Friday, September 26, 2008

Buying a Job?

Sure sounds like "pay to play." Or "pay to keep your job."
  • The Democratic candidate for Cook County state's attorney defended her practice of accepting campaign cash from employees within the office, saying Wednesday that it should not reflect on her ability to make tough calls if elected.

    Anita Alvarez, who currently holds the number three post in the prosecutor's office, was ripped by Republican opponent Tony Peraica, who questioned the ethics of her decision to accept donations from subordinates.

    Alvarez characterized the donations as small gifts from "friends" who wanted to express their support.
If we aren't mistaken (and in this case we're not), Daley's people used to have to kick in money for his birthday present. We think it was the Tribune that exposed this and the practice suddenly ceased. The story was that the "donation" was passed onto some of Daley's charities in his name, but tenor of the reporting made it seem that this was a pretty weak excuse for open and notorious graft.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anita Alvarez is a piece of work and should not be the candidate of the Democrats.

If you recall she won the primary after she ran an ad claiming she was a "soccer mom".

It was for from the truth. She resides in River Forest and the women who know her and whose children are part of the soccer team claim she is not a "soccer mom" that instead she was a crazy woman who claimed she was too important to take her turn driving children and never attended a game. They also refute everything else she stated in the ad,

Peraica should look into the claims in the ad.

9/26/2008 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Gov. Ryan caught pulling the same scam?

9/26/2008 05:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 AM

They should use their voice to demand that the SAO become a sword of justice and not a political cesspool and social club.

9/26/2008 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And as usual, people will read this and say, "Oh, that's terrible. It's the Chicago way." Then they will do nothing about it. No one will call and demand reform laws on this.

Sheeple. They need to be led and the Democrats are just the ones to do it.

9/26/2008 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

SO IF UR FELLOW OFFICERS RAN FOR OFFICE U WOULDNT DONATE?

THE LAST PEOPLE WE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT
R PEOPLE THAT THROW THEIR MONEY AWAY TO GET CLOUT.

HELL I THINK IM ASKED TO DONATE MONEY FOR SICK KIDS, CANDY, ILLEGAL LOTTERIES, AND MY FAVORITE RETIREMENT PARTIES...

JUST VOTE AT ELECTION TIME IF UR A CHEAPOO.

9/26/2008 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still think Anita Alvarez is hot.

SpankDaddy

9/26/2008 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's no different than having the arm put on you for the friggn Flower Fund. Funny the same 6 people are the only ones who benefit? Same goes for passing the Hat for whatever reason, gets passed around plenty for Supervisors & other assorted suckhole ilk, but rarely those who really need it.
Let's not even start w/ the Christmas Parties, good will towards all men, but screw you the rest of the 364 days? Then you got people buying their supervisors Christmas Gifts as well?
We got some serious housecleaning to do before we rip on the County, that's for sure.

9/26/2008 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Peraica is a whack job and he is no friend of the police.

Anita Alvarez isn't a friend of the police, but she isn't a whack job.

Lesser of two evils.

9/26/2008 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its sad to say, but nobody cares...
dirty politics=chicago

9/26/2008 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alvarez has no clue peraica not much better but at least he scares the shit out of daley and the 50 "quiet people". Every Christmas at the hall an envelope is passed around and filled with cash for daley, to all top employees does he report it on his taxes? Hello IRS could you step in and ask mayor freido? Thanks in advance!

9/26/2008 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony is crazy and grasping at straws. He is pissed that he can't raise money like the Democrats. The Republican party in Crook County is a joke. Four of those nimrods joined with Stroger to borrow $3.75 billion to help with the budget. We are screwed.

9/26/2008 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Back in the day when the current Shakman federal monitor of Crook County was an ASA assigned to Felony Review, JULIA NOWICKI was the best.

First-class act!

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As usual, come Nov. 4th, we will be voting for the lesser of two evils--anyone but a Democrat.

While most of us know to vote "NO" on the proposed call for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, remember this.

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has also introduced an advisory referendum to voters regarding a RECALL referendum mechanism for elected state officials.

If this city, county and state were not so corrupt, there should have been RECALL provisions in which the electorate could petition and force a ballot to remove the likes of Shortshanks, the Toddler, federal inmate George Ryan and Blowjobevich years ago.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with a RECALL REFERENDUM, you may remember that California voters recalled then Gov. Gray Davis. Davis was then replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sadly, based on the nation's worst corruption in local politics, most Democrats will fight such a meaningful reform tooth and nail.

Nowhere in this nation is a recall referendum initiative needed more desperately than in Chicago, Crook County and the State of Illinois.

9/26/2008 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA this is a riot. Milan FORCED people in that office to go to his parties during the primary and not a word was said. People are VOLUNTARILY giving money to Alvarez and this is an issue? Why, because wittle cwybaby Tony wasn't involved in the primary? I know a few cops went to some of her fundraisers, wonder what jobs she promised them? What a fuckin joke this thread is. Newsflash: People aren't giving Alvarez money for "jobs" or "favors"; they're giving her money because they know she'll get the job done and that the the person she is running against is an incompetent blowhole. If I worked there I'd give her money too.

9/26/2008 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nonsense. Has anyone ever known a person who ran for FOP President, or for an FOP officer position. Have you bought a ticket to a fundraiser? I'm voting for Peraica, but so what if coworkers she's known for 10,15,20 years buy a ticket to a fundraiser.

9/26/2008 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley supports Alverez.


That alone should tell you whom to vote for.

If she is a friend of Daley, she cannot be a friend of the police.

9/26/2008 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Not Tony Peraica said...

Why would anyone in their right mind allow subordinate employees to contribute to the campaign of their supervisor? Even assuming...(a really, really big assumption in crook county) that they expect nothing for the donation, does the phrase "appearance of impropriety" mean nothing? Two months down the road when a contributor and non-contributor are competing for any reward, would this not come into play?

Typical Crook County ASA politics...a bunch of political hacks every bit as much as every other facet of this rotten filthy system.

9/26/2008 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there isn't enough dirt in the world to keep alvarez from getting elected.

she has the money, clout, and corruption behind her.

the democratic lemmings of chicago are too stupid to vote for anyone else.

9/26/2008 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 AM


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Most Democrats actually hate Alvarez. She's only getting campaign money because they don't want to see Peraica as State's Attorney.

9/26/2008 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.

YOU SIR, ARE EITHER A DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT CAPTAIN OR A COMPLETE MORON!

9/26/2008 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI FROM DA MAYOR,

Waa Waa Waa, that's all you guys do. Just because you can't play in the big leagues..Just keep fucking up like you do so I can hold you up as an example of weeding out corruption..I appreciate all the smoke screens your dumb asses provide for me and my operation..Thanks again..

Your Mayor,
Dick Daley

9/26/2008 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

''donation'' = arm twisting with a smile on your face. bullshit doubletalk....

9/26/2008 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 AM

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You're either naive or stupid.

This is just the same old Chicago way of doing business. Money, corruption, and clout. You donate to Alvarez and down the line you fall into a nice rewarding position.

If I worked in the ASA office I'd bet on Alvarez too, it's a safe bet.

9/26/2008 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CROOK COUNTY DEMOCRATS PUT THE Old SOVIET UNION communist LEADERS to shame !!!!!!
When will taxpayer voters wake up from this terrible dream ???????

9/26/2008 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware of ALVAREZ, the Deceiver...
We need CHANGE in the STATES ATTORNEY's Office, not the same old Democratic punch 10 Machine Politicians and their Ilk. Just look at our crime, tax, education, corruption, illegal Immigrant Sanctuary to Criminals, lack of Police & Fire Dept. Manpower, etc; etc; etc; Worst in the U.S.A. Vote Peraica, if for nothing else than a shakeup to the entrenched crooks in power now.

9/26/2008 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence said...

This is a complete non-story. ASAs are interested in who is going to run their office and everyone knows Peraica is insane. It only makes sense to fund Alvarez's campaign. There's no "quid pro quo" and the individual donations being talked about are peanuts.

She's been there over 20 years, has made a lot of friends and if your friends don't support you, who will?

Or stated another way, where are Tony's friends? Liz Gorman, fellow Repub on the County Board? Pat Fitzgerald? Nah, not so much... :)

9/26/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was for from the truth. She resides in River Forest and the women who know her and whose children are part of the soccer team claim she is not a "soccer mom" that instead she was a crazy woman who claimed she was too important to take her turn driving children and never attended a game. They also refute everything else she stated in the ad,
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Q: how do you tell if a politician is lying?
A: her lips are moving.

9/26/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.
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the chance of him winning is low.

its always been part of the quid pro quo in chicago and cook county that county/city employees help their bosses get reelected.

9/26/2008 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - it's just the Chicago way.

You people keep electiing these crooks - live with it.

9/26/2008 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She'll be elected. Chicago is a joke and even with Richie, Todd and Blago everyone will keep voting Dummycrat.

9/26/2008 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez
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Go get your own blog counselor......shouldn't you be working on the next P.O you can fuck?

9/26/2008 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assistant State's Attorney's are not children (though I am sure some of you will beg to differ), ASAs can give their money to whomever they want. The difference here is that no one is forcing anyone to give anything. Those who do give are not being offered anything in return.

Tony is mad because no one in the SAO wants to throw a fundraiser for him. ASAs have a voice and they are using it by giving money to Alvarez.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 AM

Is this a joke?
Don't you see the inherint problems with this, after all you are supposed to be a super smart ASA?
What if for instance every ASA gave money to Alvarez except say 5 people. You don't think those five people would be made known to alvarez and treated differently.
If it came down to promoting a donor and one of the five that didn't can you honestly tell me Anita wouldn't factor that in?
Again, if you're too blind to see the problem with that, than i can only imagine how things go in your courtroom.

9/26/2008 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that we are always voting for the lesser of two evils and not the best candidate???

9/26/2008 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

I don't like Tony Peraica. I don't believe he's a reformer; he's an opportunist. There's something about this guy I don't like. Perhaps it is this: "He's a reformer today, but he's indicted tommorrow."

I've never met Anita Alvarez, but there's something about her that gives me the impression she'll indict someone to further her or the Daley Machine's ambitions. Like Peraica, I don't care for her. And that's the problem. Just who the heck are we supposed to vote for in the State's Attorney race? For me, it's not who i'm voting for, it's who i'm voting against. I'M VOTING AGAINST ANITA ALVAREZ BECAUSE SHE'S PART OF THE DALEY MACHINE. I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE DALEY MAFIA.

I've written in the past about the anger seething under the skin of every hardworking American out there. All of us in law enforcement see it every day we work the streets. This anger is a boiling storm of energy searching for a lightning rod to burst upon. Politicians such as Peraica and Alvarez will use any opportunity to direct that energy to the unwary. Unfortunately the unwary may end up being one of us.

To all those young coppers out there that still do the job I'm no longer physically capable of doing: Be careful out there. The present envirement for law enforcement isn't good. It won't get any better, as the approaching Great Depression II nears and more angry Americans seek the lightning rod to unleash upon.

I feel sorry for anyone who gets hit by it, but we all know somebody's going to take the hit for political reasons.

9/26/2008 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

"HI FROM DA MAYOR,

Waa Waa Waa, that's all you guys do. Just because you can't play in the big leagues..Just keep fucking up like you do so I can hold you up as an example of weeding out corruption..I appreciate all the smoke screens your dumb asses provide for me and my operation..Thanks again..

Your Mayor,
Dick Daley

9/26/2008 12:25:00 PM"
____________________________
Very good, very funny, and very true.

9/26/2008 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anita Alvarez is a piece of work and should not be the candidate of the Democrats.

If you recall she won the primary after she ran an ad claiming she was a "soccer mom".

It was for from the truth. She resides in River Forest and the women who know her and whose children are part of the soccer team claim she is not a "soccer mom" that instead she was a crazy woman who claimed she was too important to take her turn driving children and never attended a game. They also refute everything else she stated in the ad,

Peraica should look into the claims in the ad.

9/26/2008 04:12:00 AM

Don't fuck with those soccer moms Anita!

9/26/2008 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous 8 is 'nuff said...

People aren't giving Alvarez money for "jobs" or "favors"; they're giving her money because they know she'll get the job done and that the the person she is running against is an incompetent blowhole. If I worked there I'd give her money too.

9/26/2008 09:48:00 AM

Why would ANYONE want to give money? Money is a bartering agent.
Good wishes, honest and sincere exchanges of affection and other forms of endearments is what we should be giving and receiving.

Money only prompts a return. Money is an investment in the giver's future.

9/26/2008 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither Alvarez or Peraica are fieinds of the Police.. don't trust either one of them.

9/26/2008 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about you but as far as I'm concerned the Democratic party threw their support to Tom Allen for States Attorney therefore, Alvarez really doesn't owe shit to the machine. She'll get elected just being the Democratic nominee. Being female and Hispanic will definitely help her and she should win. Maybe since she knows that she doesn't have to depend on the "Machine" to get her elected she will actively go after them. Then again...lipstick does look good on a pig.

9/26/2008 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous old six shooter said...

Don't get me started with county government. The felony review is the most unethical unit in the state's attorney's office. What a fucking joke!

9/26/2008 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi People, Its Missy. I am so-so sorry for not posting for some time. I was on vacation with my Lawyer husband. We went to Southern Italy. Yes we had a good time.

Guess what, my hubbie got a parking ticket while in Italy. He broke a parking regualtion and had to pay it, no its or buts I told him. I spoke to the police officer there who wrote the ticket. Yes people, I speak the Italian. I told him I was a police officer and I am knowm as the "parking ticket guru" in Chicago.

I told him I write 300 to 500 parking violations a day. He smiled and told me that the one he gave hubbie was the only one he wrote that day. He also wanted me to give him the ticket and he said he would void it. I told him, "NO-WAY JOSE". The law is the law, period.

I did make a copy of the parking ticket and will frame it in my study.

Good news people, I have a partner!
Her name is Lilly and loves writing parkers like me.

She loves our Mayor like I do and she wants to help him get out revenue problem the mayor is trying to correct.

People, please do not say ill words about the mayor. Look what he has done of our city, and yes, us people that work for him.

Maybe I can get Lilly to start posting her.

Got to go people, I cannot wait to get back to 001 Monday and write-write-write parkers galore !

Be safe people,
Missy

P.S. Our mayor would never be like Alvarez.

9/26/2008 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those "friends" then get nice spots, don't they?

9/26/2008 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If I worked there I'd give her money too.

9/26/2008 09:48:00 AM"


As if you don't work there.


Or do you 'work' somewhere else, like, maybe, city hall?

9/26/2008 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the sheriff from Lake County isn't running for Cook County ASA....I'd give him money to his campaign pronto!

9/26/2008 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd vote GOP, but Periaca seems like a nutcase.

9/26/2008 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missy--

Have Lillie call me.

SpankDaddy

9/26/2008 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is it that we are always voting for the lesser of two evils and not the best candidate???

9/26/2008 06:49:00 PM"


Because:

1. the best candidates get knocked off the ballot before the elections are held

2. the best candidates don't even get enough signatures on their petitions to get onto the ballot

3. the best candidates are neither republicans nor democrats and are not taken seriously by either the media or the ignorant public

4. the best candidates are also the smartest and, thus, are smart enough not to waste their time, energy and assets pursuing the fantasy that the voters have as much sense as a gerbil, let alone more sense than a gerbil

5. the people who comprise the whole of eligible voters are either a) too lazy to vote, b) too lazy to register to vote, c) too lazy to use their brains when deciding who to vote for, d) too self-interested to vote for anyone honest, e) too complacent and resigned to thinking that their vote doesn't matter, f) too confused by the bullshit they're fed by the media concerning the candidates, g) any or all of the above



We try to raise our children to be sharp about the day to day business of living, yet how much effort do we put into teaching and guiding them to be fully aware of the immense power and responsibility inherent in their right to vote in our democracy?

And how much effort do we, ourselves, put into same?

9/27/2008 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were Peraica, I'd probably be a little nuts from all the democrat garbage coming out of crook county & shit-cago.

9/27/2008 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/27/2008 12:36:00 AM

Agreed, this is what happened to Ron Paul unfortunately.

9/27/2008 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buying a Job?


Isnt that in all Chicago by-laws??

9/27/2008 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So i was sitting at home enjoying a nice fine belgian brew and watching Gangland. It was about the SDs and then between the story shots Alvarez would talk about how single hand she brought down the gang. I'm like WTF. It wasn't the cops doing the grunt work it was the powerful ASAs of crook county.

9/27/2008 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wasn't Gov. Ryan caught pulling the same scam?"

Picturing Ryan as a River Forest Soccer Mom....hmmm....

9/27/2008 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay to Play, it's the CROOK COUNTY Way !!!!

9/28/2008 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anita Alvarez would be NOWHERE if she wasn't a female hispanic.

9/28/2008 12:35:00 AM  

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