Mayor Daley has helped many people become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. Today, my crew needed to load up on fuel. Tadin’s goons were moping around the 700 block of North Kilbourn in Chicago, Illinois. They were working at the Waste to Energy Facility. Tadin also had a pick-up truck, a second truck, and had a trailer parked on the facility. The City of Chicago Department of Water Management has many trailer beds and a trailer with city worker’s cars parked. I never see any work getting done. This afternoon, the goons were enjoying opening City of Chicago Fire Hydrants full blast, wasting precious water. Mayor Daley will keep his friends doing nothing at this site. I think the Chicago Office of the Inspector General needs to look into this do nothing site. How does Tadin and the Department of Water Management seem to share the property? Mike has family on the Water Department payroll, so let’s start there. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
It was Sunday morning and I heard it again, “I like working for Jesse, you know you will get your time.” I got my assignments for the day and I was kept away from that job site. My radar starts pinging when a certain chain of events occur. That is the advantage of experience. I called the foreman Jesse Canet and let him know I would head out to that job and watch what was going on. He told me it would not be necessary and I was not wanted. Many times after work, I watch the progress of overtime jobs to gain insight into loafing and general waste. I was told that morning the job would not go over 8 hours. Sure enough it did. The foreman screamed out of the Sunnyside yard and took his car to the jobsite at around 3:00 p.m. Since he always worked out of the City Truck, this peaked my curiosity. I called the big boss and was told not to interfere with the job at 2242 North Spaulding. I explained I was concerned about the overtime and possible waste of taxpayers’ money. When I go to these jobs, I do so as a journalist and videographer. I enjoy my website and the knowledge it imparts. The first information I got was from the night investigator crew and it sounded funny like some overtime was made for Jesse’s crew. I also talked to a high ranking official that told me the crew waited much of the day for a Vactor. A Vator is a large sewer truck that is basically a jet rod and massive vacuum. When I went to the site, I saw in my opinion, a three or four hour job. But on Sunday, and double-time an opportunity like this could make for some powerful paychecks. I was also surprised because Jesse Canet was not on the overtime list. The overtime list has foreman and plumbers that have no interest in working overtime. That way the boss can put his friends and pets on these lucrative jobs. As soon as I arrived, the work began at a furious rate I have never seen before. I think it was because I was videotaping. Two of the workers were covering their faces. It was brought to my attention the crew was mad because a “rat” was watching. In the past a job like this would have gone for 16 hours. That would mean a paycheck of at least $1440.00 on top of a $4,000.00 bi-weekly take home check. At around 4:00 the work was going fast and furious, the crew was done at 4:30 p.m. I think I heard Jesse Canet say swipe out at 5:30 p.m. One hour travel time at double time. Earlier in the day the big boss told me Jesse is the only guy they can get to work the overtime. His caulker always seems to get the overtime with him. The call from the leak desk was water in the basement; I think we all got soaked again. Amazing how I found out the basement is a full basement and unoccupied, hardly an emergency. I was told this is a clout job. Clout is really expensive in Chicago. If the basement was occupied, someone needs to pay taxes. Welcome Commissioner Powers, the game stays the same. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
If you work for the City of Chicago, you will notice business trends. I not talking about the stock market, the stock market cannot be predicted. Sometimes in the stock market,
a company will lose money and the stock will lower in value, other times the stock is worth more. So when people say they can predict the trends, they are usually guessing like everyone else. If you know Mayor Daley and the power players with a hand in the Chicago city hall contract business, you can buck this trend. Some of you might say things like, “is McDonough crazy?”” You can actually predict the future?” Yes it is true, thanks to Mayor Daley and his band of goons. A company started in Chicago around the time of the “Hired Truck” boom has expanded business at an alarming rate. Millions of dollars later and multiple fields of activities warrant further investigation. I always suspect businesses that make their way over to the Department of Water Management. The Chicago Water Department has been a breeding ground of corruption for many years, taxpayers whacked at every turn. I strongly urge the Office of the Inspector General to investigate Seven-D Construction and its involvement with the department. This company is reportedly a signatory contractor with the laborers and operating engineers. Even according to a employee of the company the vast majority of the company is Hispanic and Spanish speaking. Many of these companies fly under the radar because they are owned by minorities. People are afraid of being called a racist if the ask questions about a women owned or minority owned business. Under Daley many of these companies are fronts and only the Law enforcement officials are unable to connect the dots. When it comes to a company like Seven-D, I wonder how they ended up with orange peels, and vactors. Old cruddy looking beat up equipment like the junk in the picture. Are the guys in pictures real union laborers and operating engineers? Where is the safety equipment for the workers and the public walking next to this orange peel? I really wonder why this company decided to buy a vactor and orange peel. It makes you wonder which came first, the sewer contract or the sewer equipment. I hope you know this Seven-D Construction is taking applications for construction workers now, I just hope they manage to hire some blacks, some hillbillies, and some white trash. I bet Amigo Daley will not ask this company for any political donations. Photo by Patrick McDonough
I am a great fan of the Chicago Police Department. Most cops are fine neighbors and upstanding Amigos. Many of the cops Daley promoted are pretty lousy and do not provide good leadership. The Daley family expects the public to pick up their tab everywhere they eat and drink. People brought up in the 11TH Ward and Chicago’s Bridgeport communities were brought up that way. Most of the cops I know pay for everything out of their own pocket. This store is in the 400 block of South Green Street. Regular customers like you and I have to make up the difference in the cost of the free coffee and snacks these cops scam. I always see a large group of Chicago Cops and detectives stealing coffee there. I put my life on the line every day at work, but I do not take free coffee and snacks. Photo by Patrick McDonough
The City of Chicago has a residency law that is designed by the Mayor of Chicago to keep a well oiled political machine in place for election time. Many of the unions have a bizarre relationship with Daley, they are there to skim money off the top of worker’s paychecks and then deliver a percentage to the current Administration. They call this a symbiotic relationship; it is like those fishes that attach to the sharks. Chicago has system that mixes private contractors and municipal employees. The idea is to play the two sides against each other to increase the production, keep friction, and increase management power over both sides of the equation. I would say without a doubt Mayor Daley and his entire Administration have failed the taxpayers at this game resulting in complete and total chaos. Today I had to call the police on a car with City of Chicago vests and City of Chicago employee identification. One could certainly make the assumption the card in this picture was issued by the Department of Water Management. The owner of the car illegally parked in an intersection blocking traffic, both pedestrian and automobile. The owner of the car was responding to a pulled water service. The owner seemed to assume he had some rights reserved for City employees. I called the Commissioner’s office and the Office of the Inspector General. This is theft of City property or false impersonation from my experience. I really hate, really f-ing hate when a private contractor assumes they have the same privileges as city workers. They do not have background checks, drug tests, and pay union dues to the same extent. The owner of this car told me he is not a City employee. Lucky him, he is Mark St**ge, he lives allegedly on Lincoln Avenue, not in Chicago, but in the suburbs. Are you glad Mayor Daley allows these people to live outside the city when Chicagoans have no work? I made a report with the CPD today on the incident. If you are out of a job in the construction industry and you live in Chicago, I would be really mad. If you work for the City of Chicago, put your kids in private schools, and get furlough days, I would be mad. If you are Saul, fighting for your job on a residency beef, I would be really, really mad. Photo by Patrick McDonough.