Monday, April 21, 2014

Ex-Mayor Daley’s law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel


Under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, City Hall paid millions of dollars in legal fees to Katten Muchin Rosenman, the law firm where Daley now works.

But under Daley’s successor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the firm has seen its City Hall business fall sharply, records show.
Last year, Chicago taxpayers paid Katten Muchin $139,964 — the lowest amount the firm has been paid by City Hall in more than 16 years.

Katten’s City Hall business has fallen even as the firm’s attorneys have contributed $44,300 to Emanuel’s campaign fund, including $17,000 last September.

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Perhaps Chicago is moving towards bringing work in-house using "paid for" labor hours instead of the typical $295 per hour (with assignment of multiple attorneys that goose the effective hourly rate to $900 per hour)?

This would be prudent & a better use of precious taxpayer funds.