Tonight, I spent an hour with the famous columnist John Kass of the Chicago Tribune. I have always admired his work and last time I said hello was at the Sorich Trial. I did my best to get a picture with him, but he seemed nervous. Some top Chicago columnists avoid pictures for some unwritten rule. I was spellbound by John Kass as he is very down to earth and very compelling. I met and talked to John Kass prior on several occasions, but I was not ready for a very kind human conversation. From his writing, I was expecting a rougher edge. In the class everything is “Off the Record”, so I will honor that. However, John Kass had the entire class in his hand. Thank you Tom Roeser. Very Impressive. John and I are going to have a cup of coffee one of these days, I cannot wait. Patrick McDonough.
Chicago Lawyers lose another case against another Chicago City Worker. Please read this article published in the Chicago Tribune today. Click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0611290058nov29,1,2323608.story Lawyers Thomas Aumann and Saira Alikhan of the Chicago Law Department still get paid by the taxpayers win or lose. The prior lawyer Kerry Jewel jumped ship a while ago into private practice, I guess she has brains. The big part of the story is Todd Lighty and Laurie Cohen, some of Chicago’s best known writers, are at the hearing of fired Chicago City Employees. Go to enough of these hearings and you will quickly understand how Mayor Daley’s Corrupt Administration works. I am happy that any fired City Employee gets a job back, but Mayor Daley, do not expect every City Employee to “Sorich” for the clout. Lets make Chicago on the fair and square, kinda. Patrick McDonough.
A City of Chicago Employee Perry Pearce was driving a Chicago City Van on June 30, 2004. On the orders of his Supervisor he parked the lettered van at City Hall and unloaded the contents inside the building. The Chicago Department of Water Management was issued a parking ticket. Someone at the Water Department took it upon himself to send Perry’s name, address, and personal information to Mayor Daley’s Department of Revenue. Perry received a bill for the ticket at his residence and in his name long after the original ticket. The Hearing officer wondered who placed Perry’s name on the paperwork as this is fraud. The Chicago Inspector General was alerted via the new Internet site. Investigator Amy is on the case. I assure you many people are watching Chicago parking ticket 0045381237. As of November 28, 2006, the mystery remains unsolved. I understand Mayor Daley is concerned about money, but this smells like someone in Chicago Water Management is falsifying official records. I hope you know, Perry is sick to his stomach about this violation of his personal rights. Let see if someone steps forward and makes this right. Patrick McDonough.
Today was a milestone for Patrick McDonough and many class members that passed the exam for “Certified Producer”. It has been a long road of learning camera techniques and the many aspects of Studio Production. I look forward to working with Frank Avila and Tony Joyce on many projects in the future. So far every production has been met with accolades. We are going to continue with the Issue Forum- ChicagoClout.com series that has opened the eyes of many Chicago citizens. It will be Co-hosted by Frank Avila and Patrick McDonough. So all you crime busters and Chicago City Workers, you have a voice and friend. Patrick McDonough
Another Chris running for alderman in the 48th Ward? Yes and I like the new sound of checks and balances in Chicago politics. I was scheduled to meet Chris at 12:30 p.m. at Coffee Chicago today. At 12:30 and two seconds, Chris was running off to meet all the 48th Ward residents on Clark Street. Chris’s manager Stephanie was there and we hunted down Chris and his large group of supporters. Please see Chris’s web site at http://www.chrispersons48.org/node While I am upset this guy could not wait 30 seconds, I am impressed with the professionalism of his staff. I also noticed a man was bursting at the seams when he found out the petitions were not for Alderman Smith, he signed Chris’s petition as quick as a wink. Lets get rid of the 48th Ward Daley Rubber Stamp, “Queen Smith” and put Chris Persons in as Alderman of the 48th Ward. Remember do not be a second late for Chris!! Photo by Patrick McDonough.
The Teamster Union Members working at the Department of Water Management have been fighting tooth and nail to defend work rules and Union Agreements. Chicago’s management has been ignoring rules and laws for many years. High profile actions by Patrick McDonough and William Underschultz pushed back Daley’s gestapo actions numerous times and forced the Illinois Department of Labor to look closer at the horrific working conditions. Illinois Department of Labor Again cited Chicago for unsanitary conditions, due to the possibility of staff infections from the new time clocks just installed. (see prior posts). Report No. C-S-2007-0185-LCI. I suggest a class action lawsuit and recommend all city workers to file a workman’s compensation claim every time you get sick. Paper work in route to FEDS. Remember Chicago, you must post all violations in a conspicuous place, have you? Please watch us on Can-tv tonight at 7:00 p.m. channel 21. Patrick McDonough.
Gary Washburn is pictured by me grilling some Chicago Alderman about the secret Burge meeting at Chicago City Hall yesterday. Click here for the story. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0611220100nov22,1,3913790.story Thank you for writing about this important story Gary Washburn. Gary Washburn is pictured doing what he does best, interviewing to get the story right. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Today’s Jon Burge secret meeting was changed to another date, December 6, 2006. Chicago is a disgrace in the manner it has treated black and poor minority people. Alderman Troutman (20th Ward) is pictured with Frank Avila and Patrick, David and Michael McDonough. Alderman Troutman was very nice to me and spent time listening to my story. Chicago is lucky to have a judicial advocate like Frank Avila. Chicago Mayoral candidate Bill “Dock” Walls was noted in attendance. Also two candidates for 43rd Ward Alderman were noted, ( Both featured on this site) Peter Zelchenko and Rachel Goodstein. Photo by Patrick McDonough
A great conversation was in progress when I asked for a picture of Chicago Top Gun Lawyer frank Avila and Alderman Leslie Hairston at Chicago City Hall Council meeting today. Much of today’s meeting was about Jon Burge. I spoke to the alderman, she is nice and very professional. Photo by Patrick McDonough
On November 21, 2006, Mayor Daley was a no show at Chicago City Council. Many white alderman were also missing from the meeting, a show and tell of Chicago Police’s new laws to protect rights of it’s accused citizens. Superintendent Cline was less than forthright and was grilled by Chicago’s Black Alderman. A possible violation of the open meetings act was uncovered. Alderman Burke said a quorum was not present. The City of Chicago did not post an agenda for the meeting. “The public needs 10 to 14 days notice and the Daley Administration broke the law again”, declares Wayne Strnad, a 30th Ward Aldermanic Candidate. A City lawyer also testified on how they cannot stop Burges pension payments since he was on duty when the crime occurred. The meeting was full of upset black men. The security personnel earned their money. Everyone knows Patrick McDonough loves his Chicago Police, but we need to straighten out some old criminal actions a few Policemen administered to it’s black citizens. Photo by Patrick McDonough