Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Owned By Children Of Local Cop, Unlicensed Security Firm Got $60K In Taxpayer Money To Patrol Lakeview Streets


What's $59,075 among friends in Chicago?

Records show that a suburban company received nearly $60,000 in taxpayer money entrusted to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce (LVECC) to provide public security patrols from December 2014 until last September.

But the company that received the tax money is not licensed to contract security services in Illinois, and the services that were supposedly completed by the company appear to have been performed by a different firm—-one that’s owned by 19th District Police Officer Thomas J. Walsh.

City employees, including cops, are prohibited by law from having an ownership stake in a company that receives payment for city work.

Thomas Walsh Jr (left) and Thomas Walsh Sr (2nd from left) at the LVECC holiday party in 2015. | Facebook
Other than invoices from the company and the taxpayer's checks, there is literally no documentation whatsoever regarding the 20-month relationship according to the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development and LVECC Executive Director Maureen Martino’s responses to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records.
 
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There is no contract; no letter of understanding; no list of expectations; no explanation of duties; no incident reports; no activity reports; no confirmation of hourly rates or changes to those rates; and no written records regarding scheduling or manpower needs. And there are no security plans or documentation for two annual street festivals that accounted for almost $20,000 of the total tax-paid security bill, the city said.

In fact, Martino told the city, over the course of the relationship with A&T Security LLC, there were exactly two emails between LVECC and the River Forest firm: both were incoming invoices.

Payments to A&T were mailed to this real estate firm in suburban River Forest. | Google


A “Realty” Show

On paper, A&T Security is owned by Amanda Walsh and her brother, Thomas Walsh Jr, according to state records. While both of the Walsh children are licensed to work personally as unarmed security guards, neither they nor A&T is licensed to contract security services according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Amanda and Thomas Jr's father is a long-time community policing officer in the Chicago Police Department's Town Hall station at 850 West Addison.

Beginning in January 2015, the LVECC sent an average of $3,000 a month in taxpayer money to A&T for security guard services. The checks were mailed to a River Forest real estate company where the Walsh children’s mother—Officer Walsh’s ex-wife—was working, according to paperwork filed in an unrelated federal case. Walsh Jr also possesses a state real estate broker's license.

Walsh Jr lists Director of Operations at Walsh Security as his position on LinkedIn. There is no mention of A&T. His sister, Amanda Walsh, works for Goldman Sachs, according to her Facebook profile.
Unlike his children, Officer Walsh is a state-licensed private security contractor and his firm, Walsh Security LLC, is a fully-licensed private security contractor agency, according to IDFPR.

Serendipitous photographs taken by CWBChicago editors, the public, and the Chicago Tribune show Walsh Security personnel handling assignments that A&T received tax money to perform.

CWBChicago first contacted Martino about A&T in early July.

“Thomas Walsh the police officer is not the business owner of A&T security," she replied. "Although we are not working with his firm, he has done a tremendous job in responding to crime issues for the businesses in [the 19th District] over the years.”

On August 1, we asked for Martino's help in understanding why Walsh Security personnel would show up to provide services that A&T received payment for. She has not responded.

“I'm not trying to avoid any of your question! [sic]” Walsh Sr. wrote on August 25. “I would really like to sit down with my son & daughter and yourself and show you how my son Tom Jr took the Illinois State Security Contractors test & PASSED!”

SSA #8 is highlighted in dark blue
Instead, we asked Walsh to simply send Tom Jr’s contractor license number so we could rectify the purported discrepancy with state regulators. He did not reply. Nor did A&T when we contacted them for the same information.

Contracting Prohibited

The taxpayer funds that A&T received via LVECC are called “Special Service Area” (SSA) taxes. The monies are raised through a special property tax assessment which is then entrusted to a local non-profit and mayorally-appointed commissioners for use in improving streetscapes, business conditions, and security.

SSA #8, which hired A&T, covers parts of Halsted, Broadway,  Belmont, Diversey, and Clark in the Lakeview East neighborhood.

City employees are strictly prohibited from having an ownership stake in any “contract, work, business or sale” paid with taxpayer funds. A Chicago Fire Department battalion chief made headlines in 2012 after the city learned that he had received more than $250,000 from North Side SSAs in exchange for snow plowing services over the course of three years.

Since Walsh Security LLC is owned by Thomas Walsh Sr, a city employee, it would be prohibited from taking on work funded by SSA tax money.

But neither A&T Security nor Walsh's children are licensed to provide security contractor services.

So, who showed up to perform the taxpayer-funded security work?

Walsh Security works at the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts in September 2016 | A Boy's Town via Facebook
The LVECC’s largest annual event is the Festival of the Arts, a weekend street festival held along Broadway each September. Last year, $10,995 of SSA #8's funds went to A&T for security services at the event.

Yet many of the security guards who worked that weekend were wearing Walsh Security identifiers. Why? Neither Martino, A&T, nor Walsh Security would say.

And in July 2016, the Chicago Tribune dispatched a reporter and photographer to Lakeview East for a story about SSA-funded security patrols.

Video and photographs that accompany the report show the LVECC security team to be comprised of armed guards who regularly work for Walsh Security.

Martino (l) and licensed armed security guard James Jurewicz in July 2016. | Chicago Tribune
The Tribune identifies one of the Lakeview East guards on duty that day as James Jurewicz, a licensed armed security guard who frequently patrols Boystown's nightlife district with a Walsh Security team that is paid for by the Northalsted Business Alliance using private money.

During a Boystown patrol in October 2015, Jurewicz was instrumental in the apprehension of a robbery offender. Police identified him in the arrest report as “JUREWICZ(AGENT FOR WALSH SECURITY), James.”

Guards working for SSA #8 in July 2016. | Chicago Tribune
Video accompanying the Tribune story also shows another armed guard working for the SSA. That man, who is also properly licensed by the state, often works as security at the Center on Halsted or the adjoining Whole Foods. Both establishments contract with Walsh Security for services, according to tax and court records. We are withholding the second guard's name as he apparently asked the Tribune not to publish it.

Walsh Sr (left); Cubs owner Tom Ricketts; and  Martino at Wrigley Field for the Aug 25 Lady Gaga concert | Facebook
Officer Walsh and Martino have a personal friendship, often grabbing dinner, drinks, and social events together according to acquaintances and social media postings. In a Freedom of Information Act response, the city said Martino reported that A&T business was never represented by the elder Walsh.

Same Thing Only Different

During our investigation, CWBChicago learned that Lakeview East's SSA is not the only local community group that is paying A&T for services that appear to be provided by Walsh Security.

This summer, a member of the Northalsted Business Alliance provided CWBChicago with information showing that the Boystown business group actually pays A&T Security—the unlicensed firm owned by Walsh’s children—for safety patrols along the Halsted Street bar strip. But, once again, guards who wear Walsh Security identifiers, including Thomas Walsh Sr himself, provide the services.

Unlike LVECC, Northalsted does not use any tax money to pay for its patrols and city employees would not be prohibited from contracting with them directly as long as the deal does not conflict with other city ethics laws. Northalsted stopped using SSA funds for security in 2014, the same year that A&T (or Walsh) began providing its patrol services, the group said in a FOIA response.

Northalsted security guards stand on Halsted Street this summer
On May 29, 2014, Scarlet bar owner Paul Cannella sent an email to Northalsted members. In it, he announced that the alliance had hired Officer Walsh’s company. But when the Alliance sent out a press release later that day, the company was identified as A&T and Walsh was not mentioned.

Why does a group of businesses pay an unlicensed security firm for services that are ultimately provided by an otherwise properly-licensed company? Canella referred all questions to Northalsted Executive Director Chad Honeycutt.

Honeycutt, alliance Director of Operations Eric Santiago; and Vice President Stu Zirin did not respond to multiple requests for information about the group’s security arrangements.

A source familiar with the Alliance's operations in 2014 said they believed A&T was used 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.

Silence

LVECC, the City, and Alderman Tom Tunney refused to provide contact information for SSA #8's politically-appointed commissioners. | City of Chicago screenshot
In preparation for this report, CWBChicago asked Martino and the city’s Department of Planning and Development to help us contact the politically-appointed commissioners of SSA #8 so we could learn more about how A&T was chosen to receive almost $60,000 for security services. Neither responded.

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, who recommended the commissioners for their appointments, also refused to put us in touch with the commissioners, all of whom are public officials.

We contacted Amanda Walsh and Tom Walsh Jr. five times at the email address on their company's invoices. We also contacted each of them twice on Facebook. They did not reply.
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79 comments:

  1. Great reporting. Can't say I'm surprised with how this city is run.

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  2. Wow - you guys went all 60 Minutes after this Walsh character. For $60K? You best hope he doesn't track you down like you did of his company.

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    1. Ah, yes. The threats begin again.

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    2. For the Sept 5 1:02 AM poster who asked "For $60K?"

      That sounds a bit naive. This is only what CWB could DISCOVER. Imagine what other corruption is going on that hadn't been discovered yet.

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    3. Way to make an anonymous threat. You must be a real tuff guy.

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    4. There was an American Greed on this weekend about New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who was sent to prison for 10 years for amounts much less than this. If you add in North Halsted and other neighborhoods, the fees Walsh and A&T collect have to be well into multiple 100s of thousands

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    5. Hello Tom Walsh (or associate). What amount would you deem unacceptable since $60,000 of tax-payer money seems to be peanuts? $100,000? $500,000? Yes. There in lies the problem. We, the tax-payers, believe $1.00 is too much. Your dismissal renders you complicit.

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  3. Fantastic work! Keep it up.

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  4. Shocking and being sarcastic that the Tribune or the Scum Times did not divulge this story first. But both are ball washers for Rahm and any alderfool until they take a 100 buck payoff.

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  5. I'm just happy to see additional security in the neighborhood.

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    1. You have low standards and expectations. Demand better for your $.

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    2. If you'll accept so little, I will be your security guard. I also am unlicensed.

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  6. Great job. Please send copies to the Inspector General. We tax payers could use the help.

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  7. SSA's and TIF districts waste $60,000 a week. Your beef shouldn't be with who contracts what, but instead with why the city fails to provide adequate protection in the first place. SSA's have no business existing in the first place. They extort additional tax money from specific areas and then use the money to provide redundant services that the city should provide in the first place. TIF's are basically unregulated and unsupervised taxation without representation and their very existence explains the dramatic increase in crime and debt burden residents face today.

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    1. "Your beef shouldn't be with who contracts what, but instead with why the city fails to provide adequate protection in the first place."
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      We are allowed to have more than one beef. You are, too. Beef it up!

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  8. I hope your hard work gets out to a wider audience!
    BTW, I see three commissioner vacancies. How much do they pay, and who's ass do I have to kiss to get one? Hell, I can kick back half the pay and vote for whomever they want too.

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    1. SSA Comissioners receive no compensation!

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    2. SSA Comissioners receive no compensation!
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      Based on what we're seeing, they're overpaid.

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  9. CWB thank you for reporting the truth. Please don't stop!

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  10. Just wondering, what can and should Buslik do?? Or I wonder how much of this he knew about and simply turned a blind eye.

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  11. Martino is incompetent and has to go!!!

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  12. Bravo CWB! No mater how you try and polish it...a turd is a turd is a turd. And between Walsh, his family, Tunney, and LVECC, Lakeview has a serious stink that continues month after month. Your reporting is an invaluable community asset, and I for one am glad you haven't let these sh*$bag excuses off the hook! The LVECC needs to disbanded and a deeper look into their funding made when you're done with the primary Dirtbag Sr. Thanks again. Patty melts for all...

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  13. It would be very helpful to readers if there was a resource explaining what these SSAs are. My understanding is that there is a surtax on property owners that generates a pool of tax dollars that is left to some sort of politically-connected organization to dole out. (is this how they work?) But it's much less clear what their purpose/mission is, beyond building the occassional flower planter or almost-completely-useless bike rack. Is their mission to support the commercial businesses in the SSA? Is it to enhance the shopping/dining experiences in the SSA? Is it to protect the consumers who are patronizing the businesses?

    What would be different if these SSAs didn't exist? Are the SSAs a better model for providing special services than business alliances like the North Halsted Business Alliance?

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  14. Excellent reporting. It's amazing that Walsh Sr. is not in jail. He must be very well connected. Perhaps Rahm and Tom are getting a cut.

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  15. Is it possible to shut down the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.
    It seems like they do almost nothing.
    I have looked at their website several times in the past year to find out about the construction along Broadway - that is killing local businesses - and there is not a single mention. Businesses along Broadway are dying (the Melrose) and LVECC is doing nothing.

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    1. It is really easy to sit at your computer and complain about something you know nothing about. This was a 100 yrs water main project for our deteriorating infrastructure. There s nothing that was going to stop this project.

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    2. I stopped into Tunney's office on Belmont when they tore up all the sidewalks for that gas line replacement randomly shutting down sidewalks on both sides of the street with no signs/warnings and the workers forcing people to walk out into traffic (this was after they tore up all the sidewalks for whatever each year the split second winter breaks). Anyway, the clerk in his office was very nice and said, "We've never taken on a project this big and have no idea what we're doing" (verbatim).

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    3. No one in Tunney's office ever said that... as if his office was the one in charge! These projects are all bid downtown by procurement and this contractor had problems all over the city.

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  16. If only you could use some your resources to help fight the crime in our neighborhood rather than try to stifle the efforts of our community organizations!

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    1. FWIW, bilking taxpayers out of $60,000 is not fighting crime. Some might say that it IS crime.

      There are thousands of properly-licensed firms who follow the law that are available to do the job.

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    2. There is also an undermanned police department that should be doing the job. This is just a shady money grab.

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  17. C'mon, give the guy a break. He's gotta make the mortgage payments on the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances he bought for his kids.

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  18. I'm not surprised with this outstanding reporting. Its not what you know, it's who you know.

    I hope Walsh Sr, Walsh Jr and ex wife's go to jail, and PERC cards are revoked and IL Real estate licenses are revoked as well.

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  19. Wow. Your reporting is what journalism used to look like.

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  20. It's amazing how "connected" the city of Chicago still is. But what's even more amazing is how apathetic voters are to the corruption. The brainless sheep keep voting the same criminals into office time after time. The only option for the rest of us is to move. Hence, Chicago having the largest exodus rate of any city in the US today (and Illinois just surpassed West Virginia for the largest exodus for a state). Enjoy your tax burden and heavy crime, morons.

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  21. Who really believes the shady bunch at the NHBA doesn’t use SSA funds on security? They already have shown the willingness to work around the law. The city inspector general should be notified. These groups are basically stealing these neighborhoods tax dollars

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  22. NHBA and LVECC both contracted Walsh after his racist Lucky Horseshoe incident. Either they didn’t do their due diligence or they didn’t care they were dealing with a potential racist powder keg if it got them closer to CPD. Shame on them both for normalizing racism.

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  23. Well done, again, you guys! Terrific.
    You're such a community asset.
    One of a very few unpolluted by the cloud of sewer gas that is local governance.

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  24. Father , Brother , sister , ex wife , son , daughter ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ง‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ it's a gravy money ๐Ÿ’ฐ train ๐Ÿš‚ for this family affair almost like a damn made for TV ๐Ÿ“บ mini series ! Ultimately my main problem is how Chicago inspector general office , police internal affairs and Chicago police leadership from police ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿผ headquarters and from district 19 fails to do anything about this double dipping in which officer Walsh has had a cushy inside job in Community policing office for more than a decade. Folks.... there is story here when he is making $95k a year of tax payer Chicago police salary while working his private security business for profit inside a comfortable office chair - all under the nose ๐Ÿ‘ƒ and eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ of his immediate supervisor and commanders (the current one and past ones!) all looking the other way when any average Regular Joe on the street smells the ๐Ÿ’ฉthat's going on here. If anyone is defending this scam, I assume you are on the profiting end of this pot of gold๐Ÿ’ต courtesy of tax payer dollars! ๐ŸŽค(Dropping the mic)

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  25. If this was just an ordinary cop who did this , Just even half of it , they would be stripped of police authority powers at 311 answering phone calls pending an investigation by department and states attorney for prosecution. But here in 19 commander buslic will keep turning his head like all his predecessors have done and tommy at caps will keep his comfortable office gig while the real police in uniform are on the streets getting their boots dirty on the midnight shift going call to call for service ,while tom boy counts all his cash and money from invoices doing absolutely no real police work except looking pretty in his office chair for 4 hour a day shifts

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  26. Commisioner Paul Loaiza can be reached at the bar he owns on N/ Broadway, Monseignor Murphy's across from Mariano's. Must be good having that job cause his outdoor patio serves no food, a city requirement.

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  27. Walsh and Cannella have been a duo for years drinking, hanging out with strippers, and chasing twinks . Scarlet should have been closed for overcrowding and after their manager burned down the place (allegedly linked to meth). The police ignore the party in front of that bar with loud music, street kids every week. Ask the neighbors know who lets it go on.

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  28. What Walsh clan is this bunch related to the construction empire or the cover up Koschman dynasty?

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  29. Woo hoo! Nice investigative journalism. Too bad that nothing will ever change regarding Chicago and Crook County corruption. Only the faces change.

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  30. Walsh is butt-hole buddies with most of the business owners along Halsted. Tight with Rahm, Tunney, all of 019, Zirin, Dalton, even Pfieffer who "owns" the pride parade. Flush this corruption out. Unreal that this is permitted. Oh wait, my bad, this is Chicago.

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    1. Pretty homophobic remarks here...

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    2. Pretty homophobic remarks here...
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      Nope still not homophobic. Keep trying. And thanks for stopping by again.

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  31. Leave Poor Tom alone. all he is trying to do is pay for his luxury property on the west coast so you can live comfortably, quite comfortably , when he retires on his fat pension checks and benefits. He know this is will be over soon once the investigation takes place, so he will make as much as humanly possible in his $cheme that is so common here in the city of corruption and supported by all his profit off the tax-payer dime and he will quietly retire and leave with as much as he can fit into his lil' (big) personal piggy bank. He doesn't care about the citizens, tax-payers. only his gloating of money for him and his family's bank account. Ethical behavior in Chicago? never been and never be.

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    1. Link to property or trust name would make my night ๐Ÿ‘€?

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  32. PO Walsh is looking at 60 days without pay from CPD due to his racist behavior one drunken night. Maybe this is the kidney he's saving for his two months without pay.

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  33. Tunneys and now Walshs is nothing but a LIE. Hold them accountable!!!!!

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  34. So with no actual documentation, how was the proposal presented to the SSA commissioners to vote on? Was it given to them with the multiple bids from an RFP that the city requires? It's funny how the majority of the meeting minutes on their website are unavailable and do not include cost proposals in the notes.

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  35. I have a TBOX review video coming out soon and most of the security can be seen wearing Walsh uniforms. Not sure if this ads anything to this discussion.

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  36. I believe the Broadway Art Fair is this weekend. Martino is going to be there.
    I wonder if Lakeview residents will ask her to step down from her position at LVECC. The citizens and business owners of Lakeview deserve better.

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  37. I'm trying to do the "follow the money" review of this scheme. North Halsted bars are easy, they get a connection to the CPD District and a security team that helps them avoid and cover up a resurgence of drugs and crime in their bars. Cannella and Scarlet gets to continue operating ignoring the law and covering up over serving a rowdy and rumored underage clientele. Walsh's children get a paycheck without having to work. LVECC is the quandary. Martino seems to have corrupted herself for beers at Wrigley. What was her motivation?

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    1. Just passing along some extra bucks that aren't hers to an old drinking buddy.

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  38. This is why I donate to CWB... I read this everyday. This is stuff you won't read in mainstream news outlets. I'm a 25 year East Lakeview resident. Thanks CWB!

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    1. It would be interesting to see Martinos bank deposits. Stuff like this doesnt happen for free.

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  39. Trip, Sun Times where are you. The only real reporting anymore is on sites like this. Reporters collecting a salary for not doing there job are no better than the Walsh crime family.

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    1. "The only real reporting is on sites like this?"
      Pray tell. What other sites are like "our" beloved CWB. I'd really like to believe there are others as sharp, persistent and honest (and funny). Where are they? I'd really like to read them.

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  40. It's called the Velvet Mafia, if anyone has never heard of it. It's a group of connected gay businesses--not all gay-owned. In the old days, the mafia itself ran and owned most inner city gay bars, now they just siphon money from the top using all types of guises: security, booze distribution, licenses, etc. Jesse Jackson was in the racket, which he passed on to his children too, and this is nothing new. For the past 50 years or more these mobsters have gone about their businesses usually with government approval and gay bar patrons drink up without a clue. Countless murders have occurred in connection with gay bar owners who refuse to "join the club." What's astounding is these days this behavior is done right out in the open, under public's nose, and still no one seems to care. As long as they can have their inner city "luxury" life styles of high rises, overpriced condos, overpriced food, and high taxes, they are happy. Hey, it's better than living out in the burbs and the country where all those rednecks live, right? Sure, it's more fun to live with mobsters and gangbangers. How progressive.

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    1. Agreed. I could read through all the gay business hype, BS and obvious thuggery the first 6 months in Chicago. It's nothing but a racket. Returning to my home state after living in Chicago I could care less to ever step foot in a gay bar or gay identified business again.

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    2. They prefer the inner city because the drugs are easier to get. People in the suburbs (what dweebs!) have to DRIVE into the city for their drugs, while urban hipsters merely step outside their doors.

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  41. Keep up the great work CWB!!!

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  42. So did Cannella from Scarlet choose Walsh or was there a committee? Or did he choose A&T?

    From your timeline, North Halsted hired A&T before LVECC. If they really did choose A&T in 2014, Walsh Junior would have been 23 or 24 years old. So the North Halsted bar owners were ok with a 24-year-old with no experiencing managing the streets security? Who was the adult in the room who could have put a stop to this? No wonder, crime has taken over in the subsequent years.

    If they actually chose Walsh Security and masked it with A&T, they are as corrupt as Martino and Walsh. AND this doesn’t even consider North Halsted also seemed to choose to ignore the racist Lucky Horseshoe incident.

    We should see resignations from these organizations from those responsible. Previous history says no one will be held accountable. We always will have the power of the dollar and can boycott the businesses. I have yet to read Art and Pepe of Sidetrack taking place in this tomfoolery and will gladly spend my money there. They have been the standard of giving to the community versus flagrant self enrichment.

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  43. For someone to approved close to $60,000 in SSA tax payer monies to a well known friend, a Chicago 19th district police officer, some action should be taken on both parties. Where are the bids from the RFP? Where are all the documents with this relationship? Generic invoices without an agreement is like online shopping. I wonder what else can be uncovered...

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  44. Hmmm ...... all these "family members" with their individual and collective fingers in the business pie ....... seems Trumpesque, right? ๐Ÿค”

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    1. Seems more Democratesque to me.

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    2. Like the Obama/Rezko/Blago thing.

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  45. Still trying to wrap my head around why this police officer is still being "taken care" of with a inside, non-working police position tucked away in an office, instead of being reserved for a civilian that could be paid half of what a 20+ sworn police officer is making in salary. I was lead to believe CPD had a manpower shortage of beat cars not being manned? Let's be honest, this new security business,T-Mobile, Verizon, or whatever the f-ck its called now, AT&T, is just on paper is his son's name as president, its the same company, same employees, same business practices, except a different name then Walsh Security with his son on the paperwork to protect him from violations of City Ethics investigations. But read below: (this would apply to his sergeants, lieutenants, captain, commander too)

    "Duty to report wrongdoing. The Governmental Ethics Ordinance (§2-156-018) REQUIRES EVERY City employee or official, and EVERY City contractor to REPORT to the Inspector General, directly and WITHOUT UNDUE DELAY, any and ALL information concerning conduct that he or she knows (or, for city employees and officials, should reasonably know) to involve CORRUPT or other unlawful activity by another City employee or official relating to that other's City employment or office, or by any person dealing with the City concerning such dealings. FAILURE to so report subject City employees and officials to sanctions, including DISCHARGE, or shall constitute an act of DEFAULT under a City contract. To make such a REPORT, please see the website of the OFFICE of the INSPECTOR GENERAL.

    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/ethicscomplaint.html

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  46. Goodness gracious! Cheese and crackers!! I can't help but wonder if Tunney is in on this racket they got running!

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  47. No. It seems Daleyesque and Chicagoesque.

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  48. Just saw this report. Excellent job of reporting, CWB! I guess the most telling thing about all of this is that none of the three Toms (Tunney, Walsh Sr, Walsh Jr) or anyone at CPD District 019 (or elsewhere) has refuted the claims contained in this story and the DNAInfo story. So what happens next?

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  49. What the Hell is going on here? No one questioned responds? Throw the bums out!

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  50. Been a resident of Lincoln Park since '73. I no longer read the Trib or STimes. CWB is THE news for Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Keep up the good work. Real news. Real reporting! Bravo.

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