Archive | July 2009

Crest Hill Council is paving the way for the closing of Stateville

From our friends at Cresthill2009 from July 21st 2009

The City Council is paving the way for the closing of Stateville. Their resolution last night might as well have been a white flag of surrender. They said how the closing will hurt Crest Hill, they talked about broken agreements, and asked for everyone to support keeping the prison. They did not however make a case for how the State benefits from keeping Stateville open and they did not make any move to enforce their past agreements.

I spent a year going toe-to-toe with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections over a prison several years ago and have spoken with other cities that have fought for prisons in various states, so I have some knowledge of what works and what does not. In the end the State does not care if the jobs are in Crest Hill or some town somewhere else, they do not care if a few hundred local people write them letters, or if inmates are a bit more overcrowded. They do care about how much it costs them to run a prison. The city needs to dive into the numbers to make their case. They need to prove that it makes financial sense to keep Stateville open and if that case cannot be made then they need to show what can be changed to make it possible.
A financial strategy focused on the State’s pocketbook has been a part of every similar long term victory when a city fights a State Department of Corrections.

The other keys are to make the case visible State-wide and to enforce contracts. If they agreed to buy a certain amount of water and have a certain amount of sewerage, then hold them to that regardless of actual use. Let them pay for an empty prison if that is what they want. And if we cannot convince residents of all areas of Illinois why Stateville needs to remain open, we stand no chance of convincing the Governor and State Legislature.

The best the city can hope for with their current strategy is to keep Stateville off the chopping block until the next budget and then fight this battle again, eventually losing. If we are serious about wanting to keep Stateville open then it is time to make a serious effort.

Drew Peterson change venue


Drew Peterson‘s attorney is trying to get the former police sergeant’s murder trial moved out of the county where he’s charged because of what he calls extensive and inflammatory media coverage. Thursday’s motion by Joel Brodsky was expected. He’s long expressed concern that Peterson might not be able to get a fair trail in Will County, where he’s charged in the 2004 drowning death of Kathleen Savio.

Since Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007 the case has been the subject of scores of news reports – many of which have included appearances by Brodsky and Peterson.

Peterson is a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, but hasn’t been charged.

The motion is scheduled to be heard in Will County on Aug. 14.

Found On Twitter…..Don’t know if it really is his account or not.

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Drew Peterson – Motion to Change Venue

Obama:Cyber tsar may turn screws on Internet freedom

Government surveillance, says cyber crime expert Berin Szoka.

Reality in Joliet that hurts the pocket book.

As the city of Joliet wrestles with a deficit that could reach $67 million by 2012, officials gave residents a cold shower as to what’s planned for water rates.

Joliet wants to eliminate the current 70 percent rebate on the daily water rate for homeowners as well as the 100 percent daily rebate for senior citizens.

Then the city would jack up water and sewer use charges by 35 percent followed by annual 5 percent water and sewer rate increases.

Homeowners also would face a 25 percent hike in their property taxes, generating $9 million, and a utility tax increase for another $3 million.

With the economy barely crawling back from its near-depression status, higher water rates and property taxes are the last things city homeowners need but an unfortunate reality that appears unavoidable but  could have been avoided if the current political faction would have been paying attention and not being asleep at the wheel.

Four plead not guilty to Channahon murder

The defendants and the victims were acquaintances but the authorities haven’t explained any motive for the home invasion, other than calling it a robbery.

The victims were taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet. The woman was treated and released. Terdic died Friday.

Orasco, Edwards, Hill and Vetor were arrested July 7 and charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and home invasion. The charges were upgraded to murder Friday. Vetor’s bond was $1 million. The other three were held on warrants with no bond.

While in Richardson’s courtroom Monday, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Casson asked the judge to set each defendant’s bond at $10 million. But Will County Assistant Public Defender Greg DeBord, the chief felony assistant, argued that his clients’ bond shouldn’t be that high.

“Nothing has changed. When bond is set, the court must consider the nature of the circumstances of the offense,” DeBord said. “(The facts) were known by the state at the time (of the arrests). The only thing that has changed is the victim has died.” ¦ Evergreen Terrace Joliet City Public Information Officer Kevin Hegerty says that last week’s action by a U S Appeals Court to deny a motion by the owners of Evergreen Terrace was another step in the right direction.  Earlier this year, a federal court ruling stated that Joliet has the right to proceed with the condemnation of Evergreen Terrace, after years of battles between the city and the housing project’s owners over general conditions and upkeep.  Hegerty says now that the U S Appeals Court has also sided  with the city, there is really only one more place the Evergreen Terrance owners can go, which is the United States Supreme Court.  The owners have 90 days from the July 14th ruling to file an appeal.  The city intends to relocate the Evergreen Terrace tennants, and then tear down the structire once all the appeals are heard.

Joliet Jakes comments:

 It is about time to shut that eyesore down and build something new in it’s place, Kick all of em to the street! They are people, Lookin for the state to pay their way for them…..Life is hard….I guess when it does close up the section 8’s will have to Deal with it. Evergreen has been A failure forever, And always will be!!





Will one woman’s Tweet cost her $50,000?

Who knew less than 140 characters could potentially cost more than $50,000, in the form of a defamation lawsuit?

That’s something Amanda Bonnen is discovering the hard way.

In May, the  resident did what many of Twitter’s millions of users do–she tweeted a complaint. Specifically, she tweeted THIS complaint:

Today, Horizon Group Management filed a lawsuit against her, alleging that her statement damaged the company’s business reputation.
According to the complaint filed in Cook County court today, Bonnen “maliciously and wrongfully published the false and defamatory Tweet on Twitter, thereby allowing the Tweet to be distributed throughout the world.”
Bonnen had 20 followers on Twitter.

What intrigues me about this lawsuit is a number of things:

1) I knew it was coming. I KNEW the Twitter suits were coming, and I like that this proves I’m psychic.

2) It begs this question: What IS a tweet anyway? Is it really considered publishing? Is it a conversation between friends in a public forum, like the electronic version of a coffeeshop, where you can gripe privately but have your gripes overheard? No one considers that defamation. And for that matter, does anyone actually claim that one-liners on Twitter are truth? After all, when you tweet, you type into a text box that asks, “What are you doing?” So what does an assertion on Twitter count for, anyway? Isn’t it just an opinion? Isn’t it stream of consciousness? Isn’t it called a Twitter “stream” for a reason?

3) And plenty of companies these days are using the public discussion on Twitter to their advantage. Comcast is one that jumps to mind. I have friends who’ve had their Comcast complaints resolved over Twitter, and it all began with a 140-character complaint issued over Twitter. So it’s interesting to note different companies’ reactions to their customers’ usage of social media. Some engage and fix the problems, and some decide that apparently, it is a more efficient use of company time, money, and (hu)manpower to sue over 140 words that got beamed out to 20+ followers.

Of course, it’s not hard to guess what I think about the whole situation. What do YOU think?

Read the complaint if you’re interested – Twitter lawsuit.pdf

Amanda Bonnen’s Twitter account has been closed. bloggers weighing in left and right. Agree? Disagree?