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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The First Rule


Suburban red-light cameras still generating millions in revenue

-Red light cameras are nothing but money making schemes for politicians and their friends that run the camera companies. They should be outlawed. The only thing they have accomplished is turning drivers into brain dead idiots when it comes to turning right on a red light.-

Daily Herald

Jake Griffin

Suburban red-light cameras are generating more revenue than ever before.
But that's not what was supposed to occur.

"They were going to be so successful at changing drivers' behaviors that they'd eventually put themselves out of business," said John Bowman, vice president of the National Motorists Association, a drivers advocacy group. "Of course, that's not what happened."

The 123 red-light cameras at 76 intersections in 32 suburbs generated more than $12 million in 2014. That's up 30 percent from 2012's $9.2 million, according to a Daily Herald analysis of municipal financial reports.

Critics say that's evidence revenue, rather than traffic safety, is the rationale for the cameras. But local police say they ticket only people who clearly are breaking the law.

The cameras are so lucrative that the revenue outpaced budget projections in most towns, with a total of $1.2 million in unanticipated income.

Lakemoor made $2.2 million from red-light cameras last year. Its addition of three cameras at routes 12 and 120 accounts for much of the overall increase in revenue across the suburbs.
Rosemont made $1.2 million from the cameras last year. Six towns each made more than $500,000 from the $100-per-violation tickets.

"People have stated they think red-light cameras are a scam," said state Sen. Dan Duffy, a Lake Barrington Republican and sponsor of a bill that recently passed the House that would ban the devices in towns without home-rule powers, like Lakemoor. "The elected officials are supposed to represent the people in these towns, but their desire for easy money and addiction to spending is taking away the voters' desires."

But local officials say the cameras are making intersections safer and the revenue is merely a secondary benefit.

"Part of the whole thing is safety, and we always hope that people are changing their habits," said Barry Krumstok, city manager of Rolling Meadows.

Rolling Meadows' red-light camera revenue increased by $219,428 in 2014 compared to 2013, according to city financial records. The $784,291 the city made last year from its seven cameras was almost $360,000 more than city officials anticipated.

"We've had construction projects in the past that took some cameras out of commission, and this was the first year all cameras were working," Krumstok said.

On average, each of Rolling Meadows' seven cameras generated more than $112,000 last year.

Across the suburbs, red-light cameras generated nearly $100,000 apiece, on average, according to the analysis.

"The game is rigged," Bowman said. "The vendors who install these cameras make money by how many people get tickets. The towns make money by giving tickets, and if you want to fight, you have to argue in front of someone the town hired."

Krumstok said the city's camera vendor, Red Speed, makes about $70,000 a month from Rolling Meadows' cameras, but that fluctuates depending on how many violations are approved by police officials.

Rolling Meadows Deputy Police Chief Mark Hogan said that as many as 50 percent of the potential violations the vendor forwards to the police department for approval are rejected.
"We're not totally without reasonable judgment," Hogan said. "If we see some that are super-slow rolling, we generally try to make a rule of thumb that if the vehicle stopped or came close enough to a stop, we'll reject it."

But Duffy said that's just lip service from the beneficiaries of the revenue.

"If it's about preventing accidents from happening, why not put up 'no turn on red' signs?" Duffy said. "They're looking to generate revenue on the backs of taxpayers."

Fox River Grove is one of the few towns with just one red-light camera. The camera at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Route 22 generated $425,569 last year from motorists turning right from Route 22 onto northbound Northwest Highway.

That's down from more than $500,000 the year before. Still, only Lakemoor's cameras averaged a higher per-camera income.

Mayor Robert Nunamaker said the camera is making drivers follow the law.

"Revenues are going down, so it must be affecting drivers' behavior," he said. "When the contract runs out, the trustees will evaluate whether we want to continue or not. Right now there are no plans to expand the program. This is it for us."

Barnet Fagel of Buffalo Grove, who runs a website called redlightdoctor.com that reviews footage of red-light camera violations for drivers, said towns are spending the money generated by red-light cameras on everything but making the intersections safer.

"Until they start putting the money toward re-engineering the intersections, the cameras aren't going to make the intersection safer," Fagel said.

Only a few suburbs have started and stopped red-light camera programs. Among them, Naperville council members said crash data didn't warrant the cameras, and Schaumburg officials worried the cameras would hurt their shopping and entertainment district.

"We didn't want people to come to Schaumburg, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and stay in our hotels, and then go home and two weeks later get a ticket for $100," said Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson. "We just didn't want to tick off the people who visit and shop in Schaumburg."

Larson said the village put up cameras at one intersection and then took them down less than two months later.

"We generated over a million dollars in that time," he said, "but we didn't see a noticeable increase or decrease in safety one way or the other during that time."

Mt. Prospect cop on leave after domestic violence charge

-This is why no matter what happens, no matter what gets said, just walk away. Leave, go for a walk, go to the gym or the range and take out your frustration. Once this call gets made, there is no taking it back. And never, ever under any circumstances resist a fellow officer. Shut your mouth, go with the program and get a lawyer to do your talking.-
Sgt Anthony Lietzow / Courtesy Mount Prospect PD

Daily Herald

Melissa Silverberg

A Mount Prospect police officer is on administrative leave after he was arrested on domestic violence allegations last month.

Sgt. Anthony Lietzow, 44, of Huntley is charged with domestic battery, aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting a peace officer after an altercation at his home July 19, according to a police report.

A McHenry County judge required that Lietzow surrender his firearm as a result of the arrest.

The department placed Lietzow on administrative leave because he doesn't have a weapon, said Police Chief Tim Janowick.

Janowick said the department is also investigating the arrest.

"We're conducting our internal investigations. When we reach a level where we're able to conduct discipline, we're going to do that," he said. "It's going to take some time."

Lietzow has been a highly decorated member of the Mount Prospect Police Department for more than a decade. He has served as a patrol officer, narcotics officer and a member of the Major Case Assistance Team, and was named the department's officer of the year in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

He also received the Cook County Sheriff's Award of Merit in 2006. He was promoted to sergeant in 2014.

A call to Lietzow's attorney was not returned Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 1.

IN MEMORIAM: Sergeant Marvin Giles (Ret.) Melrose Park P.D.

-I had the pleasure of knowing Marv since I was a kid. He was fun to be around and I have a lot of
good memories talking and hanging out tipping back a few.
Rest in Peace Marv.-

Chicago Tribune Obituary

Dearly beloved father of Dawn (Rick) Schuenemann, Lorie Virola and Julie Cesarini. Cherished grandfather of six. Husband to Sharon Giles nee Salvo. Dear brother, uncle and friend of many. Funeral Friday 10am from Carbonara Funeral Home 1515 N. 25th Ave. Melrose Park to St. Charles Borromeo Church, Stone Park. Mass 11am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 3-9pm. Member of Melrose Park FOP and Maywood Sportsman's Club. In lieu of flowers donations to would be appreciated. Visit Marvin's memorial at carbonarafuneralhome.net or 708-343-6161.

Visitation
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Funeral
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
10:00 AM
Carbonara Funeral Home
1515 N. 25th Ave.
Melrose Park, IL

Funeral Mass
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
11:00 AM
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Stone Park, IL

OFFICER DOWN: Detective Brent L. Hanger

Officer Down Memorial Page

Detective Brent L. Hanger
Washington State Patrol, Washington
End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47
Tour: 17 years
Badge # 938
Cause: Heart attack


Detective Brent Hanger suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking into a remote area of Chinook Pass, near Yakima, to investigate reports of a marijuana grow operation.

He began to suffer chest pains and shortness of breath. Other detectives who were with him immediately called for assistance and started CPR after he collapsed, but were unable to revive him.

Detective Hanger had served with the Washington State Patrol for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief John R. Batiste
Washington State Patrol
General Administration Bldg.
PO Box 42600
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 596-4000

OFFICER DOWN: Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell

 Officer Down Memorial Page


Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell
Carson City Sheriff's Office, Nevada
End of Watch: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 5466
Military veteran
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic battery call on the 4100 block of Montez Drive in east Carson City at approximately 2:20 am.

The first deputies to arrive on scene located an injured woman in front of the home. As other deputies checked on the woman's injuries Deputy Howell approached the home to speak to the male subject. The subject ambushed Deputy Howell at the front door, mortally wounding him. Despite the wound, Deputy Howell was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Deputy Howell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Carson City Sheriff's Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two stepchildren.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Ken Furlong
Carson City Sheriff's Office
911 E Musser Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 887-2500

Saturday, August 15, 2015

10 Common Concealed Carry Mistakes

-This is some good info for not only citizen CCWs but for off duty law enforcement as well.-


Posted by Dieter Heren @ Concealed Nation

None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes from time to time, it’s how we learn. However, making mistakes when concealing a firearm can have serious implications. Instead of making you learn by trial and error, I’ve compiled a list of 10 common mistakes so you don’t have to find out the hard way. Most of the mistakes I’ve listed are made by those still new to carrying concealed, but even those with years of experience can be guilty of making a couple of these mistakes from time to time.

1. Having the minimum required training

In many states, a hunter safety course is enough to qualify you for a concealed weapons license. However, these courses often focus solely on being safe with a rifle in the woods. Although it’s great to know you’re not allowed to shoot over a road the next time you go hunting, it doesn’t exactly prepare you to go out into the regular world and interact with others now that you all of a sudden have a gun on your hip.

Even some classes that are specifically designed around qualifying you for a concealed weapons permit don’t do much in the way of preparing you. Do your research before choosing a class and find a reputable one that is more concerned with proper training rather than getting you out of the course as quickly as possible. The course concerned most about money will often go through some of the basics, have you shoot a few rounds, and send you on your way. You want a course that has instructors who are going to help you in every way possible to make sure you leave their class prepared.

Finally, don’t think that just because you met the minimum requirements for a license you’re now ready to navigate every situation you find yourself in. A responsible person who carries concealed is constantly learning, both mentally and physically. As legendary football coach Bo Schembechler often said, “Every day you’re getting better or worse…you never stay the same”.

2. Printing/Exposing

Printing, where the outline of your gun appears from pushing against your clothing and exposing a part of the gun are mistakes that often arise from complacency. When you first start carrying, often you’re so concerned about your gun showing in public you’ll do anything and everything to make sure it never happens. After carrying every day for years, it’s still a thought but you’re nowhere near as scared of it happening. Just take that extra second to make sure you’re not printing or going to expose your gun at some point.

Honestly, most people are pretty ignorant to their surroundings anyways, but it certainly isn’t worth the trouble of someone freaking out if they do notice because you didn’t want to bother changing your 2 sizes too small shirt. Although some people are extremely concerned about printing, it’s not the end of the world if it happens at some point (although it may be illegal in some localities). It’s certainly not something to get into the habit of doing, but compared to exposing your gun, printing is nowhere near as big a concern. If your gun is exposed, you could find yourself in some serious hot water. The last thing you want to deal with is half the police station closing in on you with guns drawn because you bent over to pick something up and the lady behind you happened to notice your gun.

Trust me, if someone sees your gun and they’re scared, the 911 call won’t be a rational explanation of what happened. Take your time to make sure you’re not printing or in danger of exposing your gun before you leave the house.

3. Using a cheap holster

This mistake is made not from purchasing an inexpensive holster, but a poorly made one. That nylon holster you got on special for $2.99 probably isn’t going to become your go to holster. There are some great holsters that aren’t overly expensive and some pretty awful holsters that are way too expensive. Whatever material you prefer for your holster, it needs to be able to retain your gun properly and be comfortable enough to wear day in and day out.
There’s a reason those who have been carrying for years have a drawer full of holsters in their house, the holsters didn’t perform the way they needed to. Don’t be afraid to experiment with several different holsters to find the one fits your lifestyle and your body properly. The benefits of a quality holster far outweigh the true cost of buying a holster solely based on price.

4. Wearing improper clothing

There are two different aspects to this mistake. The first goes back to the mistake of allowing your gun to print or become exposed. Just because you carry a gun doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of Hawaiian shirts and baggy pants. You can still have a sense of personal style while carrying, you just need to be sure that the clothes you’re wearing accommodate the gun you carry. With a little bit of experimentation you should be able to find the best way to do this that fits your own personal style.

The second aspect of this mistake comes with wearing tacti-cool clothing. Walking around in head to toe BLACKHAWK and 5.11 Tactical clothing just screams gun. The idea is to conceal the fact you have a gun on you, not announce it to the world.

Fun little fact: dark-colored shirts will conceal your firearm better than light-colored shirts.

5. Fingering/Checking the gun

This is a bad habit often seen by those just starting to carry concealed. As they go about their routine, they’ll casually reach back and touch the gun with their fingers or sometimes blatantly just check to see if it’s still there. Don’t worry, if you’ve gotten a proper holster it’s still there. If you catch yourself doing this when you carry, suppress the urges and leave it alone! All you’re doing is giving people another chance to see that you have a gun on you. With a bit of experience and self control this urge will go away.

6. Not practicing with SD ammo

A self defense situation is not the time to find out that your gun doesn’t like to feed your chosen self defense ammo. Take the time to practice with several different brands of SD ammo and find the one that your gun likes best. Yes, it’s more expensive than strictly shooting white box Winchester, but the extra expense is worth knowing that if the time comes to defend yourself or your family, you’re actually going to be able to do so.

7. Adjusting in public

Unlike checking to see if the gun is still there, this mistake comes when the holster has slid to an uncomfortable position or something has happened that you now need to re-adjust your holster. Doing this in public is a very bad idea. The movement of re-adjusting will draw quite a bit of attention to yourself, much more so than just touching the gun. If you do need to make an adjustment and you’re in a public area, the best places to do so are in a locked bathroom stall, your car, or a dressing room without security cameras. Just find a private place where you’re able to fix whatever needs to be fixed without worrying about someone figuring out what you’re doing.

8. Carrying on occasion

If you’re going to carry, do your best to carry all the time. You wear your seat belt every time you drive (at least I hope you do) but you likely won’t end up in a car accident. The same concept applies to carrying your gun. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you need it, whether you’re away from home the whole day or just making a quick run to the gas station. Incidents happen when you least expect them, it pays to always be prepared.

9. Not understanding firearm laws

It’s your responsibility when you decide to carry to know all the laws that can effect you, whether local, state, or federal. Every state and area is different. Find out what the exact law says for every area you find yourself in. Know whether you’re in a stand your ground or a duty to retreat state. Know where you’re allowed to carry and where you’re not. These laws are typically very easy to find with a quick Google search so you have absolutely no excuse not to know.

Luckily, the vast majority of people who carry are extremely responsible and have studied the laws so much they could pass as a lawyer. If you’re not one of these people and haven’t taken the time to know the ins and outs of firearm laws in your area, take the time to do so now.

10. Having the wrong mindset

As I previously mentioned, most people who carry concealed are extremely responsible and have the mindset that they’ll do everything in their power to avoid a conflict, but if violence comes their way, they’re prepared to do what it takes to protect themselves and their family. This is a great mindset to have. A big mistake that some less responsible people make is having an invincible or escalation mindset. These people will go out of their way to go down that sketchy alleyway or will intentionally escalate a fight. Just because you carry a gun it doesn’t mean it’s time to start looking for trouble or trying to start a fight. In fact, it means the exact opposite. By carrying a gun, you must do everything in your power to avoid trouble.

Go out there every day as a respectful and responsible person just going about your daily business and you likely will never have to use your gun in a self-defense scenario. Should the absolute worst happen, you and the police will know you had no hand in bringing the situation upon yourself. Don’t leave any room for doubt.

OFFICER DOWN NEWS: (BREAKING) Carson City deputy killed in line of duty; suspect dead

-Condolences to the Officer's family and our brothers and sisters at the Carson City Police Department.
Memorial info will follow when available.-

Las Vegas Sun

Associated Press
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 | 10:13 a.m.
Carson City —

Officials say a Nevada sheriff's deputy is dead after a suspect opened fire on officers responding to a domestic violence call.

Authorities say the suspect was later found dead at the scene of the confrontation, which happened a little after 2 a.m. Saturday in east Carson City.

Sheriff's officials say deputies were responding to reports of domestic battery and reported an injured woman at the scene. Deputies say the male suspect came out of the house within minutes and fatally shot one of the Carson City sheriff's deputies.

Additional officers responded and evacuated three children from the house. They ranged in age from 8 to 13.

The Reno Police Department has taken over the investigation.
Details about the officer and the suspect were not immediately released.

K9 DOWN: K9 Falco

OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE

K9 Falko
Toledo Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: Not available
Age: Not available
Gender: M
Tour: Not available
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 8/12/2015
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Shot and killed

K9 Falko was shot and killed while conducting a track of a subject wanted for murder who fled during a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle in the area of Varland Avenue and Woodville Road.
The subject and his passenger both fled from the vehicle and ran into a vacant home at 1137 Earl Street. The man opened fire on Falko and several officers after they entered the home. Falko was fatally wounded by the gunfire.

Officers on scene returned fire and killed the subject.

Falko had served with the Toledo Police Department for one year.

Condolences may be sent to:
Chief George Kral
Toledo Police Department
525 N Erie Street
Toledo, OH 43624

K9 DOWN: K9 Wix

OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE 


K9 Wix
Brown County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Age: 3
Gender: M
Tour: Not available
Cause: Heat exhaustion
Incident Date: 8/12/2015
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

K9 Wix died as the result of heat exhaustion after the A/C unit and heat alarm his handler's patrol car both failed.

Wix and his handler were on special assignment to the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Whistling Straights golf course near Kohler, Wisconsin. At approximately 12:30 pm, during of his handler's periodic checks, Wix was found unresponsive in the vehicle. The vehicle's air conditioner had malfunctioned since the prior check and the heat alarm installed in the cruiser failed to activate.

K9 Wix was training in tracking and explosives detection.

Condolences may be sent to:

Sheriff John Gossage
Brown County Sheriff's Office
2684 Development Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311

I-Team: Conceal-carry gun owner crimes rare in Illinois

-Of course these cases are rare. Law abiding citizens are not getting conceal carry permits to commit crimes, they are getting them to protect themselves from crime..
Normal people follow the law, it is the criminals who are obtaining guns through nefarious methods that are committing the crimes with them.-

ABC7 Chicago

video
An ABC7 I-Team Investigation
By Chuck Goudie
Friday, August 14, 2015 06:11PM
CHICAGO (WLS) --

Crimes committed by concealed-carry gun owners are rare in Illinois, which has been issuing concealed weapons permits for less than two years.

When the first concealed-carry permit was issued in the state on December 18, 2013, there were predictions that Illinois would turn into the Wild West.

That, of course, hasn't happened. Friday's apparent murder-suicide involving a licensed concealed weapon owner is unusual.

There are now more than 120,000 concealed-carry licensees in Illinois and it is extremely rare to hear about a permit holder being involved in any violent crime, much less a murder. Friday's was the first of 2015 according to police officials, if not the first at all here since Illinois passed concealed carry.

The Illinois standards and requirements are rigorous.

Among them:

  •  No violent criminal history, not even a misdemeanor.
  •  No pending warrants.
  •  No objections by local law enforcement.
  •  Full background check.
  •  16 hours of firearms training by a state police-approved instructor.

So far, Illinois has revoked only a couple hundred concealed weapons permits for various infractions, 80 in Cook County.

And there hasn't been a notorious case here, such as the infamous George Zimmerman in Florida, one of the original concealed carry states.

In 2017 Zimmerman, with a legally-carried pistol, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while on a neighborhood watch.

The number of concealed gun permits in Illinois is actually far short of what had been predicted. With many experts saying 300,000 licenses would be likely, only about a third of that number has been granted permits. Nationally, more than 11 million people currently hold concealed carry permits.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

OFFICER DOWN: First Lieutenant Arthur A. Green, III

Officer Down Memorial Page

First Lieutenant Arthur A. Green, III
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 58
Tour: 29 years
Badge # 310
Military veteran
Cause: Aircraft accident

First Lieutenant Arthur Green was killed in an airplane crash in Harbor Springs, Michigan, while en route to mandatory in service training.

He was on official travel status when the Piper Cherokee he was piloting struck a large tree while on final approach to the Harbor Springs Municipal Airport shortly after 11:00 pm. He had taken off from the Detroit City Airport, approximately 270 miles away. The wreckage was located the following morning at approximately 7:30 am.

Lieutenant Green had served with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division for 19 years after retiring from the Detroit Police Department with 20 years of service. He had also retired form the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard in 2004. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief Gary Hagler
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 West Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30031
Lansing, MI 48909

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DUI charges upgraded against off-duty cop accused of critically injuring woman

-We have all been here at one time or another (cop or not). We all think we can drive just fine and by the grace of God no one was ever hurt. It is that one drink that tips the scales in our brains and we make the wrong decision. Unfortunately, incidents like this show us just how wrong we all have been. This person, police officer or not will have to live with his actions everyday for the rest of his life as well as looking back at a lost career due to one bad decision.-

Chicago Sun-Times

written by Rummana Hussain

An off-duty Chicago Police officer was ordered released on his own recognizance and placed on electronic monitoring Thursday for allegedly drunkenly crashing his Mercedes into a pedestrian and severely injuring her in Belmont Heights last month.

The woman, 21, is in the pediatric intensive care at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where she has been placed into an induced coma, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said. She remains in critical condition.

It is unclear whether the woman, who suffered contusions and bleeding in her brain, will survive.

If she dies, charges will be upgraded once more against Chicago Police Officer Erin Mowry, Scaduto said at his bond hearing.

Mowry, 40, was initially issued a traffic ticket and charged with several misdemeanor counts of DUI for the incident on July 18. Charges against the father of three, however, were upgraded this week to felony aggravated DUI causing bodily harm. Mowry, who appeared in court in jeans and a dark hoodie, turned himself in Wednesday.

Mowry, a two-year CPD veteran, admitted he had been drinking before he slammed into the pedestrian who had just gotten off a CTA bus and was walking in the crosswalk at 1:30 a.m. that morning, Scaduto said.

The woman crossed in front of the bus at Belmont and Olcott when Mowry came up from behind the bus and hit her with the driver’s side of his luxury car, Scaduto said.

The woman was sent airborne from the impact of the crash. She hit her head on the pavement when she came back down, Scaduto said.

Mowry stayed at the scene of the accident, but he didn’t take a Breathalyzer test until four hours later, Scaduto said. His blood-alcohol level measured at .092 — more than the state’s legal .08 limit, Scaduto said.

Mowry was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in his car in 1997 but those charges were dismissed, Scaduto said. He also received a speeding ticket that year.
Mowry used to work as a deliveryman and sales representative at Superior Beverage, according to his defense attorney, Dan Herbert.

He was recently promoted to the narcotics division at work and is a member of the police department’s honor guard that is featured at funerals and wakes, Herbert said.
Mowry served in the Army in the 1990s and lives with wife and children, including 6-year-old twins.

Mowry, of the 3400 block of North Pittsburgh, has been relieved of his police powers pending the outcome of an investigation by the police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Stateville inmate diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease

-Legionnaires seems to be popping up all over lately,-

 Chicago Tribune

By Dawn Rhodes

Inmate tests positive for Legionnaires' disease at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet
One inmate is being treated after testing positive for Legionnaires' disease at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet.

An inmate at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The inmate is being treated at an outside hospital, IDOC spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said.
No other prisoners have displayed symptoms and the inmate’s cellmate tested negative, Wilson said.

No other details about the inmate or when that person was diagnosed were immediately available.

Legionnaires’ is caused by a bacteria commonly found in warm water, like in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, fountains and large plumbing systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People contract the illness by breathing in a mist or airborne water droplets carrying the bacteria, according to the CDC. It is not spread from person to person.

People who come down with the disease can have a cough, shortness of breath, fever, achiness and headaches, according to the CDC.

Many who contract the disease never show symptoms, but those who do usually become ill around two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria.

Legionnaires’ usually is treated with antibiotics, according to the CDC. IDOC is attempting to identify the source of the disease and staff have begun sanitizing certain areas of the facility, Wilson said.

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Craig S. Whisenand

Officer Down Memorial

Deputy Sheriff Craig S. Whisenand
Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, August 10, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 44
Tour: 15 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident

Deputy Sheriff Craig Whisenand was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Armington at approximately 10:30 pm.

Dispatchers lost contact with him prior to his arrival to the call. Another deputy located the accident scene just before midnight at the intersection of Springfield Road and Tomm Road, in Delavan. Deputy Whisenand was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Whisenand had served with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office for 15 years.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Robert Huston
Tazewell County Sheriff's Office
101 South Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 478-5600

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Birmingham Police Officer Beaten Unconscious By Suspect

--It is really depressing how many Americans have just become gutless, heartless pieces of sh*t.
Even if this wasn't a police officer but just some average citizen people would use their cell phones to take pictures and post them to social media instead of calling 911 for help.
Sad state of affairs in America--
Birmingham Police Officer Beaten Unconscious By Suspect, People Put Pictures Of Bloodied Cop On Social Media To Mock Him
A Birmingham police officer was beaten unconscious by a suspect on Friday after a traffic stop turned violent, but his ordeal wasn’t over there.

The officer, a detective and six-year veteran of the force, was lying bruised and bloodied on a sidewalk after a suspect took his gun and pistol-whipped him when a crowd began to gather. But instead of helping the badly injured officer, some of the people there took pictures and posted them on social media, mocking the cop and praising the man who beat him.

The incident took place after a traffic stop on Friday morning. Police said the officer pulled over 34-year-old Janard Shamar Cunningham, also known as Janaris Shavar Cunningham, when the suspect allegedly got out of his car and began arguing with the officer.

Cunningham, who was being stopped in connection to some burglaries in the area, allegedly began fighting with the officer and gained control of the man’s handgun. The suspect allegedly pistol-whipped the officer until the cop was on the ground, bloody and motionless.

Police pursued Cunningman as he fled and caught up with him about one mile away. He was taken into custody.

But as medics tended to the fallen officer, some people took pictures and mocked the cop on Twitter and Facebook.

Other officers were enraged at how the man was treated.

“He was laying there lifeless and people were standing around taking pictures,” said Birmingham police Sgt. Heath Boackle, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. “If the tables were turned, and that was a suspect lying there, they would be rioting.”

Boackle said the incident underscores the need for better relations between police and the community, and the perception about the dangers of police work.

“If the officer would have shot him, then he would have shot an ‘unarmed man.’ Instead, he took the gun from the officer,” Boackle said of Friday’s incident. “The officer had every right to shoot him. We’re lucky we’re not talking about him killing the officer.”

Janard Cunningham has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly pistol-whipping the police officer, WIAT reported. The detective was taken to the hospital but was later released and is now recovering at his home.

HELP JACKIE WIN ~ INJURED ON DUTY AND NOT RECEIVING DUTY DISABILITY AFTER TWO YEARS!!!

--If you have never been in the position that some of us have been in (fighting for your pension), it is impossible to understand how this feels. Getting injured on the job and being told you are not entitled to your proper benefits is not only disheartening, it is financially untenable. 
I always thought the pension board was there to look out for the officers and make sure they were properly taken care of in such events, then I got screwed. It took almost eight years for the financial ruin to run its complete course. I am now on the bottom rung of a tall ladder climbing back up.
We need to really start taking back our rights and also looking out for each other instead of just being out for ourselves.--


We have a Chicago a Police Officer who needs Financial Assistance!
Please read her story and consider assisting her.
Any amount will help her in her time of need.
Thank you!

http://www.gofundme.com/helpjackiewin

Dearest Friends and Family,

I need your help to win this battle I have been fighting for some time now.  

As some of you know, and some it will be the first time you are hearing my story.    I was a Chicago Police Officer for 21 years,  and 3 years ago I was injured on the job, during an arrest.  The injuries I sustained have been devistating, herniated disc's laying on my spine causing paralysis to my right leg and almost severing off my right hand, which is my strong hand.   After emergency hand  surgery I only regained partial use of my hand and had developed severe nerve damage.  To make matters a bit more complicated during all of this I found out that I had 2 tumors in my kidney and adrenal gland.. Yes renal cell carcinoma... Since then I have had my left kidney and my left adrenal gland removed due to the cancer.  

Folks, The process for disability has been a long drawn out one.  One which,  if you interviewed any other disabled Chicago police officers you may hear the same story.  I did not receive money from disability for almost 2 years and went through all my savings to live and exhausted all of my deferred compensation (which is a like a 401K for cops).   I finally received my hearing by the Chicago Police Pension Board and although 2 of the city's doctors deemed me duty disabled and said that my injuries were caused due to the events of being in the line of duty.  I was denied my 75% duty disability.  I was humilated and shamed in the Pension Board hearing.   Their reasoning for denying me 75% duty disability is that they said that this injury was from a previous condition I had as there were prior I.O.D'S (Injury on duty's) all documented as well.   Nowhere did the 2 doctor's say that my duty related injuries were from prior occurences  ~non duty or I.O.D'S.  IN FACT ~The doctors have stated the exact opposite.  The doctor's stated that from viewing ALL evidence I AM duty disabled.  I also filed an appeal in Chancery Court as I was instructed and that proved unfruitful as the judge did not rule in my favor.

Now it is up to me to file an appeal and receive the benefits that I deserve and that I am entitled to receive.  I gave the City of Chicago and the citizens of Chicago ~21 years of serving and protecting.  I would of never thought in a million years I would be fighting the same system I believed in.  I have approximately 30 days to come up with $10,000.00 to file an appeal to receive what I deserve.  Won't you consider helping me win???

I AM grateful that I AM alive and because I did not receive disability income for almost 2 years, as my case was prolonged and dragged out.  I began physical therapy myself creating custom jewelry pieces and teaching and coaching others in healing sessions and workshops.  I thank the Universe that I was shown how to put food on my table and take care of my children while I did not know where our next meal was coming from.    I will never be able to be a Chicago Police Officer again due to my extensive injuries.  But I AM grateful to be alive and assist other people in the way that I AM able.  My heart to serve the community has never died. Maybe you would just like to donate from your heart.  Or maybe you are curious about my custom jewelry and healing and teaching sessions.  I AM open to however you would like to assist me.  I will post my links to my jewelry site and healing site here as well.

Thank you for listening and for being here for me ABUNDANT BLESSINGS OF LOVE, PEACE and EMPOWERMENT!
JACKIE

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Illinois Pension Disaster

-This is an in-depth look by Dave McKinney at Crain's Business Chicago at the Illinois pension disaster.
Even though republicans like to blame democrats and visa-verse, it is actually a decades long debacle that was caused equally by polidiots from both sides of the aisle.
There is no easy path to a fix. However, no matter what path is taken, it cannot hurt current or former employees that paid in their fair share and are entitled to their benefits.
The golden parachute loop-holes that were put in place by polidiots for their friends and family need to be removed from the statutes to prevent future atrocities. As a matter of fact, the entire pension law needs to be rewritten.-

There are many paths to failure. But to understand how Illinois' pension system became the worst in the nation, it's instructive to look at what happened 10 years ago in the final, hectic days of the annual state legislative session in Springfield.

A dense, 78-page bill aimed in part at curbing pension abuses in downstate and suburban school systems landed in lawmakers' laps two days before their scheduled May adjournment. One sponsor called it the first “meaningful” reform in 40 years, a reversal of “decades of neglect and bad decisions.” Another predicted that it could save the state up to $35 billion.

But in addition to true reform, the bill later signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich allowed the state to skip half its pension payments for two years and to stretch out some expenses approved under the previous governor, George Ryan. No one mentioned those could cost $6.8 billion. The math hadn't been done.


In fact, reliable calculations weren't completed for two months. Democrats in the Legislature, eager to pass a budget before their summer began, muzzled debate with a stopwatch, ignored the incomplete calculations and jammed the pension bill through anyway.

In retrospect, Senate Bill 27 was no cure-all. It also was no exception.

For more than a quarter-century, governors and state legislators, Republicans and Democrats alike, made a series of financially toxic moves in the pension systems for state employees and public school teachers. Proposals to fix the perennially underfunded pensions were based on botched calculations—or no calculations at all—and were driven by misguided rationales that weren't fully vetted. Everyone was to blame, yet few accepted responsibility. Even the public-sector unions that stood to lose the most sometimes embraced those choices.

In separate interviews with Crain's, one Illinois governor pointed the finger at his predecessors for bad decisions, while an earlier governor said those who followed him messed things up.

Cumulatively, those poor decisions more than quintupled the $20 billion deficit that existed in 1995 to the current $104.6 billion, leaving a seemingly insurmountable emergency with no fix in sight.
Most charitably, the reason Illinois faces such an unholy mess may be the inability of state leaders to fathom how even slight alterations to state employee retirement plans could carry billion-dollar costs or lead to bond-rating downgrades.


“I sometimes wonder whether people actually understood the math,” says Peter Chan, former head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's municipal securities and public pensions unit in Chicago.

At worst, policymakers deliberately ignored the warning signs, punted the problem far into the future and habitually enjoyed the short-term gratification of funneling more money into schools and other operational needs instead of pensions.

“They took basically the path of least resistance. If we don't have to pay for it now, let's not,” says Henry Bayer, retired longtime executive director of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31, which represents 36,000 state workers.

The parade of horribles includes:

•Shorting pension payments to buy immediate budgetary relief. The nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, the fiscal research arm of the General Assembly, concluded in 2013 that the largest cause of the unfunded pension liabilities was inadequate contributions from the state. Underpayments between 1985 and 2012 totaled $41.2 billion, the agency calculated.

•Enhancing pension benefits. Former GOP Gov. James Thompson agreed in 1989 to establish a compounding, 3 percent cost-of-living increase for retirees. Another round of benefit enhancements followed in the late 1990s. In May, the state Supreme Court ruled that those changes can't ever be revoked for tens of thousands of current and retired government workers.

•Clearing a bloated state payroll by letting workers retire early. A 2002 plan created under Republican Ryan and pushed by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan cost the pension systems at least four times more than originally billed and won't be paid off until after 2045, when early-century budgetary ills will be the stuff of history books.

Other factors happened outside policymakers' control. The collapse of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s and the 2008 stock-market meltdown accounted for a combined $15.9 billion in pension-investment losses, CGFA reported. And an adjustment downward in long-term investment return assumptions in 2011 pushed Illinois' pension systems $9.8 billion deeper into the red.

A RAMP TOWARD DISASTER

But perhaps the most enduring culprit is the “Edgar ramp,” conceived in 1994 by Republican Gov. Jim Edgar as a 50-year program to stabilize the retirement systems.

Edgar set a goal of having the systems 90 percent funded by 2045. For the plan's first 15 years, payment levels were set artificially low—effectively shorting the pension systems each year—and then ramped up significantly in later years. This allowed politicians to comply with the required payments at the start while hoping that future leaders would find billions of dollars down the road.
Now, with the systems still less than 43 percent funded, the state faces a crippling drain on its budget. In 1996, as the ramp required, only $614 million went to the pension systems. The amount due in the state's 2016-17 budget year: a staggering $7.6 billion. That accounts for roughly 1 out of every 4 dollars in the state's general fund, a trend that will continue for the next three decades.

Chan, the former SEC administrator and now a Chicago securities defense lawyer, oversaw an unprecedented cease-and-desist order against the state in 2013 for misleading bondholders about the severity of Illinois' pension debt. He describes the ramp as a “balloon mortgage on steroids.” “You already know you have a hole. But instead of filling it, you decided to make it deeper,” he says.
Edgar continues to believe the law he championed represented an improvement over decades when pension payments chronically were a budgetary afterthought.

The idea materialized in the thick of his 1994 re-election campaign against Dawn Clark Netsch, the Democratic state comptroller, who aimed to use the state's worsening pension picture against him. But Edgar got some unexpected help from Madigan, the top House Democrat.

“Everybody was surprised … because it was an election year. It was something Netsch was going to use in the campaign, and it took the steam out of it for her,” Edgar says.

Today, the former governor acknowledges that the ramp has shortcomings. But he blames subsequent administrations for not recalibrating the payment schedule to account for pension enhancements, the Ryan-era early-retirement scheme and the reduced Blagojevich payments in 2006 and 2007.

“I think '94 was still the right thing to do. I think it was a step in the right direction. We began to deal with the problem. But we unfortunately got derailed in the 2000s,” Edgar says.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn, meanwhile, says those before him bear the most blame for the funding crisis, even though Illinois' pension liability worsened every year but one during his nearly six years in office.

“In fairness, you have to look at Thompson, Edgar, Ryan and Blagojevich,” Quinn, a Democrat, tells Crain's.

The ramp kicked in hard during Quinn's last three years in office.“ Unlike other governors, I paid the full required amount, not some underestimated amount that would later on be back-loaded,” he says.

'UNDERPAID'

Illinois' pension woes trace back nearly a century. But Quinn is right in saying today's crisis took root under Thompson. The four-term Republican signed off on a sprawling pension package in 1989 that granted generous cost-of-living increases.

Previously, raises for retired state workers and downstate and suburban teachers had been calculated on a noncompounded basis. Thompson allowed for annual, compounding 3 percent raises for retirees beginning Jan. 1, 1990, after what one lawmaker described during floor debate as a letter-writing campaign from “really underpaid retired teachers.”

A 2013 report by CGFA estimated that move added $1.3 billion to the state's unfunded pension liabilities, though that is based on a 1990 estimate by the five retirement systems. The bill's sponsors, including former Democratic Senate President Emil Jones, never said during floor debate how much that change might cost, once again leaving lawmakers in the dark about what they were voting on. It wound up passing by lopsided margins of 41-12 in the Senate and 108-4 in the House.

In an interview with Crain's, Thompson says he never knew the cost might exceed $1 billion and likely wouldn't have signed it if he had known.

“If anybody had thought that back then, they wouldn't have passed it, or I wouldn't have signed it,” he says.

Among those voting for the change was Madigan, the House speaker who has been involved with every major pension bill of the past 30 years. He helped pass the Edgar ramp and was a chief House sponsor of the 2002 early-retirement incentive. The speaker also voted for the 2005 legislation that authorized skipping full pension payments for two years.

“I know some are keen to point to Madigan as the single common denominator,” says his spokesman, Steve Brown. “But while he accepts his role as a legislative leader, it is also clear that role did not see Madigan sign a single bill, negotiate a contract, issue a (pension-obligation bond), appoint investment advisers or destroy the world economy.”

EXIT STRATEGY

As Edgar asserts, changes that followed his time in office worsened things, starting with the Ryan early-retirement legislation. In 2002, as it became clear Democrats would retake state government, Ryan signed off on a lucrative exit strategy for thousands of state employees who got their starts under Republican administrations.

Ryan declined an interview request from Crain's. His plan, touted as a way to avoid nearly 7,000 layoffs, gave state workers and downstate and suburban teachers the option of speeding up their retirements by buying age and service credits needed to qualify for a pension
.
Initial forecasts by the nonpartisan Illinois Pension Laws Commission estimated that 7,365 people would take advantage of the plan at a cost to the pension systems of $543 million over 10 years. The law contained a payback provision requiring the state to compensate the pension systems for that liability—a commitment that lasted just three years before the state extended the debt by 40 years as part of the 2005 pension-holiday law.

The offer of full pension benefits to retirees as young as 50 proved so enticing that some state workers took out home-equity loans to generate enough money to gain eligibility. All told, 11,039 employees took the offer, a CGFA analysis in 2006 showed. That increased the liability to the state pension systems to $2.3 billion.

“It was a stampede toward the exit for anyone in state government who'd come up through the ranks from the Thompson-Edgar years,” says former state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, an Evanston Democrat and onetime co-chairman of CGFA.

The ink from Ryan's signature was barely dry when Blagojevich, a Democrat, took power in 2003 and signed off on a $10 billion borrowing plan to infuse the state's pension systems with new resources.

Of that, $7.3 billion went to the systems' unfunded liability, with the remainder going toward the state's 2004 and 2005 scheduled payments. That diversion allowed Blagojevich to avoid dipping into general revenue funds to cover pensions for almost two years.

Even though the state owes $15.4 billion in principal and interest on the pension-borrowing plan through 2033, it so far appears to have been an arbitrage winner. In February, CGFA reported that investment returns for the pension-obligation bond for the three largest retirement systems had ranged between 7.25 percent and 8.43 percent since 2004, well above the original borrowing rate of 5.047 percent.

“We had a record Treasury bill rate and a very low stock market. There was an opportunity to stop the bleeding,” says John Filan, Blagojevich's former budget director. “It wasn't a panacea. But if you think about it, the annual contribution was $1.3 billion. We put about five years of contributions in the system all at once, and that was a big deal.”

For one year, 2004, the borrowing plan boosted the systems' cumulative funded ratio to nearly 61 percent from 49 percent. But that showing then was used as the basis to skimp on what was owed in 2006 and 2007, the years of the so-called pension holidays.

“Before you criticize two years in a row of a reduction of $1 billion per year, also count the $8 billion extra as well as the earnings. You can't look at one thing without the other,” Filan says.

Surprisingly, the pension-holiday legislation was backed by the Service Employees International Union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association. The labor unions persuaded Blagojevich's administration to back off its pursuit of a two-tiered pension system and reductions in cost-of-living increases for retirees. Teachers also salvaged an early-retirement program with several end-of-career incentives intact.

Education Association President Cinda Klickna was not in union leadership in 2005. But she says the union sat between a “rock and a hard place of, do you want to help students or do you want to put your money into the pensions?” The legislation that passed enabled Blagojevich to earmark $300 million more to schools.

When the legislation hit the House and Senate floors two days before the scheduled spring adjournment, CGFA warned that skipping payments could increase contributions required in later years but noted that no calculations had been conducted.

“There's not an actuary in America that could've generated the analysis of what the real cost of that legislation was in one day,” says Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based government watchdog, which opposed the payment-skipping plan.

That didn't stop Blagojevich, who signed the legislation within a day of it hitting his desk and said it contained the “most significant structural pension reforms in state history.”

Blagojevich claimed the package would save the state pension systems $30 billion over 40 years. The chief House sponsor, former Rep. Robert Molaro, D-Chicago, told colleagues on the House floor that savings could total $35 billion.

Those figures stood until August of that year, when CGFA and the retirement systems had time to study the bill's financial impact. The pension holidays and Ryan-era amortization could force as much as $6.8 billion in higher state pension payments through 2045, the retirement systems calculated. CGFA, in its own analysis, put the increased cost at $4.7 billion. Other reforms in the package, including one aimed at insulating the state from the pension spikes caused by school districts giving their administrators exorbitant end-of-career pay increases, could reduce the net cost of the legislation to “less than $1 billion,” the agency reported.

One drafter of the 2005 law now offers a mea culpa. Schoenberg, the Evanston Democrat, was the chief Senate sponsor of the pension-holiday law and acknowledges that few of his colleagues “fully understood the cumulative impact of deferring financial obligations into the distant future.”
“At the time, it appeared to be a prudent course of action,” he says. “I can't say that I'd recommend going down that path today.”

CODA

Madigan minced no words in December 2013 after pension-cutback legislation he helped craft narrowly passed the state Legislature and was signed by Quinn.

“The bill would not have passed without me. I was convinced that standing fast for substantial savings, clear intent and an end to unaffordable annual raises would result in a sound plan that will meet all constitutional challenges,” Madigan said.

The legislation, projected to save $160 billion over 40 years, ended compounding, 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retirees, hiked the retirement age and leveled out the pension-payment ramp established under Edgar, among other things.

Madigan has a reputation around the Statehouse for thinking three steps ahead of everyone else. But he got this one wrong—really wrong.

In May, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the legislation violated the Illinois Constitution. That pushed the effort to winnow the state's worst-in-the-nation pension deficit back to square one, effectively wasting the more than four years Quinn and Democrats in the Legislature had invested in the problem.

And despite the presence of a new governor in Republican Bruce Rauner, little has changed.
In July, Rauner produced a 500-page proposal that he said had potential to save the state a “couple billion dollars per year” by steering existing workers into a less generous pension plan. But Democrats and their labor allies have all but drowned the governor's plan, in part because it contained poison-pill provisions to deprive public-sector unions of established collective-bargaining rights.

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant David Gibbs

OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE 


Sergeant David Gibbs
Kentucky State Police, Kentucky


End of Watch: Friday, August 7, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 42
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident

Sergeant David Gibbs was killed in a vehicle collision after his cruiser lost control on a wet road and went into oncoming traffic and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The wreck occurred on westbound Highway 210 near Buffalo.

Sergeant Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 782-1800