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The City that Works It

3/4/2009   Comment on This

The City of Chicago really does know "how to work it". It's the city that works--right?

A few years back, there was a terrible tragedy in Chicago: an apartment building's porch collapsed in the Lincoln Park area. The city was outraged and vowed to have porches all over the Chicago fixed. And they made a killing.

I owned a six-flat at the time in the city. They would send trucks through all of the alleys ticketing every single three- or six-flat that had a porch. I watched them pass out tickets, and they didn't even get out of the car.

Well one day, I received my citation, and the City told me that my whole porch needed to come down. They said there were too many violations. So I had plans made and went to court.

All they were looking for was money. They basically told me that if I paid a fine of $1000, my porch could remain. Gee, thanks Mayor Daley, I really appreciate that. The porch on my building was, in fact, built correctly just two years before the accident. What a scam. The City made millions on a tragedy from some nice innocent people.

And the Mayor is the biggest bag man of them all. The reason why the city looks so great is because people like you and I pay for it through high sales taxes, fines, and a crooked government that screws the people. Look at the streets: they use Elmers glue to fix the pot holes and don't have enough salt for the streets. The city is called the Chicago Outfit for good reason. It starts on the fifth floor where our wonderful Mayor resides.

I love Chicago, but the way it's run makes me sick. They can get you for anything and everything. If they say something is wrong, well, it's true. You really can't fight City Hall.

What's your city story? Tell me.
 

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