Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Connected Make Out

  • The city's decision to purchase for $1.2 million a riverfront parcel in Bridgeport that a connected developer bought six years earlier for $50,000 was "not a sweetheart deal," Mayor Daley said Thursday.
  • The Chicago Tribune reported this week that Bridgeport developer Thomas DiPiazza and a partner bought the 1.8-acre parcel for $50,000 in 1998, only to sell it to the city for $1.2 million six years later.

    DiPiazza is a lifelong friend and business partner of Tim Degnan, the mayor's former political enforcer.

And the corruption continues apace:
  • On Thursday, the mayor also sloughed off the controversy surrounding the latest city land deal involving his nephew, Robert Vanecko.

    The Sun-Times reported this week that City Hall has agreed to give as much as $5 million to a business that lists Vanecko as one of its principals. The company plans to build a $22.6 million residential tower on the Near North Side for low-income senior citizens.

    Referring to his nephew, Daley said, "He has nothing to do with [that project.] He's a consultant. That's all. You know that. [It's] just a little jammeroo" by the Sun-Times designed to needle Daley.

Amazing how all this happens by shear coincidence.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is why he bought the property if the land was a waste land with chemicals?

The question that hasn't been asked by reporters is:

You expect the public to believe that the purchaser of this parcel wasn't informed that the government was going to spend millions on a clean up project before he bought it?

That is why he bought it. He was informed that if he bought it that it was be designated for a EPA SUPERFUND CLEAN UP PROJECT.

Otherwise he (the land owner) would of been respponsible to clean the area of all the chemicals and waste before he could of sold it or build on it.

ITS A FRICKEN JOKE!

10/27/2007 04:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connections? How about James G. Carroll, Lt. Richard Scott, Donald Barrett and Sgt. Terry McMahon? The Molloy connection and all the merit promotions? Heard they are all on Dana's death watch now. Richie Scotchbreath is about to be dumped, J.C. "Ralph Crandon" Carroll and his side kick Donny "Ed Norton" Barrett are doomed to a district very soon. And Terry "TR TAP MAYOR" McMahon is going bye bye! Stay tuned for further info!

10/27/2007 04:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Terry "TR TAP MAYOR" McMahon is going bye bye! Stay tuned for further info!

10/27/2007 04:28:00 AM

PLEASE....PLEASE...PLEASE..be true.

10/27/2007 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Burger WIlke said...

Anonymous said...
Connections? How about James G. Carroll, Lt. Richard Scott, Donald Barrett and Sgt. Terry McMahon? The Molloy connection and all the merit promotions? Heard they are all on Dana's death watch now. Richie Scotchbreath is about to be dumped, J.C. "Ralph Crandon" Carroll and his side kick Donny "Ed Norton" Barrett are doomed to a district very soon. And Terry "TR TAP MAYOR" McMahon is going bye bye! Stay tuned for further info!

10/27/2007 04:28:00 AM

DO TELL MORE.....NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME SMILE MORE THAN THE THOUGHT OF T.Mc. GETTING HIS DUE!

10/27/2007 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Connections? How about James G. Carroll, Lt. Richard Scott, Donald Barrett and Sgt. Terry McMahon? The Molloy connection and all the merit promotions? Heard they are all on Dana's death watch now. Richie Scotchbreath is about to be dumped, J.C. "Ralph Crandon" Carroll and his side kick Donny "Ed Norton" Barrett are doomed to a district very soon. And Terry "TR TAP MAYOR" McMahon is going bye bye! Stay tuned for further info!

10/27/2007 04:28:00 AM

lets hope it is soon before daley dumps dana! "Do it now", " I outta ball up my fist and flex my fat arm again,i'll show all of ya who is the boss" Guess who?

10/27/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't former gov ryan going to jail for something similar ? maybe they can be roomies.

10/27/2007 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"for low-income senior citizens."

My ass,they will be $500,000 condos.

10/27/2007 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley's exploits make Ryan's look like childs play.

Who informed them that contaminated land would get a free clean up compliments the Government?

I'm sure they gave some nice political contributions to the Daley fund.

We need a revolution and then term limits for every political office.

10/27/2007 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shit must be SO deep, involve so many people who were put in strategic places such a long time ago to follow the money and who continue to monitor and orchestrate all these deals in order to be in the right place at the right time because, as we all know, at the very least, it has to look like a coincidence.

But, you know, in some sick demented way I almost admire their business acumen. And the hilarious part---I'M paying for it all.

10/27/2007 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to think i could've bought bubbly creek for 50g's i would've sold it to the city for a below market price of 500,000

10/27/2007 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS JUST IN: Mayor Daley's nephew scores number on the Lieutenants test, even though he's not a policeman and therefore couldn't take the test.

Mayor Daley denies all knowledge!

10/27/2007 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The noose tightens. Maybe thats why he never cuts/ combs his hair. Why bother? Tough guy look for jail. Or the old insanity defense.

10/28/2007 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Connections? How about James G. Carroll, Lt. Richard Scott, Donald Barrett and Sgt. Terry McMahon? The Molloy connection and all the merit promotions? Heard they are all on Dana's death watch now. Richie Scotchbreath is about to be dumped, J.C. "Ralph Crandon" Carroll and his side kick Donny "Ed Norton" Barrett are doomed to a district very soon. And Terry "TR TAP MAYOR" McMahon is going bye bye! Stay tuned for further info!

10/27/2007 04:28:00 AM

Barrett the guy who laughs when jimmy yells at other coppers hope he stays with carroll if carrroll retires does donny have the time to leave?

10/28/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11th Ward Alderman got 3 plots but soon will get jail!!

10/28/2007 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous the Virginian said...

Hate to say this, but I'm familiar somewhat with environmental law, and the first poster in this thread is correct. I had overlooked this when I read the story in the papers online edition.

If you buy and own a contaminated site, you are on the hook for the cleanup. How in the world was DiPiazzo not charged a cent for cleanup.

I know it sounds weird. Even if you didn't dirty-up the land, you are on the hook for cleaning it up as the buyer. So how did he get out of cleaning it up?

If it was cleaned by the government and he didn't pay for it, its a completely separate and exacerbating aspect to the story. I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before.

So who cleaned it, and who paid, if it was cleaned as stated by the first poster? Because I don't think there is a chance in hell that the federal EPA would, and I have to think that Chicago probably footed the entire bill for the mayor's friend.

Ask U.S. Steel how much Chicago paid for them to clean up their waterfront site?

So, can someone confirm this was cleaned while DiPiazzo was the owner?

10/28/2007 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The noose tightens. Maybe thats why he never cuts/ combs his hair. Why bother? Tough guy look for jail. Or the old insanity defense.

10/28/2007 09:23:00 AM

LOL! And always sweaty looking, and ties and shirts in disarray,looks like an old drunk! He is a drunk but he looks worse! Maybe the feds are on the prowl for who really screwed everyone! Think his guys are talking? Hope so,why go to jail for any time if daley walks free?

10/29/2007 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on the itralians run the 11th ward and da city. So who is going to live there? So chinese or yuppies so who cares? So I here Alderman Balcer got 3 homes there too. Where is da investigation???? I see jail time coming for the goofs at punchenelos!!! Hey Connnies pizza all around
So who where said the 11th ward alderman is gay?

10/29/2007 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"11th Ward Alderman got 3 plots but soon will get jail!!

10/28/2007 08:37:00 PM"

BUT HE'S A MARINE NAM VET I TELL YA, HARDENED MARINE ARRGH,
A CREDIT TO THE CORPS....

10/29/2007 10:46:00 PM  

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