* Mick Dumke has compiled an astonishing list of Chicago judgement and settlement payouts just since the beginning of this year…
$15 million (with another $35 million coming from insurers) to settle suits from the 2003 fire in the Cook County Administration building that left six people dead;
$12 million dispersed to victims of the Daley administration’s patronage system;
$11 million to pay off a Millennium Park contractor fired several years ago for not working fast enough;
$13 million so far to victims of abuse under former police Commander Jon Burge;
$2.7 million in January to settle various suits over police misconduct, traffic accidents, and citizens’ “animal loss.”
In case you lost count, that’s $53.7 million just this year. The total judgments and settlements for all of last year was $47 million. In 2006, the total was $49 million. And in 2005 it was $34 million.
Chicago is on a roll, baby, and nothing changes…
Sneed has learned Ald. Ed Burke plans to introduce a City Council ordinance demanding the mandatory sterilization of any dog or cat over 6 months old living in Chicago.