The last Cook County Board meeting started out honoring Fantus, the doctor who started the first blood bank in the World
and at Cook County Hospital. Fantus clinic which is the ASC, Abulatory Screening Clinic was named after Fantus.

The next part of the meeting was honoring the recently passing of Mayor Stephens of Rosemont. Mayor
Stephens was the first and only Mayor for 51 years. Rosemont is next to O'Hare airport and has all the Hotels. It is said that Mayor
Stephens gave up some land which is now O'Hare in exchange for water from Chicago. Mayor Richard J. Daley, the first Daley mayor
made this deal with him. Todd Stroger had a moment of silence for his honor. Commissioner Tony Peraica shared his memory of
Mayor Stephens kicking him out of a meeting. Commissioner Gorman remembered him and his endorsement of her.

Commisioner Gorman asked Mayor Daley, and it got a laugh, because she was talking to Commissioner John Daley, why Crain's
Chicago Business gets the finacial report ahead of the Commissioners? He did not seem to have an answer but let her know that
they will all get theirs next week.

Again Commissioner Earlean Collins always thinking when they were going over litigation fees, by outside attorney's for each
department for compliance with the Shakman decree for hiring. She asked why can't one team of attorneys handle all the departments?
Yes, Peraica agreed with her, so did Silvestri. Commissioner Collins was told that they must get permission from the Judge for one
litigation team. Commisioner Silvestri will call a meeting of all elected officials and invite the Board to discuss this. Commissioner Collins was
was on a roll with outside litigation fees when the juvenille cases came up that were 5 to 10 years old. She also said most of them
are adults now and they need to look into that as well.

Seqouia voting system came up as the last payment was due. Commissioner Mike Quigley was worried if this is like a car payment
will they still service the system after it's paid for? Alson he was told that 60-65% were using the touchscreen and only 30% were using
the paper.

Dr. Simon was there answering health questions, mostly in regards to WGN's series on the orthopoedic patients who had to wait
over a year for surgery before they were all eliminated at Providence Hospital. Dr. Simon said that they can go to ER Ortho and that Stroger Hospital
was taking all the orthopeodic cases and that hip replacements people generally have to wait. He said that they were not letting
people be in pain. But the Board asked him if WGN news is running this special and Dr. Simon says they are wrong then Dr. Simon
needs to contact them.

Todd says we are a little short on auditors that is why this is going on
Cook County's juvenile jail has been spending money and ordering supplies with almost no oversight or control, an audit released Wednesday said.
But auditors didn't -- and won't -- look into whether anyone took advantage of those lax controls to steal from the county taxpayers, county officials said.

Wow, they finally got Eddie Vrdolyak, unbelievable. He is also good buddies with Judy Barr Topinka, Tony Peraica, former Mayor of Cicero the convicted Betty Loren Maltese, and I am wondering if there are some really nervous politicians around? Now that Stuart Levine is talking because of his involvement with Cellini and Kelley in the Governors campaign fundraising issues, or are they going by Official A and Official B?
Vrdolyak indicted on fraud, bribery charges

May 10, 2007
My Mike Robinson
Former Chicago Ald. Edward R. Vrdolyak, who headed Chicago Machine forces in the so-called Council Wars that raged at city hall in the 1980s, was indicted today on federal fraud and bribery charges.
Vrdolyak, 69, an attorney, was accused in the four-count indictment of scheming with millionaire political contributor Stuart Levine to obtain a kickback for Levine in the sale of a building.
Levine already has pleaded guilty to scheming to pressure financial companies for payoffs in exchange for state business and other charges and now is cooperating with federal prosecutors in corruption investigations.
According to the indictment, Vrdolyak was involved in a plot to defraud a suburban medical school in the sale of the North Side building to a private developer.
The indictment said Vrdolyak was to receive a $1.5 million kickback after acting as a middleman in the sale of the property by Chicago Medical School to the developer, Smithfield Properties. He then would split the money with Levine, according to the indictment.
Neither the school nor Smithfield were charged with any wrongdoing.
"This case exposes the behind-the-scenes manipulation that the defendant and Levine allegedly engaged in to reap financial windfalls," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in announcing the indictment.
Vrdolyak was the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party and leader of Chicago Machine forces that battled Harold Washington after he became the first black mayor of Chicago in 1983.
He also served as the alderman of Chicago's 10th Ward.
After Washington won a majority in the city council, Vrdolyak switched parties and became an unsuccessful Republican candidate for mayor.
Prosecutors said Vrdolyak would be summoned to appear in court later to answer the charges.
Vrdolyak attorney Michael Monico could not be reached for comment.
Mail fraud and wire fraud counts in the indictment each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bribery carries a maximum of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Cook County's juvenile jail has been spending money and ordering supplies with almost no oversight or control, an audit released Wednesday said."

    And that is why there is no budget, high deficits, hiring families with high incomes, higher taxes to pay the bill on to the taxpayers, and job cuts for city and county employees in Todd's neighborhood. Ya think that Todd would get a clue? Duh? No one is minding the store.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    He just grins and plays dumb. He was too busy antagonizing Tom Dart, Sheriff until he pulled the janitors out of the Cook County Building.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    The picture is of Hotel Florence, named after the daughter of Pullman (manufacter of pullman railroad cars) this used to be a restaurant now it's just a museum with very limited hours. Of course this is located in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, which is on the South East side, bordering Ed Vroldyek's old ward on the West side.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Hopefully, an indictment will wioe the grain off of Urkel's face. He is certainly a piece of work.

    That is a nice Hotel. It would be nice if they had part of the hotel with a restaurant.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    It's just a matter of time for the Toddster especially if he keeps up what her is doing.

    The Hotel was nice at one point and did have a nice restaurant, but it needs a paint job, some maintenance etc. Like anything else lack of funds etc.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Like anything else lack of funds etc."

    Yeah, I knew you would mention that. There is a hotel that got converted to a restaurant/bar and a gift shop that I went to years ago for lunch. Hopefully, when the criminals are behind bars, Illnois would have the fund to do some maintence on the hotel. To give it some pizzazz..
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    It was actually a nice place to eat lunch. I have been there quite a few times, although not recently.

    It's still a real sad site where all the deserted Steel mills are. I am waiting to see what Sandi Jackson does.

    Oh my what a fiasco we had earlier this week on the old Aldermans last day, Coleman in the 16th (exiting)the one whose ex-husband was given the death penalty for a rape/murder, and she is a minister. oh she was yelling I'm free I'm free.......(it's the Ward right next to mine and if they decide to redraw Wards again I could easily end up in either the 15th or 16th.....
    And exiting Dorothy Tillman and her big had..good ridance.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "It was actually a nice place to eat lunch. I have been there quite a few times, although not recently."

    Is the food reasonably price unlike the links that you sent me to the restaurants in Chicago with the insane prices?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    This was a few years back, but yes reasonable.
    Mostly anything south is reasonable, it's when you are in the Loop or Goldcoast area where it gets out of control.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Biloxi--there are not enough prisons to hold all the politicans that belong there.
    SP Biloxi said...

    With all the money that criminals are stealing, another jail facility should be built exclusively for the criminals. If the criminals can get indicted and have their money frozen, could you imagine how money can be put back into the kitty in Chicago?

    Another suggestion is to move the criminals in Illnois to Guantanamo Bay along with the Geril, Ambien, and others.;-)

    Happy Mother's day to all! Biloximan out!!!
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    No country club prisons for these folks. Betty Loren Maltese is sitting in prison. Biloxi--if you ever get bored, Google her. It would take all day to explain her antics.

    Happy Mother's Day, too!
    SP Biloxi said...

    Betty Loren Maltese is the former Republican Town President (i.e., mayor) of the Town of Cicero, Illinois. She was convicted in 2002 on Federal charges of corruption in office and Mafia relations, and was implicated in a scheme to steal $12 million from the town treasury. Also implicated in the scandal was former Chicago alderman Edward Vrdolyak.

    And Vrdolyak will join his friend very soon in prison. She ripped off 12 million bucks? Damn, that's a lot of dough! How in the world the state of Illnois is surviving financially as a whole with the state turning into Pottersville! No, country clubs for these criminal bastards, kittybowtie. Send them all to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay with a one way ticket!

    p.s. You don't have to explain about Betty, kittybowtie! The 12 million bucks says it all! I hope Fitz and the northern district DOJ convict Vrdolyak. ;-)
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    And Blagojevich's first job was working for Vrodolyk, back when he was a Democrat. Everyone of our politicians has some connection, that's why when we hear Stuart Levine is cooperating with the Feds, that means there is more to come!
    SP Biloxi said...
    Blagojevich/Vrodolyk/Daley/Stroger/Beavers/Troutman and so on.. All bad blood and need to be behind bars and off the streets.
    SP Biloxi said...
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Yes! Senator Durbin, go make the Toddler stand with his nose in the corner. I really liked the comment about get people who know what they are doing.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Well, kittybowtie, this tells you what kind of man or lack of a man Stoller is if you have Senator Durbin and other Dems in DC that has to scold and give Stoller a simple timeout like an adult baby. Good for Durbin to let Stoller know how to do his job. Glad someone got into Stroller's face. Stroller been going around the city acting as though his sh*t don't stink! Someone has to take him down a peg or two. It's adult time and responsibility, Stroger, and not play time!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes for Durbin!
    SP Biloxi said...
    Chicago Native and Kittybowtie:

    You both should be notifying Durbin and have him hold Urkel responsible for his job. Durbin should keep an eye on Urkel in his job capacity. If there is enough noise from the taxpayers to Durbin about Urkel's job, then you both will see a plan of action to have him remove or indicted (which I personally would like to see that happen).
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    There are way too many people that would like to see the Cook County Sheriff come take the Toddler for a ride in a Cook County Sheriff's police car (including the Sheriff himself), I am sure Durbin is reading his emails.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    I would buy a ticket to see the Toddler ride in the back of a squad car and end up in the pokey. I was jumping up and down when they put B. L. Maltese and George Ryan in the pokey.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Can you two let me know when there is a Law and Order Party for Urkel? I will be the first to do backflips in Illnois when the knucklehead is sent to the pokey. I bet kittybowtie will give Urkel a care package: his crapola from the litter box. ;-)
    SP Biloxi said...

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