He zones. She sells. And it's legal. ...

He zones. She sells. And it's legal. -- Sales, Richard M. Daley

There are 357 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 31, 2008, titled He zones. She sells. And it's legal. -- Sales, Richard M. Daley. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It's hard to miss Barbara O'Connor's face on a drive through North Side neighborhoods, where her real estate signs beckon buyers to "find your way home." In the last decade she has built a thriving business ...

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“Full service, discount broker”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago, IL

#22 May 31, 2008
So, why do people vote this guy in office and why do regular home sellers use this woman? You only have yourself to blame.
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#23 May 31, 2008
the only way to solve crooked politics at all levels is to
(1) impose a 5 year maximum term for all politicians

(2) eliminate pensions for politicians

Career politicians always become corrupt or lazy (or both). Our founding fathers didn't intend for political office to be a career.
Demrats

United States

#24 May 31, 2008
This is the Chicago way - and this is what Obama will bring to the White House. But of course he cannot win, so the point is moot.

Only way anything can be done if the Feds investigate, but they are too afraid of Daley - since he has the backing of Durbin and Rahm.

So either way, Chicago people, you are scre*ed
thomas

Pittsburgh, PA

#25 May 31, 2008
Vote them out.
Oh thats right. Only 35% of Americans vote. That means 65% of Americans deserve exactly what they get in my view.
Pooky

Cancún, Mexico

#26 May 31, 2008
Dirty rotten crooks.
Voltaire

Chicago, IL

#27 May 31, 2008
Do we really need quotes from professors to tell us that giving zoning approvals for projects that your wife later earns a real estate commission on is crooked?
God knows what OTHER crooked business that O' Connor is up to that Tribune reporters did not have time to dig into.

Chicago's and the sate of Illinois' political corruption is becoming legend.

Vote Republican as the lesser of two evils.
Voltaire

Chicago, IL

#28 May 31, 2008
Reality wrote:
the only way to solve crooked politics at all levels is to
(1) impose a 5 year maximum term for all politicians
(2) eliminate pensions for politicians
Career politicians always become corrupt or lazy (or both). Our founding fathers didn't intend for political office to be a career.
That is the best idea that I ever heard.
scott

Chicago, IL

#30 May 31, 2008
Demrats wrote:
This is the Chicago way - and this is what Obama will bring to the White House. But of course he cannot win, so the point is moot.
riiiiiight. because we all know that everything's above board in the White House as it is. No-bid contracts to Halliburton, anyone? Why don't we keep the comments to the topic at hand.
VoteHimOut

Bolingbrook, IL

#31 May 31, 2008
you voted the man into his position...vote him out the next election if this is a problem now.
Andreas

Melrose Park, IL

#32 May 31, 2008
Everytime we drove by a monstrosity of a new development in our ward, the sign ALWAYS had Barbara O'Connor as the listing agent. It is the least-kept secret in the 40th ward....what took so long to discover this?

Chicago Tribune: Could we have a full listing of EVERY property listed by Babs that had a zoning change/variance in the past 10 years?
Andreas

Melrose Park, IL

#34 May 31, 2008
Couold we also look into Mr. O'Connor's relationship with Swedish Covenant Hospital and the variances/preferences he has helped them out since he's been alderman?
The truth

Chicago, IL

#35 May 31, 2008
Keep voting Democrat!

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#37 May 31, 2008
Voltaire wrote:
...Vote Republican as the lesser of two evils.
How's Governor Ryan enjoying life in prison these days?
Clarence Darrow

Aurora, IL

#38 May 31, 2008
These people are immoral criminals and should all go to jail.

We also need a big story on how Ed Burke plays absolutely every angle in his and his wife's lives to line their pockets on the backs of the taxpayer. Law firm representing people doing business with the city regulators and Burke's committees. Wife goes to law school late, first client is United Airlines, gets on the bench within a couple of years (husband slates judges for the party), ends up on the state Supreme Court cuz we're told she's so damn smart. Instead of stories about adopted babies.

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#39 May 31, 2008
Al Capone's business plan had nothing on Barbara and Patrick O'Connors'!

All the corruption, with no guns or bloodshed...
Voltaire

Chicago, IL

#40 May 31, 2008
strut2k wrote:
<quoted text>
How's Governor Ryan enjoying life in prison these days?
Democrats are the party of government and people in government innevitably steal so Democrats make it more likely that there will be stealing. That simple.
However you are right in Illinois the Republicans are awfully crooked too. I said that they were the LESSER of two evils, not that they weren't evil.
The problem in Chicago though is that there are NO Republicans so there is no competition for, or anyone to watch over crooks like O "Connor. Until there are Republicans nothing will ever change so open your wallets taxpayers.
Brian

Chicago, IL

#41 May 31, 2008
Chicago the most pathetic corrupt city in the US. Where are the FEDS? Liars, thieves, worthless leaders, when does public rebellion against the rubber stamp council begin?
tg chicago

Harvey, IL

#42 May 31, 2008
How could Ald OConnor say there is no ethics violation????Totally unethical in any sense of the term.
He is a big a crook as any of the rest....time for change waiting for voters to say NO!!!!

ITS UP TO YOU CHICAGO...YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAY ..NO MORE!
rjinchi

United States

#43 May 31, 2008
its about time someone brought the occonnor's practices onto the front page - dont use baid and warner! B Oconnor and her husband has used the system for their own gain long enough! NO MORE BAIRD AND WARNER!
The Future Is Now

Chicago, IL

#44 May 31, 2008
Incredible.

After so many decades in Chicago I don't know why I am left so gape-jawed when I'm presented with such bald, unashamed examples of municipal government corruption. This couple would do well in India, Italy, or some West African country.

Incredible.

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