Independent Inspector General needed for Blue Island
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#1 Jun 1, 2013
Dolton taps sheriff’s office to help fight corruption in village
BY Stefano Esposito Staff Reporter email@example.com May 31, 2013 2:40PM
The Cook County sheriff’s office — in a first-of-its-kind move — will act as an independent inspector general for the village of Dolton to help it deal with rampant corruption.
Village citizens will be able to call or email the sheriff’s office to report corruption, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers told reporters at the Daley Center on Friday.
“With local corruption, where can people go? They have nowhere to go,” Dart said.“In Dolton, they’re going to have a place to go.”
During the last two weeks, Rogers — who took office in May — said he’s received reports of “ghostpayrolling,” vehicles being purchased without authority and unauthorized overtime — among other allegations.
“To adequately investigate these allegations, we need an independent, transparent authority with the resources we lack at this time,” Rogers said. The sheriff’s office’s phone number and email will be posted at various locations around the village, Rogers said.
Dart said his office is already looking into allegations of ghost payrolling and corruption in Dolton. He also said an arrangement is in the works to have his office handle the village’s 911 calls.
Rogers called it “a new day in Dolton.”
The announcement comes as the newly elected Rogers is tackling a financial crisis in the village that has threatened to shut down operations and required to the village board earlier this week to approve an emergency $1 million loan to meet payroll.
Rogers has said he discovered since taking office that Dolton has $3 million in outstanding bills from vendors, which include the city of Chicago for supplying Lake Michigan water to village residents.
Rogers has said that members of the previous administration, led by Mayor Ronnie Lewis, left with $250,000 in cash benefits from unpaid sick days and other perks, and he has questioned whether they were entitled to all the money.
Lewis’ predecessor, William Shaw, came under fire for appointing his twin brother to be Dolton’s first inspector general. The village trustees in 2010 voted not to renew Robert Shaw’s contract.
#2 Jun 1, 2013
Blue Island fits this fine description and would benefit from strong oversight!
#3 Jun 3, 2013
Its about time they started paying attention to the southland. I think they will come to BI as well. Too many questionable efforts over a long period of time
#4 Jun 4, 2013
August 14, 2012 07:03 PM
Most cop murders get solved. But nearly six years after Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood was gunned down, the killer is still at large and the investigation is in shambles. Who murdered him and why aren’t the only nagging questions.
By Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX Chicago
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From the start, the investigation into the 2006 murder of Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood was beset with errors and irregularities.
Today, the case not only remains unsolved, it is in virtual ruins – and some observers wonder whether the killer will ever be brought to justice.
Last year, the Better Government Association and FOX Chicago began looking into the case, and our findings – detailed in television reports and an expose in Chicago magazine – are disturbing.
A possible suspect was allowed to wander the crime scene unattended.
A friend of Wood’s who saw him with a stranger a week before the murder was, apparently, never interviewed.
Evidence stored at the Maywood police station was soaked in a flood.
Maywood police and outside investigators routinely sparred over the direction of the probe, at points zeroing in on totally different suspects.
And a $100,000 reward – designed to coax information about the killer – was allowed by Maywood officials to dry up.(It was restored only recently after the BGA and FOX began making inquiries.)
The case was handled so haphazardly at times, some of Wood’s friends and relatives now openly wonder whether the investigation was purposely compromised.
Then again, we found the investigation was complicated by still-unexplained curiosities, including the fact that Wood, just weeks before his death, quietly took out a substantial life insurance policy on himself, and was being pressured by other cops, according to his family, to change his account of an alleged beating incident.
What’s more, one of Wood’s last phone calls was to the girlfriend (now wife) of an admitted Maywood gang member.
In any event, the problems with the investigation were in many ways emblematic of the overall municipal operation.
The village government, including the police department, has for years wrangled with corruption and mismanagement, and it’s clear such dysfunction carried to the Wood case.
As of press time, not a single Maywood cop was assigned to work the investigation full-time, although the Cook County state’s attorney’s cold case unit is providing assistance.
Wood’s widow Helene said she’s grown frustrated by the whole situation – and she added that her late husband and the community at large deserve better.
"If they can kill a police officer," she said of the killer or killers, "where are their limits?"
This story was written and reported by the BGA’s Robert Herguth and FOX Chicago’s Dane Placko, in conjunction with Chicago magazine..
#5 Jun 13, 2013
Kadner: Second mayor seeks inspector general
The mayor of Hazel Crest has asked the Cook County sheriff to appoint an inspector general to examine the financial records of the village.
Hazel Crest joins Dolton as the second south suburb to ask Sheriff Tom Dart for such assistance.
#6 Jun 13, 2013
Blue Island also needs an Inspector General.
#7 Jun 18, 2013
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#9 Jun 19, 2013
Inspector General? Any more positions you wanna create? Then we can all complain about the waste of money on that one too.
And I hope by "Cook County Sheriff" you weren't implying someone from that place, cause we all know they have no corruption or political agenda.
#10 Jun 19, 2013
Blue Island politicians belong in JAIL.
#11 Jun 23, 2013
The Office of the Inspector General should be notified regarding the financial mess Blue Island is in. Charges should be filed.
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