#167 Apr 9, 2012
Curious George picked a great moniker, now caught with his dick in hand!!!
#168 Apr 10, 2012
OH NO!!PLEASE NO!! NOT THAT!! LIBEL & SLANDER!!
Piss off you Peloquin suck asses. Can't wait to see city positions lost, then you can move in with Donnie and collect state unemployment wages.
#169 Apr 10, 2012
I did not or I wouldn't have asked. Too many times posters make generic statements but never include facts of what they say.
#170 Apr 10, 2012
How so? I asked a simple question and finally someone was brave enough to explain themselves. If my d*** would be anywhere, I'd be removing it from your face. Thanks for the satisfaction!
#171 Jul 20, 2012
Con man Stuart Levine raised the bar for sleaze
Stuart Levine was sentenced to 67 months in prison Thursday. In sentencing Levine, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve called him one of the “most corrupt politicians” in northern Illinois.| Richard A.
For people who like their Illinois politics on the seamy side, Stuart Levine was the perfect corrupt insider.
As a sleazy confidant of venal top power brokers in the state, he could do it all.
Launder and skim money? Check.
Take kickbacks, bribe politicians and binge on heavy narcotics over three decades? Of course.
Cheat the beneficiaries of a dead friend, including a deaf daughter, out of $2 million and then bill the relatives for $1 million in executor services? All in a day’s work.
Among Levine’s stepping-stones to fabulous wealth were stealing $6 million from a charity and ripping off the pension plan for Illinois teachers. He turned his positions with the Chicago Medical School, the Health Facilities Planning Board, the Teachers’ Retirement System Board and the Northshore Supporting Organization into personal enrichment centers.
No victim was too worthy, no service was too important to escape Levine’s avarice. At one point he testified,“In no part of my adult life was I not involved in criminal activity.”
Others called him “the embodiment of corruption” and the “consummate con man.” We’re guessing that was on days when they were feeling charitable.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve sentenced Levine, 66, who no longer has his millions, to five years and seven months in prison. He could have been put away for life, but caught a break because he was the star government witness against Springfield power broker William Cellini and political fixer Tony Rezko. He also wore a wire against former Chicago Ald. Ed Vrdolyak.
As a federal prosecutor told St. Eve on Thursday,“Mr. Levine was a historic cooperator.”
St. Eve accepted that, but she couldn’t resist telling Levine,“You are one of the most corrupt politicians this district has ever seen.”
We gasp at the very thought.
That is one heck of a high hurdle.
But, yeah, Levine jumped it.
With room to spare.
#172 Aug 2, 2012
Ex-spokesman to Todd Stroger indicted in kickback scheme
Indictment charging Eugene Mullins and four others
The onetime spokesman for former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was charged Thursday in federal court with steering county contracts to several associates in return for money.
Eugene Mullins, 48, is accused of accepting $34,700 in exchange for improperly steering several county contracts for disaster relief, energy grants and census work.
Mullins pleaded not guilty at a hearing in federal court Thursday to four counts of wire fraud and four counts of soliciting kickbacks, charges that were brought by a federal grand jury Wednesday.
Four co-defendants will be arraigned later, federal prosecutors said. They were identified as Gary Render, 43; Michael L. Peery, 51; and Clifford Borner, 45, all of Chicago; and Kenneth Gregory Demos, 50, of Oak Park. Each was charged with one count of misprision of a felony for allegedly concealing Mullins’ actions.
After the hearing, Mullins’ attorney, Brunell Donald-Kyei, said all work on the county contracts was completed properly, and she denied her client received any kickbacks.
“He didn’t get a dime,” the attorney said.
#173 Aug 2, 2012
Former top aide to Todd Stroger charged in federal court
A onetime top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has been charged in federal court on public corruption offenses.
Eugene Mullins, former director of communications for Stroger, was arrested and taken to a federal courtroom, where the criminal complaint against him was unsealed this afternoon.
Mullins was charged with using his official position with the county to submit fraudulent documents in order to help obtain contracts for his friends.
The allegedly illegal scheme involved disaster and census grants, according to prosecutors.
Mullins, 48, a former veteran Chicago police officer, was arrested at work at the Richton Park Police Department Thursday.
He later pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of wire fraud and four counts of soliciting kickbacks, and was released on his own recognizance.
A childhood friend of Stroger’s, Mullins was Stroger’s spokesman between March 2008 and November 2010.
Mullins was charged with pocketing almost $35,000 in kickbacks from four acquaintances to whom he had steered county contracts worth nearly a combined $100,000.
The contracts were to promote awareness for the 2010 U.S. census, assist residents impacted by floods in 2008 and to increase energy efficiency.
All four contracts were for slightly less than $25,000 each, thus not requiring the approval of the County Board.
“These contracts were not fraudulent,” Mullins’ lawyer, Brunell Fonald-Kyei, told reporters at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.“He didn’t get a dime.”
The four individuals who were accused of kicking back money to him for the contracts were charged with one count each of misprision of a felony. The four performed little or no work for the county, prosecutors alleged.
They were identified as Gary Render, 43; Michael L. Peery, 51; and Clifford Borner, 45, all of Chicago; and Kenneth Demos, 50, of Oak Park.
Mullins’ attorney said FBI agents approached her client this morning and asked if Mullins had passed on any of the kickback money to Stroger.
Stroger, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Another former top Stroger aide, Carla Oglesby, who was deputy chief of staff, was charged in Cook County in October 2010 in a similar scheme.
She has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
A status hearing for Mullins was scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 5 before U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve., according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
#174 Sep 27, 2012
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
#175 Nov 22, 2012
Todd Stroger weighs bid to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, acknowledges federal investigation for first time
Jesse Jackson Jr.‘very, very sorrowful,’ Rep. Bobby Rush says
How a special election for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s open seat could work
Michael Sneed: Jesse Jackson Jr.’s plea talks have intensified but ‘take a deep breath,’ they could take months: source
Sound familiar? Reformer succeeds disgraced congressman only to leave in disgrace
In Jesse Jackson Jr.’s South Shore neighborhood, mix of scorn and pity
Mark Brown: Large field to possibly seek Jackson’s seat
Mary Mitchell: Sobbing Dad:‘He is not well’
Lynn Sweet: Jesse Jackson Jr.’s agony: He couldn’t escape father’s shadow
Add Todd Stroger, the beleaguered former Cook County Board president, to the list of possible candidates for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s old congressional seat.
Stroger told the Sun-Times on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Jackson’s resignation was announced, he’s seriously considering it after receiving some calls from listeners to his talk show Tuesday nights on WVON-AM.
“I was on WVON and some callers chatted with me and I’m thinking about it,” Stroger said.
Stroger says he lives just outside the Second Congressional District that includes stretches of the South Side and suburbs, but that it’s hardly a bump in the road.
“That really isn’t a problem, my wife has been trying to get me to move so that wouldn’t be a problem,” he said.
But it does mean moving from the South Side bungalow where he grew up, and where he and his wife are now raising their young son and daughter.
#176 Nov 22, 2012
There are more and more reasons for term limits.
#177 Nov 22, 2012
There are more onions to peel, too.
#178 Nov 23, 2012
Investigations take time and are prioritized.
#179 Nov 23, 2012
It is all unraveling.
#180 Mar 27, 2013
Lawyer: Todd Stroger is real target in county contract case
Todd Stroger may be angling to head back into public service at a time when he could be heading into the federal fray.
A September federal trial for his longtime friend and top county aide Eugene Mullins promises to make Stroger the marquee name as the defense lawyer for his buddy said it’s the former Cook County board president who the feds are really after.
#181 Apr 6, 2013
City Clerk Pam Frasor and Mayor Peloquin are finally leaving office. They are leaving 32 years of mismanagement for others to clean up. Their families have nothing to be proud of. They all need to hang their heads in shame.
#182 Apr 6, 2013
You have to wonder, don't you ? What is Burt Odelson always smiling about when you see him? Could it be because he is the city attorney for multiple communities, school boards, park districts, and townhips? He does serve them all with a smile.
#183 Apr 6, 2013
And Patoska is following in Pam's path of destruction!!
#184 Apr 9, 2013
persons of interest
#185 May 12, 2013
Few seem to remember that Mayor Peloquin and City clerk Pam Frasor had the legal obligation of funding the pension systems, and failed to do their jobs.
You paid tax money to fund the pensions. But they chose to spend the money on something else.
Now the residents will be forced to pay more.
#187 May 23, 2013
"If you refuse to answer, you will leave us no choice but to ask for a special counsel or the appointment of a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this. I hope that's not the approach of the Mayor Vargas administration going forward, because there will be hell to pay."
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