Saturday October 24, 2020

Death of a developer’s American dream

In 2006, Garrett Kelleher began building the Chicago Spire, a 150-storey skyscraper that would have been among the largest residential buildings ever constructed. But at the end of last month, after years of court battles, the project was finally kil

17th December, 2014
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It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, as an email silently dropped into the inbox of the Chicago bankruptcy courts.

The missive, dispatched two weeks ago, was from Thomas J Murphy, a local bankruptcy lawyer who had been working round the clock over the past week, as time ticked away on one of the most ambitious building projects of the past few decades.

Murphy represents Garrett Kelleher, the Irishman who had a...

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