April 6, 2009

Minority Contractor Stiffed in Rogers Park's New Firehouse


Firehouse fallout

BY TIM NOVAK Chicago Sun-Times, April 6, 2009

A court battle involving a City of Chicago contractor that has been paid $140 million over the last decade to build police stations, schools and other public facilities is raising questions about how the city ensures that the businesses it hires keep their promises to subcontract work to companies owned by women and minorities.

By law, the city requires contractors to do so. It's a way to make sure women and minorities get their share of city business.

But it didn't work that way on the construction of a $10 million fire station in Rogers Park, a lawsuit claims -- an allegation that a city official says is being looked into.

A city contractor -- Castle Construction Corp. of Markham -- pulled a bait-and-switch on the construction of the firehouse, according to the lawsuit and other records. Castle promised city officials it would subcontract all of the masonry work on the job to a minority-owned company ... Instead, records show Castle hired a white-owned masonry company ...

More...

5 comments:

Dan L said...

So? So what?

Toni said...

uh, what about:

By law, the city requires contractors to do so. It's a way to make sure women and minorities get their share of city business.

Instead, records show Castle hired a white-owned masonry company -- for $550,000 less.

Just another silly law? Then we don't have to pay property taxes anymore right? Hooray!!! No More Stroger Funds, No More Silly Taxes Ever Again

Dan L said...

Welcome to Chicago.

It got done.


As it happens, "minority-owned" contractors know that they get free cheese because people have to utilize their services, so they jack up the prices.

Screw'em.

Toni said...

I get it. That must be why so many projects end up way over budget - those bleepin' contractors.

jesus said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sara

http://smallbusinessgrant.info