Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How Did We Miss This?

  • A report from the City Council Office of the Legislative Inspector General concludes that 29 aldermen took in a total of $282,000 in illegal campaign donations in 2013. The donations, ranging anywhere from $500 to in excess of $50,000, were found to have violated the city’s ethics ordinance, according to Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan.

    The ordinance limits aldermen from receiving campaign contributions in excess of $1,500 from "persons who have done business with the City or its sister agencies within the previous four years, persons who are seeking to do business with the city or its sister agencies, and lobbyists."

    The ordinance defines “doing business,” as receiving more than $10,000 in a calendar year from the city. The L.I.G.’s office would not say who the aldermen were, but assistant Legislative Inspector General Michael Graham told "Chicago Tonight" that the office found “four aldermen that had $50,000 or more in questionable contributions.”
We're surprised it's "only" $282,000. He must have missed a few a zeros at the end of the total there - but aldercreatures have been stealing for years and Khan has only been inspecting for a little while.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

EX ALDERMAN John Pope Took a Big Kick Back From the Ford Motor Co. On the South East Side , Everyone in the 10 Ward Knew about That One , Except the Suits . What a Joke , and that one was one of many .

11/17/2015 03:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good inspector general goes a long way towards keeping bureaucrats and politicians honest. Mr. Obama hates inspector generals.

11/17/2015 04:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldermen and Mayor are thieves! Yet, Police Officers have to take that stupid Ethics test every year! Time to get rid of half the crooked Aldermen now! What a joke this city is! Where are the Federal guys when you need them here in the crooked city council?!

11/17/2015 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Didn't know about that cap. Anyone look at Burke? I used to do business with the City and at the time my checks to Burke were for more than that allowable amount. This was 5 years ago. I no longer do business with Chicago. It's not worth it. Way too much bs and you never get paid.

11/17/2015 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should fire more police because of this? Pricks

11/17/2015 05:45:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Good luck Kahn. Captain Kirk didn't like you but I adore you.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

11/17/2015 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slush Fund.

Modeled on New York Police Foundation.


Disgraced criminal former NYPD Chief Kerik used it to have plaster of Paris busts made of himself to give as gifts.

Bratton is currently using it to award consulting contracts to friends.

If it's happening here, Emanuel is getting his end.

Just another way to buy influence.

11/17/2015 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't I read the Feds came in and took his computer and files. Are they actually going to do something? Nah.

11/17/2015 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what we learn from this is that the LIG was sitting in an office collecting a paycheck for 4 years and had no teeth to finish any investigation he initated.

We also learned that he had information regarding some type of Official Misconduct. BUT waited till his last day of work to turn this information over to the Feds.

As a personn who has spoken personally to this past LIG regarding complaints involving former and current Aldermen along with former and current Mayors. He knew where his place was and would not even leave his office to secure the required signed affidavits. Or secure any evidence, that established any of these allegations.

His most memorable words to me were, "Even if I secure a signed affidavit on this allegation, I must notify the City Council of the allegation which means the accused member would be told of this investigaton."

So us tax payers have spent money on a LIG THAT DID NOTHING. And now is eligible for a pension........

Where do in find these jobs....

11/17/2015 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethics?, we don't need no stinkin' ethics!

11/17/2015 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. They take in tens of thousands illegally. But if I forget to fill out the Ethics form EVERY year, they fine me $30.

11/17/2015 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT

Be aware when traveling by air.

Man confirmed to have carried loaded handgun on flight. No TSA inspection video of ordeal on youtube

11/17/2015 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous IN THE KNOW said...

With 50 Aldermen just being a rubberstamp body of legislators, why not cut down the size of the City Council to 20 or 25 at most?

No great loss as far as any political masterminds or government innovators. They could ALL go back and find jobs at Home Depot or Starbucks.

Cut back the City Council by 50% and take ALL that money and pour it into Police hires and ongoing operations.

That would be a good "sacrifice" for the political class to make in order to "save the City".

11/17/2015 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But taking bribes and kickbacks is " doing business ", the Chicago Way.

11/17/2015 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Robert Peel said...

FINALLY!!!!!


FBI picks up Chicago City Council inspector general computers

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-council-inspector-general-fbi-met-1117-20151116-story.html

11/17/2015 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why Burke gave back the $1000.00 !

11/17/2015 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. Gym Membership With Our Health Insurance Plan

With our health insurance plan, you can get a gym membership for only $25 per month. Buying it via them allows you to visit multiple gyms (LA Fitness, Snap Fitness, Blast and other smaller chains). I will go to the one closest to my house which is in Evanston and every once in a while I will go to LA Fitness for their steam room. No contracts and no cancellation fees. I enrolled in it three months ago.

At the www.bcbsil.com website, log in and on the right side there is a tab for "fitness program". Click on that and it will walk you through the whole process. Or just call the health insurance company.

11/17/2015 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT -- FORGET Chiraq

This captures the essence of Chicago. Chicago needs this dog as its chief public relations officer. Watch how he handles an unruly crowd. The people relate to his tough love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33zPlnhymCU

11/17/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kkkkkkaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhnnnnnnnn!

11/17/2015 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Feds took his files Friday.....hopefully they'll follow through and hammer some of those p.o.s. sitting on the City Council.

11/17/2015 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FBI came with a subpoena and collect his files. Supposedly a half dozen to a dozen aldermen are being looked at. The FBI does not start something they don't think they can finish. 29 Aldermen convicted while in office since 1972 and more after they left office.

11/17/2015 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let it ride...

We hope the Feds do the right thing and fucking destroy
the city counsel because they're one of the contributory
sources of embedded misery & Fuckery run rampant in this city.

11/17/2015 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to log on and take your ethics training or they'll get a CR#. WTF

11/17/2015 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its billions just ask the 11th ward the axis of evil

11/17/2015 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I signed a complaint against an aldermen. Then never heard back form this guy. Guess he knew his job was to sit on all the complaints. I read somewhere he was getting over $200 an hour. And residing in two residences since his wife would not move to chicago.........

We have been taken to the cleaners folks and the 5th floor allowed it.

11/17/2015 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC

If city allows police cr numbers to be released, where are all the complaints or allegations against the aldermen and mayor kept. The OLIG web site shows vague short stories no investigations.

11/17/2015 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It took the Feds 20 years to get Tom Keane,nothing is impossible

11/17/2015 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if VRI will continue for next year? VRI for some of us is a blessing and we can use the extra cash. For those of you want to judge me for working VRI you have no idea about my particular situation and why I need the extra money so lay off with your judgemental attitudes!

11/17/2015 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Sir Donkey, esq said...

And the feds raided Kahn's office and seized a lot of paper work. I'm betting the feds do a better job of losing those papers then Area 3 could.

11/17/2015 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we get spared if we don't take ethics training on time..

11/17/2015 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And these Idiots decided that we have to take an Ethics test every year...
"Rome is Burning, and the Band is Playing on..."

11/17/2015 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only hope the investigation leads to some indictments.

11/17/2015 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city council is walking around with some puckered up assholes today.

11/17/2015 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And nothing will happen to any of them. Next.....

11/17/2015 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/17/feds-may-force-irving-teachers-cops-into-re-education-workshops-because-of-clock-boy/



Feds May Force Irving Teachers, Cops Into Re-Education Workshops Because Of ‘Clock Boy

11/17/2015 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/11/17/gutierrez-refusing-syrian-refugees-despicable-and-cowardly/




GUTIÉRREZ: REFUSING SYRIAN REFUGEES ‘DESPICABLE AND COWARDLY’

11/17/2015 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for more and more to leak out as Rahm will suggest that the number of alderpersons be reduced as a budget saving measure. He doesn't need them anymore now that they have rubberstamped his property tax increase.

11/17/2015 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Germany evacuates stadium full of people tells them "hurry up and go home!" A suitcase was found!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/germany-vs-netherlands-cancelled-hannover-6849366

And they still are forcing us (via obama crew) to accept all these illegal invading militants from everywhere! "without borders we don't have a country" Donald Trump quote!

11/17/2015 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.steynonline.com/7299/the-leader-of-the-free-world-and-his-universal







Mohamed's brother self-detonated outside the Comptoir Voltaire in Paris on Friday night, but his mum thinks it was an unfortunate accident and he didn't mean to kill anyone:

The mother of a Paris suicide bomber says her son 'did not mean to kill anyone' - and claims he may have blown himself up because of stress...

Ibrahim's mother suggested his suicide jacket may have gone off by accident and said he could have carried out the attack because he was 'stressed'.

11/17/2015 01:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FBI better not back off on this one
put the crooks in jail
reduce alderman from 50 to 12 , mayor the tie breaker if necessary

11/17/2015 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

simple we have 23 police districts one alderman in each dist. give them office space in caps office. Free rent and security. And when the city closes the station they are unemployed see how many police stations get closes

11/17/2015 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see a website listing this info?

Who donated?

How much are contract worth?

Did alderman vote for considerations the donators might have had?

Yet the media wants a video of a high lunatic with a knife stabbing a squad car and being shot.
Web traffic is very important for news paper so the city should have its own youtube channel and post the shooting. Ad revenues would off set the riots and all that OT.
They should even copyright the video so everyone has to pay.

I know RAHM is the business mogul who was gonna save the pensions.

11/17/2015 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look up sleazy slimeball in the dictionary you'll see the 50 alder thieves and Rahm.

11/17/2015 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another investigation that will lead to nothing except the waste of money. Oy vey.

11/17/2015 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but what everyone thinks we really need is more police oversight! Cameras, receipts, more cameras, more paper, websites with all our CR history for the public to see. But the politicians... Nothing. These people have too much privacy for being in public service sector. It's high time the politicians to be held responsible. I want to see them get hooked to the lie box before taking office, cameras all over their offices, receipts for all people they've been in contact with, websites created by outside entities that list their work history and complaints ect ect.

11/17/2015 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.

Never crash into a police a car, hurt a deputy and try to run.

Video of an Arrest in San Francisco Triggers Investigations Into Deputies’ Use of Force

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/us/video-of-an-arrest-in-san-francisco-triggers-investigations-into-deputies-use-of-force.html

11/17/2015 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rules are for the common man....keep voting for the devils

11/17/2015 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need them all to wear body camera !

I am sure no one in the world is shocked

11/17/2015 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....Didn't I read the Feds came in and took his computer and files.....

.....We also learned that he had information regarding some type of Official Misconduct. BUT waited till his last day of work to turn this information over to the Feds.....

Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan, who was appointed by Rahm to give a False Impression that Rahm was going to Clean UP the City actually had no powers to follow through on any investigation, just as Rahm and the prior Alderman wanted it.

Then to really get rid of him, they just took away his budget and payroll.

His Fu** You to them was to call the Feds and release all his files to them, good move. Now we have to wait and see if they really want to move forward on these investigations.

Watch for them to jump on John Pope, and the Ford Money. Pope lost his spot by 20 votes and Rahm bailed him out by paying off his debt and giving him a Cush, do nothing job at the Water Plant.

11/17/2015 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
So what we learn from this is that the LIG was sitting in an office collecting a paycheck for 4 years and had no teeth to finish any investigation he initated.

We also learned that he had information regarding some type of Official Misconduct. BUT waited till his last day of work to turn this information over to the Feds.

As a personn who has spoken personally to this past LIG regarding complaints involving former and current Aldermen along with former and current Mayors. He knew where his place was and would not even leave his office to secure the required signed affidavits. Or secure any evidence, that established any of these allegations.

His most memorable words to me were, "Even if I secure a signed affidavit on this allegation, I must notify the City Council of the allegation which means the accused member would be told of this investigaton."

So us tax payers have spent money on a LIG THAT DID NOTHING. And now is eligible for a pension........

Where do in find these jobs....

11/17/2015 06:54:00 AM

I think you missed some little details.
First, we knew when he was hired that these limitations on his 'powers' existed.
(You could have been raising your concerns about this for several YEARS now.)
Second, he was involved in joint investigations WITH the feds. When he found he had no successor to turn the files over to, they were secured by the feds.
Read the WHOLE story, instead of extrapolating from misleading headlines.

11/17/2015 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city council is only responsible for creating ordinances not following them. Rules are only for little guy who is not connected. Power corrupts. The greed for money totally corrupts. Much like Congress who writes law for the common folk but exempts themselves. The Affordable care Act or O'Bamacare is an example of the Congressional rule makers and their staffs exempting themselves from the laws which the pass.

There is a glossy booklet published by the city written by then Board of Ethic director Steve Berlin titled: Ethics in City Government. Obviously this is not required reading for criminal enterprising city council. Looks good on the city website with lots of related educational ethics based reading materials. All for show giving a false impression of honor and accountability by a legally controlling body.

# Aldermanic Ethics Awareness Matters

11/17/2015 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why they are collaborating with the gangs.

11/17/2015 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Cities Career website...there is a posted job opening for a LIGO.

11/17/2015 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The Feds took his files Friday.....hopefully they'll follow through and hammer some of those p.o.s. sitting on the City Council.

11/17/2015 08:04:00 AM

Seriously dude....it's "Puff, Puff, Pass"

If the Feds haven't done shit to Shortshanks, why the fuck do you think they are going to do shit now?


11/17/2015 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its about time the feds stepped up to the plate, submitted computers for forensic examinations, initiated an investigation and an inquiry into corrupt business as usual protocols of the silly council. Not that the State's Attorney General, the Cook County States Attorney's Office Public corruption Unit, the Cook County Sheriff's Police nor the Chicago Police Department would initiate an audit or conduct a financial accounting of the practices of elected officials assuring compliance to established ordinances and applicable laws.

Rule #1-Don't make waves. Mess with party members and you will be blacklisted and banned from holding a position in the higher circles of law enforcement with a higher pay grade and egotistical power. After all, in theory police work for the people not for an entrenched political network. Its not like the aldermens killed someone. Its only money. But this is the city, not some ethical utopia.

11/17/2015 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see some alderman running into the federal building avoiding the t.v. cameras. One has to wonder how many of the aldermen are sweating an losing sleep knowing the suits are looking into their money. Why become a part time alderman if you can't make fat stacks on the side off the books.

11/17/2015 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another stadium evacuated in Germany police tell citizens not to walk in groups:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/germany-terror-alert-second-stadium-6850545

Could these help us with urban terrorism we have in englewood and the west side?

11/17/2015 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Andy Shaw miss this?

11/17/2015 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maldonado,Moreno,Moore,Burke and few other are part of the CROOKED big fat rats.
Can wait to see them vacationing in Club Fed!!!

11/17/2015 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing is going to come of this...

11/17/2015 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about the Feds. doing anything. They are Obama's political police. Remember, just a few years back when the US Attny Fitzgerald was apparently the only person in all of Illinois who DIDN'T know Richard Daley was a thief? They bought him off, as usual for US Atnys. with a fat do nothing job at a connected law firm.

11/17/2015 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds familiar. Like Mikey, quiet the whole time but when he forgot to mail the letter and caught in a lie- he desperately alleged criminal activity without proof. When are we going to see these "emails". The answer: never, because they dont exist AND fop is in a hurry to settle with Mikey to the tune of $600k. Rumor from todays meeting.

11/17/2015 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger Sir Donkey, esq said...

3:23 pm.

Couldn't agree more.

11/17/2015 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

The Feds will do NOTHING with the evidence but destroy it. The FBI in Chicago ONLY goes after Chicago Police. No democrats, no mayors, no white alderman. Only police, two dumb governors and an occasional alderman.

11/18/2015 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.businessnewsworld.com/news/stroger-executive-gets-100day-sentence-for-dui-fatality-of-bicyclist.html

100 Days for a fatal DUI?!!! My fatal DUI's the offenders got at least 7 years for that. But I guess when you are a hospital executive you only get a couple months and a promotion and a end of the year bonus and Prekwinkle raises taxes to pay for the P.O.S.' new "flexible" spending account. Two tier system of justice or corruption is alive and well here in Crook County.

11/18/2015 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, the sheep in this city will vote them back in!

11/18/2015 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the feds raided Kahn's office and seized a lot of paper work. I'm betting the feds do a better job of losing those papers then Area 3 could.

11/17/2015 09:31:00 AM


Dennis Walsh's safe at home couldn't hold all the files so they called in the Feds.

11/18/2015 05:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:02pm...the difference is, Daley knew where all the bodies are buried and had a whole network of people in front of him willing to fall on the sword and take the fall b4 anything ever came back to him. The only other person in city govt with that much power is Burke. So yes, something might come out of all of this.

11/18/2015 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Sounds familiar. Like Mikey, quiet the whole time but when he forgot to mail the letter and caught in a lie- he desperately alleged criminal activity without proof. When are we going to see these "emails". The answer: never, because they dont exist AND fop is in a hurry to settle with Mikey to the tune of $600k. Rumor from todays meeting.

11/17/2015 10:24:00 PM

$$$$$

Ask Sgt. Mike and Billy the boxer about emails. I think they got slapped down this summer by just two. If you don't go away 2k will come out and take down the whole group of you.

11/18/2015 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny that if a law enforcement officer takes $1.00, he's guilty by all means and stripped of his pension once he receives a Felony.. CEO Barbara bird Bennett spend 20.5 million, by giving no bid contracts and she received 2.3 In kickbacks but keeps her pension? Crook county at its best! How is that for ethics training?

11/18/2015 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you missed some little details.
First, we knew when he was hired that these limitations on his 'powers' existed.
(You could have been raising your concerns about this for several YEARS now.)
Second, he was involved in joint investigations WITH the feds. When he found he had no successor to turn the files over to, they were secured by the feds.
Read the WHOLE story, instead of extrapolating from misleading headlines.



extrapolating??? Stop with all the fancy words,your confusing me.

11/19/2015 06:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Hartsfield said...

I want to see an ordinance create that if any Alderman have been found to be involved in any illegal acts will lose their job, as well as jail time. I have filed many complaints that have been ignored by the Aldermans the Cook County Comissioners, the former United States Attorney Patrick Fidzgeld, the ONLY ONE THAT DID RESPONSE WAS THE CHEIF JUSTICE TIMOTHY EVANS!

12/10/2015 10:24:00 PM  

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