We urge the good citizens of Cook County to Vote NO on Hagerty
Connected laddie, Jack Hagerty, and his cronies at Shefsky & Froelich (now Taft) have made millions on legal work that could have been provided fully within the City of Chicago Law Department by in-house licensed attorneys already on the payroll (paid municipal patronage workers), at each of the Sister agencies; Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges, MPEA, etc. etc. etc.
How do you get rewarded for making a career out of feasting on taxpayer money?
You parley your political connections and cronyism to receive an endorsement for Judge from the Cook County Democratic Party.
In December 2010 Shefsky billed MPEA $17,000 to research if a Non-Profit is subject to FOIA and Open Meetings Act (OMA) in advance of the January 4th, 2011 incorporation of the bogus 501C3 Navy Pier Inc.
Shefsky assigned 4 attorneys to this task, knowing full well in advance of this alleged "research" that non-profits are exempt from FOIA and OMA. This was simply a money grab at taxpayer expense.
MPEA's General Counsel Renee C. Benjamin could simply have referenced the Illinois Attorney General's manual (Pg. 9) that states non-profits are exempt from FOIA and OMA at no charge to taxpayers.
Navy Pier Inc. receives almost 100% of its revenue from Unrelated Business Taxable Income and is currently under audit by the IRS.
In addition, MPEA has transferred millions of dollars in bond monies that it raised under its bonding authority as a government agency without any accountability to taxpayers.
BGA's FOIA lawsuit against MPEA and Navy Pier Inc. 2014-CH-10364 is scheduled for trial October 30, 2017.
Corruption Busters obtained a FOIA response from City Colleges on October 19, 2015 related to $40,000 in blanket fees Hagerty charged City Colleges without details just prior to the demotion of General Counsel James M. Reilly as a going away present.
Jack's firm billed City of Chicago $62 Million between 2012-2013
Hagerty billed Chicago Public Schools over $4 Million in legal fees.
Here is a Who's Who on Jack's donors to date
Note one of the contributors is former Judge Roger Kiley Jr, a sitting Board Member at MPEA and the chief purveyor of nepotism who handed his son Roger Kiley III and Hagerty a lucrative $400,000 no-bid legal contract from MPEA. Kiley coincidentally happened to be a tenant in Shefsky's law office.
Good citizens of Cook County, be sure to prevent Hagerty from collecting a Cook County salary and pension at further taxpayer expense.
VOTE NO ON HAGERTY.