March 2014 Primary Elections

March 2014 Primary Elections

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Your Vote Counts

Maywood, IL

#1 Feb 9, 2014
From Top to Bottom Sweep connected politicians out of office. They continuely fail to deliver a balanced budget and serve the public.
Clean House

Maywood, IL

#2 Feb 9, 2014
Gravely leveraged municipality of Blue Island, with huge new city indebtedness .... billions .... conflict of interest, and culture of clout further extending Madigan's influence county and statewide must end.
Influence

Maywood, IL

#4 Feb 10, 2014
The culture of Clout and the Madigan and Alverez Connections have seriously negatively impacted Blue Island.
Buttered

Maywood, IL

#5 Feb 10, 2014
Conflict of Interest from all angles created Blue Island's hybrid moat.
Raise Awareness

Maywood, IL

#6 Feb 10, 2014
Vote Quinn and cronies Out!
Project Moat

Maywood, IL

#7 Feb 10, 2014
Buttered wrote:
Conflict of Interest from all angles created Blue Island's hybrid moat.
 
Just Look at what was promised and didn't happen.
How many Bridges are Still Closed?

All but ONE.
Wrong Way

Maywood, IL

#8 Feb 10, 2014
Project Moat wrote:
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Just Look at what was promised and didn't happen.
How many Bridges are Still Closed?
All but ONE.
The closed bridges have reached a state of urgency for Blue Island with the Western Avenue bridge's current level of deterioration. The Mayor, State Rep Rita, and the BIIPS must keep their campaign promise to get the Division Street bridge open quickly and closely monitor progress on the Ashland Street Bridge.
Important questions

Blue Island, IL

#9 Feb 10, 2014
Wrong Way wrote:
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The closed bridges have reached a state of urgency for Blue Island with the Western Avenue bridge's current level of deterioration. The Mayor, State Rep Rita, and the BIIPS must keep their campaign promise to get the Division Street bridge open quickly and closely monitor progress on the Ashland Street Bridge.
This closing of the bridges is some kind of scheme by Bob Rita and company. Mayor Vargas must be asked when will the bridges be rebuilt?
Here

Maywood, IL

#10 Feb 10, 2014
Blue Island has been crushed under the weight of old ideas and outdated thinking with the upcoming primary and November, 2014 election spelling the end for Blue Island and Illinois in the event Quinn is some how reelected.
Justice Not Served

Maywood, IL

#11 Feb 11, 2014
Influence wrote:
The culture of Clout and the Madigan and Alverez Connections have seriously negatively impacted Blue Island.
At $116,349 a year how many files did O'Brien dump from 1984 - 2013?

“Darren O’Brien no longer works in the [state’s attorney’s office]. The state’s attorney accepted his resignation letter approximately six weeks ago,” said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

According to county records, O’Brien, 56, retired on Dec. 30, as Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko was awaiting trial for causing Koschman’s death. O’Brien had worked in the state’s attorney’s office since 1984, when he was hired under Daley, who was state’s attorney before he became mayor.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should have considered filing charges against Darren O'Brien. Instead she accepted his resignation and taxpayers are funding his retirement.

Why?
Thrown Out

Maywood, IL

#12 Feb 11, 2014
Justice Not Served wrote:
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At $116,349 a year how many files did O'Brien dump from 1984 - 2013?
“Darren O’Brien no longer works in the [state’s attorney’s office]. The state’s attorney accepted his resignation letter approximately six weeks ago,” said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
According to county records, O’Brien, 56, retired on Dec. 30, as Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko was awaiting trial for causing Koschman’s death. O’Brien had worked in the state’s attorney’s office since 1984, when he was hired under Daley, who was state’s attorney before he became mayor.
State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should have considered filing charges against Darren O'Brien. Instead she accepted his resignation and taxpayers are funding his retirement.
Why?
Darren O'Brien, head of the state's attorney's Felony Review Unit, declined. When the grand jury asked to see his folder on the case, he said he must have thrown it away because the investigation had been idle so long. But the case remained open.
Resigned

Maywood, IL

#13 Feb 11, 2014
Thrown Out wrote:
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Darren O'Brien, head of the state's attorney's Felony Review Unit, declined. When the grand jury asked to see his folder on the case, he said he must have thrown it away because the investigation had been idle so long. But the case remained open.
O'Brien resigned and taxpayers are paying for his retirement.
Has he been disbarred?
Review Board

Maywood, IL

#14 Feb 11, 2014
Justice Not Served wrote:
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At $116,349 a year how many files did O'Brien dump from 1984 - 2013?
“Darren O’Brien no longer works in the [state’s attorney’s office]. The state’s attorney accepted his resignation letter approximately six weeks ago,” said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
According to county records, O’Brien, 56, retired on Dec. 30, as Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko was awaiting trial for causing Koschman’s death. O’Brien had worked in the state’s attorney’s office since 1984, when he was hired under Daley, who was state’s attorney before he became mayor.
State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should have considered filing charges against Darren O'Brien. Instead Alvarez accepted O'Brien's resignation and taxpayers are funding his retirement.
Why?
“We believe that, although Mr. Webb found no direct evidence of an organized conspiracy, his own findings strongly suggest that is still a possibility,” Shaw wrote.“We also believe the behaviors of police and prosecutors could constitute civil rights violations.”
Connections

Maywood, IL

#15 Feb 11, 2014
Review Board wrote:
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“We believe that, although Mr. Webb found no direct evidence of an organized conspiracy, his own findings strongly suggest that is still a possibility,” Shaw wrote.“We also believe the behaviors of police and prosecutors could constitute civil rights violations.”
O’Brien, who made a failed bid for judge in 1998, is part of a political family. His first cousin James “Boz” O’Brien operates the Reilly’s Daughter tavern at Midway Airport under a city contract. Another first cousin, Kevin O’Brien, is married to Patricia J. Cullerton, the 38th Ward Democratic committeeman whose family has been involved in city politics since before the Chicago Fire of 1871.
Request for Federal Probe

Maywood, IL

#16 Feb 12, 2014
Justice Not Served wrote:
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At $116,349 a year how many files did O'Brien dump from 1984 - 2013?
“Darren O’Brien no longer works in the [state’s attorney’s office]. The state’s attorney accepted his resignation letter approximately six weeks ago,” said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
According to county records, O’Brien, 56, retired on Dec. 30, as Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko was awaiting trial for causing Koschman’s death. O’Brien had worked in the state’s attorney’s office since 1984, when he was hired under Daley, who was state’s attorney before he became mayor.
State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should have considered filing charges against Darren O'Brien. Instead Alvarez accepted O'Brien's resignation and taxpayers are funding his retirement.
Why?
BGA: FEDS SHOULD PROBE KOSCHMAN CASE

Andy Shaw president, Better Government Association

PUBLISHED BY: Paul Saltzman
Published Feb. 11, 2014
By  TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO
Staff Reporters

As former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew prepares to report to jail for killing David Koschman, a government watchdog group is seeking a federal investigation into whether the Chicago Police Department and Cook County prosecutors broke any conspiracy or civil rights laws when they twice declined to charge Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko.

The Better Government Association’s request for a federal probe comes after special prosecutor Dan K. Webb said in his report on the case, released last week, that he was unable to charge any police officers or prosecutors with breaking any state laws because he didn’t have enough evidence or too much time had expired.

“The report paints a very troubling picture of how Chicago police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office — in 2004 and until today — have handled this case,” BGA president Andy Shaw said in a letter to U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon.

“We believe that, although Mr. Webb found no direct evidence of an organized conspiracy, his own findings strongly suggest that is still a possibility,” Shaw wrote.“We also believe the behaviors of police and prosecutors could constitute civil rights violations.”

A spokesman for Fardon would not comment Tuesday.

Vanecko, 39, pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to involuntary manslaughter in Koschman’s 2004 death and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 60 days of home confinement and 30 months of probation.

Vanecko and Koschman, 21, of Mount Prospect, got into a drunken confrontation on April 25, 2004, outside the late-night bars on Division Street. Vanecko punched Koschman in the face, causing him to crack his head on the curb when he fell. Vanecko ran away. Koschman died of brain injuries 11 days later.

Koschman’s death remained an unsolved homicide until 2011, when a Chicago Sun-Times investigation prompted another police investigation, which concluded that Vanecko punched Koschman in self-defense and shouldn’t be charged. It also led to the court-ordered appointment of a special prosecutor and Vanecko’s indictment by a grand jury under Webb’s direction.
Weeks Away

Maywood, IL

#17 Feb 13, 2014
Your Vote Counts wrote:
From Top to Bottom Sweep connected politicians out of office. They continuely fail to deliver a balanced budget and serve the public.
The election is weeks away. Voters should chose candidates who will serve the public.
Toast

Maywood, IL

#18 Feb 13, 2014
The beleaguered citizens of Blue Island — a large percentage of them African-American or Latino, many of them quite poor — have been serially abused by their own city officials. Just as bad, they've been abandoned by plenty of others on public payrolls who could help tame and protect Blue Island's populace: federal civil rights officers who looked around but skedaddled; Cook County bureaucrats with other dilapidated, high-crime suburbs to worry about; and prominent Illinois politicians who, each Election Day, know they can count on Blue Island voters to support the Democratic slate.
Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Maywood, IL

#19 Feb 14, 2014
Most candidates for election have been in public office to long and failed to deliver a balanced budget, justice, progress, campaign promises, essential services, or do their job.
Miss Common Sense

Midlothian, IL

#20 Feb 14, 2014
It would be a wonderful thing if everything we asked for was done immediately, but guess what......some things just take time. Why is that? Maybe because the city has to wait on other entities on a higher government scale. It's like a chain of command. You tell "X" , who then has to go to "Y", who then has to take it to "Z". I am sure we are not the only community with bridge issues. Whoever is sitting at the top making these decisions is the reason for the hold up. Some things are within the city's control, some things are not, but you never take that into consideration before you want to start blasting someone do you? All that tells me is you have a lack of common knowledge. Know your facts before you open your mouth. You're only making yourselves look like idiots..........
Resort

Maywood, IL

#21 Feb 14, 2014
Yesterday Today Tomorrow wrote:
Most candidates for election have been in public office to long and failed to deliver a balanced budget, justice, progress, campaign promises, essential services, or do their job.
Look at all the elected officials Democrats and Republicans in JAIL.

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