Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anyone See an Issue Here?

  • With hope of restoring trust in city government that erodes with “every bribe that’s taken, every kickback that is tendered,” a federal judge sentenced an ex-City Hall insider to 10 years in prison Monday for rigging Chicago’s red-light camera program.
  • A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing.
That was for essentially soliciting a bribe - no money ever changed hands. In the first story, the guy was actually dealing in large amounts of cash.

Then you have this:
  • Darwin Sorrells, of the 7500 block of South Wentworth Avenue, served three years in state prison for 2013 convictions of receiving, possessing or selling a stolen vehicle and for unlawful use or possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was paroled in early February.

    He was convicted in 2011 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to five years on that charge. He also has felony convictions from 2007 for aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
That's what....five felonies since 2007? Violent felonies, four of them with illegally obtained weapons used on human beings. And he's currently up for murder with his brother - another felon.

While a briber gets 10 years and Blago rots for 14 years.

Might all the current outrage be better pointed another direction?

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41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still makes me wonder why neither of these fools started singing. Very curious. They must have been promised something awful good.

8/30/2016 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Florida Darwin would have faced life in prison 2 felonies ago. That's Darwin's law for you. Keep doing stupid shit until you get life in prison or killed.

8/30/2016 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago's crime was turning his back on those who made him .

8/30/2016 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep electing progressive democrats and this is what you get.

8/30/2016 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every crooked pol should be in jail to rot. Fourteen years is way to o short. Every pol convicted of a criminal act involving malfeasance should go away for at least 20 years. The only way to end the political corruption cycle is to show these lying POS that their criminal conduct will not be tolerated. End of story.

As for laws with set sentencing guidelines, if the sentences aren't long enough for one's liking then by all means solicit the General Assembly to change the laws that are currently on the books.

8/30/2016 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FREE BLAGO....

8/30/2016 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More sensationalist reporting. Pffffffffft. There isn't a problem with widespread corruption in the Windy City. It's as over-reported as those few fabled and mythic episodes of substance abuse in the entertainment industry.


8/30/2016 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wentworth is just another poor, dumb, innocent man caught in the system.
Besides, his crimes were probably all against his neighbors.
He never zcaused anyone in the Chicago Machine any pain or embarrassment.
Causing pain or embarrassment to the clouted clowns of the Chicago Machine is a real crime!
The others like robbery, rape, murder, and the like are merely ugly statistics to the Machine.

8/30/2016 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Blago's case you have a former federal prosecutor and former head of both the Illinois Dept. of Law Enforcement and Illinois Dept of Revenue who was appointed to the bench by a Republican president. I've know him since his time with IDLE, and there isn't a straighter shooter (I've seen him on the range, too) and more stand-up guy than Jim Zagel.

We all know, that had the Feds not pulled the plug on the wire, this would have led all the way to the then new White House.

I can't believe people in law enforcement have an issue with sentencing guidelines actually being being followed.

8/30/2016 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say, as nutty as Blago is, he got screwed.

8/30/2016 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Toni Preckwinkle and most in the black community think the justice system must be overhauled because too many black men are in prison. So they must be lenient on all black men, even if that means those black criminals return to their community and kill other black people who are walking with their kids. How can they keep getting the black voters to vote for them otherwise. Those black aldermen, Toni Preckwinkle and the reverends can't lose their power or money. They choose the black criminals to fight for instead of the good citizens in their own community. And,the white politicians go along with it because they don't want to be called racist.










8/30/2016 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something wrong here? Trying to sell a senate seat is worth a lot more than 14 years. Oh, by the way, that senate seat cast the deciding ballot on OBAMACARE. Demanding campaign contributions in exchange for helping to finance a childrens' hospital is worth more than 14 years.

So yes, something is wrong here. He should have gotten 2 life time sentences for being a narcissistic prick.

8/30/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apples and oranges. Fuck Blago. But what you say is true. The only real heavy time I think Ive seen anyone get is for shooting "at" us. I cant count the times they have plead after shooting a person and got peanuts. I mean actually shooting a person. This is your Congressional Black Caucus at work here, whom in their clout heavy wisdom have decided blacks shooting other blacks isnt important enough to house offenders for heavy time. Nor is carrying guns while riding dirty and gangbangering.

Hell a little prison time just upps your rep anyway. Boy 50 years of Chicago Liberalism has just ruined this place.

8/30/2016 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bills also refused to name names of other higher ups in the food chain. I say enjoy you're time. You deserve it.

8/30/2016 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

talk about injustice blago just didn't pay off the correct people. Then over here we have Detroit the former "motor city" bankrupt Trump going to give economic speech as clinton wants 10,000 illegal syrian refugees to have the jobs there that are left:

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/29/bill-clinton-calls-for-rebuilding-detroit-with-syrian-refugees/

democrats continue to destroy America hillary as president will be more deleterious than barry and his leadership has accomplished nothing!

8/30/2016 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Blago's case you have a former federal prosecutor and former head of both the Illinois Dept. of Law Enforcement and Illinois Dept of Revenue who was appointed to the bench by a Republican president. I've know him since his time with IDLE, and there isn't a straighter shooter (I've seen him on the range, too) and more stand-up guy than Jim Zagel.

We all know, that had the Feds not pulled the plug on the wire, this would have led all the way to the then new White House.

I can't believe people in law enforcement have an issue with sentencing guidelines actually being being followed.

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I'm sure every copper here hopes that Blago serves all 14 years, and this Bill guy does his 10. I'd imagine SCC's point is the disparity between a non-violent white collar crime getting 10 or 14 Federal years versus a 6-year-serve-3 State crime for violent offenses with a gun.

8/30/2016 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago got Heavy Time because he violated the "Democrat Party Code of Silence"! The Blue Code of Silence ain't shit compared to the Party Code of Silence. Remember Susan McDougal during Whitewater? She went to prison before she would snitch on Bill and Hillary. Add to the injustice, that Jesse Jr. Jr., got 18 months for actually stealing $750,000! Blago was made an example, for Talking Too Much. The Democrat Party controls the Judiciary, it is "Bigger than General Motors", as they said in Godfather 2!! Stay Fetal, Stay Fetal; Baby"G"

8/30/2016 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm no Blagojevich can but what the hell. NO MONIES EXCHANGED. to the other poster. You are correct . I'm sure that wire tap had both B.O. and Rham. Rahm was chief of staff at that time.

Q. How could the wire tap stop so soon? A. Because Obama and Rham were on it explaining that Valorie Jerret was getting g the job. Stop. Quit. Terminate. Destroy. Watergate. Rewind. Erase. Rewind some more. Erase again. Rewind farther back. Erase . Erase. Erase. That's how.

8/30/2016 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pussy liberal democrats crying abut gun control yet when they deal with criminals possessing illegal guns they let them go repeatedly.

8/30/2016 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Illinois prisons are running out of space and there's no money (or public demand) for new ones. So it looks like Rauner's commission wants to screen out non-violent offenders with more electronic home monitoring.

http://rebootillinois.com/2016/03/02/rauner-bipartisan-group-of-lawmakers-announce-illinois-criminal-justice-reform-package/53855/to

8/30/2016 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the last time that anyone heard the Catholic priest Fr Fleger say a prayer or ask anyone else to say a prayer?

8/30/2016 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...over here we have Detroit the former "motor city" bankrupt Trump going to give economic speech as clinton wants 10,000 illegal syrian refugees to have the jobs there that are left:

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/29/bill-clinton-calls-for-rebuilding-detroit-with-syrian-refugees/

8/30/2016 07:55:00 AM

The false, destructive narrative of infinite "growth" and infinite population increase -- false because resources are finite.

OK, fill it up more and name it "New Syria" -- it already looks like this.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2015/03/05/starting-over-in-dearborn-michigan-the-arab-capital-of-north-america/

"By 2007 Metro Detroit, if defined as Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw counties had the United States's largest Arab American population, larger than that of Greater Los Angeles if that region was defined as Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties...As of 2000 the majority of Metro Detroit's Arabs are Lebanese, Palestinian, Yemeni, and Iraqi."

"Assyrians have a near monopoly over Detroit's grocery stores...mainly due to White flight as a result of the 1967 Detroit riot which caused many white business owners to leave Detroit. Taking advantage of the situation, Assyrians purchased their businesses at rock bottom prices....In 1972, there were 278 grocery stores in Detroit owned by Assyrians, and In the mid-1990s, Chaldeans owned 1,500 grocery stores in Detroit...Most of the customers of these stores are African-Americans...Violence has occurred at the stores, and business owners have installed bulletproof glass and obtained firearms to protect themselves...over 200 Chaldean business owners in Metro Detroit were murdered from the 1970s to 2012."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Middle_Eastern_people_in_Metro_Detroit

So the pattern repeats itself, and what the Chicago Tribune describes as the "permanent underclass" remains in place.

More Syrians aren't going to fix this.

8/30/2016 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger MTS said...

Enjoy your 10 years Bills. LOL, on the "I've never heard of RLC or did contract negotiations." Seems he figured out how kickbacks work.

8/30/2016 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Brothers Sorrell never crossed up a pandering mayor or public official.
They will be granted a No Intent - Extreme Carelessness Defense and be out by Christmas or Holiday Season.

8/30/2016 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bills little, right hand Madigan man covering up for higher ups .. no way he would be allowed to keep Millions of $$ in bribe money for long .. Bills loses $115,000 pension,, Will he be taken of when he gets out of the slammer

8/30/2016 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was never a fan of Blago's but damn, has he gotten a raw deal. Especially after the appeals court sent the matter back to Zagel to review after throwing out FIVE of the convictions! How WOULDN'T that warrant a reduction in sentence? It's ridiculous.

8/30/2016 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John bills the first guy on the bus gets the best seat they don't want to talk to you any more see you in 8.5 years

8/30/2016 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

I hope Blago is taking good care of his hair.

8/30/2016 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a lot of Bridgeport Daley friends that did the movin on up song from Bridgeport to the Gold Coast,Hired truck Daley Scam.

8/30/2016 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about the bribes involved with Shortshanks and the parking meters.

That deal should be broken and can be broken.

8/30/2016 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago tried to screw his cousin and told his father-in-law to fuck off that's why he is doing 14 years. Could never understand why Blago didn't spill his guts don't think he had much too lose.

8/30/2016 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago's sentence was a message to all politicians who might ever think of singing on their corrupt sponsors! It had nothing to do with his crimes and everything to do with preserving the current corrupt establiment. The credo of the establishment is do not sing if caught. Take it like a man. It's really mafia type thinking. Period. End of story.

8/30/2016 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only coppers I ever heard saying Blago got a bum deal were the shady ones with something to hide themselves.

Bad guys always think they can get away with it, or that the time won't be too bad. They are right about the second one.

Repeat offenders repeat because the penalties are not harsh enough.

It really is that simple, so why do the politicians fight harsher sentences?

8/30/2016 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civilian here.

Re:
I'm sure every copper here hopes that Blago serves all 14 years, and this Bill guy does his 10. I'd imagine SCC's point is the disparity between a non-violent white collar crime getting 10 or 14 Federal years versus a 6-year-serve-3 State crime for violent offenses with a gun.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Federal judges serve for life. State court judges have to be retained every 6 years. There's your answer.

8/30/2016 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago reportedly without funds from The Children's Hospital while he demanded a $2 million dollar campaign donation making the children who were very sick have to suffer until the money was released to enable the hospital to buy medicines and supplies, etc. You are comparing Blago and a violent felon as if Blago was an innocent angel or only did a little harm. They both should have gotten 20 years, not either or!

8/30/2016 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One an offender reaches Stateville or Graham for intake & processing into The IDOC , the 5 year sentance automatically is cut in half unless it is a Class X felony once the offender reaches their assined "joint"
The inmate is given a educational assessment test , most of the offenders test scores are between 6 or a 7 on a 12 scale, with 12, meaning that possessing a high school graduate intelligence level, in my estimation 6 0% of all inmates throughout all Illinois correctional facilities, have about 6th or 7th grade education level and subsequently are assigned to mandatory "schooling"which takes place for about 3 or 4 hours in the morning and another group will go for 3 or 4 hours in the afternoon, Once a felon complees his/her GED requirements the inmate can receive 3 months of time off their sentence , now compound that with another 6 months of "good time" earned , after being at their assigned prison, without (having too many major) incident for 60-120 days a "enterprising"
pindividuals working in the kitchen, mowing lawns and cleaning up dorms or a cellhouses can earn a inmate receive another 90 days erased , going through Gateway drug treatment can net a offender45-90 days "Good Time" is the IDOC calculus, that makes a 5 year sentence, in reality a 2 year sentence, or in some cases 18 months
-Former IDOC Parole Agent

8/30/2016 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody at CDOT knew Bills was dirty. They had to. It was the classic scam - let Bills get his beak wet with this one and you'll get the next and I'll get the next. Anybody who looked at the Redflex deal knew it was fixed.

Bills was a dumb ass. Redflex was an Australian company with an office in Arizona and one existing small contract in Arizona before this deal. With Chicago, they got the largest red light enforcement contract in the world. They beat a big gov contractor that is now part of Xerox. Wow. No one would be suspicious of that. He could have had his "cousin" set up a brokerage account in Asia or Australia and get paid in shares or cash.

Keep it offshore, get paid over time, whatever. Keep the $100k+ City of Chicago pension. Get a consulting gig after the gap year.

He is so dumb, he deserves to be in jail.

8/30/2016 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Bills won't talk about who else was getting this money. He got off light with 10 years because he was not an elected official, but he took a lot of money and showed no cooperation or remorse. He is a Madigan man. He should have gotten 20 years so he would spill the beans. It is time to clean house of the political class.

8/30/2016 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Bills little, right hand Madigan man covering up for higher ups .. no way he would be allowed to keep Millions of $$ in bribe money for long .. Bills loses $115,000 pension,, Will he be taken of when he gets out of the slammer
8/30/2016 11:25:00 AM

He is keeping his mouth shut. When he is released he will get a trade job at McCormick Place just like all of the rest who kept their mouth shut. The political class might even give his wife a good job to tide them over. That is how it is done.

8/30/2016 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt in my mind if Darwin Sorrells had some bullets with serial numbers on his first arrest he would still be in jail right ?
Is that woman serious serial numbers on all bullets sold in Chicago ? Fuck Off stupid spend the money on parenting Classes

8/31/2016 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ten years get you 8.5 years.

8/31/2016 08:47:00 AM  

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