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Who obstructed justice

Blue Island, IL

#104 Mar 10, 2014
CASE WAS TOO HOT FOR QUINN’S TOP COPPUBLISHED BY: Paul Saltzman CATEGORY: Latest News
Published March 9, 2014
By CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK

Less than a month after the Chicago Police Department closed the David Koschman case without charging then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez decided someone needed to come in to do an “independent investigation ... to ensure we reach the truth in this case.”
Alvarez — who was feeling heat over her office’s handling of the case — got the Illinois State Police to take it. Less than two weeks later, though, the state agency abruptly backed out.
Newly obtained documents show why: In the interim, the incoming Illinois State Police director hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn saying he had conflicts of interest involving the Koschman investigation and recommending the case be turned over to the FBI.
“As you know, the Illinois State Police has accepted the call to conduct an independent review of the investigation of the death of David Koschman, initially investigated by two of my former employers, the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state’s attorney,” Hiram Grau wrote in his March 28, 2011, letter to Quinn.
At the time of Koschman’s death in 2004, Grau was the police department’s deputy superintendent of the Bureau of Investigative Services, which had oversight of the case involving Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko. After leaving the department, Grau became Alvarez’s deputy chief of investigations — the job he was leaving to run the state police.
“Given my impending appointment as director of ISP, ISP must decline to conduct [the Koschman] review,” Grau wrote.“A review of this matter by ISP during a time when I am director would lead to questions, fair or not, about the integrity of the review.
“More than that, a mother has lost her son, and she deserves answers as to whether the investigation was handled properly, answers that she can trust. I fear that the appearance of a conflict of interest would deprive Mrs.[Nanci] Koschman of the small peace of mind that an objective review might provide.
“I therefore am requesting that the ISP immediately cease review of the matter. It is my belief that ... Alvarez should request a complete review of this matter by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
There’s no indication Grau ever made that suggestion to Alvarez. He told investigators he never talked with her about the Koschman case, according to the 162-page report on the case by Dan K. Webb, the special prosecutor whose investigation led Vanecko to plead guilty Jan. 31 to involuntary manslaughter, admitting he threw the punch that killed Koschman. Vanecko, 39, is now serving a 60-day jail sentence.
Neither Grau nor Alvarez will comment.
Who obstructed justice

Blue Island, IL

#105 Mar 10, 2014
“We knew nothing of the letter that Hiram Grau had drafted to the governor until the Webb report was published,” Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly says.“We have never seen the letter and knew nothing of its recommendations. The state’s attorney never spoke to Hiram Grau regarding the Koschman case, and he never participated in any internal office discussions about the case.”
Dan Kirk, Alvarez’s chief of staff, told Webb’s investigators the state’s attorney’s office considered handing the case to the FBI but determined the federal agency “lacked the necessary jurisdiction.”
On March 24, 2011, Alvarez asked the state police to review the Chicago Police Department’s investigation after a series of Chicago Sun-Times reports cast doubt on the way the investigation was handled and revealed that witnesses disputed statements detectives said they’d made describing Koschman as physically aggressive.
The state agency agreed to do the review on March 25, 2011 — the same day Quinn announced Grau’s appointment.
Also that day, Jessica Trame, chief of staff to Patrick Keen, the interim director of the Illinois State Police, emailed three state police staffers:“The governor’s office has made the decision that we will be re-investigating this death. Director Keen has spoken w SA Alvarez, and she is fedexing the case file to this office.”
Three days later, Grau delivered his letter — written on Cook County state’s attorney’s office stationery — to Quinn.
The state police stepped aside on April 4, 2011. Keen cited his department’s lack of subpoena power and said it was “not the appropriate entity to conduct the requested review.”
Alvarez then decided to conduct her own investigation with the help of city of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.
About nine months later, questioning Alvarez’s ability to conduct an impartial investigation, Nanci Koschman asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to re-investigate her son’s death and the way the case was handled by police and prosecutors.
Alvarez fought that request, but Cook County Circuit Judge Michael P. Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Webb as special prosecutor. Ferguson’s staff then worked with Webb.
Webb concluded that police officers fabricated statements to support an erroneous conclusion that Vanekco punched Koschman in self-defense. Last June, Webb turned over his evidence to four FBI agents he said specialize in police corruption cases.
Webb’s investigators questioned Grau about the letter on Dec. 19, 2012, according to the special prosecutor’s report.
In 2004, when Koschman was killed, Grau oversaw the Chicago Police Department’s detective division, reporting to Supt. Phil Cline.
Grau’s chief of detectives, James Molloy, told Webb’s investigators that “while he did not discuss the case with Grau, he recalled leaving a copy of the detectives’ police report ‘detailing what [went] on the night of the lineup’ in a sealed envelope for Grau.”
Webb wrote that, when questioned,“Grau stated he did not recall receiving a report from Molloy and indicated he had no involvement in the Koschman case.”
who fooled whom

Blue Island, IL

#106 Mar 10, 2014
Richard Divines Investigation, was not impartial.
Massaging of the Facts

Chicago, IL

#107 Mar 10, 2014
Who obstructed justice wrote:
“We knew nothing of the letter that Hiram Grau had drafted to the governor until the Webb report was published,” Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly says.“We have never seen the letter and knew nothing of its recommendations. The state’s attorney never spoke to Hiram Grau regarding the Koschman case, and he never participated in any internal office discussions about the case.”
Dan Kirk, Alvarez’s chief of staff, told Webb’s investigators the state’s attorney’s office considered handing the case to the FBI but determined the federal agency “lacked the necessary jurisdiction.”
On March 24, 2011, Alvarez asked the state police to review the Chicago Police Department’s investigation after a series of Chicago Sun-Times reports cast doubt on the way the investigation was handled and revealed that witnesses disputed statements detectives said they’d made describing Koschman as physically aggressive.
The state agency agreed to do the review on March 25, 2011 — the same day Quinn announced Grau’s appointment.
Also that day, Jessica Trame, chief of staff to Patrick Keen, the interim director of the Illinois State Police, emailed three state police staffers:“The governor’s office has made the decision that we will be re-investigating this death. Director Keen has spoken w SA Alvarez, and she is fedexing the case file to this office.”
Three days later, Grau delivered his letter — written on Cook County state’s attorney’s office stationery — to Quinn.
The state police stepped aside on April 4, 2011. Keen cited his department’s lack of subpoena power and said it was “not the appropriate entity to conduct the requested review.”
Alvarez then decided to conduct her own investigation with the help of city of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.
About nine months later, questioning Alvarez’s ability to conduct an impartial investigation, Nanci Koschman asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to re-investigate her son’s death and the way the case was handled by police and prosecutors.
Alvarez fought that request, but Cook County Circuit Judge Michael P. Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Webb as special prosecutor. Ferguson’s staff then worked with Webb.
Webb concluded that police officers fabricated statements to support an erroneous conclusion that Vanekco punched Koschman in self-defense. Last June, Webb turned over his evidence to four FBI agents he said specialize in police corruption cases.
Webb’s investigators questioned Grau about the letter on Dec. 19, 2012, according to the special prosecutor’s report.
In 2004, when Koschman was killed, Grau oversaw the Chicago Police Department’s detective division, reporting to Supt. Phil Cline.
Grau’s chief of detectives, James Molloy, told Webb’s investigators that “while he did not discuss the case with Grau, he recalled leaving a copy of the detectives’ police report ‘detailing what [went] on the night of the lineup’ in a sealed envelope for Grau.”
Webb wrote that, when questioned,“Grau stated he did not recall receiving a report from Molloy and indicated he had no involvement in the Koschman case.”
*Webb concluded that police officers fabricated statements to support an erroneous conclusion that Vanekco punched Koschman in self-defense. Last June, Webb turned over his evidence to four FBI agents he said specialize in police corruption cases.

The entire case was tainted and these reports reflect exactly how that was done and by whom.
JohnJ

Chicago, IL

#108 Mar 13, 2014
agreed wrote:
<quoted text>
and there where two separate investigations, a lawsuit, and a settlement, it is over
over ? We still have the same Calumet township power elite in place ... Still doing whatever they want for their inner circle ..unharmed .. No jail time ... A lawsuit ... And settlement ... But who footed the bill?? Yep ... Us the taxpayers ! Gimme a break!
Fred

Munster, IN

#109 Mar 14, 2014
Fred is a dork. Not a criminal. Only the dumb shit people of blue island would give this guy any sort of power. He's only trying to make a name for himself. You bitches talk shit but also voted him in. What sense does that make. I would stab you guys in the back as well. Blue islanders love getting screwed just so they can whine about it
a corrupt culture

Blue Island, IL

#111 Mar 17, 2014
Vanecko's tab at McHenry County Jail:$16 a day
MON, 03/17/2014
TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO
McHenry County taxpayers are subsidizing the incarceration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew, who asked to serve his 60-day sentence at their jail rather than at the Cook County Jail for killing David Koschman.

The $16 a day that Daley nephew Richard J.“R.J.” Vanecko is paying to do his time at the McHenry County Jail is 81 percent less than the $85 a day that McHenry County charges the federal government to house people facing deportation.

McHenry County officials acknowledge the fee is too low but say Vanecko isn’t getting special treatment. They say the $16 rate was set by a judge in 1997 — before the jail was built — but that they hope to raise it.

Records show Vanecko paid his full tab of $960 with a money order issued Feb. 12 — two days before he began his sentence.

Citing “obvious security reasons,” Vanecko’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to serve his sentence in McHenry County rather than in Cook County — where the crime occurred — when he pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to involuntary manslaughter.

McHenry County Circuit Judge Maureen P. McIntyre, who was assigned to handle Vanecko’s case by the Illinois Supreme Court, agreed to his request based on his attorneys’ assurance that he would pay the McHenry County sheriff’s office to cover the cost of being locked up there.

Vanecko — the only Daley family member ever convicted of a felony — wouldn’t have had to pay anything to be locked up in the Cook County Jail. But he was willing to pay to serve his sentence in a facility that’s considered less dangerous.

McHenry County officials say the $16 daily rate was set by an April 14, 1997, order issued by Raymond J. McCoski, then chief judge for Lake and McHenry counties. The rate has never been adjusted — even after McHenry County was split into a separate judicial circuit from Lake County six years ago.

“We are currently in the process of requesting that the fee amount be changed,” said Jan Weech, a supervisor in the McHenry County sheriff’s office, which runs the jail.“We house very few sentenced inmates from outside counties. It is estimated at three or less per year.”

Under Illinois law, the McHenry County Board and McHenry County Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan would have to agree on a new rate, and Sullivan would then issue an administrative order setting it, just as McCoski did in 1997.

Under a deal the McHenry County Board struck with the federal government in 2005, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement pays $85 a day to house illegal aliens facing deportation. That deal expires in 2015.

“We’re negotiating with the feds right now,” said McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke.“We’re trying to get that up to $100 a day.”

Zinke said the jail — which can hold up to 650 inmates — is running at about 65 percent capacity. The Cook County Jail had more than 9,000 inmates on the day Vanecko pleaded guilty, admitting he punched Koschman in 2004 outside the late-night bars of Division Street on Chicago’s Near North Side.

Vanecko, 39, has paid $20,000 in restitution to Koschman’s mother.

He will be released from jail on April 14. Then, he’ll be on 60 days of home confinement, with an electronic monitor, under the supervision of the Cook County probation department. After that, he’ll be on probation for 30 months.
Taxpayer

United States

#112 Mar 17, 2014
PLEASE! Enough of the the Vanecko BS...it's done! Move on! Just like the Salgado situation. The family took the payout...it's done. Get on with your lives, be productive, run for office instead of being whiny little bitches.
Breathe

Chicago, IL

#113 Mar 17, 2014
Taxpayer wrote:
PLEASE! Enough of the the Vanecko BS...it's done! Move on! Just like the Salgado situation. The family took the payout...it's done. Get on with your lives, be productive, run for office instead of being whiny little bitches.
Impulsivity, critical thinking skills, lack of positive regard for others, and no remorse, are some of the benchmarks for the entitled; who hate to be confronted or criticized.
Handled Differently

Chicago, IL

#114 Mar 17, 2014
Taxpayer wrote:
PLEASE! Enough of the the Vanecko BS...it's done! Move on! Just like the Salgado situation. The family took the payout...it's done. Get on with your lives, be productive, run for office instead of being whiny little bitches.
How might the cases been handled differently if Vanecko and Billotto had lost their lives?
Grey lord the aftermath

Chicago, IL

#115 Mar 17, 2014
What the

Chicago, IL

#116 Mar 17, 2014
Grey lord the aftermath wrote:
http://www.lib.niu.edu/1989/ii 890838.html
Is that the same Webb?
One and the Same

Chicago, IL

#117 Mar 18, 2014
What the wrote:
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Is that the same Webb?
Yes.
No Fun

Blue Island, IL

#118 Mar 18, 2014
Taxpayer wrote:
PLEASE! Enough of the the Vanecko BS...it's done! Move on! Just like the Salgado situation. The family took the payout...it's done. Get on with your lives, be productive, run for office instead of being whiny little bitches.
There's no fun in it for the crazies without a conspiracy theory! I agree with you, move on. The family has.

I guarantee you the person posting the Vanecko stuff didn't even know Carlos and is just stirring the pot. Enough already! It's done!!
Punk

Midlothian, IL

#119 Mar 18, 2014
Fred is a smart ass punk. This will never end for him. It will come up for the rest of his life. My advice.. move far away where no one knows you, so that your children will be safe from scrutiny. Open the door, throw an illegal party, allow nude, lude behavior- someone dies as a result. Hmmm
I knowThefamily

United States

#120 Mar 18, 2014
Punk wrote:
Fred is a smart ass punk. This will never end for him. It will come up for the rest of his life. My advice.. move far away where no one knows you, so that your children will be safe from scrutiny. Open the door, throw an illegal party, allow nude, lude behavior- someone dies as a result. Hmmm
I think he should run for mayor.
I knowThefamily

United States

#121 Mar 18, 2014
Of Blue Island
Voter

Chicago, IL

#122 Mar 18, 2014
I knowThefamily wrote:
<quoted text>I think he should run for mayor.
Perhaps he should just Run ....he will always have a plum spot in Calumet township ....people forget ....
how ignorant

Blue Island, IL

#123 Mar 18, 2014
Punk wrote:
Fred is a smart ass punk. This will never end for him. It will come up for the rest of his life. My advice.. move far away where no one knows you, so that your children will be safe from scrutiny. Open the door, throw an illegal party, allow nude, lude behavior- someone dies as a result. Hmmm
the initial reports where wrong, fred did not open the door. read the actual police reports.
U Forget

Blue Island, IL

#124 Mar 18, 2014
Carlos was an adult and made poor choices that led to his drowning. No one is at fault but Carlos. The blame game ends now.

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