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  • 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 · 29 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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • The Suffering Suffrage of Illinois

    11/01/2010 8:33:53 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 7 replies
    Renew America ^ | 26 Oct 2010 | Tim Dunkin
    Every once in a while, you read something in the news which leaves you seething. We live in a world full of both corruption and stupidity — two things which often seem to work synergistically. A couple of days ago, I came across something which had that unique blend of the two, a news story that was like a freshly-brewed cup of tick-me-off in the morning. The story in question comes out of Illinois, via Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website. Short and to the point, Breitbart's article notes that election officials in The Most Corrupt County in the Most Corrupt...
  • Illinois Soldiers Wait for Ballots. Prisoners Get Hand Delivery.

    10/19/2010 2:56:39 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 19, 2010
    Over 35 counties in Illinois missed the deadline to mail military ballots to our soldiers defending America. But in Chicago, county election officials have taken special steps to ensure that no inmates at the Cook County Jail are unable to cast a ballot. The Chicago Board of Elections hand delivers ballots to the jail. They don’t even wait for the inmates to apply – they bring the applications with the ballots! Over 2,600 inmates have cast ballots so far – strikingly similiar to the 2,600 soldiers who will likely not recieve a ballot for the Nov 2 election. Disgraceful does...
  • Early voting ends, turnout low among minorities in Cook County suburbs [Illinois]

    10/28/2010 8:28:35 PM PDT · by freespirited · 41 replies
    Medill Reports ^ | 10/28/10 | Alexander Wilson
    Turnout in polling places in suburban Cook County show that residents in several areas with large minority populations did not vote early. Numbers released Thursday by the Cook County clerk showed that places like Park Forest and Cicero had lackluster turnout at early voting locations. Park Forest has a minority population of 61 percent, with an African American population of 55 percent. The total population of the suburb is more than 22,000, but as of Wednesday only 747 people had voted. Cicero has over 26,000 registered voters with 77 percent Hispanic, but as of Wednesday only 921 people had shown...
  • Oh my: Michelle Obama electioneering in polling place?

    10/14/2010 4:52:25 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Oct 14, 2010
    Oh my: Michelle Obama electioneering in polling place? posted at 7:15 pm on October 14, 2010 by Allahpundit regular view When Drudge puts up the red font — with italics, no less — we’re almost obliged to blog it, aren’t we? I’m … outrageously outraged?
  • A Case of Influence Peddling by a Dem. Member of the Cook County Board of Review?

    09/30/2010 9:34:51 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/30/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    A few weeks ago Chicago Magazine published a story that revealed what sure looks like an influence peddling scandal perpetrated by Democrat Cook County Board of Review member Joseph Berrios. The story is filled with the maddeningly typical Chicago corruption. It also seems to implicate his other two fellow board members, Brendan Houlihan and Larry Rogers, Jr -- both Democrats. To date Houlihan has yet to answer to these charges. The Cook County Board of Review is the office responsible for handling property tax complaints and is responsible for lowering the tax rate if a property merits a reduction. As...
  • Living the American Dream -- on the taxpayers' dime

    08/16/2010 12:14:13 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 16, 2010 | CHRIS FUSCO
    Living the American Dream -- on the taxpayers' dime Now, HUD is reviewing housing grants to Cook County workers August 16, 2010 BY CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporter with the BETTER GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION Anntoinette R. Brown got the American Dream -- twice. And, though it appears to have been improper to do so, the taxpayers helped pay for it, a Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association investigation has found. Brown, a Cook County government employee, was one of the county's first residents to qualify for the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative," a federally funded housing-assistance effort. Terry M. Gowder Sr. (inset) got a grant...
  • Sex Harassment Scandal in Cook County GOP Sees Resignation of Political Director Rose

    07/29/2010 1:58:39 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/29/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    This story has been building for weeks on, but the reporting there was often iffy, hazy, and speculative, so I didn't write about it myself. But this week things have come to a head proving the allegations had some merit because now Cook County GOP Executive Director Jeremy Rose has resigned over the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him. The story goes that on June 17, 2009, a woman was attending a Chicago Young Republicans meeting in Chicago and when she made to leave for the night was prevented from doing so by Rose. Rose began touching the...
  • Now Cook County Board Prez Stroger Sticks Taxpayers With $175,000 Contract Bill

    07/29/2010 11:14:58 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/29/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's last year in office is marked by one incident of bilking the taxpayers after another. Each week seems to bring a new example of Stroger and his buddies and family members sticking their hands in our pockets and this week has been no different. In fact, this week we've gotten a twofer as two incidents of Stroger's nest feathering have come to light. The first came on the 27th when Big Boss Todd awarded a $15,000 consulting job to Raymond L. Harris Sr., of Bolingbrook, who worked on Stroger's losing primary campaign to retain...
  • Dem. Cook County Board Prez Candidate’s Big Union Haul

    07/24/2010 8:30:07 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/24/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Sun-Times reports that the next Cook County Board President might be yet another bought and paid for union stooge. Democrat Party candidate Toni Preckwinkle raised $1.3 million for her campaign for county board president thus far and $220,000 of that came from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). So, what we are seeing is yet another Democrat candidate owned lock, stock and barrel by a public employees union. Gee, I wonder if she’ll be amenable to union demands once in office? Her opponent, GOP candidate Roger Keats, has raised only $19,000 so far. Not that there IS a Republican...
  • Men charged with beating man to death for scratching car

    07/22/2010 10:05:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-22-10 | RUMMANA HUSSAIN
    A local rapper and a 35-year-old man are accused of beating a man to death because he accidentally scratched the rapper’s car. Edward Brown and Steven Fox, 26, a rapper known as “Sincere the Realist,” sent the 46-year-old victim into coma and eventually his death, according to prosecutors and police reports. Brown is a family friend of Larry Brown, who died on July 7 from the injuries related to attack, according to court testimony. It was Fox’s car that Larry Brown caused minor damage to when he was returning home in the early morning hours of June 17, assistant state’s...
  • Dan Patlak, Cook Co. Candidate: Novel Approach to Empower Taxpayers and Improve Government

    07/16/2010 5:52:48 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1+ views ^ | July 16, 2010 | Dan Patlak
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Patlak was an analyst at the Board of Review for eight years. Patlak has been a taxpayer advocate in Wheeling Township where he is in his second term as Wheeling Township Assessor. Patlak is a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer and has been a licensed real estate broker since 1986. Patlak is a member of the National Taxpayers Union and is endorsed by the National Taxpayers United of Illinois PAC. DAN PATLAK -- IN HIS OWN WORDS My campaign for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review has adopted a radical new idea…educating taxpayers so they can...
  • (Illinois) County President Stroger: Lame Duck Still Rolling Out Gravy Train for Pals

    07/07/2010 12:15:27 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/07/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the main reasons that little Todd Stroger lost his comfy job as president of the Cook County Board -- the office left him by his deceased father -- is because of the graft and payoffs to his friends and family members that he constantly perpetrated. It was so bad even Democrats were ashamed of him and voted him out of office in the last primary. But thanks to the fact that Illinois Democrats moved the primary to February President Stroger has eight months to continue giving his friends and family members cushy jobs paid for by the County...
  • Jailed illegal immigrants pose policy dilemma

    06/07/2010 8:57:48 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 15 replies · 36+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7,2010 | Ken Dilanian
    Reporting from Washington — Mwenda Murithi, the Kenyan-born leader of a notorious Chicago street gang, was arrested 26 times after his student visa was revoked in 2003. Charged with at least four felonies, he served 30 days in the Cook County Jail for a 2007 drug violation. By law, he could have been deported immediately. But Chicago officials did not report him to immigration authorities because city and county ordinances prohibit them from doing so. Not long after he got out of jail, Murithi ordered a gang hit that resulted in the death of 13-year-old Schanna Gayden, struck by a...
  • Chicago City Council Mexican Hootenanny: AFTER ACTION REPORT

    06/02/2010 6:45:16 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 48 replies · 1,539+ views
    Self | June 2, 2010 | Rosanna Pulido
    One of the most exhausting days we have had in awhile. Freepers, Minutemen, Veterans and law abiding citizens showed up at City hall to make sure there was a voice to demand justice for Schanna Gayden a young teenager who was muderer in Logan Square by an illegal alien who was arrested 27 times by the Chicago Police Department and nothing was done. If we had SB1070 in Illinois Schanna might still be with us today!! Be reminded we live in a sanctuary city and the hands of the Chicago Police are tied behind their backs when it comes to...
  • Cook County's 'country club' hospital (suburban Chicago)

    05/17/2010 8:59:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 17, 2010 | LISA DONOVAN AND ART GOLAB
    Cook County's 'country club' hospital Oak Forest Hospital is virtually empty -- and far overstaffed May 17, 2010 BY LISA DONOVAN AND ART GOLAB Staff Reporters Cook County-owned Oak Forest Hospital is known by doctors and nurses in the public health system as the "country club." They aren't referring just to the 340 rolling acres the hospital sits on, or the pond that beckons geese, ducks and brown-bagging staffers. » Click to enlarge image On a given day, more than two-thirds of Oak Forest Hospital's beds are empty, and about a fifth of its buildings are vacant. An entrance by...

    12/19/2008 12:25:19 AM PST · by hoosiermama · 794 replies · 12,657+ views
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    <p>The 1890s Chicago City Council was notorious for corrupt political practices orchestrated by a faction of its aldermen known as the Gray Wolves. So named because they were viewed as preying upon the defenseless public, the Gray Wolves were led by First Ward aldermen “Bathhouse” John Coughlin and “Hinky Dink” Mike Kenna, and Johnny Powers of the Nineteenth Ward. These elected officials were not only skilled at trading votes for favors, but once in office they excelled in making municipal decisions to profit themselves financially.</p>
  • Crain's Chicago Business: Assessor Houlihan charges plot to delay property bills post-election

    03/31/2010 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Mrs_Stokke · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 3-31-10 | Greg Hinz
    A long-brewing political war over Cook County property taxes has gone nuclear with charges that tax bills are being delayed intentionally until after the November elections to disguise big tax breaks to politically connected businesses and higher levies on homeowners.snipAt his [Houlihan's] press conference, he said that the County Board of Review — which doublechecks and revises proposed property assessments made by Mr. Houlihan's office — "is engaged in a deliberate effort to delay second-installment property tax bills until after the Nov. 2 election."
  • Obama’s SecEd manipulated school lists to favor powerful - (Chicago way)

    03/23/2010 3:57:57 PM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies · 636+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 23, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice. The discovery of a list, the existence of which had been long denied by the city, and its composition of mainly high-powered political figures calls into question the appeals system used to reconsider applications that had been denied by the top Chicago-area schools: While many Chicago parents took formal routes to land their children in the best schools, the well-connected also sought help...