John Rita safety director?

John Rita safety director?

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Evenworse

Midlothian, IL

#1 Jul 22, 2013
Wow. I cant believe I voted for Vargas. This city has become a joke. John Rita is "Public Safety Director"??? Vargas really is a puppet. First hispanic mayor-biggest hispanic disgrace.
Domingoloquin

United States

#2 Jul 23, 2013
Tried to voice opinions, nobody listening .
This is just the start of what's to come.
Beaners on Parade

New Lenox, IL

#3 Jul 23, 2013
Great. Now the place is going to be a magnet for all the beaners and blacks! Oh wait! That's already happened. Time to push the handle on this town. 25 years ago BI was a great place to live. Then, the Black Plague came. It wiped out the good people, others fled to Orland. They are now being assaulted by Palestinians. Been there lately?
Yellowbrick Road

Blue Island, IL

#4 Jul 23, 2013
Evenworse wrote:
Wow. I cant believe I voted for Vargas. This city has become a joke. John Rita is "Public Safety Director"??? Vargas really is a puppet. First hispanic mayor-biggest hispanic disgrace.
This posiion is just a stepping stone to become Mayor in the next election.
joe citizen

Orland Park, IL

#5 Jul 24, 2013
what exactly is a public safety directors' job ? Blue Island never had one before. So is he the Police and Fire chief ? Do we need deputy chief or assistant chiefs anymore? what gives? anyone know?
Mr Potter

Midlothian, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2013
Pottersville!!!!!!!!!!
Yellowbrick Road

Blue Island, IL

#7 Jul 24, 2013
joe citizen wrote:
what exactly is a public safety directors' job ? Blue Island never had one before. So is he the Police and Fire chief ? Do we need deputy chief or assistant chiefs anymore? what gives? anyone know?
This posiion is just a stepping stone to become Mayor in the next election
BGA

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 27, 2013
News and Investigations The Friends and Family Plan

July 17, 2013 09:56 AM

The Friends and Family Plan

Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough taps niece for six-figure job, amid other questionable hires.

By Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32

Just when you thought Cook County was "ready for reform," the Better Government Association and FOX 32 learn that first-term Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough gave a plum six-figure job to her own niece.

And Yarbrough was unapologetic about the nepotism hire – or at least an aide was. Yarbrough wouldn’t directly discuss the matter.

"This person in question is very highly qualified, puts in a lot of hours each week and the taxpayers of Cook County are lucky to have someone like this person," says the aide, John Mirkovic.

"This person" is Chloe G. Pedersen, the niece in question. Yarbrough hired her as legal counsel in late 2012, just after taking over the recorder of deeds office, which is the holder of property records. Pedersen’s job comes with a salary of $114,000 a year.

The hiring came to light in a report released Monday by Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard, who says Pedersen’s appointment violates the Cook County ethics ordinance against family hiring family.

Blanchard asked Yarbrough to fire her niece, but Yarbrough refused, saying the ethics ordinance doesn’t apply to her office – setting the stage for a potential court battle.

When asked if it’s good government to hire family members, Mirkovic responded, "Well, you’re trying to apply a one-size-fits-all standard, and sometimes the best person for the job like the one in question might be someone who is related."

But, Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider says it’s clear nepotism, the kind of business that gives Cook County government a black eye.

"It smacks of what went on in the county in the past, and we’re trying to get beyond that," Schneider says.

Watch the video on FOX 32.

It’s not the first questionable hire by Yarbrough. Earlier this year, top aide and family friend Richella Goeloe was forced to resign from the recorder’s office after FOX and the BGA discovered she had a felony record for taking part in an armored car robbery.

Yarbrough also recently hired former Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry as her director of security. Curry has made campaign contributions to both Yarbrough and her husband – Maywood’s former mayor, Henderson Yarbrough, for whom Curry also has campaigned.

Federal court orders bar most kinds of patronage hiring, and "monitors" are appointed to review hiring decisions in the City of Chicago and Cook County governments.

County officials insist Curry went through normal apolitical channels, and the Yarbroughs have said they didn’t know Curry applied for the security job until the process was well underway.

This story was written and reported by the Better Government Association’s Robert Herguth and Dane Placko of FOX 32. They can be reached at [email protected]
joe citizen

Orland Park, IL

#9 Jul 27, 2013
ok so what does that have to do with John Rita? are going to call them about blue Island or just take up space on this site? Call them and tell them to investigate how many people past and present are related in the city payroll or post somewhere else! I am too p*ssed off about any Rita being employed in the U.S.A. to care about Chicago or Cook County unless they directly address BLUE ISLAND. Sorry but I am just extremely p*ssed that Bobby, Nancy, John, and whoever they want are running B.I. into the ground and nobody seems to care.
mrbrown

Chicago, IL

#10 Jul 27, 2013
joe citizen wrote:
ok so what does that have to do with John Rita? are going to call them about blue Island or just take up space on this site? Call them and tell them to investigate how many people past and present are related in the city payroll or post somewhere else! I am too p*ssed off about any Rita being employed in the U.S.A. to care about Chicago or Cook County unless they directly address BLUE ISLAND. Srry but I am just extremely p*ssed that Bobby, Nancy, John, and whoever they want are running B.I. into the ground and nobody seems to care.
I care.
What You Can Do

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 28, 2013
joe citizen wrote:
ok so what does that have to do with John Rita? are going to call them about blue Island or just take up space on this site? Call them and tell them to investigate how many people past and present are related in the city payroll or post somewhere else! I am too p*ssed off about any Rita being employed in the U.S.A. to care about Chicago or Cook County unless they directly address BLUE ISLAND. Sorry but I am just extremely p*ssed that Bobby, Nancy, John, and whoever they want are running B.I. into the ground and nobody seems to care.
Mayor Vargas has consistently offered Blue Island clear nepotism, the kind of business that gives Blue Island city government a black eye. "It smacks of what has been allowed to flourish in Blue Island for too long,(because he voted for unethical behavior for more than 20 years as an alderman), clearly as an attorney he knows better.

You can contact Better Government Association reporters Robert Herguth and Dane Placko of FOX 32 at [email protected]

You can also contact the Office of the Inspector General.

You can submit a request for an investigation through IARDC ®:online access to registration and discipline information regarding Illinois lawyers
presented by the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

https://www.iardc.org/howtorequest.html
What You Can Do

Chicago, IL

#12 Jul 28, 2013
What You Can Do wrote:
<quoted text>
Mayor Vargas has consistently offered Blue Island clear nepotism, the kind of business that gives Blue Island city government a black eye. "It smacks of what has been allowed to flourish in Blue Island for too long,(because he voted for unethical behavior for more than 20 years as an alderman), clearly as an attorney he knows better.
You can contact Better Government Association reporters Robert Herguth and Dane Placko of FOX 32 at [email protected]
You can also contact the Office of the Inspector General.
You can submit a request for an investigation through IARDC ®:online access to registration and discipline information regarding Illinois lawyers
presented by the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.
https://www.iardc.org/howtorequest.html
https://www.iardc.org/information/online_form...
Report

Chicago, IL

#13 Jul 28, 2013
joe citizen wrote:
ok so what does that have to do with John Rita? are going to call them about blue Island or just take up space on this site? Call them and tell them to investigate how many people past and present are related in the city payroll or post somewhere else! I am too p*ssed off about any Rita being employed in the U.S.A. to care about Chicago or Cook County unless they directly address BLUE ISLAND. Sorry but I am just extremely p*ssed that Bobby, Nancy, John, and whoever they want are running B.I. into the ground and nobody seems to care.
Federal court orders bar most kinds of patronage hiring, and "monitors" are appointed to review hiring decisions at every level of government in IL.
Appearance of Conflict

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 5, 2013
Orland Park top cop: I never agreed to help ex-Metra boss O’Halloran

BY CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporter [email protected] August 4, 2013 10:10PM

Chicago Metra Board Chairman Brad O’Halloran addresses questions about former Metra CEO Alex Clifford controversial severance package at the Union League Club on July 9, 2013. O'Halloran resigned last week.| Michael Jarecki~For Sun-Times Media

Updated: August 5, 2013 2:57PM

Add this to newly resigned Metra board Chairman Brad O’Halloran’s tarnished legacy at the commuter rail agency:

Last month, O’Halloran announced in a Metra news release that he’d enlisted Tim McCarthy — the Orland Park police chief best known for being shot while protecting President Ronald Reagan as a member of the Secret Service in 1981 — to help overhaul the rail agency’s troubled police department.

But McCarthy says that when O’Halloran approached him “several weeks ago” about helping Metra, he told him no and referred him to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

“It could have been a conflict,” McCarthy says, noting that O’Halloran was also a member of the Orland Park Village Board.“It would have that appearance, and I saw that right away.... I said,‘It has to go through the Illinois chiefs of police. I’m not going to do it.’”

O’Halloran, who resigned last week from both the Metra board and the Orland Park Village Board, could not be reached for comment. A Metra spokeswoman declined to comment.

John H. Kennedy, executive director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, confirmed McCarthy called him about having the association help Metra. The association has communicated with Metra but hasn’t been hired by the agency, Kennedy said.

The July 10 Metra news release stated “Orland Park Police Chief and former Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy has agreed to lead a blue-ribbon panel to review reforms and recommendations to enhance the Metra Police Department and to help Metra find a new police chief.”

It then quoted O’Halloran saying,“Chief McCarthy can provide invaluable expertise to help the police department, which has been strapped for resources and hampered by leadership issues.”

In late 2012, Metra’s board hired Hillard Heintze LLC — a consulting firm cofounded by Terry Hillard, the former Chicago police superintendent — for $200,000 to assess the Metra Police Department’s “operations and capabilities,” including its “staffing and training processes.”
That review, which continues, is expected to include Metra’s bulging expenses for police overtime. Last year, six Metra officers averaged more than 30 hours a week in overtime pay, and 11 others worked between 20 and 30 OT hours a week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in May. The agency’s total bill for police overtime:$2.8 million a year.

A top Metra police administrator was reassigned in the wake of that report, and the agency announced its police chief would retire at the end of the year.

In quitting his Metra post, O’Halloran blamed a “media and political frenzy” over patronage-hiring allegations leveled by former Metra chief executive Alex Clifford and the severance package worth up to $718,000 that Clifford was given.

Last month, O’Halloran repaid Orland Park about $22,000 he’d gotten from the southwest suburb for serving as a trustee. O’Halloran returned the money because Illinois law bars Metra board members from being paid for serving in elected office.

Besides O’Halloran, three other Metra board members have resigned — the latest being Larry Huggins, who left Friday, the day after O’Halloran.
Smart Man and Top Cop

Chicago, IL

#15 Aug 5, 2013
Last month, O’Halloran announced in a Metra news release that he’d enlisted Tim McCarthy — the Orland Park police chief best known for being shot while protecting President Ronald Reagan as a member of the Secret Service in 1981 — to help overhaul the rail agency’s troubled police department.

But McCarthy says that when O’Halloran approached him “several weeks ago” about helping Metra, he told him no and referred him to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

“It could have been a conflict,” McCarthy says, noting that O’Halloran was also a member of the Orland Park Village Board.“It would have that appearance, and I saw that right away.... I said,‘It has to go through the Illinois chiefs of police. I’m not going to do it.’”
Patronage Hiring

Chicago, IL

#16 Aug 5, 2013
Is alive and well in Patronage Island!
Sumthin to say

Midlothian, IL

#17 Aug 6, 2013
You all have a say, all us Rita's and the BIIP's will be in the north east corner of the carnival as we are every year so we dare you to face us...
Really

Chicago, IL

#18 Aug 7, 2013
Last month, O’Halloran repaid Orland Park about $22,000 he’d gotten from the southwest suburb for serving as a trustee. O’Halloran returned the money because Illinois law bars Metra board members from being paid for serving in elected office.

How does this IL. state law impact SD 218 Board President and BI City Clerk?
Is this True

Chicago, IL

#19 Aug 7, 2013
Really wrote:
Last month, O’Halloran repaid Orland Park about $22,000 he’d gotten from the southwest suburb for serving as a trustee. O’Halloran returned the money because Illinois law bars Metra board members from being paid for serving in elected office.
How does this IL. state law impact SD 218 Board President and BI City Clerk?
SD 218 Board President/Blue Island City Clerk are the same person?
Conflict of Interest

Chicago, IL

#20 Aug 9, 2013
Is this True wrote:
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SD 218 Board President/Blue Island City Clerk are the same person?
In a word; Yes.

And, There ARE multiple unaddressed "Conflict of Interest" positions within the municipality of Blue Island requiring correction.

Pretending to be unaware will not make the problem go away.

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