From Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty") and pictured above on the left) to the recently arrested and indicted Raghuveer Nayak (aka "Ragu" and see photo below on the right), Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's close friends and fundraisers work hard to stuff money into his pockets.
As part of an ongoing investigation into an intentionally misleading story published by Denise Crosby of the Beacon-News about a family on Downer Place on the west side of Aurora that falsely portrayed them as victims who simply went away for a week only to find their house "ransacked," we've learned an extensive smear campaign has been coordinated against the neighbors and Alderman Rick Lawrence by the political mafia of Aurora.
Sources say Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner is the mastermind of the smear campaign, but others, including Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit and their mutual political friend, Mavis Bates, were involved.
Aurora's so-called corporation counsel, Alayne Weingartz, also allegedly has a significant role.
They have certain things in common...they personally hate some of the particular neighbors for speaking out on the many blunders of the Weisner regime and they have a history of personal and political schemes against Alderman Lawrence.
Last week at the Aurora City Council meeting, the community spoke up and blasted the misleading story, smear campaign and political schemes.
However, one person, Chuck Anderson, strangely spoke up to attack the community and Alderman Lawrence.
Stephanie Lulay mistakenly portrayed Anderson in the Beacon-News as if he's just an average resident speaking up. No, in fact, he is not just a resident.
She conveniently failed to mention Charles "Chuck" Anderson (who prefers to be called by his nickname "Shorty") has been manager of the Painters Union (aka "Painters District Council 30") since 1993.
Like the recently arrested and indicted Raghuveer Nayak, Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty) is a close buddy and fundraiser for Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. Anderson (aka "Shorty") considers himself one of the kingpins of the political mafia in Aurora and he is currently involved in rigging elections from State Rep to Alderman.
His appearance was with the full knowledge, consent, encouragement and coordination of Tom Weisner.
For years, Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty") and politicians like Tom Weisner have been shaking down hard-working people such as painters, electricians, plumbers and laborers, to exploit and extract funds, union dues and other ways to then take those funds for union political mafia bosses to live a luxury lifestyle, attend parties and stuff the pockets of politicians who, in return, give them seats on boards, commissions and affect policies that exploit taxpayers.
The politicians use the money to throw mud at opponents. They reward their fat cat contributors with contracts and make them rich, only to have them dump more money back to them.
This viscious cycle is called the CORRUPTION OF AURORA.
And Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty") and Tom Weisner are two of the worst offenders.
In an interview with members of the union, who asked not to be named due to the obvious and likely retaliation they would experience, said that during the recession and bad economy, they often sit without any work while their money was being used to fund lavish parties for union bosses and corrupt politicians.
"I work very hard but the Painters Union is today's mafia. You have to pay them to be able to do business around here or they will make your life miserable. I just want to earn to take care of my family, not pay some drunk frat boys who want to boost their ego by having their pictures taken with corrupt politicians. They are living the high-life, giving away tens of thousands of OUR money to these politicians, who then heap praise back on them while those of us who actually work hard for a living suffer and are forced to keep paying" said a member.
Anderson (aka "Shorty"), who could not be reached for comment, has, in fact, has been getting rich off the little guy and making politicians like Tom Weisner rich, who in turns makes deals on projects that cost millions more than necessary making his cronies rich while taxpayers get blasted as part of the scheme.
They play. You pay.
Another former candidate told us "when I started to run for office, I got a call from the Painters Union. From Chuck Anderson (aka "Shorty") to Mark Guethle (aka "the Bully"), these thugs throw around money that they never earned and use it to exert power and influence. If you are honest and ethical, they have no interest in you. If you are dirty and corrupt, they will be your best friends. That's why you see certain politicians using them to do some of their own dirty work."
You mean like Tom Weisner?
While Weisner has miserably failed in so many ways from mismanaging the city's finances to wild spending to increased taxes to incompetence to failed projects such as Shodeen, Restaurant Row, dumping money here, there and everywhere, we will give him and his buddies like Anderson, Guethle and Nayak immense and well-deserved credit for one thing.
When it comes to corruption, forget about Chicago...Aurora is second to none.
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