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  1. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahahahahahahahahah………………………..hahahahahahahahahahahaha I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! karma it really exists………..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hahahahahahahaha

  2. Hey Patrick, I am just wondering, do I get to come to the hearing and testify about the Tom Tally case before the personnal board, when I was a Investagator with the crew I have noticed the jobs were TT specials, If the city wants to nail this Guy TT call “Gonzo” he always did a TT specials. TT was always calling “Gonzo” about specials. At least 3 times during the week !! When I asked him why you listen to him? He would say “I want my job, if I do not do it, I will be sent south” so there you have it Patrick.

  3. Thursday, 18 Feb 2010, 9:52 AM Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010,

    By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News

    Chicago – FOX Chicago exclusive: The Chicago Water Department is moving to fire one of its top bosses, weeks after we first told you, about a man named Tom Talley.

    Our investigation continued and so did the inspector general’s.

    Talley’s accused of using city workers to make repairs for people with political connections.

    Some water department employees met with us last week to blow the whistle on what they believe is an abuse of taxpayer’s dollars.

    They’re called “specials” — water crews ordered to make repairs worth thousands of dollars on private property, against city law.

    Last month the city’s inspector general recommended longtime deputy commissioner Talley be fired. And Wednesday the water department pulled the plug, ordering Talley out of the building and initiating termination proceedings.

    For several weeks FOX Chicago News had been building its own investigation of the water department “specials,” which employees said happened at least once or twice a week.

    They said Talley was the man who ordered crews to perform illegal work.

    Talley had the job that used to belong to Donald Tomczak, who was convicted and is serving prison time for running a political patronage army out of the water department.

    The whistleblowers we talked to were both disciplined by the city at one time, but won their jobs back on appeal. A water department spokesman said Talley has five days to respond to the charges.

  4. February 17, 2010

    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    The Daley administration moved Wednesday to fire a $127,824-a-year deputy water commissioner accused of dispatching city crews to do drain work on private property.

    Tom Talley, who has longstanding ties to John Daley’s 11th Ward Regular Democratic Organization, was accused of ordering at least three jobs on private property. One of those side-jobs involved Nativity of Our Lord, the Bridgeport parish church of the Daley family.

    In the 2006 trial that culminated in the conviction of Mayor Daley’s former patronage chief, Talley was accused of helping to rig city hiring. In 2005, he was suspended for 15 days for failing to exercise proper supervision over employees at the Jardine Water Filtration Plant accused of participating in a payroll scam.

    Many of those employees were assigned to a 24-hour “leak desk” dominated by 11th Ward loyalists. The cushy assignment called for answering phones and prioritizing repair requests.

    Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended that Talley be fired, sources said.

  5. Share | Posted by Hal Dardick, John Byrne and Todd Lighty at 7:42 p.m.

    The Daley administration today moved to fire a political operative with ties to felonious former Ald. Isaac Carothers from his high-paying job in the city’s water management department.

    Deputy Commissioner Tommie Talley has five days to respond to the dismissal, then Water Management Commissioner John Spatz will make a final decision on his employment, department spokesman Tom LaPorte said.

    Spatz’s decision to fire Talley came after a recommendation from Inspector General Joseph Ferguson for disciplinary action. The office was investigating Talley for allegedly overseeing “side jobs” — private work done with city materials and crews, sources familiar with the probe said.
    One of those alleged side jobs was done nearly two years ago at Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, in the 11th Ward, Mayor Richard Daley’s native turf, the sources said. Pastor Dan Brandt said the Water department did no work on church property when the parish had problems with water pipes in April 2008.

    Though city workers initially checked on the leak, they quickly determined it had occurred on private property, and the church paid a private contractor “over $10,000” to make repairs, Brandt said.

    After a disgruntled former Water Department employee alleged the city did the work, Brandt said then-Inspector General David Hoffman’s office sent investigators to the church.

    “They checked it out and said everything was fine,” Brandt said, adding he does not know Talley but “would certainly go to bat for him” if Talley’s firing has anything to do with allegations about work at the church.

    Talley, who had worked for the city since 1981 and was being paid nearly $128,000 to oversee water mains and sewers throughout the city, also could not be reached.

    Talley often was seen at City Hall with Carothers, who this month pleaded guilty to accepting bribes for a zoning change in his 29th Ward.

    When Talley sought a promotion in 1993, he was backed by Carothers, according to a “clout list” once kept in the mayor’s office that was entered into evidence during the 2006 trial of Daley’s former patronage chief, Robert Sorich.

    Carothers, a Streets and Sanitation Department official when the list was drawn up, was a ward coordinator for Daley’s 1995 re-election campaign.

    Nearly five years ago, Talley was suspended for 15 days for what officials said was a failure to exercise proper supervision as part of a city investigation into a time sheet scam at the Jardine Filtration Plant. That scandal also led to the firing of Water Management Commissioner Richard Rice and nine employees

  6. Tommie Talley, the city's deputy water management commissioner, has reportedly been put on administr says:

    February 17, 2010
    The city’s inspector general’s office recommends Talley be fired for a variety of reasons. The allegations include ordering employees to perform unauthorized work, preferential treatment of employees and mismanagement of funds.

    Talley has five days to respond to the allegations against him.

  7. Daley sued over suspension of top ethics aideThursday, February 18, 2010
    February 18, 2010 Mayor Richard M. Daley is being sued by Anthony Boswell, his top ethics officer.

    Boswell was suspended for allegedly mishandling a sexual harassment claim. But Boswell’s attorney calls the suspension political retaliation.

    It is a City Hall mess involving the mayor’s office and at least four different departments and agencies. The suspended compliance director, recruited by the city to police the hiring of public employees, says he has been defamed by Richard M. Daley and Chicago’s inspector general. And he’s suing both to recover his good name.

    “This action has damaged my reputation which I have spent 18 years building at various corporations around the world,” said Boswell.

    Boswell says he would rather have been at work making sure the city hired only the most qualified job applicants. But he was in his lawyer’s office today because Mayor Daley suspended the $162,000 a year department head for 30 days without pay. The suspension was ordered after the city’s inspector general, Joe Ferguson, determined that Boswell’s office had mishandled a sexual harassment complaint filed by an intern at Chicago’s 911 center.

    “Mr. Daley relied upon information from Mr. Ferguson where Mr. Ferguson acted outside the scope of his authority,” said Boswell.

    In his lawsuit, Boswell alleges he was suspended not because of the 911 center case but because in 2008, he stopped the city’s corporation counsel, Mara Georges, from hiring her predecessor Brian Crowe’s unqualified daughter for an elevated position in the city’s law department.

    “She tried to take an under-qualified employee who is related to her predecessor and move her up the stage,” said Jamie Wareham, attorney.

    “We identified the problem and we were able to stop the hire from going forward,” said Boswell.

    Last week, the Daley administration shifted responsibility for hiring oversight away from Boswell and to the inspector general’s office. A statement released by Raymond Orozco, the mayor’s chief of staff, defended Daley’s suspension of Boswell. Orozco wrote, “we have an obligation to look into employee complaints regarding conduct in the workplace and ensure that their claims of issues like sexual harassment are not ignored.”

    The mayor’s office did not respond to the retaliation charge and the allegation that the law department tried to bend the rules to hire a political friend.

    “I think there are certain departments in the city that feel they are above the processes that have been established,” said Boswell.

    When asked if he knew of other attempts in city departments to circumvent hiring rules, Boswell told ABC7 “it’s possible” without providing any details.

    Boswell began his four-year term as compliance director in January of 2008. The ordinance that created the job says he cannot be fired for political reasons.


  9. Gee….. I wonder what Department he’s going to end up in?? Park District perhaps..McPier?.. keep an eye on this cloutbaby..he’s got John Daley in his hip pocket.

  10. Daley says no political payback behind hiring chief’s suspension

    Mayor Richard Daley today insisted his hiring oversight chief was suspended for mishandling a sexual harassment complaint, not because of a City Hall political power grab.

    The mayor appeared in public for the first time in more than a week Saturday and offered his reaction to the lawsuit filed against him and others by Anthony Boswell, Daley’s hand-picked choice to lead the Office of Compliance.

    Boswell’s attorney, Jamie Wareham, told reporters Thursday that Boswell has was targeted for retribution in part for exposing what he said was an attempt by mayoral attorney Mara Georges to circumvent court-ordered hiring rules.

    “This is Chicago. … Do we understand how people in the mayor’s office target people and continue to beat them like a drum until they leave town with their tail between their legs and their reputations destroyed? Is this a fact pattern that sounds familiar to any of you?” Wareham asked at a news conference.

    The suit was filed after city Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended Boswell’s suspension, concluding that Boswell mishandled a student intern’s sexual harassment complaint against a 911 center boss. Daley announced the suspension without pay Feb. 12.

    Today, Daley dismissed the notion that Boswell is a target of political retribution.

    “There was an investigation in regard to a sexual harassment situation, and no one followed through, and that’s what the complaint was,” Daley said at a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the Vietnamese Association of Illinois at a church in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. “Had the complaint been followed through — no one followed that. And there was an investigation by the inspector general, who gave the report and he was disciplined for thirty days.”

    Daley said he has no hard feelings toward Boswell, who will be welcomed back to the administration once the suspension is complete. The mayor, however, has been working to strip Boswell’s office of hiring oversight and shift that authority to the inspector general’s office.

    “Today, everybody sues everybody,” Daley said. “Like anything else, you have that. Remember, (Boswell) came from Texas, he was found by an independent group who really recommended him: great credentials, good family man, very committed public servant.”

  11. Daley denies retaliation in suspension of ethics chief

    February 20, 2010

    BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter
    Mayor Daley said Saturday that he would wecome back embattled ethics chief Anthony Boswell after he serves a 30-day unpaid suspension.

    Daley denied the suspension was retaliation for Boswell taking actions that displeased the mayor’s top lawyer.

    The mayor said he simply carried out a recommendation by the city inspector general’s office to suspend Boswell.

    Asked if he would return Boswell to his job after he serves his suspension, Daley said, “Oh, yeah, definitely.”

    “He comes with great credentials, a good family man,” said Daley, speaking to reporters outside a Lunar New Year celebration by the Vietnamese Associatoin of Illinois at a church in Edgewater Beach.

    Boswell — executive director of the mayor’s Office of Compliance since 2008 — has sued the mayor, seeking to overturn his suspension.

    Boswell claims the city’s corporation counsel, Mara Georges, retaliated against him after he accused her of trying to change hiring requirements to help Georges’ mentor’s daughter get a job.

    On Feb. 12, Daley announced the suspension. He upheld a report by the inspector general recommending that Boswell be suspended for a month for allegedly mishandling a sexual harassment complaint.

    Boswell’s lawsuit said the inspector general’s report was a sham and that he became a City Hall target after crossing Georges.

    Georges has said the allegations are false.

  12. Pat, sorry to give you the news but I heard it from a good source that the mayor does not like you. Are you hurt or scared?

  13. Watchdog Recommends Deputy Water Commissioner’s Firing
    Updated: Friday, 22 Jan 2010, 9:48 PM CST
    Published : Friday, 22 Jan 2010, 4:07 PM CST

    By Robert Herguth, FOX Chicago News

    A high-ranking Daley administration official who was described at the Robert Sorich trial as a cog in the city’s patronage hiring operation should be fired, a government watchdog is recommending.

    But being part of a scheme to hire and promote politically connected employees wasn’t Deputy Water Management Commissioner Tommie Talley’s only alleged transgression.

    Talley also dispatched city water department crews to work at private sites — including Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, the mayor’s ancestral parish in Bridgeport — Chicago’s inspector general found, according to city government sources.

    Talley, a veteran city worker allied with the Daley family’s 11th Ward Regular Democratic Organization, couldn’t be reached, and a city spokesman had no immediate comment.

    At the Sorich trial several years ago, Talley was mentioned on the stand by Hired Truck czar-turned-government witness Donald Tomczak as one of the city officials who helped facilitate the city’s rigged hiring process.

    Sorich, who oversaw Mayor Daley’s patronage activities, was convicted in the case and sent to prison. Talley was not charged, and kept his city job.

    But the allegation was pursued by the inspector general’s office, which also looked into separate claims that Talley was directing city water department resources toward select private sites.

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