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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Embaressment to the badge gets 15 years for embezzeling money from officer's retirement fund bastard should have gotten life

Former head of police sergeants group pleads guilty to looting $1 million A former head of the Chicago police sergeants' union was sentenced to 12 years in prison today for looting more than $1 million in union dues to pay for steak dinners, gambling trips to Las Vegas and a second residence in the city's Sauganash neighborhood.

Attorneys for John Pallohusky had asked for probation so he could continue to make restitution to the union.
But Judge Diane Cannon blasted Pallohusky's conduct, saying, "It doesn't get much lower than stealing from your fellow officers."
"This is not the land of wishes, sir," Cannon said to Pallohusky. "This is a criminal courthouse. You were charged with a crime, you plead guilty to a crime, and you're going to be sentenced for that crime."

Pallohusky, 56, a 21-year police veteran at the time of his arrest in 2009, pleaded guilty in April to one count of theft, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly threatened a bouncer in a Wicker Park or was it his idiot son

Garritt Cullerton, a son of the state Senate president, at the Daley Center in February.  José M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune
The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly threatened a bouncer in a Wicker Park bar, police said.

Garritt M. Cullerton, 28, was at the Innjoy bar in the 2000 block of West Division Street Sunday night when he told a bouncer, "I am going to punch you in the face. I'm going to (expletive) knock you out," according to a police report.

He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. Cullerton was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Cullerton, the son of state Sen. John Cullerton, has had other run-ins with the law.

He pleaded guilty in January 2011 to a misdemeanor DUI charge and was given 2 years of conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $1,250 fine, which he has not paid, according to court records.

In April of 2010, Cullerton was arrested and found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.188 when he was pulled over in a state issued SUV provided to his father. Cullerton was arrested in the 800 block of North Dearborn Street shortly after midnight, police said.

Cullerton was cited with driving under the influence, negligent driving and improper lane usage, police said. He was driving a 2009 Ford Escape registered to the state Senate, according to records and police.

Cullerton has not paid his fine and has a July 17 court date on that matter, according to court records.

A Senate spokeswoman for Sen. Cullerton said his office would have no comment on the arrest because it is not related to the office or state business.

Recalling Scott Walker proved to be a big mistake

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored more than a personal victory in Tuesday's state recall vote. He delivered a psychological boost for the Republicans and a blow to Democrats that could linger until the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Walker, a Republican, sailed to a surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett, ending a bitter 15-month political battle over Walker's efforts to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for most of Wisconsin's public employees and teachers.

Many of Walker's national supporters -- who flooded the state with anti-Barrett ads and gave Walker a more than 7-to-1 financial advantage -- saw the results as a vindication of his take-no-prisoners brand of fiscal conservatism.Click here to read more