present

Finance Committee

Public Health and Safety Committee

jklinker@cityofblueisland.org

708-935-9095

Alecia Slattery

7th Ward Alderman 2015 – Present

Public Health and Safety Committee, Chairman

Municipal Services Committee

aslattery@cityofblueisland.org

708-252-1720

BLUE ISLAND WARD MAP (pdf)

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*METRO SOUTH UPDATES*

Potential Buyer for MetroSouth Medical Center

 

   The founder of a Chicago-based health care consulting firm said an investment group he leads will acquire the shuttered MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island and plans to reopen it with limited services. The property’s owner, however, issued a statement later Friday, December 13, 2019, denying there is an agreement. 

   David Smith said his group will acquire the facility from Quorum Health for $1. Smith, CEO of Third Horizon Strategies, said he hopes to bring back urgent care and outpatient services in a few weeks. He also plans an emergency department, but that requires state approval and can take months.

   While MetroSouth would not again be a full-fledged hospital, Smith hopes to re-establish services that the south suburbs and the city’s South Side need the most, while working with other hospitals to coordinate care. “Mid- to long-term, I hope this is part of a much bigger transformation scheme. How do we rethink the rule of primary care hospitals in the community?” Smith said.

However, Quorum Health said it is still in discussions about MetroSouth with “multiple interested parties.” Asked to clarify, Smith replied: “We have a verbal agreement to draw up the documents for a transfer. The ambition is to have this done by the end of the year.”

   Quorum Health closed the century-old hospital in September, ahead of state authorization to do so, amid financial losses. MetroSouth relied heavily on Medicaid reimbursements, which are less than Medicare or private insurance, and faced declining demand for some services.

   Smith would not name his partners but said they include “federally qualified health centers, philanthropists and investors” motivated not by profit but by a “social impact disposition.” He has registered a company called South Side Health for the purchase and said he will circulate an open letter to the community about his plans.

   Crain’s Chicago Business first reported the pending acquisition of MetroSouth.

Smith praised Quorum Health for securing and maintaining the property, saying the facilities are in excellent shape. He said his team will examine other ideas for the site, such as transitional housing for those recovering from addictions.

   State Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said he welcomes Smith’s involvement. “It’s a good alternative to what we have. At this point, we have a vacant building, a vacant hospital,” he said. Smith “seems to have credible people around him,” Rita said.

   Rita has a bill that passed the Illinois House and is pending in the Senate that authorizes the state to grant a license for emergency room operations at the site.

   The decision would come from the Illinois Health Facilities and Service Review Board.

As reported by the Chicago Sun-times

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