Vrdolyak $50K fine, 5 years probation

This was almost shocking that Vrdolyak got no jail time what-so-possibly ever.
He was smart to plead guilty and not go to court, the trial might of dug up a lot of skeletons, and he had many. There were so many politicians, business associates, etc that were relieved that this did not go to trial, because they did not have to worry about their name coming up. Pleading guilty was good for all of these things, and it usually means a lighter sentence because the judge takes this into consideration, but this is ridiculous. No jail time at all. Just probation, and a $50K fine, which is nothing for Vrydolyak, it's like your average person getting a $100 fine. Probation, so he has to chit chat with a parole officer once in a while.
Wow, I still can't believe he will not get an inmate number. The shock of the month. Will this start a new trend of pleading guilty with our Politicians?
Maybe Blagojevich needs to hire Vrdolyak's lawyer?

Former Chicago political leader Edward R. Vrdolyak was fined $50,000 and placed on five years' probation Thursday for scheming to get a $1.5 million payoff in a real estate deal - a sentence that came as a sharp blow to federal prosecutors.

Vrdolyak, 71, remained solemn faced throughout the proceeding but broke a slight smile when federal Judge Milton I. Shadur told him he could appeal if he were dissatisfied with his sentence. Prosecutors had asked a 41-month prison sentence.

But Shadur said prison was unwarranted in part because Vrdolyak's actions had not cost anyone the loss of money - something prosecutors strongly disagreed with.

"It would be the wrong message under all the circumstances here to impose a custodial sentence," Shadur said after hours in which he wrangled with prosecutors over whether Vrdolyak caused any loss of money or was an "insider."

Prosecutors sat grim-faced as Shadur imposed the sentence after a daylong proceeding in which he bickered with them repeatedly.

Vrdolyak, an attorney with an office in Tinley Park and former Chicago alderman and mayoral candidate, is known throughout Chicago politics as "Fast Eddie" and has a reputation as a skilled back-room deal maker, at home in the world of big money and political clout.

The case was an outgrowth of the federal government's Operation Board Games, which has led to the conviction of political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko and fraud and bribery charges against impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald issued a statement saying that "we strongly but respectfully disagree with the sentence of probation imposed on defendant Vrdolyak. As we argued in court, we believe a sentence of incarceration is appropriate for a defendant who schemed to share a $1.5 million fee with a corrupt insider involving the sale of a nonprofit university's valuable real estate asset."

"We will carefully consider our options, including an appeal," Fitzgerald said

John Kass a discovered a new political party, or maybe an old one, Sen. Tombstone Burris (D-Lying Weasel), has it behind his name. I also wonder how many others Kass believes belongs to the D-Lying Weasel party? Maybe Gov. Bighairovich, Short Shanks (da Mayor)are also party members of the D-Lying Weasel? I wonder how many others? There must also be (R-Lying Weasel) party alive and well in Illinois, if Rove comes to town, forbid that thought, but if, he would certainly head up the R-Lying Weasel party and recruit. Now Sen. Burris has more to be questioned about, seems a child of his got a nice job from former Gov. Rod.

Doesn't Rove remember the Alan Keyes importation? Springfield is all blue, the Treasurer, the Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, etc. Cook County is blue, the President, the Sheriff, the State's Attorney, etc. Chicago is all Blue. Our Senators are both Democrats, and the Alan Keyes move to change that went way South. We don't need Rove and his tactics learned from Lee Atwater in this State. Don't we have enough of a political circus going on in this State?

Rove stay out of this State

Rove: GOP can win back Illinois
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February 24, 2009

The Associated Press
SCHAUMBURG - Republican adviser Karl Rove says the Illinois GOP can win back state offices in the wake of the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the controversy around Sen. Roland Burris.

Rove made his assertion to several hundred people at a party fundraiser Monday night in Schaumburg.

However, the political adviser to former President George W. Bush told Republicans they can win only if they don't rip the party apart in next year's primaries.

Democrats hold all statewide offices in Illinois, a state that has leaned in the direction of Democrats in recent elections.

Although the fundraiser drew DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, who has expressed an interest in statewide office, the bulk of those attending were Republicans who hold offices in the villages, libraries, park districts and townships in Chicago's northwest suburbs

The overwhelming theme I got out of the auto show was Fuel Efficiency. There were more and more concept cars, brightly colored, greens and the like, all fuel efficient. Fuel savings was definitely the theme, despite gas prices going down. The cars that had the most lookers were the fuel efficient ones. No crowds at the Hummers, they were elsewhere. Ford had a cute area for their fuel efficient work vehicles that they would customize for you. The Dummies and Boo boo work van were cute.
There was no on, as far as interested car show goers, at the Bentley display, their cars were inaccessible to the public and far behind ropes, well guarded and why they were there I have no idea.

Happy Birthday Lincoln

OK, so we have a recently former Governor making the rounds at all the talk shows, still.

President Obama will come back to his home State "The Land of Lincoln" and spend some time in Springfield, the home of Lincoln, for, none other than Lincoln's Birthday. That's a very good reason to come back home for a visit!
Will Obama's next visit be to throw out the first pitch at the home opening game of the Chicago White Sox?

Former running opponent in a tight Democratic primary of the recently former Governor Blagojevich, wants to return to Illinois, this time as a Republican, to take on Todd Stroger. This change of party move did not work well for now indicted Eddie Vrdolyak, who went from thorn in the side, Alderman under Mayor Washington to his Republican opponent, and lost terribly in the Mayor's race.

Tony Peraica got closer than any Republican in the last Cook County Presidential election, but Peraica is constantly in the media taking on Cook County. If a Democrat, say Claypool, wins the primaries against Todd Stroger, will Vallas still run? Or will Vallas jump into the almost wide open Governor's race as a Republican? Or will Pat Quinn prove to us he should be Governor and be in a good incumbant position?

Tom Dart may have a good idea to combine all the Cook County Police under one department, this could save a lot of money by combining resources.

What is Jesse Jackson Jr. thinking? Is he thinking on running for a higher office or ending his career? He is supposidly candidate 5 on the Blagojevich charges, then taking on Mel Reynolds?

Vallas May Run For Cook County Board President
Former CPS Chief Says He'll Run As as a Republican Former Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas.
CBS Paul Vallas, the superintendent of the state-run school district in New Orleans, is exploring a run for the Cook County Board in 2010 in his native Illinois.

Vallas says he plans to stay with the Recovery School District through the next school year but is looking to recruit the next team of leaders to take over.

He says he hopes to have the team in place for the upcoming school year and to take a more diminished role himself -- and begin transitioning out -- by January.

Vallas as a Republican?The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Vallas said he'll return home at the end of the year to run for Cook County Board president.
The Sun-Tmes reported that Vallas said he will run as a Republican, a party that has not controlled the board since Richard Ogilvie in 1960. The current president is Todd Stroger, son of the long-time president of the board John Stroger, who suffered a stroke while in office and was replaced on the 2006 ballot with his son. John Stroger died in January 2008.
Vallas lost the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Rod Blagojevich by about 25,000 votes. He then moved on to Philadelphia to head that city's public schools.

You can't make up stuff better than this!
Jesse Jackson's Newest Staff Member

Mel Reynolds
Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democrat Congressman Mel Reynolds to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.
This is a first in American politics: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate...won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate...then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate!
His new job?
Ready for this??
Look it up on Snopes: http://www

Jesse Jackson Has Hired an Ex-Con Sex Offender For His Staff...And Appointed Him a Youth Counselor-Truth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor
The eRumor says that the Rev. Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds to the staff of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. According to the eRumor, Reynolds was serving a federal sentence in prison for convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He was also serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer. Then, Reynolds was among those given pardons by outgoing President Bill Clinton. According to the eRumor, it's the first time that an ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate. The eRumor adds that Reynolds has been hired as a youth counselor.

The Truth
The text for this eRumor is taken from an article written by Deroy Murdock, a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. It was published on February 9, 2001. The facts about Reynolds, his convictions, and his pardon are accurate. According to the article, it is also true that Jesse Jackson added Reynolds to the Rainbow/PUSH coalition payroll.

He was not hired as a youth counselor, however, but as a consultant on prison reform.

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