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Chicago City Workers need to file many different documents to keep in compliance with court orders and decrees. The only way, the press and the public can make determinations regarding an employee is to make FOIA requests. The City of Chicago under Mayor Daley's Administration has fought for the release of information they consider damaging. I am currently in a lawsuit against Mayor Daley and several of his City of Chicago Departments. I was very upset because much information that could be interpreted by me was "for lawyer's eyes only". Tim Novak did a great investigative piece that is adding up many of Mayor Daley's flights and gifts. Every Chicago Clout fan knows I have suspected fraud and certified the very proof. As a City of Chicago Department of Water Management employee, I must sign ethic statements and try my best to make sure they are done correctly. This must be done once a year. Tim Novak with Steve Warmbir put together the "Hired Truck Scandal" and made journalist history. I have enclosed the smoking gun that will prove Daley committed fraud and failed to disclose everything he had to, according to the law. These statements are for the record, I had them certified by Chicago about one year ago. They are in my lawsuit. Fran Spielman is closing in on this evidence and looks like a major part of this story. Enjoy the proof. Patrick McDonough
Gifts to Mayor Daley
March 23, 2009
GIFTS TO DALEYA sampling of the gifts Mayor Daley got between 2005 and 2008, and who gave them, according to gift logs the mayor's office released to the Better Government Association:
Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- a poinsettia (2008).
Dr. Roger Herrin, a Downstate podiatrist -- a chocolate foot (2005-08).
Bill Wrigley, the chewing-gum magnate -- a gift pack of gum (2008).
Kenny Construction Co. -- a tin of popcorn (2007).
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) -- Frango mints (2007).
Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) -- a bottle of wine, fudge and chocolate bars (2007).
Former city Treasurer Judy Rice -- bottle of whiskey (2006).
Chicagoland Plumbing Council executive director Robert E. Ryan Sr. -- four steaks (2006).
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas -- panic button (2006).
Ald. Billy Ocasio (26th) -- basket of Puerto Rican products (2006).
John Harris, former Blagojevich chief of staff who previously served as Daley's budget director -- a tin of cookies (2005).
George Bay, of Bay's English Muffins -- English muffins (2005).
John Meister, president, Chicago Machine lacrosse team -- a Chicago Machine baseball cap and lacrosse stick (2008).
Saul Caisman, president, British American Business Council of Chicago -- a Chicago flag cake, for Daley's 66th birthday (2008).
Lucille Falco of Darien -- a videotape of the "What's My Line'' episode featuring the mayor's late father, Mayor Richard J. Daley (2008).
Scott Swanson, Charter One Bank president -- a "Lunar New Year'' rat statue (2008).
Restaurateur Billy Dec -- Rockit Bar and Grill jacket and cap (2007).
Patrick O'Connell of Minooka -- a Chicago flag that was flown in Baghdad (2007).
Various gifts from Daley's trip to Italy (2007).
Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson -- a box of seashells (2006).
Marie Manna -- record titled "Recordings of Mayor Richard J. Daley" (2006).
Tiffany Watkins of Westcott Elementary School -- handcrafted framed birthday card (2006).
Carol A. Lee of Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc. -- moisturizing cream, on Daley's 64th birthday (2006).
Various gifts from Daley's trips to China, Greece, London and Jordan (2006).
Robert Grant, head of FBI's Chicago office -- commemorative coin (2006).
Claudia Dunne, widow of former Cook County Board President George Dunne -- one of George Dunne's ties (2006).
Blagojevich -- basket of Illinois products and statue of White Sox legend Minnie Minoso (2005).
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and manager Ozzie Guillen -- a World Series baseball signed by Reinsdorf and Guillen (2005).
Former Bears coach Mike Ditka and Sun-Times sportswriter Rick Telander -- their book, In Life, First You Kick Ass (2005).
Daley's office casts doubt on travel report
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March 4, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Mayor Daley and his wife, Maggie, traveled to Singapore in September 2006, aboard a $31 million jet owned by a non-profit company under investigation by the IRS and Congress, City Hall acknowledged Wednesday.
But the mayor's office denied a CBS News report that the Daleys took 58 flights over a five-year period ending in 2007 courtesy of Educap, a multibillion dollar student loan charity under the microscope for allegedly abusing its tax-exempt status because of the high interest it charges on charitable student loans and the perks it provides to its CEO.
The Educap jet, reportedly sold after the IRS launched its investigation, was also used to transport CIA Director Leon Panetta, former FBI Director William Sessions, former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) and convicted former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the network said.
On Wednesday, mayoral press secretary Jacquelyn Heard pored over travel records and found that Daley had flown commercial on numerous dates when CBS had him flying on the Educap jet. She found only one trip where the Daleys actually flew on the non-profit's dime.
It happened Sept. 15 through Sept. 19 in 2006, when Daley, accompanied by his wife, flew to Singapore to attend a World Bank conference.
"They're claiming it was 10 trips with different legs. We've gone through the mayor's official schedules and compared it to the list of trips laid out in the news report. Out of all these trips, this was the only one we were able to find when he was on their plane," Heard said.
Daley has piled up frequent-flier miles in recent years as he seeks to promote business, tourism, the Sisters Cities program and, more recently, Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
But Heard said, "As a rule, the mayor travels commercial. Which is not to say he's never flown on a private plane. But that's certainly the exception and not the rule."
A mayoral confidante, who asked to remain anonymous, acknowledged that the Daleys have traveled with Educap chairman and CEO Catherine Reynolds and her husband, Wayne, calling them, "big Washington players in the social and political world."
But the source said, "My gut is, if he did it one or two trips with those people, it would be a lot."
Wayne Reynolds serves as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Achievement, an organization that unites current and future world leaders for a weekend of seminars that once employed the mayor's wife.
In 2006, Maggie Daley reported earning $100,000 from the Academy of Achievement to sift through applications from Truman, Rhodes and Fulbright scholars and identify worthy students.
In fiscal 2007, Maggie Daley was listed as the Academy of Achievement's second-highest paid contract employee at $90,000. She no longer works there, Heard said.
Five years ago, the Academy of Achievement's annual summit was held in Chicago. Daley has been a guest speaker and a periodic attendee.
In July 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Daley had taken 67 out-of-town trips since January 2004 -- nearly half of them entirely or partly funded by Chicago taxpayers.
At the time, the mayor's office said it did not maintain records on trips "not funded by the city."