Who do you support for Sheriff in Ill...
Jason

Sterling, IL

#21 Oct 25, 2010
@ CDMelton
The reason you should "run around trying to compound evidence" is because you are making some very serious allegations that you have absolutely no proof of. If you are going to make a statement and try to pass it off as a fact, which you did, then it is your obligation to have some sort of evidence to back it up. The only reason I can see for you making that post is to try to slander, and when I called your bluff, you proved me right. So please do us all a favor and drop it, you are simply playing politics when there are serious issues that need to be discussed.
Lynn

Walkerton, IN

#22 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.
I believe we live in the United States of America where all are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I believe if you check with your sources there were signed complaints by Sheriff Wilhelmi to the Illinois State Police who have a duty to investigate and interview all involved. If you check the records you will find that there was an investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police and there was no wrong doing found in the case. Can you honestly say you believe he would steal signs out of yards and jeopordize the election for something so stupid. I can tell you this, I have NEVER seen an election sign at the polls voting!!!

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#23 Oct 26, 2010
Wow. I was asked by topix why I was going to vote the way I am, and I answered. I NEVER tried to tell other people anything but what my reason is. I believe he did it so I'm not going to vote for him. It's a big part of my reason, but not my only reason. I also think Wilhelmi's done a good job being the sheriff for the past 2 years and it bothers me that Booker claims to be the only cop running for office when he's running against the sheriff. I also have mentioned that I don't personally like Booker. The sign thing bothers me but I never worried about proving it because I really never cared if anyone believed me. You don't have to believe me. It asked why I'm voting for Wilhelmi and I gave MY reason. Not your reason, just mine. That's why I've been saying I don't need to prove it. Why do I need to justify my personal reasons to you? I don't care what your reasons are, but you sure do seem interested in mine. If someone wants to go look into it, as Lynn did above, then great. The police didn't find enough to press charges, so fine. No charges pressed. But that doesn't mean it did, or didn't, happen.

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#24 Oct 26, 2010
Lynn wrote:
I believe we live in the United States of America where all are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sorry, but in the US, as with the rest of reality, people are NOT innocent until proven guilty. They are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, but if they did something they are guilty no matter the outcome of a trial. A murderer has committed murder before being convicted. A burglar is still a burglar even if they get away with it. If Booker did take the signs, and I believe he did but no one else has to, he took them whether he's charged or not. An outcome at trial does not determine someone's guilt or innocence. It just determines what 12 jurors or one judge believe about his guilt or innocence. A criminal who gets away with it is still a criminal, and a convicted felon who never did it is still innocent.
Lynn

Walkerton, IN

#25 Oct 26, 2010
The one that can keep my family safe, clean up the streets and balance the budget.
Lynn

Walkerton, IN

#26 Oct 26, 2010
The reality is we are protected by the Constitution of the United States to protect us from extremists like yourself. Pleae google McCarthyism.
[email protected] om

Rio Rancho, NM

#27 Oct 26, 2010
I know John personally. I worked with him when he first became a police officer. I saw him mature into a very good officer. I saw how he handled several different situations and if you ever need a cop I hope you will get one like John Booker.

Since: Apr 07

Morrison, IL

#28 Oct 27, 2010
This is my last post on this. I am being optimistic here, but I think this may boik down to a misunderstanding of my intentions. I did not post the sign thing to sway people away from voting for Booker. I just gave my personal reason for not voting for him. As such, I never understood why I would have to justify that to anyone else. I mean, why do I have to prove that my motivation lives up to other people's standards? If someone else just says Booker's better than Wilhelmi, I don't demand they prove it to my satisfaction. I see your point, though, that I shouldn't make an accusation without evidence and I'm sorry that's what I did. So here are my (proven?) reasons for voting for Wilhelmi. He's been a cop longer (20+ years), he's endorsed by Sheriff Schipper, who personally appointed him as sheriff 2 years ago, the 2 years he's been sheriff he came in under budget, and it personally doesn't sit well with me when Booker says he's the only "real" cop running since Wilhelmi's been on the Sheriff's Department for so many years and is the sitting sheriff right now. I hope these are seen as valid reasons why I am voting for Wilhelmi. I don't hate Booker. I have a Booker sign in my yard, because my husband likes him.
Scott Dillon

Bloomington, IL

#29 Oct 27, 2010
I have known Kelly for over 40 years, went to school with him, and call him a friend. Although I do not now officer Booker, I can not imagine a person having more integrity and honesty than Kelly Wilhelmi. He was raised to be honest and hard working by his father and mother. From a young age Kelly was entrusted with running his parent's motel in Rock Falls. This work ethic has stayed with Kelly his entire life. Whiteside County is lucky to have Kelly Wilhelmi as it's "top cop".
HadAGutFull

Dixon, IL

#30 Oct 28, 2010
Reginald wrote:
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.
I imagine Mr. Bartels most certainly feels "personal" about this election since his family member was not only dragged through the mud on the front page of the Gazette, he was dragged across concrete in order to further Mr. Bookers political ambitions. Yep, the young man is guilty as charged! To your other point: Sheriff Wilhelmi declined to debate Mr. Booker until the last week of the election. The Sheriff was invited to one debate months before the election, and declined believing it was better to inform people of the facts right before they voted ~ not months ahead. The Chamber of Commerce was setting a debate up for Oct. 27th with live coverage on channel 5 and WSDR so all the voters could hear for themselves what the issues were, and both candidates respnse to them. The Chamber was told that Mr. Booker would be "too busy" to participate.

After seeing both candidates at the forum out at Woodlawn Arts Academy, I can understand why Mr. Booker declined.
Lynn

Walkerton, IN

#31 Oct 28, 2010
HadAGutFull wrote:
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I imagine Mr. Bartels most certainly feels "personal" about this election since his family member was not only dragged through the mud on the front page of the Gazette, he was dragged across concrete in order to further Mr. Bookers political ambitions. Yep, the young man is guilty as charged! To your other point: Sheriff Wilhelmi declined to debate Mr. Booker until the last week of the election. The Sheriff was invited to one debate months before the election, and declined believing it was better to inform people of the facts right before they voted ~ not months ahead. The Chamber of Commerce was setting a debate up for Oct. 27th with live coverage on channel 5 and WSDR so all the voters could hear for themselves what the issues were, and both candidates respnse to them. The Chamber was told that Mr. Booker would be "too busy" to participate.
After seeing both candidates at the forum out at Woodlawn Arts Academy, I can understand why Mr. Booker declined.
It is quite suprising about a family member being dragged through the mud since the only people with access to those records are Sheriff Wilhelmi and his administration. How on earth is someone getting their hands on such personal information??? I am very sorry that happened to his family member but should't the finger be pointing the other direction? If that kind of information is available for anyone to get their hands on, what other information is just laying around for anyone to see? And what's with it's ok to decline early in the election but not right before. Has he changed his mind in the task at had?
they are still running for the same job today as they were two years ago and with the same issues, so find a different exuse, that one is a joke!!!!! I was at the same forum for the canidates at woodlawn and I actually believe they both did fine. I just prefer someone who has had the training and police experiene to make the call in a critical incident, the one that has the knowledge to keep my family and the public the safest.And can balance a budget.
HadAGutFull

Dixon, IL

#32 Oct 28, 2010
Lynn wrote:
<quoted text> It is quite suprising about a family member being dragged through the mud since the only people with access to those records are Sheriff Wilhelmi and his administration. How on earth is someone getting their hands on such personal information??? I am very sorry that happened to his family member but should't the finger be pointing the other direction? If that kind of information is available for anyone to get their hands on, what other information is just laying around for anyone to see? And what's with it's ok to decline early in the election but not right before. Has he changed his mind in the task at had?
they are still running for the same job today as they were two years ago and with the same issues, so find a different exuse, that one is a joke!!!!! I was at the same forum for the canidates at woodlawn and I actually believe they both did fine. I just prefer someone who has had the training and police experiene to make the call in a critical incident, the one that has the knowledge to keep my family and the public the safest.And can balance a budget.
Number one: You are right, the issues are the same for debate as they were two years ago. Why would you debate them months before the election? Why would a candidate not want the issues discussed right before the vote so everything would be fresh in the voters minds? The task at hand has always been the same and will remain the same: Fiscal responsiblity at a sheriff's office. Mr. Booker does not balance a budget for the school board - the Superintendant does that

Number two: Union folk are the only other people who "had their hands" on those documents.
Lynn

Walkerton, IN

#33 Oct 29, 2010
HadAGutFull wrote:
<quoted text>
Number one: You are right, the issues are the same for debate as they were two years ago. Why would you debate them months before the election? Why would a candidate not want the issues discussed right before the vote so everything would be fresh in the voters minds? The task at hand has always been the same and will remain the same: Fiscal responsiblity at a sheriff's office. Mr. Booker does not balance a budget for the school board - the Superintendant does that
Number two: Union folk are the only other people who "had their hands" on those documents.


The citizens of Whiteside county are very capable of listening to a debate a couple months before the election without forgetting what was discussed. Can I ask you this, If Mr. Wilhelmi is saving so much money on the budget the past couple years, what was former Sheriff Schipper doing with all that money??? It would appear that is was being spent foolishly. We that are backing Mr. Booker have the confidene in his ability and trust he can balance the budget, while protecting the public and citizens of Whiteside County.
As for Number two: Please check your sources, the issue never went to the "union folk" so the documents did not come from them, which once again leaves it to the current administration.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#34 Oct 30, 2010
Copied from a Daily Gazette letter to the editor from October 28th edition.

After FOIA research, she’ll vote Wilhelmi
By Kathie Donahue, Sterling

I read a recent article about the process of requesting information not readily available to
the general public through the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests can be declined if the information falls within the exemption guidelines. They also can be approved and released, such as my FOIA request of Oct. 12 seeking the patrol records for the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department for the past 18 months.

Specifically, I wanted to know where candidate John Booker ranked among his 13 peers with respect to job performance on the road. The information speaks for itself.

Of the 14 patrol officers and 20 patrol report categories within the past year and a half, candidate Booker had some of the lowest rankings in 12 of those categories. Those lower rankings include duties expected to be performed in the daily operations of the sheriff’s department.

Candidate Booker ranked last for serving warrants. Speeding tickets, he was last again. Serving civil papers, traffic citations, revoked/suspended license, other crime arrests, he ranked fourth from the bottom. The six other categories in which candidate Booker fell below average were burglary arrests, written warnings, disregard stop, offense reports, phone logs and seat belt offense.

I found FOIA to be a valuable resource for those concerned citizens wishing to seek the
truth in order to facilitate an educated, factually based decision in the upcoming election.

Given the choice of candidates, I’ll vote for Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi, a man who has
proved his effectiveness by being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.
Jason

Sterling, IL

#35 Oct 31, 2010
Yeah, Mrs Donahue did a good job of cherry picking stats to make Booker look bad. Those statistics are taken completely out of context. They don't mean he wasn't doing his job. He can't make
crime happen just so his stats look better. Besides, I wonder where Kelly would rank in any of those categories, since he has never written so much as a parking ticket. Voting for Kelly purely
for fiscal responsibility makes no sense to me. As sheriff, shouldn't his main concern be public safety? The tax dollars are allocated to the department for them to spend. Him coming in under
budget isn't going to put money back in your pocket. If that were the case, where was my check from the last 2 years? I would rather have that money spent on better programs to prevent crime, better technology, maybe even more manpower. Bottom line is Kelly is a politician who will say anything and do anything to get elected, including having his friends and family write letters to the editor.I have heard and seen more of Roger Schipper than I have Kelly himself. Its ridiculous, Kelly should stand on his own two feet and stop having Schipper do his dirty work. If he is the better man for the job, why cant he say it himself instead of some political garbage from Schipper?
imatonystewartfa n2

Dixon, IL

#36 Oct 31, 2010
Jason wrote:
Yeah, Mrs Donahue did a good job of cherry picking stats to make Booker look bad. Those statistics are taken completely out of context. They don't mean he wasn't doing his job. He can't make
crime happen just so his stats look better. Besides, I wonder where Kelly would rank in any of those categories, since he has never written so much as a parking ticket. Voting for Kelly purely
for fiscal responsibility makes no sense to me. As sheriff, shouldn't his main concern be public safety? The tax dollars are allocated to the department for them to spend. Him coming in under
budget isn't going to put money back in your pocket. If that were the case, where was my check from the last 2 years? I would rather have that money spent on better programs to prevent crime, better technology, maybe even more manpower. Bottom line is Kelly is a politician who will say anything and do anything to get elected, including having his friends and family write letters to the editor.I have heard and seen more of Roger Schipper than I have Kelly himself. Its ridiculous, Kelly should stand on his own two feet and stop having Schipper do his dirty work. If he is the better man for the job, why cant he say it himself instead of some political garbage from Schipper?
Why should you care about our sheriff election if you are from Dixon. Worry about your own problems in Lee County.
Jason

Sterling, IL

#37 Oct 31, 2010
My entire family, including 6 small children, lives in Whiteside county. Most of them live out of city limits, where the Sheriffs Department is their only form of police protection. So I have a lot to care about as far as this election is concerned.
HadAGutFull

Dixon, IL

#38 Oct 31, 2010
Jason wrote:
Yeah, Mrs Donahue did a good job of cherry picking stats to make Booker look bad. Those statistics are taken completely out of context. They don't mean he wasn't doing his job. He can't make
crime happen just so his stats look better. Besides, I wonder where Kelly would rank in any of those categories, since he has never written so much as a parking ticket. Voting for Kelly purely
for fiscal responsibility makes no sense to me. As sheriff, shouldn't his main concern be public safety? The tax dollars are allocated to the department for them to spend. Him coming in under
budget isn't going to put money back in your pocket. If that were the case, where was my check from the last 2 years? I would rather have that money spent on better programs to prevent crime, better technology, maybe even more manpower. Bottom line is Kelly is a politician who will say anything and do anything to get elected, including having his friends and family write letters to the editor.I have heard and seen more of Roger Schipper than I have Kelly himself. Its ridiculous, Kelly should stand on his own two feet and stop having Schipper do his dirty work. If he is the better man for the job, why cant he say it himself instead of some political garbage from Schipper?
Statistics are just that - STATISTICS. They cannot be taken subjectively. They are objective numbers used to determine a persons productivity. John Booker is unproductive as a road deputy. If he's not out making traffic stops, writing tickets or actively pursuing contact with the community for law enforcement purposes, then explain to me what makes him the ideal candidate to be running as "Top Cop"? He's not doing anything to prove that he is an above average deputy. He's saying he is, but his actions do not match his words.
Let me handle your obvious response ...First, I know there's more to policing than writing tickets and traffic stops. The reality is, though, that traffic stops produce all kinds of hidden treasures like illicit drug busts, bad guys with weapons (last I heard the majority of the shootings in the Sterling area have been drive by's and these guys aren't riding bikes!), and DUI's. Secondly, if someone doesn't want to be held accountable to the statistic's they are rated by at their job because they feel they are useless or that they don't accurately reflect the job - then find a different law enforcement agency to work for. And good luck finding one that doesn't use these very same "cherry picked" stats.

The statement that John "can't make crime happen" is laughably absurd ...Sir, you don't wait for CRIME TO COME TO YOU if you are super cop, or even a cop putting in an honest days work.

Now, are you telling me that friends and family of John Booker have NOT written endorsements for him? Stop it.

Kelly Wilhelmi has indeed written more than a parking ticket. He has made more traffic stops than John Booker! He has continued his education in Law Enforcement in the classroom and in the squad car. He is making the effort necessary to learn about the 11% of the job that he previously did not have experience in. What has Booker done to learn the 89% of the job he does not have experience in?

I guess Kelly should have used a reporter from the Gazette to do "his dirty work" You piggies would have been much more comfortable in that kind of mud.
HadAGutFull

Dixon, IL

#39 Oct 31, 2010
Jason wrote:
My entire family, including 6 small children, lives in Whiteside county. Most of them live out of city limits, where the Sheriffs Department is their only form of police protection. So I have a lot to care about as far as this election is concerned.
The money that was saved in the budget by Kelly Wilhelmi is helping keep the Sheriff's department staffed at the current numbers it has, Einstein. No check for you, but your 6 kids still have deputies on the road to help protect them. How will you feel when Booker moves these resources into the Sterling city limits to walk the streets armed to teeth?
HadAGutFull

Dixon, IL

#40 Oct 31, 2010
CDMelton wrote:
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.
There is hardly any truth to any of these statements ...just sayin'

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