The week got off to a great start when many City of Chicago Department of Water Management employees reported back into the yards to swipe in and swipe out with hand imaging. Many well connected employees were calling the finance department and requesting a bypass of the hand swiping machines and use the kronos system that only requires a swipe with an I.D. This swipe system has cost the Chicago Taxpayers billions of dollars over the years. One of the employees said “things will go back pretty soon”. I know this pattern has happened many times; millions in consulting fees and management contract scams have done nothing to stop this craziness. In the past many non-connected employees were punished and some terminated for this exact infraction. A second gold star for the Department, I have noticed a typed and permanent looking overtime list for the Plumbers and Caulkers for the Department of Water Management. It is a great start to protecting the fraud that continues in the department. If the Chicago Plumber’s Union got off their fat ass and did what they were paid to do, the Plumbers and Caulkers would get a proper list like the Laborers Union. Making progress is like pulling teeth in the Water Department. Some employees continue to report overtime discrepancies despite the Shakman Decree. Just yesterday, I was involved in a propane explosion that put me into a Chicago Fire Department Ambulance and then Resurrection Hospital emergency room. I am grateful to everyone for their professionalism, accidents are no fun. My face and hands are burned and I lost all much facial hair. I lost one half an inch of hair off my forehead, but it should all grow back. Ouch. I am glad steps are being taken to get face shields and proper safety items for this dangerous work. Thank to all my fellow Plumbers and Caulkers for your kind words and safety suggestions. I have pictures I am posting so remember to request safety items and live!
President Terrence J. O’Brien is giving Chicago and Cook County Voters a reason to smile in 2010. Terrence is stepping up to the plate to take over troubled Cook County Government and get our county headed in the right direction. Mr. O’Brien has quietly and efficiently steered the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in the right direction. In fact, I can say his leadership has kept his employees on task and out of the limelight. That is the kind of leadership I was referring to when I wrote, “Now is time for great leaders to step up and get the United States of America turned around”. On a personal note, I am glad President O’Brien agreed to the hot seat on “Chicago Clout” our Can-Tv, youtube, motionbox, and internet show. The show taped this afternoon. Terrence J. O’Brien’s staff was courteous and professional throughout the entire set-up through execution of the show. The level of follow up and preparation to detail sold me on the competence and leadership he will provide us as Cook County Board President. There was no asking twice to take a picture with President Terrence J. O’Brien. Photo by Patrick McDonough If you wish to join the O’Brien for Cook County Board President campaign, please click here..http://www.obrienforcookcounty.com/index.html
2009 was not a good vintage for the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago is in turmoil and things might get much worse. On this website, I blame Mayor Daley for many of Chicago's troubles. I will ask many of you to take a good long look at yourself and then decide who the real culprit is. Chicago could be considered a small country by many standards. Too much control has been given to too few, and the results have been disastrous. We need new leadership in Chicagoland. Chicago Clout will continue to help as many as possible, we will work much smarter in 2010. Please run for office if you have solutions, we will give a voice to anyone willing to step forward. The candidate's opinions are different than mine; the city workers voices are different than mine. We have had many high profile candidates and elected officials over the years on our public access show and internet. Please make sure you call Chicago Media outlets his year and tell them your story. Be organized and brief. Remember, if your story is not heard right away, it might be heard later. Everyone is needed to fix our City and our country, but you need to challenge those that use elected positions to reap a financial harvest and pilfer for personal gain. Time to work anew, Patrick McDonough.