WBEZ | Richard Gillman http://www.wbez.org/tags/richard-gillman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Former Chicago factory CEO pleads guilty to theft http://www.wbez.org/sections/work/former-chicago-factory-ceo-pleads-guilty-theft-109316 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Republic Windows (2).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The former CEO of Chicago manufacturer Republic Windows and Doors pleaded guilty to one count of theft of his own factory.</p><p>Richard Gillman accepted a plea bargain of a four year prison sentence and paying a $100,000 fine.</p><p>Ricky Maclin is a former worker of the Republic Windows and Doors factory. He and fellow workers began a sit-in exactly 5 years ago at the Republic factory when it was abruptly closed during the height of the economic downturn.</p><p>They protested for six days over vacation and severance pay owed to them. Maclin now co-owns New Era Windows Cooperative with some of his former co-workers from Republic. He says justice was served.</p><p>&ldquo;New Era might not be here, but Republic would have been still going had he made different choices. As we make choices today, we always keep that in the back of our minds,&rdquo; Maclin said.</p><p>Gillman&rsquo;s attorney Edward Genson said his client at the time wanted to save the factory from bankruptcy.</p><p>&ldquo;The fellow who tries to help ends up being the butt,&rdquo; Genson said.</p><p>Genson said Gillman was a victim of the bad economy and he ended up being the &ldquo;fall guy&rdquo; for a failing business. In the courtroom, Genson said Gillman apologized to the<br />former workers present because he felt bad for what happened.</p><p>Workers like Maclin said thinking back five years ago, he doesn&rsquo;t completely buy the apology, but he said the sentencing has given him closure.</p><p>New Era has been in business since May. The co-op is made up of 16 workers from the Republic factory. The business isn&rsquo;t turning a profit, but they say they&rsquo;re at least breaking even. They&rsquo;re receiving orders from different parts of the country and expect business to pick up even more in the spring.</p><p>Co-owner Armando Robles said it&rsquo;s hard work, but they&rsquo;re all hopeful.</p><p>&ldquo;Sometimes we feel tired, sometimes we feel frustrated, but we have one hope to have our company. Now, we have our company. Now, we are producing. We have big, big dreams to grow,&rdquo; he said.</p><p><em>Susie An covers business for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter @soosieon.</em></p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/work/former-chicago-factory-ceo-pleads-guilty-theft-109316 Florida county hires official tied to Chicago scandal http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2009/10/florida-county-hires-official-tied-to-chicago-scandal/6913 <p>Miami-Dade County has hired a former Chicago window company official near the center of an alleged scheme to loot the business, pilfer manufacturing gear and set up a new operation in Iowa. Former Republic Windows and Doors Chief Operating Officer Barry Dubin will earn $425 an hour to help turn around Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade's struggling system of hospitals and clinics, according to the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/1283281.html">Miami Herald</a>. Dubin will serve as the system's chief restructuring officer over the next nine months, the newspaper reports. Cook County prosecutors last month charged Republic CEO Richard Gillman with defrauding company creditors and stealing cash from the firm. The indictment identifies an unnamed co-schemer as the company's chief operating officer. Republic shuttered its Goose Island plant last winter without federally mandated severance payments to the factory's roughly 240 employees. The workers, members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), responded with a sit-in at the plant. The sit-in quickly became a national symbol of the nation's economic crisis. It ended <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30801">six days later</a> when two Republic creditors -- Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase -- agreed to pay the workers a combined $1.75 million. "Dubin is the last guy I'd want to see in charge of a hospital," says UE organizer Mark Meinster. I tried to reach Dubin on his cell phone Thursday evening. My message asks whether Cook County authorities have been in touch and whether he's the right fit for the Florida job. He hasn't returned the call.</p> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 18:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2009/10/florida-county-hires-official-tied-to-chicago-scandal/6913