SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Ozinga defends minority company

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008

* Martin Ozinga has been slammed by Democrats over a Tribune story from 2005 that alleged he had set up a minority front company to score contracts from the City of Chicago. Ozinga is the odds-on favorite to replace Tim Baldermann on the 11th District congressional ballot against Sen. Debbie Halvorson.

Anyway, Ozinga told the Tribune this week that he is “proud” of that minority company

“Our efforts with Metro Mix were always completely transparent, on top of the table, done in conjunction with many, many, many discussions of all the government agencies involved,” he said from his new campaign office in Mokena. “And I am—I was then, and I am to this day—proud of all the people who worked hard, put forth so much effort into trying to create a business opportunity that would have been so very beneficial, but that was probably just not meant to be.”

Ozinga said he started Metro Mix as a way to create jobs and promote economic development in minority neighborhoods.

Metro Mix initially had trouble being recognized as a minority-owned business—officials said Ozinga’s ties to the company were too close—so the group restructured with new minority ownership to meet requirements. Eventually, however, Ozinga had a disagreement with one of the new partners in the mid-1990s, and the company folded.

“I have no regrets, and I appreciate everybody that participated,” he said. “And nowhere along the line did we violate any rules, regulations or attempt to create any kind of an atmosphere that was anything less than above board and straightforward.”

Ozinga has said the same thing to Republican bigwigs, but the allegations remain. Regardless of the latest Tribune story, expect the company to be a big issue in the DCCC’s direct mail campaign this fall.

* Meanwhile, Phil Hare has named Tom O’Donnell his new chief of staff

O’Donnell, a native of upstate New York and a graduate of SUNY-Plattsburgh, most recently served as chief of staff for Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ). Before that, he spent 13 years working for Hare’s predecessor Congressman Lane Evans, nine of those as legislative director.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


8 Comments
  1. - Wumpus - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 9:30 am:

    As long as the Dems are silent what goes on in area code 312 and minority, shut up about this


  2. - Ghost - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 9:32 am:

    Repubs need somone with cash on hand to try and take on Halvorson, that give them little to no choice in a caidate. I still think they should go with Jack Ryan over this kind of corrpuption.


  3. - Pat collins - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 9:43 am:

    He is handling it EXACTLY the way I would. “dont be defensive, be proud”.

    And every time it gets raised, say “I tried VERY hard to make jobs in minority areas, with minority biz. It didnt work out, but I am glad I tried, and if elected I will make it easier for the next guy to try and succeed. And, by the way, I am not under Fed. investigation like my opponents good friend Rod B”


  4. - PhilCollins - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 10:26 am:

    No government officials should care whether a company is owned by minorities or Whites. They should only care about whether the company performs its work well, at a fair price. Our country should be color-blind, in all hiring.


  5. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 10:55 am:

    Given the sordid history of WBE and MBE abuse in Chicago, I wonder exactly what the set-asides actually accomplish in developing new entrepreneurs.

    My own experience in government contracting work has included occasions where partnering with a WBE and MBE was required for the job (not to do the job, but to get the job). A helpful list of qualified entities was always provided. Always the same insiders. Always an uneasy feeling that I was doing something wrong.

    I have friends who are MBE and WBE certified who carry two sets of business cards: one that indicates the certification, one that doesn’t. Some in the private sector consider the certification an indication of lesser ability.


  6. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 12:11 pm:

    Being a professional and being a part of the community meant Ozinga did what he could to meet the spirit behind these mandates.

    If you believe that businesspeople are greedy heartless thugs that prey on communities, then you will want to believe that Ozinga wasn’t trying to be nice. This is the line being fed by Democrats.

    If you believe that businesspeople really do try to help others or have a conscience that makes them wish to assist the communities they work within, just like normal people, then you won’t buy this line of tripe.

    This race will be between a professional politician who has few accomplishments while working as the Senate Majority Leader in a gridlocked General Assembly and a professional businessperson who works with government to build infrastructure projects and makes a profit getting things done.

    For residents of this District, the choice is clear.


  7. - JonShibleyFan - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 2:21 pm:

    Line fed by what Democrats?

    Did hey travel back in time to 2005 and force the Tribune to investigate? Or were they so prescient as to know, in 2005, that Ozinga would one day run for shamed Congressman Jerry Weller’s seat, and pushed the story on the Trib?

    While we’re at it, “the choice is clear?” Only if blind partisan fealty is one’s sole political criterion. Because, they guy hasn’t even been officially been chosen to run yet. He’s put forth only the most basic positions. He’s not faced the media, not once. But the choice is clear?

    Whatever.


  8. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Apr 23, 08 @ 4:40 pm:

    What do you think voters want in this age of gridlock and do-nothing Congress?

    A professional politician who as Senate Majority Leader is the ‘Queen of Gridlock’, or a businessperson with a record of accomplishments that prove he gets things done, even when hamstrung by government bureaucracies and mandates?

    The person who helps create the barriers to getting things done, or the guy who figured out how to get things done in spite of these barriers?

    The person who can’t get a reform bill off of her desk or any meaningful legislation passed even as Senate Majority Leader, or the guy who runs a multimillion dollar company and makes a profit doing it?

    Who has proven they get things done?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x2 - Cullerton responds *** Rauner won't schedule leaders meeting until Dems "are ready"
* Mendoza bumps manager bonuses to back of the line
* Caption contest!
* CPS prospectus includes mention of "hypothetical bankruptcy"
* Fun with numbers
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* CMS blames AFSCME for halt to bonuses
* Good news and not so great news in Site Selection report
* Chris Kennedy added to "Boss Madigan" list
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Are we really going to have to wait until 2018?
* Rauner's dark money prince could wind up running the RNC
* Madigan on the attack, offers to discuss modified version of "Turnaround Agenda"
* IMA says Rauner signature on Exelon bill weakens manufacturing
* It's more than just a website and e-mails
* Kennedy may file candidate papers "in short order," while Bustos moves up DC ladder
* Del Mar gets his plum
* Emanuel meeting with Trump this morning
* So now they tell us
* *** UPDATED x1 - Cullerton optimistic but firm *** Rauner slams Madigan for refusing to put forward a budget, wanting a tax hike, stalling to force a crisis
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Galaxy Beta Program shows off TouchWiz’s new name: Samsung Experience
* Android app updates are getting 65 percent smaller
* Snapdragon 835 benchmark affirms octa-core design
* Sprint and Niantic partner to bolster Pokemon GO stops count
* Canadian Note 7 service stoppages take effect December 15
* Release date for Honor Magic concept phone is December 16
* No shipments for Pebble Time 2, Core, Time Round with Fitbit acquisition

* Moncada welcomes expectations awaiting White Sox
* In span of day, White Sox system skyrockets
* Kopech next in long line of Texas fireballers
* White Sox land Giolito, 2 more prospects for Eaton
* In rebuild mode, Hahn has 5 assets to deal
* White Sox GM Rick Hahn is the prospect collector
* Best prospects traded in past 25 years

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nucle.....
* Sneed: Trump’s tip of the hat to Emanuel..
* Rauner signs energy bill as ComEd announces del.....
* Editorial: Emanuel stands up for vulnerable Chi.....
* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nucle.....
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, dela.....
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, dela.....


* Energy Department grants to fund Illinois CO2 projects
* Suburban tobacco store manager sentenced in tax case
* Group offers reward to fight dog fighting in DuPage County
* Illinois firearm deer harvest down 8.5 percent this year
* Chicago officer convicted of perjury, 2 officers acquitted
* Doctor: candy that sickened students contained marijuana
* Purported Chicago gang leader to jurors: Gang never existed
* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, delays meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse

* Springfield-area veterans join pipeline protest
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, cancels meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse
* Rauner signs Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Judge blocks administration from imposing contract on AFSCME
* State budget still elusive as leaders lash out
* Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out
* Killer of former central Illinois man sentenced to probation
* Prosecutors: Don't move Aaron Schock trial out of Springfield

* Lothian hands CEO title to newsletter editor
* Chicago is getting another newsroom
* Another newsroom is coming to town
* Boeing sweats under Trump spotlight as SoftBank feels warmth
* What's pushing the markets to new highs today?


* 7 people shot Wednesday on South, West sides
* 13-year-old girl disappears from Uptown
* Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration
* Aroldis Chapman signs five-year deal to return to Yankees
* MGM National Harbor ready for its Maryland debut
* 17-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn
* Snapchat photo leads to man’s arrest in beating of 3-year-old
* Riot Fest’s Sean McKeough befriended bands he admired as a boy
* In forest preserves, chicken, goat heads could be signs of ritual
* Rauner signs energy bill as ComEd announces delivery bump


* Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years
* Hoax beliefs fueled death threats to Sandy Hook parent, Florida woman charged: Feds
* Campus officer shot teen armed with knife at Nevada high school
* New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers
* Don't dismiss Vic Fangio leaving Bears just yet
* Trump retaliated against Carrier's union leader on Twitter. Then his phone started to ring.
* Ohio legislators approve what would be the country's toughest restriction on abortion
* Crowd braves cold to remember slain Dolton rapper
* Theo Epstein: Position players outside Cubs core fair game in trades
* First look: White Sox prospects acquired from Nationals


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Bernard Schoenburg: Bustos gets leadership post, criticizes Rauner
* Our View: Lawmakers should withdraw their lawsuit over paychecks
* George Will: The sensitivity police strike again
* Eugene Robinson: The proliferation of fake news presents real perils
* Guest Column: The Trump Administration faces extremism/terrorism
* Springfield-area veterans join pipeline protest
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, cancels meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse
* Rauner signs Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants


* Louisville rolls over SIU men,74-51
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, delays meeting
* PHOTOS: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at Nelson Park
* Missing Pekin boy's case spotlights difficulties with truancy intervention
* PODCAST: SportsTalk 12-07-16
* Telephone help, new United Way headquarters coming
* Christmas Fund: Honoring late husband's memory by helping others
* Communities celebrate signing of Exelon energy bill
* Illinois Community College Board adopts formula to distribute $3 million in emergency funds
* The Southern seeking nominations for Person of the Year


* Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT
* Plum's 30 leads No. 11 Washington women to 101-44 win
* Extra effort in Wauconda's win
* Elgin crash backs up traffic on Randall Road
* Des Plaines event honors survivors, fallen from Pearl Harbor attack

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* House Democrats Press Obama To Do More To ......

* Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor......

* Santa Sleighed
* Roller Skate With Santa At Margate Park
* Illinois Bible Colleges Head to Court of Appeals
* Thorner: Grassroots pushback essential for Trump to appoint pro-life nominee
* IL GOP jabs possible Dem gubernatorial nominee, three more lawmakers
* Trump taps Iowa Governor Branstad for Ambassador to China
* Chicago YPN raises more than $400 for Salvation Army
* Governor Announces Appointments to Illinois Bicentennial Commission
* Skillicorn refuses legislative pension, plans to introduce ban for state office pensions
* 13 Facts that Should Be Etched on Castro’s Tombstone and Highlighted in Every Obituary


* Governor’s Export Awards Recipients Announced
* Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Jobs, Ratepayers and Taxpayers
* Give The Gift Of A Lifetime With A College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan - College Illinois! can help limit or even eliminate future student loan debt
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts 75th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony
* IDHR Issues Reminder of Fair Housing Rights During Holiday Season - State law prohibits targeted, discriminatory restrictions on decorations and celebrations




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller