Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Blagojevich probe includes AEC firms

Interesting Chicago Sun-Times article on Monday which states that federal investigators looking into their "pay-to-play" probe of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are examining state bid proposals and other records from 18 prominent E/C firms that donated heavily to Blagojevich's campaign and got big contracts from the state and the city of Chicago.

According to the article, the 18 companies have made more than $3.6 million in campaign contributions since the mid 1990s. More than one third of that, about $1.3 million, went to Blagojevich, whose administration gave 11 of the companies $656 million in contracts since 2004.

The list of firms includes AECOM Companies, American Consulting Engineers (which is owned by AECOM Companies), Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Inc., Castle Construction, Homer L. Chastain & Associates, Consoer Townsend Envirodyne Engineers (owned by AECOM Companies), Delta Engineering Inc., DLZ Illinois Inc., Environmental System Design, Globetrotters Engineering Corp., HNTB Corporation, Hutchison Engineering, Knight E/A Inc., MBB, McDonough Associates, Inc., Teng & Associates, and CH2M Hill Inc.

Contributions ranged from $7,000 (HNTB Corporation) to $148,726 (Knight E/A Inc.). The contracts awarded ranged from $2.7 million (Delta Engineering Inc.) to $111.2 million (Castle Construction).


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