Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another Scandal?

Not in Chicago, home to how many Federal Task Forces now?
  • Mayor Daley's $169,452-a-year chief procurement officer abruptly resigned Tuesday, leaving behind a department that has struggled to boost black contracting and weed out minority fronts.

    Barbara Lumpkin, 57, said she's decided to "take a pause" after a long career in government and finance that included stints as city comptroller, budget director and city treasurer.

  • But under Lumpkin's watch, not a single company has been barred from doing business with the city.

    On her way out the door, Lumpkin disclosed that there are several fraud cases pending.

Fraud cases against whom? What's the basis for the fraud? Is it more mob connected guys posing as minority firms? Or something that might move the spotlight a little more brightly on "business as usual" in the City?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone should give this some thought. With the City supposedly struggling to balance a budget so that the CTA can be properly funded and give City workers an acceptable contract (let's not even talk about our pensions), what is truly going on behind the scenes between politicians and big business?

Why did Donald Trump choose Chicago to build a high end luxury condo/hotel building? Why is the Spire going to be built here? Why doesn't the Mayor want the Children's Museum to remain at Navy Pier?

Can you say a Chicago Casino? All of the posturing going on between State politicians and the Mayor are all for show. In fact they all make much better actors than legislators and leaders of our government. I wonder if they have talent shows at the penitentiary?

9/27/2007 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember folks,its all legit in Chicago.

9/27/2007 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think lumpkis looked at the writing on the wall and saw FBI+ Patrick Fitzgerald = conviction? Maybe she did some dirty degnan joyce walsh daley deals? maybe she is telling the feds the truth about daleys criminal enterprise?

9/27/2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 6:50 AM's post;

Bravo. I think you may be on to something. The Donald didn't pick Chicago for its solid bedrock, so close to the surface. Nor is he trying to make the Windy City his own. His hair is in bad enough shape as it is. He sees the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the Chi-town casino craze.

Folks, we can definitely benefit from the revenue generated by the casinos-provided the monies get distributed fairly equal. Just look at Joliet: their police dept. is armed to the teeth and all paid for by casino funds. Our schools could also benefit. It really is a win-win situation. Da Mare and his cronnies clean up as do the tax payers of this fine city.

I say, "roll the dice big guy, your city needs a new pair of shoes!"

9/27/2007 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the yuppies are complaining about the kids being at Navy Pier. That is why the museum is moving. They want it more 21 to 30 target consumer.

9/27/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that she had to leave anyway. The person that holds that job can not hold it longer than 3 years. Her 3 years is up.

They knew that she had to leave. It was not a surprise to anyone that knew the law.

9/29/2007 08:59:00 AM  

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