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Instead Of Getting Fired, City Official In Botched Hilco Implosion That Covered Little Village In Dust Escapes With Written Reprimand

LITTLE VILLAGE — A city public health official received a written reprimand for his role in the botched Hilco implosion that blanketed Little Village in dust — even though the Inspector General recommended the official be punished or fired.

In a new report, the city watchdog recommended discipline for three city officials involved in the botched implosion at the old Crawford Coal Plant and found one of the officials knew in advance the problems the implosion could cause.

“The senior official’s abdication of responsibility and willful bureaucratic negligence allowed the demolition contractor to proceed unchecked with minimal dust mitigation measures, including a failure to soak the ground prior to the implosion,” the inspector general wrote in the report. 

The Inspector General’s Office recommended the official, who is not named, be punished or fired.

After receiving the Inspector General’s recommendation, the Department of Public Health agreed the official should be punished, but said it would be a written reprimand, the report said. 

The inspector general also recommended two unnamed Department of Buildings officials be punished for not following regulations that “required the demolition permit application to detail the techniques and processes to be used, including whether explosives would be utilized.”

The Department of Buildings declined to discipline those two officials, the report said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Author: Madison Savedra


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