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May 30, 2010

Carmen Hernandez and Bruce Randazzo of the Chicago Water Department talk Chicago Politics Video

Carmen Hernandez named "Chicago Employee of the year".

Carmen Hernandez Chicago Clout Memorial Day Hero I am proud to name war hero and Chicago Department of Water Management employee Carmen Hernandez, "Employee of the Year". Memorial Day is an important day for all of us that care about America. Photo by Patrick McDonough, Chicago's all time greatest employee.

May 29, 2010

Patrick McDonough and Zodak Yonan talk about Daley's private contractors.

Patrick McDonough and zodak yonan.jpg This is a new friend of mine in the 44Th Ward. The former alderman was Bernie Hansen. Bernie would count on Zodak Yonan to help with the ward's needs. Today, Zodak told me he was frustrated with Reliable Contracting working on the new water mains on his street. Zodak was mad because two workers from that company did not live in Chicago. Zodak said, "Workers from outside the city do not care the same". Zodak approached me because a private contractor allegedly left many people over the Memorial Day weekend without water. Mr. Yonan lived in this community over 58 years and helped keep Agassiz school open when it was doomed to close due to needed construction upgrades. Mr. Yonan had the street named after him for all the hard work he did to improve his neighborhood. One of his accomplishments was small iron fences to keep the grass in nice condition up and down the block. I will not go into detail but he is most assuredly a greater fan of the first Mayor Richard Daley. You can change Chicago for the better when you try, but the current Mayor of Chicago is not making it any easier. It is amazing what people tell you during lunch break. Photo by Patrick McDonough, Chicago Clout.

May 27, 2010

Enjoy Michael Volpe and Scott Tucker on conservative Chicago politics Video

May 21, 2010

Ask your Plumbing Inspector demands "NO STRIKE VOTE" for Chicago Unions Plumbers Video

May 18, 2010

Chicago Clout welcomes a new view on the Hispanic population trends in America

usa-map new version.jpg Many Chicago Politicians cater to the Hispanic community in Chicago. It involves contracts, voting, and jobs. Many points of view, from rabid hate to blank acceptance, make the Arizona laws on immigration a point worth investigating. It can be said that Chicago caters to illegal aliens and in return expect the "right vote". If true, this could be a massive scam that threatens to undermine the laws and rules of fair play in America. Chicago Clout is hosting a few candidates that will provide insight for all of us in the middle. We want to find out what is really in the best interest of America. These videos will allow us to make an informed decision. Vote Chicago, Vote. Patrick McDonough

May 14, 2010

Fran Spielman has a massive scoop on Chicago Department of Water Managemnt

Daley shakes up Transportation, Water Management departments May 14, 2010 BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Mayor Daley on Friday once again shook up two city departments at the center of the Hired Truck and city hiring scandals. When the music stopped in Daley's version of musical chairs, Acting Transportation Commissioner Tom Powers was the new commissioner of Water Management. Bobby Ware, Transportation's managing deputy, was the new Transportation commissioner. And Water Management Commissioner John Spatz was the odd man out. He's expected to be demoted to first deputy. Powers, Ware and Spatz did not return phone calls. Ware, 47, is the son of Mitchell Ware, a former deputy police superintendent and former Circuit Court judge who co-founded Chicago's premier minority law firm. Mitchell Ware's 1998 judicial appointment by then-state Supreme Court Justice Charles Freeman raised eyebrows because the IRS had $318,000 in liens against Ware for unpaid taxes dating back to 1981. Daley has been under fire for a shortage of African-Americans in top management, particularly after the resignation of Office of Compliance Chief Anthony Boswell, the abrupt retirement of Fire Commissioner John Brooks and the firing of Deputy Water Management Commissioner Tom Talley. The appointment of Bobby Ware, who is also a lawyer, should appease African-American aldermen. But, the leadership change is somewhat ill-timed. Transportation just kicked off its construction season with Phase Two of the Wacker Drive Drive reconstruction project. Powers, 42, has been with the department since 1996, spending four years as first deputy and one as acting commissioner. He was never promoted to the permanent job because of the conflict posed by the fact that his brothers work for engineering companies that do business with CDOT. Apparently, no such conflict exists in the Department of Water Management. Spatz has a background in chemical engineering and used it to focus heavily on water quality. But, Daley views him as a weak manager, sources said. Spatz was forced to fire Talley after Inspector General Joe Ferguson accused the $127,824-a-year deputy of dispatching city crews to do drain work on private property. And Spatz has managed to entice just 5,000 homeowners along Chicago's Bungalow Belt to make the switch to water meters instead of paying a flat fee for unlimited use. Only 1,000 meters have been installed so far, in spite of Daley's seven-year guarantee that water bills during that period will be no higher than they would otherwise have been when the water spigot was flowing freely. Three years into a $39 million contract, automatic meter readers have now been installed on 140,000 of 162,000 existing meters that measure water usage in tall buildings, businesses and newer homes. Only after automatic meter readers are up and running can Chicago can begin to cut off the free water spigot by installing meters in the 350,000 households without them. For months, there has been speculation that Daley may be laying the groundwork to privatize all or parts of Chicago's water system. Some insiders believe Powers may have marching orders to move more aggressively toward that end. But, top mayoral aides insist that selling off the filtration plants is not in the works and has nothing to do with the changes. Dave Donovan -- brother of Richard J. Daley's longtime patronage chief Tom Donovan -- is expected to serve as Ware's operations chief. Dave Donovan currently serves as a deputy commissioner in charge of trades for the Department of General Services.

May 12, 2010

Another meeting of "Men for a better Lawndale" Chicago's 24TH Ward leaders

Julius Anderson and 24TH WARD.jpg Men for a better Lawndale have been a driving force in Chicago's 24Th Ward for many years. Their membership boasts of over 70 citizens bent on making their community stronger and move vibrant. The bridge project is all about youth and community development. It is about sending a clear message to Chicago Public Schools, a positive and hopeful message. ABC 7 News covered some of the projects they are most proud of, including providing numerous computers to members of the community. They also provided jobs to over 70 youth in the Bridge Project. I enjoyed part of the informal meeting tonight as a special guest. Julius Anderson name was brought up again as the next Alderman of the 24Th Ward; some mentioned his name because he provided leadership for decades to the community. The current Alderman Dixon has been a complete bust and I do not know of a single job she has brought home to her community. Citizens of the 24TH Ward want good paying City Jobs. Dixon has voted with Daley every time but has nothing to show for it. Members of this group agreed to double their efforts to picture the private contractor's workers, making sure the diversity in the 24Th Ward reflects the hires of private contractors. I agree, taxpayers have subsidized Daley's choices for contractors, but I do not see enough black men and women employed by these contractors. If Alderman Dixon is a Daley lackey, she needs to step down so the folks in the 24Th Ward get better opportunities. I asked Julius Anderson to be a guest on the next Chicago Clout Show. Photo by Patrick McDonough. Pictured from left Pastor Lloyd Coaker, Julius Anderson,Glenn Ragans, Mahiri Anderson, Faruq Al-Amin, LaVandis Robinson.

May 8, 2010

Joseph "Joe" Berrios enjoys picture with Teamster Alphonso Treadwell today

Joseph "joe" berrios and Mr. Al Treadwell 1 Alphonso "Al" Treadwell is the new teamster with the City of Chicago's most professional Investigators in Chicago. The Department of Water Management knows this elite group can handle any emergency thrown at them. In fact today, a leak causing switches to blow at the C.T.A.'s deep tunnels today was no match for Ronald Bober and Patrick McDonough of this exclusive investigative team. If you are part of this team you undoubtedly become familiar with the who's who in Chicago politics. Today, Al enjoyed a good conversation with Cook County Assessor candidate Joe Berrios at lunch time. We ate at Lazo's, a nice Hispanic restaurant in Chicago. Not bad for Al's first day. Photo by Patrick McDonough

May 6, 2010

Would you throw out this 100 year old grandma?

Maggie Daley Chicago Illinois official portrait

May 4, 2010

You can make millions in Chicago contracts if you are a lucky Amigo

seven-d construction 2.jpg If you work for the City of Chicago, you will notice business trends. I not talking about the stock market, the stock market cannot be predicted. Sometimes in the stock market, a company will lose money and the stock will lower in value, other times the stock is worth more. So when people say they can predict the trends, they are usually guessing like everyone else. If you know Mayor Daley and the power players with a hand in the Chicago city hall contract business, you can buck this trend. Some of you might say things like, "is McDonough crazy?"" You can actually predict the future?" Yes it is true, thanks to Mayor Daley and his band of goons. A company started in Chicago around the time of the "Hired Truck" boom has expanded business at an alarming rate. Millions of dollars later and multiple fields of activities warrant further investigation. I always suspect businesses that make their way over to the Department of Water Management. The Chicago Water Department has been a breeding ground of corruption for many years, taxpayers whacked at every turn. I strongly urge the Office of the Inspector General to investigate Seven-D Construction and its involvement with the department. This company is reportedly a signatory contractor with the laborers and operating engineers. Even according to a employee of the company the vast majority of the company is Hispanic and Spanish speaking. Many of these companies fly under the radar because they are owned by minorities. People are afraid of being called a racist if the ask questions about a women owned or minority owned business. Under Daley many of these companies are fronts and only the Law enforcement officials are unable to connect the dots. When it comes to a company like Seven-D, I wonder how they ended up with orange peels, and vactors. Old cruddy looking beat up equipment like the junk in the picture. Are the guys in pictures real union laborers and operating engineers? Where is the safety equipment for the workers and the public walking next to this orange peel? I really wonder why this company decided to buy a vactor and orange peel. It makes you wonder which came first, the sewer contract or the sewer equipment. I hope you know this Seven-D Construction is taking applications for construction workers now, I just hope they manage to hire some blacks, some hillbillies, and some white trash. I bet Amigo Daley will not ask this company for any political donations. Photo by Patrick McDonough