Rham Emanuel denies Workers Compensation Claim on Konrad Tucharski

Konrad Turcharski killed on duty department of water management final.jpg

Mayor Rahm Emanuel embattled staff received orders to fight the Workers Compensation Claim of a dead Chicago Department of a Water Management employee. Emanuel demanded not a penny to be paid and a private law firm to fight the case. Emanuel also stopped Chicago media not to follow the funeral and wake of Konard Tucharski. Per a high-ranking North Side Chicago Superintendent, Konrad did not live in Chicago. Konrad allegedly lived in Mount Prospect with his wife and two children. Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has kept quiet.

Konrad Tucharski was a City of Chicago Bricklayer working on the street without proper shoring. None of the employees knew what to do when the street fell in on him and left Tucharski with a closed casket funeral on February 17, 2017. Pictures of the crime site at Sauganash Avenue showed the crew did not have proper shoring. Chicago Clout has seen Chicago Department of Water Management working in ditches 20 to 30 foot down with no shoring and no exit in case of an emergency. Fire the Commissioner Now. Rahm will not fire his pal that goes to hockey games with him.

We at Chicago Clout are asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop his crazy investigation NOW. We want a settlement in full to this family. We are asking the street name of Sauganash Ave to be changed Konrad Tucharski Avenue. City of Chicago full time employee John “Hired Truck” D’Amico who is also a full-time Illinois State representative can make this happen in a phone call. This is Laurino turf. Let’s get this done. We are also asking Joe “cupcake” Ferguson to back off the residency investigation of Konrad Tucharski, he gave his life to Chicago, that is enough to ask of anyone.

Powers Out in Chicago. Chicago Lead in Water Crisis gets new leader at Chicago Department of Water Management

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what’s going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will soon have a new official heading up the city’s massive sewer and water main replacement program and trying to urge Chicago property owners to switch to water meters.

Barrett Murphy, who’s held various City Hall positions over the past two decades, will take over for Thomas Powers as the man who gets to stand next to Emanuel at periodic press conferences to show taxpayers the benefits of the pipe upgrades they’re paying for with big increases to their water rates. The mayor likes to display sections of old wooden water pipes at such events as the water commissioner looks on.

The water commissioner is also known to Chicagoans as the guy who shows up at water main breaks and sinkholes to explain what went wrong.

Murphy is a deputy water commissioner who worked under Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Aviation Department and as the city’s project manager to prepare for possible Y2K computer problems, a predicted calamity that never came to pass. He will take over for Powers, who stayed on in the top position when Emanuel succeeded Daley as mayor in 2011.

The change comes at a time of heightened concern about the amount of lead in Chicago drinking water in light of the water crisis in Flint, Mich. The city Health Department announced this week it would start testing for lead in water in the homes of children poisoned by the brain-damaging metal.

Health Department officials said they would work with the Water Department to deal with the problem if elevated levels of lead are found.

The Water Department is huge, with about 2,200 employees and a budget of around $1 billion. It has taken on greater prominence in recent years thanks to Emanuel’s signature main replacement program.

“Over the last five years, Tom has overseen an historic investment in Chicago’s infrastructure that has helped to build a better Chicago, and I thank him for his service to the City,” Emanuel said in a statement.

Emanuel said Murphy is up to the task. “Moving forward, Barrett Murphy’s vast knowledge of and experience within the Department make him the best choice for the job as we continue to implement our 10-year Capital Improvement Program,” he said.

Daley elevated Powers to head the Water Department in 2010, after the city Inspector General’s Office reported department crews under Commissioner John Spatz had done private work with city material on city time.

Among the jobs detailed by the inspector general was a 2008 repair project at Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, in the 11th Ward, seat of the Daley family’s power. This information was provided by Chicago Clout, no reward money ever paid. Spatz himself was not implicated in any wrongdoing, but Daley demoted him. (John Byrne)

Former 44Th Ward Alderman’s Son orders tree removal Paul “Bunyan” Hansen

FotoFlexer_Photo.jpg

Many City of Chicago residents love their trees in front of their home. Not long ago, a leak was in the parkway of their home and a Investigator crew came out in the middle of the night to check the cause. When the homeowner came out side, they felt like the crew was rude and abrupt to them. Them were given a paper with a notice the tree would be removed. The homeowners were very upset and contacted Larry Yellen of Fox News. Not long after, (Sunday February 28, 2016) Patrick McDonough, A State of Illinois Plumbing Inspector, was requested to investigate the situation. McDonough said the Shut off valve in the parkway was not even exposed so how could the city make a determination. The home owner and the neighbor pumped down the water and retrieved a metal detector.
George hunted down the B-Box, exposed it, and found the top was never removed. McDonough suggested the City should send some laborers from the Central District that know what side of the shovel to use. Since the work was in sand, it could be easily accomplished with-out destroying the tree. The lead pipe from the street could be re-routed from behind the tree and reconnected. There were no iron risers inside the meter vault. But, the North District is run by politicians.
On Monday, February 29, 2016, Paul (Bunyan) Hansen told the homeowner he wanted the tree chopped down. Paul Hansen from the 7200 block of West Olive should have known how important trees are to the quality of life in Chicago. Paul Hansen, is the son of 44th ward Alderman Bernie Hansen, so he got the “head” spot in the North District Water Department despite not having any training in the Plumbing Industry. Paul is best known for having a DUI and then a promotion. Alderman Tunney told me he pushed for Paul’s promotion.
There are options when you have skills and common sense. But that is not always the case when it comes to Department of Water Management employees.

Michael Tierney Judgemaker? Plumber? of none of the above video

By Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune reporter
May 22, 2013

This story was reported in collaboration with Medill Watchdog, a project at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and WGN-TV, with producer Marsha Bartel and reporter Mark Suppelsa contributing. Medill Watchdog can be found at medillwatchdog.org.

Terrence Lavin seemed an ideal candidate when he ran last year for a seat on the Illinois Appellate Court.

The veteran trial lawyer had served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association and taught law school for a decade. Two years earlier he had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the appeals court, giving him a crucial edge in experience over his opponents.

Still, to leave nothing to chance, Lavin hired two campaign consultants with unlikely backgrounds: Michael Tierney, a former supervisor in Chicago’s Water Department during a scandal-ridden period in its history, and Wallace “Gator” Bradley, a colorful former high-ranking gang leader who now sells his talents as an “urban translator.”

“I approached it like I was going to try a big case. I wanted to be fully prepared for anything that might come up,” said Lavin, who won a 10-year term on the court in November. “… Once I had to deal with the electoral system, I felt I better understand it and get people who could help me understand it.”

With candidates already retaining consultants for next March’s primary election, the role these consultants play has raised increasing concern. Watchdogs who have long lamented the political nature of judicial elections fear that the growing influence of money will taint campaigns that under Illinois Supreme Court rules are supposed to focus on legal experience instead of partisan political issues.

“It’s a strange game we’re playing when we elect judges,” said Malcolm Rich, executive director of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and a longtime critic of judicial elections. “We pretend that judges are not politicians, but we make judges go through the (political) process.”

Critics are also troubled by another all-too-common reality for political candidates, judicial hopefuls included. Candidates must make hefty contributions to the Cook County Democratic Party — usually about $30,000 apiece — in exchange for being slated, an influential endorsement in a county so heavily Democratic and one that brings an army of campaigners.

Lavin gave $35,000 to the county Democratic Party — all but $5,000 of it after he won the coveted slating.

Rich called these kinds of contributions troubling because they foster “a system that allows money to dictate who becomes a judge.”

The party payments are described in disclosure forms as donations, campaign expenses or, in at least one instance, a slating fee.

In an interview with the Tribune, Tierney said the payments are a fact of political life in Cook County.

“Anybody who’s endorsed will have to donate,” he said. “Because if you’re endorsed, then the party’s going to get you the signatures” needed to get on the ballot.

The judge-maker

Judicial elections have turned into such hard-nosed contests in part because of low voter turnout and even lower familiarity with candidates among voters. With judicial candidates so often politically inexperienced, a cottage industry of consultants — sometimes unusual political operatives like Tierney and Bradley — has emerged in Cook County.

For a fee, the consultants bring political savvy, navigating the networks of committeemen and precinct captains who can help candidates win slating, building candidates’ name recognition and smoothing introductions to the racial, ethnic or neighborhood groups that candidates might not otherwise reach. In some races, consultants handle such political heavy work as trying to knock opponents off the ballot and basics such as schooling a candidate on how and when to approach commuters for support.

Tierney downplayed the importance of his role in who becomes a judge.

“I am not the judge-maker,” he said in reference to a nickname he has earned in some quarters. “I’ve just been involved a lot.”

A plumber by trade, he got his start in political work as a precinct captain some two decades ago and developed a reputation for helping candidates win elections — all while working at the city Water Department, where employees were rewarded with promotions, raises and overtime in return for their patronage work.

A decade ago, the Hired Truck bribery scandal grew out of the Water Department, a sign of how deeply embedded political activity was in its ranks. During the investigation, Tierney said he was questioned by federal authorities and by the city inspector general’s office. His computer was even seized by investigators.

Tierney denied any wrongdoing, and he was never charged.

Tierney started working as a paid political consultant in 2000 while still employed as a supervisor at the Water Department. Before his retirement from the city in 2006, Tierney said, he confined his consulting to after work hours and on weekends. And n said, he no longer consults on campaigns because he is busy with his new job as political director of the politically powerful Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130.

Aggressive tactics

Some judicial candidates criticize Tierney and other consultants for aggressive tactics once more common to other political contests — including bumping opponents off the ballot by challenging the signatures on their petitions. That was the fate that befell William O’Neal, a veteran Cook County judge who hoped to cap his long legal career on the appeals court.

O’Neal, who said he did not have money to hire a consultant, gathered most of his petition signatures after work and on weekends, sometimes with the help of friends but most often on his own. He had hoped his Irish-sounding name — though he is African-American — would help him against Lavin on Election Day. Many voters, ill-informed about the competing judicial candidates, are believed to often vote based on the perceived ethnicity of candidates’ names.

“They’re really trying to destroy you,” O’Neal, who retired from the Circuit Court last November, said of the campaign process for judges. “You have to hang in there and do the best you can.”

Tierney made no apology for his tactics, saying he would do whatever it takes to help clients win contested elections. And O’Neal’s petitions indeed contained signatures that were deemed invalid, knocking him off the ballot.

“I’ve seen too many people with great credentials lose to somebody with a great name,” Tierney said. “If someone’s got bad petitions, we’re going to get them off the ballot. That’s the rules. … It’s just trying to win the election. Should you not go all-out?”

The consultants insist they want a qualified judiciary and work only for candidates with good ratings from bar associations.

Tierney said he tells potential candidates, “If you’ve got bad bar ratings, I don’t want to be walking you around.

“You want somebody who’s a legitimate candidate,” he said.

But that wasn’t always the case. Tierney acted as a consultant and campaign manager for Chicago attorney David Adams in his 2012 bid to become a judge in the 9th Subcircuit, which runs from Chicago’s Far North Side into Evanston and Niles. Yet Adams was found not qualified or not recommended by a dozen local legal groups, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Tierney said he worked as Adams’ adviser as a favor to a former client.

Tierney’s clients are more than satisfied with his work. Adams, who lost his bid for judge, and Lavin both praised Tierney, saying he was indispensable to their campaigns.

Lavin paid Tierney $15,000 and Bradley $2,500 in consulting fees in 2012, according to election disclosure forms.

Key introductions

Adams said Tierney made key introductions for him to committeemen and other political players in the 49th Ward, helped organize campaign fundraisers and steered him to printing businesses for campaign brochures and ads. He also taught him fundamentals of campaigning — catching train riders, for instance, on their morning commute and not after work as they hurried home tired.

“I was completely blind when I walked into this thing and he was just so helpful,” Adams said.

Lavin also praised Bradley, the former Gangster Disciple, for opening doors for him in the African-American community, particularly at churches and block clubs. A former spokesman for gang leader Larry Hoover, Bradley was sentenced to four years in state prison for armed robbery and burglary years ago, but then-Gov. James Thompson pardoned him in 1990.

In an interview, Bradley said he took Lavin “from the suites to the streets.” He helps candidates tap into an African-American voting base that “everybody takes for granted” but can be a powerful force, particularly in races that require candidates to cover Cook County’s broad expanse, Bradley said.

Another consultant, Sam Morabito, a deputy engineer at the city’s Department of Aviation, focuses much of his work on the Northwest Side, where he lives, and often sticks to gathering signatures to qualify candidates a place on the ballot, according to past clients.

Morabito did not respond to requests for comment, but Diedre Baumann, an attorney who twice ran for judge, said Morabito helped her gather thousands of required petition signatures. She paid Morabito and his company, Campaign Advantage, nearly a combined $10,000 between 2009 and early 2012 for the two countywide elections, records show. She lost both races.

“Running for judge, you’re not a politician. I didn’t want to be a politician,” Baumann said. “So you have to rely on people who know better. It’s a very difficult job to try to do on your own. … Your family and your friends are the best people (to do this work). But you can only ask so much of those people.”

[email protected]

Rahm Emanuel uses Dick Daley’s playbook.

rahm emanuel monkee on Chicago clout Thank you to everyone that takes my advice and continues to protest at Rahm Emanuel’s home in the 4200 Block of Hermitage. The major newspapers in Chicago will not cover the protests as they seem to still be under the control of Rahm. Chicago is still a killing field due to the lack of jobs in the west and south sides of the city. Chicago is slowly rotting and the union workers are taking the fall. Rahm Emanuel is now privatizing, busting unions, and working with Quinn to destroy the middle class in Chicago. These goons just want a bunch of losers gambling away their minimum wage paychecks hoping to hit it big at the casino. Watch the way the Chicago Alderman vote when the Midway Airport deal comes across the table. I am ready to run for Alderman again and cost these “rubber-stamps” more money. I was hoping Rahm would be a better mayor then Daley, and he is, he just needs a Harold Washington playbook.

Fire Hydrants Broken in Humboldt Park Fire, Man dead and burned

CBS NEWS WITH Chicago OIG BOSS Jow Ferguson Humboldt Park man dies in overnight house fire
BY ALLISON HORTON Staff Reporter October 27, 2012 9:40AM
An overnight fire in a Humboldt Park home killed a man and injured another.
Jaime Martinez, 43, was badly burned in the 1:30 a.m. Saturday fire in his home in the 1600 block of North Central Park Avenue, authorities said.
He suffered second and third degree burns and smoke inhalation.
He was pronounced dead at St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center at 2:05 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
A second man was also taken to St. Mary after suffering from smoke inhalation.

And now the rest of the story from Chicago Clout. Please see the picture of a CBS 2 NEWS cameraman taking video today of one of the fire hydrants that served the fire in this man’s death. After the fire, Chicago firefighters needed to call the Department of Water Management to shut down the water main. This fire was served by two (YES TWO) broken fire hydrants. The hydrants are still broken and out of service. Hydrant caps were installed to stop the hydrants from flooding the area until the Hydrant Truck can be dispatched, and that could be months. Note to Joe Ferguson: I did not call CBS2 NEWS JOEY, so do not subpoena my personal phone records. The Chicago Office of the Inspector General has known for years about the broken fire hydrants and is part of the cover-up so politician’s kids can continue to feed at the trough. We really need to stop whistleblower retaliation by the O.I.G., time to have the FEDS take over.

Office of Inspector General still fooling around last week

Last week, four city of Chicago, Department of Water Management employees went to the Office of the Inspector General for an assault that happened over one year ago. One driver was sent to central district while the “investigation” took place. Could you imagine the money spent not even including the truck and driver dispatched to drive them all downtown? I think the three employees in the south district should make sure they call their Alderman and get off the hook. I want to know why the OIG waits so long, when memories are faded, and employees forget what happened. We will keep an eye on the outcome of this craziness. Taxpayers pay five employees to wait around most the day, at least two OIG investigators (I use the term loosely), and various DOWM staff to monitor and coordinate. This is costing the taxpayers thousands for the dog and pony show. The Inspector General looks the other way when complaints are made against politically connected employees. Amazing. I thought Rahm Emanuel was going to change Business as Usual. Patrick McDonough

Paul "Manson" Hansen DUI UPDATE Inspector General still does nothing

Paul Hansen City of Chicago 2.jpg
From the Chicago DUI Blog. Who keeps covering up for Paul Hansen, lets add the Office of the Inspector General. More on Paul Hansen soon. Seems all the complaints Paul Hansen has gotten into is still covered-up by bosses. What happened to the assault claims and the claims at the Illinois Department of Human Rights? Please read this blog update on Paul Hansen. Rahm Emanuel talks a big game, but he needs to control his goons. Enjoy.. Former Ald. Bernie Hansen’s Son Gets Promoted After DUI Stop
By Steven Tanner on December 23, 2010 9:07 AM
Just six months after he was put on unpaid leave for a DUI arrest, Chicago Department of Water Management employee Paul Hansen was given a job promotion, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. His father just so happens to be former Ald. Bernie Hansen (44th).
Paul Hansen is Chicago’s new district superintendent of water distribution, a $103,632 position that netted him a 6 percent raise.
But while an Examiner story about the promotion suggests the former politician’s son benefited from nepotism, the Sun-Times article seemed to conclude that he’s just really good at what he does and deserved the job. In any event, it’s certainly awkward timing.
Paul Hansen was stopped for speeding, told the officer he had “four or five” beers and was questioned for DUI. He refused a breathalyzer test but was charged with DUI anyway; then he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and had his license suspended for a year.
It’s not clear whether he used his connections, as the Examiner suggested, or just had a really good Chicago DUI lawyer.
The Examiner didn’t cite any sources indicating a conflict of interests or the presence of other shenanigans.
After he was arrested, he reportedly asked the officer “if something could be worked out,” stating he knew the state’s attorney, according to the Sun-Times. That certainly should raise a few eyebrows.
The Sun-Times article indicated he formally applied for the job, was tested and interviewed with a federal hiring monitor present and was reviewed by the inspector general. Mayoral aide Lisa Schrader said the IG “found no issues with the hiring process and no basis to object.”
Water Management spokesman Tom LaPorte called Paul Hansen a “very effective employee” who “gets things done.”
Most Chicago DUI lawyers would tell you that drunk driving never helps your career. And while there’s no factual indication that Paul Hansen is corrupt, his story still raises questions.

City of Chicago Employee auto subject to constant abuse

Auto Tire Slice 1.jpg Another round of abuse on January 11, 2012 when City of Chicago Department of Water Management employee Patrick McDonough returned from testifying under oath at the Department of Human Resources Hearing for Bruce Randazzo. After having his car under video surveillance for the entire morning and early afternoon, Patrick McDonough returned to the North District yard to finish the work day and swipe out. According to Mr. McDonough, his boss told him his tire was almost flat. These brand new tires were just purchased a month ago. Joey “The Slicer” Berlin was also subject to testimony and now parks his car near the security guard shack to monitor the safety of his car. Glenn “The Shooter” Schultz was not available to comment. Bruce “The Candidate” Randazzo was very upset this would happen to a witness and a fellow City Worker. The next day in court, Attorney Ivan Tomic told Maureen Egan about the tire slashing on McDonough’s automobile. Maureen Egan also told Ivan Tomic to have Mr. McDonough send pictures to her. The various security folks at the DOWM have been notified, but Mr. McDonough is still waiting for officials to take pictures and investigate. So far two fenders have been bashed in, stones thrown at the car, and multiple tire slashes are a common occurrence at the Water Department lot located at 4900 West Sunnyside. Most of the damage has been separate events with a damage amount of about $500.00 to $700.00. The City of Chicago should protect employees that tell the truth and step forward to combat corruption. Mr. McDonough also reported today that Maureen Egan refuses to pay McDonough for his court ordered appearances despite a subpoena signed by Revered Lucius Hall. I think Joey “The Slicer” Berlin will also demand more security for all City Employees. I will keep you updated on this story. The destruction of someone’s car is the kind of 36Th Ward style politics that made folks sick of the Bank’s Gangsters.