Posts tagged "Cook County"

Ambrosio Medrano Gets 10-1/2 Years In The Pen

Ambrosio Medrano Gets 10-1/2 Years In The Pen
Former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano gets 10-1/2 years in the pen and so far as I am concerned he deserves each and every minute of that sentence. Why? Because he was convicted once before for political corruption in Operation Silver Shovel some twenty years earlier. Matter of fact this sentence is more than just when... Read more »

More Laws Less Jail Space

More Laws Less Jail Space
This inane need for politicians to add laws on top of more laws has always puzzled me. Especially in these hard economic times when many of the same politicians must resort to emptying over-crowded jails. And still the trend of more laws less jail space continues. And that, in my mind, can only mean one... Read more »

Joe Berrios Is Da Boss!

Joe Berrios Is Da Boss!
I guess some people this week learned something I had long known – in Cook County Joe Berrios Is Da Boss! Ahh Good Ol’ Joe Berrios, that unapologetic King of Nepotism who once compared himself to being an equal of the Kennedy Family. Well maybe he is if you consider that the Kennedy wealth was... Read more »
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Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers

Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers
When Toni Preckwinkle ousted Todd Stroger as Cook County Board President she immediately declared “this victory belongs to the people of Cook County.” and that the hopes of county residents have often been tempered by cynicism, “but not this time!” “Their message is clear. Now is the time to repeal the Stroger sales tax, now... Read more »

Preckwinkle Should Impose Mob Tax Instead Of A Gun Tax

Preckwinkle Should Impose Mob Tax Instead Of A Gun Tax
Beginning today all law-abiding citizens of Cook County (but not in Chicago) must pay a $25 Tax when purchasing a gun. Well, first off, I would hope Cook County citizens use better judgement and decide to purchase their firearms in any other county than Cook because I would not stand for such a clear violation... Read more »

2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame: A Bakers Dozen

#1 Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. gets #1 for being (at least in my mind) one of the classic sleazeball politicians of Illinois and his total disregard for constituents while failing to fess up like a real man.
This Bakers Dozen are my picks for the 2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame even though there were many, many more candidates available. But hey, we can do this as an annual event and like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can add those missed as lifetime achievement winners if necessary. Naturally these selections... Read more »
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Judge Michael Toomin: Another Political Pawn or Will He Do The Right Thing?

Judge Michael Toomin: Another Political Pawn or Will He Do The Right Thing?
The Chicago Machine may not be the dynamo it once was. But don’t kid yourselves – its influence is still very much alive in the fabric of Illinois Politics. As a matter of fact, the Machine has done very well in the fifty plus years I have followed it and no doubt will continue to... Read more »

Koschman Homicide: Cook County State's Attorney Alvarez Should Resign As Judge Schedules Special Prosecutor Hearing

Koschman Homicide: Cook County State's Attorney Alvarez Should Resign As Judge Schedules Special Prosecutor Hearing
After writing numerous posts regarding the David Koschman homicide at the hands of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew, Richard “RJ” Vanecko, I have concluded that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should resign. Naturally this is purely my opinion, but, givenĀ  everything I have read and written one can can only conclude that the... Read more »