Developer pleads guilty to bribery of...

Developer pleads guilty to bribery of Chicago plumbing inspector

There are 43 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 14, 2009, titled Developer pleads guilty to bribery of Chicago plumbing inspector. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A politically connected real estate developer pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and conspiracy for passing a $1,000 payoff to a Chicago plumbing inspector in 2007.

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I Wheeler

Round Lake, IL

#1 May 14, 2009
Great web headline, While Daley acts like he is all ethics, more of the Building Departments and Zoning go down in flames to the US Prosecutor.
It just shows that Daley is lost, the city is lost to corruption. Daley is responsible for the all the corruption.

spread the word. He needs to go.
Steve

Round Lake, IL

#2 May 14, 2009
And who else did Gerneata give bribes to??
ethan

Yorkville, IL

#4 May 14, 2009
I Wheeler wrote:
Great web headline, While Daley acts like he is all ethics, more of the Building Departments and Zoning go down in flames to the US Prosecutor.
It just shows that Daley is lost, the city is lost to corruption. Daley is responsible for the all the corruption.
spread the word. He needs to go.
Sorry, I disagree with you. Daley is only responsible for corruption if he aids and abets corruption within City government. This article doesn't say that. Ironically though, the spirit of corruption is what doomed former governor Ryan.

Anyway, Daley is way to smart to let something as petty as this reach him. He's the perfect teflon mayor and his approach is quite simple. He'll hire a "guy" and say, "here's your job. Do it well and make money this much money for the city. I don't care how you do it, just do it. If it's illegal, don't tell me about it. I'll also be sending you some other "guys" to help you manage your department. You'll know who they are. They'll watch your back. Just keep them happy."

So as long as the "guy" is working, every one wins, with exception to the taxpayer of course.

At most, the department head of the Building Department will get their hand slapped over this one. In two weeks, no one will remember this story.

“Think Before you Speak”

Since: Nov 08

Chicago & Zhaoqing, China

#5 May 15, 2009
Thanks Ethan, way to stick up for your fellow 11th ward politicians.

Do you also go to visit Sorich in the joint?...and tell him "to shut up if he knows what's good for his family?"
Ed McGuinness

Naperville, IL

#6 May 15, 2009
Bottom line is Daley can't be faulted for an inept plumbing inspector.

I have to deal with these inspectors all the time, and believe me, they're perfectly inept without any help from anybody else, including the mayor.
Katie K

Chicago, IL

#7 May 15, 2009
How long did the developer wait for an inspector before he gave up, covered the plumbing with concrete and went on with the job? The Department of Buildings continues to get worse and worse, treating developers, tradesmen and property owners like dirt and costing them hideous amount of money in delays and ridiculous nit-picking. They all need to go, and the departments need to be staffed with knowledgeable people whose goal is safe buildings.

Since: Mar 08

Chicago, IL

#8 May 15, 2009
ethan wrote:
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Sorry, I disagree with you. Daley is only responsible for corruption if he aids and abets corruption within City government. This article doesn't say that. Ironically though, the spirit of corruption is what doomed former governor Ryan.
Anyway, Daley is way to smart to let something as petty as this reach him. He's the perfect teflon mayor and his approach is quite simple. He'll hire a "guy" and say, "here's your job. Do it well and make money this much money for the city. I don't care how you do it, just do it. If it's illegal, don't tell me about it. I'll also be sending you some other "guys" to help you manage your department. You'll know who they are. They'll watch your back. Just keep them happy."
So as long as the "guy" is working, every one wins, with exception to the taxpayer of course.
At most, the department head of the Building Department will get their hand slapped over this one. In two weeks, no one will remember this story.
Uhh nice try mayor Daley but trolling around on the comments ection won't change opinions.

You Mayor Daley are in charge of a City government plagued by massive systemic corruption.

YOU are the boss, YOU Mayor Daley, or should I say Ethan, are responsible. YOU need to go tojail.
Lou

Alsip, IL

#9 May 15, 2009
Business as usual. What's new?
jimmy

Chicago, IL

#10 May 15, 2009
This is like fantasy island... with tattoo saying in denial... in denial. Mr Fitzgerald plays Mr Rouke.

Since: Mar 08

New York, NY

#11 May 15, 2009
Ed McGuinness wrote:
Bottom line is Daley can't be faulted for an inept plumbing inspector.
I have to deal with these inspectors all the time, and believe me, they're perfectly inept without any help from anybody else, including the mayor.
Daley CAN and should be faulted for ALL the ineptness and corruption going on in his government. He has had 20 YEARS to fix City government. He has failed. It is as bad as ever. 20 YEARS!

Since day 1 of the Daley administration there has been nothing but corruption and scandal after scandal and RICHARD M. DALEY IS RESPONSIBLE! No one else, he runs the show, it is his responsibility. He has failed. He must be held accountable.
Empty Wallet

Chicago, IL

#12 May 15, 2009
ethan wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry, I disagree with you. Daley is only responsible for corruption if he aids and abets corruption within City government. This article doesn't say that. Ironically though, the spirit of corruption is what doomed former governor Ryan.
Anyway, Daley is way to smart to let something as petty as this reach him. He's the perfect teflon mayor and his approach is quite simple. He'll hire a "guy" and say, "here's your job. Do it well and make money this much money for the city. I don't care how you do it, just do it. If it's illegal, don't tell me about it. I'll also be sending you some other "guys" to help you manage your department. You'll know who they are. They'll watch your back. Just keep them happy."
So as long as the "guy" is working, every one wins, with exception to the taxpayer of course.
At most, the department head of the Building Department will get their hand slapped over this one. In two weeks, no one will remember this story.
Before blasting this commenter, start reading at the second paragraph. He makes a hell of a lot of sense in explaining how the system works. Unfortunately.
etiquette b

Chicago, IL

#13 May 15, 2009
and this, along with many paid-off inspectors, is one of the many reasons why there are so many crappy condo buildings in chicago. the city should have to pay for any repairs needed for the "inspected" buildings that were truly not up to code.
bill

Toluca, IL

#15 May 15, 2009
Daley may win with only 70% (or whatever) of the vote this time. You may elect him out of there, but not before he's 100 years old. He runs an outstanding city, has never been tied to corruption, and I hope hes mayor for the next 20 years.
r m kraus

United States

#17 May 15, 2009
Is that show-off bully Fitzgerald with his wiretaps involved in this flap?

rmk, akron
Hoodunnit

United States

#18 May 15, 2009
These inspectors looking for pay offs have a scam going - not showing up when the developer calls for the inspections - delaying and delaying until finally the developer thinks it is totally forgotten and he has to get on with the work to get the next sub started and finish on time.

Then whammo the inspector shows up knowing full well he can't inpsect without the developer tearing something out and paying for the tear-out and having the work re-done. Cheaper to just pay the inspector.

It doesn't always mean the work was improperly performed.
Excuse Me

Colwell, IA

#19 May 15, 2009
Ya gotta have your facts wrong, such a thing could NEVER happen in Chicago; not in a city where the mayor 'leads by example.'
Come on, it's just SOP in the city of slumping shoulders where we've become butchers of each other and where nearly nothing works!
Just wait, you ain't seen true graft yet; if the IOC awards the Olympics to Chicago [oh, please let it be to Spain], the grifters in City Hall, the County Building and those down on the farm in Springfield will steal everything that's not nailed down - and most of what is nailed down!
SOP, just... pathetic SOP.
Speaker

Indianapolis, IN

#20 May 15, 2009
Katie K wrote:
How long did the developer wait for an inspector before he gave up, covered the plumbing with concrete and went on with the job? The Department of Buildings continues to get worse and worse, treating developers, tradesmen and property owners like dirt and costing them hideous amount of money in delays and ridiculous nit-picking. They all need to go, and the departments need to be staffed with knowledgeable people whose goal is safe buildings.
This is a nice thought, but remember the quote, "We don't want nobody nobody sent?" These people get hired because they turn out the vote (for the right candidate) in their wards. Competence, respect for the public, commitment to serving the taxpayer- these ideals are not even lame jokes in Chicago.
Fed up with IL

Aurora, IL

#21 May 15, 2009
bill wrote:
Daley may win with only 70%(or whatever) of the vote this time. You may elect him out of there, but not before he's 100 years old. He runs an outstanding city, has never been tied to corruption, and I hope hes mayor for the next 20 years.
He's just an inept leader who is preoccupied with distancing himself from those he ultimately supervises.(Look at the related story today, for example, about Daley refusing to take a position on the independent panel's recommendation for ethics reform, proclaiming he leads by example and being transparent. This while at the same time having repeated direct and indirect reports indicted and convicted for fraud, etc and refusing FOIA requests because they're able to under the state's unacceptable exclusionary practices which renders transparency all but impossible to effect.

Whatever happened to "the buck stops here!" How 'bout power broker Daley leading by ehave failed to clean up government?
Jim

United States

#22 May 15, 2009
ethan wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry, I disagree with you. Daley is only responsible for corruption if he aids and abets corruption within City government. This article doesn't say that. Ironically though, the spirit of corruption is what doomed former governor Ryan.
Anyway, Daley is way to smart to let something as petty as this reach him. He's the perfect teflon mayor and his approach is quite simple. He'll hire a "guy" and say, "here's your job. Do it well and make money this much money for the city. I don't care how you do it, just do it. If it's illegal, don't tell me about it. I'll also be sending you some other "guys" to help you manage your department. You'll know who they are. They'll watch your back. Just keep them happy."
So as long as the "guy" is working, every one wins, with exception to the taxpayer of course.
At most, the department head of the Building Department will get their hand slapped over this one. In two weeks, no one will remember this story.
Pretty much my thought. Basically, here is your job and I want votes delivered and campaign funds raised. What you do is your business and I do not want to know. If you get caught you are on your own. All discussions are one on one in a noisy room or in an outdoor setting. Phones and email are not used and nothing in writing.

Daley should be prime study material for any politician. As much as a dislike the guy, he is brilliant.
edgewater

Hammond, IN

#23 May 15, 2009
it's like in the navy, the capitan is responsible for what goes on in his ship. cut and dry

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