Mayor Daley parties in China, Chicago poor have water turned off!!!
While Mayor Daley enjoys parties and rubs elbows with billionaires in China, his poor residents do not have money to pay the water bills. The City of Chicago Department of Water Management has even put their plumbers into full duty turning the water off. Special crews were formed, including Investigators, to assist in shutting off water. Patrick McDonough, an employee of the Department of Water Management has felt the brunt of shutting off the water as young children will not have water to flush the toilet. "I am grateful to Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC Channel 7 News for making people aware of the suffering in the Westside and Southside of Chicago", said McDonough. Families suffering water shutoffs can e-mail us at Chicago Clout to get assistance, we will help five families. Mayor Daley needs to come to the Westside of Chicago to witness the large amount of "For Sale" signs and vacant houses in Chicago. Patrick McDonough.
'Water bills need to be paid' 10-DAY WARNINGS | 70% increase in unpaid bills has crews flooding the city to shut off BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org The Daley administration has tripled the number of crews assigned to shut off water to delinquent Chicago customers in response to a 70 percent increase in water scofflaws over the last year. Normally, the city has one shut-off crew in each of the city's three water districts. Together, they cut off the spigot to as many as 50 delinquent customers each day. Since late June, there have been as many as nine crews averaging 150 shutoffs each day. They slap a bright orange "Notice of Water Service Termination" sticker on the delinquent property, warning the scofflaw of the amount that must be paid -- either in full or after setting up a payment plan. If the account is not settled within 10 days of the posting, water service is shut off. Water Department spokesman Tom LaPorte said the crackdown was ordered in response to a 70 percent increase in delinquent water bills. He offered no estimate on the amount of money owed. "We know these are hard times with rising prices for food and gasoline, but water bills need to be paid," LaPorte said. "We are very sympathetic to our customers' situations and will work with them to resolve past-due bills." The crackdown on water scofflaws follows Daley's controversial proposal to get tough on parking ticket deadbeats by lowering the boot threshold from three unpaid tickets to two. Chicago aldermen reacted angrily to the boot crackdown at a time when their constituents are struggling with home foreclosures, layoffs, food and fuel prices. But, they understood the need for water shutoffs. "It is draconian. But, you can't say it's not fair because it's owed. People need to come in and work out payment arrangements before they get these shut-off notices," said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th). "I've got a problem with it, but I also belong to the legislative body. We can't possibly raise any more property taxes. And we're facing layoffs." Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) added, "We need folks to pay for water that they use. . . . But, it's a bad economy. We need to be sensitive to how we collect. If we have a good payment plan -- and it doesn't have to be the current one -- then we meet them half-way."