Posts tagged "Cook County"

Cook County Property Taxes Increase to Pay Government Pension Millionaires

Fr0m Taxpayers United of America: Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Cook County Pension Fund (CCPF) top government pensions. “There are 276 Crook County pensioners getting over $100,000 in annual pension payments taking the total for the state over 10,000”, according to TUA president, Jim Tobin. “The average... Read more »

A first, even for Chicago: Voters re-elect judge later found to be temporarily insane.

Well, that was before she was found not-guilty of battery for reasons of insanity,  although voters knew that she had some serious problems when they re-elected her to another six-year term. Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim had been on trial in Will County for shoving a Cook County sheriff’s deputy in the Daley Center. At least... Read more »

Democrat Duckworth claimed two homeowner exemptions

Democrat Duckworth claimed two homeowner exemptions
That’s according to a Daily Herald investigation. A suburban congressional candidate improperly claimed two homeowner exemptions at once over a period of several years, a Daily Herald investigation has found. But after the Daily Herald pointed out the error, Tammy Duckworth says she paid $1,928 in taxes she saved because of the extra exemption, plus... Read more »
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Has Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez violated her sworn duty?

“The Civil Actions Bureau defends the county and its officeholders and employees in civil suits….” This is how Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez describes one of the duties of her office on her website. A Cook County officeholder– Clerk David Orr is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by same sex couples for refusing to grant... Read more »

Beavers, he of the thick head

I guess Stroger showed us, uh?

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has hired six high-salaried pals since he lost the primary, even though the positions are not budgeted, the Tribune reports. The man doesn’t take “good-bye” for an answer. Some people just can’t help being their weaselly selves.
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Judges let off 100+ mph speeders

“He passed me like I was standing still.”  How often have you said this, or heard someone else say it, about cars passing you on the highway? How often when you are keeping up with traffic by driving  five or ten miles over the speed limit has someone rocketed past you, going 30 or 40... Read more »

Corruption in Chicago

The story only got a few inches, and hardly any note. But needs to be noted. The Tribune reported that a former deputy clerk in the Cook County Criminal Courts Building got hung with a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery. His crime? He solicited $15,000 from a woman, falsely promising to get... Read more »

Cook County: Another year, another convict

Let’s see, a new study finds that in its 140-year existence, 150 officials from these parts have been convicted of corruption. Answers the question: Who’s counting?
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Democrats Ain't Ready for Reform

The “colorful” (i.e. corrupt) alderman Paddy Bauler (center, top hat) once said after an election returned every goniff in sight to office famously said, “Chicago ain’t ready for reform!” More appropriately, he should have said, “Democrats ain’t ready for reform.” Nothing says it better than the primary race for the Democratic nominee for Cook County... Read more »
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