Here we go again. One of the most political positions in the Chicago Department of Water Management is a Caulker. This position pays the same amount of money as a Licensed Plumber. However, the position does not require a Plumber’s Licence. This is a coveted promotion that moves laborers on to bigger and better opportunities. Chicago Water Bid number 088060065 dated July 27, 2006 was issued to Chicago Department of Human Resources on August 3, 2006 per Diane Angeletti. (312-744-4976) The bid was not issued to Chicago Department of Water Management Employees until August 4, 2006 in the afternoon. Which means Chicago City workers have about two working days to decide if, they want the job, can prepare the documentation, and file by the deadline of August 9, 2006. This late notice is the oldest trick in the book that allows the favored a heads up to prepare. This is a violation of Shakman Decree and business as usual at the Chicago Department of Water Management. Marilyn Fitzpatrick at the Chicago Department Department of Human Resources and Ron Huberman’s secretary, Lajuana Green, (744-6246) of Mayor Daley’s Office is looking into this. Photo by Patrick McDonough.