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  • Opinion: Berrios Family Owes Us $529,000 ( Chicago )

    08/02/2015 9:09:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    5 NBC Chicago ^ | Jul 18, 2013 | Edward McClelland
    Cook County Assessor (and Democratic Central Committee Chairman) Joe Berrios just cost the taxpayers $529,000 – the settlements we’ll be paying to 11 county workers he fired so he could replace them with family members and political cronies. Berrios said he didn’t know the firings were impermissible because “I thought they were all at-will employees.” Considering that political hirings and firings have been illegal for 40 years, Berrios should have known better. Most likely, he doesn’t care. When questioned about his hiring practices, Berrios claims he’s not subject to county ethics rules that prohibit nepotism. Then he asks why his...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Assessor Berrios gave key job to top tax lawyer's nephew ( Chicago )

    08/02/2015 9:03:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/01/2015 | Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Max Rust
    No introductions are needed when the law firm of Crane and Norcross goes to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios asking him to lower the value he’s placed on properties owned by the firm’s clients. The Chicago law firm comes to Berrios to lower the property assessments on hundreds of properties across the city and suburbs each year, saving some of its clients as much as $100,000 or more in property taxes as a result. Since September 2009, when he launched his first campaign for assessor, Berrios’ campaign funds have gotten $60,900 in contributions from employees of Crane and Norcross, records...
  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Preckwinkle-seeks-pay-hikes-following-Cook-County-sales-tax-increase.com Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Man charged in baby’s death near Chicago rapper Capo’s murder scene

    07/16/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2015 | BY Rachelle Blidner
    A man was charged with killing a 13-month-old baby while fleeing police after the shooting of Chicago rapper Capo, prosecutors said Monday. Antoine Watkins, 21, plowed over Dillan Harris as police chased him after seeing him walk "calmly" away from the murder scene Saturday, prosecutors said. Watkins has been charged only in the baby's death "at this point," not in the murder of Capo, whose real name was Marvin Carr, prosecutors said. "You killed my f---ing baby!" a woman howled during Watkins' bond hearing Monday before she was escorted out of the Cook County courtroom, according to DNAInfo. . .
  • Cook County Board OKs sales tax hike [ Illinois ]

    07/15/2015 5:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 15, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Cook County Board today cleared the way for President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise the county's sales tax a penny on the dollar, mostly for pensions. The action came when the board's Finance Committee, which includes all board members, voted 9 to 7 to 1 to send the $474 million a year tax hike to the full board, which will consider it later today. The key votes came from Commissioner Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat who voted "yes," and suburban Republican Elizabeth Gorman, who cast a "present" ballot and who is widely rumored to soon be headed to a new,...
  • Chop Chop Chinaman, restaurant that spurred vandalism case, closes

    06/07/2015 3:31:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2015 | By Kevin Pang
    A Lakeview Chinese restaurant with a controversial name that spurred a criminal vandalism case has closed, though its owner said he intends to reopen. Chop Chop Chinaman, located at 3343 N. Halsted St., has been shuttered for the last several weeks. Its name contains what many consider an ethnic slur — Chinaman — and it caused one woman in February to scrawl lipstick on the restaurant window to express her displeasure. That woman, Jeannie Harrell, was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property. She wrote on the window (in terms saltier than a newspaper allow) that the name is racist,...
  • Squatter living rent and mortgage free

    04/04/2015 6:16:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Craig Wal
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tinley Park squatter living rent and mortgage free The problem with squatters is hitting home in an upscale Tinley Park Subdivision. On Mallow Street where homes sell for $350,000 or more, a woman has been living in a house rent and mortgage free for two years. “It's very frustrating, our property taxes are very high, I work nights to pay mine and to help support my family. And I just see her coming and going without a care in the world it's enormously frustrating,” said neighbor Patti Yara. And no one is more frustrated than...
  • Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger

    04/02/2015 6:18:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). “I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and [City Council candidate] Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.
  • More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state

    03/27/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 ^ | 3/26/2015 | Susie An
    Illinois had the biggest decrease in population according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people. On the other end, Texas saw the largest population increase adding more than 450,000 people during that time. Cook County saw a very slight decrease in population. It’s one of four counties with a population of more than 1 million to experience a decrease. Others include industrial counties like Wayne County, Michigan; Cuyahoga, Ohio; and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The rate of people leaving Cook County for other counties has been increasing since...
  • Father Who Torched Apartment to Kill His Daughter and Son-in-Law Found Guilty of Murder

    03/22/2015 6:06:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    patch.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Dennis Robaugh
    Father Who Torched Apartment to Kill His Daughter and Son-in-Law Found Guilty of Murder Subhash Chander set fire to a 36-unit Oak Forest building in 2007 because he was angry and offended. His 3-year-old grandson also died. By Dennis Robaugh (Patch National Staff) March 21, 2015 at 11:18am A grandfather who torched an Oak Forest apartment building seven years ago to kill his pregnant daughter, her husband and their 3-year-old son — because his daughter’s choice of husband offended him — has been convicted on three counts of first-degree murder. Subhash Chander, 64, an angry, argumentative heavy drinker, now faces...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • Americans have nothing to learn from Nazis (Violence OK if you're a Leftist)

    02/04/2015 11:38:56 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | 2/3/15 | Malcolm Harris
    On Jan. 22, Jason Hammond accepted a noncooperating plea deal from prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois: He will serve 41 months for his role in an organized assault on a casual dining establishment in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. On May 19, 2012, Hammond and 17 others stormed the Ashford House restaurant with bats and hammers, interrupting lunch and leaving 10 people injured. But instead of years in jail, America should perhaps consider sending Hammond a thank-you card. He is not to be confused with his twin brother, Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison...
  • "Mistakes Were Made"

    10/23/2014 6:47:54 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 23 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-23-2014 | MOTUS
    Whoops! Technical difficulties identified with Cook County voting machines. “This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.” A “calibration error” – indeed: if you vote for one candidate with an “R” after his name and the machine registers a vote for the candidate with a “D” after his name, you could call that a calibration error. The same way you could call going in for a surgery to have your gangrenous left leg amputated and the doctor mistakenly removes the...
  • Chicagoland voting machine casts candidate’s vote for his Dem opponent

    10/21/2014 6:03:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a...
  • GOP candidate discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against

    10/21/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-21-14 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat

    10/21/2014 7:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said...
  • GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for [Opponent]

    10/21/2014 6:57:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • Officer shot, hostage situation in Harvey

    08/19/2014 12:34:04 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 8/19/2014 | ABC7
    HARVEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A Harvey police officer was shot by a burglary suspect who is now holding people hostage inside a home at 147th and Robey, officials said. The officer was wounded in his arm, according to spokesperson Sean Howard, and was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital. The police officer came across a burglary in progress and exchanged fire with the offender, Howard said. The offender then ran into the home, where he is now holding people hostage. Officials do not know how many hostages are being held.
  • Officer takes cover as man with concealed carry permit fires at suspect

    07/29/2014 1:08:02 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07/29/2014 | Carlos Sadovi
    A man with a concealed carry permit shot at an armed robbery suspect who was running from a cell phone store in Crestwood, prompting an officer who was also chasing the suspect to take cover, police said. The man with the permit told police he was about to step inside an AT&T store at 4756 W. Cal-Sag Road around noon Saturday when he noticed the store was being robbed, Crestwood police said in a statement. The man said he stayed outside to prevent anyone from entering, police said. After he saw the suspect leaving through a back door, he entered...
  • Brown's Husband Subpoenaed by the Feds

    05/14/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 14, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's husband has been hit with a federal subpoena asking him to appear before a grand jury as part of an investigation into a state anti-violence program. It is the second, ongoing probe into Cook that is also looking into how monies were dispensed from the $54 million anti-violence program. Cook was paid more than $154,000.00 in salary and benefits from the grant funds.
  • Kass exclusive: Suburban officer charged in 95-year-old's death (ILLINOIS)

    04/02/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | Apr 2, 2014 | John Kass
    Kass exclusive: Suburban officer charged in 95-year-old's death Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass discusses charges filed in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana. John Kass April 2, 2014 An officer was charged this morning in the police killing of 95-year-old John Wrana, the World War II veteran who was fatally shot with beanbag rounds in his apartment at a south suburban senior facility last year. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office said patrolman Craig Taylor, 43, was charged with one count of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. Taylor has been with the Park Forest Police Department since January,...
  • Cook County Judge Once Found Insane Wants Back On the Bench

    03/28/2014 1:03:38 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Stefanie Esposito
    “I’ve had two years to think about this,” Judge Cynthia Brim said Friday downtown before the seven-member Illinois Courts Commission. “I have a different understanding and perspective of my condition.” The commission is considering a complaint filed by the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board. A board attorney argued Friday that Brim remains “mentally unable to perform her duties.” But Brim — who has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and has been hospitalized multiple times for mental illness since 1993 — said she now knows she must carefully monitor her condition and keep taking medication regularly. “You’re not expecting to...
  • Hundreds of violent felons improperly getting Cook County boot camp

    11/22/2013 10:43:58 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 16 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Frank Main
    A Sun-Times survey of thousands of pages of court records found that since 2006, Cook County judges have handed down hundreds of improper boot camp sentences to violent felons. Simons’ case ended in tragedy. Less than two years after he was sent to the four-month boot camp program, Simons was charged with murdering Kermit Delashment II, a 21-year-old college student with big dreams. Delashment’s death was the 500th killing of 2008 in Chicago. In all, 17 armed robbers got such a break during that period in Cook County. After their release from the program, 12 of those 17 men were...
  • AT&T, Park Ridge reach deal to bring U-verse to city (with 26K "landscaping" bribe)

    09/11/2013 2:22:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    The Park Ridge City Council has agreed to a deal that will pay the city $2,000 for each new utility box installed by AT&T as the company looks to expand its U-verse cable, Internet and telephone services to the community. But some elected officials remain wary about the proposed locations of some of the large cabinet boxes and their impacts. With 1st Ward Alderman Joe Sweeney and 7th Ward Alderman Marty Maloney absent, the council on Sept. 3 voted 5-0 in favor of a “landscape agreement” with AT&T. The company has most recently proposed installing video-ready access devices at up...
  • Conservative legal group challenges Cook County immigration policy

    04/23/2013 1:06:50 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    WBEZ ^ | April 22, 2013 | Chip Mitchell
    Invoking the Boston Marathon bombings, a national conservative group has filed a lawsuit aimed at a Cook County ordinance that requires jail personnel to disregard federal immigration detainers. The Washington-based Judicial Watch says the county has no legal right to ignore the detainers, which are U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests that local jails hold specified individuals up to two business days beyond what their criminal cases require. President Obama’s administration says the detainers, which help ICE put the inmates into deportation proceedings, are crucial for focusing immigration enforcement on criminals. Cook County officials say detainers also erode community trust...
  • Cook County Republicans,United Republican Fund Welcome Grover Norquist May 14, 2013

    04/22/2013 11:43:53 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 26 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 22, 2013 | United Republican Fund
    Please Join Cook County Republicans,Lake County Federation, United Republican Fund and Friends of Jim Oberwies for a luncheon with Grover Norquist. Kindly RSVP Sally Nyhan Sallynyhan@aol.com 847-904-7060
  • Cook Co. To Begin Posting Photos Of Unclaimed Bodies Online

    03/07/2013 3:06:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/ ^ | March 7, 2013 | Craig Wall
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -For the first time, the Cook County medical examiner's office has posted photos of unclaimed bodies on their website in an effort to help identify them. The program is generating some controversy because of the graphic images, but for the sake of people missing loved ones, this is a decision where the medical examiner believes the ends justify the means.
  • Former Chicago mayor's nephew charged with killing a man in a bar fight

    01/01/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    daily mail ^ | 12-3-12 | staff
    The nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was indicted Monday for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of a 21-year-old man outside a Chicago bar, and a grand jury is continuing its inquiry into whether authorities covered up or impeded an investigation of a relative of the city's most powerful man. Richard Vanecko, 38, was indicted by a Cook County special grand jury in the death of David Koschman of Mount Prospect. Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Vanecko outside a bar in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
  • John Wayne Gacy's DNA May Help Solve Cold-Case Murders

    12/04/2012 3:12:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 03, 2012
    Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to be creative: They've created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims when they were put to death by the state.
  • Cook County commissioners give initial sign-off on tax hikes

    11/03/2012 7:24:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Nov 2, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Cook County commissioners give initial sign-off on tax hikes November 02, 2012|By Hal Dardick | Tribune reporter (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune) Cook County commissioners on Friday endorsed a $41.7 million set of new and increased taxes that would hit the pocketbooks of smokers, some businesses, gun buyers, and the owners of gambling machines at casinos and bars. In a series of votes, the Finance Committee recommended passage of the new taxes proposed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as part of her $2.95 billion 2013 budget plan.
  • Election officials scoff at security experts’ questions about voting machines

    10/29/2012 7:51:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Chicago Southtown Star ^ | Oct 28, 2012 | DAN ROZEK
    Election officials scoff at security experts’ questions about voting machines BY DAN ROZEK Sun-Times Media October 28, 2012 6:32PM Argonne National Laboratory researchers Roger Johnst(left) JWarner demonstrated how voting machines can be tampered with. Warner removed circuit panel Argonne National Laboratory researchers Roger Johnston (left) and Jon Warner demonstrated how voting machines can be tampered with. Warner removed a circuit panel, an easy access into the machine. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times Updated: October 29, 2012 2:39AM Using a straightened paper clip, Jon Warner needed less than 10 seconds to pop a crucial component out of the touch-screen voting machine. The simple...
  • Could Obama Lose Home State Of Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 54 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 6, 2012
    Campaign 2012: When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote. "He has to come out...
  • If you are a Republican living in Chicago...make a big difference

    09/25/2012 9:10:25 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 15 replies
    ...One woman — a mom from the suburbs of Chicago — took it upon herself to mount a crusade against voter fraud here in Illinois and she is close to shutting down at least two major avenues of fraud that Democrats have relied on for DECADES in Chicagoland...... Her name is Sharon Meroni and she needs your help today. It’s down to the wire and Sharon still needs 500 Republican election judges in Cook County…and she needs them by this coming Thursday. If she doesn’t find 500 more judges, then Democrats will get to fill those positions…just like they have...
  • URGENT HELP NEEDED: 500 more election judges needed in Cook County by Thursday

    09/23/2012 8:44:18 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 22 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | September 22, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Full title of article: URGENT HELP NEEDED: 500 more election judges needed in Cook County by Thursday — send to your email lists @ReincePriebus #MittRomney #voterfraud Cook County is still short 500 election judges for the November 6th election. If Republicans don’t fill these positions by Thursday, then Democrats will be be able to staff them; the positions pay $170/day and are choice patronage plums that Democrats have enjoyed for years. Typically, those slots are given to union thugs or “community organizers” to fill because Republicans have never mounted any effort to combat voter fraud in this state…until now. More...
  • Toke One For The Gipper: Preckwinkle Says Reagan Deserves “A Special Place In Hell” For War On Drugs

    08/22/2012 6:58:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | August 22, 2012
    Toke One For The Gipper: Preckwinkle Says Reagan Deserves “A Special Place In Hell” For War On Drugs Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle defended the city's move to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by saying former President Ronald Reagan deserves "a special place in hell" for "making drug use political." Preckwinkle has been an outspoken advocate of decriminalizing pot because she says drug laws unfairly lead to minorities behind bars. Preckwinkle has never shied from making her drug stance known, and she didn't mince words with the crowd attending the conference led by former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar at...
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois, Romney leads in Chicago suburbs

    08/20/2012 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. “He has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois

    08/20/2012 5:18:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 100 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. “He has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • Feds charge former head of Chicago Heights office of county job-training program

    07/14/2012 6:59:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | Gregory Tejeda
    Feds charge former head of Chicago Heights office of county job-training program By Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent CHICAGO | A Chicago woman who supervised four field offices, including one in Chicago Heights, of a Cook County job-training program faces federal charges she falsified documents related to an Illinois state review of the county’s summer youth program. Brendolyn Hart-Glover, 42, is charged with engaging in a scheme to falsify documents. A criminal complaint was unsealed Friday following her arrest, and she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert. During 2010, Hart-Glover was acting director of the county’s President’s Office of Employment...
  • Dan Patlak and the Quest for a Fair Election

    03/17/2012 9:28:12 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 17, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Elections aren’t always fair, and primaries can make it especially difficult. That’s life. Redistricting sometimes forces two good incumbents to run against each other; look at the battle between young freshman moderate Adam Kinzinger (ACU rating 72%) and seasoned conservative Don Manzullo (same period ACU 92%, lifetime ACU 95.5%) for a House seat in the 2012 Illinois map. We’d love to re-elect both, but we have to choose. Such primaries are painful; however much you hope to keep an internecine battle cordial, you have to talk issues, and competence, and sometimes personality too. Primaries can pose an opportunity for a...
  • ShoreBank Scandal Fallout: Fines, Suspension, Supervision for College Illinois Fund Adviser

    01/24/2012 5:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    B G ^ | Jan 13th 2012
    Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Alvin Boutte, Jr., the adviser who encouraged the state to invest in Democrats’ beloved ShoreBank as it was failing, has agreed to pay a fine, to have his securities license suspended, and to work under “heightened supervision” in the securities industry for the next year. The ShoreBank scandal erupted in 2010 as Chicago Democrats, particularly Rep. Jan Schakowsky, tried to bail out the bank using any means necessary–whether federal, state, or private money. The bank’s closure was delayed several times–evidence, critics charged, of preferential treatment from the Obama administration. Eventually, under pressure from the Tea...
  • Feds find failures in Cook Co. homeland security project

    01/09/2012 8:56:54 AM PST · by radioone · 6 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 1-8-2012 | Carol Marin and Don Moseley
    Project Shield was supposed to make citizens safer. But in the end, the $45-million Homeland Security program more resembled a disaster, wasting taxpayers’ dollars and failing to make a single citizen more secure. The failed Cook County initiative was replete with equipment that failed to work, missing records and untrained first responders according to a report by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, to be released Monday but obtained by The Sun-Times and NBC5 News, found “millions of tax dollars may have been wasted.”
  • Former State Senator Says ‘Goodbye, Illinois’A scathing article on Illinois politics

    12/22/2011 5:19:29 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 73 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 22, 2011 | Former State Sen. Roger Keats
    Former State Senator and Republican Cook County Board President candidate Roger Keats and his wife Tina left Illinois to live in Texas. They bid farewell to their Illinois friends in a Wilmette Beacon article, and with this letter, saying they’re “voting with their feet and their wallets.” GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! The leaders...
  • Shooting reported at Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais [Minnesota]

    12/15/2011 5:13:36 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | December 15, 2011, 05:43 PM | News Tribune staff
    Three people were shot at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais this afternoon, the Associated Press is reporting. Radio station WTIP in Grand Marais reported that the county sheriff said people were shot inside the courthouse between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. today, and the suspect is in custody. State Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville also said the suspect was in custody. He had no details on what led to the shooting. Neville said two of the wounded were being treated at a hospital in Grand Marais, with the third taken to Duluth. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department would only...
  • John Wayne Gacy Victim Finally Identified

    11/29/2011 9:38:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies · 1+ views
    John Wayne Gacy Victim Finally Identified November 29, 2011 10:56 AM William George Bundy has been identified as one of John Wayne Gacy's victims. (CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) — One of the unknown victims of John Wayne Gacy has been identified, more than 30 years after his death at the hands of one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers. Using DNA technology, investigators were able to determine that William George Bundy, who was last seen on October of 1976, was killed by Gacy. The news comes after Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart launched a new effort to determine the eight...
  • Media bias: Obama crony Rezko sentenced Tuesday; Chicago Trib article doesn't mention president

    11/22/2011 9:31:17 AM PST · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Marathon Pundit ^ | November 21, 2011 | John Ruberry
    While it's true that President Obama began his political career in the living room of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, his first political sponsor and major fundraiser was Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The pair go back to the 1990s and Obama's state Senate years, but they are best known for the still-not-completely-explained 2005 real estate deal that allowed the Obamas to buy their Chicago South Side mansion, while Rezko's wife bought a narrow strip of the home's lot on the same day. At that time, Rezko was under federal investigation for influence peddling and fraud while serving...
  • Bond denied for three in Chicago store shootout that left 4 dead(IL)

    11/07/2011 4:24:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 5 November, 2011 | NA
    CHICAGO — Three men were ordered held without bond Saturday, charged in a Wednesday shootout that left four people dead, including a security guard from Hobart, in a Far South Side Altgeld Gardens store. The shootout happened during an attempted armed robbery inside The Connect, a department-type store in the 500 block of East 130th Street, police said. At least one of several would-be robbers exchanged gunfire with the security guard, Michael Banks, 30, of 3958 Willow St., Hobart, authorities said. Eric O’Neal, 18, Devon Walker, 18, and Alfred Spikes, 20, all of Chicago, were each charged with four counts...
  • Time to fight to abolish unfair property taxes

    10/09/2011 11:37:54 AM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/9/11 | Phil Kadner
    Property taxes are unfair. Taxpayers don’t understand their bills. And that’s not likely to change. It is amazing to me, in this era of Tea Party rebellions, that no organized campaign has been launched to abolish property taxes in Illinois. The idea would certainly be popular with voters. Last week, thousands could be found standing in lines at the assessor’s offices in Cook County as second installment tax bills arrived in the mail. Most were seniors wondering how they had lost their senior citizen exemption, a property tax break that can be worth hundreds of dollars. Others just couldn’t understand...
  • Ill. state Senator leaves for Texas: 'I'm tired of subsidizing crooks.'

    03/22/2011 10:11:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/21/11 3:47 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Roger Keats, a former Illinois state senator and Cook County Board president, is packing up and leaving the Land of Lincoln for good. The 62-year-old Keats was a good government reformer who helped clean up the rampant corruption in the Chicago-area courts uncovered by Operations Greylord and Gambat. But now he’s throwing in the towel, and he and his wife are heading for Texas. “I am tired of subsidizing crooks," Keats told the Wilmette Beacon. In “Good Bye and Good Luck,” a letter to all the friends and political supporters he’s leaving behind after 60 years, Keats says he is...
  • Flood victims left high and dry by Cook County repair program

    12/30/2010 12:55:27 AM PST · by Thebaddog · 4 replies · 7+ views
    When workers came to repair his flood-damaged house, Mike Elliott put his things in storage and moved out temporarily. Three months later, the workers are gone, the job unfinished, and Elliott is still renting a room from his next-door neighbor, wondering when he can move back home. His two-story frame house in Des Plaines needs new floors, a bathroom, a kitchen and plumbing. The half-fixed home is the result of a bureaucratic breakdown in the Cook County program meant to fix the damage.