Niles mayor resigns as trial looms on...

Niles mayor resigns as trial looms on tax, mail-fraud charges

There are 42 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 25, 2008, titled Niles mayor resigns as trial looms on tax, mail-fraud charges. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Longtime Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase resigned Monday, ending a 47-year career that concluded with a federal indictment hanging over his head.

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Nelson Muntz

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 25, 2008
^Ha-Haaa>
Ned Flanders

Stamford, CT

#2 Aug 25, 2008
I have a job for him at the Leftorium.
Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#3 Aug 25, 2008
Although Nicholas Blase is Mayor of Niles this is old time "Chicago Style" politics shaking down local businesses and getting them to buy all their insurance through one particular insurance agency. I wonder what Blase's cut was on the commission?
sowhat

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Aug 25, 2008
I guess we will soon see if the person who predicted Saturday that Blase will walk is correct. As this article indicates, the feds have some reason to call off the trial.

Since: Jun 08

Chicago and Burbs

#5 Aug 25, 2008
Good Riddance you common thief. If you are found guilty, then give the thief the jail time any other thief would get for stealing for so long---George Ryan is old and doing his time in jail for his antics, now Blase, you too, no probation because he's old, so is Ryan..

Have a nice time on vacation. Chicken runs out of town after hosing it for nearly half a century.

What a disgrace you turned out to be under the guise of "serving" all these years. Lining you and yours pockets with your power---how lovely.

Btw, nice gang problem you have in Niles these days Mayor, glad to see you stayed focus all those years on what was best for your town and its citizens. Surely it wasnt your insurance kickbacks as the priority now was it?

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#6 Aug 25, 2008
I sure hope Police Cheif Dean Strzlecki gets to be mayor. He's the best!
Robert

Chicago, IL

#7 Aug 25, 2008
More than likely, he has enough dirt on others like him, that he can blackmail the government into letting him off the hook. They would rather set him free, than to air their dirty laundry in public.

This is government, Chicago Style.

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#8 Aug 25, 2008
Robert wrote:
More than likely, he has enough dirt on others like him, that he can blackmail the government into letting him off the hook. They would rather set him free, than to air their dirty laundry in public.
This is government, Chicago Style.
Its just plea bargaining. Everyone does it. The guy is 80 and he did lotsa great things for the Villiage. Chief Dean should be his replacement.
Karen Levendoski

Chicago, IL

#9 Aug 25, 2008
This man knows my deceased mothers husband. My mother recently died of cancer and this dignitary from Niles told this man..you should sue because she had mesothelioma and he could get some money. He is a pig his friend, my late mother's husband is a pig. Thick as thieves. I guess if you rule your life taking advantage of people and taking their money then eventually it will catch up with you. Now if it will just happen to my late mothers loser husband.
wow

Skokie, IL

#10 Aug 25, 2008
Is anyone surprised?
This guy was so cooked it's scary!

It's no secret here in the northern suburbs Blase was always on the take.
He's been connected to the Chicago Outfit since the 60's.

There have been numerous reports about his affiliation.

It's the Chicago(Land) way.
Blagos hair

Englewood, CO

#11 Aug 25, 2008
Sounds like he should be going to the tax cheating front of a "church" set up by Banker/Realtor George Michael in Chicago...
Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#12 Aug 25, 2008
wow wrote:
Is anyone surprised?
This guy was so cooked it's scary!
It's no secret here in the northern suburbs Blase was always on the take.
He's been connected to the Chicago Outfit since the 60's.
There have been numerous reports about his affiliation.
It's the Chicago(Land) way.
Unfortunately the "Chicago (Land) Way" of running suburban governments has been spreading.
Jaybird

United States

#13 Aug 25, 2008
Good Riddance.. he ran the town like a tyrant.. What's that old sayign?? Those who live in glass houses..... shouldn't throw stones.

Good for the Feds for catching and ruinging his "legacy" with the truth.

Ta Ta... Go to Blasses!! Ooops that's just an empty lot now!
sowhat

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Aug 25, 2008
Robert wrote:
More than likely, he has enough dirt on others like him, that he can blackmail the government into letting him off the hook.
How does he blackmail the federal prosecutors?
As Scott Fawell shows, if you have dirt, you sing on the others, or your girlfriend goes to jail, too.
Crazycat

Chicago, IL

#16 Aug 25, 2008
That' Re-tired. Not tired.
Hector

Crystal Lake, IL

#17 Aug 25, 2008
i hope he at least put his son in place totake over.
LOTL

United States

#18 Aug 25, 2008
Joey K wrote:
I sure hope Police Cheif Dean Strzlecki gets to be mayor. He's the best!
You mean Eddie Munster???
bad english

Louisburg, NC

#19 Aug 25, 2008
He's on vacation in Wisconsin, probably near Oxford, a future destination for him.
Pystov

San Francisco, CA

#20 Aug 25, 2008
Do the crime, then, he must do the time. Just another slimeball politician bites the dust !!!!
Hmm

Chicago, IL

#22 Aug 25, 2008
Why drop the case just because he resigned? I want the feds to make an example of him, I don't care that he is 80. Send him to jail.

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