How much help does Todd Stroger need?


Does Todd Stroger have enough handlers?

Todd Stroger has Mike Quigley upset again. How many dozens of yellow roses will be sent to Mike?

On paper, he works for the Cook County agency that represents those too poor to hire a lawyer.
But in reality, attorney Richard Velazquez is being paid to give legal advice to county board President Todd Stroger.
The move has stunned some county commissioners and some in the public defender's office, but Stroger said Wednesday there's nothing wrong with his decision to place Velazquez in the public defender's budget.
"It's totally inappropriate," Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) said. "It makes the budget an illusion, and it's not good government."
Velazquez, an attorney since 2003, is being paid $108,000 a year. He's the poorly prepared staffer that Stroger sent to the media last week to defend financial moves Stroger has made since the county board approved a $3 billion budget.
Stroger has since struggled to answer allegations that more than $20 million has been spent on items other than what the board intended.
Asked about Velazquez's position, new Stroger spokeswoman Ibis Antongiorgi said he was hired to assist Stroger, and there were never any plans to put him in a courtroom. The job is one of hundreds filled at Stroger's discretion, and Antongiorgi said "it's not unusual" for people in such jobs to work on multiple tasks.
Public Defender Ed Burnette, who serves at Stroger's pleasure, said he can't explain why Velazquez is in his budget.
"I know he's not working within the parameters of our office," Burnette said.
Velazquez, who did not return calls, is filling in for Stroger's $123,000-a-year legal adviser, Laura Lechowicz-Felicione, who's splitting her time at the county hospital.
Velazquez's salary is coming from an office where 13 lawyers were recently laid off and 65 to 70 employees are being forced to take unpaid days off, all because of budget cuts.
"They're very short-staffed and extremely overburdened," said Roberta Lynch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents public defenders. "We think it's very inappropriate to be spending money from that office, that's supposed to be defending the indigent, for some other purpose

15 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie:

    Are you referring to the political family Bill and Robert Shaw? Isn't the village called Dalton? Is that what you were referring to from the last post?
    dave said...
    Those of us still working for the county are appalled at the recent actions of Herr Stroger the lesser. He really seems to think that there will be no recourse for his actions and that he is enabled to act on whatever whim pops into his feeble little mind. As always, I've enjoyed your commentary!!
    SP Biloxi said...
    More on Urkelgate. Nice commentary on this article. Urkel continues thumbing his nose at the public. It is matter of time where Stroller will be removed.


    Deteriorating services, twisted priorities are Stroger's problems
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Oh PA LEEZE.......the Toddler says his problems are due to bad press?
    Steve Mayberry former and short lived spokesman bailed on the Toddster as soon as possible.
    Andre Garner the new...spokesman? PR? sits through all the meetings stone faced....or in shock, or disbelief, I am not sure what...I expect him to bail on the Toddler as well.
    All the assistants in the world aren't going to help Toddler unless he listens to them, Lance Tyson his Chief of Staff, a.k.a. Chief Handler is a joke as well.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Oh PA LEEZE.......the Toddler says his problems are due to bad press?"

    LMAO! I know. I laughed at Urkel's comments.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Yes, but the village is spelled Dolton.

    The Toddler will be on the local Chicago FOX station at 8:00 a.m. this Sunday along with a couple of other people, including Tammy Duckworth who will talk about what Illinois is doing about our vets. I haven't a clue what the Toddler will talk about; it does not really matter 'cause he wouldn't know what he was talking about anyway.
    SP Biloxi said...
    O.K. got your info, kittybowtie!

    I don't know know why Urkel would show up up to that event when this ia the same person who doesn't bother to show up to anything. It is hard to imagine for him to talk about the vets who sacrifice their lives for this country when Urkel hasn't sacrificed squat.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Kitty,

    Thanks for letting me know when the Toddler is going to be on. Can't wait to see what he has to say, for once.
    SP Biloxi said...
    O.k. Kittybowtie. Here is what I found in the village of Dolton with the Shaw brothers: Cain and Abel. These two jokers arw definitely corrupted. In June 2006 article:

    When I last left you, it was with the tale of how Dolton Mayor Bill Shaw had appointed his identical twin brother, Bob Shaw, to be the inspector general of that struggling south suburb. I compared the twins to Frank and Jesse James, the notorious bank robbers. Why? Because the Shaws had found yet another way to stick up the taxpaying public.

    Bob, the former alderman of Chicago's 9th Ward and a former member of the Cook County Board of Review, had in the last three years lost three bids for elective office. (Not, of course, before voting, while on the Board of Review, to significantly reduce his brother's property taxes, but that's another story.)
    His most recent defeat was for state representative. It was then that he turned to his twin for a little employment counseling and voila! This May, Brother Bill gave Brother Bob a $70,000-a-year job as Dolton's first inspector general. And Bill threw in a car and insurance benefits for good measure. All Bob had to do was stamp out corruption in south suburban Dolton. Corruption, that is, anywhere he found it except in his brother the mayor's office or on the village board. Those two areas, interestingly, are off-limits according to his corruption-busting job description.


    In July 2006:

    Both Dolton Mayor William Shaw and his twin brother, Robert, have used the station in recent months as a chance to take aim at their archenemies: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and his backers. The channel has featured William Shaw railing about Jackson allegedly ...

    It is a shame that a minority mayor is ripping off and railroading minorities.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Yep, you got it in Dolton!

    So many crooked politicians, so little time, only one Rugby Man.
    SP Biloxi said...
    kittybowtie:

    Yup, the rugby man cannot fight crime on his own. He is only one man. But, like I said on my blog, when Gonzo is gone from his job, the entire DOJ needs a serious ass scrubbing and hire back some decent USAs with some backbone to clean up and convict the corrupted and doogie doo evildoers in Chicago.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hey, I'm going on the road to crash the city meeting where the I Didn't Read it Postcard Man Wogen is alderman. A bunch of angry people are going to be there to give him what for. I'm going to take notes and be entertained.

    Somehow, I just bet they don't let citizens off the streets go make comments at the Cook County Board meetings. There'd be people lined up for miles to give the Toddler what for.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Hey, I'm going on the road to crash the city meeting where the I Didn't Read it Postcard Man Wogen is alderman.' LMAO! Give 'em hell kittybowtie. And I hope people would do the same for Urkel. Urkel is tore up from the floor up as my buddies would say.

    Can't wait for Jackie to return. I want to find out from her about Congressman "booty call-in-the car" Calvert! He sounds like bad news. Good night! Biloximan out!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    OK, Biloxi, you are now starting to see how all the politicians are related or have done business together in this State. Yes, Dolton is now conneted with CC, and the City...it is a web of a mess.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie keeps giving me homework assignment of the players and corruption in Cook county. ;-)

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