Jonathon Monken: 29-year-old picked t...

Jonathon Monken: 29-year-old picked to head Illinois State Police

There are 72 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 22, 2009, titled Jonathon Monken: 29-year-old picked to head Illinois State Police. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday appointed a 29-year-old war veteran who finished in the top 1 percent of his West Point class to direct the Illinois State Police.

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#1 Mar 22, 2009
Should be an asset; Soldier w/ leadership qualities. I
Character Counts


#2 Mar 22, 2009
There are many West Point graduates with excellent military credentials with many years of law enforcement experience that are available for appointment as Director of the Illinois State Police.

Hopefully the governor's staff or legislative leaders will convince the governor to pull this nomination and appoint someone with law enforcement experience to the position. I do not believe the position requires that the person have served with the Illinois State Police, but they certainly should have years of law enforcement experience.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#3 Mar 22, 2009
Great for him. Thanks Gov. Quinn for your strong support of America's Veterans. Good Luck to Mr. Monken.

Now Mr. Governor, please, please do something to get that narcissistic fraud Roland Burris out of the Senate. Comrade Obama will do nothing.

Springfield, IL

#4 Mar 22, 2009
I sure hope he's better j-fed...

Oswego, IL

#5 Mar 22, 2009
It's about time we see leadership changes in Illinois' institutions. Start anew with military background and academic credentials for all state troopers.

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Mar 22, 2009
I swear the headline of this was 29 year old pickled head of illinois state police.

i read it like 5 times trying to figure out what it really said lmao
Dr Linda Shelton


#7 Mar 22, 2009
Thank you Gov. Quinn. We need honest, intelligent, and competent people in leadership in Illinois, who have not yet been corrupted. You were wise to pick someone with fresh military experience due to our Homeland Security needs. Hopefully he will meet with citizens like me who want to provide him information about the unfortunate fact of corruption in his ranks. He should have the same information I gave to the FBI and have a chance to deal with it. I want transparency. Please Capt. Monken make time to meet with concerned citizens and don't just listen to your ranks.
Walter P

Naperville, IL

#8 Mar 22, 2009
No law enforcement experience and coming with a mortgage brokers background? Are you kidding me? Governor Quinn--surely one of Blago's contestant from his recent senatorial pageant would have better served Illinois. A certain slap in the face to every qualified ISP member who could have assumed the vacancy. But remember, the ISP is in good hands because he is good listener and has a soldierly bearing.

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 22, 2009
I cannot wait for the next election, Quinn needs to get the F out of office.
Pardon Me For Sayn So


#10 Mar 22, 2009
... but,'29'-
OK, the kid's a Point graduate, but, how about some significant experience for the job?
I'm behind our military all the way, but -'29'; sorry, there's something to be said for maturity and experience. Assistant Director, OK, but - NOT Director {yet}.
Man, this is just... a little silly. The kid's still wet behind the ears. OK, move him in and up, but, NOT to the top - sorry.
Carole Clarke

Great Falls, VA

#11 Mar 22, 2009
My Dad was 34 years in the Army so I grew up in it. Captain is barely field grade rank and this man knows nothing about policing, which is different than military, even military police. He also does not have the administrative experience necessary to do this job or the political contacts in the state. He might do well in a contained police event rolling out SWAT teams against an entrenched position but how many of those is he likely to face? They can't get around needing someone older with more savvy than this 29-year old can have at this point. Look at Gen. Norman Swartzkopf's father (also a general) who ran the New Jersey State Police - you need the gray hairs to do the job.

Glen Allen, VA

#12 Mar 22, 2009
Good for him
Bankrupt Trib

Champaign, IL

#13 Mar 22, 2009
this is sad.

Did he make the honor roll
in high screwool too?

Sure glad we'll have someone around who knows how to put on the best
simulated war games and capture the flag.

Forget personnel issues and hostage negotiations, we've got soldier boy!


#14 Mar 22, 2009
No law enforcement background - end of story.
Low Rank


#15 Mar 22, 2009
Tis to my chagrin that Quinn's so dim
Director of the state's law enforcement that has no law enforcement education, training or experience...
That so rank that it vile and I can barely keep down my bile
Put the jacket back in the file and think about this one - if only for a little while
Why not... choose a Dallas Cowboy's cheerleader, they're at least pretty to look at.
This appointment's nothing to cheer about it.
Sorry - kid, you don't make the grade, you don't pass muster, if I had the wherewithall, I'd fillabuster


#16 Mar 22, 2009
I don't need no stinking qualifications -
After all, this is Illinois -
land of the inept, corrupt and perverse.
I don't care how much of a straightshooter this kid is, he hasn't got what it takes, at least not yet. Let him reapply in 10-15 years, after he's learned something about {of all things} LAW ENFORCEMENT!

Carol Stream, IL

#17 Mar 22, 2009
Pardon Me For Sayn So wrote:
... but,'29'-
OK, the kid's a Point graduate, but, how about some significant experience for the job?
I'm behind our military all the way, but -'29'; sorry, there's something to be said for maturity and experience. Assistant Director, OK, but - NOT Director {yet}.
Man, this is just... a little silly. The kid's still wet behind the ears. OK, move him in and up, but, NOT to the top - sorry.
I'm afraid I have to agree with you. It certainly seems as though this young man is an intelligent, courageous person. He may have all the right intentions. He may be able to pick things up quickly.

But that doesn't make him qualified for such a responsible position with such a large "business." A company grade officer has, typically, 120 - 180 troops to command. The ISP is significantly larger than that. By comparison, the ISP would be more along the lines of a regiment (brigade) or a battalion, which would be commanded by a Colonel or a Lt Colonel, respectively.

He will be further hampered by a lack of education or experience in law enforcement.

The only thing working in this guy's favor is that he's so inexperienced and totally unconnected to law enforcement that he certainly can't have any embarrassing corruption or influence concerns in his "law-enforcement" background.

Winfield, IL

#18 Mar 22, 2009
This is a joke right?

A 29 year old with no law enforcement experience?!!

We are in BIG trouble in this state.

Pecatonica, IL

#19 Mar 22, 2009
I can hear the ISP brass sputtering with anger. This will not go down well, despite what they say in public.

Niles, IL

#20 Mar 22, 2009
The sad truth is, the 14 year old arrested for impersonating a Chicago Police officer has more in uniform law enforcement experience than the new head of the ISP.

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