Fran Spielman wrote a great piece on a Chicago Park District boss that got fired when a male stripper was entertaining ladies in another room at the Wentworth Park District near Mayor Daley old home in Bridgeport. The fired park boss will be on Chicago Clout in a couple of weeks. Chicago Clout promised more stories and we deliver. Mayor Daley is the boss of the Chicago park District.
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Chicago inspector gets 21 months for accepting bribe
August 27, 2010
A Chicago city inspector was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for accepting a $500 bribe to assure that a ventilation inspection in a residential building would pass, authorities said.
Thomas Ziroli, 64, who worked for the Department of Buildings, also was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and to pay back the $500 he pocketed, Assistant U.S. Atty. Christopher Hotaling said.
A federal jury convicted him of bribery last March.
Ziroli is one of 12 city inspectors who have been convicted of accepting bribes from developers and contractors in an investigation dubbed Operation Crooked Code.
Crooked inspector gets 21 months
August 28, 2010
A former city inspector was sentenced to 21 months in prison and slapped with a $15,000 fine Friday for taking a $500 bribe to make sure a building would pass inspection.
Tom Ziroli, 64, worked as a ventilation inspector for the city’s Department of Buildings. He was snared in the federal government’s ongoing “Operation Crooked Code” that has targeted corrupt inspectors.
Though convicted in March, Ziroli was still on the city payroll as of Friday morning. “Personnel rules and restrictions” prevented Ziroli’s firing, said Building Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey. However, Ziroli had “submitted a letter of resignation in advance of the sentencing and the Department of Buildings is immediately taking steps to remove him.”
To date, 17 people — 12 of them current or former city workers — have been convicted in the joint investigation by the FBI, the city’s Inspector General’s office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. attorney’s office.
Ziroli was caught taking $500 from a person who was cooperating in the investigation. He took the money to ensure a ventilation inspection for a residential building would pass, authorities said.
Can someone on this blog explain to me why if you sign a child up at a park on the Northwest side of Chicago it cost 375.00, but as you go further Southeast it goes down to as low as 155.00 for the same camp with the same hours? I called different parks and no one seemed to know and a couple attendants were shocked to hear of the different prices, any answers?
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