More Money Pissed Away
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.