Monday, November 19, 2012

Above the Law

  • Chicago aldermen are accusing their handpicked inspector general of overstepping his limited authority — and going fishing — with a demand for time sheets for all full- and part-time City Council employees dating back to November 2010.

    The surprise request from Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan — whose annual budget was recently increased to $354,000 — stunned and infuriated aldermen, some of whom are talking about clipping Khan’s wings or eliminating his position altogether.


    Khan could not be reached for comment to explain the time-sheet request he made last month. Over the years, aldermen and committee chairmen have been accused of padding their payrolls with relatives, friends and political allies and of the hiring equivalent of “wife-swapping”: placing each other’s spouses and relatives on each other’s payrolls.
Remember, these are our superiors.  We don't have them investigated.  They know better than all of us.  You just shut up and pay ever increasing taxes to keep them and their cronies in comfort without fear of losing a home, feeding a family or staying employed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why they are called "alderthieves." They are the dirtiest group in America. They can get away with anything and no one cares.

11/19/2012 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words:term limits

11/19/2012 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really time for this bullshit to end. If the Aldermen & Mayor are squeaky clean as they "alledge" then they should have no problem having their activities scrutinized. If they object so loudly, it means they are "spanking the monkey" ,in the janitors closet, and as we all know they are sorely in need of having to answer to somebody besides their "hand picked" ethics board.

These clowns work for us, right ???

When those guy's from the suburbs, who allegedly no longer exist, carry out their dirty deals, the "G" calls it a criminal conspiracy, and RICO violations.

The mayor & city council haven't sprouted wings and halo's !!! Somebody, not politically involved, needs
to look at their activities.

11/19/2012 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Residents of the 41st ward don't vote for the best candidate (remember a qualified police officer ran for office), they vote for the Irish candidate, regardless of qualifications (deli owner). I'm getting out. Best of luck to the rest of you.

11/19/2012 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...stunned and infuriated aldermen...are talking about clipping Khan’s wings or eliminating his position altogether..."

What was that about Emanuel's hand-picked new "Ethics Board?"

Anyway, other people are talking about putting wards on the "Grid System" like rationalized garbage collection, and eliminating half of those fifty aldermen -- for starters. After all, there's 311, and the City web site.

So there.

11/19/2012 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger 30 pending and what said...

They should start at the top. County, city etc. These fuckers are running scared. If they ain't hiding anything why be scared

11/19/2012 03:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people need to be watched, very closely. If mayor, alderman, jobs weren't so lucrative there wouldn't be any nefarious wanna be/already wealthy people seeking these jobs. there's no reason Chicago is in the crappy financial state it is in right now. Let the citizens decide if they want a $55,000,000.00 maggie park or not. If yes, the contract goes to some un-connected contractor who won't be required to make pay offs and call them campaign contributions. How can the city waste $55,000,000.00 in the cash strapped times we now live in ??????

11/19/2012 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But every four years theyre voted back into office. These vermin thrive on voter apathy...

11/19/2012 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's entries about Ald. George Cardenas on wikipedia

Landlord of ward office
Cardenas and his relatives bought the three-story building at 2454-60 W. 38th St. in the 12th ward for $715,000 in February 2007. Cardenas moved his ward office to the building shortly thereafter. Cardenas is one of seven owners of the limited liability corporation run by his brother that bought the building. Cardenas said he has a minority stake in the firm. In 2008 Cardenas paid $17,120 from his taxpayer-funded expense account to rent the ward office in the building he owns with relatives. The ordinance governing aldermanic expense accounts prohibits the spending of expense funds for "the direct monetary benefit of any alderman or any of his or her relatives."[2]

Father on City Council payroll
Cardenas uses a taxpayer-funded payroll account available to alderman with no scrutiny to pay his father $13 an hour, according to city records that show Armando Cardenas puts in 180 hours a month - the equivalent of 45 hours a week. Armando Cardenas made $23,500 in 2008, when he was working less hours.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Cardenas

11/19/2012 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, how about the IG start with the official residence of Sandy Jackson Jr? By City ordinance, and probably by State law too, she is required to reside within her Aldermanic boundaries. It is common knowledge that she resides in D.C. along with her husband and children. My question, how long would it take the City to start separation procedures if they found out that I resided outside the city proper. The City is aware of this situation and refuses to take action. Why, isn't this the two tier disciplinary system that everyone speaks of, one for the clouted and one for the unclouted? Now is the time for the FOP to file a class action lawsuit against the city regarding the abolishment of residency for police officers. I realize there are economic involved, but the main issue for me, right now, is fairness. Why is she not fired? I know I would.

11/19/2012 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your surprised?
354,000 budget to look for things
just don't look under here
figurehead position
just like the chicago public school board
this appointment was to be for their benefit not yours
it was a scam to show the public that they are honest sort like andy and bga watch we will hear no more about it and this guy is finished

11/19/2012 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, audit their expense accounts, office payrolls etc. Then look at the property they own,the taxes they pay, how much they pay in utilties. This should be the price for public office in the most corrupt body of legislators in the country. But, like Springfield, they make the laws and they will not make any that are deemed detrimental to their wellbeing. Ilinois needs binding referendems which they do not have and term limits which they do not have and an ease of the eavesdropping laws which will put the fear of god into the political class.

11/19/2012 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feds should move in and clean house.

11/19/2012 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Elm Creek Smith said...

"The surprise request from Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan..."

Trekker moment: "Kha-a-a-a-a-a-an!" - James T. Kirk, The Wrath of Khan.

ECS

11/19/2012 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reduce alderman by 60 %

11/19/2012 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worried about residency requirements for everyone else, then you hear news reports, "Chicago Alderman Sandy Jackson has returned to her home in Washington, D.C...."

11/19/2012 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would it take to get a referendum on a ballot to drop the number of aldermanic positions to 15.

11/19/2012 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC watch the lori lightfoot nomination. She's tied heavily to T.H. and rhamster. If she gets in there will be NO integrity in the U.S.A. office.

She was sanctioned as a attorney during her time there.

11/19/2012 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the aldercrooks are upset their handpicked puppet grew a pair of balls. Soon he'll be eligible for his 99 weeks unemployment...

11/19/2012 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should never let them vote on their own raises, no fambly members on staff etc. We havwe to clean up this city or end up like Camden NJ or Detroilet.

11/19/2012 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Term Limits with NO PENSIONS. I do believe most of them if not all of them say they are just there because of their strong sense of service to the community. Well do us all a favor do your 4 or 6 yrs then get the Fuck out.

11/19/2012 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham is behind this. You know Chicago politics. " Get the dirt and get the vote" Classic.

11/19/2012 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they ever allow on the ballot a vote for us to decrease the number of Aldermen along with a remap of the wards?

11/19/2012 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If nothing else, their claims scream loudly, "We have lots to hide and we can't let anyone see the evil of our ways."

If they have nothing to hide, not a single one of them should object to anyone looking at the time sheets. Aren't they PUBLIC servants?

11/19/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a part time job with full time benefits , aldercreatures make more than poleece , get $70,000 expense account and if you are sandi jackass you don't have to show up , what a joke on taxpayers

11/19/2012 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should vote themselves another raise, you know, for the children.

11/19/2012 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Term Limits with NO PENSIONS. I do believe most of them if not all of them say they are just there because of their strong sense of service to the community. Well do us all a favor do your 4 or 6 yrs then get the Fuck out.

11/19/2012 01:48:00 PM

Agreed.
We could use more statesmen and fewer politicians.

11/19/2012 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
We should never let them vote on their own raises, no fambly members on staff etc. We havwe to clean up this city or end up like Camden NJ or Detroilet.

11/19/2012 12:26:00 PM


They no longer vote on their own raises. Sort of. Some years ago they voted themselves a 6% yearly raise. Forever. They have to refuse the raise if their sense of duty overcomes them. Do nothing and the raise automatically takes effect yearly.

I think Waguspack refuses his raise. The rest of them, what, you nuts? Refuse a raise? No way.

When that went into effect there were two alderman who voted against it. Helen Schiller voted no and said it was too much. Dorothy Tillman voted no and said it wasn't enough. I sort of miss Dorothy "The Hat." She knew how to yank out a pistol and keep order at meetings in her ward. She always wore those hats like the women in the hood who always wore a wig. They didn't take care of their hair and it always looked like shit so they always covered it up.

11/19/2012 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC watch the lori lightfoot nomination. She's tied heavily to T.H. and rhamster. If she gets in there will be NO integrity in the U.S.A. office.

She was sanctioned as a attorney during her time there.

11/19/2012 11:36:00 AM

For what its worth she represented Officer Powers pro bono in the Jefferson Park Tap scandal and won. Not to say that she doesn't have politcal aspirations, obviously. All four finalists for the US attorney job earn 1 million plus per year at their current law firms. Why else would one leave that kind of money and job security to be put in the limelight for 150,000 per year? And no US attorney will go after the real city corruption, but they know all about it.

11/19/2012 09:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they ever allow on the ballot a vote for us to decrease the number of Aldermen along with a remap of the wards?

11/19/2012 02:57:00 PM




do not ask for what you cannot take.

11/20/2012 04:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:36 AM

RE: Lightfoot

Who is hell is "T.H."?

11/20/2012 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really miss Dorothy Tillman you can listen to her holding forth on Saturday mornings on WVON AM 1690.

11/20/2012 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...these are our superiors."


"Supervisors", please...they'll never be superior to us!

11/20/2012 10:45:00 PM  

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