Chicago Contracts Probed
Jan. 14, 2000
CHICAGO (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are investigating city contracts that sent more than $1 million to a company run by a family that has raised campaign funds for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, officials say.
The city contracts were set aside for companies owned and operated by women and minorities. But city officials say the company, Windy City Maintenance, while owned by a woman, is no longer a woman-operated company.
City Corporation Counsel Mara Georges said U.S. Attorney Scott Lassar had requested city documents pertaining to contracts awarded to Windy City Maintenance.
``I don't know the extent of the U.S. attorney's investigation,'' she said Wednesday. ``All I know is that they are looking at it.''
Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, recently suggested a federal investigation of the contracts.
Windy City has two contracts with the city worth $500,000 each to perform janitorial services at the police communications center and a detective headquarters. It also subcontracted for work at O'Hare International Airport.
Daley ordered an investigation following published reports, and on Dec. 31, the city decertified Windy City as a woman-operated company.
Jenny Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the corporation counsel's office, said that while Patricia Green remained the 100 percent owner of Windy City, her son and another man were making the day-to-day decisions.