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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Illinois Alarm awarded huge contract by District 89

Bill Dwyer filed a FOIA request and discovered the details of Illinois Alarm's contracts with District 89 (Maywood & Melrose Park elementary schools). Illinois Alarm is the business owned by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.

Bill Dwyer (Forest Park Review):
Then there are the contracts that Tony Calderone has inked with governmental bodies the past few years. He insists he has no political connections with Melrose Park, but the $824,000 contract his Illinois Alarm firm inked with the District 89 school district, headquartered in Melrose Park, suggests different. Signed by Calderone the day after Christmas, it pays his company nearly $660,000 for installing security equipment in 13 district buildings, as well as nearly $160,000 in monthly fees over the next three years.

I haven't received anything yet from a May 10 FOIA with Melrose Park regarding Illinois Alarm, but I'm patient. I won't even get grumpy if I have to contact the Illinois Attorney General's office for help.

I remain curious about the bid process. How many bids did District 89 get for this job?

I look forward to the Forest Park Review doing a full news story on Illinois Alarm's dealings with District 89.
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  • In the Wikipedia entry I noticed Sweden was the first country thought to have something like a Freedom of Information Act law.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 7:21 AM, May 30, 2007  

  • Nice of you and Dwyer (aka Mr. Openminded aka I know everything but volunteer to do.....? Mr. Stand @ the side and throw darts while OTHERS do and try) to assume that this is political. Why would you post this and Dwyer write this when you (both)clearly do NOT have all the information required? Do you get a kick out of acting like spoiled children that didn't get their way? Don't get me wrong, if it was political then I would be severely disappointed, but you don't KNOW! You two are nothing more than b.s. artists and rumor mongers. Try to progress beyond the age of 12, you'll find it quite refreshing.

    By Anonymous qantas, at 10:03 PM, June 04, 2007  

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