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September 30, 2008

Alderman Manuel Flores and Michael McGann at Chicago City Hall Green Roof

City Hall Green Roof 1.jpg September 19, 2008. When Alderman Manuel Flores shows off the City of Chicago to famous Japanese HOSEI University professors, he made sure he invited Michael McGann to explain various technical green issues. Alderman Flores spoke on many topics and impressed the professors with his expertise on many subjects including items that will assist the professors starting a new Green Environmental Management Department at the University. Michael McGann a Plumbing Inspector, spoke to the group about protection of our potable water supply, water distribution systems, health and safety issues in the plumbing industry, and Plumbing Inspectors responsibilities. Mr. McGann spoke about the Jardine Purification, Stickney Sewage Plant, the T.A.R.P. system, combined sewer systems, green water efficiency, the U.S. Green Building Council and Leed certification. The tour of the Green Roof on top of Chicago City hall was a success. Michael McGann took a vacation day and deserves praise for a job well done. Tomorrow, Mr. McGann is scheduled to become an acting Plumbing Inspector-in-charge, based on the Shakman terms and Local 130 collective bargaining agreement. I hope the City of Chicago Plumbing Division does the right thing and will allow Mr. McGann his fair turn. I little bird told me some political back fighting might stop his turn. I hope that is not the case. The Plumbing Inspectors need professional supervision to avoid more scrutiny with ongoing Federal investigations. I think the taxpayers have had enough. Photo edited by Patrick McDonough

September 29, 2008

Negroes Starve in Chicago, Mayor Daley vacations in Russia

Chicago Homeless.jpg You can knock Mayor Richard and Maggie Daley for never being at work helping the citizens in times of crisis, but what is the point. This lazy Negro was sleeping in an alley and forgot to board the plane with the famous couple. Many people are losing their homes, and Mayor Daley takes vacation after vacation. Sneed is very close to the Daley family and provides snippets of planted information for the public to gobble up and enjoy. The Pritizkers are going to pick up the tab again. Someone tell Mayor Daley to stop being a sponge and pay his own way. It's hush-hush, but Sneed hears Mayor Daley and wife, Maggie, are heading into Russian territory on a vacation next week. • • Translation: Word is Chicago's first couple will be traveling to the Black Sea, which is bordered by the Republic of Georgia -- whose invasion was ordered by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The Daleys will be accompanied on their week-long trip by one of the city's premier philanthropists, Cindy Pritzker. Cindy Pritzker is the spitting image of Maggie Daley and they could pass for sisters. I hope you know me and my friend pictured will stay in Chicago for a good night's sleep. Photo by Patrick McDonough

September 28, 2008

Chicago Politics at the National Level heats up

September 25, 2008

William "Bill" Daley Video Chicago Obama outfit and clout connections

Cook County Award Money.pdf Enjoy the Cook County Award List. See how much money Cook County employees got for the settlement.

September 24, 2008

Welcome to Chicago Water main starts to swallow a car in Chicago

LAWRENCE.AND.WESTERN003.jpg Car damaged by hole created by water main break September 23, 2008 A car was damaged after partially falling into a hole created by a water main break in the North Side Albany Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. City Department of Water Management spokesman Tom LaPorte said crews remain on the scene as of 5:45 p.m. repairing the damage near the intersection of Lawrence and Western avenues, where an 8-inch water main broke earlier Tuesday afternoon. "When the main broke, the water undermined the pavement and soil and created a hole," LaPorte said. There was a car parked near the hole and it partially fell into the hole. How badly the car was damaged was unknown, because it had already been towed away before city crews arrived, he said. Traffic was slowed but not stopped in the area late Tuesday afternoon, LaPorte said, and no water customers were affected by the break. He had no time estimate for the repairs. Thank God Patrick McDonough was there to shut of the water main. Nice job boss! Photo by Patrick McDonough

John Kass dials in Mayor Daley on Chicago Clout and Corruption

Daley is nuts.jpg Also make sure you see the video from Fox News on Donald Tomczak http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=8906B9F9E02063C31B1D5D1A8A2C0FA0?contentId=7455019&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1 Mayor Daley vacations all year and he is still under stress. chicagotribune.com McCain ad sends Daley into a gear-grinding frenzy John Kass September 24, 2008 All it took was one TV ad by Republican Sen. John McCain daring to mention the Chicago Democratic Machine--the machine we're told does not exist--to unleash Mayor Chucky. "If people start throwing dirt and mud--remember it comes back and hits you right in the face," said Mayor Richard Daley, snarling, pointing his finger on Tuesday, positively chuckified. "I think, to put my brother Bill in there--they want to put me in there, fine, they put me in there all the time anyway," he said. The McCain ad did not put him in there. But it put brother Billy in there as a lobbyist, and the mayor kept repeating "He's not a lobbyist! He's not a lobbyist! He's never been a lobbyist," even though Bill Daley was no mere lobbyist. Billy was a lobbyist's lobbyist. And when he became U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton, Bill Daley traveled to Prague to teach American companies there how not to get themselves shaken down by local political bosses. I'm not kidding. Now he wants to be the next governor. Others mentioned in the ad were Obama's real estate fairy, the convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko; outgoing state Senate President Emil Jones (D-ComEd); and Gov. Rod "The Unreformer" Blagojevich. Each was trotted out as a component of the Chicago Democratic Machine backing the machine's own self-professed reformer, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Rezko/Daley). Obama wasn't born of the machine, as the McCain ad states. He didn't sprout fully formed from the mayoral forehead. But the former independent wised up to the Chicago Way, endorsed machine stooges and was warmed by Daley's embrace. Daley's own brilliant spokesman, David Axelrod, the Karl Rove of the Left, began to shape Obama as a reformer. Obama repaid them by keeping his mouth shut on corruption. His stupendous silence has allowed McCain to outflank him on the reform/"change" issue. Despite the great umbrage taken by Daley and my own paper's editorial board, which complained the McCain commercial engaged in "guilt by association," the ad was supremely effective and spot-on. Actually, it didn't go far enough. McCain should have also mentioned the Illinois Republican bosses who dealt with Rezko in the state pension fund investment scandal, the same GOP heavyweights accused by witnesses of trying to use their White House influence to remove U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald. Yet now that Daley has invited McCain to make other ads featuring him, consider the possibilities: How about Obama, standing silently as the mayor's white friends with Outfit connections, the Duffs, reaped $100 million in city affirmative action contracts even though the mayor knew his drinking buddies weren't black or female. Then Obama endorses Daley in the name of reform. Or how about a little Daley and a little Obama, as happy kindergartners playing in a sandbox with trucks from the $40 million City Hall Hired Truck scandal? Or how about a President Obama dealing with a tricky foreign policy/Chicago corruption issue? This one involves the fugitive drug dealer and self-confessed Daley administration briber Marco Morales, still fighting extradition to the U.S. from the comfy warden's office in his Mexican prison. On the day he fled Chicago--avoiding testifying to a federal grand jury about the bribes he paid at City Hall for contracts--Marco's son began mysteriously receiving $40 million in Daley administration business. Again, I'm not kidding. "People love money," Daley said Tuesday. "Some love sex. Some love drugs. Some love power. It's human frailties. You don't have to bring individuals down when you're running for the highest office in the United States." Daley was so upset about Billy that he talked about McCain's involvement with the Keating 5, the scandal in which McCain was reprimanded by the Senate for his ties to the sleazy savings and loan king Charles Keating, along with four Democratic senators. The public dishonor changed something in McCain. He began railing against the corrupting influence of money in politics and began publicly embarrassing Democrats and his fellow Republicans, about their political pork-barrel deals like that bridge to nowhere. Perhaps, he'll accept Daley's challenge, and the mayor will continue to publicly deny that there is a Chicago machine, deny, deny, deny, even though the Daley underlings who helped build his machine and those giant patronage armies languish in the federal pen. "You want to get tough in politics, I can get tough in politics as anyone else," Daley said. "When you start throwing mud, mud is going to be thrown at you and it's going to be sticky." It's frightening to think of an angry Daley, doing a full Mayor Chucky, lips curled in rage, scooping up some mud balls because he doesn't like a campaign commercial. But just wait. If his guy becomes president, he'll be throwing his influence around the White House. And that might be even scarier. jskass@tribune.com Copyright © 2008, Chicago Tribune

Chicago Mob and Daley goons exposed by McCain Ad.

WilliamDaley 1.jpg I will try to get a link on the McCain ad showing Chicago's Politicial Bosses later. Please enjoy this picture of William "Bill" Daley. Photo improved by Patrick McDonough.

September 18, 2008

Donald Tomczak Video Deposition on McDonough vs. City of Chicago

Dane Placo rocked on this video starring Frank Avila, Patrick Collins, Donald Tomczak and special star Patrick McDonough. As the saying goes... Herein lies the truth... http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=CD9A61A48A7BFB367AE0FFE7EF4DF30E?contentId=7455019&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1 Click on the link and enjoy. Patrick McDonough. Thank you Fox News Chicago.

September 12, 2008

Book on Chicago Clout "It Happened four years ago"

Book on Chicago Clout.jpg I teach my children to read books, lots of books. The book I last enjoyed was from a friend of mine that has followed the Hired Truck Program, Peter Zelchenko. When I was trying to expose the climate of corruption in the Daley Administration, I was in the fight of my life. Peter wrote a book about the way elections are won and lost in Chicago. As I read the book, I ran across names that are current and former employees at the Department of Water Management. Since I am in a lawsuit against the City of Chicago, I cannot be too specific; however I am going to reveal some new information that really helped me fill in the blanks. One person was Lester Cioch, an assistant superintendent at the Department of Water Management, which got fired after he was getting signatures for Mayor Daley on the clock. A Whistleblower turned him in, that was not a good time to circulate petitions. In the book was also a Chicago Department of Water Management Foreman that got the slip on 'Hired Truck Program" theft charges, this was before the Chicago Sun-Times cranked out their greatest story ever. We will get into this more in court. The book is a must read with those that have a basic concept of the election process, and those who thought they do! Make sure you read this book before our upcoming trial, we want informed observers. It is a shame, our American troops die in other countries, and we take the most fundament right away from our neighbors, the vote! You can buy this book here: click http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=096774895X or you can get a signed copy by calling Peter Zelchenko at 312-733-2473 Photo by Patrick McDonough Chicago employee charged for political work By Dan Mihalopoulos Tribune staff reporter February 14, 2007, 8:55 PM CST A city supervisor rushing to collect nominating signatures for Mayor Richard Daley's re-election campaign badgered underlings to sign the mayor's petitions as they reported for work, authorities alleged Wednesday. Lester Cioch, a Water Management Department supervisor, was charged with violating state and city ethics laws that prohibit public employees from doing political work while on the clock. The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum penalty of 1 year in prison, authorities said. The charges should serve as a warning to other city workers in the run-up to the Feb. 27 election, said the city's inspector general, David Hoffman. "While city workers are at work, they are being paid to work for the taxpayers, not a candidate," said Hoffman, whose office led the investigation. The Daley administration has moved to fire Cioch, an 11-year city employee who was an assistant foreman of sewer cleaning. Reached at home, Cioch declined to comment. As a precinct captain for the 32nd Ward Democratic Organization, Cioch was asked to circulate nominating petitions for the mayor. Cioch allegedly told investigators he only had two days to gather the signatures. Hoffman said Cioch admitted gathering 40 signatures from employees while at work on Dec. 6 at a Water Management Department facility at 3901 S. Ashland Ave. Seven workers told inspector general's investigators that Cioch solicited their support for Daley as they were clocking in for work or in the parking lot of the facility, authorities said. In an interview, city worker Ronald Bedenfield said Cioch asked him to sign the petitions at work, but Bedenfield said he declined. "Back in the day, everybody used to do it," Bedenfield told the Tribune. "Times have changed. He took a chance and got caught." The Daley campaign did not submit the signatures collected by Cioch to election officials. Hoffman's lead inspector on the case suggested the campaign learned about the problem in the days before the petitions were due. Investigators interviewed the mayor's campaign manager, Terry Peterson, on Dec. 29, and he told them that Cioch's signatures had been thrown out. A spokeswoman for the campaign declined to comment Wednesday. Cioch previously worked for the 1st Ward Democrats, who sponsored him for a city job in the 1990s, according to a clout list entered as evidence in the trial of Robert Sorich, who was convicted on corruption charges stemming from a scheme to rig hiring for city jobs. He joined the 32nd Ward Democrats three years ago and recently campaigned for Ald. Theodore Matlak (32nd), who is running for re-election. "When investigators began asking questions, we were fully cooperative," said Matlak's campaign manager, Mike Moffo. "Because questions were being raised, he ceased doing work." Matlak challenger Scott Waguespack seized on the charges to criticize the incumbent, saying the Cioch case indicates that "clout is alive and well in the 32nd Ward." Tribune staff reporters Todd Lighty and Ray Quintanilla contributed to this report. February 16, 2007 BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Staff Reporter Aides to Mayor Daley emphasized this week that the nominating petitions allegedly circulated by city sewer supervisor Lester Cioch while on the clock were not used by Daley's re-election campaign to get the mayor's name on this month's ballot. But the mayor's re-election team had no problem using eight pages of nominating petitions Cioch turned in four years ago -- during Daley's last run for mayor, records show. Those wanting to run for mayor must have nominating petitions signed by at least 12,500 registered voters. Signature count way down Last time around -- before a federal corruption investigation ensnared the mayor's former patronage chief and 41 others -- the mayor filed 140,000 signatures on 5,884 pages. This time around, Daley required circulators to sign a pledge that they were not being coerced to do the work with promises of a city job or a promotion. Many formerly loyal petition circulators balked, and the mayor turned in only 29,000 signatures. But Cioch, according to charges announced Wednesday by city Inspector General David Hoffman, did not follow the rules barring political work on city time. Asked to comment on the fact that the campaign used Cioch's petitions four years ago, Daley's campaign bounced the question to the mayor's City Hall press office, which then bounced it back to the campaign office. Daley's campaign manager Terry Peterson said he was not the campaign manager four years ago and isn't sure Cioch even turned in petitions this time around. "I can't say he even turned them in," Peterson said. "I never met the man." Contributing: Tim Novak Acquitted city supervisor resigns Tribune staff report September 8, 2007 CHICAGO - A city supervisor accused of working for Mayor Richard Daley's re-election campaign on city time resigned last month from his $85,176-a-year job. Lester Cioch, an assistant foreman of sewer cleaning and a precinct captain for the 32nd Ward Democratic Organization, had faced both criminal charges and internal personnel charges for passing Daley's nominating petitions on city time shortly before the February municipal election. A Cook County judge in April found Cioch not guilty of misdemeanor charges of violating state and city ethics laws that prohibit public employees from doing political work while on the clock. The judge questioned whether state law applied to city workers and the case was hurt because prosecutors could not produce as evidence the petitions circulated by Cioch. Daley's campaign had thrown out the petitions and said they were never submitted to election officials. Still, city Inspector General David Hoffman recommended Cioch be fired for violating city policy forbidding campaigning on city time. City making an example of sewer boss: Charged with passing Daley Chicago Sun-Times, Feb 15, 2007 by Fran Spielman This is what it has come down to, now that Mayor Daley's former patronage chief has been convicted of rigging city hiring and promotions to benefit pro-Daley political workers. A $39.65-an-hour assistant foreman of sewers asks 40 of his Water Management Department co-workers at 39th and Ashland to sign Daley's nominating petitions in December -- signatures that were never even filed -- and officials throw the book at him. The 63-year-old worker is not only arrested on the job in front of the very co-workers who turned him in. He faces termination proceedings after being charged in a criminal complaint announced by the city's inspector general at a press conference attended by the mayor's chief of staff. Lester Cioch -- a precinct captain in the 32nd Ward Regular Democratic Organization once run by political powerhouse Dan Rostenkowski and former Ald. Terry Gabinski (32nd) -- is charged with the misdemeanor crime of violating state and municipal ethics laws prohibiting political activity on city time. 'MULTIPLE' COMPLAINTS To say Inspector General David Hoffman is trying to make an example of Cioch to show that it's a new day at City Hall is an understatement. "We think it's stop-the-presses material. . . . The fact that it's one person . . . doesn't mitigate the strength of the message," Hoffman said.

September 9, 2008

"Who Got that Bribe" continues

portage park fire.jpg Vital Rehabilitation Clinic, 5820 W. Irving Park Rd., in Chicago just had a nasty fire that made all the news stations. Alderman Tom Allen also made the scene. I hope when major renovations like this happen in Chicago the Inspectors make sure everything is up to snuff. Taking a few hundred dollars shortchanges the lives of many. I find it hard to believe a building this size has a small water service under one inch and no sprinkler system. Chicago alderman should make sure sprinklers are the rule, not the exception. A Chicago firefighter got hurt in the blaze. Let's make sure rehab work in Chicago is done right. Photo by Patrick McDonough http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-clinic-fire_bothsep06,0,2915115.story A rehabilitation clinic was destroyed by an extra-alarm fire Friday in the Portage Park neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side, officials said. The cause of the fire was not known as of late Friday, said Fire Department Cmdr. Will Knight. The blaze started about 8:30 a.m. in the one-story Vital Rehabilitation Clinic, 5820 W. Irving Park Rd., and because of the heavy smoke, authorities had to evacuate homes east of the building. A firefighter suffered a slight injury to his neck, but no other injuries were reported

Alderman "Yasah Mr. Daley" Allen's building violations

Tom Allen 38th Ward.jpg Alderman Allen is supposed to watch out for his ward. Alderman Allen's neighbor has a project in the building he shares with a tenant right next door. As you can see by this picture a massive dumpster is parked right in front of the building. Before any work starts a permit is to be clearly displayed in the front window. I spoke with two of Alderman's staff, Peggy and Rita. I asked what was going and they knew nothing. They assured me they are going to report this activity to the Building Department. I think Alderman Allen make sure the building had a permit as this brings in income to the city. Tom Allen might have turned a blind eye on this project for one reason or another. Tom, please, if you see a dumpster as big as a truck in the front of your building, check for a permit, the city is broke. Do you know who owns this building? The address is 5817 and 5821 West Irving Park Road in Chicago. Photo by Patrick McDonough

September 8, 2008

The Chicago Police find a dead body

Chicago Police and a dead body.jpg Please say a prayer for the dead man on the left of the picture. Chicago Police deal with this all the time, the least we can do is honoring them with a contract. Mayor Daley has failed to keep drugs off the street. People are found on the streets all the time dead. Daley and the boys will make sure this guy votes for Obama in the next election! This man has rigor mortis set in; he has been dead for at least two hours. Tell your kids to stay off drugs and do the right thing. I still say Mayor Daley should drug test each and every Chicago City employee. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

Chicago Clout starts new game "Who got the bribe?"

Chicago Clout 1.jpg Thank you everyone for our new game show "Who got that bribe?" Say it louder "WHO GOT THAT BRIBE?" Let me explain to you how the game works. Contractors take short cuts to save money. The unsuspecting homeowner has no clue until later. I will give you a real money saver for contractors, instead of a brand new water service from the water main to the brand new piping at the meter in the house; the contractor gives a bribe to the Plumbing Inspector. The Plumbing Inspector gives a cut to his boss, and up the chain we go! A contractor saves tens of thousands by not putting new pipe in and the homeowner has no clue! You can put a phony piece of copper in near the foundation and cover it up, or put a new copper service in from just past the round way (shut off valve) in the parkway. I hope the Plumbing Inspector that inspected this home goes back to make things right, I would hate to see someone go to jail over this! Remember the old saying; do onto others as you wish them to do onto you! Photo by Patrick McDonough. Note: part of the photo is edited out until later.

September 5, 2008

Asplundh Tree Expert Company take Chicago City Workers Jobs

Asplundh Tree Expert Company.jpg Today at Hubbard and Elizabeth, a suburban contractor takes work from the Chicago City Worker. The contractor is from Bourbonnais, Illinois, what ward is that Daley? Mayor Daley, I know you need to raise money for Barack Obama, I know the Chicago City Worker are not kicking in for the phony tickets and cash shakedowns like your good old days, but this is a joke. The Bureau of Forestry has cheated City workers out of overtime this last storm because you said the City is 420 plus million in the hole and you put a private contractor on the taxpayer's payroll? Who is going to get a little something for that arrangement? It seems to me Chicago City workers get the shaft again. This company had an army of dudes servicing the near north side of Chicago; I hope Daley does not send these guys into the rough neighborhoods like the Chicago City Worker! The guy in this truck was resting, thank God he is not a City worker with the I.G. following. Photo by Patrick McDonough

Chicago City Workers get the job done at Streets and Sanitation

Chicago Bureau of Forestry.jpg Picture take September 4, 2008. I hope you are aware the City of Chicago has a hardworking bunch of workers at the Bureau of Forestry. Thaw last storm we had taxed these workers to the limit. I was surprised that wards like Patrick "Phat" Levar's in the 45th were left in disarray. Stumps and branches left all over the parkways and streets left his constituents very upset. His taxpaying public asked me what I could do, I told them to dial 311. I did not tell them about the way Mayor Daley and his friends really give services. First the Mayor takes care of his friends and wealthy neighbors, than the Commissioner's Specials are next, then the Aldermanic requests, and Specials. I really feel sorry for the taxpayers of Chicago, we think we are all going to get services in the order they were called in. Remember, there is a pecking order, I would expect that from Republicans, but not Democrats. Workers told me they were not afforded overtime because the City of Chicago is broke. I am concerned leaving the public way in such poor condition, but that is me! Thanks for the hard work Bureau of Forestry. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

September 4, 2008

Kids laugh at Mayor Daley's traffic cameras Red light cameras

ChicagoTrafficCameras.jpg Not everyone is happy with Mayor Daley's new tax generator, the Traffic camera. I have always been worried this visual pollution would become a road hazard. This camera toppled right where the drivers head would have hit the windshield. Not good. The kids pictured here were laughing hysterically. I pray for the driver. Well Chicago is broke and we need all the income we can get, so damned be everyone. I do not like traffic cameras in Chicago because they make drivers paranoid, they cause re-end collisions. This drivers attempt to remove the camera was not the way to do it. Vote out Daley and these lousy cameras. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

September 3, 2008

Time to watch the pond scum grow, Chicago Pension worries increase.

Chicago and State employees have a fair and decent pension. It could be better, but look at the corruption. We have been advised by several sources including the unions, Mayor Daley and many of his political goons are attempting to have a revision to Article XIII (13) Section 5 Pension and Retirement Rights. They want to remove the following "Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, or any unit of local government or school district, or any agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. " Contact your Political Clout Now! It seems the people in power are after the one promise that should be kept. Call your Union, Call your Local Representatives, and Call your State Representatives. Tell them NO, Do Not mess with our pensions. Use your talent to get anyone out of office that violates the trust. Mayor Daley must want to put the money in more of his family's hands.