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IRS: Daley pal owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes

Jack Marty Higgins with then-Mayor Richard M. Daley charity event 2005. | Sun-Times library

Jack and Marty Higgins with then-Mayor Richard M. Daley at a charity event in 2005. | Sun-Times library

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Updated: June 29, 2012 8:25AM

A prominent Chicago developer and his wife owe more than $2.5 million in personal income taxes, records show.

Over the past four years, the IRS has placed three liens against the Gold Coast townhouse owned by Jack and Martha Higgins, close friends and longtime political supporters of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who picked Higgins’ company to develop Chicago’s police headquarters at 35th and Michigan.

The most recent — and largest — lien was recorded on March 28, when the IRS disclosed the power couple owed $1,861,194.90 in federal income taxes from 2009 and 2010.

The other liens say the couple owes $29,544.14 for 2008 taxes and $638,299.12 for 2005 taxes.

Higgins couldn’t be reached for comment.

The couple’s daughter, Bridget Higgins McCarthy, and her husband Kevin McCarthy, were key witnesses in the investigation of the death of David Koschman, who died after being punched in the face by Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko in a drunken confrontation on April 25, 2004, in the Rush Street area.

Kevin McCarthy lied to the police, saying he and his wife didn’t know Vanecko or another man who fled with him as Koschman lay unconscious in the street. Eighteen days later, Bridget Higgins McCarthy told the police she and her husband did know the two men, identifying them as Vanecko and Craig Denham, a Daley in-law.

The case is now under renewed investigation by former U.S. Atty. Dan K. Webb, who has been appointed as a special prosecutor by Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin to determine if Vanecko should be charged and whether police and prosecutors “acted intentionally to suppress or conceal evidence.”

Tim Novak

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