$ 1.75 Million Per Person Cost of Coronavirus Medical Care in Chicago
It is estimated that more than $ 66 million has been spent on renovation costs for the hospitalization of COVID-positive people in Chicago. With such an impressive waste, 38 people were treated in this hospital.
During the pandemic, Lori Lightfoot announced the construction of a very ambitious project to provide the city with additional places for patients with coronavirus. As a result, McCormick Place was converted into a hospital with 2,750 beds.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the deal between the city and the construction company looks at least suspicious, and the funds were allocated from the federal budget.
As it turned out, a city-state governmental body called McPier brushed aside several other, more profitable and cheaper proposals for construction.
- McPier solicited proposals from three giants in construction: Walsh, Pepper Construction and Power Construction Company. And it hired Walsh even though Power said it either would forgo any fees or donate them to pandemic relief because it didn’t want to profit from the pandemic. Walsh charged $65.9 million, including more than $5.1 million in fees, records show.
- An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — which hired McPier to build the facility, for which the federal government is covering at least 75 percent of the costs — said in internal emails that Power or Pepper was the best choice. But that decision was left to McPier, which picked Walsh, saying its rates were not “significantly different” than the others and that it “had the most experience . . . working with the [Army Corps] and working on emergency projects.”
Dailywire also reports that this is not the first muddy deal between the city and a construction contractor. Earlier, officials spent less than $ 50 million on the construction of three medical facilities, which also did not take part in helping to fight the pandemic.
Image: Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times