Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



County commissioner vows to seek prosecution of Burge
Ex-official would be focus of torture case

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

Victims of police torture and their advocates have yet to receive a long-sought hearing in City Hall but they got one Wednesday in the Cook County Building, where a commissioner pledged to push a resolution urging federal prosecution of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his men.

Commissioner Earlean Collins (D-Chicago), chairwoman of the Criminal Justice Committee, said she didn't know if colleagues would support her, but she said Burge and his officers need to be held accountable.

A county-appointed prosecution team concluded last year that Burge led the torture of suspects in the 1970s and 1980s but that the statute of limitations to bring state charges had expired. Burge, who was fired by the city in 1993, has long denied that he tortured suspects.

The conclusion by prosecutors Edward Egan and Robert Boyle that Burge could not be charged has angered victims' advocates, who issued their own report in April calling the prosecutors' report a whitewash.

Collins said Wednesday that it was important to hear from the victims and their supporters even though Egan and Boyle declined to appear before her committee.

"It keeps the vigil alive and recognizing that the injustice did occur," Collins said. "For humanitarian purposes alone, I think we have a moral responsibility to deal with this."

Last month, Chicago aldermen submitted a resolution to bring Egan and Boyle before them to answer questions about their report. No hearing date has been set.

Hearings in City Hall likely would take on added tension given that much of the advocates' ire is aimed at Mayor Richard Daley, who was the Cook County state's attorney in the 1980s when some of the alleged torture was committed.

Egan and Boyle appeared publicly last summer before the county's Litigation Subcommittee and defended their report. But criticism of their work has increased since then.

In a letter to Collins, Egan and Boyle cited the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government in declining to appear before her committee. They said it would set a bad precedent for board members to question them about why indictments were not brought.

Collins said the men were free to decline her invitation to appear but she called the rationale "insulting." Collins said she also would propose that the county stop funding the special prosecutor's office, which has received $6.6 million since the team was appointed in 2002.

In their letter, Egan and Boyle also contended that lawyers for torture victims would use the county hearing to advance federal lawsuits against the county and the city. They said they are preparing a response to the report issued by victims' advocates.

Locke Bowman, a lawyer who helped write the rebuttal report, said Egan and Boyle's claim that the hearing would be used to further pending civil litigation was offensive and a distraction from the main issue -- their failure to explain their findings.

During the nearly three-hour hearing, two dozen victims, family members and rights advocates testified about police torture and its effects.

"I need the animal [cruelty] society to join me," said Mary L. Johnson, who said police tortured her son. "If they knew what they was doing to human beings, I'd have something going on."



Recent Headlines

Can courts do more to force FOID card violators to give up their guns?
Monday, February 17, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Keep the Cook County Health board independent
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Park Ridge looks to move 911 dispatching services to Cook County call center
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: A report’s flaws suggest: Cook County bail reforms may have endangered the public
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Offering rehab instead of jail time, ‘Drug Court’ gives some a second chance
Thursday, February 13, 2020
WGN News

Preckwinkle aide barred from her offices after sexual harassment incident
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

New outreach group combating Cook County’s opioid crisis by offering treatment, hope
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
WGN News

Evanston Officials Eye County Grant for Construction of New Animal Shelter
Monday, February 10, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

CTA to spend $38 million studying Red Line extension
Monday, February 10, 2020
Chicago Tribune

In Illinois — the Prairie State — little prairie land remains. But work is being done to save what’s left in Cook County and restore more.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Brookfield Zoo chief heads for the exits
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Suspect in weekend killing of Cook County inmate accused of beating another detainee in November attack captured on video
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Chicago Tribune

MacArthur grants Cook County another $2.5 million for criminal justice reform
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Property tax hikes won’t be that bad, new report says
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

MacArthur Foundation donates $2.5 million to Cook County Criminal Courts
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Improvements planned for Green Bay Road in Evanston as part of long-term project
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County judicial candidate Arthur Sutton has history of disciplinary issues
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Injustice Watch

Area legislators dish on policy plans that impact seniors
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Pappas and other Cook County, Chicago and federal elected officials urge residents to return the 2020 Census questionnaire
Monday, February 03, 2020
Daily Herald

Plans for new Provident Hospital paused
Monday, February 03, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP