Thursday, August 25, 2011
Review finds 11 of 19 executive sessions violated the act.
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is investigating what it says are violations of the Illinois Open Meetings Act by the previous Morton Grove Library board. If the violations were intentional, they could constitute criminal violations of the act. The current board requested the review. The office found that 11 of 19 executive sessions conducted from Dec. 10, 2009 to April 14, 2011 violated the Open Meetings Act. Several of the recordings of those meetings are damaged or missing in entirety. The details of the violations were noted in an Aug. 2 letter from Assistant State's Attorney Sara Hynes to Library Board Treasurer Catherine Peters. Patch received a copy of the letter, and verified its authenticity with the state's attorney's …
Friday, August 19, 2011
They stole a victim's iPhone on CTA blue line; the driver overheard them talking about it on the Harlem Avenue bus and alerted police, who apprehended them in Niles.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
After a victim was forcefully attacked and robbed on the CTA Blue Line elevated train's Harlem Avenue station, in Chicago near Niles and Park Ridge, a CTA bus driver helped police arrest them in Niles, according to the office of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Tevon Woods, and Alvon Hoskins, both 20, of Chicago, were each charged with one count of robbery. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said the victim was listening to his iPhone Tuesday when he exited the train at the Harlem Avenue station. Woods and Hoskins grabbed him forcefully and pulled him down the station's escalator. They exerted so much force that when they ripped off his backpack, the straps broke. The bag was thrown on the tracks. …
Friday, March 11, 2011
Christopher Brooke Beal could face up to 30 years in prison after submitting false expense claims.
The former executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook Country (SWANCC)—which manages garbage collection for 23 suburban communities— has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 over a four-year period, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today. Christopher Brooke Beal, 47, of Chicago, began working with the Glenview-based public agency in 1993. After a Sept. 2010 audit found an “inexplicable increase in employee related expenses,” Beal allegedly forged an email from another SWANCC official approving the expenses, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Beal resigned approximately one month later. “No one is more angry, frustrated and disappointed about these circumstances than this …