The Central District Department of Water Management, City of Chicago, and Chicago Safety Department started what is hopefully the first of a series of classes on Shoring Safety. The Shoring chosen by Chicago Water and Sewer Departments is a “PRO-TEC” Trench Shield. The ModSeries. Great start to avoid accidents and expensive lawsuits against Chicago Taxpayers. It was met with some moaning and groaning but was accepted after workers saw it was not to difficult to assemble. Mr. James LoVerde (A greatly respected Superintendent) said he wants to keep the system assembled and than dropped into the excavation to save time. (Brilliant) I am only concerned with assembly due to pinching hazards, I suggest leather gloves. In Chicago tradition, some parts turned up missing and the Adjustable spreaders would not work. However, it is a move in the right direction, and even though the company has no distribution stores in Chicago, this is a winner. I also suggest painting ugly colors to avoid theft in after market. Photo by Patrick McDonough. (Note the I.G. did not take my camera).
On May 9, 2006, Jesus Navarro a whistleblower in safety, harassment and racism in the Chicago Department of Water Management, suffered major trauma in a cave-in. Jesus is in Resurrection Medial Center with major hip surgery. Please send a card to Mr. Navarro at 7435 West Talcott. Again, there was no shoring in the ditch. Mr. Navarro will be out of work for a long time, he has a wife and children. He went into the ditch to avoid any more retaliation. Chicago Central District will have shoring classes Wednesday May 10, 2006. Please say prayers for Mr. Navarro, he will not have a check coming in for about two months. Note: Chicago Doctors said the best course of treatment would be to take pills, thank god Jesus checked with his own doctors. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
After a Safety Department meeting and seeing John D’Amico enter the Jardine Water Plant in Chicago, I saw a contractor I have researched parked out in front. One contract of this suburban company with Chicago stated the base contract is $50,000.00 up to $5,000,000.00, and not to exceed $20,000,000.00. Mayor Daley signs these contracts all the time. The real good contracts will be posted soon. And the alderman want a raise?
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Chicago Legendary Radio / TV Host / Producer / Actress / Voiceovers was at CAN-TV rehearsal with Sarah McDonough a famous actress. La Donna Tittle’s cooking show can be seen on Channel 19 in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. E-mail La Donna Tittle at: firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Patrick McDonough
Frank Coconate’s Hearing with the Chicago Department of Human Resources is almost at a standstill. It started in May of 2006 and will restart in the last week of July 2005. Jumpy the Kangaroo was there to explain to Mr. Coconate, ” If the fix ain’t in, you will go to Circuit Court”. Mayor Daley’s staff would not return calls. I asked how much this is costing taxpayers with a chicago commissioner (Murphy) in two days of testimony instead of cleaning out corruption? Chicago Department of Water Management should use resources better. Photo by the Chicago Mob.
On May 5, 2006, I was with Victor Crown as he picked up another batch of court ordered exculpatory evidence material affecting the Miriam Santos Case. We were at the Chicago Board (Bored) of Ethics building in Chicago. Why is Victor Crown so happy? I know Victor is the one person in the City of Chicago that can squeeze evidence from a rock. Victor Crown is assisting me in my case. Victor Crown is a friend of mine. I will give him a clout rating after he is done in Federal Court. Photo by Patrick McDonough
On May 4, 2006, after a long day in court, an exahsted Frank Avila had an interview with Telemundo. Lada Santodomingo wanted to know about the election results and what Frank Avila had in mind to correct the Ballot mess in Chicago. Frank Avila speaks fluent Spanish and is a great help to Chicago City Workers that have less than perfect language skills. (Frank Avila speaks many languages). Lada has much Clout in the Chicago Spanish Community. Lada Clout Rating: Yes, Got Clout. Photo by Patrick McDonough
Pictured is Frank Coconate, J. Terrence Brunner, and Frank Avila. Today was a long day for Chicago Department of Water Management Commissioner Brian Murphy. As I sum up the testimony, I attempt to take into account what is in the Chicago Taxpayer best interest. After reviewing the last two days testimony of Brian Murphy, I cannot see how this made the Department any better. I think this hearing just brought more attention to it, and provided more liability to the Chicago Taxpayer. This hearing is dragging on for months and months, which is not good for anyone. The two Chicago Lawyers (Kerry Jewell and Lee Ferron) were drinking bottled water and gave bottled water to Brian Murphy. Murphy’s assistant was in back with me drinking bottled Crystal Geyser. Dasani and Crystal Geyser were chosen. Patrick McDonough was drinking good old Chicago Tap Water as I did not want to get fired like a Miller truck driver drinking a budweiser!!! Photo by Patrick McDonough
At a fund raiser, Frank Avila and Alderman Burke were two magnets. Burke has done well with his wife’s promotion to a high ranking judge position. Fran Spielman (Chicago Sun-Times) wrote a story on May 3, 2006 that was really fair. I will say on the record, Burke is the best dressed man in Chicago. Alderman, please, how much money do you need? I am against double dipping. Alderman Burke: Clout and lots of it. Photo by Patrick McDonough