The [Thursday] Papers
"A top aide to Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown could be in hot water for failing to disclose in her personal bankruptcy case that she had a six-figure taxpayer-funded job," Dane Placko, Patrick McCraney and Robert Herguth report in the Sun-Times.
"The aide, Yvonne Davila, was hired in May to serve as Brown's press adviser at $104,000 annually, according to county records and interviews.
"However, when she filed a federal court petition the next month to try to secure a Chapter 7 bankruptcy designation, citing serious financial problems, Davila didn't mention her county job even though she was required by law to provide a full financial picture, FOX 32 and the Better Government Association found."
For those not in-the-know:
"Davila [is] a relatively well-known publicist in Chicago who is close friends with first lady Michelle Obama."
Davila says the omission was an honest mistake and I'm sure it was. I intend to honestly make a mistake later today on my tax forms.
Bird Man Of Uptown
She Was Rutan
Mary Lee Leahy took the case Rutan v. Illinois Republican Party to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. The court's 5-4 ruling dealt a blow to Illinois' tradition of political patronage. The court ruled governments generally can't make hiring decisions based on politics.
Joe Berrios said in a statement that the ruling doesn't apply to him. Or at least he thought it.
"Prosecutors agreed to free Michael E. Kelly for up to 120 days in return for his admission of wrongdoing, which will clear the way for some $50 million in restitution to be paid to thousands of victims. He would stay with relatives in Indiana during treatment."
Well, I suppose being forced to live in Indiana is punishment enough.
Still, I don't recall ever knowing Susan Stursberg, which is weird, because apparently she knew everyone in the 'hood - including many of my friends. It's clear from the many posts and comments about her death that have flooded my little corner of the Internet that this was my loss.
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Posted on December 13, 2012
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