Dead Chicagoans Worth Weight in Gold
This is just stupid. And not the good kind of stupid like the various Midway Airport photos we keep getting in the mail. This is the kind of stupid a lot of people should lose their jobs over. Front page of the Sunday Tribune (if you need to log into the Trib website, use the following user name: firstname.lastname@example.org. The password: 123456):
- Police call them the body snatchers, and their invasion from Ohio began in 2004 when a Dayton company called GSSP Enterprises Inc. won a city contract for the grim but necessary task of hauling thousands of Chicago's dead to the morgue.
- They recently rewarded the Dayton firm with a new five-year, $15.5 million deal that boosts the rate the city pays by 335 percent--to $915 from $210 for each body transported to the Cook County medical examiner's office from the scenes of murders, accidents, suicides and many natural deaths.
- That is far more than paid elsewhere in the nation for the same service, experts say. The Cook County Sheriff's Police, for example, pay $130 per body.
Cook County, which is probably the most bloated political structure in the entire universe pays a measly $130 and Daley pays $915 per stiff? Un-freaking-believable. This company from Ohio must think they've put one over on the big city boys. Of course, after they give the required kickbacks to various political entities and minority sub contractors, it'll take quite a bite out of the $915, but as GSSP also moved bodies in Ohio for a mere $85 per, we're sure they'll still have plenty left over.