Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, July 20

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The Duff Family, who run the enormous Windy City family of city services (including waste management, janitorial services, and more), were indicted by the Federal Government on Thursday. The Duffs received close to $100m in city contracts, often "minority contracts," received because they install dummy presidents on their subsidiaries. One of these, Remedial Environmental Manpower, was headed by an African-American, Charles Stratton, who answered to the Duffs. The green REM trucks should be familiar to you: they're basically omnipresent in every city neighborhood.

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