Police scandal: Tiny Kankakee County ...

Police scandal: Tiny Kankakee County town is divided as heated ...

There are 83 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 2, 2009, titled Police scandal: Tiny Kankakee County town is divided as heated .... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

So when the former police chief was accused last year of operating a bogus prostitution sting and pocketing some $400,000, the locals started talking.

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Full disclosure

Springfield, IL

#26 Apr 3, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
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This is a rather ignorant response. The story quoted residents divided against each other. And what does a Manteno hotel have to do with the Manteno police?
Maybe you missed the part where they conducted their scam in the hotel?

Chicago, IL

#27 Apr 3, 2009
Homer Ballard wrote:
Who knew there are so many goofy people in Kankakee county?
You've never been there, have you. Hope they still have the gazebo Letterman gave the town of Kankakee for being the worst place to live in America.

United States

#29 Apr 3, 2009
finally some business/revenue being conducted in grant park

Calumet City, IL

#30 Apr 3, 2009
LeftiewithaHeart wrote:
You are right about the entire state being corrupt. Manteno is a town to watch with their crooked Mayor Nugent pulling scam upon scam on the town. I used to live there and keep a close eye on the politics. He claims to have beautified the downtown. Take a look, it is vacant. He appears to have bought land to the west that oddly he and his crony relatives own and plan to develop, leaving the downtown and heart of Manteno out of the picture. What happens when you take away the heart? The body dies! I recently found the forum on the CoC site and watched it. HIs trustees contradicted themselves repeatedly.
This one of the things I hate about this forum. People talk authoritatively with no clue and others without the info have to accept it. I go through Manteno often. Downtown has never been empty. It is not even close. I was just there yesterday. There are two vacant stores, one not surprising since it is under construction. Furthermore most of the land west of manteno is farmland. Almost all of it is farmland parcels, most of it up for sale for home sites, except a few immediately around the intersection of Manteno-Deselm Rd and Rte 45-52. This guy doesn't like Manteno, God love him. But get your facts straight.

Calumet City, IL

#31 Apr 3, 2009
Full disclosure wrote:
<quoted text> Maybe you missed the part where they conducted their scam in the hotel?
Maybe you can tell me the relationship between hotel management and a police scam. Why not not just stay in a different room than where police plots are being hatched.
resident of Grant Park

United States

#32 Apr 3, 2009
Chief S. Fitts did not step down. He was told to stay away from GP police and goverment offices by the FBI ... But not to worry. His replacement is Mr. T Fitts. While its true that Innocent until proven guilty rule is a Fair one. I am tired of paying Mr Scott Fitts salery and benifits while he works his way through court system. Why Should the Grant Park residents be upset about this. Its only been 11 months and 3 days since his arrest.

Oak Forest, IL

#33 Apr 4, 2009
golfer from grant park wrote:
Was just surfing and came across a website Illinois Review - topic -Manteno Mayor Nugent wants 1.8 mill in stimulus money for a road he owns 10 acres on?????
Get the F--k out of here, what a mess
realpeoplelivein manteno

Oak Park, IL

#34 Apr 4, 2009
go peggy vaugh!
you are the fresh breath and voice we need!
indiana boy

United States

#35 Apr 5, 2009
Does anyone know the current status of the federal case ?
Not a fan

Beecher, IL

#36 Apr 5, 2009
A hearing is set for May 23? 2009.
rev mike

United States

#37 Apr 6, 2009
sounds like chicago
sad days

New Lenox, IL

#38 Apr 8, 2009
show me wrote:
they need to look deeper into the police chief from the town of manteno he is just a guilty as fitt s in this case bernie need s to be brought to justice to
Well the idiots (people) spoke yesterday and apparently corruption is good for elected officials. Don't complain when your savior is led away in cuffs along with his badge carrying puppy.
WhatAShame4Mante no

Oak Park, IL

#39 Apr 8, 2009
You are right, they spoke and criminal activity wins again! With his red, fat face, he's a heart attack in waiting. I would hate to see that happen before the feds get to him! Frances and Bernie, don't stray too far as you are next!
golfer from grant park

Madison, WI

#41 Apr 21, 2009
I just read in todays Journal, that Bernie is putting a new security system in the police dept for $ 26,700.00. What he he afraid of??
golfer from grant park

Madison, WI

#42 Apr 21, 2009
I just read in today's Journal that Bernie is getting a new security system for the police dept. at a cost of $26,700.00. What is he afraid of??
Frank Gannon

Naperville, IL

#43 Apr 21, 2009
Saw that "tiny town" reference and was hoping this was gonna be about Yopo.

Schiller Park, IL

#45 Apr 22, 2009
golfer from grant park wrote:
The Manteno Veterans Adm. was fired on Friday, wonder if it had anything to do with pushing certain people further up the list for entrance in the facility, like Bernie's father????
FYI, Bernie's father is already in the Veterans Home and HAS been for a while now. I'd suggest you get your facts straight before you spew out your untruthful comments there pal.

Beecher, IL

#46 Apr 22, 2009
With all this drama surrounding the police chief, why in the world would Mayor Nugent keep him on board?! Did not Cook County Pres. Mr. Stroger just fire his cousin, saying "allegations" about her would become a media circus and the County could not funtion. Everyday, another story, allegation, fact and rumors! How is Manteno going to function?!
golfer from grant park

Calumet City, IL

#47 Apr 22, 2009
FYI I know Bernie's father has been there for sometime, I also know some of the recent hiring's were suspect. I don't have to lie, just watch and see. I am not your pal either!!!
One of many who knows

Chicago, IL

#50 Apr 26, 2009
FYI, the state of the fed case, is they are about to close in on Bernie.

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