Crotty challenged by Iraqi veteran in 19th

There are 8 comments on the Sep 30, 2010, Illinoisreview story titled Crotty challenged by Iraqi veteran in 19th. In it, Illinoisreview reports that:

State Senator Maggie Crotty is one of those Cook County Democrats that has played well with the Big Boys over the years and for her compliant ways, she's been rewarded well.

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Mike

Arlington Heights, IL

#1 Oct 1, 2010
The statement above, "State Senator Maggie Crotty is one of those Cook County Democrats that has played well with the Big Boys over the years and for her compliant ways, she's been rewarded well.", should be enough for people to vote her out. She's done nothing for our district and there needs to be a change.
Ruth Ensing

United States

#2 Oct 1, 2010
Worse than that is her double dipping. State senator and Bremen Township Supervisor? How do you do either job well?
Mike

Arlington Heights, IL

#3 Oct 1, 2010
You don't. Hence the need to remove her from at least one.
Interested Party

Markham, IL

#4 Oct 1, 2010
From all that I hear Mr. Wojcik is a former Vet and is a wonderful individual that doesn't feel right unless he is doing something for his community. I wonder if Ms. Crotty feels that same way as she collects multiple checks?
Finally

Chicago, IL

#5 Oct 1, 2010
Mrs. Crotty might be a nice person, but I for one am glad to see that FINALLY people are opening their eyes to the fact, that just because someone is a nice person, doesn't always make them an effective leader. And the fact that she has two government paychecks has bothered me for a long time.
Oak Forester

Oak Forest, IL

#6 Oct 1, 2010
It is good, let's get rid of the entire Democtatic machine in Illinois. While we are at it, let's start working to get rid of township government, the biggest waste of all. I will be voting against every one of them, even a few Republicans. All you have to do is check her past voting record, she has supported every iniative brought up by Madigan and his slugs.
Corrupt Crotty

United States

#7 Oct 13, 2010
Maggie Crotty always sponsers elevator legislation and she's backed by Elevator Constructors Local 2 who's officers are under Federal Investigation. She has received thousands of dollars from Elevator Constructors Local 2 PAC.
Here is a article in which Local 2 officer received a State Board seat in the same month that Blagojevich got $10,000 through Rezko. Read and see what Maggie Crotty backs.

http://thehawkeye.com/story/IL-QuinnAppointee...

QUINN RENAMES BOARD CHAIR DESPITE ALLEGED REZKO TIE
By JOHN O'CONNOR
The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- A $10,000 campaign contribution to indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, mentioned at a political corruption trial, isn't stopping his reform-minded successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, from reappointing an elevator union official as chairman of a safety board.

Christensen is business manager of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 2 in Chicago. The Associated Press reported last year that the union donated $10,000 to Blagojevich in July 2003, around the time Christensen and another Local 2 member were appointed to the panel that is revamping elevator construction and maintenance rules -- which could mean more jobs for installers.

The contribution was later mentioned at the trial of political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted of trying to milk campaign money for Blagojevich out of businesses seeking state work.

Christensen denies any connection between the donation and the board post and says neither he nor other key Local 2 officials have ever met Rezko.

He has not been accused of wrongdoing. A federal judge ruled in 2007, however, that the union improperly retaliated against three of its members for disagreeing with Christensen in his role as chairman of the elevator board. He denies that was the case.
And federal officials have subpoenaed dozens of categories of financial documents from Local 2 in an investigation of possible violations of labor law requirements for reporting and record-keeping, although they won't give details.

Quinn spokesman Bob Reed said the governor's senior staff reviewed the Christensen reappointment, which, like others, includes a criminal and financial background check."Each state board member or employee is judged on their own merits and not by who appointed them," Reed said when asked if Quinn was following through on his fumigation pledge.Reed said Local 2's $400 contribution to Quinn's campaign in February did not influence the reappointment.

Christensen has maintained there was no link between the $10,000 contribution and the two board appointments. The other member has since left the panel. "

But no other contribution from Local 2 comes close to that amount, according to state campaign finance records. Christensen explained that by saying the union's political action committee had sufficient funds at the time and "when you've got the money, you give what you can."

In a lawsuit brought by Local 2 members, a federal judge declared in May 2007 that the union wrongly disciplined the members and declared one ineligible to run for election as a union officer. District Court Judge George Lindberg found that the union took "retaliatory disciplinary actions" against the members for disagreeing about proposed elevator-safety rules with Christensen, who was acting in his role as elevator board chairman.
Christensen said the ruling was by an anti-labor judge and that an earlier National Labor Relations Board ruling upheld Local 2's decision on the election eligibility.

In May 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor subpoenaed myriad financial records from Local 2 for 2003 to 2006, saying it was seeking possible violations of federal law in economic reporting and record-keeping. The documents were turned over earlier this year. Labor spokesman Michael Volpe said he could not confirm or deny that there is an investigation.

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#8 Feb 4, 2011
Mike wrote:
The statement above, "State Senator Maggie Crotty is one of those Cook County Democrats that has played well with the Big Boys over the years and for her compliant ways, she's been rewarded well.", should be enough for people to vote her out. She's done nothing for our district and there needs to be a change.
Late to the thread and sorry to say I voted for her on '10 and supported her all these years, too many years I guess. After learning that she & McCarthy voted to increase our income taxes, I'm done with the both!

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