Who do you support for Sheriff in Illinois (Whiteside County) in 2010?

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HadAGutFull

Savanna, IL

#1 Oct 13, 2010
He is the only SHERIFF running for sheriff in Whiteside county. His opponent touts his law enforcement experience - how many arrests has he made in the last 2 to 4 years as a deputy? What has he done personally to prevent gang crime while on duty? How is he going to pay for a multi-jurisdictional armed group to go marching through neiborhoods? Explain, please, because I have yet to hear an intelligible, intelligent answer to these and many other questions from the "Top Cop"
HadAGutFull

Savanna, IL

#2 Oct 13, 2010
C'mon - I know the Democrats are slobbering over this poition in the county - there hasn't been a Democratic Sheriff since the 1940's, but all this "Top Cop" crap is getting old. This is all this guy has to run on? That and slipping confidential material to Sam Smith at the Gazette? And by the way, the bald idiot going around intimidating the elderly in the area telling them they "have to have" a florescent piss colored sign in their yard? Really? Asking the BBQer's at Mr. G's in Prophetstown if they had done you a favor and poisoned the sandwhiches that some Wilhelmi supporters had purchased ...Being seen in your flourescent piss colored t shirt plucking Wilhelmi signs out of yards in P-town and Erie by the homeowners? This is NOT New York City Mr. L. I understand you are bitter, but do you think you are doing your candidate any favors ~ not that he would admit he know's anything about your tactics. "Top Cop" can't even police his supporters who act like thugs - what's he going to do about thugs who don't support him??
Joshua Bartels

Dodgeville, WI

#3 Oct 14, 2010
It takes more than being a "Top Cop" to be Sheriff. You have to be intelligent and you have to have integrity. Kelly has the qualities that make him the best option, Booker on the other hand is lacking in intelligence and integrity.
Manon

Centerville, IA

#4 Oct 21, 2010
John Booker is the only qualified canidate running for Sheriff.
Reginald Farnsworth

Dixon, IL

#5 Oct 22, 2010
Mr Bartels, It is kind of weird the lengths you are going to slander Booker, all over Facebook and now on here, makes me wonder if all of this hostility is personal. Saying that someone is lacking in intelligence and integrity just sounds like you are motivated by something other than political issues. You say Kelly has integrity, but yet he lies about challenging Booker to a debate after Kelly himself backed out of the three previous scheduled debates, then claim he is taking the high road, doesn't sound like much integrity to me. While you may be right about it taking more than being Top Cop to be Sheriff, it does however take training that can only be learned by being out on the streets and actually seeing what is happening face to face not just reading a book or an article in the paper about it. The people of Whiteside County have genuine public safety concerns that need to be addressed by a proactive sheriff, not a reactive one.
Reginald

Dixon, IL

#6 Oct 22, 2010
It is kind of weird the lengths you are going to slander Booker, all over Facebook and now on here, makes me wonder if all of this hostility is personal. Saying that someone is lacking in intelligence and integrity just sounds like you are motivated by something other than political issues. You say Kelly has integrity, but yet he lies about challenging Booker to a debate after Kelly himself backed out of the three previous scheduled debates, then claim he is taking the high road, doesn't sound like much integrity to me. While you may be right about it taking more than being Top Cop to be Sheriff, it does however take training that can only be learned by being out on the streets and actually seeing what is happening face to face not just reading a book or an article in the paper about it. The people of Whiteside County have genuine public safety concerns that need to be addressed by a proactive sheriff, not a reactive one.

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#7 Oct 22, 2010
John Booker was caught red handed, driving around in his own vehicle with a kid jumping out and stealing Wilhelmi signs from peoples' yards. He's just a good old boy with a gun and an ego trip.

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#8 Oct 22, 2010
John Booker was caught red handed driving around with a kid in the car stealing Wilhelmi signs from peoples' yards. Because of the political sensitivity of it, the case went to a grand jury who decided there wasn't enough proof that Booker, the guy actually driving the car and stopping at houses with signs to let the kid out, knew the kid would steal signs and therefor he wasn't charged. But do you really want a sheriff who breaks federal election law? I've met Booker and he's a pompous good old boy with a gun, a cop who swaggers around and loves to intimidate people. He's the "I am the law" kind of cop and the campaign sign thing just proves he thinks he's above the law too.
Jason

Dixon, IL

#9 Oct 22, 2010
CDMelton wrote:
John Booker was caught red handed, driving around in his own vehicle with a kid jumping out and stealing Wilhelmi signs from peoples' yards. He's just a good old boy with a gun and an ego trip.
What is your source on this "information"?
K. Donahue

Kewanee, IL

#10 Oct 23, 2010
Experienced leader, fiscally responsible.
Chinookwinds

Kewanee, IL

#11 Oct 23, 2010
Leadership, experience, fiscally responsible...Need not say more...
Chinookwinds

Kewanee, IL

#12 Oct 23, 2010
Leadership, experience, fiscally responsible with our tax dollars...Need not say more...

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#13 Oct 23, 2010
Jason wrote:
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What is your source on this "information"?
Ask anyone who works for the Whiteside County state's attorney's office, or the Sheriff's department. Wilhelmi didn't publicize it, to his credit, but it's not a secret.
And why did you put the word information in quotes? It could be inaccurate information, I suppose, or even deliberately misleading information, but it's still information. You can't just put any word you want in quotes and render it less meaningful.
Jason

Dixon, IL

#14 Oct 23, 2010
@CDMelton
I don't understand how Booker was supposedly caught red handed yet there wasn't enough evidence to charge him with any crime whatsoever.
How did it go from him being accused of a crime by his opponent to being a convicted felon in your book? You pose the question "do you really want a sheriff who breaks federal election law?". Where did you get enough evidence to convict him when a grand jury couldn't? Did you personally see it happen? You cant even provide a source besides ask someone at this location, how is that a reliable unbiased source? If this story had any kind of credibility I would expect there to be more information about it besides asking someone. Living in small towns like many of us do rumors spread fast whether they are based on fact or completely made up, which i suspect this one is.

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#15 Oct 23, 2010
The current sheriff chose not to press it; that carries some weight. Also, since Booker wasn't personally jumping out of the driver's seat to grab signs (some other guy was doing it from the passenger seat, and then putting them into Booker's car- bit difference), they didn't charge him personally with it. Do you know what a grand jury is? It's not a trial. There are no rules about leading witnesses or anything. If the state's attorney doesn't want to press a case (like if the sheriff, the one whose signs were being taken, would rather it be dropped because pushing the matter would make him look petty), he can present it just about however he wants to have it thrown out.
I never said he was a convicted felon. I've met Booker a couple times and didn't like him, personally. He struck me as the kind of cop who gets too amped by power, the kind of guy who'd pull whip out his badge to try to get out of a ticket. I don't know that he's ever done that or would ever do that. I do know he took election signs, a crime. But I'm not going to get on topix and say ***told me so. If you want to know, go ask somebody whose word you'd trust. I believe it, and I posted it here in case anyone else wanted to take the story and go check it out for themself.
Jason

Dixon, IL

#16 Oct 24, 2010
You asked "do you really want a sheriff who breaks federal election law?" Why ask a question like that without anything to back it up? You make it sound like he is guilty. According to you, he wasn't charged with anything so there is really no reason to bring it up but to try to smear him. Believing what someone tells you doesn't make it true, it's nothing but slander. Instead of spreading falsities
trying to make Booker look bad, why not try saying something good about Kelly?

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#17 Oct 24, 2010
You don't take me at MY word, so why should I run around trying to compound evidence you will ignore anyway, since it would be coming from me. I presented my main issue with Booker, You choose not to believe it - fine- but at least admit you're not willing to look into it at all.
It IS possible to do something without being charged with it. I didn't say he was convicted, or indicted, or arrested. I said he did it, and that's why I'm afraid of him being sheriff. I don't want a sheriff who thinks he's above the law. You don't have to believe me, but it's my reason and I put it out there, as I stated before, to let other people know. The fact that you don't believe me, and that I haven't proven it does not make it false. You claim it's false, and that it's slander. Prove that, since you're so big on evidence. Prove to me that my source was wrong and go find anyone but Booker who denies the story. You can accuse me of not backing up my story, or of spreading rumors, but you can't accuse me of lying unless it's a lie. So, run along and prove me wrong then.
Suzanne

Dixon, IL

#18 Oct 25, 2010
There was something specific in the newspaper that made me decide that Booker was not the right person.
jose

Kewanee, IL

#19 Oct 25, 2010
He is more qualified and has more pride and professionalism about himself and carries
himself as a just and fair man unlike his opponent, if you want it done right John Booker is the man for the job and will do us right!!!!
jose

Kewanee, IL

#20 Oct 25, 2010
CDMelton wrote:
You don't take me at MY word, so why should I run around trying to compound evidence you will ignore anyway, since it would be coming from me. I presented my main issue with Booker, You choose not to believe it - fine- but at least admit you're not willing to look into it at all.
It IS possible to do something without being charged with it. I didn't say he was convicted, or indicted, or arrested. I said he did it, and that's why I'm afraid of him being sheriff. I don't want a sheriff who thinks he's above the law. You don't have to believe me, but it's my reason and I put it out there, as I stated before, to let other people know. The fact that you don't believe me, and that I haven't proven it does not make it false. You claim it's false, and that it's slander. Prove that, since you're so big on evidence. Prove to me that my source was wrong and go find anyone but Booker who denies the story. You can accuse me of not backing up my story, or of spreading rumors, but you can't accuse me of lying unless it's a lie. So, run along and prove me wrong then.
CALM down you are having such a hissy why don't you ask the owner of the establishment and then you'll have it right.

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