Fran Spielman exposes more timesheet fraud at Chicago Water Department

Alderman’s brother accused of being AWOL from city job on New Year’s Eve

Matthew Osterman got a five-day suspension after being accused of filling out a fraudulent ‘edit sheet’ that claimed he was at work for the Water Management Department.By Fran Spielman  Jan 21, 2020, 3:42pm CST

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th).
The brother of Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) has been slapped with a five-day suspension for being AWOL from his city job on New Year’s Eve.

The brother of Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) has been slapped with a five-day suspension after being accused of being AWOL from his $51.10-an-hour job at Chicago’s Department of Water Management on New Year’s Eve, then allegedly filling out a fraudulent “edit sheet” to preserve his paycheck.

Hoisting engineer Matthew Osterman was supposed to report to the North District Yard to serve as an “extra” on a leak crew repairing water main breaks. But he never showed up for work that day, sources said.

When a supervisor called Matthew Osterman’s home to ask where he was, the alderman’s brother claimed he overslept. He did not hustle into work.

City employees are required to swipe in and out at the beginning and end of the work day. But Matthew Osterman subsequently filled out a so-called “edit sheet” claiming he had been at work Dec. 31.

“They pulled all the records and GPS’d his machine and he never swiped in or out . . . He was never seen here that day. Several people corroborated the story that he never showed up. They never saw him anywhere,” said a source familiar with the investigation.

“The initial call, he answered and said ‘I overslept.’ From there, the person working in the office assumed he was gonna come in. But he never came in . . . Someone called and tipped them off that Mr. Osterman never even came to the yard. Never showed up physically. They never saw Mr. Osterman that whole day.”

Edit sheets are supposed to be approved by an employee’s supervisor. They are supposed to be reserved for employees who misplace their badges or forget to sign in or out.

Osterman is accused of filling out a fraudulent edit sheet.

“To get paid for New Year’s Day, he would have to work eight hours before the holiday and eight hours after. By default, you lose the holiday if you don’t work the day before or the day after. And if you don’t have vacation time to cover it, you’re out of luck. You lose two days of pay. It’s an incentive to have people present before and after the holiday,” a co-worker said.

“He was out of vacation time. He didn’t want to lose two days pay. So he submitted a sheet that said he was here when he was not actually present.”

Matthew Osterman could not be reached for comment. Ald. Harry Osterman (48th), Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Housing Committee chairman, did not return phone calls.

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The alderman’s brother was initially slapped with a 10-day suspension. The punishment was reduced to five days after he agreed not to appeal, sources said.

A spokesman for water management, Megan Vidis, refused to discuss Osterman’s suspension, calling it a “personnel matter.”

Marty Durkan, business manager for Operating Engineers Local 150, was tight-lipped.

“I can confirm that, following a routine hearing, Mr. Osterman received disciplinary action,” Durkan wrote in a text message to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I have an obligation to protect his privacy and have no additional information to offer.”

It’s not the first time an alderman’s brother has been at the center of a scandal in the Department of Water Management.

Three years ago, a shake-up triggered by racist, sexist and homophobic emails swept out Water Management Commissioner Barrett Murphy and his top deputies William Bresnahan and Paul Hansen, son of former Ald. Bernard Hansen (44th).

Inspector General Joe Ferguson stumbled upon the hate-filled emails while investigating allegations Hansen was using his city email account to sell guns.

In a follow-up report, Ferguson said a high-ranking deputy — whom sources identified as Hansen — called African Americans “wild animals” and sent an email with the subject line “Chicago Safari Tickets” to multiple high-ranking Water Management colleagues.

Veteran City Hall insider Randy Conner, who is African American, replaced Murphy and was given carte blanche to clean house.

Allegations of payroll fraud are also nothing new to a Department of Water Management at the center of the Hired Truck and city hiring scandals.

In 2005, nine clout-heavy employees — including the brother-in-law of County Commissioner John Daley — resigned after being accused of falsifying attendance records over a two-month period and possibly longer.

Daley’s brother-in-law John Briatta, Water Management’s $94,827-a-year chief equipment dispatcher, and eight others were assigned to what was known as the “leak desk” at the Jardine Water Filtration Plant

The cushy assignment of answering phones and prioritizing repair requests was long dominated by 11th Ward loyalists. It was transferred to the 311 non-emergency system after the payroll scandal broke, costing then-Water Management Commissioner Rick Rice his job.

Special Thanks to State and Chicago Inspector offering free water service to needy.

CHICAGO (CBS) — She’s an 89-year-old Austin woman, and right now she’s getting her water out of a garden hose.

A group of plumbing experts is volunteering to fix the issue, but they say they need some help from the city, CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports.

Janie Peters has been living in her Austin home for half a century.

And for years, she says she has had low water pressure—or no pressure at all.

“I just got through washing my hair in bottled water this morning,” Peters said.

“It’s plain old torture. That’s what it is, plain old torture.”

Peters said city workers said they couldn’t put their finger on the problem. Then when her next-door neighbor moved out this fall, she lost her water service altogether.

The issue was pretty clear to this group of plumbers.

“Somebody dropped the ball,’’ said Frank Coconate, a former Department of Water management inspector. “This should not be happening.”

The plumbers say they the house next door doesn’t have a water meter and their line is inexplicably tied to Peters’ meter.

And the current solution: a long water hose running to her home that isn’t either safe or sanitary. The city created the setup as a temporary solution until they can come up with a licensed plumber to create a permanent fix for Peters’ water supply.

“There shouldn’t be a connection this long running across here. It’s running to a water hose,” said union plumber Arvid Peck. “Who drinks out of a water hose?”

So this group of current and former Department of Water Management workers is  stepping in and asking the city for a special permit to complete the installation of a new water service as soon as possible.

“For her not to have water to cook and drink and go to the bathroom these are huge problems,” said Coconate.

However, they have hit some roadblocks this holiday season. Notably, they haven’t heard back from the city’s permit department.

In the meantime, the plumbers are stocking up Peters’ home with bottled water.

Peters is being patient and says she has been touched by all the love.

“Thank God there’s people like you all,” she said.

It’s still unclear exactly how this water line became tied to the house next door.

CBS 2 reached out to the mayor’s office, the water department and the city’s metropolitan planning organization.

The water department says they’re working with alderman’s office to get a permanent solution.

As for the group of volunteers, no word yet from the city’s permit department.

Eddie Johnson gets the ax, Conner gets the ointment

Now that the whole country knows that the Former Superintendent of CPD bypassed all rules related to a drug and alcohol test –following the 911 call for an emergency response to his large body and head slumbering in a running city vehicle after a night out partying with his lady friend –I have a question. Mayor Lightfoot, why was your Commissioner of Water Management Mr. Alphonso Conner II allowed a pass for similar actions? We have detailed in previous reports what Conner did after he struck a private individual’s vehicle at a lakefront nightclub owned by Conner’s lady friend. Remember Conner had a woman in his City-owned vehicle immediately during his accident. She was not disclosed in any police reports –including the amended police report. She’s a big union official who had a lot of clout under the previous administration.

Many employees have been forced to resign after donating urine in the mandatory drug and alcohol test-a requirement for every DWM vehicle accident. The accident was called in like the way Former Deputy Chief of CFD John McNicholas did after his vehicle accident that led to his termination. As you might recall-McNicholas called into a secret bat phone at OEMC to sidestep official channels that would include the recording of his call to the 911 center. Conner called a secret bat phone in order to do the same thing. For Conner’s sake, the call went to Ralph “Chameleon”  Chiczewski who did not give him up-but dutifully responded to the field and sanitized the vehicle accident and adjusted the claim facilitating a nice payoff to the injured party –almost 3 times the amount of money than was disclosed in the police report Conner completed. It’s all documented and the victim that was hit by Conner has told Chicago Clout exactly what happened. 

Why was this individual never interviewed by city officials including but not limited to the 1st Deputy Commissioner Julie “She splits “Hernandez-Tomlin, The Chief of Safety Chiczewski and the Commissioner?

There is a long list of individuals that have been terminated either forced or otherwise for similar actions. Chicago Clout will initiate a FOIA to all Departments Conner was at to cross-reference his participation in Senior Executive roles and his termination of employees for violation of department protocols for vehicle and accident reporting. This list of individuals will be published in subsequent articles –but in the meantime, mass media will readily provide you with two individuals who were fired by two different mayors of Chicago. Deputy Fire Chief John McNicholas and Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Mayor Lori Lightfoot acted shocked that Johnson lied to her face. Welcome to Chicago the city of cover-ups and boldface lying. Who wouldn’t lie to keep a Commissioner job with all the perks and benefits –especially when you don’t even have a college degree or engineers license? Attending a college or university for 4 years and walking out without a degree means nothing except the person was partying, is stupid or a combination of the two.

Lucio Bitoy Department of Water Management Fired for alleged Violence in the Workplace Violations

Lucio Bitoy, a licensed Local 130 Plumber, and a City of Chicago Plumber was just fired for multiple violations of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Diversity and Equal Opportunity Policy and Chicago Violence in the workplace policy. Also, alleged were violations of not being a nice boy.

Plumbers’ Local 130 is refusing to assist Lucio Bitoy because of his many disciplinary issues with the city. Some of the retaliation started when Lucio became uppity and decided to file a Federal EEOC complaint that caused lots of problems at the Chicago Water Department. ( ON September 22, 2014) White bosses were furious that a black would have the audacity to fight for black’s rights. A white driver had a noose in his truck and all he had to do was say he was sorry.

Plumbers’ Local 130 declined to protect Mr. Bitoy for several reasons. Many of you need to understand, whites always get their racism issues covered-up and the political class always have these issues swept under the rug. I have no doubt, a case has been built up against Mr. Bitoy since he refuses to participate in Political Action Meetings and contribute to Local 130 Political funds,

Today, Lucio filed with Mayor Lightfoot’s Human Resources Department and intends to get his job back. Lucio can us this opportunity to expose all the hate and corruption that goes on at the Chicago Department of Water Management.

What concerns me the most is Lucio is a typical Chicago Water Department employee.

He does a great job as a Licensed Plumber but fails to realize hard work means nothing. The Department of Water Management is run by pure politics. Lucio needs to understand, you can not attempt to make things get better and not get burned.

I personally do not like some of the things Lucio has said on Facebook, but he has a first amendment right. Someone decided to make a friend request and then got offended. Lucio was never failed a drug test of physically assaulted anyone. The Department of Water Management has always dragged on or refused to investigate serious violations of Personnel Rules in the past.

I strongly suggest the Department of Water Management provide psychological treatment to people they suspect have issues before they terminate them. Sometimes frustration causes people to do things we find offensive. The former bosses at the Department of Water Management always looked the other way when racism occurred.

Funny how Joe Ferguson at the Chicago Inspector General was informed about many people’s Facebook post that were far worse the Lucio’s. Black women were always mistreated, and many women were subject to sexual threats.

We have many problems at the Chicago Department of Water Management, Coo Coo Conner has failed to fix anything. Please advise all contractors to provide more girt cards during Christmas Time. I am hoping Mr. Bitoy gets his day in court. I also hope Frank Coconate can help him since Gregorio-Marcio, LTD is ordered to stand down.

John “Copper bar” Keating 2FM Da Copper Caper

John “Copper Bar” Keating is a hell of a great electrician. When I looked at his overtime, I was impressed. In 2018, the 2FM Foreman of electrical Mechanics raked in an impressive $29,898.00 in extra dough. Currently, Copper Bar in 2019 is raking in an additional $42, 024.27in overtime. NICE!! Plus, he gets a base salary of about $104,500.00 plus. You think that would be enough.

NO. There is MORE:

The nice scrap money on the side is where you can make a boss happy and pocket piles of money that belongs to the Chicago Taxpayer. I called many of the persons involved in the Chicago Inspector General cover-up. We at Chicago Clout followed up to the Chicago Inspector General and heard nothing but crickets. We gave the video of two City of Chicago 2FM employees leaving an “emergency” electrical mainline replacement for Alderman Burke’s Archer Heights Library.  During the project. While on the project making double and triple time, two coo coo birds were prepping copper for a drop to various scrap yards in the suburbs. The emergency repair was ordered by Alderman Burke so his library in his ward would not be shut down like the library in black wards are. Trust me, when blacks have the library out of order, the blacks in those communities wait for weeks.

After a massive nice overtime orgy, 134 union electricians, while on city time, went to the suburbs and cashed out. All that copper netted a fine pile of checks and cash. Did you know junkyards can pay cash if you have a union card? Blacks and Hispanics need to have an I.D. and are reimbursed only by check.

James “Pinky Finger” Barcelona needs to know when scrapping copper to make sure he returns the copper that does not belong to him. Make sure you read the passage in the bible that says, not to covet Nina Cozzo’s cut and share the copper with the guy taking video. James, you scrapped on March 5 and March 6 in 2018. You reputedly stole all that copper.

Some quick advice to Joe “Sleepy” Ferguson, make sure your staff properly investigates theft of taxpayer’s scrap money. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s press staff forwarded me to 2FM press person, Hali Levanboski. I still waiting for her and Joe Ferguson. And waiting and waiting.

Look at this picture, was the copper spent on guns? P.S. take your finger off the trigger unless you are going to shoot. More free advice

Luis Arroyo Chicago’s Marco Island Mobster?

1836 Bayport Ave. Marco Island
Luis Arroyo enjoys his crib wit his wifey Maribel for real

When I flew into Marco Island Airport to get lunch, I decided to follow up on a story that includes prior posts on Chicago Clout. Luis Arroyo was the 3rd State Representative and assistant majority leader. He was just served a little love from my friends at the F.B.I. The F.B.I. allegedly followed up on many complaints the Chicago Politicians, Unions, contractors, and the City of Chicago manage to operate.

Luis Arroyo and his wife Maribel are currently enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at their palatial estate in Marco Island. They get scared easily when walking around their home and batten down the hatches when they suspect the FEDS are snooping around. Hidden behind the garage door is a nice white SUV. This house was just a lot when Luis bought it in 2012. In just the last year, the massive building project resulted in an almost million-dollar winter house. The landscaping is plentiful, and the grass is plush. The paver stone on the driveway looks great. Luis now has a tax bill of only just over $8,000.00. That is way less than the taxes in Chicago for sure. The home boasts of a 2300 plus foot interior, 500-foot enclosed garage, 500-foot enclosed deck, 14 by 24-foot pool, and a 900-foot deck. Amazing how King Luis expected to pay for this amazing construction project. The ceiling is high in the air.

Not bad for an Illinois State Representative that gets paid $77,000.00 plus a year and $111.00 per diem expenses, and extra for additional duties. His work in the transportation section with John D’Amico is tied to the Illinois Senator Marty Sandoval mess.

I am certain Luis was going to entertain at that house and obtain more consulting business. You think since he was given the Illinois State Representative in 2006 and a wonderful easy job at the Department of Water Management, he would be more interested in helping to move the Puerto-Rician Community forward. Luis made massive piles of money from his campaigns that out-powered any rivals. Luis also put his family and friends on the Chicago City payroll. Luis was a real winner when it came to Chicago Unions. Plumber’s Local 130 and teamsters, and electricians lined his pockets.

Luis forgot to help his friends at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. When Illinois politicians take money from companies like A.L.L. Construction. They get millions in O’Hare Airport contracts. Frank Coconate was injured while working for A.L.L. Construction, but his workers’ compensation claim is dragging on and on. Luis was always out for Luis and now he is ruined merchandise. Watch the campaign contributions and consulting dry up.

We should see a for sale sign in this yard very soon to pay the legal fees. Just search the crib in the 1800 block of Bayport in Marco Island. Bet it will be a fireside sale. Too bad, so sad.

Chicago Copper Caper 2FM and the Chicago Inspector General

Chicago Fleet Management Queen and her missing Copper Hauler Nina Cozzo Glorioso

Many Chicago Taxpayers would be very pissed off if they knew about the many Departments controlled by the Chicago Mob. The delivery of services and the purchase of supplies is very carefully controlled. It keeps an army of democrats in an office that keep looking the other way. The Chicago Way, “what’s mine”, is why things fail to change. They keep posting hate in Chicago media and the fools follow with strict marching orders on how to vote and dutifully pay their taxes.

Today we look at Chicago Fleet and facilities Management. We at Chicago Clout follow crews and take pictures to monitor the integrity of not only the ongoing crime spree, but the way goons like Joe Ferguson and his clown at the Inspector General follow up and dispense justice. As I have said in the past, Joe Ferguson follows Fran Spielman around for a little attention and only investigates things that garner him some pictures in the Sun-Times. Sad.

In early March 2018, an electrical fire started at the Archer Heights Library on 5055 South Archer Avenue in Alderman’s “I know nothing” ward. The City dispatched 2FM employees for a joyful emergency overtime electrical repair. Most repairs are not an emergency unless someone like Nina-Aruba-Pierce-Cozzo-Glorioso deems it to be the end-all. Nina dispatched an electrical crew and work began in earnest. An electrical service in Chicago uses very high-grade electrical work and thick as a few fingers. Can you imagine the pounds and pounds of copper needed to replace the electrical line? Nowadays, the number one bare bright copper goes for over $2.15 a pound. Some scrap yards are also over that.

The problem is Chicago 2FM employees were getting paid time and one half and double time (and a day) to remove the plastic and maximize the amount of money they would receive. City workers also went to the scrapyard on city time and got paid to steal the copper. Pretty nice eh? At first, the criminals forgot to give the guy photographing them his cut. Not smart. The envelopes were shared with a few select employees such as foreman John “Copper Bar” Keating. John makes nice overtime thanks to his close relationship with Nina “Aruba” Pierce-Glorioso. Nina is an insult to the outfit guys on grand avenue. When you pick on the wrong people at work, you bring attention to yourself. Is Nina the kind of goof like those cray cray ladies on Jersey Shore?

The Chicago Inspector General was given pictures because some employees fail to look in their rearview mirror. I get it, the lust for cash is strong. According to many insiders at the Inspector General’s office, the I.G. is dragging the investigation on forever due to the political pressure put on Joe Ferguson. We are talking about thousands of dollars in taxpayer money looted. Currently, 2FM is repairing Joe Fergusson’s Sedgewick location and giving Joe the treatment. Joe, I suggest next time you do a sweep in the office on a more regular basis. Also, Joe should have more common sense than to hire a City agency to build offices make repairs. The Chicago Inspector General should hire a private contractor for security reasons and get his own kickbacks like everyone else.

Several phone calls were made a couple of days ago to get the opinion of characters in the middle of the scheme. Nina was rude and John talked like, “how the hell did this guy know”? Funny. Rebecca Striscko, David Reynolds refused to return phone calls. One person was smart enough to answer questions and will be left out of the mess that that person did not create.

Nina is now a hero on Second City Cop because she failed to repair a Chicago Police station. I guess she could not find copper to scrap and was too busy running a con game at 2FM. When the Chicago Police can not go to the bathroom, they call Chicago Clout and demand action. Maybe Streets and Sanitation can make an outhouse drop like they did at the Eugene Sawyer Plant.

The Chicago Inspector General sent three of their FBI wannabees to 2FM because the heat in on. It is all an act. If you have pictures of City Employees scraping copper and still cannot prosecute, you are doing the same shit as the goons unloading plumbing material for tens of thousands of dollars. Just allowing major crime spree to continue.

More on this later

Chicago Department of Water Management embarrasses Chicago Taxpayers at Water Plant

Commissioner Conner leadership embarrasses entire City of Chicago

Just when you think Chicago had enough of a Police Superintendent drinking on the job, Chicago Commissioner of the Department of Water Management keeps in the act. According to a source at Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, Conner was excused from a hit and run because he is black. The source said, “the black community having a drink or two and leaving the scene of a minor crime is what we do”? (insert a record scratch) I was dumbstruck by this answer. Just recently, Commissioner Conner was at a budget meeting and his actions were called out by Chicago’s most powerful black alderman, David Moore. I am glad to see that a Chicago Alderman keeps high standards for all employees despite color.

This is what we expected from Lori Lightfoot and her wife Amy ‘Bigfoot” Eshleman. Chicago voted for change and Chicago employees represent the same bunch of Rahm’s leftovers.

Currently, at the Eugene Sawyer Water Purification Plant, a story we published regarding a mess in the entrance area has got worse. We told you, with need all underground inspections, licensed and certified personnel to handle the major leaks. I as a Licensed Certified Plumbing Inspector and Investigator and P.E. offered to pinpoint the problem. Now, the Department of Water Management has the South District Plumbers on the scene. Also, major heavy equipment such as breakers and backhoes are going to have to try to find the leak. Stupid.

We told you this work needed to be completed immediately long ago because the water main pictured is up in the air. According to Commissioner Conner, winter came much too soon this year. The entire leadership at the Department is a laugh at all major municipal water management institutions. One guy from New York told me, “Chicago needs to remove the political insiders and hire pros”. Chicago is the new Detroit and the lack of structural maintenance is a national joke.

Right now, the Chicago Department of Water Management personnel at the Eugene Sawyer are evacuating their bowels into outhouses and drinking bottled water shipped in from taxpayer’s reserves. Some black customers wanted this water for those drinking bottled water due to the lead epidemic in Chicago.

Could you imagine another billion-dollar enterprise having employees going to the bathroom in outhouses in the middle of winter and drinking bottled water? Please note, Commissioner Conner is still refusing to release FOIA I have requested to expose this freakshow. Scam central.

We already warned everyone, when the political hacks at the DOWM forced Katherine Ealy, the best Chief engineer in the history of the DOWM out, hell would return. It is here.

Luis ” Pretty Boy” Arroyo busted, his son next.

Luis Arroyo Department of Water Management Hero

Luis Arroyo made his chops at the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. He also made his name as an Illinois State Representative. While at the Department of Water Management making a large salary, Luis was best known as Donald “the convict” Tomczak’s doorkeeper. How the heck Luis got away with the Hired Truck program and the contracts at the Department of Water Management can only be answered by Mike Madigan, Alderman Ed “slimeball” Burke, and the Chicago Inspector General. It was a really nice run doing little except making deals while at the Chicago Water Department while taking a large easy job as State Rep. I had the heat on his ass for a while, but I had a nice relationship with him and let some things slide. We had some pictures with him when he called for service at his office. I agreed to lay low. His luck ran out on him.

With all the dough he had, I surprised he was looking for some peanuts. Luis is on the Illinois transportation committee with DOWM alumni John “Hired Truck” D’Amico and DOWM new star Jawaharial Williams. Wait for all Department of Water Management employees and State Representatives? Yes.

Funny as it seems, Luis really hosed his son, Luis “say nothing” Arroyo Jr., the current Cook County Commissioner. Ole Junior left his job as an office statue at the North District truck drivers at the Water Department. What a great job, pulling your pud all day while everyone else works their ass off. Now that pops is fucked, Commissioner Conner better make some room back at the North District. The Puerto Rician political powerhouse is doomed. Lori Lightfoot keeps many Illinois State Representatives on the City payroll full time. These goons make piles of money. John D’Amico just retired from the Department of Water Management after banging the taxpayers for 30 plus years. Amazing. Hidden at the Jardine Plant. Come into work, take a city SUV, sedan, and then vanish. D’Amico, you think you can slip away from the kid? You got court soon.

Luis, Luis, Luis, you got away with murder for a long time. You also screwed my homeboy and childhood friend Mr. Munoz. You forgot where you came from and forgot your homeboys at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission.

Please look forward to John D’Amico and the Sandoval scams. John C. D’Amico should return all the ComEd dough. Bada Bing, Bada Boom. Payback is a bitch. The transportation scandal is hitting home, Mr. Conner. Duck, Duck, Goose.