#229 Feb 25, 2014
The Peloquin-Frasor Progressive party left a mess of Blue Island.
#230 Feb 25, 2014
So.....what is Vargas (who was Mayor Pro Tem at that time) doing to clean up the mess? Are you still blaming George Bush too?
#231 Feb 25, 2014
#232 Feb 25, 2014
The strategy of the game is to avoid charges for previous and current elected officials.
#234 Feb 27, 2014
Who continues to remove important subject matter from this thread? The censorship continues.
#235 Feb 27, 2014
Nice diversion BIIP losers! You guys are sunk!
#236 Mar 5, 2014
They left behind a huge mess. Attorney Mayor Vargas is protecting them from any kind of prosecution. The city continues to overspend,continues to hire more friends, the mismanagement continues. The financial mess is so bad, the banks in Blue Island refuse to lend the city money. The cover up continues.
#237 Mar 5, 2014
As everyone knows Mayor Vargas was Mayor Pro Tem with the previous administration a full participant in what he describes "Huge Mess!" The endless failure of the current administration to provide full disclosure; is the current twist to the rationalization, massaging, and manipulation of the facts.
#238 Mar 8, 2014
It is hard to believe the condition Blue Island is in.
#239 Mar 8, 2014
Blue Island's current condition IS part of the Master Plan.
More spending, more hires, more taxes, reduced services, to lay the ground work for more conquests.
When your elected officials show you who they really are;
you really should Beleive Them.
#240 Mar 9, 2014
Tom Hawley, you are part of this.
#241 Mar 20, 2014
It is criminal the pain and suffering this dirty bunch left the Good People. They were just in it, for themselves. When I see their Family members and friends I remind them. This filthy mess is just unbelievable.
#242 Mar 20, 2014
Looking at the title of this thread, I can only say the one thing these three have in common is "Domingo Vargas." Poor Blue Island!
#243 Mar 20, 2014
At the next Election; You may want to "Show Them Out" unless "You want More of the Same!"
#244 Mar 22, 2014
Ex-aide to Stroger gets 51-month sentence in corruption case
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter
Updated: March 22, 2014
The attorney tried barking like a dog during the trial, but that didn’t work.
On Friday, the lawyer for Eugene Mullins — Todd Stroger’s onetime chief media spokesman — tried begging to save her client from prison, even offering to let him serve his sentence in her own house.
“I’m begging you, in the name of God, to give this man an opportunity,” attorney Brunell Donald-Kyei told U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve in a whispered plea.
It didn’t work.
After listening to a speech that referenced “The Twilight Zone” TV show, vampires and the Salem witch trials, St. Eve still handed Mullins a 51-month prison term.
“Mr. Mullins, you were a public official.... You should have acted in the public’s interest, but you didn’t,” the judge said.
Evidence at his weeklong trial showed Mullins, a 49-year-old South Sider and former Chicago cop, pocketed nearly $35,000 in kickbacks in return for steering four $25,000 county contracts to unqualified pals who never planned to do the work taxpayers were paying them for back in 2010.
Donald-Kyei has said Mullins was innocent and was being punished for refusing to turn on and provide false testimony against Stroger, the former Cook County Board president who Mullins says was the feds’ real target.
The attorney repeated that claim Friday — a claim unleashed in a booming and, at times, tearful defense.
Donald-Kyei described Mullins — who thanked St. Eve, but otherwise didn’t speak Friday — as a “great man” who only ever wanted to help people. And what he got in return, was a parade of prosecution witnesses telling “bald-faced” lies.
“When I think about this case, I’m reminded of the Salem witch trials,” she said, likening Mullins’ betrayers to the hysterical young girls of 1692, crying out,“That’s the witch! That’s the witch!”
At trial, Donald-Kyei’s theatrics included loud barking — part of an elaborate metaphor for what she called the “lies” of the government witnesses.
Donald-Kyei also said the $35,000 in kickbacks was, in the context of a $3 billion Cook County budget, a tiny amount.
St. Eve called that remark “insulting.”
“Any amount taken is public corruption,” the judge said.
As she announced the sentence, Mullins had his back to the gallery, which included his four siblings and their children. He turned to smile at them.
On his way out of the courthouse, Mullins insisted he didn’t want to talk, instead handing reporters several documents. One of those, entitled “Affidavit of Todd Stroger,” appeared to suggest Mullins had limited power in the Stroger administration.
Stroger, who was not charged in the case, has denied any wrongdoing.
The feds said the charges stemmed from a joint investigation with state officials that previously led to the indictment of Stroger’s one-time deputy chief of staff, Carla Oglesby, who was charged in 2010 with steering no-bid, no-work contracts to her own firm and that of her pals. She was found guilty of theft and money laundering charges and is awaiting sentencing.
Mullins is set to report to federal prison in June.
They left the government they were responsible for in a mess. They do not deserve their pensions. The only thing they deserve, is some time in jail for their part in corruption.
#245 Mar 22, 2014
Bob Hamilton, Expert
I can't believe that he only got 51 months. About three weeks into his sentence, he is going to realize how stupid he was for taking the rap for Toddler. That fake machismo no squealing code is talked up by the biggest weasel squealers in the jail. Enjoy your time Mullins. Todd sung like a bird on you.
#246 Mar 22, 2014
People need to stop voting along party lines, stop listening to politicians running for office who continuously keep attacking their opponents rather than talking specifically about what they can do if elected, and start paying attention to what these people do when elected and hold them accountable for their actions and results. We also need term limits on all elected officials and legislation to keep them from running for another political office while still in the office they were elected to fill. There is no real accountability for politicians. They pretty much do what they want. It needs to stop.
#247 Apr 2, 2014
"NEW BLUE ISLAND CITY REQUIREMENTS"
A recent contributor to the Tribune's New Plan of Chicago series not only supported the city's existing residency requirement for all city workers but also suggested that it be expanded to include all workers employed by companies supplying the city with "privatized services" ("Residency requirements," Voice of the People, Feb. 26).
Doing so, the writer maintains, would contribute to maintaining "stability" and would "provide jobs and keep middle-class workers."
Why not take the next logical steps? For example, compel all city employees to enroll their children in their neighborhood Chicago Public Schools — including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the many CPS teachers who enroll their children in private schools. Why not refuse to register any city worker's automobile that wasn't bought within the city limits? How about paying only 20 percent of city employees' wages in U.S. currency, the other 80 percent in scrip redeemable only in Chicago stores?
If the city adopted these and other similarly enlightened policies, it would almost certainly create a lot of additional jobs — building and patrolling the wall that would be necessary keep its citizens from fleeing.
— Bob Foys,
#248 Apr 2, 2014
Peloquin lifted the requirements to maintain his base of fools!
#249 Apr 4, 2014
For Patti Blagojevich ‘this year is especially heartbreaking’
The good wife ...
About two weeks ago, Patti Blagojevich marked an anniversary without a celebration; the completion of her husband’s second year in a federal prison outside of Denver.
Since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s incarceration on corruption charges in 2012, his wife has done everything she can to keep her family together by packing up their two daughters and heading to Colorado every few months.
“But this year is especially heartbreaking,” according to a family friend.
“He will miss the high school graduation of his eldest daughter, Amy, who graduates May 24 from Loyola Academy,” the source said.“It’s a real family benchmark. It may sound trite, but he also missed Amy passing her driver’s test.”
“The family is doing fine,” said Blagojevich’s longtime friend and attorney Sheldon Sorosky.“But, what can you say, they miss him terribly and do everything they can to visit him every few months.”
Sources tell Sneed, Patti, who talks to her husband via phone daily, is hopeful his stiff 14-year prison sentence will be overturned on appeal.
“It’s hard knowing he may have 12 more years to serve and that Amy could be 30 when he gets out of prison; that he may not be able to attend the marriages of Amy and Annie; that he may miss the birth of a grandchild,” another family source added.
Sneed is told Patti is not only working hard to keep the family close and intact, despite the distance imposed by geography — but “working her heart out on her real estate business to help support the family financially.”
Former Ald. Dick Mell, Patti’s father, still continues to be the family’s prime financial mainstay.
“Patti is one tough gal and will do anything to keep their family together,” said a political source who asked not to be identified.“Rod is a very loving husband and father; there are a lot of people who feel his 14-year prison sentence was way too harsh; and Patti is buoyed by hope his federal appeal works.”
Last year, Patti posted a message to the former governor’s supporters on her Facebook page on the first anniversary of her husband’s incarceration.
“A year ago today, Rod left for Denver. I cannot call it the one year anniversary as the word anniversary implies celebration and all that we have been left with is a aching hole in our lives,” she wrote.
However, Patti’s last public Facebook post was Feb. 18, when she noted she had signed a petition on Change.org to make synchronized ice-skating a recognized Olympic sport.
◆ Endshot? Barring a successful appeal, the earliest Blagojevich can be released from prison is early 2024, when he’ll be 67 years old.
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