Cook County Jailers Charged with Cooperating with Inmates to Smuggle Drugs, Etc.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney: CORRECTIONS OFFICER AND THREE INMATES AMONG SEVEN CHARGED IN ALLEGED PLOT TO SMUGGLE CONTRABAND INTO COOK COUNTY JAIL CHICAGO — Nearly three ounces of marijuana was confiscated after it was found hidden inside … Continue reading

First Electric Newspaper Details Bob Bless’ Termination by Cook County Sheriff’s Department

Pete Gonigam at the First Electric Newspaper reports that former McHenry County Board member Robert Bless has been let go by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. That county’s Merit Commission, which apparently actually has meetings, unlike the McHenry County Sheriff’s … Continue reading

Animal Farm – Concealed Carry Edition

It’s OK for Chicago Alderman to carry concealed handguns, but not its citizens. It’s OK for suburban Cook County residents to carry concealed guns, but not Chicagoans. That’s what I conclude after listening to part of a WBEZ interview with … Continue reading

Does Tom Dart Know His Concealed Carry Plan Will Hurt Poor Blacks and Latinos?

Basic economics teaches that when one prices something high that few will be sold. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has proposed that Cook County residents be charged $300 to apply for a concealed carry license. That’s what the Chicago Sun-Times … Continue reading

Finally, Testing Incoming Inmates for HIV

More than 20 years ago, State Rep. Penny Pullen was pushing for inmates to be tested for HIV upon incarceration. She was even willing to settle for testing upon release. Why? In the hope that those in prison might be … Continue reading

Jack Franks Sets Chicago Mike Madigan Fund Raiser

Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks is mining for gold in Chicago Wednesday night at the Paris Club, 59 W. Hubbard, Chicago. The minimum price is $250 for the unopposed candidate for State Rep. Unopposed because the McHenry County Republican … Continue reading

Ten Cigarette Bootleggers Arrested, Charges Include Transferring Money to Jordan

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Officeabout cigarette bootlegging offenses before the tax is increase another $1 a pack: U.S. INDICTS 10 DEFENDANTS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY TRAFFICKING MILLIONS OF UNSTAMPED, UNTAXED CIGARETTES IN UNDERCOVER STING CHICAGO — At an … Continue reading

The Problems of County Board Member Bob Bless

Columbia Journalism School grad Pete Gonigam, Editor of the First Electric Newspaper, wrote an article last Thursday about the legal problems of District 1 McHenry County Board member Robert Bless. Bless is running for re-election this fall, along with two … Continue reading