Friday, February 21, 2014

MIRACLES, THE TOOTH FAIRY AND THE EASTER BUNNY

The world was created in six days.

April 6 to April 21 is only 16 days (12 work days if you deduct the weekend).

My feverish efforts under pressure to write a 20 page term paper for college the night before it was due pales by comparison.

Yet, the MPEA Interim Board performed the second greatest miracle in the history of Man.

Following up on our investigation related to the MPEA Interim Board Report authored by John Gates and Bruce Rauner and issued on April 29, 2010 we issued this FOIA to MPEA on Feb. 13, 2014:

"Please provide in electronic PDF file format all documentation related to the Interim MPEA Board Report to the Illinois General Assembly published April, 2010 (see attached). This request includes all emails, internal correspondence between interim Board members and MPEA employees, meeting notes, communications with City of Chicago or State of Illinois elected officials or employees." 


The response was emailed to us on Feb. 20, 2014
"In response to your Freedom of Information request to MPEA (below), please find the attached Board meeting agendas.  MPEA does not have any additional records in our custody or possession related to your request."

We find this response to be very curious. We reviewed the Interim Report that runs 145 pages in length.

Here is the Table of Contents (Pg. 5)

MPEA INTERIM BOARD REPORT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section 1 Executive Summary

Section 2 Introduction

Section 3 Report to the Joint Committee

Findings and Recommendations
Section 4 Debt Restructuring
Section 5 Focus One & Food Service
Alternative Operating Strategies
Section 6 Competitiveness/Labor
Section 7 Sales & Marketing
Section 8 Governance
 
Section 9 “Legislative Analysis Report” by C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc.
Includes an examination of alternative sales and marketing labor models.
Section 10` “McCormick Place Analysis Report” by Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Includes an examination and analysis of benchmarking marking Chicago as a
convention and show destination


Here are excerpts from the Report:

"As you know, the General Assembly established the Interim Board to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of McCormick Place operations and report findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority. That phase of our work has concluded and the Board hereby submits its report to the Joint Committee today."

"The findings and the recommendations of the board were informed by independent analyses by PricewaterhouseCooper LLP and C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc., bench marking our performance and operations against competing venues and providing an in-depth review of our financial structure. The findings and recommendations of the Interim Board comports with their analysis and counsel." (Pg. 6)

"The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA) Interim Board of Directors, created in the wake of the McCormick Place crisis, was charged by the Legislature's leadership to present recommendations for corrective action by April 30th of this year. The Board first convened on April 6th and immediately embarked on a concentrated analysis of the key issues surrounding the controversy." (Pg. 9)

"The findings and the recommendations of the board were informed by independent analyses by PricewaterhouseCooper LLP and C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc., bench marking our performance and operations against competing venues and providing an in-depth review of our financial structure. The findings and recommendations of the Interim Board comports with their analysis and counsel." (Pg. 6)

"The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA) Interim Board of Directors, created in the wake of the McCormick Place crisis, was charged by the Legislature's leadership to present recommendations for corrective action by April 30th of this year. The Board first convened on April 6th
and immediately embarked on a concentratedanalysis of the key issues surrounding the controversy."


"It should be recognized that the Board conducted nearly all aspects of its review in open session, accessible to the press and public. In the spirit of transparency, it was the Board's belief that the public should "It should be recognized that the Board conducted nearly all aspects of its review in open session, accessible to the press and public. In the spirit of transparency, it was the Board's belief that the public should hear what it would hear, the questions asked, and its deliberations to
find solutions." (Pg. 9)
 
Yet, according to the MPEA FOIA response, there are no minutes, no drafts of the 145 Report, no emails between board members or employees of MPEA, no communications with either PricewaterhouseCooper or C.H. Johnson Consulting.
Nothing, NADA, Zippo!Page 15 gives a synopsis of the timeline for action:
 
"With so much at stake, on 1-11-10 Governor Quinn and Mayor Daley announced support for legislation to reform labor rules and contractor practices at McCormick Place. MPEA's Chairman John S. Gates, Jr. declared, "Convention business in Chicago is at a crossroads...We can do what it takes, pass this legislation to modernize our business model, create new jobs and growth, or we can continue to operate at a competitive disadvantage and watch the steady decline of our state's most important economic resources."
 
Rather than consider the bill, the Legislature decided to conduct its own inquiry into MPEA’s difficulties. It began by replacing the existing thirteen member MPEA Board and creating a seven member Interim board. Legislative leaders then instructed the Interim board. Legislative leaders then instructed the Interim Board to submit its recommendations to the Legislature.
It further created a 16-member Joint House and Senate panel to examine issues surrounding MPEA and make its own recommendations to the General Assembly by April 30, 2010. House leadership expressed confidence that a McCormick Place reform measure could be passed before adjournment on May 7, 2010. 
The committee held hearings in early April (2010) and heard from all sides of the issue."
Pg. 16 continues...in their own words 
As previously noted, the MPEA Interim Board first convened on April 6, 2010. Then it embarked on a high speed schedule of meetings to prepare recommendations to submit to the Joint Committee on MPEA.
 
It adopted a set of operating principals to guide their deliberations and the formulation of its recommendations. Those recommendations were submitted to the Joint Committee on the 21st of April, 2010."

Yep. Logic and analysis of the 145 page Interim Report indicate that Interim Board was being less than truthful in disclosing what was actually happening.

THIS IS TRULY A MIRACLE!
 
NO NOTES, NO MINUTES, NO EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS. NOTHING ON PAPER. QUITE ADVANCED FOR 2010 EVEN BY TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS! EVERYTHING CAME FROM THE COLLECTIVE HEADS OF THE INTERIM BOARD MEMBERS THAT RESULTED IN CRAFTING A 145 PAGE TERM PAPER ALMOST OVERNIGHT.

THIS RESTORES OUR FAITH IN THE TOOTH FAIRY AND EASTER BUNNY!
 
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE FIRST CASE IN HISTORY WHERE GOVERNMENT WAS MORE EFFICIENT THAT BUSINESS & INDUSTRY.

WE DON'T BUY THIS SNOW JOB AND NEITHER SHOULD THE TAXPAYERS OF ILLINOIS.
 
LET THE TRUE AUTHOR OF THIS MASTERPIECE COME FORWARD AND TAKE FULL CREDIT. THERE SHOULD BE A TICKER TAPE PARADE DOWN ONE SIDE OF NAVY AND UP THE OTHER IN HIS HONOR!

The application process for Rauner to get $50 Million from the TRS took longer.
 
LET US ADVANCE A THEORY OF WHAT TRULY OCCURRED. THE REPORT WAS WRITTEN IN ADVANCE, THE FIX WAS IN AND THE "INTERIM BOARD" SIMPLY WENT THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF HOLDING PUBLIC HEARINGS OVER MAYBE 10 DAYS...THEN VOILA, THEY PULLED A RABBIT OUT OF A HAT (apologies to the Easter Bunny for this metaphor).

This is exactly the pattern employed by Mayors Richie Daley and Rahm Emmanuel with the CPS hearings over school closings. On the surface it appears to be fair and unbiased but the results are already phoned it.

All part of the conspiracy to move $100 Million in taxpayer assets and $1 Billion in anticipated revenue from Navy Pier to a bogus non profit, Navy Pier Inc. run by former patronage employees placed at MPEA by Daley and Madigan, who are the root cause of the legislature removing the MPEA board in the first place.

A complete circle jerk when they thought nobody was looking!

More to come.....
 
 

 



 
 





 
 


 
 
 


 
 
 





 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 







 





















 







 


 
 






 

 










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