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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Chicago, IL

#70 Mar 23, 2009
John Birch wrote:
I am retired Army myself. I am a bit put off by the increasing change of our police from peace officers, to law enforcement officers. In the Army is "Us Vs. Them." That seems to be how it is now, an the "Them" are the citizens.
I'd remind every police officer that they are NOT first responders. The citizen is the first responder, you are just there, usually, to take a police report and watch the body scraped off the pavement.
I beg to differ...Most of the average citizens would run in the opposite direction...Police and Firefighters are 1st responders....
Tory II

United States

#71 Mar 23, 2009
They blame Jody Weiss for things they have caused. Weiss wasn't here when the things they blame him for were created.

Who's blaming him ? The prima donas. The whiners who know nothing about policing.

Quinn picked an outsider who can make changes.

Monroe, WI

#73 Mar 24, 2009
Who is this guy related to? We can't get anything right in this state! My son is 29 and still in the Army and has served sevral tours in Iraq. How could you have someone ready to take Trents place 2 day after he "retired"? When is the next election?
Father Tomasino

Park Ridge, IL

#74 Mar 24, 2009
Disgusting. This mortgage broker has no business in heading up the State Police. Who does he have compromising photos of? Governor Quinn is rapidly demonstrating that Blago was not that bad after all. This is political garbage and this kid has no right getting this job!

I suppose we can have Jim the Grocery Bagger be put in charge of Cook County Hospital. Why not? It works everywhere else in this corrupt state.

At least Jody Weis was in law enforcement for 20 years. I feel bad for the state troopers out there that have to answer to a civilian political hack like Monken.

Westmont, IL

#75 Mar 24, 2009
One does not need to be a pilot to run an airline anymore than one needs to be a "cop" to run the forest preserve "police" or their brothers, the ISP.
Chris Meissen

Ozark, MO

#76 Mar 24, 2009
Does anyone believe that this new director will finally be able to make the ISP obey the State law and actually issue Firearms Owner ID cards within the statutory maximum 30 days? That would be nice to have an Illinois official who actually serves the people instead of trying to rule them.
Mogen David

Leawood, KS

#77 Mar 24, 2009
This sounds fishy. What I would like to know is why Larry Trent suddenly resigned for "family reasons"? This is the usual 'cop-out' when a politician pushes someone out under the bus! Typical of Democrap style; put in a greenhorn that will be putty to the ruling class. If anyone thinks Illinois is any better under Quinn, guess again.
ISP Sis and Daughter

Fort Dodge, IA

#78 Mar 24, 2009
I must admit that I love hearing the sweet, sweet karmic music of curses and splutterings set to the lyrics of "It's My Turn". Take that you ignorantly insular, uniquely incompetent, and downright racist ISP hicks of hierarchy. Think about all of the crazy crap you've wreaked on my brother, sister, and other hard-working ISPers. Ha!

On the other hand, Governor Quinn, step away from the wacky tobacky please. Now. There are much better ways to achieve the much-needed ISP housecleaning. Hiring an inexperienced West Point captain without law enforcement experience is laughable. By the way, I'm a vet, and yes, the veterans need to see some tangible respect. Send that young man over to Veterans' Affairs, IDOT, better yet, the Department of Children and Family Services, or one of most corrupt of the corrupt and insular, and backward agencies, the Illinois Department of Corrections, all of which could use some extraordinary breaths of fresh air. Start with Tamms as a trial run.

Better yet, send him down here to SIU Carbondale if you want to root out corruption in a big way and get rid of a bunch of good old boys a bit too wedded to their cushy salaries and inept administrative bumblings. You're not doing the young man any great service by appointing him to the ISP and you sure aren't helping the ISP--other than sending some of the GOBs picking up their pension a little bit sooner.

Gov. Quinn, I beg of you, we the people of Illinois beg of you, please stop adding to our laughingstock status.
Scott Caldwell

New York, NY

#79 Mar 25, 2009
I know this young man personally, I hold him in the highest regard. He was born and raised in the great state of Chicago. Give the young man some time and you will be impressed. He has served our country with honor and attended the most elite military academy in the world. The President of the United States is 47 years old and lacks some experience as well. Don't let the age fool you. What he may lack in what you call law enforcement experience he will make up for with his ability to lead. The President has called on our great young people to serve. You are lucky to have him!

Burnettsville, IN

#80 Mar 26, 2009

Plymouth, MA

#82 Mar 27, 2009
"Monken led more than 100 tank combat missions in Iraq without losing soldiers or equipment, Quinn said. He also has served in Kosovo and as a recruiter for the Illinois National Guard."

Sorry, but this is mainly a matter of luck. Virtually all of the best commanders in the modern history of warfare have had to write letters home to families.

"Monken said not having a law-enforcement background should not affect his credibility within the state police ranks. He has not yet decided whether to wear a state police uniform.

It willmatter with the ran-and-file whether he likes it or not, and shows a bit of both arrogance and ignorance of the norms of law enforcement. Just the fact that he actually has to consider whether or not a uniform means he is not ready for the job; this decision will be based upon the possible outrage of Troopers who had to EARN their badge and rank.

He seems like a good FURTURE leader, but no where near ready to lead in a career field where expierience is everything, and not only brings effectivness, but peer and subordinate respect. There's a problem with a guy who has never made a vehicle stop leading a state police agency.


#83 Mar 29, 2009
A 29 year old that has never been the police? I've been the police for a few years, served in Afghanistan, with distinction, you think I can get appointed as Commandant of the Marine Corps?

It makes the about as much sense...

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