Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was the national co-chair of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign committee, she was the co-chair for his inaugural committee, and was briefly considered to be his Commerce secretary. The latter fell through after her role in the 2001 collapse of a subprime lender, Superior Bank of Chicago, became widely known. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote three years ago that 1,400 customers lost money after Superior went belly-up.
Penny the dollar-loser is known to OccupyChicago now.
"That's why we're out here together with everyone here in Chicago demanding that billionaires like Penny Pritzker pay their taxes," a UNITE HERE union member told a crowd of about 1,000 two nights ago in Grant Park.
Members of UNITE HERE held a one day strike at various Pritzker family run-Hyatt hotels in July. On a hot day, the heat lamps were turned on while the picketers marched in front of a Chicago property. Hyatt workers have been working without a union contract since 2009, which the spokesman mentioned before I could get my camcorder turned on--let alone properly focused.
UNITE HERE filed a complaint with the Obama-friendly National Labor Relations Board about the heat lamp assault.
From the viewpoint of both the right and the left, Penny Pritzker is a snake in the grass.
But she's Obama's snake.
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