I could never understand how Mayor Daley and his pack of goons can allow work that should be completed by Chicago City Workers, to be farmed out to private contractors. This company said they are Joel Kennedy Construction Company. Their trucks have no lettering or have lettering with false addresses, of course that depends on the way Chicago Office of the Inspector General determine residency. None of these cases have ever been prosecuted. In fact, some former employees retired from the Chicago Water Department and went to work for privates in Lake County. These companies need to be investigated for compliance. Chicago City workers are taking furlough days at great expense to their families. Private companies from other counties take our work; enjoy lower taxes, better roads and less corruption. I think that is why Mayor Daley has a residence in Michigan. Why would Daley farm out the sewer program to these companies? When will the Inspector General investigate these companies? Many of these companies have a P.O. Box and the mail is forwarded to the suburbs. On this job the company did not have a permit. They started work with-out a permit. The boss came out with Wisconsin plates on his pickup. He said this is emergency work, like the Nativity of our Lord emergency work? I never heard of a private company allowed to start a job without a permit in a municipal environment. But this is Chicago and Daley is the most corrupt person to ever serve office, period. This is a scam, pure and simple, it leads to using privates to complete work for the Commissioners friends and Alderman’s donors on the taxpayer’s dime. We need to Feds to raid the Jardine Plant again. The Chicago Department of Water Management might have found a new Hired Truck Program. I am still waiting to take a prosecutor on a three hour drive to explain the scam in detail. Photo by Patrick McDonough
2 Replies to “Mayor Daley's Lake County Construction Friends forgot to bring a permit”
Pat, it looks like they are doing some water line work maybe from the main into the building, well that should be a trench instead of an opening like it is, CDOT does not allow tunneling or directional boring , they say that the ground will cave in where the boring is because it can not be back-filled the way a trench can, also there is no visible DOT permit
(Response) Chuck, you can if you get a Commissioner to sign. I happens all the time. I got pictures of city plumbers doing just that at a bricklayers house as a side-job.
All of this is win-win for Daley. He gets to parcel these contracts out to companies who reward Daley and his slush fund away from the prying eyes of the federal monitor. Seems like anyone with a backhoe is now free to rip up Chicago pavement and get paid. Is anyone checking the license/contract of all these ‘wildcatters’?
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