Mayor Daley's Chicago Building Department massive systemic fraud scheme

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Over one year ago, a member of Chicago’s Building Department was nearly at the end of his rope. Michael McGann and I have a mutual friend, Michael J. McDonough, my father. Mr. McGann has more information on the massive fraud at the building department than anyone I have ever met. After several conversations, I knew Michael’s revelations were beyond my limited resources. I asked Frank Avila, Jr. to meet with us, and funny enough a meeting was right across the street from Chicago’s City Hall. I was trying to get a foothold into the “Facing” scams that included Chicago Department of Water Management, Chicago Building Department, and various Chicago Department that looked a blind eye to the building explosion in Chicago. Simply put, a building is completely remodeled with no permit, including massive buildings. After all the work in the building is completed, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, structural, and drywall is completed, a permit is applied for a minor repairs to the front of the building, new windows, tuck-pointing, and doors. Cash changed hands like a Las Vegas Brothel. This has cheated taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue. The Yuppies in Chicago bought properties that have been shortchanged in every manner possible. When I called for inspections nothing was done. When I called a reporter to investigate this scam, nothing was done. Thanks to Michael McGann and Frank Avila, a new level of professionalism was brought to our new organization. Michael McGann was punished for his whistle-blowing activities. Mario Olivella, the very boss that tried to undermine Michael credibility was just indicted. I am looking forward to Mr. McGann’s upcoming hearing at the Chicago Department of Human Resources, Monday June 9, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. I look forward to Frank Avila asking Mario and the Boca Raton Las Vegas Boyz questions they might not want to answer. I am going to video tape the event for your pleasure. On a personal note, Michael McGann has brought a new level of professionalism to our fight to give the Chicago taxpayers a square deal. The hundreds of pages of evidence should make even Mayor Daley squirm. We have many more surprises for you soon. Mayor Daley has promoted people with gambling problems and they in return have promoted those with the same bad habits. Remember this my whistleblower friends, contact us at you might be entitled to reward money. My highest regard to the Chicago Inspector General, you are heroes. I see the leaks have been removed. I also look forward to the officials at Journeymans’ Plumbers Local 130 and the Bureau of Licensing help us with this mess; let’s not hide on the sidelines! Make sure you call Alderman Banks and let him know his plumbing inspector replacements just interviewed to replace these bums.Right W**** and M*** and D***? Photo by Patrick McDonough.

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  1. The IG office called me and told me that a tenant calling about building and police department corruption was calling the wrong office. Hmmmm. What contact about city corruption does the city not want on record?

    Feds: City building inspectors bribed
    By Jeff Coen and Dan Mihalopoulos

    Tribune reporters

    11:09 PM CDT, May 22, 2008

    A mole wore a wire for a year while acting as a bagman carrying bribes from developers and contractors to Chicago building inspectors, exposing systemic corruption in the Zoning and Buildings Departments, authorities said Thursday.

    Even for a town that has turned payoffs into an art form, the operative uncovered brazen misconduct, investigators alleged.

    City inspectors ignored problems, fabricated reports and sped up paperwork in exchange for envelopes of cash, work on their homes and tickets to skyboxes for Bulls games, the federal charges alleged. One inspector took $10,000 to approve two illegal basement units in a building, while another allegedly took $7,000 to “inspect” plumbing that was already covered by concrete, investigators said.

    Local and federal authorities said the charges marked a new phase in an investigation dubbed Operation Crooked Code. Last year, workers in the Buildings Department were charged. The new allegations involve the Zoning Department, which is tied closely to powerful Ald. William J.P. Banks (36th). Banks has been chairman of the City Council’s Zoning Committee since Mayor Richard Daley took office in 1989.

    City Inspector General David Hoffman, whose office worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI on the case, said taxpayers should be dismayed that city workers were acting as if they were employed to ensure that corrupt developers benefited in a backward system.

    “What they actually did with their jobs was to make absolutely sure that the laws were violated,” Hoffman said at a news conference called to announce the charges against seven city inspectors and eight developers, contractors and others. “Everything was the exact opposite of the way it should be.”

    In the first phase of the investigation, which started last year, five individuals, including four city Buildings Department employees, were convicted; charges are pending against a sixth defendant, a former city inspector. In a related state probe, two additional former city workers were convicted on bribery-related charges and a third awaits trial.

    U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, who is usually mum about the future course of investigations, flatly declared: “There’s every reason to think that there will be more charges to come in the future.

    “It’s clear that people casually pay and take bribes in the permitting process,” Fitzgerald said. “And the second thing that’s clear is that last year’s arrests did not make enough of an impact.”

    It was the first investigation involving Hoffman’s office in which federal wiretaps were used, officials said.

    The city employees charged were William Wellhausen, a zoning investigator; Mario Olivella, a plumbing inspector; MacArthur Milam, a supervisory ventilation and furnace inspector; Phyllis Mendenhall, an inquiry aide in the Buildings Department; Anthony Valentino, a zoning investigator; Thomas Ziroli, a ventilation and furnace inspector; and Louis Burns, a Buildings Department clerk.

    A collection of builders was charged along with architect Ronald Piekarz and real estate developer Beny Garneata, whose phones were tapped during the probe. Garneata was the first arrested, on Wednesday, and was considered central to the case in part because of his broad connections to politicians such as Banks.

    Garneata has donated $4,000 to Banks’ Democratic ward organization. The alderman’s nephew, zoning lawyer James Banks, is the registered City Hall lobbyist for Garneata, city records show.

    Wellhausen, one of two zoning inspectors charged Thursday, has deep roots in Banks’ Democratic organization in his Northwest Side ward.

    The 36th Ward Democrats sponsored Wellhausen’s efforts to get a city job as early as 1990, according to the “clout list” released in the 2006 trial of the mayor’s patronage chief, who was convicted and is in prison. The list featured political campaign workers seeking to obtain city jobs in exchange for their loyalty to the mayor’s political organization.

    Wellhausen’s daughter works as an aide to Banks in the Zoning Committee’s office at City Hall.

    Valentino, the other zoning inspector facing charges, also has been a political worker for the 36th Ward organization, according to sources. He donated $400 to Banks’ political group in 2005, state records show. Banks did not return calls seeking comment; an aide said he was out of town.

    Investigators said their secret operative, who is expected to be charged eventually, began working in May 2007, acting as a “bagman” and recording conversations. Agents watched as Valentino met the operative at a doughnut shop and then listened to a later call between them.

    Valentino allegedly was upset about having to jump through more hoops to get bribes to the right places.

    “It’s getting more and more difficult I know for everybody to do what they need to do,” Valentino was quoted in the charges as saying.

    Authorities said the inspectors would often tell developers that their work would pass even though they had never seen the properties in question.

    Corners were cut at developments around the city and at a South Loop hotel. Inspections of everything from plumbing to fire systems were undermined, said David Colen, assistant inspector-in-charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.

    “The administration of building and zoning permits only works when those involved in the process don’t weigh their personal financial benefit against the best interests of the city,” Colen said.

    The mayor called the alleged behavior “appalling and regrettable” and said he wished he could do something to end such corruption “for once and for all.” But he declined to accept the notion that the problems are widespread.

    As Daley often does after corruption charges are leveled, he insisted that the accused are not representative of most employees in his administration.

    “You cannot condemn everybody for a few,” Daley said. “I don’t know if it’s systemic, but you can’t indict everybody on that.”

    In the new anti-corruption sweep, the mayor noted, developers and other private-sector employees were accused along with public officials. “It takes two to tango,” he said.

    But the city workers certainly were willing to dance, according to the charges.

    Mendenhall in the Buildings Department is alleged to have helped Piekarz and Garneata obtain a certificate of occupancy for a project in exchange for a few hundred dollars, and agents listened in on a tapped line as the men discussed her work on their behalf.

    “She handled us with kid gloves,” Piekarz allegedly told Garneata. “She said to tell Beny G. to settle down. God has the power.”

    Tribune reporters Hal Dardick and Robert Becker contributed to this report.

  3. Chicago’s tale of corruption has no end

    May 25, 2008Recommend (20)

    “Basically, here we go again.”

    U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, May 22, 2008

    » Click to enlarge image Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin

    Chicago strains the creative writing abilities of even the smartest feds.

    And so on Thursday, neither his Harvard education nor his near-mythic reputation as a prosecutor’s prosecutor could supply U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald with a sexy new script for the same old storyline.

    Like Indiana Jones, this city’s corruption saga is an endless series of sequels. And on this day it was about, well, what else? Corruption indictments, 15 of them, for city workers, contractors and developers who allegedly paid or took bribes to rig inspections, get building permits and make money the old-fashioned way, by cheating the taxpayers.

    Noting one of the alleged bribes caught on tape was passed outside Oprah’s West Side studios, even Fitzgerald’s invocation of Chicago’s global media goddess couldn’t produce much sizzle.

    Like an old episode from “The Twilight Zone,” we’ve seen this show in black and white before there was color. In analog before we got high def.

    But wait. Even in its sameness, there actually was something different about Thursday’s press conference. It just took a few minutes to rack it into focus.

    There, behind Fitzgerald, in the synchronized, somber-suited law enforcement chorus line, one player in this drama was being given a starring role, bathed in a bright, warm federal light. It was David Hoffman, Chicago’s 42-year-old inspector general.

    Once upon a time, Hoffman was also a fed, as an assistant U.S. attorney for seven years who did gang prosecutions. Ambitious, a bit too hip for some colleagues and, some said quietly, a bit too willing to remind others that he once clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, Hoffman left the office in 2005 amid much fanfare.

    Then, as now, corruption indictments were flying over at City Hall. Mayor Daley had just fired his first and only other inspector general, Alexander Vroustouris, who apparently never saw or stopped the Hired Truck scandal or other urgent and growing municipal embarrassments.

    Daley needed to bring in a fed to prove to the feds he meant business. And Hoffman rode in.

    It was never going to be easy, but even Hoffman couldn’t have predicted how hard it would be. The City Council, that bastion of civic betterment, denied him subpoena power over any investigation of an alderman. He hit roadblocks in staffing his office. And, when Hoffman did hire some excellent investigators such as former FBI agent David Grossman, it still wasn’t easy for them to fire city workers who considered the public trust their own bank account. The fifth floor resisted on glaring, well-publicized occasions.

    Hoffman dug in. Fought back. And even when Daley created a new, parallel agency to undercut his inspector general, Hoffman refused to lie down or shut up.

    All Thursday’s news conference lacked was the theme music from “Band of Brothers” to make the point as Fitzgerald and FBI chief Robert Grant emphasized that this investigation was not only done in concert with Hoffman, but also was the first time ever that a City Hall inspector general was trusted with federal wiretaps.

    Helllloooooo, City Hall.

    This investigation comes as former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez, the highest-ranking member of the Daley administration to be indicted, prepares for his upcoming corruption trial.

    And this investigation paints a bull’s-eye on the powerful 36th Ward, home of the Banks Dynasty, where the alderman, William J.P. Banks, has run the City Council’s Zoning Committee with an iron hand for almost two decades. Many of those indicted have deep ties to Banks and his zoning-lawyer-lobbyist-nephew, James, neither of whom was mentioned by the feds last week.

    Where is this going?

    Somewhere, says Fitzgerald. Part promise, part warning, part promo for yet another sequel. And, he all but said, one other thing: Don’t mess with David Hoffman.

    Role of expediters under scrutiny as federal probe targets City Hall corruption
    City officials, developers, contractors accused in investigation
    By Dan Mihalopoulos

    Tribune reporter

    May 28, 2008

    The linchpin of the newest bribery scandal to hit the Daley administration is a member of the obscure yet ever-present and highly energetic band of City Hall characters known as “expediters.”

    Armed with tightly rolled blueprints and fueled by endless cups of coffee, expediters swarm the 9th floor at 121 N. LaSalle St. every business day to wade through the often arduous process of obtaining city permits for real estate developers, builders and homeowners who don’t want to do it themselves.

    The unsung and highly specialized role these private individuals play in the workings of city government gained notoriety last week when investigators revealed that for the last year, an expediter had been secretly recording conversations to help build an ongoing bribery case that so far has led to federal charges against 15 people.

    Buildings and Zoning Department officials, developers, contractors and an architect were accused in what authorities describe as widespread corruption that included trading cash and sports tickets for falsified inspection reports and faster approval on construction projects. The unnamed expediter at the center of the federal “Operation Crooked Code” served as the conduit between corner-cutting developers and greedy public officials, authorities said.

    Expediters have multiplied and become fixtures at City Hall in recent years. During the height of the building boom a few years ago, the permit process stretched for many months, creating a cottage industry of people offering their expertise in the byzantine ways of the city’s zoning and building codes.

    The expediters say it is their knowledge of the system, and not political clout, that gives them an edge and makes it worth hiring them instead of applying for permits without any guidance.

    “We know what [city officials] want, and therefore it’s easier for them to deal with us,” said Carson Kyhl, a co-owner of Burnham Nationwide, the largest expediting firm at City Hall. “We’re not going to waste their time with incomplete or inaccurate applications.”

    Kyhl said frequent changes in city rules can make it hard for all but the savviest applicants to navigate the process without help.

    “These construction projects—it’s complex stuff,” said Kyhl, whose Burnham firm was hired to get permits for the ongoing Trump Tower Chicago development.

    Expediters are not required to register with the city, but 440 such companies voluntarily have added their names to a registry maintained by the Buildings Department.

    Just by waiting in line at city offices for developers or architects, expediters say, they cut costs on building projects. Some expediters charge only about $50 per hour, compared with far higher rates demanded by architects. Many of the expediters have their own minions, known in City Hall lingo as “line waiters.”

    Privately, many expediters don’t deny having social relationships with city workers, but criminal investigators are increasingly examining such ties for signs of influence peddling.

    In November, expediter Cristoir MacPhillip pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his connections to a city official who scheduled appointments for permit applications.

    Asked about $1,000 that he gave to the official, MacPhillip claimed that it was a donation to the worker’s softball team. MacPhillip later admitted that he bribed the city employee to move up the dates of 10 appointments for clients.

    Buildings Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said plans presented by expediters do not receive favorable treatment compared with other applications.

    Expediters frequently “pre-review” drawings for their clients to make sure they are up to snuff before submitting the paperwork to city officials. After city officials suggest corrections to the expediters so plans comply with city code, the expediters work with their clients to make the requested changes.

    But in a move that seems aimed at reducing the role of expediters, city officials said Tuesday that they would no longer allow anyone but licensed professionals such as architects or structural engineers to attend meetings where they suggest corrections.

    Chicago is not the only city to grapple with the issue of how to regulate expediters. In New York and San Francisco, expediters have been accused of having improper influence in permitting. In 2001 in San Francisco, more than half of the employees in the Building Inspection Department told auditors that they had witnessed preferential treatment given to cases handled by permit expediters.

    Prosecutors say Chicago’s expediter-turned-government spy was caught last year after a city building inspector put stop orders on projects and only agreed to rescind them if property owners hired the expediter.

    Faced with that evidence, the expediter became an informant. Authorities say they will charge the expediter, who is expected to face a lighter penalty in return for cooperating.

    Authorities said the mole also provided information about corruption involving more than 15 other people, with more charges possibly coming within weeks.

    Buildings Department officials said Tuesday that they are reviewing the inspection records for all buildings mentioned in the criminal case; they also are reviewing other reports by the accused employees. The review likely will include re-inspections of buildings, McCaffrey said.

    “We believe that is the responsible thing to do,” he said. “We understand that there is concern about these buildings.”

  5. 911 center informer punished
    MOTOROLA PROBE | High-ranking official reinstated after inspector general found out

    May 21, 2008
    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    A $104,804-a-year deputy director at Chicago’s 911 center was stripped of his responsibilities after providing key information to investigators probing at least $2 million in payments to Motorola that were beyond the scope of the company’s contracts, City Hall sources said Tuesday.

    The retribution by Jim Argiropoulos, acting executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, was an apparent violation of Chicago’s 2004 whistleblower ordinance.

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    Jim Argiropoulos
    (Sun-Times file)

    Whistle-blower’s demotion launches city of Chicago inquiry
    The punishment was particularly troublesome because Argiropoulos was among those authorizing payments to Motorola. He is a potential target of Inspector General David Hoffman’s investigation and had already been interviewed by the inspector general’s office, sources said.

    The disciplinary action against the high-ranking whistleblower was reversed last month, only after the inspector general’s office learned of the retribution and reportedly pressured the city to restore the informant to his previous position.

    The whistleblower, whom the Sun-Times chooses not to identify, refused to comment on his on-again-off-again demotion, citing what he called his “precarious situation.”

    The Sun-Times reported earlier this week that Hoffman is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into alleged hiring and contracting irregularities at OEMC.

    The contracting portion of the investigation centers around payments to Schaumburg-based Motorola beyond the scope of the company’s contracts.

    Cook County judge put on administrative duties after DUI arrest, chief judge says
    Judge Sheila McGinnis of the Bridgeview courthouse was arrested after Tinley Park crash
    Tribune staff report

    May 21, 2008

    A Cook County judge who has presided over drunken-driving cases has been removed from the courtroom following a Tinley Park traffic accident in which she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

    Sheila McGinnis, 47, of Chicago will perform administrative duties only, according to a release from Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

    In his order, Evans said the move was to “ensure the perception and reality of the highest standards of conduct.”

    Legal experts said Evans’ decision was not unusual and that it is common for judges to be reassigned while facing criminal or misconduct charges.

    McGinnis has a June 6 court date.

  7. Court OKs suits on retaliation in Cracker Barrel cases

    May 28, 2008Recommend

    BY FRANCINE KNOWLES Staff Reporter
    The U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with employees who alleged they faced retaliation after complaining about race and age discrimination, including a Matteson resident who said he was illegally fired from a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Bradley.

    The court, by a 7-2 vote, said a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 known as statute 1981 covers claims of retaliation that follow complaints about discrimination on the basis of race.

    The court, by a 7-2 vote, said a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 known as statute 1981 covers claims of retaliation that follow complaints about discrimination on the basis of race.

    The ruling grew out of a case involving Hedrick Humphries, who had worked as an associate manager at Cracker Barrel for nearly three years. He alleged he was fired after complaining that an acting general manager at the store was making racist remarks, including saying that a black cook at the restaurant “must be drunk or drugged” because that’s “how they all are.” Humphries also alleged his firing came after he reported to management he was the victim of racially motivated discipline and complained that the firing of another employee was racially motivated.

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    The Supreme Court, by a 7-2 vote, sided with lawyer Cynthia H. Hyndman (right) and Hedrick Humphries in their suit against Cracker Barrell restaurants for discrimination.
    (Al Podgorski/Sun-Times)

    The ruling grew out of a case involving Hedrick Humphries, who had worked as an associate manager at Cracker Barrel for nearly three years. He alleged he was fired after complaining that an acting general manager at the store was making racist remarks, including saying that a black cook at the restaurant “must be drunk or drugged” because that’s “how they all are.” Humphries also alleged his firing came after he reported to management he was the victim of racially motivated discipline and complained that the firing of another employee was racially motivated.

    Humphries filed a lawsuit claiming both discrimination and retaliation. Both claims were dismissed by a federal judge and only the retaliation claim was appealed. With the ruling, his case can now proceed to trial.

    The ruling “allows workers and contracting parties to go and say ‘you’re discriminating against me on the basis of race, and this isn’t right, let’s fix it,’ without fear of losing their job or having their contract cancelled or whatever action might be taken against them,” said Cynthia Hyndman, Humphries’ attorney. “I think that’s a huge victory for people who are trying to combat race discrimination wherever it may happen.”

    Humphries welcomed the news.

    “Now we have an opportunity to go to court and deal with the real issue,” he said. “The real issue is the discrimination that went on there that I was victimized by along with other managers and the retaliation of the company and its attempt to hold onto that practice.

    “Now the specifics and the details of the case will come forward, and it will be clearly seen by the court that this is a part of this company’s culture that needs to be addressed and in some ways dealt with by the courts because the law was broken.”

    Cracker Barrel has denied wrongdoing in the case. It had argued that statute 1981 of the 1866 Civil Rights Act doesn’t contain specific provisions prohibiting retaliation, so such claims, which have been made under the law for many years, shouldn’t be allowed.

    Cracker Barrel’s argument drew support from business groups that included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses Legal Foundation. They contended that allowing retaliation claims under the statute would open the flood gates to more lawsuits and undermine the reconciliation process allowed for under Title VII of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act. That act allows retaliation claims to be brought, but it has a shorter deadline for filing suit and caps the amount of money that a successful plaintiff may recover.

    The Bush administration sided with Humphries, whose attorney Hyndman had argued broad protections would be taken away for people who are victims of racial discrimination and retaliation if the court ruled in Cracker Barrel’s favor.

    Writing for the court in the ruling, Justice Stephen Breyer said that previous Supreme Court decisions and congressional action make clear that retaliation is covered under the 1866 law.

    The idea that a provision of the 1866 law, known as section 1981, ‘‘encompasses retaliation claims is indeed well embedded in the law,’’ Breyer said.

    Cracker Barrel said in a statement, “Embracing and promoting diversity is an important part of Cracker Barrel’s business. The case before the Supreme Court sought clarity about retaliation in the laws…While we were disappointed by this decision, we respect the Court’s ruling, and we will present our arguments in the district court. This case involves a violation of company policy, and the company acted reasonably and responsibly.”

    In a separate case, the court ruled 6-3 that the part of the major anti-age bias law covering federal employees also protects them from retaliation after complaining about discrimination.

    The rulings drew support from conservative and liberal justices.

    In the age retaliation case, Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion concluded that a U.S. Postal Service employee may pursue her lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    The law does specifically bar reprisals against private sector employees who complain about discrimination. But it is silent as to federal workers. Alito said the law indeed does apply to both categories of employees.

    The case involves Myrna Gomez-Perez, a postal worker in Puerto Rico who alleged she was being discriminated against because of her age. Gomez-Perez, who was then 45, said that after she filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, she suffered a ‘‘series of reprisals’’ from her supervisors.

    Gomez-Perez sued under the ADEA, claiming retaliation in violation of the law.

    The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court’s dismissal. The Supreme Court reversed that ruling Tuesday.

    The administration, which is backing workers in other age bias cases at the high court, said the ADEA does not afford federal workers protection from retaliation. It said Congress could have extended protections to federal workers, but didn’t.

    Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. Chief Justice John Roberts joined them in the age bias case, but sided with the majority in the Cracker Barrel case.

    Both decisions relied, in part, on a 2005 ruling that called retaliation another form of intentional, unlawful discrimination under Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education. Title IX also doesn’t explicitly talk about reprisals.

    Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that 5-4 decision. She has since retired, having been replaced by Alito.

    Contributing: AP

  8. Pat, it’s time to take our city back from all of these crooks from the top on down. We need to get decent and respectable media exposure. This mayors son is involved in a lot of city contracts that have involved no work on his part. The mayor needs to disclose all of his sons ties to taking our money. This is a disgrace. Can we organize and draft up a petition of signatures with complaints and present it in an open letter to Patrick Fitzgerald and the media. Something has to be done! Please Pat, I fully sense that the atmosphere has shifted on this crooked administration and why is the states attorney general doing nothing about all of this corruption. We do not need the winner of the democratic primary for states attorney to get in office. She is part of the same corrupt system. She has been at the states attorney for nearly 20 years and never did a damn thing about this blatant corruption. As brash as he is we need her Republican opponent to clean things up . Good luck with your new website now please lets kick this thing into overdrive and clean up this crooked mess!

  9. Why can Daley be allowed to still retain power through the fraudulent troops that taxpayers funded. Every candidate that Daley supports and gets installed in office is through the use of fraud. If that’s the case then I should be allowed to commit massive voter fraud to get elected if I run for office in order to compete with his taxpayer funded army. That’s the only way i can compete with the Daley taxpayer funded machine. He should not be allowed to run for office anymore. I am very curious how the feds are going to handle his being allowed to control the taxpayer funded troops. There is already 12 million dollars Daley has caused us taxpayers to lose because of his illegally funded army. Something better give soon. This is not right.

  10. Hey Pat,
    I like to say well done Mr. Ryan, I do not know who you are, I do agree on what you are saying, This is what I have noticed, when some corrupt person goes to jail, there is another person that does the same thing, the only thing that changes is their name. X-Gov. Ryan he went to jail and now its Gov. Blago who will be going to jail soon. These people that do corruption do go to jail, I would like to see individual’s that commit corruption have to pay out of their own pocket, like the 12 million the taxpayers got to pay out. That is wrong, it should be the Mayor that pays out of his pocket, when that happens then the corruption might stop, I say HOLD THESE INDIVIDUAL’S ACCOUNTABLE!!
    I have seen this in the north district, let me give you an example….. there was a guy that brought a long KNIFE to work, threating a worker he stated to this worker “hes a killer” the worker was scared to do anything, and another incident I seen was A district Foreman cover up a Foreman on a truck, this foreman does what ever he wants to.
    Their was a house that had broken pipes in it, with no way to shut it off the b-box was not working, but this foreman reported that this work could wait, well quess what, the house had its inside drain pluged with debre, so that it could not drain, this foreman in my opinion had let this house flood with water all the way to the basement windows, where it froze solid. The foreman said its not my house, this is SHITSVILLE HERE” I said to the foreman you can not leave this house like this, you got to give this to “Jessie” you need to shut this off today, he told me “shut the fuck up or I will get you off this truck”. I went to the district foreman and told him about it, and he said the same thing “your a drive, stick to driving”.
    this house was on Grand ave. just east of Narragansett at the corner
    this house was a total lost in my opinion. I just feel that there is so much corruption in the dept. that it will take forever to get these guys out of power, But I got to say one thing Mr. King is a guy that is try ing to straighting out the whole mess, we need more people like mr. King!!! he needs to crack the whip. he needs to enforce the SHORING ISSUE. I seen first hand that Kolomay doesn’t use shoreing, he orders it and it just sits there !! putting Caulkers/plumbers at grave risks.
    Another thing when that crew on WSD 920 started the fire on that block 2 cars got burnt, where was Kolomay? doing crossword puzzles 1 block away at the park !! he was not supervising at all!! I wish that guy who got his cars damaged by the fire would bring me in as a witness, I would testify about how this foreman did not care about this accident. In fact he laughed about the cars burnt. This foreman should of been given time off!! but of course he is been covered by some one at North district. So you see it corruption from the low level to the high level, do you really think anything is going to change? when people start going to jail from the bottom up, things will change!!

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