Ever try to find street parking around the United Center on your way to a concert, Bulls or Blackhawks game and have no luck at all?

It might just be the result of a clout-parking scheme engineered by a former manager at the city’s 911 emergency center and executed by eight supervisors and traffic control aides to benefit “friends and family” attending United Center events.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson lifted the veil on the parking scheme in a new report that also alleges similar arrangements at other city venues.

The alleged ringleader — a management-level employee at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications — retired shortly after being asked to schedule an interview about the allegations.

Ferguson’s office conducted 16 surveillances at the United Center between April 20, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016. Thirteen of the undercover missions occurred during Blackhawks games — and nine of those were during the run-up to the Hawks 2015 Stanley Cup championship.

Inspector general observers saw Emergency Management employees “directing select individuals attending the games to park on the west side of Wood Street between Madison Street and Warren Boulevard, less than a quarter of a mile away from the United Center on almost all of …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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