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Monday, July 1, 2013

UNO, Quinn, Madigan, Rahm... The gang that won't shoot straight

$143,000 in public school funding up in smoke by UNO rip-off artists.
After holding parents and students at their new charter school hostage in order to get Gov. Quinn to restore millions in funding, the corrupt UNO gang is stiffing the contractors and workers who built their school.

With powerful patrons like Quinn, Boss Madigan, Rahm, and "Slow Eddie" Burke, UNO is having a field day with millions in public money.
Cheered on by Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the United Neighborhood Organization celebrated the opening of its new $22 million charter school on the Northwest Side last September with a laser light show and fireworks display. The cost? More than $143,000, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
While UNO leaders, like Juan Rangel stuff their pockets and those of friends and relatives, with public dollars, UNO's contractors are still waiting to be paid for their work.

According to the Sun-Times:

Now, more than nine months after the grand opening of the UNO Galewood Charter School, 10 contractors say the politically well-connected charter-school operator stiffed them out of more than $1.3 million they’re owed for work on the school at 2050 N. Natchez.
“We want to be paid for the work we did,” says John D’Angelo, president of State Mechanical Services, which filed a lien May 10 for nearly $400,000 — the second-biggest of the claims.

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D’Angelo’s Naperville business installed the school’s heating and air-conditioning.

Side note: Nobody has explained why they had to hire a company in Naperville for this job when there are plenty of capable Chicago companies using city workers. Must be that keeping it all in the family, white-guy thing. Although I'm sure if D'Angelo was related to Burke or Madigan, he would have already been paid off. I'll have to look into that.

The S-T article makes it clear that Quinn restored UNO's funding, even before the audit he himself ordered was completed, only because he was told to do so by Burke, "one of his biggest campaign contributors." Quinn is definitely Burke's boy.

UNO, Quinn, Burke, Madigan, Emanuel -- the biggest, unindicted rip-off artists in state history. Move over Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink. Where are you federal prosecutors?

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