The [Wednesday] Papers
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday brushed aside allegations that the owner of a company awarded a $99 million O'Hare Airport janitorial contract was the longtime business partner of a man with ties to organized crime," the Sun-Times reports.
More ado about nothing.
"We had a competitive process. This company won and they're now offering jobs to the other [union] workers to also work for them at the airport doing the janitorial services," Rahm said.
Hey, if the mob wins a competitive process, they win a competitive process. I'm sure they provide competitive service at a competitive price. If nothing else, the mob is awfully competitive.
"I would note that that same company has a number of contracts with high-rises downtown in the city of Chicago with SEIU [Service Employees International Union]," Rahm said. "So, there's a fuller story, a more complete story. There's more than just one side to this story."
Besides the fact that doing business with private concerns doesn't in any way justify public contracts going to mobbed up businesses, Rahm once again has his facts screwed up.
Laura Garza, secretary-treasurer of SEIU Local 1, said the mayor was dead-wrong.
The contracts, not the workers. Right?
"The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that United Maintenance owner Richard Simon was involved in another company with alleged mob figure William Daddano Jr. - from 1998 until that firm was officially disbanded on Dec. 17, 2011, according to state records.
"Lisa Madigan in 2004 labeled the Daddanos as mobsters," Garza said. "We're calling on the inspector general and the attorney general to investigate this [to determine] whether they're a reputable contractor to do business with the city."
Right. The Daddanos. Everybody knows that.
"An Emanuel administration spokesman responded by saying City Hall had 'no reason to believe that there is any wrongdoing with United Maintenance or its owner. However, if material issues arise, the city would take appropriate action to protect its interests.'"
I think one just did!
"United Maintenance issued its own statement that insisted that, 'at no time was anyone at United aware of allegations' against any of its business partners."
Well, you can't blame United Maintenance for apparently not reading the papers.
In 2004, Attorney General Lisa Madigan described Daddano and three other family members as "reputed members of organized crime" as she opposed Rosemont's bid to open a casino.
If a material issue arises, Potatoes will call you back.
Electric Rahm Orchestra
"Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, the mayor's council floor leader, said the administration never intended to levy a surcharge."
It was either that or run him for judge.
Hey, you can always drive.
Er, take the CTA.
Er, ride a bike.
Er, fuck you.
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