Friday, November 24, 2006

Nepotism and Outright Thievery

It certainly is amazing how Cook County politicians seem to have some sort of genetic makeup that not only renders them immune to sarcasm, irony and shame, but they also seem to be able to pass on their governing genes to their offspring with amazing regularity. The latest:
  • The family of interim Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele has a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. She is about to step down as a county commissioner and a deal is in the works to appoint her son as her replacement.
And why would she be doing this now?
  • Bobbie Steele's decision to give up her $85,000-a-year commissioner's seat, also means her pension will be based on a salary of $175,000 a year for the last four months. So she'll be collecting an additional $65,000 immediately. If she lives to be 85, the difference between the two pensions will be about a million dollars.
Channel 7 and the Sun Times have coverage. Does anyone really wonder why pension systems are in such dire straits?

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, if Stroger's son can take his place, why SHOULDN'T Steele's son take hers? Remember, this IS Cook County.

11/23/2006 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK WHAT ABOUT THE HUNDRED OF POLICE OFFICERS WHO SHOULD BE ALOUD TO GIVE THEIR KIDS THE JOB. THIS IS BULLSHIT AND CITY AND COUNTY WILL FALL UNDER FEDERAL OVERSITE.

11/23/2006 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a bunch of CRAP!!!! Just disgusting! The politics over in the County are worse than Chicago.

11/23/2006 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

It's because our city 'leaders' only do for themselves, their families/relatives, and friends.

They have screwed the working people in this city and driven Chicago into the ghetto ground.

11/23/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This city/county is a ceasepool. I am taking my pension and moving in a matter of months. If all of you were smart, you'd follow.
Go to a real department/city/county where they actualy take care of their police!

11/24/2006 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cook County: Politics as usual.

11/24/2006 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous cosmo kramer said...

I am outraged that the media is referring to today as "Black Friday".

Those with compassion and sensitivity will embrace diversity by referring to the day after Thanksgiving as "AFRICAN-AMERICAN FRIDAY"!

11/24/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody tell Claypool to shut the f*ck up. He's on the news the last couple days bitchen about todd/steele. He could've jumped ship,along w/Quigley(Quigley down under-yea under Claypool)and backed up Tony(lets storm da castle)Peraica. These 2 so-called reformers dropped the ball bigtime and chose politics-as-usual over true reform. Tony da P. would've rocked dat boat bigtime. A righteous reporter(I forgotti, we dont have 1 in this city)oughta shove that microphony is f*ckn face the next time he's yappin and put "it" on his liberal ass.
Speaking of which: why dont all u liberal pukes kiss my ass!!!!!!!!!!!

11/24/2006 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you mean CROOK County don't ya?

These crooks set the laws to benefit themselves, but that does not mean the law is right or legal now does it? Can we all chant the CITY/COUNTY mantra now...

THE FIX IS IN, THE FIX IS IN, THE FIX IS IN, THE FIX IS IN... repeat until to you're promoted... or put on psych medical.

11/24/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the point:

Fine, go ahead. BUT, pensions for elected office should be given ONLY to those actually elected.

11/24/2006 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago Politics at its finest. Both sides are doing the same thing wether they are black or white, democrat or republicans. We as police should answear calls and go home. Dont get into bullshit, no one really gives a fuck if we get injured. The only ones to watch out for is our family and fellow officers.

11/24/2006 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT'S A DISGRACE

11/24/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help me out here college boys-

We are suppose to live in a elected representative republic?

But in Cook County we live in a ????? whats is called when a family maintains power?

HMMMMM....Monarchy? No wait thats what King Ritchie is in the State of Chicago.

But then again we live in The County of Cook, City of Chicago so that makes most of the citizens Dispassionate about the "elected" officials.

What about term limit imposition in Cook and Chicago? That will happen concurently with the removal of Residency Requirements.

11/24/2006 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 8:41am--I laughed my ass off after reading your comment! way to go--LOL

11/24/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous just a taxpayer said...

This needs to change, no if ands or butts need to apply.

First off, why on earth should someone being Steele this time AROUND inherit a huge pension boost bump after filling a temp seat for only 4 months? She should pension out at her original pay scale. The County budget is out of control and once again we have another reason why. Spend, Spend, Spend! If this is an ALLEGED ordinance, a rule or law it needs to be changed NOW, knocking her and her ordained heir immediately out! Apparently its now fully in our face that these politicians own the exclusive rights to all these seats. Screw and dismiss all our aka citizens concerns over the mass corruption, misspending and mis-management in our so called Governments! Boy sure appears that Democracy has been completely taken over by the chosen few self ordained elitist's and blasted in all our faces with a snicker. This is a WE RULE YOU and YOUR answerable to US insult. I have little if any faith in this County, City or State's governing abilities! We have been once again consumed by a requester who is actually dictating their whims by crying. "It's a tradition and I will use the ploy of other's past, just to get my demands aka requests met just so I get my way!" WHEN WILL ENOUGH BE, ENOUGH! If ever picking was justified this is a prime example.

Second off, reflecting on the above again because it ticks me off! Since when is a request for a son set in stone and then named a tradition? Yes, it's been done in the past with other politicians and it's also become a hot issue that many tax paying citizens claim they are disgusted with. Since when did these positions become sole right ownership without input from any of the many citizens? Where is the verbal outrage and over-site. Oh yeah least I forget, Steele pulled this off on a holiday. Did she also bill us for the day and her family Turkey decision of her formal announcement via media? Cleaning up the County what a bad JOKE!

11/24/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats REALLY embarassing is the way some of you guys spell. Aloud? Did you mean allowed? Ceasepool? Did you mean cesspool? Actualy? Did you mean actually? And then you read, or should I say attempt to read the post from 9:15:33. I mean WTF? Can't you guys spell properly or construct a coherent sentenace?

11/24/2006 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really shows that Crook County and the City of Chicago really aren't afraid of the Feds, as they're doing things the same as usual, with only perhaps a bit of a different smokescreen. Perhaps they know something we don't. After all, how many of these politicians ever get caught, then convicted? Not many, as there are hundreds of them and their co-conspirators that are corrupt, and in comparison, very few ever pay the price. Then it's usually just a slap on the wrist, like the Sorich conviction. He'll probably still have his pension when he gets out, which will probably be before we CPD cops get our next pay raise.

Take your time, do things right,Stay safe, and
DUMP DALEY.

11/24/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous spelling/grammar police said...

6:03 PM

You neglected to insert an apostrophe in "What's".

There is no letter "a" in the word "sentence"

People who live in glass houses...

11/24/2006 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sentenace? You mean sentence?..Dork!

11/24/2006 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 11/24/06 6:03:07pm

Thanks Mr. Claypool; next time Im putting a SENTENACE together, I'll be more careful!

Say hello to Quigley for me...

11/24/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sentenace????

11/24/2006 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a far catch, but lift the residency req. I don't shop in the city, and I live next to the South Burbs. I could buy a newer and bigger house in Burbank or Oak Lawn. We shouldn't have to worry about our children going to a crappie CPS gang infested zoo or paying outrageous private school tuition. WTF!!! There's really place to build a new house in the city for the small lots offered. I could do a tear down in the getto, and place a watch tower with a 50mm on the roof. That might make it worth wild! Every year retirement looks even better. PLEASE Remember when it's time to vote again for city alder-crap fucks let's show them how we roll. LOL!!! Is there anyone that can take on the machine? (I mean anyone really worth voting for.)

11/24/2006 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"spelling/grammar police said...
6:03 PM

You neglected to insert an apostrophe in "What's".

There is no letter "a" in the word "sentence"

People who live in glass houses...

11/24/2006 09:45:41 PM"

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Let's also not forget the second l in actually from our studious friend!

11/26/2006 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kets hope Fitzgerald goes after all the CPD "MERIT" lies I have a friend who? I dropped $$$ to my Alderthieve? My kid is smarter than you! Get them fitzgerald and check out head of police finance what a stroke F.W.

11/26/2006 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous True East Sider said...

In the Sun Times of 30 November 2006 there are two articles concerning outgoing County Board Member Bobbie “I’m not a bandit” Steele. Personally, I refuse to refer to anyone occupying that position as President. Page 13 has an article where she refuses to answer questions about the inflated pension benefit she allowed herself. Her quoted reply was “I am finished answering questions”. Page 23 has an article were she is quoted as telling Governor Rod “I am a bandit” Blagojevich that Cook County is in dire financial straits. On the radio this morning I heard her make the comment that “no one in my community, my church, my neighborhood has a problem with it.” I could only assume her remarks were in reference to her pension swindle and not new streetlights in her hood. Well Ms. Steele members of your “community” are clueless if they don’t have a problem with your blatant misuse of office. With one side of your mouth you cry poor mouth while the other side is stuffed full of Cook County pork. As Mr. Rogers used to ask “can you say hypocrite.” I invite you to come to my community, namely the working class– blue collar East Side / Steel Mill Variety, and see what kind of comments you receive. You can rest assured the comments won’t be the same. In the likelihood we never meet and I’m not allowed the opportunity to confront you directly, here is what I would say to you: “You are a bandit, you are a thief, you are a disgrace to your position, and you are no different than the rest of the bandits and thieves who masquerade under the title of politician.” Alas, the final insult you try to leave us with is none other than your son.

12/01/2006 05:30:00 AM  

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