Be an Aldercreature's Friend
The sanitation superintendent from Mayor Daley's boyhood home, the 11th Ward, and several underlings are under internal investigation over allegations they made illegal city garbage pickups from a Bridgeport hot dog stand owned by a retired Chicago cop who's a friend of the local alderman.
- Ald. Jim Balcer (11th) defended his ward superintendent.
"Joe McMullin is hardworking. He's dedicated," Balcer said. "I don't think this man has a dishonest bone in his body. If Joe McMullin thought it was illegal, he wouldn't do it. I stand by him. I'm proud to stand by him."
The alderman said he has known O'Malley for years, eats lunch at his restaurant and considers him a "good guy" and a friend. But Balcer said he knew nothing about city crews picking up garbage at the neighborhood hangout.
We'd love to run a business where we could just eliminate an entire line-item like garbage pick-up to pad our gross income. That is, if it was eliminated at all - anyone want to bet on what the business returns look like? And how many of Balcer's ward businesses might be claiming garbage pick-up while having city trucks do it? It might explain Balcer's overreaction for starters.
Pay no attention to that Outfit behind the curtain!