A news conference Thursday with Stroger's chief of staff, Lance Tyson, and chief financial officer Donna Dunnings was scheduled for 1 p.m. then moved to 2:30 p.m. and finally canceled.
"The president wants to be there, and he was simply unavailable today," Stroger spokeswoman Christine Geovanis said. "We stand by our statement yesterday that there is no legal violation."
Garner declined to answer who in Stroger's office originally wanted to call the news conference. And he deflected questions about why Stroger has, more than once, seemed unaware of decisions made by his top staff.
"I haven't heard any of that (criticism)," Garner said. "The president is just settling in on his complete team."
Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), who allied with Stroger on the budget, said Tuesday that Stroger's office has made at least $20 million in changes to the budget that were never approved by the board, a process Quigley contends is illegal.
Stroger's office put the president's new legal assistant in front of the cameras Tuesday to respond. Richard Velazquez said he had no idea of the specifics of Quigley's accusations or the budget process but nonetheless was sure all of the administration's actions were legal.
Garner promised "answers to specific questions" later that day but did not return a message. He said Thursday he had not received the message because he was tied up in meetings.
Stroger skipped his customary post-meeting news conference that day, pleading a tight schedule.

Stuart Levine living by, always know a bigger fish, this fish is fast Eddie Vrodolyk, previous fish, Bill Cellini and Chris Kelley
Former Chicago alderman pleads innocent, gets $500,000 bond
The former Chicago alderman known for leading critics of the city's first black mayor pleaded innocent Thursday to scheming to get a $1.5 million kickback in a real estate deal.
Edward Vrdolyak, 69, is charged with fraud and bribery for allegedly plotting with millionaire political contributor Stuart Levine on the deal in which Vrdolyak was to be a middleman in delivering the money. Prosecutors say the money never changed hands.
U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur set bond at $500,000 for Vrdolyak, a powerful force in the so-called Council Wars that raged at city hall in the 1980s. During Thursday's hearing, he largely was silent.

Levine already has admitted that he used his membership on two state boards to pressure contractors for kickbacks and pleaded guilty to fraud. He has been helping federal prosecutors in corruption investigations in hopes of obtaining a lighter sentence.
The hint that the tapes made by Levine may be extensive came when prosecutors said that some of the recordings still have not been transcribed and that it may take several more days to do so.
They promised to hand over partial transcripts to defense attorneys quickly and Shadur urged them to turn over the tapes by June 8.
According to the indictment, Vrdolyak and Levine planned to get the money from a developer that wanted to be assured of buying a building on the city's North Side that was owned by the Chicago Medical School.
Levine, who was the chairman of the medical school's board at the time but has not been associated with the school for several years, sought to freeze out rival buyers in the $15 million sale in favor of Smithfield Properties. The company wanted to redevelop the building for condos, the indictment said.

Also, Vrdolyak was chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party and alderman of the 10th Ward on Chicago's Southeast Side.

As an attorney, Vrdolyak represented corruption-plagued, west suburban Cicero in the era when now imprisoned Betty Loren-Maltese was town president. He also was a radio talk-show host.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "The president wants to be there, and he was simply unavailable today," Stroger spokeswoman Christine Geovanis said. "We stand by our statement yesterday that there is no legal violation."

    Todd's mind is small as his testicles! First he reschedules the time and then he cancels. Why can't Todd be there? What the hell is he doing: scratching his ass? It's really pitiful of him to let his city go to pot full deficits, scams, and hiring family members and not speak to the public who put him in office! But, you know, what goes around comes around in my book.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    He is winning for the worst politician ever in this state, he keeps outdoing himself with these events. He never made any of his public hearings on his budget, why start making public appearances now. Is he really planning on running again? He will have to get out there and campaign and answer questions on what he did while in office, but he is still in office less than a year and well......sigh he has a lot more time left.
    SP Biloxi said...
    He just sealed his fate, Chicago Native. Bad Karma is on its way for this joker...
    dave said...
    As usual Erkel is hiding out while he tries to figure out the exact difference between his ass and a hole in the ground. While it's a blast to watch him squirm, I'm still waiting for him to figure out that he's not really the 'hog with the big nuts'

    Someone else has a hold of those!!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Someone else has a hold of those!!"


    The nimrod needs to go. Todd Urkel needs to be sent packing. He has really hurt the city of Chicago and Cook County.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    OK, it is time the people of Illinois get the power to 'Gray Davis' these guys. The Toddler needs to be dumped and right in line behind him is the I-didn't read-my-own-postcards-that-I stamped-myself alderman.

    Gary Coleman would do a better job than the Toddler. A brick wall would do a better job than the Toddler. At least a brick wall would not cause any damage or hire its own relatives.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Gary Coleman would do a better job than the Toddler. A brick wall would do a better job than the Toddler."

    LMAO! Ha Ha! A caveman blind in one eye would do a better job than Urkel! Chicago taxpayers need to do a "Gray Davis" on Urkel. Urkel's ass needs to be drop kicked off the royal commode once and for all. The Friends and Family Plan lovefest need to come to an end.

    On a side note kittybowtie: Did you know that Gary Coleman actually came in second in votes in that recall election? Pretty scary huh?

    "I-didn't read-my-own-postcards-that-I stamped-myself alderman."
    Ha Ha! You're too much...

    KittyBowTie1 said...
    There were some real certifiable nut jobs running for CA governor after the recall. Gary Coleman seemed sane compared to some of them.

    Man, Levine is not going to be winning any awards, except maybe worst hair dye job.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Characters, kittybowtie? Check out the candidates from the 2003 recall. Hold your laughter:

    • Tom McClintock, State Senator
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood actor
    • Bill Simon, businessman, 2002 GOP candidate for governor (withdrew from race August 23, 2003)
    • Peter Ueberroth, former MLB commissioner and president of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games organizing committee (withdrew from race September 9, 2003)

    • Cruz Bustamante, lieutenant governor
    • Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine
    • Georgina Russell, Software Engineer, grabbed media spotlight by selling "Georgy for Governor" thongs
    • Garrett Gruener, Ask.com founder who spent $400 per vote received

    • Peter Camejo, 2002 Green Party candidate for governor
    • Daniel Watts, a UCSD student who paid the candidate filing fee with money won on Wheel of Fortune.

    • Angelyne, self-made billboard celebrity
    • Diane Beall Templin - American Independent Party candidate
    • Gary Coleman, actor
    • Arianna Huffington, columnist and author (withdrew from race September 30, 2003)
    • John Christopher Burton, Socialist Equality Party candidate
    • Leo Gallagher, comedian
    • Kurt E. "Tachikaze" Rightmyer, Sumo wrestler
    • Mary "Mary Carey" Cook, Erotic actress

    On a side note: one of the agendas that Mary Carey wanted to do if she was governor was to make lap-dances tax deductible!

    ROFLLMAO! Ha Ha!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    California really has a "cast of charactors" in politics, but here in Illinois corruption is business as usual. And the Toddler is number one on that list. And Stuart Levine is still ratting out a lot to save his own hide, ah, um, cooperating with the Feds so this is going to get more interesting.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "And the Toddler is number one on that list."

    It's a matter of time when Urkel will be giving the boot from his job.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Interim Cook hospital boss wants to 'fix the place and leave'

    — The interim chief of Cook County’s health system said Friday that he won’t take the permanent post even if it’s offered to him.

    “I have no desire to take the permanent job,” said Robert Simon, who was appointed in December by County Board President Todd Stroger to run the massive Bureau of Health Services temporarily after Daniel Winship stepped down. “All I want to do is fix the place and leave.”
    Dr. Simon, who has no previous experience running a hospital, hadn’t been ruled in or out as a contender for the permanent job. A spokesman says Mr. Stroger “always worked under the assumption that Dr. Simon is serving an interim role,” which could last up to 18 months. But the county has taken no steps to find a permanent successor.
    “Our thinking here is to let his plan play out and when the time comes look for a permanent person to fill that role,” the spokesman says.
    SP Biloxi said...
    We need a new thread, Chicago Native. Tell your nimrod boss who has been working your fingers to the bone to get a life.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes, my clueless leader is keeping me way too busy, someone has to translate and break down everything going on, so that would be me, this way he could go to all the decision meetings and be informed and be able to talk as intelligibly as possible, and come back with a whole bunch of stuff I have to translate into numb nuts language so he can understand.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "come back with a whole bunch of stuff I have to translate into numb nuts language so he can understand."

    LOL! That's sad, Chicago Native! I mean sad about your boss not you. Be honest with me.. Is your clueless leader that stupid, Chicago Native? I mean really stupid??? He sounds stupid to me. He sounds more like he has two asses instead of one!

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