Showing posts with label Waste. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Waste. Show all posts

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Does anybody work for private industry anymore? Look at these public salaries.

From Second City Copper 
You (and we) can't get a drink, a tan or a haircut, but guess who's getting "stimulus" money?
  • Navy Pier Inc., the clout-heavy not-for-profit whose president is paid more than $540,000 a year, has received a nearly $2.5 million coronavirus stimulus loan from the federal government toward salaries and other expenses.

    Facing what it says are losses of $10 million, Navy Pier Inc. says the loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program will cover expenses and the salaries of 147 employees, some who have been “sidelined” since the pier was shut down in March by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The federal loan will be used to cover all salaries, including that of Marilyn Kelly

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Tyrants, Morons and Incompetents

From Second City Copper, written by John Kass (I think)
We covered some of these questions weeks ago. In fact, any thinking person (a rarity in Illinois) has been asking these questions since March/April:
  • Before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker came out with his five-phase plan to reopen a state he shut down for the coronavirus pandemic — he forgot something. He forgot to seek input from the business that employs more workers than any other in the state: restaurants and bars.

    “We did not have any input until after the five-point plan was released,” Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia told me in an interview on Thursday. “We’re the largest private sector employer. And no input? Again, we believe that communication and education is the key to success. But our restaurant owners and bar owners are hurting.”

    Until Pritzker shut down the state’s restaurants and bars, they employed more than

Monday, May 4, 2020

Whats another $80,000,000 ?

Illinois Governor Proposes $80 Million ‘Army’ To Track The Spread Of COVID-19

COVID-19 Official Updates Pritzker V2
AP Photo / WBEZ
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker proposed a massive $80 million program Friday to hire “an army” of nearly 4,000 state workers to track anyone who came into contact with people who test positive for COVID-19.
Modeled after a similar and likely smaller program employed in Massachusetts, the so-called contact tracing program is regarded as necessary to reopen parts of


I was wondering. Considering that everything is shut down, is city, county and state government cutting back on spending? Just asking.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

$65,000,000 cost to the state, 53 patients treated

McCormick Place field hospital being dismantled as it was never needed anyway, just another act of over-reaction/ mismanagement; now about that referendum in November....... 

Published 15 hours ago

Construction workers put the finishing touches on Hall C Unit 1 of the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago on Friday, April 3, 2020. Hall C woulkd have housed 500 beds. (Chris

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cook County is laying the foundation for an eventual bankruptcy filing

BUMPED UP Cook County braces for $200 million revenue gap from COVID-19 — and prepares for ‘how bad this could get’ Don't believe this BS story....she spent the money on motel rooms and patronage, see below

For the county’s general fund, which covers the Sheriff’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney and others, the revenue shortfall is around $200 million. That hole is largely due to decreased revenue from the county’s sales tax and other home rule taxes.

By Rachel Hinton Apr 24, 2020, 1:48pm CDT

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference earlier this month. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

The coronavirus pandemic has blown a hole in the Cook County budget, with preliminary outlooks projecting a shortfall of $200 million.

That hole is largely due to decreased revenue from the county’s sales tax and other home rule taxes, such as the hotel accommodations tax.

But no one knows the depth of that hole and how long it will take to fill it.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Creep buys 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer

kind of reminds me of some of the Illinois politicians who line their pockets with 2 or 3 government pensions and now there's not enough left for the legitimate employees

if you ask me, this guy should be jailed

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

But what are the actual damages?

Cook County Finance Committee set to approve $165K settlement in ‘political discrimination’ case without any nexus between the actual damages and the settlement amount. 

Jeannette Soto says then Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough and Erwin Acox Jr., who was the chief of human resources at the time, discriminated against her politically.

By Rachel Hinton  Jan 14, 2020, 4:12pm CST

Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough chats with candidates as they file their nominating petitions to get their name on the March primary ballotin November. File Photo. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times
A Cook County committee is set to approve a $165,000 settlement for a woman fired after she objected to being overruled in her recommendation for the selection of a watchdog charged with helping to keep politics out of hiring in the office of then Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough.

Jeannette Soto was the director of human resources in the recorder’s office, and in late March of 2017

Friday, December 6, 2019

Incompetence and Waste per se

runs a good shell game, should be looked at by the feds

After scandal, Preckwinkle shifted security detail to forest preserves police, with raises — again

The officers’ duties didn’t change. The biggest raise went to Rodney Montgomery — 9.65%, putting his pay at $110,396, up from $100,680. He’d been hired at $97,607 in 2017.

 Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also gave raises to her security detail in late 2014, when the guards were moved from the Cook County sheriff’s police to her control.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also gave raises to her security detail in late 2014, when the guards were moved from the Cook County sheriff’s police to her control. Rich Hein / Sun-

Friday, November 29, 2019

Enough of the Royal Treatment

does he need city paid drivers and protection?

  • they are with him 24/7
  • they take him to his law office, where he is paid millions every year
  • they get him to lunch
  • they take him to dinner
  • they take him home
  • they buy his groceries
  • they pick up his dry cleaning
  • they run his bath for him
  • they take him to Grand Beach
  • they take him to the airport
  • they accompany him to wherever he is going

How many police officers are assigned to protect the former mayor? How much is this costing the taxpayers? Considering he has been out of office for eight years, why?

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, son of Hizzoner, left office eight years ago, yet he still has a taxpayer-funded security detail provided by the Chicago Police Department, according to the Tribune’s Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner. The same goes for former Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After finishing his final

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Speaking of things that need to be boiled, what is a SeatGeek?

SeatGeek Stadium

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SeatGeek Stadium
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SeatGeek Stadium in March 2013
SeatGeek Stadium is located in Chicago metropolitan area
SeatGeek Stadium
SeatGeek Stadium
Location in the Chicago area
Former namesToyota Park (2006–2018)
Address7000 South Harlem Avenue
LocationBridgeview, Illinois
Coordinates41°45′53″N 87°48′22″WCoordinates41°45′53″N 87°48′22″W
OwnerVillage of Bridgeview
CapacitySoccer: 20,000[3][4]
Concerts: 28,000
Field size120 x 75 yards
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass[5]
Broke groundNovember 30, 2004
OpenedJune 11, 2006
Construction cost$98 million
($122 million in 2018 dollars[6])
ArchitectRossetti Architects
Project managerICON Venue Group[7]
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates[8]
Services engineerA. Epstein & Sons International[8]
General contractorTurner Construction[7] Harbour Contractors
Chicago Fire (MLS) (2006–2019)
Chicago Red Stars (WPSNWSL) (2009–2010, 2016–present)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2011–2012, 2015–2017)
Chicago Machine (MLL) (2007–2009)
Roosevelt University Lakers men's and women's soccer (NAIA) (2010–present)
Northwestern Wildcats men's and women's soccer (NCAA) (2015)
SeatGeek Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about twelve miles southwest of downtown Chicago. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Red Stars[9] of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The stadium has also hosted the Chicago Fire of Major League SoccerChicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse, and Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (LFL). Originally named Toyota Park when it opened on June 11, 2006, the facility has a capacity of 20,000 and was developed at a cost of around $100 million. The naming rights agreement with SeatGeek went into effect following the Fire's 2018 season.[10][11][2]

Incorporating traditional stadium features from American and European facilities, SeatGeek Stadium includes predominantly covered seating, a brick facade and stone entry archway, and first rows placed fewer than three yards from the field. It includes forty two executive suites, six larger party suites, the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame, and the Fire club offices, as well as a large stadium club/banquet room measuring over 9,000 square feet (840 m2).
A practice facility with two fields (one natural grass; the other artificial turf) for the Fire club and its youth programs lies next to the stadium. The stadium's design allows expansion of 50% more seating at negligible expense. Its 120-by-75-yard (110 by 69 m) natural grass field's $1.7 million turf management system comprises full heating, drainage, and aeration capabilities.
A permanent stage allows the stadium to host concerts and quickly change configurations. A typical conversion from soccer to stage takes no more than eighteen hours. The field accommodates 8,000 additional chairback seats for

Friday, September 27, 2019

I have f------ brilliant ideas for the mayor

Scroll down to see my ideas.

How can Chicago erase $838 million budget shortfall? Lightfoot asks aldermen for ideas
Some advised creating a city sticker for Uber and Lyft vehicles and raising parking meter rates but keeping the money instead of sending it to Chicago Parking Meters LLC, though that appears to violate their long-term lease.

By Fran Spielman Sep 26, 2019, 11:21am CDT

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, shown at a news conference earlier this week with Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio, is seeking ideas from aldermen on addressing the city’s budget shortfall. Fran Spielman/Sun-Times
Chicago aldermen are urging Mayor Lori Lightfoot to lift the city’s ban on video gambling, create a new city sticker for ride-hailing vehicles and, if a massive property tax increase is unavoidable, phase it in and make the bitter pill easier to swallow by abolishing the $9.50-a-month garbage collection fee.

Those are among the ideas floated during closed-door meetings with small groups of aldermen that Lightfoot’s financial team has been holding this week to solicit cost-cutting and revenue-raising ideas to

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Good for Chicago?

playing politics with your money
Despite $15 million cost, Lightfoot’s debt relief program advances to full City Council

Several aldermen wondered aloud about the compliance consequences of essentially turning the city into a permissive parent “enabling” chronic scofflaws.

By Fran Spielman  Sep 16, 2019, 12:48pm CDT

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to go easier on scofflaws and stop suspending driver’s licenses for non-

Friday, September 13, 2019

And where is Michael Shakman on this

Jury’s in, and so is Evans: Chief judge wins race to extend record tenure running court system and 2,800 'non-patronage' jobs are intact. 

On a 143-to-102 vote, Evans beat back his second stiff challenge in consecutive elections, this one coming from Law Division Judge Lorna Propes.

By Mark Brown@MarkBrownCST Sep 12, 2019, 4:39pm CDT

Circuit Court Judge Lorna Propes, left, earlier this year; Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, right, in 2017-. File Photos.YouTube; Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, whose 18 years in the job is already a record, was re-elected Thursday by his fellow judges to a seventh three-year term.

On a 143-to-102 vote, Evans beat back his second stiff challenge in consecutive elections, this one coming from Law Division Judge Lorna Propes.

Three years ago, Evans defeated Judge Tom Allen, a former Chicago alderman like himself, 129 to 103.

The mild-mannered Evans, 76, who went on the bench in 1992 and became chief judge in 2001, ran on a steady-as-she-goes platform touting his accomplishments — including the expanded use of specialized courts such as drug court and veterans court

Then Ald. Timothy Evans (4th) in 1975. File Photo. Chicago Sun Times Archives.

Propes, 74, had sought to build on the lingering discontentment with Evans’ leadership that surfaced in the 2016 contest, arguing he had stayed in the job too long, causing “complacency and bureaucratic inertia.”

Propes promised if elected to enact a rule setting term limits on the chief judge and to aggressively defend judges against political attacks, including efforts to dump judges facing retentionDefense attorney Lorna Propes talks with reporters in 2007. File Photo. Richard A. Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times

The latter subject has been much on the minds of judges after a campaign last year that led to Matthew Coghlan becoming the first Cook County judge to be dumped in a retention vote since 1990.

Evans, the first African-American to serve as chief judge, served as Mayor Harold Washington’s floor leader on the City Council and later ran unsuccessfully for mayor after Washington’s death.

Rival challenges Evans for chief judge spot in closed-door race for job with $272 million budget
Brown: Evans sees ‘opportunity’ in close chief judge race
Brown: Former Ald. Allen to challenge Evans for chief judge

The chief judge is one of the most important positions in county government, commanding a budget of $272 million and 2,400 employees. That doesn’t even include the 400 judges whose courtroom assignments the office controls.

Thursday’s election was conducted behind closed doors at the Daley Center in the room where Cook County residents normally report for jury duty. Judges voted by secret ballot after listening to short speeches from the candidates and their supporters.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

$14,850,000 Asking Price ......Barack and Michelle Obama Buying Mega-Mansion in Martha's Vineyard | TMZ...

2,400 Employees? WTF do they do all day?

Rival challenges Evans for chief judge spot in closed-door race for job with $272 million budget

Despite not having a vote, Cook County residents have a big stake in the outcome. The chief judge has a $272 million budget and an army of 2,400 employees, which doesn’t even include the 400 judges the office oversees. 
Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court Timothy Evans, left, Circuit Judge Lorna Propes, right.
Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court Timothy Evans, left, in 2015; Circuit Judge Lorna Propes, right, who is running against Evans to be chief judge. 
Brian Jackson/For the Sun Times); Youtube
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, whose 18-year tenure in the job is the longest in county history, is facing the second serious challenge to his leadership in three years — this time from an opponent who is promising to term limit the

Monday, August 12, 2019

They don't need this, rendered obsolete by Obama Care

Toni the Taxer
Cook County plans new Provident Hospital — building on history of ‘iconic South Side institution’, will create contracts and patronage
The proposed new hospital will include 42 medical and surgical beds, six beds in the intensive care unit, eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms, diagnostic radiology and cardiovascular imagery, an 18-bay emergency department and 70 outpatient exam rooms.

By Rachel Hinton Aug 12, 2019, 5:00am CDT

The current Provident Hospital of Cook County at 500 E. 51st St. in 2009. File Photo John H. White/Chicago Sun-Times)

Renowned for its medical breakthroughs and breaking barriers in the training of African American doctors and nurses, Provident Hospital is poised to write a new roughly $240 million chapter in its long history on the South Side, opening a new facility — possibly as early as 2022.

Facing Washington Park, a new hospital and outpatient medical center is to be built on land

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Investigation finds interim superintendent packing supersized salary. 

 - A joint investigation between FOX 32 and Open The Books uncovered another Illinois superintendent who is raking in a supersized salary
Dr. Joyce Carmine showed up to the Park Forest District 163 School Board meeting Monday, continuing to run the school district on a part-time basis while drawing a massive pension.
When Carmine retired in 2017, records obtained by Open The Books show she was the highest paid school superintendent in the state, making $398,229
Because of that big salary, Carmine began drawing a big pension, just under $300,000 dollars in 2018.
Earlier this year, board members re-hired Carmine to serve as interim superintendent for two more years. The contract says she only works 100 days a year—at $1,200 a day—a $120,000 annual salary.
Which means between her pension and new/old job, Carmine will take home $419,235.
“The pension is designed to give [employees] some income after they're retired. It wasn't designed to give people double or triple salaries,” said retired state lawmaker Karen May.
Former Democratic lawmaker Karen May helped pass a bill in 2011 banning former state employees drawing a pension from returning to the same job on a full-time contract, which is why Carmine's contract only allows her to work 100 days.
May says that loophole needs to be closed.
“I think this particular bill was trying to stop—what's especially egregious is that people would go back to the same school district and that is totally, totally double dipping,” May said.      
Carmine says she was asked to return by the board, which was having trouble finding her replacement.
"The board asked me to remain as interim superintendent in order to maintain progress we had achieved while a successor was identified," Carmine said.
Board President Lance Jefferson calls it a win-win. 
"We brought her back because we knew she knew the district, and that's what the board wanted to do as it relates to bring back someone who knew the district,” Jefferson said.
But a resident who's running for the board says it's an expensive fix for a self-created problem.
"The tax situation in Cook County is one of the highest texting bodies in the state of Illinois. How can we afford this without raising taxes?"  asks school board candidate Randall White.
The school board has hired an superintendent "designate" to take over next year.