Tom Laporte said Chicago Department of Water Management follows Safety Laws. On April 25, 2006, I made numerous photos of a job site in front of 4626 West Lawrence and 4480 West Lawrence in Chicago. The photo shows no safety or concern for people walking with-in inches of the project. Not a single piece of shoring on the project. The Illinois Department of Labor knows about this. The Inspector Generals Office is not concerned. Look close, nice safety tape job? Lawyers get rich, workers get hurt, taxpayers get screwed. Photos by Patrick McDonough.
With regret, after over a year of intense investigation, my recommendation is to terminate the political investigative arm of Mayor Daley. The Chicago I.G. is wasting money on rental cars, wasting money on gas, and is not doing the job us taxpayers expect. To date, David Hoffman has still not contacted me after repeated attempts to have procedure reviewed. I have followed his army in Revenue and Streets and Sanitation vans waste time doing nothing, with two hour lunches. Fraud inspecting fraud. Let me explain the procedure the I.G. uses in Chicago. Example one, The inspector General takes a complaint about a department, next the I.G. writes up a report, next the report is given to the head of the offending department, (Brian Murphy, of Department of Water Management), than a “Confidential” letter is made and the report is sent to John Zander. If you read the “Role of the Inspector General’s Office” as set forth by municipal ordinance, the department is in crimianal violation of the ordinance. As I have stated before, the Inspector General’s Office is engaged in Fraud and Retaliation. Do not call the Inspector General’s Office, call the F.B.I. at 1-312-431-1333. The I.G. admitted your identiy is revealed to department heads. Photo 740 North Sedgwick, Chicago. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Mark Brown of the Sun-Times had a great article on April 25, 2006. It is called “11th Ward election high jinks have John Daley crying foul. John Daley is not “dicking around”. I suggest John Daley not waste his energy and find out how William “Bill” Chambers got a plumbing position with the county after 30 years with the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. Bill was allowed tons of overtime when everyone else got shut down. Pictured Frank Avila, Richard Remus, and Frank Coconate. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
On April 24, 2006, Chicago Federation of Labor was at the Haymarket Riot Monument to review Immigration Reform. Dennis J. Gannon gave a great speech. Tom Stiede of Teamsters District Council gave a fiery speech. Jorge Mujica gave a strong passionate speech about respecting hard working immigrants. It was great to see many Union leaders at the forefront of this difficult issue. Some unions guys could not attend as they were busy getting their car washed. Dennis J. Gannon Clout Rating: Yep got Clout. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
On my way to the Haymarket Riot Monument, to attend a Union Rally to support the Immigration rights movement, I noticed two Plumbers Local 130 maintenance men washing the Business Manager’s car. Since I am also a member of Plumber’s Local 130, I thought for a second about getting my car washed also. Union Management is a fine line away from Management in Chicago. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Commissioner Tony Perica was working the South Side of Chicago, on April 22, 2006, to bring aware to the Black Community his views on the issues. Pictured is the lovely Ms. Joyce and her two handsome sons, and Commissioner Peraica. Dave Madlener told me it is a matter of “Asking for the vote”, and “Showing Respect”. Tony was presented an award from Frank Avila for his Honest Government Service earlier in the year. On a personal note, Tony is very classy and down to earth. He always has a nice word for everyone. Contact the campaign at these numbers: 1-708-344-1600, 1-773-735-1700, or 1-773-684-1909. On line, www.VoteTony06.com Tony Peraica Clout rating: Plenty and getting steam. Photo by Patrick McDonough
Commissioner Tony Peraica is running for Cook County Board President. On April 22, 2006 Tony was working the Stroger neighborhood. The picture was taken at 86th street and Stoney Island in the south side of Chicago. I wish the following the best of luck, Commissioner Tony Peraica, David Madlener, Randy Alesia, Patrick, David, and Michael McDonough, and Ray Clark, office manager of Peraica office at 1862 E. 75th Street Chicago, Illinois 60649 phone 1-773-684-1909. Please visit www.VoteTony06.com Tony Peraica is a class act and was always a gentleman to everybody, Good luck and God Speed. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Chicago Department of Water Management Laborer Jesus Navarro has a history of one of the best workers in the corrupt Chicago North District Water Department. Jesus was verbally assaulted by a ranking water official. The swiping policy in the Water Department allows those with clout to swipe where they want and those with out clout to swipe in less desirable locations. Jesus listened to racial slurs and threats to his job. Jesus demanded the work site at 1430 North Central Park to have Safety barricades and arrows. Jesus watched as a young kid almost got whacked and near head on collision. An army of Water management officials showed up. Police were called. A full scale investigation is under way.
The City of Chicago Department of Water Management Safety Department is now under high alert. Caught again with no enforced safety rules, the embroiled department is trying to explain why there is no shoring or trench safety. Plumbers Local 130 business agents are also inspecting sites. The Illinois Department of Labor inspected two more sites near Patrick McDonough’s residence in Chicago. Hmmmmm. “I complained about it for years, and all they do is retaliate,” said Patrick McDonough. “It did not matter when I was the Plumber-in-charge of the Night Hydrant Truck, but when I got my job back they put me in an unsafe ditch”,claimed McDonough. Now, McDonough is in a lesser position and in a district farther from his legal residence. “It is called retaliation, plain and simple,” said Frank Avila.
Congratulations to Chicago Inspector Generals Office. In October of 2005, an investigation into the Department of Water Management North District Employees came up empty handed. (Right on Script Boys!!). The I.G. came up with nothing. Thousands of Chicago Taxpayer dollars spent in wasted time. Send in Frank Avila, Patrick McDonough, and Frank Coconate, and the corruption will be exposed. No report ever issued to the public. Thought we forgot? Photo by Patrick McDonough.