We don't need any distractions, ....well any more on the County Board
With the next County Budget fasting approaching,....and no the State still has no budget passed......we don't need any more problems on this County Board, this may prolong the next budget because now we will have to deal with political agendas
State's attorney race turns allies to rivals
November 17, 2007
By Abdon M. Pallasch , Sun-Times News Group
A few years ago, Cook County Commissioners Larry Suffredin and Tony Peraica were on the same team, fighting the administration of county board President John Stroger.
Now, they're slinging verbal arrows at each other as they run for state's attorney.
At a forum Friday for state's attorney candidates at the Union League Club in Chicago, Peraica (R-Riverside) quoted Suffredin as telling Democratic Party leaders, "if we don't get our act together, we're going to hand this office over to Tony Peraica, which would be the worst possible thing in the world that could happen to us.'"
As the laughter in the room died down, Peraica said to Suffredin, "Did I quote you correctly?" Suffredin (D-Evanston) nodded.
"Larry and I disagree on a lot of things, but we agree on that point," Peraica said.
"I would bring the kind of independence to this office that would not kowtow to any power, Democratic or Republican."
Not right, Suffredin said, describing Peraica as having "flawed judgment" and saying that he doesn't "trust him to be a fair person."
Peraica shot back to Suffredin, "He was one of the first to support Todd Stroger (for county board president), so talk about flawed judgment."
Suffredin shouted that he would support Stroger again if Peraica were the opponent.
Part of the reason Suffredin said he's running for county prosecutor is because "there is a belief that justice is not equal, that decisions made in Winnetka are not the same ones made in Robbins or in Maywood or in South Chicago or in Englewood."
First Assistant State's Attorney Bob Milan, who's running against Suffredin in the Feb. 5 Democratic primary election, was angered by that insinuation.
"How dare you allege that assistant state's attorneys in this office treat anyone differently in Robbins than they do in Winnetka," Milan told Suffredin.
"That's outrageous. ... You don't know what you were talking about because you were never one of us. So talk about what you know."
The six Democratic and two Republican candidates had varied opinions about whether Cook County prosecutors look the other way regarding Chicago police brutality.
Democrat Tommy Brewer said he is not convinced police brutality is a thing of the past.
The candidates split evenly about whether Chicago aldermen should get the names of police officers who have an inordinate number of complaints against them.
Suffredin, Peraica, Brewer, and Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) said they should. Milan, Ald. Tom Allen (38th), Chief Deputy State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and attorney Ed Barren disagreed, saying it could unfairly tarnish good officers' reputations.
A little clue that the Peotone airport issue is not dead. This is one of Jesse Jackson Jr's pet projects
With the Interstate 355 extension complete, could the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority be ready to take on another?
The tollway authority's board today will begin preliminary discussions about extending I-355 south once again - this time between interstates 80 and 57. The $738 million extension between I-55 and I-80 opened Monday.
Jim Roolf, a board member representing Will County, plans to ask the tollway authority's staff to start researching the cost and possible route for a new toll road that could eventually connect to the proposed south suburban airport near Peotone.
In case any one is wondering about the skyway fund.
Alnaqib said that the CCV has a small business fund, which can fund businesses up to $1 million. This money is from the Chicago Skyway deal.