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Company Wins Chicago Jail Food Bid With Questionable Minority Partner

Management company gets Cook County jail food contract despite higher bid price and wrongly claimed minority certification status.

Joint Venture firm CBM Premier Management, LLC, has won a three-year, $38.4 million county contract to supply meals to the Cook County (IL) Jail after one of its partners wrongly claimed disadvantaged minority status, alleges the Chicago Sun-Times.

CBM listed one of its partners, Airport Restaurant Management, Inc. (ARMI), as a “minority-owned business enterprise” even though it doesn’t have MBE certification. ARMI President/Majority Owner Timothy Rand has been a big campaign contributor to local politicians. CBM's bid was also $2.1 million higher than that of Aramark Correctional Services LLC, which had held the jail contract since 2000.

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