City and County Follies
Kind of a mini Quick Hits:
- It just keeps getting better for Troutman: The FBI says it found a loaded pistol, ammunition, suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia when it searched Ald. Arenda Troutman's home earlier this week. Agents also found "white powdery substance in a Ziploc plastic bag" when they went through her office. And they recovered a Christmas card with a $100 bill stuffed in it from a Chicago police commander.
- Only in Chicago: Two former alderman convicted on corruption charges in the 1990s will be allowed to remain on the ballot for the February election. Ambrosio Medrano and Virgil Jones were both convicted in one of the most extensive corruption investigations in Chicago history. The Chicago Board of Elections ruled Friday that both men should be allowed to run, even though hearing officers for the board said they should be banned from the ballot because of their criminal history.
- Way to go Toddler!: Poor people who couldn't prove they live in Cook County were denied care at county hospitals and clinics this past week. The move caught many doctors, nurses and longtime patients by surprise, and the backlash prompted Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to suspend the policy -- for now.
Just another typical day in the City of Chicago, County of Crooks.