Paris Schutz | February 25, 2016 6:23 pm WTTW Chicago Tonight
Powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) is facing more heat in his role as chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, which operates Chicago's $100 million city workers' compensation program.
Whistle-blowers this week filed a complaint with the city's inspector general alleging the program, which pays disability to injured city workers, is fraught with patronage and political hiring. But can Inspector General Joe Ferguson actually investigate it?
Ferguson had no comment on whether they'd have that authority. A recent ordinance gives him the authority, starting next month, to expand his reach to investigate possible misconduct by aldermen - but stops short of being able to investigate committees they control - like Burke's Finance Committee.
Nonetheless, a complaint filed by former city workers, including one who is the son of the late, longtime Alderman Berny Stone, is asking the inspector general to look into the city's $100 million workers' compensation system run by Burke. It alleges that the whole system is fraught with political favoritism.
"It's an opportunity for Ed Burke to collect political favors," said Jay Stone. "There'll be other aldermen, committeemen, state reps, etc. going to Ed Burke saying, 'My precinct captain is on disability, please take care of him,' so now he has a political favor."
When asked if he had any evidence that that actually happened, Stone responded:
"My father was an alderman for 38 years. I know how the system works. That's how it works."
Burke is ultimately in charge: he makes the hires, he ultimately signs off on the claims. He's been very close to the vest on the program; no aldermen we spoke with even know exactly how it's run.
The director of the program is a legislative aide named Monica Somerville, but they've hired consulting companies like Coventry Health Care to administer a lot of the program - there are no records of contracts awarded to this company.
We spoke with one employee, a plumber in the city's water department, who has been injured since 2013 but says the Finance Committee cut off his disability pay last month without any process for appeal.
He says he believes the system is built to benefit city workers who are politically connected, and leave others who are not out in the dark.
"The process is, as soon as you get injured, you have to go to a city emergency care center. If you have clout you get to go to a doctor of choice," said Patrick McDonough, a former plumber in the city's water department. "If you're not clouted, you have to go to all the city doctors, all the city specialists, whatever it takes to get you back to work. If you're not perfect by the time you're done, the city does everything it can to get rid of you."
McDonough was also the worker who blew the whistle years ago on the city's hired truck scandal that sent numerous public officials to jail and stained the administration of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. McDonough says he sustained his injury in a forklift accident and says he believes Chairman Burke personally wants him out of a job. He says he was offered a settlement of a year's pay to leave.
We tried to contact Burke and various officials in the Finance Committee numerous times, to no avail.
Stone's contention that the inspector general has the authority to investigate the workers' compensation system is a long shot at best. He says the program violates the Shakman Decree which limits the amount of political hiring that can go on in the city. Attorney Michael Shakman himself told the Chicago Sun-Times that he believes workers' comp employees should be non-political hires, and that he made a mistake in exempting them in a deal he negotiated with the city to get out from federal hiring oversight.
He, along with the complainants and some aldermen, believe the program should be taken out of Burke's hands and the legislative branch altogether and be recast in a non-political role in the executive branch of government.
Ald. John Arena (45th Ward) filed an ordinance to have hearings to discuss such a move.
"If we have a closet that can't be looked into, that's a concern," Arena said. "We need to have oversight of that. But the Finance Committee's function is to manage the finance of the city, not to manage medical and workmans' comp issues. It's just not the place for that to happen."
Arena and others note that Chicago is the only major city that runs the workers comp system like this - others run it out of their law departments or human resources departments.
Burke fought very hard behind the scenes to pass an ordinance that would prevent Inspector General Ferguson from having the ability to audit programs like this. We're told by several aldermen there was horse trading offered until the last minute. He narrowly won by two votes.
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Written By Fran Spielman Posted: 02/24/2016, 12:50pm Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago's $100 million-a-year workers' compensation program is an "executive branch responsibility" with jobs that should be "filled under the city's non-political hiring plan," attorney Michael Shakman said Wednesday.
Shakman filed the complaint that culminated in the federal ban on political hiring and signed off on a 2014 agreement that persuaded a federal judge to release Chicago from the 42-year-old Shakman decree that bears his name.
He painstakingly negotiated a hiring plan that made all City Council employees exempt positions.
On Wednesday, Shakman acknowledged that he made a "mistake" by exempting worker's comp employees in the City Council's Finance Committee chaired by Ald. Edward Burke (14th).
"It sounds like something that belongs in the executive branch and, therefore, should be a job filled under the city's non-political hiring plan," Shakman said.
"With respect to City Council employees, we should have done more and I regret not having done more. We did have an effort to bring the City Council into the fold . . . It didn't go anywhere. The judge was not very sympathetic to the argument, and we didn't push it. That was focused on all aldermanic employees -- not on worker's comp people. It was a mistake on our part."
Still, Shakman argued that Jay Stone, maverick son of former longtime Ald. Bernard Stone (50th), has other legal hurdles to clear if he hopes to make the case that Burke administers workers' comp in a way that violates the Shakman decree.
"Stone would still have to show, No. 1 that it's impermissible for the City Council to allocate an executive job to a legislative officer and No. 2 that . . . Burke is using those jobs as patronage jobs," Shakman said.
Still, Stone called Shakman's support for the complaint he filed against Burke with Inspector General Joe Ferguson the "highest honor possible that I could receive."
The late alderman's son said he has no doubt that he can make the case that Burke has filled those worker's comp jobs with "political hacks," as he put it.
"Growing up and living in politics, that's the way it works," Stone said.
In 2008, Stone won a $75,000 award from the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of City Hall's rigged hiring system.
A federal hiring monitor believed his claims that he lost his 2003 aldermanic election against Ald. Ted Matlak (32nd) because Matlak had the support of the political army commanded by now-convicted former First Deputy Water Commissioner Donald Tomczak.
Stone said he decided to file the complaint against Burke after his friend, Pat McDonough, a city plumbing inspector who spoke out about abuses in the city's Hired Truck Program, got a letter from the Finance Committee last month cutting off his disability pay. (January 8, 2016)
"The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I could not understand why the Finance Committee was administering duty disability. And more importantly, my friend was denied due process. They just stopped his pay. The letter said he was non-cooperative. It didn't say how or who said so," Stone said.
"My friend is a three-time whistleblower. He reported corruption. They could use the giving or taking away of workers' comp to help those who are precinct captains and punish those who work against the machine."
Referring to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader, Stone said, "If Ald. [Pat] O'Connor goes to Ed Burke and says, `One of my guys was injured on the job. Take care of him,' you can be sure Burke is going to take care of him. But if a political upstart who raises trouble gets duty disability, they're not going to get the same treatment. Workers' comp has got to be taken out of the political process."
Before empowering Ferguson to investigate aldermen and their employees, the City Council voted 25 to 23 to deny the inspector general the right to audit workers' comp and programs administered by aldermen.
Even so, Stone maintained that Ferguson has the power to investigate Burke after assuming the all-important power of policing city hiring in the post-Shakman era when federal hiring monitor Noelle Brennan was dismissed.
"The federal decree trumps any ethics ordinance. It's a higher authority. They can't use an ethics ordinance to block or circumvent an agreement signed in federal court," he said.
No matter what Ferguson does, Stone urged Emanuel to move immediately to seize control over the workers' comp program.
"Mayor Emanuel has abdicated his workers' comp duties and responsibilities to Ald. Burke," Stone said.
"He has gone after the teachers. But he wouldn't dare go after Burke because of Burke's knowledge and control over the Finance Committee."
Written By Fran Spielman Posted: 02/23/2016, 08:00pm
Chicago's most powerful aldermen was accused Tuesday of violating the Shakman decree by allowing "political hacks" to administer a $100 million-a-year workers' compensation program that belongs in the executive branch.
Jay Stone, the maverick son of former longtime Ald. Bernard Stone (50th), filed a complaint with Inspector General Joe Ferguson, asking Ferguson to investigate Ald. Edward Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee.
In the complaint, Stone accused Burke of turning the workers' comp program over to "his handpicked political appointees" in violation of the Shakman decree banning political hiring.
The 2014 agreement that persuaded a federal judge to release Chicago from the 42-year-old Shakman decree made City Council employees exempt positions. Stone's complaint attempts to get around that loophole by claiming that the workers' comp program "belongs in the executive branch of government."
"Burke's workers' compensation exempt jobs should have been classified as Shakman non-exempt jobs based on the type of work that the workers' compensation employees are doing," Stone wrote in the complaint, forwarded to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"Once Chicago's workers' compensation program moves from the legislative branch of government to the executive branch, then the designation of workers' compensation employees will change to the proper Shakman non-exempt classification, and the city will have to hire the most qualified and abled employees to run the program."
Stone notes that the executive branch administers workers' comp in "all other major U.S. cities." Chicago would be no different, if an "archaic" municipal code had not allowed the Finance Committee Chairman to "improperly run" the program.
Burke could not be reached for comment.
The late alderman's son likened Burke's alleged hiring violations to the Illinois Department of Transportation's decision to "wrongfully classify" hundreds of jobs as "staff assistants." That paved the way for the hiring of political appointees under two former governors, Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn.
"The Chicago municipal code has allowed Burke to do the same. [It] . . . has turned obvious Shakman non-exempt jobs into Shakman-exempt jobs," Stone wrote.
"The municipal code sanction of Burke's Finance Committee . . . is not about finding a successful loophole to avoid Shakman. Rather, it's about the municipal code and Burke's blatant and wanton violation of Shakman and separation of powers."
Before empowering Ferguson to investigate aldermen and their employees, the City Council voted 25-23 to limit Ferguson to investigating potential violations of the law by aldermen and their employees.
Program audits that Ferguson routinely conducts to determine whether taxpayers' money is being wasted will be off-limits when it comes to the City Council. The workers' comp program will be safe from Ferguson's scrutiny. So will the $66 million-a-year aldermanic menu program.
The question now is whether the watered-down ordinance prevents Ferguson from investigating Stone's claim that Burke is violating the Shakman decree.
Michael Shakman, who filed the landmark complaint, could not be reached for comment on Stone's claim that city employees who administer the workers' comp program should be non-exempt.
Two years ago, Ferguson assumed the all-important power of policing city hiring in the post-Shakman era after U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier released Chicago from the Shakman decree and dismissed federal hiring monitor Noelle Brennan.
Ferguson refused to comment on Stone's complaint. The ordinance empowering him to investigate aldermen and City Council employees does not take effect until March 16.
At the same City Council meeting where aldermen walled off the worker's comp program from Ferguson's watchful eye, Ald. John Arena (45th) introduced a resolution urging the City Council to explore transferring control over the program from the Finance Committee to the city's Law Department.
It's not the first time that Jay Stone has ruffled feathers at City Hall.
In 2008, Stone won a $75,000 award from the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of City Hall's rigged hiring system.
Brennan believed his claims that he was a sure loser in his 2003 aldermanic election against Ald. Ted Matlak (32nd) because Matlak had the support of the political army commanded by now-convicted former First Deputy Water Commissioner Donald Tomczak.
"I'm in shock. I'm in awe," Jay Stone said at the time.
"The message is we should hold fair and competitive elections in Chicago. I never stood a chance because I was up against a seasoned political army that was being paid for by the taxpayers of Chicago," he said then.
Veteran aldermen branded the award "outrageous," calling it evidence that Brennan "doesn't have a clue."
"We've got potholes to fix. We spend $20 million on snow removal, and the federal monitor decides in her infinite wisdom to give somebody $75,000 because they lost an election? Can I sign up for that program?" said then-Ald. Tom Allen (38th) who is now a Circuit Court judge.
"Somebody lost an election and, somehow, that's an injury the city is liable for? It's an outrage. This is crazy. What about all the people who lost elections against the union machine? This monitor has no clue," said Ald. George Cardenas (12th), who was elected and re-elected with support from the now-defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization at the center of the city hiring scandal.
At the time, Brennan attributed the barrage of criticism to the fact that "aldermen and the mayor don't have access to the same information that I do" about the impact of Tomczak's army on Jay Stone's campaign.
In 2012, Burke clashed with Ferguson over access to workers' compensation claims administered by the Finance Committee.
At the time, Burke denied the inspector general access to databases related to the workers' comp program for civilian employees on grounds that "duty disability" is governed by state law, not city ordinance; that Ferguson's investigative powers are limited to misconduct, and Finance Committee staffers fell under the jurisdiction of the now-departed Legislative Inspector General.
Ferguson countered then that he routinely conducts audits to review city programs, identify waste and inefficiency, and recommend ways to prevent it. He referred to Chicago Sun-Times stories that identified waste, abuse and mismanagement in the $45 million-a-year disability program for police officers and firefighters.
"Blocking (my office's) access is especially egregious in this case, as recent press reports have detailed anecdotal evidence of a city program very much in need of outside review, hopefully leading to improvements and savings to taxpayers," Ferguson wrote. "The best way to determine whether there is waste, fraud or abuse in this city-funded program administered by the city for the benefit of city workers . . . is to subject the program to a thorough review."
Political Hacks Run Chicago's $100 Million a Year Workers' Compensation Program
Instead of professional employees managing Chicago workers' compensation, only Alderman Ed Burke's handpicked political appointees administer the program. Burke has served as Chairman of the City Council Finance Committee for 31 of his 47 years as alderman. According to Burke's own bio, he is the man who, "holds the city's purse strings and is responsible for all legislative matters pertaining to the city's finances, including municipal bonds, taxes and revenue matters." The problem with Burke's aforementioned statement is that Burke is using more than city council legislation to oversee workers' compensation. Burke's patronage workers administer the entire workers' comp program. Furthermore, given Chicago's dire financial problems, if I were Burke I would not brag about controlling the city's purse strings for 31 years!
Municipal Code Section 2-152-430 states, "The bureau of workmen's compensation shall be composed of such persons as may be designated or appointed by the chairman of the committee on finance." Finance Chairman Burke let's his website readers know that the Chicago municipal code gives him sole authority to administer the workers' compensation program, but Burke doesn't tell his readers that an antiquated law wrongfully entitles him to become the workers' compensation czar. Currently Burke is the only person allowed to approve or disapprove disability pay and medical expense payments for city employees.
There is a zero chance of Burke hiring professional workers' compensation employees to optimally manage Chicago's $100 million a year workers' compensation program. Burke's handpick employees are mainly political insiders, or they have close ties to political insiders. Burke is an old school, "We Don't Want Nobody, Nobody Sent" politician. Burke selects employees for his staff on the basis of their political clout or political bloodlines, not on their professional qualifications.
Burke hiring and firing his staff for political reasons is all seemingly legit because the salaries of workers' compensation employees are funneled through Burke's finance committee. There is no debate here. Aldermanic and city council committee staff are Shakman exempt employees. However, there are legal questions about the municipal code that need answers: Does Chicago municipal code 2-152-430 that provides Burke with the authority to hire workers' compensation employees circumvent and violate the Shakman Decrees that the City of Chicago and plaintiff Michael Shakman agreed to in federal court? Do the municipal codes 2-152-430 , 2-152-440, and 2-152-450 violate the venerated separation of powers principle for which all local, state, and federal follow?
This is where Burke and the city run into trouble. Burke's finance committee has no business running workers' compensation. Burke is a legislator whose main job is to write, amend and repeal city ordinances. The workers' compensation program belongs in the executive branch of government since the executive branch is charged with managing city employees and programs. In all other major U.S. cities, the executive branch oversees workers' compensation (see table below). As a legislator Burke should only be allowed to check and balance workers' compensation through the budgeting process, committee hearings, and city ordinances. Chicago would be no different than other cities if Chicago's 80 year municipal code had not allowed finance chairman Burke to improperly conduct business for the executive branch.
This won't be the first time public officials were caught for improper Shakman exempt job classification for government positions. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wrongfully classified hundreds of jobs as "staff assistants" so that politicians could fill staff assistant jobs with political appointees. The improperly classified staff assistants did little or no work related to their staff assistant's job title and job description. Because of IDOT's wrongful job classifications, both Governor Rod Blagojevich and Governor Pat Quinn hired politically connected job seekers for IDOT staff assistants regardless of the job seekers' qualifications or abilities. The Chicago municipal code has allowed Burke to do the same. Chicago municipal code has turned obvious Shakman non-exempt jobs into Shakman exempt jobs by improperly budgeting workers' compensation for a legislative committee instead of the city's executive branch of government. Other than policy making positions, the type or nature of workers' compensation employees work is that of Shakman non-exempt duties. And Burke's workers' compensation employees have little or nothing to do with financial legislation that Burke's committee handles. Since the code requires the city council finance chairman to select the workers' compensation staff, Burke assumed he was free to hire employees as his handpick political hacks. The archaic municipal code stopped the city's Human Resources Department from hiring the most qualified and abled employees from managing Chicago's workers' comp. Chicago's municipal code permitting Burke's finance committee to circumvent Shakman is not about finding a successful loophole to avoid Shakman, rather it's about the municipal code and Burke's blatant and wanton violation of Shakman and separation of powers.
To view the department that each city uses to manage its workers' compensation, click on the department listed in column two on the right hand side of the table. All major U.S. cities' executive branch of government administers its workers' compensation program except Chicago which Burke's legislative committee supervises.
San Diego and Dallas each have separate risk management departments. Risk management is part of Philadelphia's Finance Department. San Antonio's risk management is in under both its Finance and Office of Management and Budget departments. Chicago's Risk Management is currently in the Finance Department. Chicago's Finance Department is different than Burke's city council finance committee. Ideally Chicago's workers' compensation would move from Burke's legislative committee to the city's Human Resources or Risk Management department which are in Chicago's executive branch of government.
Once Chicago's workers' compensation program moves from the legislative branch of government to the executive branch of government, then the designation of workers' compensation employees will change to the proper classification of Shakman non-exempt, and the city will have to hire the most qualified and abled employees to run the program. A few policy making jobs at the top of the workers' compensation organizational chart may remain classified as Shakman exempt.
Alderman Ed Burke's has appointed numerous employees to run Chicago's workers' compensation program. Burke's hiring of workers' compensation employees are Shakman violations. Chicago Municipal Code Section 2-152-430 is 80 years old, predates the Shakman settlements, and authorizes the City Council finance chairman to hire all workers' compensation employees. However, Chicago's Municipal Code Section 2-152-430 does not have the power or authority to supersede the Shakman Decrees. Burke's workers' compensation hirings violate Shakman because Burke's workers' compensation exempt jobs should have been classified as Shakman non-exempt jobs based on the type of work that the workers' compensation employees are doing (see attached).
Alderman Burke is a legislator whose job is to write, amend and repeal city ordinances. The workers' compensation program belongs in the executive branch of government as it is with every major city except Chicago. As a legislator, Burke is not entitled to run a City of Chicago bureau, department, or division as he is doing. Because Alderman Burke is fulfilling the executive branch's duties and responsibilities, he is violating the separation of powers principle that all city, state and federal governments follow. As a legislator Alderman Burke should only be allowed to check and balance workers' compensation through the budgeting process, committee hearings, and city ordinances.
Mayor Emanuel's Workers' Comp Unjustly Denying Disability Pay and Benefits
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "We are aggressively pursuing $15 million in savings from workers' comp." Emanuel added, "I know that it (workers' compensation) needs reforms." Emanuel did not tell the public how his administration is saving $15 million a year in workers' compensation, nor has he provided details of his workers' compensation reforms. Since Emanuel won't tell you about his dirty secrets and dirty dealings, I will. Emanuel is saving tax dollars by taking money away from a significant number of city workers who are deserving of their disability pay and benefits. Emanuel's saving plan is to deny as many city employees of their disability pay and benefits as possible, regardless of whether cutting off city employees' disability pay and benefits is justified or not. Emanuel's workers' compensation department is now operating like greedy health insurance companies. The goal is to deny both legitimate and illegitimate claims for the sake of reducing expenses and increasing the bottom line.Rushing mending city workers into lower paying jobs is another way Emanuel's administration is meeting its goal of saving $15 million a year. The city is involuntarily forcing injured or ill city workers into job retraining without giving city workers enough time to fully recuperate and return to their old jobs. The city doesn't consult or inform employees of their vocational retraining; instead the city sends injured employees to a contractor who performs job retraining on behalf of the city. Job retraining for injured workers sounds great, but when the city does it without first consulting employees or providing them with informed consent, it smacks of manipulation and deceit.
The most damning evidence of Emanuel unjustly denying disability pay and benefits are his own words. Emanuel said, "We are aggressively pursuing $15 million in savings from workers' comp." Emanuel made a priori decision that his administration was going on the offensive to cut $15 million without first determining where or how he could save money. Once Emanuel made the decision to cut $15 million, his hatchet men and women started to deny some city employees' of their legitimate disability claims.
Emanuel has a reputation for being an obnoxious and aggressive politician, but usually he doesn't come out and directly say he is planning an attack like he did with city employees' receiving workers' compensation. Emanuel purposely prefaced his actions with the word "aggressively" in his statement, "We are aggressively pursuing $15 million in savings from workers' comp." The word aggressively means, "Likely to attack or confront. or pursuing one's aim's forcefully." Emanuel used his authority as mayor to forcefully save $15 million from workers' comp regardless if it was justified or legal.
The way Emanuel proposed and spent Chicago's yearly budget also led to the unjust denial of workers' comp claims. Emanuel creates his budget the year before the city actually spends the money. For example, Emanuel submitted his 2016 budget to the Chicago City Council in 2015. When Emanuel decided to cut $15 million from workers comp, Chicago's Workers Compensation Division was then forced to deny $15 million in claims so as not to exceed its allotment of money in Emanuel's budget. Legitimate workers' comp claims were in jeopardy the moment Emanuel reduced the Workers' Compensation Division's budget.
Past and Present Workers' Compensation Investigations
Federal agents have investigated Chicago workers' compensation two times before. The last time a federal grand jury subpoenaed six years of workers' compensation records was in 2012. The previous federal investigation occurred in 2006 when the feds were looking for a connection between the Chicago "clout list" and workers' compensation claims. FBI agents originally discovered the clout list on the City Hall computer of Robert Sorich, who was an aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley. About 60 city employees either plead guilty or were convicted in Chicago's hiring and job rigging scheme. Almost one in five names on the clout list received workers' compensation benefits.
Emanuel himself was implicated in Chicago's hiring and election rigging scheme at two federal court trials. Federal Court witness Donald Tomczak testified that his patronage army consisting of 225 city employees campaigned to elect Emanuel to the U.S. Congress. Another federal court witness said Emanuel went out for beers with the illicit patronage workers after they campaigned for him. Emanuel's assertion that he wants to clean up workers' compensation is ridiculous given his previous involvement in its corruption.
Alderman and City Council Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke is the sole person in charge of processing and settling workers' compensation claims. Burke is the man who greases and fuels the Chicago machine. At age 24 Burke took over as ward committeeman when his father died in 1968. The following year he became an alderman. Burke has held his two positions as committeeman and alderman for nearly 50 years. Burke has close to $15 million dollars in campaign funds for two jobs that pay a combined $110,000.00 a year. Many of Burke's campaign contributions are from city contractors, city employees, lobbyists, or other people who have business with the city. Burke used his political connections and organization to get his brother Daniel elected and reelected as a state rep since 1991. Burke's wife Anne went from law school to an Illinois Supreme Court Justice in 13 years on the strength of husband's political muscle.
Having Alderman Burke in charge of workers' compensation and guarding taxpayers money is like having the fox guard the hen house. In 2006 Mayor Richard M. Daley's chief of staff blamed Burke for city patronage employees exploiting workers' compensation. There is a major problem of having Mr. Chicago politics running workers' compensation. Burke in a position to reward the machine's precinct workers with workers' compensation when necessary and punish those who dare to challenge the Chicago machine. If another alderman and Burke ally such as Alderman Patrick O'Conner goes to Burke and says keep my precinct caption on workers' compensation, you can count on Burke keeping O'Conner's precinct captain on workers' compensation for as long as O'Conner wants. When it comes election time, O'Conner will return the favor by supplying campaign contributions and precinct workers to help Burke's wife and brother get reelected to the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois House of Representatives.
In 20012 Alderman Burke denied Chicago's Inspector General Joe Ferguson access and oversight of workers' compensation claims. The Inspector General's authority to investigate workers' compensation hovered over today's city council meeting (Feb..10, 2016) like a plague. The city council voted 25 to 23 to reduce the power and scope of the inspector general. Burke and the rest of his old guard used their influence to protect themselves and workers' compensation from the prying eyes of the IG. Burke is truly untouchable but for all the wrong reasons.
I have been a thorn in the machine's side. My website is one example of how I stick it to the machine when I should. I'm also CAN cable TV show producer. I have hosted many cable shows which have exposed Chicago corruption. The machine is using my unfortunate injuries to get me fired from my city job as a plumber. Had I been one of the machine's good fellas, my workers' compensation would continue without question. I also have a wife and five children to support.
Help Yourself, Help Me
It's virtually impossible for one of us to take on the machine's corrupt policies and practices. If we join together and tell our stories, we may have a chance to right the wrongs that have been done to us. If you are a City of Chicago employee who has been unjustly denied workers' compensation or benefits, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will keep your information strictly confidential unless I have your permission to share your information with attorneys, investigators, or other recognized agencies or authorities.