Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dart playing a sick twisted game of Russian roulette to prove a point to Preckwinkle. 

Dart cuts shift overtime at the jail leaving officers in grave danger.

This undeniably proves Dart has never cared for his officers safety but was only concerned about liability on him. Preckwinkle in a radio interview last week, suggested Dart cut 150 political positions. Dart ignored that suggestion and only cut officer/recruit positions.  Now Dart is playing a sick game of Russian roulette with Preckwinkle using his officers as bait.

We strongly suggest the Teamsters file a Inspector General complaint against Sheriff Dart using the Presidents own words that Dart has been extremely reckless with his budget decisions placing its members in danger. You now have the President of Cook County alleging publically what we have all been saying for years in private. The Cook County IG would certainly have to take that compliant very seriously.

Cook County pension fund liability is 15.3 billion according to "more realistic" accounting standards. If new accounting standards projection is correct the CC pension fund is in big trouble ..

Cook County Pension Liability Skyrockets from $6 to $15 Billion.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

President Preckwinkle calls Dart reckless to cut recruits when her office recommended he cut "managers"..

President Preckwinkle threatens to cut political positions if Dart doesn't immediately comply with the 10% cuts. 

She said her office initially recommended Dart cut 152 'manager' positions but he chose to cut guards which she called reckless. Preckwinkle calls Dart's budget extremely bloated and questioned why the Sheriff added 100 political positions to his budget while cutting officer positions. 

Link to interview.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Breaking News! 300 Cook County Employees laid off today..

Cuts to the Sheriff Office have not been finalized yet says Cara Smith..

The Toll.. 22 State's Attorney's , 69 Public Defenders, and unknown number of Sheriff employees..

Developing.. Check Back for Updates!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dart claims Preckwinkle is laying off his Personal Secretary..

Sheriff Dart looking into whether Preckwinkle has legal authority to dictate what positions he cuts from his budget. Dart also claimed the President's office specifically eliminated the position of his Personal Secretary. Were trying figure out who exactly Dart's Secretary is considering he has over 250 political hires on his payroll. Any Guess?

Link to Interview (6 Minute Mark).

Garry Mccarthy says he is being encourged to run for Sheriff but "not considering it right now"..

Sneed Gossip..

Dart warns of Armageddon if his half-billion dollar budget is cut.. Former Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan somehow managed with 150 million less in funding and 4,000 more inmates.

Sheriff Tom Dart: Budget-Related Layoffs Would ‘Devastate’ Office..

Cook County must lay off 1,100 employees – which could include almost 400 jail workers.
That was the word from County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday after a court upheld an order blocking a new sugary beverage tax. The county was relying on that tax to help fill a budget gap.

Layoffs are set to start next week. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office, which makes up 41 percent of the county budget, is in line to be hard-hit. Preckwinkle’s office is calling for 925 layoffs out of about 6,000 employees – some 17 percent of the sheriff’s workforce.

“I don’t know any company in the world that could be told, listen, you have two weeks to lay off 17 percent of your workforce,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. “I can’t open all those courthouses. … I won’t be able to get people back and forth to court. I won’t be able to watch them. I just got out of a 40-year-old consent decree because of all the things we’ve done, including having enough staff. Where do you start? This is not good.”

Dart says that his staff head count is actually smaller than it was when he took office 10 years ago (yes, he eliminated 600 officers while adding 250 directors) and his office has proposed layoff alternatives to Preckwinkle’s staff, including furlough days for upper-level employees, holding off on hiring open positions, and closing down branch courtrooms he says are underused. So far, the president’s office has stuck by its call for layoffs.

Dart also warns that lockdowns at the Cook County Jail – already a problem because of staff absences – are likely happen more often. And his office is concerned it might have to cut back or eliminate substance abuse and mental health programs in the jail.

If the layoffs do go through, Dart says his office is heading into uncharted territory.
“This was not something that was telegraphed to us,” Dart said. “We had no way to plan for this.”
Sheriff Dart joins host Phil Ponce for a conversation.

Blogger . Sheriff Dart's budget reduction of 17% would cut the Sheriff's budget to 417 million annually.. That's roughly the same amount allocated to former Sheriff Sheahan if you take inflation into consideration. However, Sheahan didn't reduce his workforce (officers) by 1700 positions. So where is the funding going Sheriff?

Local 700 celebrates the career of recently indicted Teamsters boss accused of stealing union dues.. How nice!

Muslim woman given probation after brutally murdering her baby. Tom Dart office labeled her mentally ill and treated her for depression before placing her on Electronic Monitoring.

Muslim woman given probation after brutally murdering her baby. Tom Dart office labeled her mentally ill and treated her for depression before placing her on Electronic Monitoring. Sheriff Dart initiated a unit to investigate Muslim "hate crimes" after the election of President Trump. In Sheriff Dart's mind, placing a picture of Jesus in front of a Mosque is a more egregious act than throwing a baby to her death from a high rise building.

Woman admits to dropping baby to death in Uptown, gets probation.

A woman who dropped her newborn baby to her death from a high-rise apartment after hiding her pregnancy from her parents in 2015 has been sentenced to probation, according to court records.

Mubashra Uddin, 20, on Thursday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member before Cook County Judge Carol Howard and was sentenced to four years' probation, according to court records. The infant, Baby Jane Uddin in official documents, was found in the grass outside a high-rise in the 800 block of West Eastwood Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about an hour later.

A man found the baby bloody but still breathing and asked security at the building to call 911, prosecutors said at the time. The man wrapped the baby in shirts and went back to his own home and retrieved two baby blankets for the girl, then waited for paramedics to arrive.
The girl suffered complex skull fractures, a fractured spine, a broken left shoulder, fractured left and right ribs and a lacerated aorta, as well as damage to other internal organs, prosecutors have said.

Uddin received treatment for depression in Cook County Jail, according to Sheppard and was placed on Electronic Monitoring after 602 days..

Tom Dart's unqualified staff (clinical social workers) are labeling half the inmate population mentally ill and the defense attorneys are using this "diagnosis" to get reduced sentences. Cook County Judge Carol Howard and Sheriff Tom Dart should both be removed from office!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Update.. Preckwinkle fires back at Sun-Times and Sheriff Dart.... Vows to monitor Dart's future budget decisions.

Update. Preckwinkle fires back at Dart and his pals at the Sun-times. Preckwinkle says she has no authority to control how Dart allocates his budget and she vows to "work" with Dart to find meaningful savings in his budget. Translation... Queen Toni is pissed and is going to keep a watchful eye on all Dart's future budget moves..

Link.. Preckwinkle shoots back!

Dart office contacted Sneed (Sun-times) using anonymous sources to level blame at Preckwinkle for the budget proposed layoffs. Source says Preckwinkle is furious.

Sun-times Editorial Board blames Preckwinkle for layoffs without even mentioning Sheriff Dart's reckless top heavy budget.

Link to Dart's Budget..
Sheriff Tom Dart threatens 925 layoffs after misappropriating millions.. 

Sun-Times Editorial Board..
If hundreds are thrown out of work, the blame is on Preckwinkle

It is unconscionable that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has threatened layoffs in 925 positions this summer if a judge does not allow a tax on sweet beverages to take effect by August. The tax was unpopular with the public and its legality is untested. It is not, as of yet, a reliable source of revenue, and it is unfair to tie the job security of hundreds of employees to its success. They deserve better.

The monthly dividend check to Tom Dart is in the mail. Sources says there is more relatives than just Mark Brown of times reporters on Dart's payroll..

In the interest of full disclosure, my wife recently took a job with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in a policy role. But I plan to keep writing about county government when appropriate. Mark Brown.. Sun-times.

Before they were famous. Queen Toni and TV Tommy..

Sheriff Dart abruptly cancels Corrections Officer Academy Class just one month after federal mandate ends..

These recruits have gone through a vigorous hiring process, paid for uniforms and equipment, only to be told the funding is washed up.. Sheriff Dart has squandered hundreds of millions on political hiring and grandstanding ventures to bolster his political profile. His annual budget (513 million) has gone up 140 million (41 million inflation considered), since he took office in 2006. In that same time period he cut 602 deputy Sheriff positions. Now just one month after federal oversight/mandated hiring at jail he is canceling all hiring indefinitely. There seriously needs to be a line-by-line federal probe into his budget.. The taxpayers deserve accountability!!

We regret to inform you that the Cook County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer Academy Class scheduled to start on Monday, July 24, 2017, will not be able to commence on that date.

Late last week, the Cook County President’s Office informed the Cook County Sheriff’s Office that it must eliminate several positions and/or significantly reduce its overall budget. Unfortunately, due to these unexpected county-wide budget cuts, we will not be able to start a new Academy Class at this time. We do not yet know when the budget will allow us to schedule a new start date for another Academy Class.

You will have first priority for the next Cook County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer Academy Class, contingent on your successful completion of the new employee orientation session, the background check and drug testing.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office appreciates your interest in the position of Correctional Officer as well as the time you have invested in this process. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you and we hope to work with you in the near future.

Please feel free to contact Fendley Douge, Director with the Bureau of Human Resources for the Cook County Sheriff's Office at (773) 674-4354 with any additional questions or concerns.

Line-By-Line investigation into the Sheriff's budget request!

Sheriff Tom Dart's budget has increased 124 million (inflation considered 41 million) since he took office in 2006. The Sheriff added 68 Shakman exempt positions while eliminating 602 full time predominately officer positions in the last decade. Records indicate the Sheriff has been incredibly reckless with budget decisions, resulting in 600+ less officers providing valuable resources and protection to the citizens of Cook County.  Records also indicate that Sheriff has had more than sufficient funding to keep staffing at standard/safe levels but inexplicably chose not to do so!

2006 Sheriff Budget:: $388,872,980.00
2016 Sheriff Budget:: $513,351,967.00   

Elimination of 602 Jobs..
 Sheriff office 2006:: 7,306 full time positions.
Sheriff office 2016::  6,704 full time positions.

Political Hiring..
Exempt Positions 2006:: 176 positions
Exempt Positions 2016:: 244 positions.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Lansing Police department asking Tom Dart to investigate cop in high profile case... Update.. This entire incident began when a group of black teens severely beat a white teen on the officers lawn. Just a small fact the media first omitted..

Tom Dart still pondering whether his office is going to investigate this Lansing officer. Now the facts show the entire incident began in an apparent hate crime when black teens jumped a white kid and "severely beat him"..  Why isn't Dart investigating that?

Officials added that the off-duty officer told them that he discovered a backpack containing "a baseball hat and a realistic looking bb gun" in his backyard.

The officer eventually encountered the white teen who was bleeding from his face, police said.

The fight ended before officers arrived at the scene, according to the police statement. But officials said they saw about 30 juveniles in the area.

Original Post..

TV Tommy wants to play Inspector General of all the towns. Now Lansing wants him to investigate this witch hunt..

Numerous teenagers were brawling on this officers lawn. The officer held one of teens for police after finding a BB gun and other weapons on his lawn in a gym bag. Now the officer is caught up in a PC firestorm and Tom Dart is going to investigate the incident.. This officer is fucked!. .

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sheriff Tom Dart threatens 925 layoffs after misappropriating millions..

Sheriff Tom Dart has already managed to cut 602 officer positions (despite his budget increasing 140 million) since taking office in 2006..  After misappropriating several hundred million dollars the Sheriff is claiming he is compelled to lay off 17% of his workforce if the soda tax is shot down by the courts..

Sheriff Tom Dart began his command as Cook County Sheriff with 3 directors.
Two terms later he added over 250 directors with some being associates of political allies and some being personal associates with combined salaries at over 22 million dollars per year, and this is sent out to the county personnel.

Sheriff Tom Dart's budget has increased 124 million (inflation considered 41 million) since he took office in 2006. The Sheriff added 68 Shakman exempt positions while eliminating 602 full time predominately officer positions in the last decade. Records indicate the Sheriff has been incredibly reckless with budget decisions, resulting in 600+ less officers providing valuable resources and protection to the citizens of Cook County.  Records also indicate that Sheriff has had more than sufficient funding to keep staffing at standard/safe levels but inexplicably chose not to do so!

2006 Sheriff Budget:: $388,872,980.00
2016 Sheriff Budget:: $513,351,967.00   

Elimination of 602 Jobs..
 Sheriff office 2006:: 7,306 full time positions.
Sheriff office 2016::  6,704 full time positions.

Political Hiring..
Exempt Positions 2006:: 176 positions
Exempt Positions 2016:: 244 positions.

Now comes the threat of another 925 layoffs excluding the 244 political hires of course!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sheriff Dart first in nation to allow inmates to vote in-person. What could go wrong!

Dart registered 1200 inmates to vote in the 2016 election although Illinois law prohibits it!

In 2005 Illinois amended a law that disqualified people in jail from voting. But legal experts say the law is ambiguous and could lead to voter disenfranchisement because it doesn’t spell out procedures for inmates to register and vote.

Cara Smith, Sheriff Tom Dart’s chief policy officer, said the county jail has had an extensive absentee voting process for quite some time. The sheriff’s office sends inmates’ names to the clerk’s office, which determines who is registered to vote and who is eligible to vote. Then officials send voting packets to the inmates. But in-person voting represents “the next evolution to that commitment,” she said.

Blogger.. The circus act continues. Now Tom Dart and Cara Smith are pandering to a news outlet with a long history of anti-police rhetoric.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

It's a miracle! Only 17% of Dart's inmates Self-Identify as mentally ill..

17% of the jail inmates Self-Identify as mentally ill this week. Notice when Dart's paid exempt hacks are off for holiday weekends the mentally ill population plummets. They are not around to manipulate the numbers to increase funding. The truly sad part is the legitimately mentally ill inmates are often neglected cause the majority of resources are giving to those who are not mentally ill..

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Exclusive.. Investigation into Cook County Sheriff's Budget.. Sheriff Tom Dart's Budget has increased $124,478,987.00 since 2006.. In that same time period he eliminated 602 full time positions from the Sheriff's office..

Federal inquiry please!

Sheriff Tom Dart's budget has increased 124 million (inflation considered 41 million) since he took office in 2006. The Sheriff added 68 Shakman exempt positions while eliminating 602 full time predominately officer positions in the last decade. Records indicate the Sheriff has been incredibly reckless with budget decisions, resulting in 600+ less officers providing valuable resources and protection to the citizens of Cook County.  Records also indicate that Sheriff has had more than sufficient funding to keep staffing at standard/safe levels but inexplicably chose not to do so!

2006 Sheriff Budget:: $388,872,980.00
2016 Sheriff Budget:: $513,351,967.00   

Elimination of 602 Jobs..
 Sheriff office 2006:: 7,306 full time positions.
Sheriff office 2016::  6,704 full time positions.

Political Hiring..
Exempt Positions 2006:: 176 positions
Exempt Positions 2016:: 244 positions.

Lock him up!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tom Dart's little person lobbyist brother paid millions by UBER for political favors/influence..

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia seeks Divine intervention as attacks on staff are up 300% on her watch!

While another one of her officers sits in the hospital in critical condition, the Cook County jail warden preaches bible verses for the Sun-times..

Jail Warden Nneka Jones Tapia. "I think God is around us all". Hopefully, God is around numerous officers who need reconstructive surgery because of her/Dart's policies.. When you have inmates who attacked staff on numerous occasions and you still refuse to place them on lockdown, you are complicit just as the attackers on your staff.. Stop the pandering and do the right thing!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Serious but non-life threatening" Dart downplays another brutal attack on one of his officers..

Inmate charged in brutal attack that left Corrections officer fighting for his life in the hospital..  Sheriff Dart's office inexplicably minimizes the officers very serious injures.

Chicago Tribune Breaking News Link..

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Another guard brutally attacked by inmate reportedly in very serious condition.

Teamsters are eerily silent as yet another guard is hospitalized in inmate attack! I really don't even know what to say anymore.  Never ends!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This sounds like a familiar story. Cook County inmate attacks guard at Kendall County Jail!

The Cook County Jail population is at historic low levels but the Sheriff continues to pay other jails to handle his problem children. At least Dart is wise enough to realize he sucks at his job!

An inmate being held in the Kendall County Jail who is from Chicago has been charged for allegedly hitting a Kendall County Corrections Deputy several times at the jail in Yorkville on Monday morning.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate as 26 year-old Aaron Jackson of Chicago, who is being held in the Kendall County Jail on seven counts of Public Indecency for incidents that occurred in Cook County.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Open Post..

Dart/OPR placing numerous officers on "no contact order" with inmate without any due process!

Can Dart/OPR legally just pull an officer from duty and place him in no contact with inmates without any explanation of wrongdoing or due process? We are hearing horror stories of some officers being pulled from their assignments who have not even been accused of excessive force. Why is the Teamsters letting them get away with this crap..

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dart sends in the troops to 'reduce' Chicago crime. Dart PR machine in full gear!

Cook County Sheriff Supplements CPD in 9th Ward, 'Crime Goes Down', Alderman Says

This guy Dart sends out more BS propaganda than North Korean Dictator
Kim Jong-in...  He just forgets to mention he flooded the streets with thousands of violent criminals through EM an Rocket Docket .

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Director of ICE says the Cook County Sheriff is one of worse offenders in harboring Illegal Alien Criminals!

Source says just last week an Illegal Alien in Chicago (Little Village) brutally murdered an infant beating the 3 year child to death with a belt... Source claims this guy had prior stints at Cook County for previous Domestic Battery Charges.. If the system worked and the Sheriff did his job, this child would be alive today! Thanks Dart.. 

ICE Associate Director testifying to Congress!

“We’re asking for their cooperation,” said Matthew Albence, executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Albence singled out the Chicago area as one of the most prominent sanctuaries.
“Chicago is a large one. We haven’t been able to get into the Cook County Jail for a long time,” he said.

Dick Durbin says Chicago and other sanctuary cities are too 'poor' to help feds enforce immigration law.

He insisted that Chicago and Cook County are eager to keep serious criminals and other gang members out of their communities but said it’s up to the federal government to fund the training he said local authorities need.

“Please help us. Send us some resources,” Mr. Durbin said.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dart reportedly places ( No Bond) Murder suspect in Sheriff's furlough/EM release program... 

Comment Section..

Isn't there a female that committed a murder...on EM?

2017-0606001 Kennedy, Keanna K 07/12/1985
BK Female 505 212
Booked Date 06/06/2017 DIV17-SFFP-SFFP-General
720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(1)

Next Court Date Court House Location
06/26/2017 Markham

Isn't SFFP the furlough program aka EM? I may be wrong because I don't work for the county.

Blogger.. When we researched the Sheriff's SFFP program we got this..

Sheriff’s Female Furlough Program (SFFP)

Sheriff’s Female Furlough Program , or female day-reporting program, allows for female participants to leave the jail, on electronic monitoring, and report to the program daily for treatment and case management services, returning to their homes each evening to care for their families. They participate in drug substance abuse/mental health, job training and effective parenting classes.

Transition Planning and Aftercare (intensive case management) is developed prior to discharge of each participant and is critical for the successful progression of a SFFP participant's reintegration into the community. A phase system was developed to address individual participant needs.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Open Post...

Breaking News..Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele Dead at 55.

Teamsters respond to three more attacks on officers just in last few days!

Teamsters local 700 responds to three more attacks on officers just in last few days!

John Kass mocks Tom Dart on his radio podcast, telling Dart he wont be Mayor!

John Kass invites 'his pal' Tom Dart on his radio show only to mock his ambitions for higher office. Kass bluntly tells Dart "I don't see you as a viable candidate for Mayor anymore".. OUCH!!

Link to Podcast..

As it turns out Tom Dart is afraid of the ballerina!

Woman claims the Sheriff 'terrorized' her in 14 month stint in Jail for 'simple domestic dispute'....

Woman claims she was given a 250,000 bond for Domestic Battery with no prior criminal history. All the liberal sites are running this obviously fake news story.  The bullshit meter just exploded!

My name is Lavette Mayes, and I spent 14 months in Cook County Jail, from March of 2015 to May of 2016. My bond was $250,000, requiring $25,000 to walk. I didn't have a criminal record: This was my first time being arrested. Before this, I was just a person that was happy to be alive. I have two kids, a son that's seven and a daughter that's 16. Until I was arrested, we had lived together for their entire lives. They never had to deal with me going anywhere before this.

In March of 2015, I was in a domestic dispute. After the incident, I was taken away in an ambulance. I was hurt and I remember hugging my children and telling them everything would be fine. When I got to the hospital, the police were there, and they told me that no one could see me. "Why?" I asked. "These are my kids, and that's my sister." They told me I couldn't see anyone until after I talked to the detectives.

Detectives took me to bond court on March 15, which took a whole day. I was woken up at six o'clock that morning and didn't see a judge until one o'clock that afternoon. When I came in, there were maybe 115 women standing in line, waiting to go in front of the judge. After being processed, they sent us in three at a time. They told us to come in with our hands behind our backs and to not say anything. They said, "The prosecutor and the defense will speak and then they will assess your bond."

The person in front of me went up before the judge, and everything was said real fast. I couldn't even understand the words they were saying. Between the three of us, we were standing there maybe 60 seconds. Then I went up. I remember them passing the judge a sheet of paper. The prosecutor said a few words, then the defense said a few words, and then the judge said "bail set at $250,000 with EM [electronic monitoring]." As I was getting processed, I was thinking that I was going home on electronic monitoring, and that I wouldn't have to post a bond since I was going to be on electronic monitoring. Two days later, my attorney informed me that I had to pay $25,000 just to get home on electronic monitoring. All the time that I'd worked, my 45 years of life, everything was wiped out in 20 seconds. Over 45 years on Earth and not even a second to account for every year of my life. I quickly found that you are guilty until you are proven innocent.

I couldn't understand how the bond was assessed so high. I had no background, and I was in an altercation. No one could give me an answer. I didn't know anything about bond or jail until I was put in this situation. I thought people were assessed with reasonable bonds, paid them, and then walked out.

In March of 2016, I found out about a new organization called the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF). I didn't know if they would help me, but I knew they were paying people's bonds. I mailed their information out to my sister and she called. After going through their process, my sister called me back saying that they'd pay my bond. My family was ecstatic. My family put up $2,000 and CCBF posted the remaining $7,500.

My bond was paid, but my incarceration was prolonged. I was hospitalized due to my medical condition and had to have surgery. It baffled me that I couldn't be released because I had a medical condition. I waited until I was cleared by the doctors, and then I was brought home on electronic monitoring.

The entire time I was at Cook County Jail, all I could think about was my kids. Two days after I got home, my attorney from CGLA got me an emergency hearing so I could see them. The judge gave me custody of my kids for two weeks. After not having seen them for 14 months, I was overwhelmed to be with them. My son just cried and held me, while my daughter was in shock and didn't know what to do. Every time she saw me, she would ask if I was here to stay or if they were coming back to get me. It was heart-wrenching. Knowing I was on electronic monitoring, my kids lived in a constant state of fear and knew at any moment that I could be snatched away from them. It was hard for them to just let their guards down. They were always asking if they were going to come and get me again or when it was going to end. It was hard for me to answer because I didn't know. I knew I was still fighting my case, and I didn't know what would happen. I couldn't give them answers. All I could say was, "I'm here now."

My daughter was in high school, but I wasn't able to see her in school plays, let alone take her to school. My son would ask me about my ankle bracelet, "Why are they doing this to you? Why did they put that on you? They put those on animals. They put that on dogs." I remember telling him, "Boo, I'm not an animal. This is a part of the legal process," and explained that it was meant to track me. I had to explain the monitor on my leg, the telephone in the house that he couldn't touch, and that only I could pick up because it meant the sheriffs were calling. I was forced to explain to a five-year-old how the legal system works, including how I had to get permission to go back and forth to court. If he wanted to play outside, I couldn't leave our steps in front of the house. It was hard because at the time, he was trying to learn how to ride a bike and skate. I had to get someone else to stand outside with him so he could learn to ride his bike and rollerblade or even just play with kids down the street. If he fell down in the street and hurt himself, I couldn't run to him to tell him he'd be all right. He would ask me if he could come to court and tell the judge to take this thing off of me, to which I'd reply, "I wish, I wish."

When you incarcerate a mom, you incarcerate the whole family. It's not just you, it's your kids, too. They're in jail as well with being on electronic monitoring. When it was nice outside, I couldn't go out with them or sit outside and watch the fireworks. I was unable to do normal things families do, like go to the park, barbecue, or visit my mother's grave. Many of the things we'd normally do as a family just couldn't be done anymore.

It felt like it was never going to be over. Every time I went to court, it was huge: lots of crying and both kids asking if I'd actually be coming back. When the sheriffs would show up to check on the EM box, the kids would get scared. How could I explain to a five-year-old that the sheriff is only coming to check on the box? My kids were constantly on edge. They'd have anxiety when they were at school because they were afraid to be away from me. It would tear me apart. As a parent, I was trying to be strong for them.

After all that, I decided I couldn't keep fighting the case. If I could take a plea deal and make it all end, things would be better. I'd be at home and we could go on with our lives. As long as I was on house arrest, I couldn't have full custody of my kids. So, I decided to plead out. Due to the deal, I had to spend one night in prison, but this time, it would be over afterward. They had to send me to a prison downstate to dress me in, take some pictures, and then put me back on a train to come home for good.
After 14 months in jail and five months on electronic monitoring, I was on my way home from Logan prison. On the train coming home, I asked a man if I could use his cell phone to call my kids and tell them I was on the way home. I was so grateful to tell them this was over. They were so traumatized. It had been nearly two years of my life taken away, two Mother's Days, one Christmas, and so many moments in between. Now we could just be a family.

Today, my kids are adapting. I have permanent custody of my kids, and we finally got our own place. We are spending lots of family time together. I'm also working with two organizations: the Chicago Community Bond Fund, working to end money bond and pretrial detention, and Cabrini Green Legal Aid, working for the rights of incarcerated women and making sure they can see their kids. It's been amazing working with both of these groups. I've already lost so many things, and this work is a great sacrifice, but if I can save one or two people and help people see that pretrial detention isn't right, then it's worth it to me.

She didn't seem to miss too many meals in jail!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is Dart's EM program really this bad?

From Comment Section..

"A buddy of mine that works EM for the Cook County Sheriff says someone needs to seriously do a FOIA request on the Electronic Monitoring program. The Sheriff has thousands of violent criminals on the program and many are missing. He has three different cases where they released guys who have previous murder convictions because the Sheriff classifies the new charges as low level. One guy had 32 prior arrests, two murder convictions, and was out again on EM on pending robbery charge. Could not believe it until he showed me the paperwork.'

Monday, June 12, 2017

Source.. Inspector General investigating the Sheriff's office for harassment of injured employees.  Duty injuries up 325% since 2010 as 78% of new hires quit within first year or are injured in the tour of duty!

Source tells us IG investigation is really gaining steam in way the Sheriff and Cook County treats injured employees. The major contention is initially denying employees pay benefits and healthcare according to source. One C/O was recently awarded 3 times damages he was seeking because the court was outraged in the manner he was treated. Source says employees are denied healthcare coverage for months while waiting to be approved for benefits. Source says the Sheriff's office/ Cook County denies and or delays everyone, even the most serious cases of injuries..  Cook County ends up paying more in the end because they are forcing employees to lawyer up and file suits. Records indicate the annual Sheriff's budget for Workers Comp cases has more than tripled since Dart took office.. In 2005, the previous Sheriff allocated 3.3 million of budget to cover Duty injury costs. This year the Sheriff is on pace to reach 15 million to cover work injuries.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Attorney Dana Kurtz is gonna have a field day with this one!.


Politically Connected Corrections officer allegedly gets drunk/ high on codeine and starts firing his weapon/letting others fire his weapon in his backyard and Sheriff merit board lowers it to suspension. The officer also allegedly lied to investigators and never reported incident.

Dart's same Merit Board fired officers (no clout) just this year for lying about having a suspended drivers license.

Grey Mateo Harris (Sheriff Board member) issued a blistering dissent and even insinuated the boards decision was political..

Blog Administer.. I don't like to see any officer get nailed unless they deserve it. But the double standard in this office is troubling.. We all have seen the ridiculous decisions/firings the board has made but someone who actually deserves to be fired gets a pass.. And Dart can claim he is "independent" from the Merit Board but the fact is he handpicked these clowns and most have donated to his campaign.

Boards Decision in link..

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Straight Jacket Time!

We had a tipster tell us he saw Sheriff Tom Dart posing for a photo with viles of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy's blood in his own home a few years back... We thought this was too bizarre to be true. Then he sent us this pic and we verified the article. This guy is one sick puppy!!!

Tom Dart mimics the Mentally Handicapped to describe his employees.

Sheriff Tom Dart put on his thermonuclear toupee for speech yesterday and mocked his employees in extremely demeaning fashion. Tom Dart believes his employees are intellectually inferior to him and openly mocks them to the chuckes of his liberal audience. What's even more disturbing he appears to be mocking the Mentally Handicapped to describe his employees!

5.30 Minute Mark of Video..

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tom Dart's shady lobbyist brother has numerous Facebook pals who are Sun-Times reporters..

Remember the old days of journalistic integrity where reporters would actually do investigations on shady lobbyists. Those days are over! Tom Dart has hired numerous family members of times reporters while his lobbyist brother Tim has befriended many of them..

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Shocking video surfaces of Tom Dart sounding more like Donald Trump than a liberal reformer!

The political chameleon award goes to Sheriff Tom Dart!!

Tom Dart says it "drives him nuts" that the media constantly portraying Cook County inmates as "a bunch of boy scouts" and then claims there really are NOT that many innocent people in jail anymore..  Dart then goes on to say "I wish you could reform these people" and they wouldn't go back to lives of crime by that just "doesn't happen"..

The self-proclaimed "progressive" Sheriff sounded more like Donald Trump in newly discovered video when he was running for office.. We have received tips that this guy actually portrayed himself as a conservative when it was politically advantageous early in his career.. It was almost hard to believe until this video surfaced!!

Start Video at 5 minute mark...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dart "I can make my employees lives tricky."

Dart brags about harassing his employees by "making their lives tricky."  The Cook County Sheriffs Office has the highest suicide rate in the nation and this jerk is bragging about harassing his employees!!   15 minute mark of video..

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This inmate has attacked numerous staff and punched a female officer but Dart still refuses to place him on lockdown.. Dart says his "child has more common sense" on solitary confinement that other sheriffs!! Oh really,, then why are attacks on staff up 325%...

Sheriff allows street brawls outside his courthouses.. Officers ordered to stand down!

We have been hearing rumors of numerous brawls outside the Cook County courthouses/jail where the short staffed deputy division has not had the manpower to respond.. Officers are also being ordered to stand down out of fear of getting in trouble by Dart's overzealous OPR..

When  granny appeals her property taxes at the Courthouse this is awaits her!!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Dart fires another military veteran but somehow his clouted neighbor keeps job despite 55 pending investigations!!

Sgt. Robert O’Neill took a leave of absence from the Chicago Police Department to run the fugitive warrant unit for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in 2012, months after City Hall paid $700,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing Chicago cops of being part of a scheme to extort money and steal drugs from drug dealers. O’Neill was among the defendants because he supervised accused officers.
O’Neill, 47, who’d been the subject of 55 disciplinary complaints, got a five-day suspension fo...r allowing his officers to conduct unsupervised searches in which they failed to inventory all seized items.

“To my knowledge, we were not aware of disciplinary issues with him at the time he was hired,” says Cara Smith, Dart’s policy chief. “We believed his background and experience would be helpful as we tried to completely reform our warrants division.”

O’Neill, paid more than $106,000 last year, has made nine campaign contributions to Dart totaling nearly $4,000 since 2010, including $900 the year he went on Dart’s payroll, records show.
A top aide to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says “we were not aware of disciplinary issues” involving the sheriff’s former neighbor Robert O’Neill “at the time he was hired.”

| Sun-Times files
He was once a neighbor of Dart in Mount Greenwood. He and his wife moved to a $932,000 home in Orland Park while on leave from his Chicago job, records show. After the Sun-Times first asked about O’Neill, then-Interim Supt. John Escalante refused to extend his leave of absence last fall, and O’Neill “retired.”

The clouted neighbor of Dart keeps his job with 55 Internal Affair's complaints but this military veteran obviously suffering from PTSD is fired by Dart's Merit Board ...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dart Targets Minorities for Profit!

Tom Dart's office has collected nearly 16 million in admin-tow fees off predominately Hispanic and African Americans in past several years. The Sheriff charged a $500.00 tow fee for every car impounded for suspended D/L. Source in the Sheriff's office said these numbers were obtained in a FOIA request.. Source also said the Sheriff's office confiscated over 2000 cars for failure to pay these fees, many of which were poor citizens in the Ford Heights area. The practice was ended  only after it was announced Dart was contemplating a mayoral run in 2016... 

Dart's office refused to give a Racial breakdown of drivers charged this fee in FOIA request.. What is he hiding?
FY2007    from  8-Mar-2007  $1,413,100.00
FY2008  $2,188,000.00
FY2009  $1,741,492.00
FY2010  $1,632,820.00
FY2011  $1,620,001.00
FY2012  $1,563,000.00
FY2013  $1,340,500.00
FY2014  $1,693,923.87
FY2015  $1,769,590.41
FY2016  $550,000.01
FY2017   through  4 - April -2017  $73,565.00

Dart Pizza Show on Ellen Degeneres!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Chef Johnathan," in for armed robbery will serve pizzas at the courthouses!

“We’re teaching skills to make them more marketable when they get out of here,” Dart said.

Rapper/Repeat Gun offender cuts EM bracelet in live video. Just weeks later "riding dirty" on Chicago streets with semi automatic weapons..

Rapper Rico Reckless mocks the judicial system/ Tom Dart's Electronic Monitoring program. Cuts up EM bracelet live on Youtube. He was in County on gun charges/aggravated fleeing of the police and of course ended up on EM..

Cuts up EM bracelet..

Does radio interviews from Cook County Jail.

Another middle finger to the judicial system..