Monday, December 26, 2016

Chicago's last 'harbor boss' Robert Nelson recalls fending off bribes, angry politicians and the VERY CORRUPT CHICAGO WAY!!!!

The last three city of Chicago harbor bosses before me all went to prison for corruption....
It's the CHICAGO WAY

With his snow-white beard, blue eyes and blue-gray sweater to keep off the chill, Robert Nelson looks like an old sea captain.

And he has some stormy tales to tell.

Nelson, 76, a lifelong sailor, former university chaplain and peace activist, served as Chicago's last "harbor boss," a position formally called "director of Harbors and Marine Services."

When Nelson came into the job under Mayor Harold Washington in March 1987, his predecessor, Gerald Pfeiffer, was under investigation by the FBI. There was broken glass on Nelson's office floor where officers had smashed their way in. Pfeiffer eventually went to federal prison, as did the three men who came before him.

In Nelson's first two weeks on the job, "I faced angry boaters, who demanded to see me about their boat slip applications, harbor contractors with unpaid bills, lawsuit over slip assignments and nervous staff members begging to keep their jobs," he wrote in his new book, "Dirty Waters," published by the University of Chicago Press.

Nelson, who worked under three mayors between 1987 and 1993, tells how he helped bring reforms and innovations to a notoriously corrupt branch of Chicago government. It also opens up a world many landlubber Chicagoans never know. Lake Michigan is more than just a nice part of our view and a place to cool off on a hot day — it is a working inland sea, used by fishermen and commercial and pleasure boaters fighting for limited space.

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12 comments:

The Keesing Bandit said...

I guess there was no hurry in writing the book.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

Anonymous said...

Who remembers Jack Manley Sr.?

Time is flying by.......

stash the polski guy said...

https://youtu.be/cM38kN4AOys



have a happy nappy kwanzaa negroes.

Anonymous said...

Don't judge Capt. Gerald Pfeiffer to hard.
Born in another era he would have made a fine pirate.

Anonymous said...

Crooked ass fucks!

Anonymous said...

Crooked ass fucks!

Anonymous said...

have to tip your hat to harold. he truly was a pain in the ass to the embedded corrupted establishment.

Anonymous said...

.....Who remembers Jack Manley Sr.?.....

Capt. Jack Junior did! The son did not fall far from the tree. Would have still been a blue shirt if daddy did not give him the push. Loved to go into Weird Harold's on Wabash to inspect the toys.

Anonymous said...

If there's money to be made the crooked city employees will grab grab grab until arrested.

Fred Saj said...

wow I really liked your article as it is beautifully written, I think that BROKEN GLASS could also hurt someone

Anonymous said...

Manley jr. and his wife were involved in kinky sex with pos up in their outer drive condo and a big beef came down that was squashed,

Anonymous said...

Those guys are nothing compared to the rotten and corrupt Sgt. Fitzsimmons of the CPD Marine unit. This scally wag has been stealing time, ghost payrolling, concocted phoney training programs to suit his own personal needs, has been involved in inappropriate sexual acts while on duty , abandones his post working VRI, undermined his own Lieutenants, and the list goes on and on! This poor example of a wannabe mariner / snorkeler should be in Statesville for life and have his pension revoked !