Marge was punching away for Rahm Emanuel today. She talked about the things like where Rahm was for the last few months. I suggest this lady will become a Commissioner if Rahm ever wins the Mayoral Race. She is a communications expert, or so she says. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Rahm Emanuel’s friend testified as to her knowledge about Rahm Emanuel’s where abouts during the last year and then some. Photo by Patrick McDonough
Rahm Emanuel had a very long day at the Chicago Board of Elections. Attorney Russ Stewart did an amazing job on behalf of Patrick McDonough of Chicago Clout, objector. The Chicago Media has made Rahm Emanuel the chosen one. It is not the way it is to go after having a nut case like Daley for the last twenty years. Photo by Patrick McDonough
I must say Hearing Officer Joe Morris did a great job at the Rahm Emanuel Hearing yesterday and today. Freedom is something to Chicago Citizens and the Chicago Press. If you allow more meetings and citizens can participate, you will have a better country. Yes, the hearing officer has very Saintly Qualities. Photo by Patrick McDonough
I was harping about the work at Milwaukee Avenue and Montrose for a long time. It was some of the worst work I have ever seen. Mayor Daley will leave office and we will pay for work done just a few months ago. Who is going to pay for the massive repair work just completed? Is this under warranty? Are Chicago City Streets and Sanitation guys going to re-repair this lousy work? This light almost killed a guy walking by today. We saw it drop under a very light wind. Photo by Patrick McDonough
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Hired Truck scandal whistleblower running for 48th Ward alderman
December 8, 2010By Tony Merevick Patrick McDonough was once a city plumber. Then he blew the whistle when private trucking companies started winning fat city contracts — for doing nothing. These days, McDonough is making a run for alderman in the 48th Ward. In a speech to a Columbia College journalism class, McDonough called himself the "lone ranger."
"I'm running because we're nowhere near cleaning up all the problems that we have in Chicago," McDonough said. "It's a train wreck. It's going over the bridge, and it's only going to get worse."
McDonough, 50, now an investigator for the city of Chicago, said he believes hard work can create change. McDonough helped launch the probe into the city's hired truck program in 2003, raising questions about the $40 million-a-year program that paid clout-heavy contractors, some with ties to organized crime, $40 an hour and up to do little or no work.
After news of the scandal broke, dozens of city workers were indicted. The FBI questioned Mayor Richard Daley for two hours about city payments to trucking firms.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the trucking companies in the hired truck program had donated $800,000 to Daley's re-election campaign. McDonough vowed to battle the 48th Ward incumbent, Mary Ann Smith, and other opponents, just like he battled corruption in Chicago.
"It's going to be ugly," he said.
The 48th Ward encompasses the Andersonville neighborhood on the city's North Side, where McDonough grew up.
"The area is extremely wealthy," he said. "We have a very wealthy ward. The Andersonville part is very well-to-do."
McDonough is running his campaign like he would an investigation; he's said he's going after what he thinks is wrong.
"We have to put everyone back to work," he said, saying many jobs are leaving the city.
He opposes the privatization of city systems and services and challenges Daley's portrayal of Chicago as a green city. He also supports state pension reform and a more robust oversight of tax increment finance (TIF) funds.
McDonough talked about his role as a whistleblower and his active reporting job as the publisher of Chicagoclout.com, a website he and other writers use to publicize corruption in the city. He said he is the only investigator in the city who does his job.
"I have people arrested, brought to court, I enforce the rules and the laws, and I consider the opportunity that I have an honor and a pleasure, and I also do the best that I can," he said. "I give 110 percent to my job."
He said he only gets about two to four hours of sleep per night.
Although he said he is an unwavering watchdog, McDonough praised city workers and said the majority of city workers work hard.
"There are a lot of people who love our jobs when it's 20 or 30 below and they say that there's a broken water main and the water is two or three blocks down the street and you can't feel your fingers, all of a sudden everybody quits, and it's guys like us that take care of things," he said. "I don't actually do it because I'm an investigator, but that's how I started with the city of Chicago."
McDonough is one of eight children and the father of five. Noting that his work as a whistleblower has prompted critics to call him a "snitch," McDonough said he is 6 feet, 2 inches and weighs 250 pounds. "You can say whatever you want about me, as long as you don't touch me," he said.
After he blew the whistle on the city's hired truck program, McDonough was investigated by the city, a strange turning of the tables for him.
"That's how the city works," he said. "So when someone does try improving the situation in Chicago, they consider that a threat on what they have going. And there's millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars of money floating all over the place and they don't like people like me exposing what they're doing."
"I'm the lone ranger out there and it really gets old," he said.
I am tired but I need to work non-stop for the next few days. Rahm Emanuel was a no show at his own politicial funeral. I think Rahm must think he is still in Washington D.C. giving Obama the ointment. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
It was no fun defending Rahm Emanuel today at the Chicago Board of Elections. Rahm Emanuel lawyers seems, hurt, scared, and lost for words. Mr. Morris, the Board of Elections choice to oversee this case was having a very long day. I was happy to see Mr. Odelson and Mr. Russ Stewart asked to be in a special group of trusted and experienced lawyers to oversee the event. I was surprised the Chicago Media painting a seen that was not reflective of the atmosphere. I also spoke with Mr. Morris and voiced my concerns that the entire room was filled with many hearings and cases. I think that will be remedied. All in all, the people in attendance were very nice and respectful, despite the lack of proper audio levels. One of the objectors put in his two cents regarding the lack of credibility at the Board of Elections. Many other objections were made and I think Rahm Emanuel did himself a major disservice by not showing up. Rahm looked like a coward. If you are going to run for Mayor and people make an objection, have the guts to defend yourself. I think Rahm needs to get his entire defense in order to avoid the perception of ciaos. Rahm really lost the chance to show he can lead out in front, instead of being a “wizard” behind the curtains. Rahm has lost all the momentum the press gave him and the word is out. You can see an ice-cold and in control Burt Odelson. Photo by Patrick McDonough