More Corruption? Silly, Silly
Two executives of a politically connected garbage cart firm were indicted today on charges stemming from a $2 million contract with Mayor Richard Daley's administration.
Douglas Ritter, president of Urban Services of America Inc., and Steven Fenzl, a vice president, were charged with allegedly rigging the bid process so that their company won the garbage cart repair deal with the city's Streets and Sanitation Department in July 2005.
Authorities also allege that Urban Services paid far less to its minority- and women-owned subcontractors than it had promised city officials as part of receiving the business.
Urban Services also worked for the Daley administration cleaning up after the crowds at the Taste of Chicago and other festivals, and it was a major subcontractor in the mayor's failed blue bag program.
The company has donated more than $50,000 to local political causes, with $35,000 going to the scandal-plagued Hispanic Democratic Organization.
Former HDO chairman and top Daley aide Victor Reyes was Urban Services' lobbyist at City Hall.