Tag: government waste

Streets and Sanitation absenteeism is an old (and political) story

Tom Byrne, commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, put his foot down this week on chronic absenteeism within his department. I guess that means things are gonna get real dicey when it comes time to vote (and work the polls) during some pivotal elections in 2010 and 2011. It’s a not-so-well-kept secret that... Read more »

Lawsuit, bad tickets become the latest woes for Chicago's parking meter lease deal

Chicago’s inspector general had already questioned whether the city got shortchanged in it’s $1.15 billion deal to lease 36,000 parking meters for 75 years. Now a taxpayer watchdog group says the deal may be illegal, and a local investigative reporter finds that dozens of bogus parking tickets have been issued this year. Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization,... Read more »