Showing posts with label Corruption. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Corruption. Show all posts

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Another politician indicted for stiffing the Feds

Longtime lawmaker Terry Link hit with federal tax charge

It has been nearly a year since a source identified Link as the unnamed state senator who cooperated with the feds against another state lawmaker, then-state Rep. Luis Arroyo.
By Jon Seidel Updated Aug 13, 2020, 5:25pm CDT

State Senator Terry Link Sun-Times Media Brian O’Mahoney/For Sun-Times Me

Ten months ago, Terry Link insisted he was not the unnamed state senator who turned on a fellow lawmaker, Rep. Luis Arroyo, and wore a wire for the feds.

He denied it after a source confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Link was the same senator who

Sunday, August 9, 2020

I wonder what this guy doesn't know

Ex-city official signals plea deal coming in federal bribery case
Former deputy aviation commissioner William Helm is accused of bribing ex state Sen. Martin Sandoval for help in approving a construction project.

By Mitchell Armentrout@mitchtrout Aug 8, 2020, 12:53pm CDT

William Helm walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse March 10 after pleading not guilty to a charge that he offered a bribe to former state Sen. Martin Sandoval to help in a construction project. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

A former top city official charged with bribing disgraced ex-state Sen. Martin Sandoval has indicated he’s closing in on a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the case.

In a joint status report filed Friday, prosecutors and an attorney for William Helm — a former deputy

Friday, August 7, 2020

This guy was supposed to be clean

Crestwood mayor indicted in red-light camera bribery scheme
Louis Presta has also been charged with filing false tax returns and lying to the FBI and IRS, allegedly about whether an envelope he took during a March 2018 meeting had been stuffed full of $5,000 in cash.

By Jon Seidel and Robert Herguth Aug 7, 2020, 3:17pm CDT

Louis Presta Rich Hein / Sun-Times

The mayor of southwest suburban Crestwood faces federal bribery charges in a new indictment made public Friday that centers on the politically connected red-light camera company SafeSpeed, court records show.

Louis Presta, 69, has also been charged with filing false tax returns and lying to the FBI and IRS,

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A scammer calling out another scam

Pritzker: ‘Highly experienced money launderers’ behind 120,000-plus fraudulent unemployment claims, as Pritzker tries to get in front of it. 

Pritzker said the program, created through the federal coronavirus relief package, left it up to each state to develop its own system: “As a result, there were massive holes for illegal fraudsters to steal federal dollars from taxpayers across the country.”

By Mitchell Armentrout@mitchtrout Aug 5, 2020, 8:24pm CDT
Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions during a news conference in Heart of Chicago in July. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file

A “poorly designed” national program allowed “highly experienced money launderers” to take advantage of “massive holes” to file more than 120,000 fraudulent claims through Illinois’ beleaguered unemployment benefits system during the coronavirus pandemic.

That was the assessment of Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, who said that most of those instances of

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

No Surprise

in the witness protection program? 
From Det. Shaved
FEDERAL LEAK: Did the Illinois President Senator John Cullerton wear a wire to capture Illinois House Speaker Michael J Madigan on TAPE? Is that why Cullerton abruptly resigned as the Illinois Senate President? Is that why Michael J Madigan is a target of a federal investigation and named in a federal indictment as POLITICIAN "A"?????? Several sources are saying John "The Squealer" Cullerton is fully cooperating with the federal government on Madigan's corruption.... Word is that Cullerton may have a "HIT" placed on him and he is in hiding. 

Monday, July 27, 2020


Kim Foxx, Cook County's Chief Law Enforcement Official

Refuses to prosecute, thinks every criminal should get another chance and another chance and another chance.  

Murder rate has spiked under her. 

Don't you think that since the number of prosecutions is down significantly, that the States Attorney's budget should also be cut? It only makes sense. Instead, the Foxx budget grows and grows and grows. Why would that be? Patronage. Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board uses the place as a dumping ground for friends and relatives. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The pot calls the kettle black

A “furious” Gov. J.B. Pritzker — who has relied in part on Madigan to help shepherd massive pieces of legislation through the General Assembly during his freshman term — said “the speaker has a lot that he needs to answer for.”
and what about that toilet caper mr. pritzker?

“This is very upsetting, and I think about the possibility of people committing these kinds of

Friday, July 17, 2020

Pritzker: Illinois speaker ‘must resign’ if allegations true

so much for loyalty

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker.

Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, denied wrongdoing

Feds are looking at Pritzker and dozens more targets!

Feds cast wide net on Berrios, get records on gov’s Gold Coast mansion, 118 other properties, there could be over 100 culprits involved
The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago also obtained records on property tax appeals made to then-Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios on 118 other properties.

By Tim Novak Jul 17, 2020, 5:30am CDT

Joseph Berrios on federal investigators’ interest in property tax appeals by law firms that contributed to his campaign funds: “It’s news to me.” Max Herman/Sun-Times file photo

Federal prosecutors have made a series of requests to the Cook County assessor’s office over the past five months for records regarding the $330,000 property tax break that Gov. J.B. Pritzker got on a

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Feds will know how to avoid conflicts

Cook County Land Bank Authority needs to take steps to avoid conflicts, auditors find....yea, yea, yea
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ordered the review following a Sun-Times report on an insider deal involving Ald. Carrie Austin’s chief of staff Chester Wilson.

By Lauren FitzPatrick | Sun-Times and Tim Novak Jun 19, 2020, 5:10pm CDT

An outside audit was ordered of the Cook County Land Bank Authority as the result of an insider deal involving Chester Wilson (center, yellow tie), chief of staff to Ald. Carrie Austin (center, front). Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Sun-Times
An audit by an outside accounting firm released Friday found that Cook County Land Bank Authority officials haven’t documented what they’ve done to avoid conflicts of interest on land deals involving

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

This is going to be big

Criminal charges related to Arroyo bribery case expected in ‘near future,’ lawyers say
The court record offers no clue at who might be charged — or what accusations might be made — in the political corruption case involving the former state representative.
By Jon Seidel Jun 16, 2020, 12:28pm CDT

Then state Rep. Luis Arroyo leaves Dirksen Federal Building on Monday, October 28. File Photo. Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times

New criminal charges related to the bribery case against former state Rep. Luis Arroyo are expected “in the near future,” lawyers told a federal judge Tuesday.

That brief disclosure appeared in a one-page status report filed jointly by prosecutors and Arroyo’s

Friday, June 12, 2020

"My personal financial matters have no bearing on my ability to manage the work of the land bank.” After reading this I have one question, WHERE ARE THE FEDS?

not talking

Cook County agency that’s under two reviews gave big bonuses to $225,750-a-year boss

The Cook County Land Bank Authority won’t show what Robert Rose Jr. did to merit the extra tens of thousands of dollars nor say why he got bigger bonuses than his contract calls for.

By Lauren FitzPatrick and Tim Novak Jun 12, 2020, 5:30am CDT

Robert Rose Jr., executive director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, is slated to get a $45,000 bonus for a second straight year. Rich Hein / Sun-Times

A Cook County agency now under two separate reviews over insider dealings gave its $225,750-a-year executive director a $45,000 performance bonus last year — and plans to give him another for the same amount this year.

Since Robert Rose Jr. was hired in 2015 to run the Cook County Land Bank Authority, he has been paid more than $1.1 million — including $107,500 in bonuses, records show.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

It's a mystery. Nobody knows what it's about?

Federal subpoena draws ex-Rep. Edward Acevedo into feds’ political corruption probe
Prosecutors subpoenaed the Illinois Secretary of State’s office for records related to Acevedo, as well as Michael and Alexander Acevedo and Apex Strategy LLC.

By Jon Seidel, Tim Novak, and Mark Brown Jun 4, 2020, 10:32am CDT

Ex-State Rep. Edward Acevedo in a 2013 photo AP

Former state Rep. Edward “Eddie” Acevedo has been drawn into the ongoing federal public corruption investigation that has gone quiet but not dormant, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued his stay-at-home order, federal prosecutors subpoenaed the Illinois

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Just when you think (hope) everything is going well, you see this story, WTF is going on?

Gov's Toilet Scam Contractor Got $9 Million Coronavirus Contract 

KONKOL COLUMN — Is it just a coincidence the contractor involved in Pritzker's private construction projects got coronavirus contracts? 
By Mark Konkol, Patch Staff
May 27, 2020 6:03 pm CT

 The contractor doing construction on J.B. Pritzker's Wisconsin horse farm won a $9 million coronavirus contract that was part of the state's pandemic response. (Mark Konkol/Patch)

CHICAGO — A detail tucked in a Fox 32 investigative report about Illinois contractors trekking across the border to build a new mansion at Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Wisconsin horse farm raised the eyebrow of somebody who knows how deals get done in America's most corrupt state.

The "dwelling contractor" listed on Wisconsin building permits, Bulley & Andrews, is the same

Doesn't she have an appointment with the U.S. Attorney to explain the business relationship she had with former alderman Solis?

From Second City Coppers

Mendoza Comes out of her hideout and Runs Interference, as if everything is forgotten, or at least forgiven

Even with the media embargo on the pay raise Illinois legislators were due for, the story was gaining massive traction downstate and in the more enlightened parts of the electorate.

Friday, May 22, 2020

"unseemly" I wonder what Cullerton was trying to accomplish

Ex-Illinois Senate president’s cash giveaway to help 2 Democrats charged with corruption
Just before leaving office, John Cullerton gave $92,000 from 2 political funds to his distant cousin Thomas Cullerton and Martin Sandoval for their criminal defense. 

“I had the discretion to give them the money back,” former Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says. “At the time the funds were returned, Thomas Cullerton had pleaded not guilty. . . . [Martin] Sandoval had not been charged.” Rich Hein / Sun-Times

In his final days as Illinois Senate president, John Cullerton transferred $92,000 from a political account he controlled to the campaign funds of two Senate colleagues targeted by federal prosecutors: his distant cousin Thomas Cullerton and Martin Sandoval.

Thomas Cullerton — who got $32,000 in January — had pleaded “not guilty” to federal charges accusing him of taking $274,000 in salary and benefits for a no-show Teamsters job.

Sandoval — who got $60,000 — had just resigned his Senate seat and days later pleaded guilty to taking $250,000 in bribes and filing a false income-tax return.

Within days after they got the money, records show, both men made sizable payments to their defense

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"really" "honestly" "absolutely" funny thing...he probably used the same words with the feds when they were talking to him about his $133,000 toilet tax refund

he knows nothing too

Questions grow over Pritzker's ties to COVID-19 testing companies, considering the whole state is locked down, this is something that needs to be looked into now
By Elizabeth Matthews

Questions grow over Pritzker’s ties to COVID-19 testing companies

As Illinois surges in COVID-19 testing, there are growing questions about Governor JB Pritzker's ties

Monday, May 18, 2020

Plagued by cronyism, patronage and corruption. Where are the Feds?

just give her the money and stop asking her those silly questions cuz she's not going to answer them

Prognosis for COVID-19’s hit on Cook County finances plagued by ‘unknown unknowns’ laying the foundation for a major tax increase

“It’s worse than a hurricane, it’s worse than 9/11, it’s worse than the 2008 economic … downturn because this is a comprehensive stopping of the economy, a threat to public safety that forces total disruption of most traditional, economic activities,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation.

By Rachel Hinton  May 17, 2020, 9:00am CDT

No one knows when the pandemic will end. No one knows when different areas will be able to re-

Friday, May 15, 2020

Preckwinkle wants extension of Czar powers, doesn't want anyone asking questions about money and contracts. Where are the Feds?

don't ask her any questions and she won't tell you any lies

Preckwinkle to seek extension of disaster proclamation until end of September — but one commissioner suggests it’s illegal
Preckwinkle’s March 10 order is set to expire at the end of May, though, if approved by the board of commissioners at their May 21 meeting, the order could be extended through Sept. 30.

By Rachel Hinton May 15, 2020, 3:11pm CDT
Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, left, in 2019; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, right, in 2019. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking an extension of the disaster proclamation that allows her to keep on making more unilateral decisions, hoping to stretch the order until the end of September, because the county remains “in the midst of, this historic crisis.”

But one commissioner questioned why Preckwinkle needs months more of the additional power, dubbing the move “a massive overreach.”

Preckwinkle’s original March 10 order is set to expire at the end of May, though, if approved by the