Sunday, September 24, 2017

Newly-Released Records Show $52,520 Of Taxpayer Cash Went To Local Cop For Boystown Security Patrols

Chicago cop Thomas Walsh Sr leads a Northalsted security patrol in 2017.
Newly-released documents show that a Lakeview-based Chicago cop’s private security firm received more than $52,000 in tax money to patrol Boystown in 2011 and 2012, a violation of city ordinances.

The money was paid to Walsh Security LLC—owned by 19th District CAPS Officer Thomas Walsh—between May 2011 and April 2012, according to city records turned over in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by CWBChicago.

Neither Walsh nor his company was licensed by the state to contract security services at the time, records show.

City records show payments totaling $46,000 were made by SSA #18 to Walsh Security in 2011.

Ledgers provided by the city show that Walsh Security received $46,000 of tax money during 2011 and another $6,520 in 2012.

All of the money was supplied by taxpayers via the city’s Special Service Area #18, which charges local landowners a tax premium that is supposed to pay for local streetscaping, business promotion and security. SSA #18’s funds are managed by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) and a group of unpaid, politically-appointed commissioners.

City employees, including cops, are prohibited from taking on work and contracts that are paid with SSA funds. The rules are clearly laid out in the SSA’s agreements with the city as well as in annual ethics training that all city employees are required to complete.

Accepting the tax money and performing work without proper licensing appears to conflict sharply with Walsh’s written assurance to the NBA that Walsh would “provide services in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations.”

Walsh’s LLC was established on March 14, 2011, just two months before he signed an agreement to patrol Northalsted, state records show. Walsh did not receive a state license to contract security for another 30 months, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said.

The new discoveries come just three weeks after CWBChicago published an extensive report showing that Walsh’s security company is routinely performing security services via an unusual arrangement that has payments sent to a different company while Walsh’s employees appear to do the work.

SSA #18 dropped Walsh in April 2012 and used two other security firms through 2013.

In October 2013, Walsh’s two adult children—Amanda Walsh and Thomas Walsh Jr—established A&T Security LLC. The next month, Amanda Walsh received a license to work as an unarmed security guard. And Thomas Jr. followed suit the next month. But neither of them ever became licensed to contract security services, according to state records.

In May 2014—mere months after the company was incorporated and the Walsh children earned basic licenses to work as unarmed security guards—the NBA announced that A&T Security would assume patrols of the Boystown nightlife district. This time, the money came from the Alliance’s own bank account, not the taxpayers’, according to records.

As recently as this summer, A&T continued to receive the payments for Northalsted’s security patrol even though it still doesn’t have a license to perform such work, according to a source with knowledge of the NBA's operations.

Even stranger is the fact that the people who are doing the actual work on Halsted Street appear to work for Walsh Security.

Thomas Walsh Sr. routinely leads the security patrol from a post at Roscoe and Halsted, according to witnesses. Security guards working Boystown wear Walsh Security shirts, vests, and other identifiers.

In police reports that list the patrol guards as witnesses or victims, Northalsted's security officers are consistently referred to as being agents of Walsh Security.

Thomas Walsh Sr (right) attends the 2017 annual meeting of the NBA. | Northalsted Business Alliance

A source familiar with the Alliance's operations in 2014 said they believed A&T was used instead of Walsh Security because "the Alliance was sensitive to the issues with Walsh and the possible conflict with [his work in the police department]."

CWBChicago reported this spring that Officer Walsh's position as the 19th District's police "business liaison" put him in the potentially conflicting position of handling complaints against companies that funded his private security patrols through Northalsted.

A sergeant now serves as the 19th District's business liaison and Walsh has been reassigned to handle court advocacy, the department said. The potential for past conflict of Walsh's interests is the subject of an on-going police department internal investigation, according to a CPD source who requested anonymity.

Amanda and Thomas Walsh Jr did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the relationship between A&T and Walsh Security LLC.  Leadership of the Northalsted Business Alliance also did not respond to multiple inquiries.

In August, Thomas Walsh Sr. stated that his son had completed the security contractor written test. Yet, four years after A&T was formed, neither the company or the two Walsh children have been licensed to contract security in Illinois, records show.

The elder Walsh did not respond to questions about the relationship between A&T and his own company.
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33 comments:

  1. This is why I fled your city. $1100/month for a pitiful cage, dangerously outdated pit of an "apartment" on Brompton and they sent a renewal notice 90 days in advance for an increase the first year of $90! Seriously?! You're paying for this BS in your rent, the COH, police protection that you don't have, consider an extra $300/mo because they know you can get along without a car......makes no sense AT ALL. I am SO happy I did not buy a home around there, and I had the means to do so.

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  2. violation of city ordinance at least electronic monitoring for someone? Or a good citizens award for creative misuse of your monies?

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  3. Walsh is being protected by high government city officials and also Highly ranked police command staff. Until citizens demand an official investigation at the highest levels and on in writing and certified mail and paper and electronic records as proof of correspondence nothing will be done and he will keep laughing at us little whining pathetic taxpayers getting away with this great unethical potentially illegal behavior counting his cash 💰 as he has done for so many damn years ! I believe CWB has already shown the proof and evidence countless times on this blog and no one is listening or caring because No one is being held accountable month and month , He is being protected, obviously he has secret dirt on powerful people or he is paying off his commanders and bosses even with higher rank with kick backs. Its beyond logic. It's the only thing that would make any sense why he is immune from any policy or legal enforcement ' A police officer 👮🏼 who has allegations and suspicions of serious of breaking law and Chicago ethics rules and gets away with it. Something smells here besides our disgusting Chicago Sewers . Keep it up and do no relent Cwb!

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  4. I have been reading these reports all summer as well as today and have the timeline as:
    -Walsh Security receives $52000 from NHBA in 2011 and 2012 using prohibited SSA funds

    ** for those who remember, the summer of 2011 is when a stabbing on Halsted was filmed and ended up on CNN. I mark that summer as the beginning of the hand of Boystown.

    -Summer 2014 Incident at Scarlet where a handcuffed person was punched by their security. No one is held to any accountability. A non-Walsh security company was contracted that summer.

    ** SPIN nightclub closes

    -November 2014 Walsh gets in race fueled fight in Lucky Horseshoe. He would be later found guilty by internal review of improper behavior and received a suspension which he is still fighting.
    -December 2014 to September 2016 LVECC pays A&T Security ran by Walsh’s children, then in their early 20s. SSA funds are used which are prohibited if A&T Security is providing security. According to Walsh Junior’s Facebook, he was a student at ASU until May 2015
    -May 2015 NHBA’s Paul Cannella announces Walsh Security is rehired in an internal email
    -May 2015 NHBA announces it has contracted A&T Security. They mention an RFP but do not provide any details on why A&T were selected.

    ** Circuit nightclub closes

    -Summer of 2017 Walsh Junior passes his IL security exam

    **Summer of 2017 Melrose Diner closes. Minibar closes. Rumors are Nookies is next

    -September 2017 Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Maureen Martino states A&T guards are neighborhood ambassadors and not security.

    It is clear the NHBA and LVECC boards have been corrupt for years. Walsh and his family have stuffed their pockets with help of Walsh Senior’s drinking buddies. All this happens while crime and taxes drive more businesses to close.

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    1. Bodies found in steamworks .. move a long nothing to see

      Handcuffed POC handcuffed and punched and threatened w arrest. These streatkuds need to go back to their own neighborhoods.

      Cop beats up POC employee screaming N*g**r in strip club w reputation of pristitut and drug use of employees Fire the employee and bury the story.

      Employee caught dealing at late night club. Move a long nothing to see here

      Servers doing lines w owner in the bathroom of local caberet Never heard of it.

      Bathroom known drug hub. Can I buy you dinner?

      Noise and overcrowding. Cant see the big deal, let them have fun

      The NBA owners know exactly what they are doing when hiring Walsh Security or whatever version of Walsh he is serving up that day. They get a tainted local cop with a long history of looking away as long as the businesses pay his fees and comp his food and drink.

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  5. I am a retired Police Supervisor, why is he not working a Beat car? He may have a bid to Days, but no guarantee of "business liason". Bunch of BS. Look to your alderman for his clout.

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  6. Readers- DON'T vote for Rahm again, he's behind all this.

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    1. And don't vote for Tunneys either!!!

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  7. 9:13 pm is spot-on. This is Rahm and his doings. Private security (from a sworn-officer at that) in an area that pays some of the highest taxes in the city. If Rahm were above-board and a person who actually cared about his constituents, he might actually give up his Palace Guard, in addition to hiring more officers...and oh, not tying their hands. Shell games.

    The Winnetka Experiment needs to end!

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  8. Well everybody always likes to have Tommy for security in this neighborhood.

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    1. Keep comping his drinks, idiot. You are the fool.

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  9. You can bet the farm LECC director Martino is up,to her knees in this crap. Funny how all the evidence in the world is right in front of everyones face and ZERO gets done about it. This guynshould be sent packing right along with Martino. What a complete scam to have a copper running a security outfit in a neighborhood . He is in a position to look the other way on his "day job" which is the definition of corruption. This is not good.

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  10. Boy you guys have a problem. How much time do you devote to Walsh? Try spending more time exposing the lack of Police officers in your district and city wide except in the south and west where your police have been sent.

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    1. We have enough time to handle both. Thanks for your concern.

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    2. PS--The south and west sides are losing patrol officers, too. Englewood is down 55 cops in a year. How do we know this? Because we reported on it. Check us out daily. We have a range of reports that you may find interesting.

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    3. Last 2 "Walsh" articles involve $100,000 in tax dollars going to him in very questionable circumstances. if someone robbed the local Byline branch of that amount, the response would be WTF, how did they let that happen?!

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    4. Like above comment is hundred percent correct. If you steal $500 from TCF bank you are arrested on federal charges. This Walsh guy is blatant and reckless taking in over $100,000 in tax payer money thru improper means as a public servant and no discipline , no investigation , no arrests , no termination , no state or federal charges. If it was up to me all and I mean all his immediate supervisors and commanders for last few year would all be held accountable and fired !!!!!!! Isn't there any damn accountability or is this guy so powerful and bullet proof that he answers to no one. I hate to say it but buslick the commander of tom is being treated like toms little bitch. Crazy huh

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    5. RE - AnonymousSep 25, 2017, 8:51:00 AM
      Thanks for visiting this pro-honesty, pro-integrity, pro-law-enforcement site Mrs Walsh.

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  11. Private security is not police. If private security witnesses a crime in the middle of the street, what can they do other than videotape it and call 911? If private security tasers a criminal, can't the private security be charged with assault and battery?

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  12. Keep on digging CWB! Next up you should look into the freebies, comps, under the table payments and more that Walsh has received and continues to receive! So much is given to him by these local businesses, NHBA and especially LVECC where he appears in almost all of their photos - no doubt that these excursions Martino has paid for by SSA dollars. What special gifts and payments has Martino received back? Where are LVE boards to hold Martino accountable? Walsh just laughs his way to the bank while all of this goes down. Nothing has been done, yet there's so much evidence piling up.

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  13. Probablynthe same Walsh familynthat seems to get every project in the City.

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    1. Effingham J. BellwetherSep 27, 2017, 6:21:00 AM

      That's what I've been wondering.

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    2. Not the same family.

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  14. Tunneys is nothing but a LIE

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  15. Sounds like he's strong arming the businesses to hire him
    Why hasn't he been fired yet ???
    Come on, enough of this bullshit

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  16. Martino should have been communicating with residents and businesses about the Broadway street construction nightmare that made some people sick and hurt many businesses. Looks like she was too busy playing with Walsh.

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    1. The nightmare still isn't over! They have only laid done down one layer of asphalt while chassis bending manholes remain inches above the surface. Now they have put stripes and stop lines over the 1st layer while also coating layer one with two coats of oil! WTF, this is being tracked in all our cars and homes and the smell in OVERPOWERING! I know they have just a handful of crew, but COME ON, this has turned into a bad SADISTIC nightmare!

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  17. Strongarming ? Doubtful. Kicking back to these local "groups" is more plausible.

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    1. Even more plausible is receiving years upon years of favorable findings and service from the police department "business liaison" when complaints were filed against them.

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    2. Favorable treatment paid by local neighbors tax funds. I.e. The neighbors are unknowingly subsidizing the bars the litter the street, attract drug dealers and crime to the hood and operate with impunity.

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  18. Even so, these security people who patrol boystown are a presence. They are hands on and, have helped quite a bit down there. Can you all imagine what it would be without them there? The 19th dist is always in a "RAP". As busy as that district gets you probably never see Chicago police patrolling there at all. And, no I'm not involved with officer Walsh or his family at all. I'm not employed by them either. I'm not a business owner/person in the area. Their being out there is better than the alternative. Rahm will never hire the new officers as he promised. The new ones that are hired cannot even keep up with the massive retirements that have happened and/ that are scheduled to happen. Get yourself a ccw permit and hope you aren't picked by the circling vultures as a potential crime victim.

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    1. Can you all imagine what it would be without them there?
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      Can we imagine what it would be like if a properly-licensed security company provided properly-licensed security officers who did not impersonate the police patrolled the area? Why, yes! We can. It makes you wonder why that's now how it's done.

      There are 1,000 security firms in Illinois that follow the rules, secure the correct training, and maintain the necessary records to do the job effectively AND without giving the local business firm an officer on the inside of the police department to handle complaints against their members.

      Breaking the law is not the way to enforce the law nor is it the way to reduce crime. Period.

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    2. Did you ever follow up and get Maureen Martino comment on this story, she just came back from a 2 week vacation from Mexico with Walsh and family.

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