Chicago Clout confirmed a interview today from Mr. Pollak's staff. We welcome a half hour with a well spoken candidate.
As one of the most recognized anti-crime reporters in Chicago, just the sight of my handsome face makes Union officials cringe. Today was no different when I was watching Mayor Daley’s friends rack up the loot on Western Avenue and Arthur. Kenny is lining sewers before anything is wrong with them. I think is the best racketing since Mayor Daley’s pals started the sewer restrictors. Many people are not aware of the powerful patronage army Mayor Daley has at the Chicago Park District. We have documented stunning video footage we will release around the time Daley and his clowns run for office again. The Chicago Park District is violating Federal Law by not having a Federal Monitor in interviews for promotions. Daley and his goons must have thought the Federal Judge was a dummy that would overlook every Department Daley controls. The Chicago Park District does not ever have Kronos machines to monitor employees when they arrive and leave. The Chicago Park District still has employees simply sign in and out. This works great when Daley wants signatures for his re-election. The largest joke at the Chicago Park District is the lack of an official Inspector General. Many employees from the Park District continue to use clout and aldermanic influence for promotions. I think it is time for the SEIU to demand proper working conditions for all Park District employees. These are my pals from the union, Dale Jackson and Taalib-Din Ziyad. I hope all you folks filling out applications for Chicago Park District jobs contact a lawyer; you got a good chance of a Shakman settlement. With Daley’s pals fixing the sewers on the cheap, look at all the money we will save for all the future lawsuits. Sounds like another pickle Daley got us into. Patrick McDonough.
The 48Th ward in Chicago has been poorly served by Mary Ann Smith for a mighty long time. Any slop Mayor Daley served up to Mary Ann Smith was eagerly gobbled down. Mary Ann was at the trough for far too long. Two candidates could not even get on the ballot last election, because of Mary's staff of political experts. I really wish Mary Ann Smith would have spent that time looking over proposals the Daley Administration dumped on us. Mary Ann would blindly vote for everything and anything. Many parts of the ward vastly improved thanks to the massive cash influx during the last couple of decades. Andersonville is a great neighborhood. Many improvement have been made to the ward but the decay is evident more each day. The infrstrucure in crumbling, sewers, water main leaks left for weeks are on the increase. 48th Ward Superintendent Conrad Suerth has been one of the bright points in the ward. Conrad was a ditchdigger at the political Chicago Water Department. Connie dumped ship after the Hired Truck Scandal. My concern for the ward is political gadfly Harry Osterman, a real windbag, useless as they come. Harry will be back with the same old machine politics destroying Chicago. The only bright spot is a guaranteed job for Conrad Suerth. The 48Th Ward needs a fresh face ready, willing and able to address ward problems. I am happy Mary Ann Smith is going out to graze. Bye, Bye. Patrick McDonough, the pride of Andersonville.
We got it first on Chicago Clout! On one count number 24. False statements.
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Is City Flushing Money Away By 'Lining' Sewers?
One Alderman Prefers Chicago Suspend Program And Redirect The Millions To Services Reporting
Jay Levine CHICAGO (CBS) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1
With the city of Chicago facing a $600 million budget deficit and a critical shortage of police officers, Mayor Daley is desperate to save money.
Well, one alderman says he's found tens of millions of dollars in savings.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) first learned about the project on Clybourn Avenue when he spotted a crew working.
"That was the first time I'd seen this rag-tag crew out there working on the sewers, and I said, 'What exactly is going on with this one?'"
CBS 2 came across a similar crew, actually a single worker, with a bunch of hose, white buckets, and some kind of machine spraying a semi-liquid resin into an open manhole.
"We're lining the sewers," the crew member told CBS 2 producer Ed Marshall.
His company, Sewer Tech, is a subcontractor for Kenny Construction, the mayoral favorite and low bidder for a contract that could be worth $120 million or more. The Water Department says Sewer Tech "creates a pipe within a pipe" and can "renew the old main for up to a century."
"The sewer lining is helpful but if it's not a necessity right now, let's put the money where we need it, in the police department," Waguespack said.
City investigator Patrick McDonough, who helped expose the Hired Truck scandal, says the firm's contract can lead to greater expense.
"It's just an open-ended contract for Daley and his friends. That's all it is," he said.
Kenny Construction, which declined an on-camera interview, issued a statement saying the sewer-lining work "is a cost-effective program that will save the city and its taxpayers money and inconvenience."
By putting it off, the Water Department maintains, "we'd be playing catch-up."
The project, launched in 2006 when the economy was booming and the city was in much better financial shape, is about three-quarters finished. That still leaves about $40 million to be spent on the city's aging sewers.
"If it's a collapse, do the collapse, I don't care about the other stuff right now," Ald. Waguespack said. "If you can suspend these contracts, suspend them and redirect the money to something else."
A Water Department spokesman conceded that the sewers being lined weren't about to collapse. In fact, they have to be in reasonably good shape to be stable enough to hold the lining.
Contributing: CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall
It all about lining Daley's pockets folks. Report corruption to Jay Levine.