Governor Quinn are you Listening

Governor Quinn are you Listening

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Follow the money

Blue Island, IL

#1 Aug 14, 2013
Subpoenas for Albany
Published: August 13, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York warned legislators earlier this year that if they failed to pass crucial reforms, including public financing of political campaigns, then he would establish a commission to investigate and subpoena public officials suspected of misconduct.

True to form, the legislators did nothing, so last month the governor, working with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, created the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The commission has already issued subpoenas and demanded that relevant government agencies preserve all their records for later investigation. Not least among these agencies is the State Board of Elections, which is notorious for not enforcing the state’s already inadequate campaign finance laws.

“We’re going to follow the money, wherever it goes,” promised the Nassau County district attorney, Kathleen Rice, the co-chairwoman of the commission. One obvious area of investigation is the link between campaign contributions and legislation — in particular, any connections between real estate developers who received a huge tax break in January, after contributing millions of dollars to Albany lawmakers.

Common Cause New York last week issued a report showing how developers in New York City have essentially gamed the system, using a loophole that allows them to create numerous limited liability corporations with each contributing the maximum allowed for an individual. The governor as well as legislators have benefited from this. On Jan. 8, for instance, Glenwood Management gave $225,000 to Governor Cuomo in checks of $25,000 each from nine separate LLCs, Common Cause found. Other companies use the same device to give to legislators upstate who then vote for New York City real estate interests.

The payoff often comes in legislation. In January, legislators slipped a few sentences into a housing bill that gave tax breaks worth millions to several developers, including a property tax exemption — worth perhaps $50 million over 10 years — for the developer of One57, a 90-story luxury apartment building in Manhattan. This tax break was originally designed to reward developers for building affordable housing outside Midtown. The penthouse in that building recently sold for $90 million.

This is just the kind of behavior that the Moreland Commission should be investigating. If it can unearth enough examples like these it might finally shame New York lawmakers into doing what’s right, not what’s merely lucrative.
Were for Rauner this time

Blue Island, IL

#2 Aug 23, 2014
the corruption never ends

Blue Island, IL

#3 Aug 23, 2014
There on their way

Blue Island, IL

#4 Aug 23, 2014
Paul Revere

Blue Island, IL

#5 Aug 24, 2014
The tactics they use

Blue Island, IL

#6 Aug 24, 2014
Good information is being removed from this site. They are attempting to control the discourse. But, they won't succeed.
Not Voting for Quinn

Maywood, IL

#7 Aug 24, 2014

More reasons not to vote for Quinn.

Blue Island, IL

#8 Aug 25, 2014

Orland Park, IL

#9 Aug 25, 2014
No more Quinn
No more Rita
Peloquin for Congress thank God that failed
Duped by the Dems

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 26, 2014
Quinn ... Listen ? He only listens to Madigan. A gutless, self absorbed wonder that has led this state into the mess it is in. Rauner is a RINO. Time to bail out of Illinois before Obama moves back ....
shake up Springfield

Blue Island, IL

#13 Aug 27, 2014
Governor Quinn has done a miserable job, of it.

Orland Park, IL

#14 Aug 27, 2014
We still believe they set up Rod so they could get themselves in position.
How about some names

Blue Island, IL

#15 Aug 31, 2014
Quinn grants 38 clemency petitions

Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 38 clemency petitions, his office announced late Friday afternoon.

The clemencies, 15 of which involved cases in Cook County, were among 124 petitions acted on by the governor. The office inherited more than 2,500 cases built up during former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s tenure.

Quinn’s office said the governor has acted in 3,047 clemency petitions since taking office. He’s granted 1,113 petitions and denied 1,934 petitions.

Each person granted clemency has undergone a criminal background check, Quinn’s office said.

Petitioners can now ask a court to expunge their convictions.
time for a change

Blue Island, IL

#16 Sep 3, 2014
Voted for Pat in 2010, not voting for him in 2014.
What is he doing

Blue Island, IL

#17 Sep 24, 2014
Gone are the friendly ads showing Bruce and Diana Rauner bantering about his bad plaid shirt.

The Rauner campaign is airing a new ad that blames Gov. Pat Quinn for putting sex offenders, wife beaters and murderers back on the street.

The ad is a reference to a controversial 2009 early prison release program that resulted in some violent prisoners getting out of prison early. It was a thorn in the governor's side during his 2010 election.

Blue Island, IL

#18 Sep 24, 2014
Questions arise after DCFS ward charged with murder
TUE, 09/23/2014
Kadiedra Shontell Speed’s experience in Illinois’ child-welfare system has included being placed with adoptive parents who ended up abusing her, stays in psychiatric hospitals, addresses at four homes in the last five years and several arrests for fighting, according to court records and sources.
Now 20, she’s still a ward of the state after her failed adoption, years earlier. Over Labor Day weekend, she had another run-in with the law — this time with deadly consequences.
After arguing with her 34-year-old roommate, Speed left in a rage and returned hours later, allegedly stabbing the woman to death in their basement apartment in Joliet, Will County prosecutors and neighbors say.
She’s believed to be the first ward in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to be charged with murder since 2009, when another ward, D’Andre Howard, then 20, stabbed his fiancee’s sister, father and grandmother to death in Hoffman Estates.
A report in 2012 by the DCFS inspector general about that case — in which Howard was found guilty and is now serving three life sentences — was supposed to lead to greater oversight of hundreds of older wards, who typically are in “independent living” programs run by social service agencies that DCFS hires. Inspector General Denise Kane revealed Howard had a history of sexual assault arrests and a “long history of violence” that “indicated an urgent need for services.” But she concluded “a lack of communication among involved professionals,” including DCFS’ sexual abuse services coordinator, led to a DCFS contractor inadequately supervising Howard.
Whether child-welfare workers missed warning signs of potential violent behavior by Speed is difficult to assess. There’s no indication the fights she had in high school caused any serious injuries, and her most recent involvement in the court system before her murder arrest involved her winning an order of protection in February against a parolee boyfriend she said beat her up.
Karen Hawkins, DCFS’ communications chief, declined to comment about Speed, as did social service contractors who had worked with her.
Speed had been in an independent-living program at the time she filed the order of protection, court records show. She reported living in an apartment in Crest Hill, working at a Home Depot warehouse and attending Joliet Junior College. A college spokeswoman said Speed had been enrolled for the spring semester but did not complete her studies.
According to DCFS rules, wards in independent living “can reasonably be expected to live autonomously and without daily staff oversight” and by age 20 1/2 are expected to be living “without financial support.”
Caseworkers are required to see independent-living wards “at least twice per month,” with at least one visit taking place in the ward’s home.
“Youth who cannot succeed in [independent living] will be considered for a more supportive living arrangement,” a DCFS policy manual states.
Speed and the woman she allegedly killed, Sharleatha M. Green, moved in to their apartment at 210 N. Eastern Ave. in Joliet about a month before the Aug. 31 slaying, neighbors said. After arguing with Green and leaving, Speed returned with a man and entered the apartment through a ground-floor window.

Blue Island, IL

#19 Sep 24, 2014
Speed is accused of stabbing Green to death, according to court records. She’s now being held at the Will County Jail on $1.5 million bail. Her next court appearance is set for Wednesday. The Will County Public Defender’s office, which is representing her, declined to comment.

Speed was born in 1994 in Milwaukee, according to court records. It’s unclear when she came to Illinois and when she was adopted. She had spent time in psychiatric hospitals after her adoptive parents ended up abusing her as a young girl, sources said.

In 2009, she was arrested three times for disorderly conduct while living in a group home in Downers Grove operated by ChildServ Inc., records show. She was sentenced to court supervision and community service, which she successfully completed.

The following year, Speed lived at a foster home in Romeoville. Police reports show that she and other teens living there often tried to run away.

In October 2010, Speed again was arrested for disorderly conduct, this time at Plainfield Central High School. She initially was sentenced to court supervision, but that sentence was revoked, and she ended up paying $260 in fines and court costs.

In 2011, Speed — then in the care of a DCFS contractor called Our Children’s Homestead, records show — filed paperwork to change her last name to “Edward.” On court papers, she listed the reason for the change as “failed adoption.” But she never went back to court, so her name was never changed.

Speed’s roommate Green, a cocktail server at Hollywood Casino Joliet, met Speed through their respective boyfriends, said Annetta Windman, Green’s older sister.“I don’t think they knew each other very long,” Windman said.

What little information Windman knows about Speed came from an “adoptive sister” of Speed’s that Windman said she met at Will County court.

“From what I understand, she was always a troubled kid,” Windman said of Speed.

Blue Island, IL

#20 Sep 24, 2014
Definitely concerned

Blue Island, IL

#21 Oct 7, 2014
What’s at stake in elections
As the governor’s race comes into the home stretch and the mayor’s race breaks out of the gate, we the voters must not be swayed by personalities, campaign promises, or rumored buy-offs. We must not be bought or bamboozled, nor cast support or vote just for the sake of change. Nor can we afford to sit this election out simply because we’re frustrated.

Government may be dysfunctional and certainly has disappointed us all, but the reality is whoever gets elected, their policies will determine our future. We must look at where the candidates stand on fundamental issues that will affect the future of Illinois, especially communities that are literally struggling to survive.

We must know where they stand on banning assault weapons, high capacity magazines, universal background checks for all gun purchases, raising the minimum wage, economic development, leveling the playing field of unemployment and housing. We must know where they stand on eradicating poverty, providing excellent education for all, and real options for men and women returning from prison. We need to look at their track record on eradicating violence and facing the issues of racism, sexism, genderism, and immigration.

We are in a state of emergency and we can’t allow frustration, apathy, money, or campaign rhetoric to deceive us. Principles and values must trump personalities and propaganda.

Rev. Michael L. Pfleger,
Faith Community
of Saint Sabina
Lack of Accountability

Chicago, IL

#22 Oct 7, 2014
This comes from someone who's personality and propaganda trumped Cardinal George's (and the Vatican's) needs for his (Pfleger's) continuing God's mission elsewhere, so that more of the faithful can be "enlightened".
Practice what you preach.

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