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AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 06, 2012

NIU: Police Investigating Secret Fund

Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to several university workers.

NIU employees working at a campus physical plant allegedly sold scrap metal to a local company, which would write checks to an account known as the "coffee fund.'' University spokesman Paul Palian said the university's police department is looking into the matter:

"There is currently an investigation underway," Palian said. "It was launched Friday afternoon."

Electronic records show checks from the DeKalb Iron and Metal Company to the fund have totaled more than $13,000 dollars since 2005.

School officials say they have no record of such a fund.

A spokesperson for DeKalb Iron and Metal Company could not be reached.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - June 29, 2012

Ex-Chicago Alderman, Ex-County Official Charged

Former Cook County commissioner Joseph Moreno and former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano are being charged for taking bribes.

Prosecutors say Moreno took a $5,000 bribe to insure development of a waste transfer station in Cicero while he sat on the town's economic development panel. They say he also used his position as a Cook County commissioner to get kickbacks for pushing Stroger Hospital to buy bandages from a particular company.

Ambrosio Medrano worked for Commissioner Moreno. He's also charged, but he was also a Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty in 1996 in another bribery scheme. Medrano is being held in jail because prosecutors say he's a flight risk. Judge Young Kim will hear more on that at a hearing on Tuesday.

The charges were unsealed Thursday afternoon in Chicago federal court. Medrano and Moreno were among seven defendants charged in the case.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - June 27, 2012

Governor Quinn Signs Law Requiring Coaches to Report Abuse

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that requires coaches and university employees to report cases of abuse.

Quinn's office says the law that goes into effect Wednesday is designed to help further protect children and young people from sex abuse and child abuse.

Illinois lawmakers introduced the measure in response to the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The law requires athletic personnel, university employees and early intervention providers to report suspected abuse.

Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon is one of the bill's sponsors, and he says the situation at Penn State made it clear that Illinois needed to tighten up its reporting laws to make sure nothing like that happens here.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 26, 2012

Ex-Indiana Sec’y of State White Loses Law License

Convicted former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is losing his law license.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday suspending White's law license on an interim basis effective May 10th because of his convictions earlier this year on six felonies including vote fraud, perjury and theft. The charges stem from using his ex-wife's address as his voting address when he was serving on the Fishers Town Council and running for secretary of state in 2010.

White was sentenced Feb. 23 to one year of home detention. He has said he plans to appeal his convictions, which also cost him his elected office.

An email message seeking comment was sent to White.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 26, 2012

Second Cherry Orchard Manager Arrested

(Reported by Pam Dempsey of CU-CitizenAccess)

The second property manager of the Cherry Orchard Village Apartments has been arrested. An extradition hearing is scheduled next week for Bernard Ramos, who was arrested in Washington D.C. by the Metropolitan Police Department on April 10.

A civil contempt warrant had been issued for Bernard, as well as his father, Eduardo Ramos, by a Champaign County judge. The two failed to appear to a schedule court hearing last year in connection with problems at Cherry Orchard. The property, which is located near Rantoul, was closed by health officials for a broken septic system.

Bernard refused extradition and was released on a $5,000 cash bond and is due back in a D.C. court Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Ramos was in Champaign County Court on Thursday. At a hearing last month following his arrest in February, a Champaign County judge gave him permission to return to D.C. for medical care. Thursday's hearing was continued until June and Eduardo Ramos was again given permission to return to D.C.

Cherry Orchard typically houses migrant workers in the summer. It remains closed.

Champaign County State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said that the county continues to seek better security of the property. He said there is evidence of ongoing activity there.

In March, county health officials investigated reports of people living on the property and removing boards from windows off of one of the buildings. Health officials replaced the boards and posted a more permanent sign warning people away.

"Our main goal is that nobody lives in the property until the septic is fixed," said Julie Pryde, the administrator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 26, 2012

ISU Police Cracking Down on Jaywalkers

Illinois State students are on notice: campus police are about to get tough - on jaywalking.

The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reports (http://bit.ly/IeVgz1) that more than 30 percent of the people who took a recent campus survey said jaywalking is a serious problem. And police are taking it seriously.

ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff says fliers warning students are being handed out this week. Next week jaywalkers will get tickets and have to pay fines.

In the same survey more than a quarter of the respondents said drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks are a big problem, as well. The chief says those drivers will be getting tickets, too.

Of the 1,500 traffic accidents in Normal in 2011, 17 involved pedestrians.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2012

Indy Police Chief Resigns Over Mishandling of Blood Vial

Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski has resigned from his post over his department's handling of a blood sample taken from a police officer who was involved in a fatal 2010 crash.

Officials say Ciesielski submitted his resignation Tuesday, a day after the chief informed Public Safety Director Frank Straub that a vial of blood taken from Officer David Bisard following the August 2010 crash had been moved and not stored properly.

Mayor Greg Ballard says the mishandling of evidence erodes public confidence in the police department. He says he has asked the FBI to join the professional standards division in the investigation.

Officials say Ciesielski will remain with the department.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2012

Indy Police Chief Resigns Over Mishandling of Blood Vial

Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski has resigned from his post over his department's handling of a blood sample taken from a police officer who was involved in a fatal 2010 crash.

Officials say Ciesielski submitted his resignation Tuesday, a day after the chief informed Public Safety Director Frank Straub that a vial of blood taken from Officer David Bisard following the August 2010 crash had been moved and not stored properly.

Mayor Greg Ballard says the mishandling of evidence erodes public confidence in the police department. He says he has asked the FBI to join the professional standards division in the investigation.

Officials say Ciesielski will remain with the department.


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