Still no budget in Illinois

pushing the CTA doomsday al little further back
CHICAGO (AP) - The Regional Transportation Authority says it's considering an offer from Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) that could forestall a "doomsday" of service cuts this weekend.
Blagojevich sweetened his bailout plan for Chicago-area mass transit today, offering to advance the RTA its full $54 million 2008 grant for suburban paratransit service.
That would be on top of the $24 million bailout advance he offered yesterday for the Chicago Transit Authority.
The new paratransit offer is designed to quell concerns that the Pace bus and Metra commuter train services would be shortchanged in favor of the CTA.
Blagojevich's offer is designed to buy state lawmakers more time to come up with a long-term transit funding solution.
The RTA says it'll consider the offer ahead of a decision tomorrow.

Alderman Tom Allen, jumping into the Cook County State's Attorney race

="">Peracia and Gorman two Republican Cook County Commissioners having issues with each other, againGorman said she regularly received harassing calls from the same man but only notified police after he grew more angry and vulgar in late February, when the county board was in a budget battle and she ran for GOP chairman.
The caller said Gorman was “acting like a bitch” and “that c— better learn to work with Peraica or she’ll find herself out of a job.”
Gorman said “whenever (Peraica) and I were on opposite ends of an issue, the calls would come. (Peraica’s) name always came up.”
“Peraica thinks everything is a fight, but it takes two to fight, and I won’t be part of this,” Gorman said. “He’s tossed too many grenades. One was bound to backfire on him.”

This is Toddler's Daddy, John Stroger's godson
Stroger's godson found dead from gunshot wound

September 13, 2007
By Chris Fusco, Steve Patterson and Fran Spielman
Orlando Jones, a former high-ranking Cook County government official and longtime political insider, was found dead Wednesday from a gunshot wound in southwestern Michigan, sources said.
Jones, 52, was a godson of ex-County Board President John Stroger. Jones’ body was found about 6:30 p.m. near a private beach between Union Pier and New Buffalo, Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit said.
• Stroger's godson's sweet deal
Jones, 52, was a godson of ex-County Board President John Stroger. Jones’ body was found about 6:30 p.m. near a private beach between Union Pier and New Buffalo, Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit said.
“At this time, it appears to be the gunshot wound was self-inflicted,” Heit said. However, “the official cause of death is undetermined” pending an autopsy this afternoon.
Jones’ family reported him missing Wednesday afternoon to Chicago police, said interim Supt. Dana Starks. Officials later got a call that he had been found dead in Michigan. Jones was married with two sons — one in college, one in high school.

He was in County Board President Todd H. Stroger’s office as recently as last week discussing political strategy. Todd Stroger took over his father John’s post in December after the elder Stroger suffered a debilitating stroke.

“The Stroger family is saddened by the passing of Orlando Jones, godson to former Cook County Board President John Stroger and a longtime family friend,” Todd Stroger said in a statement. “His passing is an untimely and unfortunate loss for those who knew and loved him, and he will be missed. Our prayers go out to his wife, Cerrelda, and his two sons.”
Jones recently had been the subject of news reports in Las Vegas saying he was under criminal investigation for wrongdoing regarding hospital contracts. Jones denied any wrongdoing in an interview Friday with the Daily Southtown.

The Sun-Times reported today about a government-related deal in which Jones was continuing to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for a job he did in 2004.
Jones’ body was found at the bottom of a set of concrete steps that lead to a private beach in an area known as Gowdy Shores, Heit said. Jones is believed to have owned property within the Gowdy Shores Homeowners Association, and his Lexus was found in the Gowdy Shores area.

Two one-lane dirt roads and a heavily wooded dirt footpath lead to the spot where Jones’ body was found. He was discovered in tall grass next to the stairs, neighbors said.
Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairwoman of the city council’s budget committee, was reduced to tears when told of Jones’ death. Austin said that, before taking control of the committee once chaired by her late husband, she consulted Jones about what to do politically and financially because he was the person she trusted most about the workings of government.
Austin said she knows of no reason why anyone would want to hurt Jones or why he would take his own life, even if he was under investigation.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    S.O.S and another day another quarter in Illnois under the governorship of Baloneybitch the lawsuit management company.

    "Stroger's godson found dead from gunshot wound"

    The Stroller family are a drop of poison: the friends and family plan.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    This state has got to be breaking more than it's own records on how long it takes to get a budget approved.

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