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
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.