Friday, September 30, 2005

More Money Pissed Away

What will it take for taxpayers in this city to get truly ticked off? Every time the daley machine announces a budget shortfall ($100 million this time), they ALWAYS raise fines, fees, sales taxes, or they threaten layoffs and cuts to city services. We've seen the "city that works" and trust us, it is about the most inefficient manpower operation in existence. How many guys does it take to replace a fire hydrant? We watched 7 guys do it once down southside way - two never left the truck and another didn't even pick up a tool.

Now, our favorite "Hired Truck" reporters Tim Novak and Steve Warmbir, shed light on another typical machine scam. If Crate & Barrel had a set of bar glasses that you could mix your rum-and-cokes in, would you make 8 separate trips to buy each one? Only if you were a freaking moron.

Well, evidently, the city is run by morons (surprise!). When the city wants to acquire a parcel of land that is tax delinquent (in fact NUMEROUS parcels of land, all adjacent and all owned by the same entity), the city has an outside law firm, the politically connected firm of O'Keefe, Lyons and Hynes (gee, not TOO many politically connected names there, eh?) to mail out, serve, and process individual claims against each and every parcel of land. The firm charges the city by the transaction, so instead of getting that complete set of bar glasses in one trip, the city is paying for 8 separate trips. To top it off, the firm gets the judge to treat it all AS ONE TRANSACTION since the owner is the same and the lots are adjacent and the lawyer isn't in court all day.

Go read the link in paragraph two, for it is good reporting. If Novak and Warmbir read this thread, follow the money boys - see who at O'Keefe, Lyons and Hynes made contributions to the democratic party of cook county and chicago. We'll bet that would get VERY interesting.

UPDATE: Blackhawks lose 4-3 vs. Columbus. Columbus has been giving the Blackhawks fits since they entered the league a few years back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

023 is starting an Entertainment Tax for anyone who looks at those broads with Tattoo's, painted toes, or piercings.

9/30/2005 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have a weener chugging tax.

10/01/2005 03:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah- there'd end up being a BONER REBELLION! Off with your CLOTHES! "Follow the WOOD, boys- follow the WOOD" (boing-oi-oiinnngggg!!) When is PattyFitz gonna land some BIG FISH already???

10/01/2005 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before you read on, just keep in mind I am not a schill for the city and whole heartedly agree that the city could be run more efficiently.
The law looks at each individual property as a separate entity regardless if the properties are adjacent to each other and owned by the same person. Granted, there could be a lot more efficiency in these dealings, but real estate law pretty much dictates how this has to be done.
Ever wonder how many vacant lots the city owns? It's easy to tell, just look for the vacant lots with those lovely steel I-beams poking out of the ground. You'll also notice that the city violates its own ordinances when it comes to their vacant lots. City ordinance dictates that each vacant lot must be fenced and cleaned. (Streets and San can only write the violation) When was the last time you saw one of those "I-beam" lots debris free and surrounded by legitimate fencing? Oh and don't bother trying to buy one of those lots, Dept of Planning and Developement controlls those and dishes those out to the politically connected for pennies on the appraised dollar.

10/01/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weener tax? Never! Daley loves his fags too much and will bend over backwards (or forwards) to keep them happy. He'll go to any gay event, but have you ever seen him at a CPD graduation?

10/01/2005 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Daley goes to the majority of graduations; not that anyone wants him there. Blanket paranoid statements makes look like a bunch of idiots.

10/01/2005 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, I have had 3 Graduations and several awards ceremonies on this job, but never seen Lil' Rich! Appearently he turns into a pillar of salt if he goes out on Sunday. But thanks for the previous post Mr. Huberman.

10/01/2005 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weenie Tax? Please no. I just swallowed a grand worth of taxes!

Ron Hubberman

10/01/2005 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not that there's anything wrong with that..."

10/01/2005 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I've been to 5 graduations and the little guy was at all of them. No award ceremonies though, I work in a district, not Sons Of Supervisors. Good luck with being a superstar. I'm sure I'll be seeing your merit train stop in a district near me for 2 months after the next round of sgt's. Don't worry you won't catch anything, but I'll be sure to wash my hand after shaking yours.

10/01/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like it a big secret, he rides the float every year and interveiwsed on channels 7 and 9 this year

10/01/2005 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC- why don'tcha snip that "99 S. CONFIDENTIAL"'s 10/01/2005 09:13:47 PM - a little too mean-spirited methinketh... lacking in discretion (and `86 this suggestion with it!) -eduerF' .rD ;->

10/02/2005 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

Let's not be posting addresses please

10/02/2005 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'GRADY you are a typical liberal. Just becaused u don't like a post u cry about it to SCC. U hypocrite. U advocate censorship when u don't like the post. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

10/02/2005 09:36:00 PM  

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