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As the city awaits proposals for private management of Midway [PDF], it seems fitting to take a brief trip down memory lane . . . to those halcyon days of last summer, when the City Council held a hearing about another serious airport issue: security services.
As you may recall, aldermen took turns blasting Universal Security, the company hired to provide unarmed security services at the two airports--and the way the city awarded them the contract. Mayoral loyalists like Ray Suarez and Ike Carothers led the attack, accusing the firm of being unqualified and failing to meet even basic pay standards while describing city procurement officials as incompetent. A couple days later the full City Council passed a resolution calling on the city to void the deal, and the SEIU officials who'd provoked the rare burst of council activism promised to keep it up.
But nothing ever happens in government unless the right combination of political will, public pressure, and behind-the-scenes clout forces it along. In this case, at least two of the three went missing; which of them it was depends on who you ask.
Regardless, here's the result, in the form of the payment history from the city to Universal Security.
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