Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Illinois RICO

  • Local prosecutors have a new way to target street gangs under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.

    The new law is modeled after the federal racketeering law known as RICO, which was originally designed to target mobsters but in recent years has been used repeatedly by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago to target the top leadership of street gangs.

    Now the state version will allow county prosecutors to take similar action against a street gang as a whole, instead of individual members.

    "We may convict the soldier, but we never get the general," said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, whose office drafted the legislation. "This bill will allow us to attack gangs in a different way."

Anita, you never convict anybody. You plea everything you can and CI everything else. And your office drafting actual legislation doesn't actually fill us with confidence, especially after watching you a few years back attempting to interpret the Second Amendment. We also don't see the County having the financial resources to actually track down gang assets the way the feds do.

Whatever - we'll take a wait-and-see attitude on this one. New strategies have a very short half-life around here if you've noticed.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

.........you know this will work when all the bobbleheads are at the press conference!

6/12/2012 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RICO...... Suave

6/12/2012 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC's comments on Anita's resources and competence hit the nails tight on the heads.

Rest assured that is she does find a way to use this law, it will be against coppers.

6/12/2012 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none of the other illinois laws are enforced the way they are written (i.e. the Alex Valdez uuw by gang member law, suppose to be mandatory 3 yrs---YEA RIGHT, out in 1 if that)... how is this or the terroist one gonna be any diffrent

6/12/2012 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happned to the old Terrorism Omnibus act?

Armed Violence?

The 10,000 gun laws this state has?

Its just more wasted money for shit we're never going to get a "guilty" on.

6/12/2012 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous xcop7903 said...

The shysters are going to make out BIG time. How the fuck are they going to PROVE the identities of the gang heads to a typical crook county jury to get a conviction? Just another example of psuedo-legislative masturbation. Hope they printed plenty of copies of this so that Anita, Quinn, Rahmbo Nine fingers and McSnooki can all wipe their asses with it.

6/12/2012 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Robert Stack said...



Wake up!

6/12/2012 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anita needs to go. She's completely over her head and it's embarrassing to watch each day as her incompetancy manifests.

6/12/2012 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exactly is this effecting the shit heads on the corner throwing gang signs, shooting, bricking, being retaliatory targets and general plagues of society? That's the problem, not the 1% of the kingpins living in posh neighborhoods. This is not the f'ing movies. -010

6/12/2012 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. The politicians pretend to be doing something by passing things like this but they’re never enforced. So what if a career criminal is sentenced to 20 years, a year in jail time is equal to maybe two months real time in prison, unless you’re a productive member of society that is, then they’ll make sure you take it up the ass and serve every minute.

6/12/2012 02:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing but a joke.... And the county prosecutors will fuck this up so bad..... Just wait for the law suits. Try enhancing gun laws.. Make it MANDATORY that if a gang member is caught with a gun its 5 years prison for the first offense.. 10 for the second and life for the third. How hard is that to enact?? Make it where they do 85% of their time.. Forget RICO nonsense.

6/12/2012 03:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Nico Los Betos said...

Why would we ever trust Cook County to do something right? Too fat, corrupt, etc. When I moved from the city, first need was "no cook county". Hello DuPage. I'm so happy I don't live in that rotten place anymore.

6/12/2012 05:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a joke. Cook county lets EVERYBODY off with barely a slap--as evidenced by the shot-up burlar you wrote about a few days ago.

Nice that someone comes into your house, you are in such fear that you shoot them, and now they are out on the street on probation. What was that mutt's background like anyway?

And Anita, did you ever think about actually going for jail time for these shitheads? Maybe if the 'soldiers' do some time they won't be so ready to enlist.

And the days of great big gang leaders is over.

6/12/2012 05:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, right--refer to SCC post #2 above.

No need to say more.

6/12/2012 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should first try it out on our previous mayor and his fifty thrives.

6/12/2012 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its hard enough to get charges approved for the new being a gang member with a gun. How often will this be done???

6/12/2012 05:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The useless State's Atty office won't even approve (UUW gang member) charges on an admitted gang banger with gang ink covering his body who shoots another gang banger, and we are expected to believe this office can handle a RICO case! You have got to be fucking kidding me.
All this is another media, dog and pony show to appease the sheep and bullshit Reverends. I imagine this will work about as well as the PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD initiative or charging guys for delivery within 1000ft of a school or park. We know how often that bullshit works!

6/12/2012 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice and legislature sending quinn bill to release more non violent offenders!THEY WILL NEVER LEARN!!

6/12/2012 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, I'm sure they will charge it if the gang leader will go a video saying he is the leader of the gang and then, name off all his memembers and then have all identified members go on video identifying/confirming him as the leader, then the charges will be approve. Other than that don't bother calling Anita.
Just like the problems with the Valadez gang mber gun law. Anita is a dumb hack! Hope you end up in a federal joint!

6/12/2012 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tie Anita Alvarez to a chair and force her to watch
reruns of "Law And Order" and Jack McCoy, Adam Shiff,
and Arthur Branch will teach her how to prosecute criminals and put them away
in prison for long stretches.

6/12/2012 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it looks good on paper and in the soundbites on the 9:00 P.M. newscast.

6/12/2012 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legislators have no incentive to write a law correctly the first time because then they would not need to campaign about all the laws they need to fix. The Rico law doesn't define a street gang. Therefore it will be used against the wrong people ... like motorcycle clubs. It's easy to convince a jury that a conspiracy exists when it really didn't. Just like the federal rico, white guys with jobs and familys will go to prison because some prosecutor doesn't like bikers (thanks to hollywood) that don't hide in the shadows and they live the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The path of least resistance will be taken, and that won't include going after street gangs.

6/12/2012 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fucking joke! What we need is a state's attorney who will prosecute the laws on the books. That's it. No pleas. Everyone takes the hit they deserve and send these shits to jail where they belong. That's the biggest problem in this country. Everytime a problem surfaces we make a new law. People get fat in NYC, write a law to ban surgery drinks. Hey Anita - no new laws - just do the fucking job you were paid to do.

6/12/2012 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cook County States Attorney's office could indict a ham sandwich....provided it was being eaten by a Chicago Police officer compliments of a grateful deli owner.

6/12/2012 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck this Irish idiot. He abolished the death penalty. Let the murders continue!!!

6/12/2012 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have conviction statistics for Cook County,
and so, how much jail time was handed out over the last 5 years? Ten years? How about a conviction to incarceration ratio? I'll bet that the numbers declined beyond belief.
Cook County Jail used to whine and moan that it was overcrowded. Not anymore. I'm surprised that the cells haven't been turned into kennels for rescued puppies and livestock.
This city and county is pathetic. The whole system comprised of inept politicians, all tied to Daley.
And the same twits keep getting elected.

6/12/2012 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont make me laugh. You are going to have Asa's that barely graduated from John Marshall junior law college trying to interpret and prosecute a Rico law. They cant even handle a simple probable cause hearing. I will bet that in the next couple of years they willl not prosecute anyone with this new law. This was all a dog and pony show. We dont need new laws just prosecute and have truth in sentencing for the ones we have now.

6/12/2012 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exciting stuff!!!!

RICO is what took down the New York Mob. Just think if it could do the same thing with the BD's and GD's.

I know wishful thinking

- 8years on the job

6/12/2012 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Rahman is loving the fact that the national media is picking up on how violent Chicago is.


6/12/2012 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth in sentencing for gun crimes would send a msg.

6/12/2012 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we send them to devil s island? french foreign legion? maybe they want to live in a country that has no laws...like somalia.

6/12/2012 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does CI mean?

6/12/2012 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC's comments on Anita's resources and competence hit the nails tight on the heads.


I wish somebody would hit a nail on my head. Or just hit me with a hammer. A blackout would be sweet relief to these shit working conditions.

6/12/2012 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/12/2012 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey quinn , anita , and the rest of you , quit passing new unnecessary laws .
Enforce the current laws on the books , and quit letting these thugs out on parole or giving probation .
Pass one New Law Concealed Carry and our streets will be safe.

6/12/2012 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local Rico is already being called LOCO RICO! Because it is crazy!

6/12/2012 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/12/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another bullshit law like the laws on immigration. It's a joke. The entire system is a joke.

6/12/2012 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another law that won't be enforced...
Just what we need.....

6/12/2012 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not about crime. Who gives a sh-t about that?

It's about using the crime as a tool to fund the private enterprise of law firms and their lobby groups.

It's like the Governor just announced yet another Constitutional Challenge Contest with prizes for the winning law firms. Billions will be spent on this. Including lawsuits.

The "Broken Windows' message is broken and will remain broken until some elite bankers and politicians start serving some major time in the joint. Until then this is all just Kabuki Theater.

6/12/2012 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Obama got elected, a whole bunch of Chicago/Crook County politicians became jealous and started having aspirations of their own for higher office. Anita Alvarez is one of them. Seriously, do we really a state RICO act? The Federal RICO act can be used to prosecute Chicago gang leaders just as effectively (virtually every Chicago gang has out of state operations).

Anita Alvarez is just using this as a ploy to give herself more publicity! And it can be a serious detriment to Chicago police if resources for investigating street thug crime get diverted to investigating upper echelon gang leaders. Leave it to the FBI to investigate gang leaders, Anita, STOP trying to be Eliot Ness because you are NOT!

6/12/2012 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another real yawner on this one. It won't make any difference. If they really ENFORCED the laws on the books now a lot of this shit wouldn't be going on today. Allowing decent good law abiding citizens to Conceal and Carry would put a real dent in all this Gangsta shit. Ain't gonna happen so have the best summer you can outside of Chicago.

6/12/2012 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they apply RICO to Daley and his crooked cronies for stealing billions from the citizens of this city.

Seriously, where is the $2B from the Skyway? How was it spent?

Inquiring minds want to know.

6/12/2012 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Another real yawner on this one. It won't make any difference. If they really ENFORCED the laws on the books now a lot of this shit wouldn't be going on today. Allowing decent good law abiding citizens to Conceal and Carry would put a real dent in all this Gangsta shit. Ain't gonna happen so have the best summer you can outside of Chicago.

6/12/2012 03:17:00 PM

How about Quinn signing a stronger new law that forces the city to shore up our pensions?

Short-pants knew Armageddon was coming. That's why he left. No more money to squander or steal--why stick around?

And where is that forensic accounting of the city's finances that Ballerinanuts promised?

And one last thing--we do not have a suitable nickname for Quinn--

Any ideas?

6/12/2012 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This new law that will never be used in Cook County was pushed and shoved through the system thanks to anita's little buddy jack blakely. Jack bragged how his daddy supposedly wrote the federal rico statute. So baby blakely copied the wording wanting to make history in that he did what his daddy did.

Remember Jack was told to quit or be fired from the us attorney office because they recognized he was a moron and a liability. He quit and anita hired him, proving cook county only hires the best.

6/12/2012 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tribune's John Kass calls him Gov. Flip-Flop.
And it describes him to a "T".

6/12/2012 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Rico
Start firing up the electric chairs

6/12/2012 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well all I can say is bullshit once again!

6/12/2012 11:24:00 PM  

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