Big Surprise Here
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has deep ties to a lobbyist for a government relations firm that represents Xerox State and Local Solutions Traffic Solutions, the city’s new red-light camera operator, according to a report published Tuesday by International Business Times.
IBT reviewed city records and connected the dots between Emanuel’s former congressional aide, John Borovicka, the mayor and the red-light camera program.
According to city records, Borovicka was hired in October 2013 by John C. Corrigan & Associates as a subcontractor to lobby on the firm’s behalf. Those records show Corrigan had been hired by Xerox in February of the same year. Just 18 days after Borovicka was hired by Corrigan, the Emanuel administration gave the $44 million red-light contract to Xerox.IBT reports that the city documents filed by Xerox showed Borovicka was paid to lobby for the contract in October 2013. However, the connection between Borovicka and Emanuel was not part of city lobbying disclosures Borovicka filed.
Certainly seems like business as usual - everyone gets paid off one way or the other while actual city obligations like services, public safety, potholes, pensions, all wither and die.