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Peraica, Beavers pointing fingers over ethics

May 9, 2007
By Jonathan Lipman Staff writer

Tony Peraica's expected counter-punch landed Tuesday in what has become an escalating political tiff over ethics violations with Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers and Board President Todd Stroger.
Contributors to both Beavers' and Stroger's political campaigns violated the county's ethics ordinance, Peraica alleged in a statement Tuesday.
Peraica (R-Riverside) is due up Thursday in the county finance committee to answer Beavers' allegation that he has done the same. Peraica has acknowledged he accepted donations that violated the policy and has promised to give them back.
"I will hold myself accountable for any mistakes that were made," Peraica said in the statement. "But I will also hold accountable any of my fellow commissioners who repeatedly flout the ethics rules and insult the very taxpayers they purport to represent."
Stroger promised Tuesday to also return contributions that violated the ordinance, but hit back at Peraica.
"Commissioner Peraica has the nerve to issue a press release accusing the president of violating the ethics ordinance when he was just caught violating it," Stroger spokesman Steve Mayberry said. "It's hilarious. -- He should get his own house in order."
A message left for Beavers (D-Chicago) was not returned.
At issue for all three politicians is an oft-flouted provision of the county ethics code that forbids anyone who does business with the county or forest preserve government from donating more than $3,000 to a county official.
The ordinance is written so the violation is the donor's fault -- the politician who got the money faces no consequences.
Peraica ran afoul of the ordinance when he accepted $2,000-per-month worth of free campaign office space from the same man, Asif Yusuf, who Peraica pays for his district commissioner's office.
Stroger's campaign accepted $15,500 last year from John Sterling. Sterling's company, Synch-Solutions, has

12 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
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    SP Biloxi said...
    "Contributors to both Beavers' and Stroger's political campaigns violated the county's ethics ordinance, Peraica alleged in a statement Tuesday."

    A caveman can tell you that. A recall should be on a petition for Beavers and Butthead Stroger.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Biloxi! There's no way to 'Gray Davis' anyone in Illinois. That's why the one town is stuck with the stamp dude who says he didn't read the postcards he was sticking stamps on to mail. Illinois is stuck with those idiots unless the Rugby Man can indict them on something.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Excuse the expression kitty, but you can't pick up a dead cat and swing without hitting one of our corrupted politicians in City Hall or the County Building, or even the Thompson Center (State of Il Bldg, in Chicago)but I am glad to see some of them gone, Troutman, until her trial comes up for starters.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie:

    Well, you know that is entire impossible for the rugby man to indict all of the evildoers! First of all, he cannot do it on his own, he needs a damn budget in his district because 37 cent credit card ain't going to do it, more hires, and clean up the garbage within the DOJ! Right now, the rugby man's hands are tied until Gonzo gets the boot!

    And really until there is a change of guards in leadership in the Presidency. Illnois is much tougher because of the amount of corrupted individual. But, what I am saying is that the people in Illnois should not cave in and say "well there is nothing they could do." If a majority have that type of attitude, then nothing will change regardless the rugby man indicts them or not.

    "Excuse the expression kitty, but you can't pick up a dead cat and swing without hitting one of our corrupted politicians in City Hall or the County Building, or even the Thompson Center (State of Il Bldg, in Chicago"

    Nice analogy, Chicago Native. :D
    SP Biloxi said...
    Speaking of which.. Have you lost any weight, kittybowtie? Have your owner finally got you off the South Beach Diet with Iams? ;-)
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Biloxi! There's no way to 'Gray Davis' anyone in Illinois."

    p.s.

    I am writing a letter to Durbin to demand a independent Special Counsel name Kittybowtie to help the rugby man with indicting the criminals. And I will use the stamp dude's stamps to mail the letter! ;-)
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Better call that weird French doctor to clone about a thousand Kitties and about two thousand more prosecutors. . .

    So many bad politicians in Illinois
    So little time
    Too few prosecutors
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    P.S. I haven't lost any weight yet, but, I haven't gained any more weight so that is a start.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Better call that weird French doctor to clone about a thousand Kitties and about two thousand more prosecutors. . ."

    LOL! The more the better. A lot of garbage to put out in Illnois.

    "P.S. I haven't lost any weight yet, but, I haven't gained any more weight so that is a start."

    It's time for your owner to do a libosuction on you, Kittybowtie, and take away your bon bons for a month. ;-)
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    This is a good place to be employed if you are a political reporter, too many stories, too much corruption, and many of our reporters have broke many stories that have lead to investigations and indictments!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "This is a good place to be employed if you are a political reporter,"

    Now that I will agree on you with. Job security for sure.

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