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Fool me twice; so, so nice

December 6, 2010
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Arrow Lumber is just another shady company making paper off a City whose bureaucracy can’t seem to understand why its citizenry thinks it is a gang of thieves.

The Chicago Tribune goes into further detail.  More of the same.  Straight talk is in short supply, but City contracts, fraud and helium-filled government douches are not.


The owner of a South Side lumber company admitted to authorities in 2007 that he had defrauded the city of Chicago, yet he has continued to reap millions of dollars in city business, a Tribune review has found.

Donald Beal, owner of Arrow Lumber Co., was granted immunity more than three years ago to testify against former city trades supervisor Kevin O’Gorman about an alleged billing scheme to divert taxpayer-bought materials — including kitchen cabinets, countertops, American flags and carpentry supplies — to O’Gorman for his personal use.


City officials say they are in the process of debarring, or formally blacklisting, Arrow, an action that began Sept. 24 — four days after the Tribune filed a Freedom of Information request for Arrow Lumber contracts.


So far this year, Arrow Lumber has billed the city for more than $300,000 as part of a five-year contract worth up to $50 million.


There’s a lot of legal mumbo jumbo going on.  I recognize the spirit of it, but seriously, fuck you.  We know the score.

Meanwhile, in November, the Chicago Park District awarded Arrow Lumber $500,000 for roofing tools and materials — a substantial bump in business considering Arrow Lumber has been paid about $1.1 million for Park District work since 2002. District officials were to consider the company’s “integrity” and “past performance,” among other factors, in awarding the contract, according to Park District code.

“At the point of that award, we had no reason to preclude that company from doing business with the Chicago Park District,” spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said. “If they are debarred, we would certainly re-evaluate the contract.”

I see.  No problem.  Carry on.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 3:05 PM

    Third time’s the charm.

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