|The incompetence, corruption and outright lying by this self-styled socialist is unprecedented even in Chicago|
As Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s security chief, Delwin Gadlen’s job was to protect her.
He spent two decades in Preckwinkle’s political orbit, at first volunteering with her campaigns and then for nearly the last eight years working on her executive security detail. But their relationship soured this fall when he was fired amid the fallout of a watchdog report stemming from a bizarre incident the morning after Election Day 2016. A Cook County SUV — nearly exclusively driven by Gadlen — was found vandalized and abandoned near southwest suburban Lemont. A cache of political materials was found inside.
The IG’s report on the incident, released in October, became a political hot potato for Preckwinkle — it’s illegal to use county vehicles for political campaigning — and Gadlen was fired.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the November 2016 incident and its aftermath, Gadlen told