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Chico & Nunes' clients with City Hall business 

Gery Chico’s and Marcus Nunes’ law firm, Chico & Nunes, reports having worked for 89 clients last year that did business with — or sought government action from — the Daley administration. This list includes 51 clients who paid the firm at least $5,000 last year, according to the financial-disclosure statement that Chico had to file to run for mayor. It also includes lobbying clients his firm represented last year and how much they paid Chico & Nunes, according to records the firm filed with the city. In all, Chico & Nunes made at least $445,000 from these clients.

Client2009 fees to Chico & Nunes
A&E Electrical: Hired Chico's firm to help with WBE* certification$1,000
A. Pomerantz & Co.: Scope of work unknownNone reported
AT&T: Hired firm to lobby city officials for a permit$15,000
Access Commty. Health: Legal work for org. paid $505,188 by city in '09More than $5,000
Aetna Inc.: Lobbied City Colleges for Aetna, which also has a CTA contractMore than $5,000
Airis Intl. Holdings: Hired firm to assist with a proposal for city business$2,000
All Masonry: Hired firm to lobby city procurement officials $2,000
Aladdin Landscaping: Hired firm to negotiate a city contract$2,000
Ambar Inc.: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Atkco Construction Services: Hired firm for help with MBE* certification$2,000
Avis Car Rental: Hired firm to assist with a proposal for city business$5,000
Azteca Supply: WBE* cert. for pipe supplier paid $5.1 million by city in '09 More than $5,000
Boyle & Associates Ltd.: Legal work for real estate co. with city business More than $5,000
Bridgeview Bank: Legal work for bank paid $204,396 last year by cityMore than $5,000
C&M JV1 Co.: Legal work for school milk supplier paid $12.9 mil. in '09More than $5,000
Capitol Cement Co. Inc.: Legal work for city street construction contractorMore than $5,000
Centerpoint Properties: Hired firm to lobby for a potential project$1,000
Chemcraft Industries Inc.: Legal work for janitorial supply companyMore than $5,000
Chgo. Christian Indust. League: Work to resolve city payment issueNone reported
Chgo. Crushing & Recycling: WBE* certification work$2,000
Cisco Systems: Lobby city for potential business$3,000
City Colleges of Chicago: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Clear Channel Airports: Hired firm to lobby for city contract renewal$4,000
Clear Channel Outdoor: Hired firm to resolve city billing disputes$25,000
Condor Coffee Service: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Continental Recycling: Hired firm to lobby for a "special use"$10,000
DB Sterlin Consultants: Legal work for architecture, engineering firmMore than $5,000
Delaware North: Hired firm to lobby for potential city business $8,000
Delta Engineering: Legal work for eng. firm paid $1.8 mil. by city in '09More than $5,000
Era-Valdivia Contractors: Legal work for co. paid $205,205 by city in '09More than $5,000
Exelon Corp.: Hired firm to lobby city on street-closing issue $23,000
F.H. Paschen Inc.: Legal work for major city construction contractorMore than $5,000
FGM Architects: Legal work for firm with $678,296 in city work in '09More than $5,000
Fleetparts, UNI-Select: Legal work for auto parts dealer with deal at McPierMore than $5,000
Flood Testing Laboratories: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Frasca Hospitality: Scope of work unknownNone reported
GC Services: Hired firm to lobby city for potential business$32,000
GSG Consultants Inc.: MBE* certification for city engineering contractorMore than $5,000
Harbor East 4000 LLC: Lobby city for zoning, TIF approval$5,000
Higher Learning Commission: Legal work for college accrediting groupMore than $5,000
HNTB Corp.: Legal work for major city construction contractorMore than $5,000
IBT Group: Scope of work unknownNone reported
JF Carpentry Services: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Jones Lang LaSalle: Legal work for real estate co. paid $1.5 mil. by city in '09More than $5,000
Joseph Garfien Dec. Trust: Hired firm as a zoning lobbyistNone reported
KIMCO Corp.: Legal work for company paid $218,628 by city last yearMore than $5,000
Lake St. Corp./ATK Foods: Hired firm to lobby on land-use issue$3,000
Lakeside Bank: Hired firm to lobby on redevelopment issue$11,000
Lawndale Christian Health Ctr.: Hired firm to lobby for clinic expansionMore than $5,000
The Lexington Group: Hired firm to lobby for zoning, TIF approval$13,000
Live Nation: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Maniu Inc.: MBE* certification work$1,000
Michuda Construction: Legal work for major school construction contractorMore than $5,000
Milhouse Engineering: Legal work for company paid $720,461 by city in '09More than $5,000
Morton College: Scope of work unknownMore than $5,000
Nuance Group: Hired firm to work on Department of Aviation lease issue$3,000
Nicor: Legal work for suburban natural gas supplierMore than $5,000
Noble Charter Schools: Legal work for CPS charter-schools networkMore than $5,000
PalMet Venture: Hired firm to lobby city on a development issueMore than $5,000
People's Gas: Legal work for natural gas supplierMore than $5,000
Primera Engineers: Lobbying work for company paid $1.6 million by city last yearMore than $5,000
R.M. Chin & Associates: Legal work for city construction contractorMore than $5,000
Ragnar Benson: Legal work for construction companyMore than $5,000
Rangel Construction: Hired firm to help with W/MBE* certification$1,000
Rare Hair salon: Hired firm to lobby city for zoning approvalNone reported
Republic Services: Hired firm to lobby to amend a city ordinance$5,000
Rex Electric & Tech.: Legal work for electrical and data-services companyMore than $5,000
RJB Properties: Legal work for facilities mgt. co. paid $226,860 by city last yearMore than $5,000
Root Brothers Man. & Supply: Work for parts supplier paid $3.6 million by city in '09More than $5,000
Rush University Medical Center: Legal work for hospital with city businessMore than $5,000
Safety Squad: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Scale Construction Inc.: Legal work for major school construction contractorMore than $5,000
Scrub Inc.: Legal work for major city aviation dept. custodial contractor More than $5,000
Skender Construction: Hired firm to do legal workMore than $5,000
Solomon Cordwell Buenz: Work for architecture firm paid $1 million by city in '09More than $5,000
Soodan & Associates: Lobby on city contract issues for engineering firmMore than $5,000
Staff Management: Legal work for company that does HR work for McPierMore than $5,000
Stony Island BP: Hired firm to lobby city on a licensing issue$5,000
Sun Microsystems: Legal work for CPS technology contractorMore than $5,000
SDI: Legal work for major city software and database management contractorMore than $5,000
Tropical Optical: WBE* certification work for public schools eyeglass provider$14,000
Unisource Group: Legal work for company paid $506,739 by city last yearMore than $5,000
United Airlines: Legal work for airline with hub at O'Hare Airport More than $5,000
United Neighborhood Org.: Lobby city on a zoning/land issue$12,000
Univision Radio: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Verizon Business: Legal work for city wireless communications contractorMore than $5,000
Vision Point of Sale: Scope of work unknownNone reported
Walsh Construction Co.: Legal work for major city construction contractorMore than $5,000
Wells Plumbing: MBE* certification work$5,000
TOTALMore than $445,000
* WBE, MBE and W/MBE are short for women-owned business enterprise, minority-owned business enterprise and women-and-minority-owned business enterprise. Chicago law calls for portions of taxpayer-funded work to be set aside for certified women- and minority-owned companies.
Sources: Chicago Board of Ethics, Chicago procurement databases


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