Friday, Nov 8, 2019
* Good work if you can get it, I suppose…
Before his offices were raided by the FBI last spring, lobbyist and Chicago public affairs impresario Jay Doherty was paid more than $3.1 million by Commonwealth Edison — vastly more than he had previously disclosed, federal records show.
Doherty is among dozens of clout-heavy contractors the utility employed to build a dominant political influencing machine, powered by ratepayer dollars from its more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois. […]
Up until now, it’s been difficult to know which outside people and firms ComEd hires because the private sector company is not subject to open-records laws that apply to taxpayer-funded agencies.
But a WBEZ analysis of federal regulatory filings found dozens of companies and individuals who’ve been on ComEd’s payroll and are connected to political A-listers like House Speaker Michael Madigan and indicted Chicago Ald. Ed Burke.
There’s too much in that story to adequately excerpt, so go read the whole thing.
Highlights include a big ComEd contract to Power Washing Pros., which is run by a longtime ally of Sen. Martin Sandoval. Industrial Fence is another ComEd contractor. Sandoval and former Rep. Luis Arroyo both publicly scolded the Tollway after the company was passed over for a contract. The Statehouse lobbying firm co-owned by Ald. Gil Villegas, Mayor Lightfoot’s city council floor leader who wants to replace Arroyo as 36th Ward Democratic Committeeman, represents Primera Engineers, another ComEd contractor. And, of course, Ald. Ed Burke’s former law firm represented ComEd in property tax matters. Again, go read the whole thing.
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