Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Madigan makes power play for Lincoln library and museum 

Clout Street
1:25 a.m. CDT, May 27, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The latest political power play at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum comes from Speaker Michael Madigan, who is pushing a plan to set up the center as a free-standing state agency despite opponents’ concerns it would become a patronage haven.

With the budget still unsettled and less than a week until adjournment, the Democratic speaker used the Memorial Day session to move through a committee a plan that would make the library and museum more independent of Gov. Pat Quinn. The speaker’s bill would remove the library from under the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The Quinn administration was largely silent on the issue, but estimated the cost for the switch would be $2.4 million at a time when other historic sites are considered for closure because of the state’s budget crunch.

Madigan’s proposal could benefit some of his friends. The Springfield presidential museum is run by Eileen Mackevich, a Madigan friend. Madigan confirmed she is a longtime acquaintance of Stanley Balzekas, whose family runs the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture. Madigan acknowledged his Southwest Side office is at the same 13th Ward address as the museum, and that Balzekas is the landlord.
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This is deja vu all over again!

Madigan's patronage workers have run up the Metropolitan Pier & Expo Authority (read this as stand-alone State/City agency) deficit to over $1.1 BILLION in 2013 from a $287.8 Million deficit in 2006!

To boot, in 2010 MPEA's Trustee Jim Reilly and General Counsel Renee Benjamin conspired to split out Navy Pier into a bogus non profit that has now siphoned off $43 Million in revenues for the last three years on a $1 per year lease agreement that runs 25 years!

See our previous posts in this blog related to corruption at MPEA.

Hey, Illinois Legislators, this should be a good lesson as you consider the vote on the Lincoln Museum!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Carol Marin: Ald. Brookins hires new worker — Todd Stroger

By CAROL MARIN May 16, 2014 11:10PM  Chicago Sun Times

Brace yourself, citizens of Chicago.

Todd Stroger is returning to a government payroll near you.
What timing.

Word that Stroger is being hired as a Chicago aldermanic contract employee comes on the heels of news this week that Michael Shakman, the nemesis of city patronage hiring, declared himself finally satisfied that real progress has been achieved in stopping the politically connected from latching on to city jobs. And, hence, the decades-long court oversight of political hiring that his lawsuit initiated is no longer necessary.  read more...

Hi Carol:
Simply call this story "Ditto"...

Perhaps you will find the story of Ellen Barry even more appealing as she is now making over $200,000 per year at taxpayer expense at the Water Reclamation District after being unemployable since June 30, 2010 when she was forced to retire as CIO at MPEA.  http://corruptionbusters24x7x365.blogspot.com/2013/07/who-is-ellen-barry-and-how-did-she-land.html

Check out this story 
...to boot, Barry is collecting her pension from MPEA every month in addition to this "temporary" appointment. In addition, she recently hired her former underling, Rich Piotrowski at $125K per year after he bounced around from MPEA, as well. 

Both Ellen & Piotrowski obtained these jobs via "more qualified than others"...wink, wink, nod, nod...

Ah, cronyism is alive and well...and where is Shakman in all this??

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Re-tweet....breaking news...

Principal says Emanuel administration stifles dissent 

7:10 a.m. CDT, May 14, 2014

North Side grammar school principal touched a nerve with colleagues and created a fresh political wrinkle for Mayor Rahm Emanuel with an op-ed article laying bare what he says is a culture of silencing anyone who disagrees with the administration's education policies.

The article by Blaine Elementary Principal Troy LaRaviere, which appeared in Saturday's Sun-Times, led several of his fellow principals to jump in with support and their own criticism, both on a blog he maintains and in Catalyst, a magazine that covers Chicago Public Schools.

LaRaviere's piece also presents another political challenge for Emanuel going into an election year: An attack on the administration's cornerstone education initiatives from a well-respected African-American principal at a high-performing school in the heart of the mayor's North Side base.


This on the heels of Chicago Teachers Union taking a firm stance against Common Core...

Stay tuned for more....