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Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

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the shell game

Blue Island, IL

#1 Oct 11, 2012
Republican Donald Peloquin, a funeral director, has been a force for economic development as mayor of Blue Island since 1985. He thinks the district is positioned to become a major transportation hub, built around projects including a long-awaited I-57/I-294 interchange and the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. When St. Francis Hospital announced it was closing, he built a coalition that created MetroSouth Medical Center, saving more than 1,000 jobs. He would bring fresh eyes to the House. We would love to see the Bobby Rush of 20 years ago, but we don't. Peloquin is endorsed.

These days the Tribune Editorial Board fails to notice a Republican Congressional Candidate cut from DEMOCRATIC CLOTH! Let me explain. In the twenty eight years Peloquin has been Mayor he raised our taxes each and every year, brought us a unheard of utility tax, increased fees across the board, decimated a once vibrant central business district, gave millions of dollars in city owned real estate to his friends, which was received by the Cook County Zero bid program, presided over twenty Federal Police Brutality law suits costing taxpayers millions of dollars, hiring friends that bloated our city budget and not able to pay for their pensions, failed to properly maintain two city owned bridges which have been closed and cause a great inconvenience to the community, There is nothing Republican about Mayor Peloquin, and I just scratched the surface.
ItsOnlyMoney

Wilmette, IL

#2 Oct 11, 2012
I think the above it taken out of context.
Perhaps the comments on the opponent offer a better explanation of the editorial boards opinion.

On Bobby Rush:
Twenty years ago, this page endorsed Bobby Rush in his campaign to defeat a Democratic incumbent, Rep. Charles Hayes. Rush, then an alderman, had all the energy and Hayes had to answer for a check-kiting scandal. Rush won.

As we said, that was 20 years ago.

Rush has one of the safest Democratic districts in the country, and he acts like it. He refused to meet with his Republican opponent for an interview with the editorial board. Because the boundaries of his new district were pushed into northern Will County, Rush has many new constituents. We had hoped he'd accept our invitation to make his case to those voters in debate with his opponent. But no.

Rush has one of the worst missed-vote records in Congress over the course of his career. He says he shows up for the important votes.

Mayors of some of the smaller towns in his district complain that his office doesn't return calls and we believe them, because we have a heck of a time getting his office to return ours. Rush thinks this is a case of manufacturing a city-suburb rift.

Mr. Rush is a no show, not even interested in running a campaign. It seems like he's waiting for Madigan to run a host of negative ads....

Seriously, I'd rather vote for someone who has done something than for someone who refuses to even show up to vote.
Bloated

Frankfort, IL

#3 Oct 11, 2012
the shell game wrote:
Republican Donald Peloquin, a funeral director, has been a force for economic development as mayor of Blue Island since 1985. He thinks the district is positioned to become a major transportation hub, built around projects including a long-awaited I-57/I-294 interchange and the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. When St. Francis Hospital announced it was closing, he built a coalition that created MetroSouth Medical Center, saving more than 1,000 jobs. He would bring fresh eyes to the House. We would love to see the Bobby Rush of 20 years ago, but we don't. Peloquin is endorsed.
These days the Tribune Editorial Board fails to notice a Republican Congressional Candidate cut from DEMOCRATIC CLOTH! Let me explain. In the twenty eight years Peloquin has been Mayor he raised our taxes each and every year, brought us a unheard of utility tax, increased fees across the board, decimated a once vibrant central business district, gave millions of dollars in city owned real estate to his friends, which was received by the Cook County Zero bid program, presided over twenty Federal Police Brutality law suits costing taxpayers millions of dollars, hiring friends that bloated our city budget and not able to pay for their pensions, failed to properly maintain two city owned bridges which have been closed and cause a great inconvenience to the community, There is nothing Republican about Mayor Peloquin, and I just scratched the surface.
I'm very interested in your knowledge of city operations, please provide verification of 20 police brutality lawsuits and how much each has cost the city. I'll be waiting because I'm sure you wouldn't make that up or exaggerate pr inflate the numbers. Thanks ;)
Bloated

Frankfort, IL

#4 Oct 11, 2012
the shell game wrote:
Republican Donald Peloquin, a funeral director, has been a force for economic development as mayor of Blue Island since 1985. He thinks the district is positioned to become a major transportation hub, built around projects including a long-awaited I-57/I-294 interchange and the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. When St. Francis Hospital announced it was closing, he built a coalition that created MetroSouth Medical Center, saving more than 1,000 jobs. He would bring fresh eyes to the House. We would love to see the Bobby Rush of 20 years ago, but we don't. Peloquin is endorsed.
These days the Tribune Editorial Board fails to notice a Republican Congressional Candidate cut from DEMOCRATIC CLOTH! Let me explain. In the twenty eight years Peloquin has been Mayor he raised our taxes each and every year, brought us a unheard of utility tax, increased fees across the board, decimated a once vibrant central business district, gave millions of dollars in city owned real estate to his friends, which was received by the Cook County Zero bid program, presided over twenty Federal Police Brutality law suits costing taxpayers millions of dollars, hiring friends that bloated our city budget and not able to pay for their pensions, failed to properly maintain two city owned bridges which have been closed and cause a great inconvenience to the community, There is nothing Republican about Mayor Peloquin, and I just scratched the surface.
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
Let Me Help You

Chicago, IL

#5 Oct 11, 2012
Bloated wrote:
<quoted text>
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
Why wait when, You can look them up for yourself. You obviously have access to a computer.
Getting Sick of it

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 11, 2012
Just do a search of the Circuit Court website...

There are ALOT of Suits!!

https://w3.courtlink.lexisnexis.com/cookcount...
Not Nice

United States

#7 Oct 11, 2012
Bloated wrote:
<quoted text>
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
You didn't think you could fool the people forever did you?
R ya new

Midlothian, IL

#8 Oct 11, 2012
Bloated is or mayor.
Dennis

Blue Island, IL

#9 Oct 11, 2012
Bloated wrote:
<quoted text>
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
Frankfort why would you be concerned of the lowly people of Blue Island? Your neighbors say you no longer live in your Blue Island home! You have access to all the financial statements that your puppet Alderman hide from the residents.Just cut to the chase, stop acting uninformed at the council meetings, and just be truthful for once and tell us how much taxpayer money was wasted on lawsuits and the legal fees to defend them. And at the same time admit that you have failed the people of Blue Island.
Nice Work

Chicago, IL

#10 Oct 12, 2012
"Bloated"
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
Getting Sick of it wrote:
Just do a search of the Circuit Court website...
There are ALOT of Suits!!
https://w3.courtlink.lexisnexis.com/cookcount...
Nice! You made it very easy for Bloated and the public!

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#11 Oct 12, 2012
Getting Sick of it wrote:
Just do a search of the Circuit Court website...

There are ALOT of Suits!!

https://w3.courtlink.lexisnexis.com/cookcount...
Yeah that list of lawsuits dated from 1985 up to now really showed a lot of police brutality suits... It showed a total of four (that's 4, for you morons that can't actually read letters) lawsuits against the police department. Three (3) of which were for parking tickets. The fact of the matter, it doesn't matter who is mayor, city's get lawsuits filed on them all the time. Police departments get sued. It happens. You think a new mayor is going to magically stop lawsuits from happening? Wake up. Besides, the guy was mayor for almost thirty years!!! He was obviously doing something right.
jobs for votes

Blue Island, IL

#12 Oct 12, 2012
Chiguy4 wrote:
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Yeah that list of lawsuits dated from 1985 up to now really showed a lot of police brutality suits... It showed a total of four (that's 4, for you morons that can't actually read letters) lawsuits against the police department. Three (3) of which were for parking tickets. The fact of the matter, it doesn't matter who is mayor, city's get lawsuits filed on them all the time. Police departments get sued. It happens. You think a new mayor is going to magically stop lawsuits from happening? Wake up. Besides, the guy was mayor for almost thirty years!!! He was obviously doing something right.
Not a complete list.
jobs for votes

Blue Island, IL

#13 Oct 12, 2012
Meathead
CASA

Tinley Park, IL

#14 Oct 12, 2012
Chiguy4 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah that list of lawsuits dated from 1985 up to now really showed a lot of police brutality suits... It showed a total of four (that's 4, for you morons that can't actually read letters) lawsuits against the police department. Three (3) of which were for parking tickets. The fact of the matter, it doesn't matter who is mayor, city's get lawsuits filed on them all the time. Police departments get sued. It happens. You think a new mayor is going to magically stop lawsuits from happening? Wake up. Besides, the guy was mayor for almost thirty years!!! He was obviously doing something right.
The majority of police misconduct lawsuits are filed in federal court because of federal laws. Certainly, there are at least 20 BIPD misconduct cases on the federal court docket and in fact, the BIPD was sued for misconduct in federal court in July so the taxpayers will be paying for another case.

In 2004, the mayor and the police chief were asked to create an independent police review board to handle citizen complaints so people wouldn't sue. Don first promised that he would look into it and then refused to deal with the issue at all. Doug Hoglund refused, saying that "the police has to kick ass". Of course,the people of Blue Island are paying for all of this "ass kicking" because the city has no insurance. Police officers who have cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills have not been removed or even disciplined for their behavior. There really is a code of silence in the BIPD and city hall. Every civil rights attorney in the area knows about the BIPD and its behavior and are actively looking for cases.In the last 10 years,The City of Blue Island has paid out millions of dollars in settlement fees, court costs, and legal bills. This is money that could have gone for streets and infrastructure,an economic development plan and bridge repair.

Don Peloquin and the city council have completely failed as leaders on this issue and it will take real leadership on the part of the next administration to even start to clean this mess up.
Not Nice

United States

#15 Oct 12, 2012
Any good leader knows it serves no good purpose to physically or verbally abuse the citizenry into submission.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#16 Oct 12, 2012
CASA wrote:
<quoted text>The majority of police misconduct lawsuits are filed in federal court because of federal laws. Certainly, there are at least 20 BIPD misconduct cases on the federal court docket and in fact, the BIPD was sued for misconduct in federal court in July so the taxpayers will be paying for another case.

In 2004, the mayor and the police chief were asked to create an independent police review board to handle citizen complaints so people wouldn't sue. Don first promised that he would look into it and then refused to deal with the issue at all. Doug Hoglund refused, saying that "the police has to kick ass". Of course,the people of Blue Island are paying for all of this "ass kicking" because the city has no insurance. Police officers who have cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills have not been removed or even disciplined for their behavior. There really is a code of silence in the BIPD and city hall. Every civil rights attorney in the area knows about the BIPD and its behavior and are actively looking for cases.In the last 10 years,The City of Blue Island has paid out millions of dollars in settlement fees, court costs, and legal bills. This is money that could have gone for streets and infrastructure,an economic development plan and bridge repair.

Don Peloquin and the city council have completely failed as leaders on this issue and it will take real leadership on the part of the next administration to even start to clean this mess up.
Ok, before I respond to that statement, let me ask you CASA, how would handle things like that if you were in charge?
Professional Ethics

United States

#17 Oct 12, 2012
Professionals are mandated to conduct themselves in a manner that positively reflects their profession both on and off duty; no matter what their chosen profession may be.
Please refer to professional ethics training.
Bloated

Midlothian, IL

#18 Oct 12, 2012
Nice Work wrote:
"Bloated"
I know you're going to mention the obvious ones that are always posted about, but that's about three, although I'd like to hear the cost to the city. So you'll only have over 17 to research and provide the accurate information about each. Can't wait!!!
<quoted text>
Nice! You made it very easy for Bloated and the public!
Yet no one has provided any proof or documentation of these lawsuits or the costs to the city! Providing a link for someone else to research is hardly proof. Either your incapable of doing the research yourself or it's just easier to spout off false allegations in an attempt to drudge up support from other Topix gossip spreaders. Either way, I'm still waiting!
Jude

Blue Island, IL

#19 Oct 12, 2012
Dennis wrote:
<quoted text>
Frankfort why would you be concerned of the lowly people of Blue Island? Your neighbors say you no longer live in your Blue Island home! You have access to all the financial statements that your puppet Alderman hide from the residents.Just cut to the chase, stop acting uninformed at the council meetings, and just be truthful for once and tell us how much taxpayer money was wasted on lawsuits and the legal fees to defend them. And at the same time admit that you have failed the people of Blue Island.
This is very well written!
CASA

Tinley Park, IL

#20 Oct 13, 2012
Chiguy4 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok, before I respond to that statement, let me ask you CASA, how would handle things like that if you were in charge?
How would I deal with police misconduct?

1. I would haved fired Doug Hoglund on the spot.
2. I would have personally hired a bilingual internal affairs officer to handle citizen complaints. The officer would answer to me.
3. I would have created an independent police review board made up of a police officer,an alderman,the city attorney and three members of the community to review and rule on all police misconduct issues that cannot be resolved by the internal affairs officer.
4. I would have ended the political hiring of police officers. Being related to an alderman or city official doesn't make you qualified to be a police officer.
5.I would insist on annual evaluations of all officers and clear disciplinary actions for officers who violate their ethics or legal codes.
6. Any police officer who engages in unnecessary violent behavior towards a citizen would have been fired.
7. I would have had the police department make an effort to reach out to the community rather than antagonize and anger it.

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