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Mayor Emanuel's latest O'Hare Airport janitorial contract seems to be coming with pinkie rings and tailored silk suits attached. Yes, City Hall is reaching out to the Outfit again, renewing a Mob friendship that dates back at least to Mayor Big Bill Thompson of the Prohibition Era. Thompson's heart went all aflutter when he heard the name Al Capone. The Outfit is a local Chicago name for what most Americans call the Mob or the Syndicate.

City Hall's courtship with the Mob blossomed publicly under Mayor Richard J. Daley who, as Chicagoland old timers will recall, was pals with such Mob luminaries as Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik, John D'Arco, Fred Roti and Jake Arvey. After all, the Outfit is really just another business seeking political favors and doling out campaign contributions.

Today's City Hall-Mob relationship at O'Hare Airport is shown in the graphic below. Vendors at O'Hare get their contracts through City Hall:

Today's O'Hare Mob Connection

In recent times the Outfit has gone tres moderne, investing its capital accumulated through bootlegging, drugs, prostitution,gambling, union corruption and extortion in what are quaintly referred to as "legitimate businesses”.

These businesses include United Maintenance, which just got a juicy contract to sweep, mop, wipe down and dust O'Hare Airport. A unionized contractor named Scrub was ousted in favor of the non-union City Hall connected United Maintenance who pays less than the unionized Scrub did.

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Paul Fosco is an executive vice-president of United Service Companies, parent to United Maintenance. Paul Fosco want to prison for 10 years on racketeering charges stemming from Mob corruption in the Laborer’s Union (now mostly clean after a long battle). Paul Fosco had been on trial with mob boss Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, but the wily “Big Tuna” escaped the federal net and swam free. Accardo’s career began in a lowly Chicago street gang, but received a major promotion when Al Capone admired his skill at beating two rival mobsters to death with a baseball bat.

As for Paul Fosco, he is part of the celebrated Fosco crime family which included Angelo Fosco, a former president of the Laborer’s International Union (LIUNA) and a close associate of Chicago mobsters Paul “The Waiter” Ricca and Joey Aiuppa. The Fosco’s ran the union for years starting with Peter Fosco Sr. who assumed the presidency of LIUNA in 1968 after decades in Chicago. After the death of Angelo Fosco in 1993, reformers and criminal indictments have cleaned up the union.

The owner of United Service Companies is former cop Richard Simon. According to the Sun-Times, “Simon had partnered in yet another firm with William Daddano Jr., who was accused of organized-crime ties by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Chicago Crime Commission.”

So is City Hall married to the Mob? Not exactly, it looks more like a back room steamy affair. When asked about O’Hare and the Mob, Mayor Rahm Emanuel changed the subject, “Look, it was competitively bid. We will have a vigorous enforcement and make sure everybody lives by and appropriately stands by the law.”

Rahm has declared an all-out  War on Wages through privatization, vendor favoritism and unionbusting, so his flirtation with the the Outfit is just part of a larger strategy. When it comes to screwing over the working class Rahm likes to have many partners among his sweetheart deals.

One of those unionbusters linked to the O’Hare deal is none other than charter school boss Juan Rangel. Rangel is a City Hall favorite who was co-chair of Rahm’s campaign committee and a receiver of considerable City Hall largesse doled out to UNO (United Neighborhood Organization). UNO used to be a scrappy neighborhood advocacy group, but is now a major ally of powerful Chicago corporations.

UNO owns a chain of charter schools in mostly Latino neighborhoods. A vocal opponent of the Chicago Teachers Union and neighborhood schools, Rangel has expanded UNO into janitorial services and had been contracted to United Maintenance to provide O’Hare janitors. Sub-contracting is the latest capitalist fad, allowing larger corporations and local governments deniability when workers are abused. It’s also handy for unionbusting.

Rangel may be hoping to eventually bust the Chicago Teachers Union with relentless charter expansion, but he was willing to settle for a unionbusting deal with a Mob-aligned company in the interim. Now both Rangel and United Maintenance are backing away from what had been a $5 million arrangement. Rangel apparently has a sense of political self-preservation. The Mob connection would play poorly in Chicago working class neighborhoods where gangs are a major issue.

In the old days when the economy was booming, the Democratic machine was more of a blue collar operation and normally had close relationships with the Chicago labor movement. Mayor Richard J. Daley was famous for stepping in and mediating labor contracts, often to the short-term benefit of union members. The Mob too was a major influence among some Chicago unions. But those days of City Hall generosity and Mob so-called “protection” of labor are long gone.

Now Chicago workers are defending themselves through their unions, community organizations and allied groups. An example is SEIU Local 1 which is spearheading an effort to save jobs and a living wage at O’Hare for the janitors who keep O'Hare looking decent for visitors. The union is also asking Illinois Attorney-General Lisa Madigan for a formal investigation into the Mob connections at O'Hare.

O'Hare janitors stand up for their rights

The Democratic machine is now largely made up of LaSalle Street financial institutions, major real estate interests and just for old times sake, the Chicago Outfit. But it’s important to remember that the Outfit is at best a medium-sized business in this new Chicago machine.  The O’Hare-Mob connection has its titillating old-school gangster aspect, but the Outfit role is only one part of a larger story.

This is an era of massive privatization and unionbusting, when global mega-banks, some with offices right down the street from City Hall, can get away with criminal acts far more destructive to society than anything a Capone or a small time crook like Paul Fosco could ever pull off. Rahm is a partner in this big time global criminal activity. It's great to catch the marauding mice like United Maintenance at O’Hare, but lets not forget the bigger meaner financial rats who prey upon Chicago. They represent the greater danger.

Service Employees International Union Local 1 will be sponsoring a City Hall Protest at 3:30 on December 11 to defend unionized janitors who have lost their jobs at O’Hare. SEIU has already held multiple protests against Rahm’s War on Wages. Be there if you can.

Sources Consulted:

More mob ties to contractor in O’Hare cleaning deal by Dan Mihalopoulos

Cleaning Up? by Andrew Schroedter/BGA

A Lifetime of Close Ties and Growing Influence by Dan Mihalopoulos

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: STOP CUTTING GOOD JOBS by SEIU Local 1

Captive City by Ovid Demerest


Originally posted to Chicago Kossacks on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Thanks for this research (10+ / 0-)

    And it's time for workers to do what they can, huh?

    Then again, compared to what we are up against, it really is a large climb.

    •  It is a huge climb, no doubt about it (13+ / 0-)

      Although Chicago still has a large number of union members by US standards, its actual labor movement is comparatively weak. The Chicago Federation of Labor, which through the first part of the 20th century was very progressive, is today largely inert and divided.

      The Chicago teachers strike has changed the labor conversation though, as has the movement by low wage workers in retail, warehouse, hotel and food service.

      Through my labor solidarity work in Chicago I feel that activity is up and working class activists are displaying a pretty sophisticated grasp of what is at stake. It's encouraging, but we have a lot of ground to cover, a lot of connections to be made, and more solidarity to build.

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:27:05 PM PST

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  •  Did Glenn Beck help you w/ the flow chart? :) eom (1+ / 0-)
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  •  And Emanuel was Obama's Chief of Staff? (10+ / 0-)

    /shakes head

    •  Eh. (7+ / 0-)

      Pretty hard to be involved in any business or political job in Chicago without the Mob turning up somewhere, even if you don't realize it.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:09:45 PM PST

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      •  The Outfit is more sophisticated now (9+ / 0-)

        It has become quite adept at fronting businesses and has largely abandoned labor racketeering thanks to rebel reformers and criminal prosecutors.  I'm no expert on the Outfit but I would wager that money laundering through some of the USA's biggest banks is an important activity.

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:48:16 PM PST

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      •  Large waste & cleaning companies are mob connected (4+ / 0-)
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        grimjc, kat herder, ybruti, llywrch

        You would be hard pressed to find a large waste or cleaning company that is not mob connected.  They may have changed their suits and their corporate addresses, but they haven't changed their stripes - they are still in the business of exploiting criminal activity and violence for profit.  It is also true that these legitimate fronts have allowed organized crime to penetrate deeply into our pay to play political culture.  The implication of the diarist's description of this in Chicago is also right: the mob is no friend of the working class, especially organized labor that is not mob controlled.  And by the way, the general rule for paying back political contributors was 10:1.    That is, a connected large contributor could expect, as a minimum, payouts ten times the size of his/her contribution,  often much more.  Early in my professional career, I was tasked with managing one of those payoff contracts.  The idea that the public gets anything, really any productive work at all, from this is a fiction (I wouldn't authorize payment, and was quickly removed).  Funding political campaigns that way is very expensive and very damaging to the public interest.  Good luck getting media attention to that fact.

      •  If that was the only problem with Emanuel (1+ / 0-)
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        I'd give it a pass. I have read Mike Royko, so I know a little about Chicago's history.

        But Emanuel has shown himself to be a jerk in so many other ways that he will keep his spot on Obama's worst 10 picks for government positions no matter who else he picks.

  •  Accardo's been dead for years, hasn't he? (1+ / 0-)
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    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:08:00 PM PST

    •  Yeah, he's been dead for 20 years. (2+ / 0-)
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      He got his start working for Al Capone.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:12:22 PM PST

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      •  Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo (1+ / 0-)
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        Accardo is regarded by some Mob historians as far more intelligent than Capone and demonstrated that with the diversification of Mob business interests. A longtime resident of River Forest IL just outside of Chicago, you can walk past either one of his former homes there.

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:54:06 PM PST

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        •  Rule of Thumb (7+ / 0-)

          if you've heard of a mobster, he probably wasn't a very good mobster.

          Obviously that's an overstatement as lots of people have heard of someone like Carlo Gambino. But the really flashy guys who attract attention, like Capone and Gotti, are usually far less influential than those that hide in the shadows.

          They usually live longer too. Accardo ran the Outfit for 45 years. He let the public think Sam Giancana was the top dog. (Giancana did run day-to-day operations for a while, but he answered to Accardo.)

          Giancana was flashy and sought publicity. He didn't live long either.

          "Because Romney's a clown . . ."--Henry Francis

          by LeftCoastTimm on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:31:49 AM PST

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    •  The Big Tuna (1+ / 0-)
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      Swims with the fishes. If you know what I'm saying...

      Sorry, couldn't resist.

  •  Rahm is near (16+ / 0-)

    the top of the list of things I hold against President Obama. From the git-go it was his WH appointments that revealed  who he really is, who he knows and who he owes.

    Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell ya the truth -- B. Dylan

    by ponderer on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:57:38 PM PST

  •  Wait! Are we ready here to start talking (5+ / 0-)

    about actual politics, rather than official politics? If we did that, much that seems odd would start to make sense.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:29:35 PM PST

    •  Actually, we're heading (0+ / 0-)

      toward CT territory with the ban hammer hovering over our heads.

      I'm waiting for the CT diary police to drop in.

      [and no, I don't believe this diary is CT]

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:27:49 AM PST

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      •  Then you've might read more of actual politics (0+ / 0-)

        through history, in the USA. Seriously, organized crime has been part of business and the political system for generations. That's just the well-documented public record. Sure ain't no theory.

        The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

        by Jim P on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:53:10 AM PST

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  •  Blah. (3+ / 0-)
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    palantir, Bon Temps, Homer J

    My trash gets picked up every week.  My recycling gets picked up.  My street gets plowed when it snows.  I take the L to work and the L home every day; a train comes every 5 minutes.  We have a great zoo and conservatory just a few blocks down the street; my daughter loves them.  Our park system rivals that of any city in the world.  The streets are clean.  From our big airport, you can fly non-stop nearly anywhere on earth.  And the facility presents itself as a clean, safe gateway to the United States.  There are fresh flowers lining Wacker Drive that I see every morning when I walk to work from the train.  

    I live in Chicago.  And I don't give a flying fuck if the stuff I described above happens because some organization gets a bribe, or if it happens for a little bit extra, or if somebody's unemployable cousin gets $60,000 from a sinecure with the Park District.  This city works.  Without a city income tax.  And let the record show: I don't care HOW it works.  It does.  I have lived in a formidable list of world cities in my life (including New York, London, Frankfurt), and I prefer Chicago.  

    •  So you are ok with.... (8+ / 0-)

      ....Chicago-style apartheid? Chicago-style poverty? Chicago-style street violence?  Chicago-style urban displacement of black and latino families? Chicago-style racist allocation of public services, Chicago-style attacks on public education? Chicago-style unionbusting? Chicago-style low wage economic policy? Chicago-style racist unemployment?

      If you are, than have a nice life, lots of Chicagoans aren't quite as economically fortunate or as morally deficient as you seem to be.

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:12:40 PM PST

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      •  You don't really know.... (2+ / 0-)
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        palantir, gramofsam1

        but given my socioeconomic position, I really should be a modern-day goo-goo---and possibly even a Republican.  But I'm not.  The racial segregation between neighborhoods here is disconcerting.  But I won't extend use that unfortunate datum to mar the entire city.  Go to New York, or Philadelphia, or anywhere in Europe, and show me something that you prefer.  Maybe someone from Oak Park can use "Chicago Style" as a derogatory term.  I won't pretend this city's perfect.  But it's the best-run place I've lived in.  

        •  Racial segregation is disconcerting? Try deadly. (7+ / 0-)

          According to a 2007 study by the Chicago Reporter, infant mortality in 5 Chicago black neighborhoods ranged from 19.2 to 25.1 per thousand live births. Infant mortality is widely accepted as the single best indicator of overall public health.

          Edison Park, a largely white enclave had 1 infant death that year. The City Health Dept doesn't even have stats on 39 Chicago neighborhoods because their infant death rates are so low. The average in Chicago as a whole was  9.6 deaths per 1,000. The average in 2007 for the USA was 6.79.

          I compared Chicago infant mortality rates of these 5 black Chicago neighborhoods listed by the Chicago Reporter in 2007 with the 2005-2010 rates in other nations.

          It was much higher than anywhere in the European Union and much higher even than communist Cuba. On the West Side, in the very shadow of a gleaming urban medical complex, touted as the largest in the USA,  babies die needlessly because of the racialized poverty imposed by the Chicago elite.

          The low wage non-union privatized economic policy being pushed by Rahm and his LaSalle Street financial cronies is not the answer to this racialized poverty.

          Sure Chicago works for some, particularly if you are white and have money.

          "Don't believe everything you think."

          by BobboSphere on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 03:56:09 AM PST

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        •  Well, you (0+ / 0-)

          are a republican.  

          Republicans [and libertarians] don't care about anyone but themselves.

          The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

          by dfarrah on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:36:34 AM PST

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        •  I'm almost done reading "Broken Trust," the story (2+ / 0-)
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          delver rootnose, ybruti

          of the horrific corruption that existed (and to a lesser but persistent degree, still exists) in Hawaii.  The Dems were the culprits and their blatant disregard for the integrity of the state's political culture basically handed the state over to Linda Lingle for 8 years following the eruption of the scandal.  Sinecures and kickbacks and money laundering were SOP, and it was a cesspool even though it was a paradisaical one.  And it was centered on the richest charitable trust in the US at the time, the Bishop Estate, that was the patrimony of the deposed monarchy which was supposed to be dedicated to the education of Hawaiian children.  

          And you know what brought it down?  A combination of outraged common folks and a few brave community leaders who stood up against unbelievable odds to demand the system be overthrown and overhauled.  Of course there was a huge contingent of self-satisfied and complacent don't-give-a-shit-as-long-as-the-panhandlers-aren't-bugging-me types in the professional class who couldn't see the sense of upsetting the apple cart when it didn't affect their comfort level.

          That's kind of complacency is disgusting no matter where it occurs.

          "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

          by nailbender on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:33:38 AM PST

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        •  [Fellow] Chicago lawyer, your first paragraph... (0+ / 0-)

          ... was fine. Compelling, actually. This is a city that works. And it has gotten better over several admnistrations, beginning - in my experience - with Richard J. Daley, an imperfect mayor, but one many competing interests could accept and - within bounds - trust. An LBJ type: let's talk and reason together and do it my way for everyone's betterment. He did not have alliances (except for a few key ones) in the black community and - to be sure - he should have had many more. But what we needed was a city that worked better and by and large, it got better ... With a long way to go.

          Chicago is also a Big City with classic urban problems. To name a few: ghettos, gun violence abounding, many schools of marginal educational functionality (how's that for a term of art?) that have to fulfil too many needs that are way beyond classic education. I'm male, white, old ... and once successful at my job so that I can live in a part of this great city where racism does not appear rampant, although I may not be a very good judge of that.

          BUT I do care how the city works. Whether the lowest bidders on city and county projects and services are the outfit(s). Whether a contract was influenced by an alderman, and How. Whether we can possibly get all those not-income tax rates and assessments closer to tolerable levels before we price out so many more residents that you and I will be lonely.

          I'm amazed to read an educated responsible guy saying - in effect - if he can't see the corruption and injustice - its OK. Forgive me, but that resembles the filters my (few) Republican friends have and, apparently, live by.

          2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:54:44 PM PST

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    •  and your attitude is... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...part of the problem.  And all those things you mention cost.  Just because they don't cost YOU enough to be bothered by it does not mean they don't cost others more than they can afford.  And I would put down a large bet that you are lilly ass white.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:31:20 AM PST

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    •  oh and to add ... (2+ / 0-)
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      grrr, Alden

      ...there should be a city income tax rather than soaking the rest of the state for money to make YOUR city work.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:32:33 AM PST

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      •  Chicagoland is a net payer (0+ / 0-)

        Chicago may get slightly more in money from the state then it gives in taxes but if you add in suburbs and collar counties around chicago, then things change radically and the region is giving the state more money than it gets back.  Like it or not, IL gets a good portion of it's revenue from Chicago and the regions surrounding it, so your attitude is pretty misguided.

        •  I live in the Suburbs... (0+ / 0-)

 Chicagoland is a net payer but Chicago is a net reciever.  Guess who makes up the difference.  The suburbs.  Esp Cook county suburbs that pay for many county services located in Chicago inconviently far away people who may need them.  Like the County hospital which serves mostly Chicagoians.

          We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

          by delver rootnose on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:09:04 PM PST

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    •  If you appreciate the airport bathrooms so much... (1+ / 0-)
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      then you should have some respect for the people who have been cleaning your shit every time you fly out of there.  Because they're getting thrown out on their asses two weeks before Christmas.  If you think this is because they weren't doing a good job then you don't know Chicago - this has everything to do with Rahm cutting the budget on the backs of union workers, and SEIU in particular, and nothing to do with keeping the city clean.  You said it yourself- the airport has been clean for years - and it's been that way since it was privatized the first time and Scrub came in.  But apparently a living wage wasn't low enough for Rahmbo- they had to cut the bennies, the seniority, the vacation and the full-time salary.  Rahm has hated trade unions ever since the NAFTA fight in 1994 and he's still going.

  •  Are you in touch with Driftglass (Duncan Black)? (3+ / 0-)
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    BobboSphere, grimjc, martini

    He hasn't been posting on his blog about Chicago for a while, but he was very critical of the Chicago parking-meter selloff to private investors.

    Seems he'd be a good one to tap for research and insights into corruption in Chicago.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:49:48 AM PST

    •  Thank you. (4+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, xaxnar, Chitown Kev, martini

      Chicago has a unique history given its geographic and economic position.The parking meter debacle was an example of the privatization that is impoverishing the city's working class for the benefit of the 1%.

      The City rulers have even more assets they want to sell off to private investors. The old model of Chicago public corruption is in transition to a new privatized corruption of low wage jobs and the racialized displacement of entire neighborhoods.

      I'll check out Driftglass.


      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 02:22:09 AM PST

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  •  I'm extremely disappointed in Rahm (0+ / 0-)

    Emmanuel but not really that surprised.

     It's shocking that this abuse of airport workers is permitted.

    The battles that need to be waged just keep popping up.

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 04:45:26 AM PST

  •  Organized Crime, Corporations and Politicians (1+ / 0-)
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    Feel the synergy!

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:19:12 AM PST

  •  How is 'was also run by' a connection? (0+ / 0-)

    Forgetting for a moment that 'accused of Mob ties' isn't exactly telling, if Rick Simon is connected to the actions of another person who previously ran the company, then President Obama is connected to Watergate.

    When extra-terrestrial beings make their first appearance on our planet, and ask for representatives of our species to best exemplify humanity, I'm sending a nurse, a librarian, and a firefighter.

    by Wayward Son on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:54:38 AM PST

  •  The Outfit is not much worse than the K Street (0+ / 0-)

    gang - just a bit less sophisticated, more blue collar, prone to raise money through prostitution reather than slavery.

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

    by llbear on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:54:47 AM PST

  •  Corruption in Chicago? I'm shocked! (0+ / 0-)

    Say it ain't so, Joe!

  •  Yet another good reason (0+ / 0-)

    to discontinue the tax exemption of nonprofit organizations.

    [unless this NPO is taxed for unrelated business income]

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:31:42 AM PST

  •  Please note that (1+ / 0-)
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    BobboSphere's main source of information here is one of 2 Chicago daily newspapers.

  •  Asking, "Is the Mob cleaning up at O'Hare?"... (1+ / 0-)
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    martini like asking "Is the Pope Catholic on Twitter?"

    "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

    by frisco on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:41:43 AM PST

  •  Until those not affected stand with those who are (1+ / 0-)
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    ...we will continue to balance our budgets on the backs of those who can least afford it.  

    I like to think our society values work enough that voters and citizens would punish leaders willing to ignore the least among us.  I like to think we oppose subjecting those who work full time doing unpleasant but necessary work should not be consigned to a life of poverty- and if you use O'Hare Airport these are people working for you.  But if you are reading this and you do hold those values and you can be there on Dec 11th but don't stand with these workers, then you will be standing by as 300-400 living wage jobs become poverty jobs, with the money saved going for patronage jobs for UNO and this mob moneywasher.

    The contract ends this week.  December 11th is your last chance to stand with them.  Please don't waste it.

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