Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Follow up of 17th Ward Democratic Organization

There is a follow up story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

The head of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Terry Peterson, is rethinking attending the functions of his ward's (17th ward) Democratic organization. The 17th Ward Democratic Organization has been the recipient of $250,000 in donations and Mr. Peterson and his other ward associates are the only connection since the 17th Ward of Chicago has no public housing projects of which the CHA oversees.

Again this organization was dormant between 1996 and 2001. It has become one of Chicago wealthiest ward organizations. Between 2001 and 2004 only the 25th and 33rd wards raised more money than the 17th ward.

This must beg a question. Since Mayor Daley is already taking hits on political donation and city contracts. Does this indicate that the problem is widespread in Chicago?

I have two articles for you from the Chicago Sun-Times on this issue:

First the story about clout heavy city contractors here.

Second the follow up to yesterday's story about the 17th Ward here.

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