Chicago Department of Water Management Tommie Talley in Hot Water
You got it here first http://www.chicagoclout.com/weblog/archives/2008/04/daley_and_sorichs_nativity_of.html City Water Department official target of probe By: Robert Herguth Dec. 23, 2008 (Crain's) -- A high-ranking city of Chicago official with ties to the Daley family's 11th Ward Regular Democratic Organization is being investigated for allegedly dispatching water crews to work on private sites, including a politically connected Bridgeport church. The city's inspector general's office is trying to find out whether Deputy Commissioner Tommie Talley improperly ordered Chicago Water Management workers to fix or improve sewer and water pipes for private owners who should be paying for such work themselves, sources say. Mr. Talley hung up on a reporter who called him Tuesday to discuss the investigation. A spokesman for the Water Management Department declined to comment. A source says investigators are looking into a number of locations, including Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, the Bridgeport parish in which Mayor Richard M. Daley was raised. The pastor, the Rev. Daniel Brandt, says a sewer did clog in the spring, and city crews worked on the public right-of-way. But the church hired a contractor to handle repairs on parish property, costing "upwards of 10 grand." "I'd open up my books to them and open up my doors to them to let them know the work on the property was fully paid for," Rev. Brandt said. "I'm sure there was a day and a time when the city would do things, but that's just suicide now, especially in the high-profile parish that this is." "We go above and beyond to make sure we have all the permits. . . .Any improvements, we make sure we dot all our i's and cross all the t's." Mr. Talley is active in the 11th Ward Regular Democratic Organization, which is run by Cook County Commissioner John Daley, the mayor's brother. Mr. Talley also once was part of an affiliated political group headed by former First Deputy Water Commissioner Donald Tomczak, who was convicted in the Hired Truck scandal. Several years ago, Mr. Talley was given a 15-day suspension following a separate payroll scandal in the department. David Hoffman, the city's inspector general, declined to comment.