Toddler gets away with a slap on the wrist
Enormous pending fines against Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's campaign committee are likely to be greatly reduced in two weeks - and possibly whittled to almost nothing.
A state hearing officer is recommending that Stroger - initially slapped with a $255,816 fine for failing to immediately report as many as 78 campaign contributions - pay just 10 percent of that.
• Stroger's huge campaign fine may be cut sharply
And though the initial fine was among the highest recommended for campaign finance violations in Illinois history, it's standard to reduce the amount to 10 percent for first-time offenders, officials said.
The Illinois State Board of Elections is set to vote on Stroger's fine at its Oct. 15 meeting.
But Stroger campaign attorney Burt Odelson said he's going to argue for an even smaller fine than $25,582 because "there were ambiguities in the law, and the worst that can be said about us is we were overzealous in our attempts to make sure we didn't accept checks from county employees or vendors, and that vetting process took some extra time."
Last month, the Internal Revenue Service slapped a federal tax lien on the campaign for failing to withhold income taxes from some employees.
The contributions stem from Stroger's November election victory over Republican Tony Peraica, a county commissioner from Riverside
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