More New Way thinking.
Gov. Blagojevich’s administration wants to more than double a $1 million state contract with a clout-heavy advertising firm in a deal that critics from both parties describe as wasteful and “suspicious.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation has moved to increase its contract with Chicago-based Danielle Ashley Advertising to $2.4 million for the company to put a positive spin and provide regular community updates on the state’s reconstruction of the Dan Ryan and Kingery expressways.
The company and its owner have donated more than a combined $37,000 to the governor, Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) and an array of other Democrats, and has gotten more than $430,000 worth of political work from many of those same politicians, state records show.
Denying politics played any role in its decision, IDOT justified paying Danielle Ashley more money because the state “grossly underestimated” the level of community outreach needed to promote the controversial roadwork to nearby residents and to motorists.
Read the whole thing. Hilarity level: 8 out of 10.