Key players in city sewer-cleaning case
BY TIM NOVAK
◆ Anthony Duffy, 46, of Bartlett, the president of Municipal Sewer Services. A native of Scotland, Duffy started MSS in 2003 with funding from partners Robert Bobb Jr. and Joseph M. McInerney, heads of the investment firm Cardinal Growth. MSS soon took over city sewer-cleaning and inspection contracts previously held by bankrupt Kenny Industrial Services. Duffy had worked for Kenny, overseeing the city sewer work, and, before that, for the previous city contractor, National Power Rodding. Duffy is the nephew of Frank Duffy, the City of Chicago’s chief sewer engineer until his retirement in June 1996.
◆ Jesse Brunt, 74, of Chicago, the president of Brunt Bros. Transfer, a minority-owned trucking company that’s gotten millions of dollars in city business since the mid-1970s. The company also was indicted Thursday. Brunt’s company also got work through the city’s Hired Truck Program, which Mayor Daley shut down after a Chicago Sun-Times investigation in 2003 exposed how private trucking companies were being “paid to do nothing.” At the time, Brunt admitted as much, saying: “You put in your eight hours a day, but you just sit on the job. There’s no fuel cost, no wear and tear on the trucks.” Brunt was once partners in business with Howard Medley, the late Mayor Harold Washington’s top campaign fund-raiser, who went to prison for taking a bribe while serving on the CTA board.
OTHER KEY FIGURES
◆ Robert Bobb Jr., 63, of Chicago, the chairman of Cardinal Growth. Bobb is a former federal prosecutor and friend of Mayor Daley who, records show, owned as much as 40 percent of MSS, which is no longer in business.
◆ Joseph M. McInerney, 47, of Chicago, the president of Cardinal Growth. McInerney, a certified public accountant, also owned as much as 40 percent of MSS, records show.
◆ Patrick R. Daley, 35, Mayor Daley’s son, and Robert G. Vanecko, 45, the mayor’s nephew, both of Chicago, who together had a small ownership stake in MSS that the company didn’t reveal to the city, as required, on documents the company filed with the city as it won lucrative, no-bid contract extensions. Daley had interned for Cardinal Growth while working on his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Daley and Vanecko invested $65,000 in MSS through a business they formed in 2003 and called MSS Investors LLC. The mayor’s son and nephew sold their stake in the company by the end of 2004, as the federal investigation of the Hired Truck Program bore down on City Hall. Daley then enlisted in the Army. After the cousins left MSS, Vanecko — who formerly worked as an attorney with the law firm Mayer Brown LLP — went into business with mayoral ally Allison S. Davis. They founded DV Urban Realty Partners, which was hired by five city pension funds in 2006 to manage $68 million in government workers’ and retirees’ pension money. So far, their investments have lost money and are now under investigation by the city’s inspector general and federal authorities. Vanecko has left the partnership. He’s now with Brennan Investment Group.