‘I don’t know what I knew’
Posted on October 21, 2013
Said former mayor Daley in reference to some Millennium Park shenanigans:
“Daley is one of several former city officials who have given sworn, pretrial testimony in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2-year-old lawsuit to break the “sweetheart” deal that Daley relatives, friends and associates got in 2003 to operate the restaurant for 30 years.
Emanuel’s lawsuit says the “commercially unreasonable” deal has cost taxpayers more than $5 million because it gives Park Grill free natural gas, water and garbage collection while the restaurant on Michigan Avenue has paid the park district just $2.6 million from January 2004 through last July.
In his deposition, Daley says he doesn’t recall whether clout helped the Park Grill’s investors — including his cousin Theresa Mintle, who was Emanuel’s first chief of staff — win the restaurant deal over two other bidders, one of them a group that included venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, an Emanuel friend now running for governor.
Insiders, cronies and sweetheart deals all at taxpayer expense. Plus it’s also good to see the leading Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner, named here as well because it just wouldn’t be Illinois without equal opportunity crony capitalism.
Posted on Oct. 21 at 8:40AM