Jay Stone says, “Richard M. Daley’s record in office deems him unfit and unworthy to serve another term as mayor. As Chicago’s CEO, one of Daley’s most important duties is to manage city employees. Because Daley administration employees deliberately violated criminal and civil laws for their own personal and political gain for 15 years, Daley can’t perform the duties that he was elected to do.”
Daley has already spent at least $172 million dollars of taxpayer money to undo the damage of his administration’s hiring scandal. This is not the end to the “Daley corruption tax.” The hiring scandal in the Daley administration led to the city hiring unqualified and incompetent city employees. Daley appointed Angelo Torres, an ex-gang member, to run the Hired Truck program. Daley never explained why he promoted Torres in two years time from a $27,000-a-year car booter to a $78,000-a-year Hired Truck chief. Had Daley chosen an honest professional to run the Hired Truck program, there is a good chance the city would not have wasted $40 million a year on trucks that sat idle in parking lots.
The political invincibility that Daley gained from his unlawful patronage workers led to his improper use of taxpayer money. “Daley’s Shady Campaign Contributions and Deals” article reveals how some of Daley’s large campaign donors were also the beneficiaries of city contracts and financial incentives.
“How the Machine Works”explains how this infamous political machine churns out the votes to reelect candidates in spite of one scandal after another. “One Huge Scandal, Not a Thousand Little Ones” describes the interconnection between the corruption in Chicago, Cook County, and state of Illinois bureaucracies. The politicians who hold office in one branch of government retain their ill-gotten political power because of the support they receive from the politicians in all the other city, county and state branches of government.