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March 31, 2007

Maine Township Republican Club and Patrice McDonough of Des Plaines 6th Ward

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The Maine Township Republican Club and Patrice McDonough, a Des Plaines 6th Ward Candidate for Alderman was invited to join this Suburban Political Powerhouse. Many of Des Plaines top candidates were invited to attend this event at the Heritage in Des Plaines. A question period followed. During the event a fire alarm went off and I still have a headache from the noise. The event was a great success. Patrice McDonough was invited to become a member. Remember you can become a member if you call, 1-847-296-1474. From the left pictured is Carolyn Simmons, Beth-Su Anderson, Andrei Nankervis, Kathernie Gans, Patrice McDonough, Cora Thompson, Mary Childers, and Irene Ruckoldt. The Maine Township Womens Republican Club was founded in 1944. Photo By Patrick McDonough.

March 30, 2007

Patrice McDonough Des Plaines 6th Ward with Commissioner and Sherry Avila

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Patrice McDonough, the next alderman of Des Plaines 6th Ward won another endorsement from Commissioner Frank Avila Sr. The Commissioner is the only person on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board that is a professional engineer. Patrice will work with Commissioner Avila to ensure the Des Plaines flooding issues are handled in the taxpayer's best interest. Commissioner Avila also was at Patrice McDonough's "Meet and Greet" to address any questions the residents might have on flooding issues. Host of the event was Frank Avila Jr. a famous Attorney. Patrice also won the coveted endorsement of The Illinois Committee for Honest Government and J. Terrence Brunner, the former leader of the Better Government Association. Des Plaines will have an Alderman with the experts to work through the flooding issues. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

March 29, 2007

Chicago Inspector General gets a Gold Star !!!

Please read this article by Gary Washburn: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070329bribes,1,4353997.story?coll=chi-news-hed We warned you a while ago about why Chicago does not promote honest employees. Most of the plum positions go to 11th Ward insiders that understands pay-to play. Mayor Daley should have flown in from his vacation to take responsibility. He is ducking out to avoid facing the music. Do not think this investigation is over, not by a long shot. Mayor Daley get back home and face the press. Patrick McDonough.

Chicago's sends your taxpayer money to the suburbs

Highway Safety Corp.jpg Please enjoy this picture of a sub-contractor of the City of Chicago. The company is Highway Safety Corp. They are located a 1756 Armitage Court Addison, Illinois. Hey Chicago Citizens, why do we keep hiring non-union companies that are not located in Chicago? Some of the guys working in the back of the barricade truck couldn't speak English and kept trying to unload more signs that were not needed. Chicago Taxpayers are paying for signs that are not used. We need a proper way to review what we are paying for, and pay these workers a union wage. P.S. Chicago spends millions on renting backhoes also. Why not buy? Photo by Patrick McDonough.

March 28, 2007

Chicago Clout Honors Firefighter William Grant

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William Grant served the citizens of City of Chicago with honor. I hope this picture says something to honor our lost hero. If you know of a fund to help his family please e-mail me. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

March 27, 2007

American Campaigns Chicago's Best Political Sign Company

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Many politicians need to know who to trust with getting the word out. You need someone with experience and can get the job done in a timely manner. I called around to many political printing companies, I asked Chicago political experts Frank Avila and Ivan Tomic what is the best of the best. I settled with my hard earned money and used American Campaigns a professional Union shop. I spoke with Tom Hendrix the Vice President, and he assured me the product will be professional and completed in a timely manner. The shop is located at 5333 West Lake Street Chicago, Illinois 60644 Phone 1-773-261-6800. If you want to win an election, you must make a professional appearance with all signs and posters. I learned today the company does mailings and other services. Click here for their website: http://www.electionhelp.net Picture of Tom Hendrix by Patrick McDonough.

March 24, 2007

More of Daley's Chicago Plumbers in Hot Water

Dear James Sullivan, Tom Durkin, and Tom McManus of Plumber's Local 130, please read this article, click here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/311107,CST-NWS-bribe24.article or this version, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0703240116mar24,1,3755966.story?coll=chi-newslocal-hed Well, I guess the crazy way things have been presented to you years ago are coming back to haunt you and our fine Chicago Union.
Every promotion at the City of Chicago was rigged for years and nothing was done. You allowed grievances against Chicago City workers to be tossed away. You allowed certain plumbing companies a pass on agreements. You allowed "Caulkers" to give orders to Licenced Plumbers. You allowed "Caulkers" promotions over Licenced Plumbers at the City of Chicago. Why did you allow favored "Caulkers" to obtain Plumber's Licences at phony Licence tests. Plumber's Local 130 lost the right to administer tests for years and still forgot why. You promoted Plumbers too crippled to make an actual inspection. It is time for Plumber's Local 130 to answer some questions to Patrick Fitzgerald. Remember Local 130 a "stack" ain't worth the time. Gee, did we tell you about this story a while ago? Yes. Hint on more busts in route, TAP, TAP, TAP, I am not talking about dancing. Patrick McDonough.

Commissioner Peraica Endorses Patrice McDonough

Commissioner Peraica Endorsement.jpg Patrice McDonough, the next 6th Ward Alderman in Des Plaines, Illinois, won the coveted endorsement from Commissioner Anthony J. Peraica today. Commissioner Peraica attended the "Des Plaines 6th Ward Meet and Greet". I hope all of you will be ready to hear all about the upcoming corruption investigations soon to make the major Chicago Newspapers Headlines, thank you for your continued honesty Mr. Peraica. Commissioner Peraica had run a incredible campaign for Cook County President. In excess of 150 people attended the event, the first of it's kind in Des Plaines. The "Meet and Greet" was very well stocked with music, food, professional sound system, and refreshments. A real class act. The outgoing Alderman was seen driving around the event said a Des Plaines Firemen. Everyone had a chance to address the audience. The Event was hosted by Frank Avila, a famous attorney and friend. Patrice also was endorsed by the Illinois Committee for Honest Government, the Aviation Integrity Project, Terrence Brunner, the former head of the Better Government Association. Bryan Doyle was on hand to explain the issues affecting Des Plaines and the O'Hare Airport Expansion Project. Patrice McDonough also won the endorsement from Commissioner Frank Avila Sr. from the Water Reclamation Board. Nice going Patrice McDonough. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

City of Chicago Shakman Settlement Attorney

Dear City of Chicago employees, many of us have worked very hard to expose the corruption we worked with for years. As many of you know, money has been put aside to remedy the practices of many departments. I am happy to report, one of the top law firms will review your case and assist you in preparation of your paperwork. If you have lost promotions, overtime, and been transferred as part of Shakman Violations, I suggest you contact http://www.loevy.com/ Remember, if you think you will file some papers and get a fair amount, you are wrong. Lawyers talk to Lawyers. One of the Attorneys at the firm is Jon Roseblatt, he is one of my lawyers. Feel free to contact me and I will help you. For more detailed information on Shakman Decree updates click here: http://www.shakmanmonitor.com/ Patrick McDonough.

March 22, 2007

HDO's Al Sanchez Indicted today.

I wish to congratulate Frank Avila Jr. in what might become the final blow ending a ten year war. See channel 2 video, click here: http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_081142205.html Frank Avila Jr. a well known Chicago Attorney also got into physical confrontations with Al and company and won court cases against these gang-bangers and political thugs. Simply stated, the HDO boys wanted all the overtime, all the promotions, all the jobs, again and again. Working in the Chicago Department of Water Management, I saw what was going on for years, filed grievances, and nothing was done. Mayor and John Daley figure into this group with no doubt in my mind at all. Frank Coconate was a victim of these power-brokers. Well every dog gets his day and I suspect if Al has any common sense he will cut a deal quick and give up the Daley Family Clan. I want to give a complement to Ron Huberman's office on resolving a minor problem today and insisting the Central District yard continues receiving a much needed face lift. I hope all the Cable Access Shows helped the Feds as we brought out lots of information. Today I was at the Chicago Police headquarters in Chicago and wish to thank them for the wonderful experience. Patrick McDonough.

March 21, 2007

Can-TV Show Dates For Pat Dowell

Thank you Can-TV for putting the Election 2007 show on the air in record time. Please watch Election 2007: Pat Dowell for 3rd Ward Can-TV Channel 19 March 31, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. and April 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Also, please oppose HB 1500. This bill is attempting to stop these public access shows. Unless you want to see incumbents with pre canned questions, call your politician now. More on this issue at: http://www.keepusconnected.org Show hosted by Frank Avila, technical staff, Tony Joyce, Randall Sherman, Bill Godomski, and produced by Patrick McDonough.

March 20, 2007

Pat Dowell in the Studio Tonight

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Special thanks to Pat Dowell for her long wait tonight. Pat is a very intelligent candidate for 3rd ward Alderman in Chicago's Election Runoff April 17, 2007. Please see Pat's website, click here: http://www.dowellfor3rdward.com/ She is well educated and a credit to all that work hard. Pat is pictured with Frank Avila, the host of our show. We will have Pat's show on CAN-TV soon. Pat is endorsed by Illinois Committee for Honest Government. Pat Dowell is a class act. Thanks to Tony Joyce and Randall Sherman. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

Naisy Dolar cool under pressure today!

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Today the Chicago Sun-Times had an article about some knucklehead that decided to bust up Bernie Stone's Headquarters and write some anti-Semitic slurs. I think Bernie Stone has some paint on his hands with this latest stunt. Read here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/304558,CST-NWS-stone20.article Also on page 12 of the paper, a picture was again manipulated to make the picture of Mayor Daley appear to be taller than Bernie Stone. Chicago Media has used every camera trick to hide Mayor Daley is very short, like a leprechaun. Unless you are blind you will see everything in the background is at an impossible angle. It is o.k. to be short, tall, fat, skinny, ect. Deal with it. Today Naisy's staff contacted me for a show today to address this and other issues in the 50th ward. Naisy showed up in the studio on time with her staff and we all waited for the host which ended up caught up in court. After a day like Naisy Dolar had today, she showed she is cool under pressure and has the leadership skills to take reins in the 50th ward. Sorry about tonight Naisy, we will reschedule. Bernie, during a contested election like yours, I really doubt anyone messed up your election headquarters but you. Photo by Patrick McDonough

March 17, 2007

Chicago's Saint Patrick's Day Twins 2007

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I really enjoy this picture of Chicago's next generation of Plumbers. I hope these children understand to go through the entire five year apprentice program and become licenced and competent. Happy Saint Patrick's Day Chicago. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

Chicago's Saint Patrick's Day 2007

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I look forward to Saint Patrick's Day and enjoyed the day with my twin sons. We spent the day downtown Chicago and had lots of fun. We marched with Plumber's Local 130 as we have for two decades. My two leprechauns had a very nice day. Also Sarah, my Illinois Saint Patrick Day Queen was on Chicago's ABC Channel 7 during the Parade. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

March 14, 2007

Mayor Daley's Building Department under Federal Watch

Please read: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070313inspector,1,3420565.story?track=rss If you are a regular at Chicago Clout, you will not have been surprised the F.B.I. was at 120 North Racine. The regular reader knows I have told you about the Construction street tax. This is one of the versions, you call for a permit on a multiple unit building and request a permit for two units. The permit is for drywall and doors. However, the entire building is rehabbed from the basement to the top floor. All you need is a inspector or two, and willing supervisors. Problem is the big shots are still getting a pass. A limited permit can make a contractor millions extra. I was surprised the F.B.I. was working with the I.G., that was withheld from me as I am not yet impressed with the New I.G. Did you know the Chicago Plumbers are involved? Well any contractor in Chicago knows a donation the the local Alderman helps with inspections, we printed that here a long time ago. Patrick McDonough

March 13, 2007

More Cover-ups at Chicago Department of Water Management

Must Read : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070312munoz,1,2597241.story?coll=chi-newslocal-hed Make sure you read this article that is the tip of the iceberg into a ongoing investigation. Also mentioned is yours truly, Patrick McDonough. Special thanks to the many staff writers at the Chicago Tribune, and especially Gary Washburn. The corruption is so ingrained at the Chicago Department of Water Management, they just keep doing the same dumb stuff. Much more to this story. The Chicago Inspector General dropped the ball on this one. Patrick McDonough.

March 7, 2007

Chicago Department of Water Management Payroll Problem

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Enjoy this picture taken very late at night on the South Side of Chicago. Chicago Department of Water Management employees worked around the clock to make sure vital city services were supplied. This picture reminded me of a scene from "Escape from New York". That night was brutally cold but Chicago's Union Employees worked throughout the night. The acting foreman on the job that night was Nate Foggs, a licenced plumber. I shot this picture with no flash. Today was a bad day as many of the workers that braved this bitter cold did not receive the proper overtime two pay periods running. Some men like Robert Woodridge, a Reverend, was very upset. My pay was short but not too bad, they watch me pretty close. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

March 5, 2007

Are elections fair and square in Chicago?

Please watch this video: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=investigative&id=5094866 Well, are they?

March 3, 2007

Chicago Department of Water Management Serves the Public

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Archie High shows respect for our Chicago elderly citizens. I am glad to see such compassion still exists. Do you think Archie will ever get an award or a thank you for such a honorable act? Archie has worked for the City of Chicago for over thirty years and was never promoted. On another note: three of Mayor Daley's HDO members, that got city jobs, are suing Chicago. Those HDO guys sure catch on quick, don't they? Photo by Patrick McDonough.

Chicago City Workers-Chicago City Heroes

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During this brutal freeze, many of Chicago's citizens had no water. Still many people have no water due to rich landlords that forget to make sure their tenants have working plumbing. Some landlords have no heat in the basement and than the pipes froze. While taking a break from thawing frozen pipes in a medical center, three Chicago employees took the time to help a man get his wheelchair over the curb. Than Archie High shoveled the walk so the man could attend to his personal business at the Doctor's office. All three Chicago City Workers are heroes and an example of what Chicago will miss when services are privatized. Photo by Patrick McDonough.