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Only in Cook County...

Only in Cook County would government give out a no-bid contract to an unregistered business run by a convicted felon nicknamed "Shorty Capone".

I am not making that up.

The contract, for $24,995, is one of several no-bid contracts given out that fall just under the $25,000 mark that requires review by Cook County commissioners.


When reporters from Fox Chicago News tried to reach Shorty Capone, aka Terrell Harris, they ended up at a company called CGC Communications--a company owned by Carla Oglesby, Todd Stroger's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Now is as good a time as any to re-read this article that Associated Press ran in March 2009.  That was the first time I'd seen the phrase "corruption tax", and the article lays out the numerous ways that taxpayers in Illinois pay the costs of public corruption.

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Moshucat said:

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Its still business as usual in Cook County and Chicago. No matter how hard we try we can't sweep away the garbage that keeps building and building. I know small minority legally run businesses that can't get contracts to stay alive and yet the privilidged can always work something for their good not ours. If the voters don't hurry and kick these people out of office.

Joe the Cop said:

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Mosh, it's a shame isn't it? I can't count the number of times over the years that various "minority-owned" firms doing business with Chicago or Cook County have been revealed as clout companies fronted by some random woman or person of color.

irishpirate said:

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New law.

Anyone with the nickname "Little Capone" or anything similar canNOT get any government contract.

This is just Stroger trying to rip off the taxpayers in his last momths in office. The man has no class.

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