Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What's the Message Here?

  • Unlike his brother, Mayor Daley did not attend the weekend fund-raiser at a Bridgeport church to help defray the legal fees of his convicted patronage chief.

    But the mayor was apparently there in spirit.

    He has no problem with the $100-a-head event for a man convicted last month of rigging city hiring to benefit pro-Daley armies of political workers.

    "They're all friends. . . . They can have a party for him. There's nothing wrong with that. . . . You help your friends. . . . You have friends in your own industry. There's nothing wrong with that. They have it every day," Daley said Tuesday.

So a whole bunch of political bigwigs get together and everyone kicks in a portion of their ill-gotten proceeds from the past decades worth of fixed contracts to help off set the legal bills for one of the scumbags who managed to get caught. And the mayor doesn't see anything wrong with it. Great. Here's the topper though:
  • Among those attending the fund-raiser that spilled out into the parking lot of Nativity of Our Lord Church [...] former union boss and reputed Outfit member Bruno Caruso ...
Gee whiz. Anyone else think the Outfit may have been sending a message to Sorich to keep his mouth shut, take the money for his legal bills, and serve out what will probably be 18 months in the pen? Because that's definitely the feeling we're getting. We'd really like to see a ticket sold count compared to how much Sorich actually received - we'd bet the totals are no where near each other. One final bribe to shut up.

Until the Feds start handing out some REAL prison time (10 and 20 years) and prison service far away from home instead of Michigan and Wisconsin, Illinois politicians are going to continue to steal what they can because the rewards FAR outweigh the risks. Legal bills paid for by your cronies, a little vacation with enforced bedtimes for a few months, and a nice cushy consultant job when you get out? What's not to love?

UPDATE: We aren't having a problem with a fundraiser for legal bills. We've attended dozens of fundraisers for suspended coppers and bought tickets for dozens more. Two problems here:
  • #1 - Sorich was convicted. That's all the difference in the world. If you were convicted of a crime, sorry, we aren't buying tickets for your fundraiser. Personal choice on our part. Castigate us all you like, but we still aren't buying.
  • #2 - The freaking MAFIA is sending guys to this fundraiser. The Outfit? La Cosa Nostra? The heirs of Capone? The Mob?
Is this ringing any bells out there? Matt Rodriguez resigned for being seen in the company of known underworld figures. But the mayor's brother can appear at the same party and people on this Board ask "What's the big deal?" C'mon now. We know our readers are smarter than that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference between that fundraiser and the one's given for police who violate rules and regulations and get suspended.

Or worse, gets involved in criminal prosecution.

An officer uses what he thinks is an appropriate amount of force to make an arrest - as much force as he used many times before. This time the incident is videotaped and sent to the media. The officer’s actions are in a gray area and he is charged with battery or official misconduct and convicted. His friends and co-workers come to his aid and throw a fundraiser - what's the difference?

Would SCC not support an officer in that circumstance? Just as fellow pols are supporting one of their own.

8/23/2006 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Yahoo Mush Mouse said...

Well well, the boys from the 11th Ward had their fund raiser for their fall guy. When will the 19th Ward have their party? Will the Ax fall in the 19th Ward? I sure hope so! Who's next, Joyce....stay tuned?

8/23/2006 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Our city politicians can't associate with convicted felons? Of course they can and they see no problem with it!!! They only reserve those higher standards for us, the P.O's of this city (per general order). Silly SCC!!!

8/23/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

So what else is new? They protect and do for each other.

btw: THANKS Mayor Daley for giving my Revenue job to...felons!! So much for working my ass off to try to get with the city when I worked as a temp this year. Now I'm working for a "sweat shop" where we're unpaid, unstaffed, and this past Saturday, had NO break after being there 8+ hours. I'm trying to get out, but thanks to YOU the jobs are way out north/nw of the city.

8/23/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger loaded dice in Vegas said...

Politics or Crime...Same Damn Thing

8/23/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much time could Sorich get?
A note to the judiciary:
unless you start HAMMERING these guys, the system will continue to be stained and Chicago, Cook Co and IL politics will continue to be seen as the most corrupt in the nation.

Vote Topinka/Birkett

8/23/2006 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A police officer gets comvicted of anything by the fed's he/she does BIG time. According to our orders, it's against dept. policy to have known felons as friends, apperently that does'nt apply to all city workers. Sorich and crew will do sometime and won't go to the same prisons that convicted police officers will go, get out of jail, and will be rehired by this administration. While all police officers have to live in the city all of us know a fireman, teacher, streets and san person that does'nt. So much for application across the board of the rules.
Oh, by the way 1st!

8/23/2006 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm finally first, it's just silly. It's silliness, just plan silly. I mean it's silly.

And he runs us, now that's silly!

8/23/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon. The guy's friends andprobably coworkers throw a fund raiser. How many times have we done the same thing for our guys who get jammed up and go to jail? All the time. How many of us, if we do not attend, give a few bucks or by raffle tickets, especially those who claim they didn't. Even exempts have contributed bucks. People even gave to Galligan and Mejenowski, even though Joe was "roundly hated by everyone." The only real story here is some rat who called the media.

As to clout, it is great to bash the system, until your guy gets something. All of you so called high minded, moral and ethical people whould kill your mothers to get a spot. So here is the challenge. WHen your friends get spots, Commands, tact teams, specialized units, or maybe someone wants to put YOY in for a merit promotion, and they ask YOU, yes YOU to come on over. Don't just say no, but say hell no. Tell them how moral and ethical you are. How high minded you are. Tell them you believe you should be chosen because you are such a great copper, not because you know them. Do I detect some silence here? I did not htink any of you high minded types were that stupid.

If this went on, patrol would have no problem with man power! They would have to trip the units and all sgts, lts, etc would be promoted off the legit list. I just saw on Fox news that hell froze over.

8/23/2006 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Sorich is a good man. He helped alot of people over the years including police officers. Signed the real police.

8/23/2006 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have info on Cortez Trotter being sued for reverse discrimination in regards to his church members being hired as dispatchers. I remember being assigned to a district in zone 3 when they were hired, real losers and the dispatchers were not happy about these idiots being assinged to work with them.

8/23/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSC..Tomorrow is a meeting with the Chicago Lodge 7 Unit Reps. They will be voting on whether to once again endorse Rod Blagojevich for Governor. The State Police Troopers Lodge 41 voted overwhelmingly to NOT endorse this goof again. This freak show has turned its back on law enforcement, and used us as pawns in his political games. This was evident at the FOP Convention in Chicago in July where he paraded a couple dozen Troopers in uniform to a press conference to sign a bill he had nothing to do with. He has robbed our pensions, took hard earned benefits away, and failed to replace key officers who retired, only to replace them with political hacks. Please have your guys call their unit reps and tell them not to give this goof another four years. Thanks. ISP Officer

8/23/2006 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The message to Sorich from "The Boys" is: "Look Bob, it'd look real bad for evybuddy you had to get trunked. OK? Bad for us; very bad for you. Capice? So lets do dis anudder way: Here's sum bread to get by on f'while an' we'll take care a your family too. OK? Just remember,Bob, remember fukkin' OMERTA, OK Bob? Ugottit?
Atta boy Bobby! Hang in dere pal, we're wit' ya! I knew you was awright! Summa da boys was wurreed,
dat's all."

8/23/2006 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Daley's Den of Thieves Dinner. $100.00 per person all in small bills please.

8/23/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Westcide Dog said...

Since we're here talking about corrupt elected officials, I'd like to direct you to a site that will give you a bit of info on our good friend, Todd "Urkel" Stroger.

I laughed so hard I peed myself!

8/23/2006 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC I posted about a ticket but I was under an old post "another travesty"

I posted it around 2100hrs.

Could you post that one here please?

Keep up the good work!

8/23/2006 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read "Captive City" by Ovid Demaris. Thing's have gotten alot worse since then and one hundred Patrick Fiztgeralds would only begin to scratch the surface. I see striking parallels to the current investigatons of political curruption to those of the early nineteen-seventies. I just seem to feel better about the present US Attorney than I did about North Park College's favorite son, Jim Thompson. But after the Tom Keane, et al went down it was us in Big Jim's crosshairs-for political expediency and not justice. And while Thanasaurus and Braasch got what was coming to them some of those coppers didn't do a fu*king thing wrong. Or so they thought.

8/23/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sgtbull said...
Okay, lets put this to rest.... I called Stacey and got the real story from the man himself....
A. He has not KNOWINGLY written any coppers speed tickets....he told me that and I know him and believe him.

B He DID write a speed cc to a CPD's wife's sister.....who said NOTHING about who she was.....The CPD guy called Stacey a few days later and things were taken care of....leave it at that.....

C Looks to me like he extended the courtesy further than most guys would have....probably further than I would have....

Looks to me that all the "brethren" were awfully quick to condemn one of their own without any thing substantial....Makes me wonder if you showed up on a t/s and the violator started whining about what awful treatment he was getting from the troop whether you would back the troop up or start commiserating w/ the guy about what a prick the officer was....
For all the concern about pissing off your potential backup, it sure seems that you don't mind knocking your potential backup who wears the SAME UNIFORM as you without justification.

Now, maybe its just me, but it would seem to me that an apology is in order....'course, that's just what would be expected as respectable behavior downstate....

9:24 PM

8/23/2006 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to: 03:37 pm.........don't know anything about Cortez being sued, but.....there's been a story around for some time that he and his ilk have had a "great influence" in folks being hired at OEMC in the recent past. Wonder if the feds know about that?....

8/23/2006 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Boooo HOOOO said...

Tired of reading crying jags and tantrums over tickets:

Aside from her not saying my brother in law is a cop. I'm a bit confused. So it was the cop's wife's sister that got a ticket?

At what point does professional courtesy cease? At the 3rd cousin the ex-spouse. Never wrote a copper and never had a problem with an immediate family member but it appears this episode is already a professional courtesy twice removed. Guess its anyone claiming or not claiming their a family member now. How is one even to keep up with a roller coaster ride like this. Maybe some of you wanting to give the store away can take DNA samples too.

Here's a thought the choice to extend a professional courtesy is just that a choice. Not so long ago we extended without question to other cop's, yes, even when they were assh#les. As to the claiming and not claiming family members. There were realistic limitations and this was all prior to FOP stickers and B.S. Hat bands showing up on just about any one's car, as we have seen blossom out of control over the past several years. This included parents and children, grand kids a brother or sister, along with Doctors, Nurses and often Teachers.

Personally some of you have taken it to a whole new level where we know your being played. Then you throw down on another when they don't play the same extreme game or write uninformed but hey, it's your personal courtesy call and being a cop these days, means less than being someone claiming to be related to a cop.

I still follow the beginning tradition of cop and immediate blood line you don't have you don't get it along with providing courtesy to Fire and life savers. Since I understand the true meaning of professional courtesy and prefer not being someone else's pimp clown. Grow up and tough if you don't like it.

8/24/2006 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 8/23/2006 02:50:29 PM

Anyone who gave money to that piece of shit Majonowski (sp?) is just as big of one. Why would you support someone who was selling personal info of police to bangers let alone the other crimes he committed? Screw him and screw anyone that supports him or anyone else who isn't on the side of the police.

8/24/2006 03:01:00 AM  
Blogger Schicklegroover said...

To 5:04: Thanks for the heads-up about FOP meeting. Good point about Rod parading out those cops as P.R. move. We should all contacts our unit reps. Now we just have to find them...
Speaking of FOP issues, interesting activity between wharej and SCC on the bylaw thread. Wharej says something about checking our mail and makes reference to seeing a federal judge today.

8/24/2006 06:26:00 AM  
Blogger Yahoo Mush Mouse said...

Now I finally realized why our great mayor wants felons to work for the Deparment of Revenue. He wants his felon buddies from the 11th Ward, convicted Federally to have a place to work when they get out of the Federal Pokie!

8/25/2006 01:54:00 AM  

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