SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Grant probe is “not over”

Friday, May 2, 2014

* Tribune

The former police chief of County Club Hills was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for diverting $917,000 from a state job-training grant to help remodel her home, travel to Las Vegas and distribute cash to her family and friends.

Regina Evans, 51, tearfully begged U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough to not “take my life away,” before the sentence was handed down. Federal prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of more than 10 years.

After the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass said the investigation that led to Evans conviction and has also taken down former state Rep. Connie Howard, Jeri Wright, the daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and a top state public health official, is ongoing.

“It’s not over,” Bass said.

* More on that last line from the Sun-Times

Without naming names, [Evans’ lawyer, Lawrence Beaumont] lashed out at the prosecution during the hearing, accusing the government of having a “misguided vendetta” against her. He said she “made telephone calls” and wore a wire on behalf of the government in pursuit of other targets, but she didn’t deliver any prized political pelts sought by prosecutors.

“In my humble opinion, part of the prosecution in this case had some kind of vendetta against her because she refused to cooperate or didn’t cooperate the way they felt she should against some political people in Chicago. They seem to want to take that out on her, which in my opinion is inappropriate,” Beaumont said.

During testimony in her two-day sentencing hearing, U.S. Postal Inspector Basil Demczak indicated the government criminal investigation into grant fraud at the Department of Commerce and Opportunity remains ongoing.

Asked later to clarify those remarks, Bass said, “I can only speak for what’s in the record. Again, what’s in the record is what Inspector Demczak testified to, and that is this case arose from an investigation of DCEO’s employment opportunity grant program that was targeted at helping underrepresented persons, underprivileged minority persons in the Chicago-area community.

“The investigation involved not just looking at Ms. Evans as one grantee but the entire program and whether or not other persons, other grantees, or other public officials had engaged in any wrongdoing. Inspector Demczak testified that investigation is ongoing,” Bass said, declining to name any targets.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


15 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    Awaiting Panda Protect Act announcement in 3..2…1


  2. - AFSCME Steward - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    “In my humble opinion, part of the prosecution in this case had some kind of vendetta against her because she refused to cooperate or didn’t cooperate the way they felt she should against some political people in Chicago. They seem to want to take that out on her, which in my opinion is inappropriate,” Beaumont said.”

    I wonder what Beaumont would feel is appropriate for someone who stole over $900,000 from the taxpayers & doesn’t seem all that contrite.


  3. - Walker - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:23 am:

    ==”Former police chief”==

    Is no one immune to this idea that they are entitled to public funds for personal use? This is just part of the overall compensation for the job?

    It isn’t the majority of public officials. But there is indeed a long-standing “sub-culture of corruption,” that some participate in, and it won’t be stifled just by a series of convictions.


  4. - RonOglesby - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:40 am:

    A lot of times getting a better sentence is due to actual HELP in getting the bigger fish. Just making some calls or wearing a wire but not producing isnt going to get you any help.


  5. - Langhorne - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    there seems to be a lack of oversight. you write up a grant proposal, get political backing, the check arrives, and it seems like free money. rent a store front, hire friends and relatives. its easy.
    too easy, so people get lazy and dont even do the minimum to justify the cash.

    then the day of reckoning arrives. there is that pesky perjury stmt on all the vouchers, right above your signature. it says you promise everything is hunky dory. except for the $900,000 siphoned off.


  6. - VanillaMan - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 10:47 am:

    A society thriving and supporting entitlements, naturally begins to believe that all public money is their entitlement.


  7. - wordslinger - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    –A society thriving and supporting entitlements, naturally begins to believe that all public money is their entitlement.–

    Or, it could just be a crooked cop stealing money and not being very good or discreet at it.


  8. - A guy... - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Or a statewide environment where discretion wasn’t even a consideration.


  9. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    The week started with Todd Stroger’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and ends with a former police chief.

    These convictions are turning into a weekly event and then some.


  10. - Liandro - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    - Formerly Known As… - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    “The week started with Todd Stroger’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and ends with a former police chief.

    These convictions are turning into a weekly event and then some.”

    Hence Illinois’ position at/near the bottom of trust in government, and the subsequent bleed-over into general (un)happiness with the state itself. Tough to be proud when every week produces this stuff–and it’s our tax money being used.

    Opponents of the tax hike should just make commercials dramatically listing all the corruption, jailed politicians, and wasted tax money. Be specific. Then end the commercials with something to the effect of: Had enough yet? Insert names of tax supporters as necessary in different races.


  11. - In Tent City - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    U.S. Postal Inspector Basil Demczak was part of the team that did the dogged investigaton of George Ryan, et al. He also testified before Patrick Collins Reform Commission. This is a guy who knows how the seemy side of Illinois Government works and knows how to use the tools of federal law enforcement to get the underlings to talk and the middle men to plea while going after the big fish.
    No, this is not over. In a lot of ways its only starting.


  12. - wordslinger - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    –Or a statewide environment where discretion wasn’t even a consideration.–

    Oh, it should be, if you want to stay out of prison. They’ve been racking them up pretty good in the Northern District for many years now.


  13. - A guy... - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    === wordslinger - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    –Or a statewide environment where discretion wasn’t even a consideration.–

    Oh, it should be, if you want to stay out of prison. They’ve been racking them up pretty good in the Northern District for many years now.===

    Think we’d agree they’ve got plenty of “racking” left to do.


  14. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    Liandro - I like it.


  15. - wordslinger - Friday, May 2, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    –Think we’d agree they’ve got plenty of “racking” left to do.–

    The point I’m making is that we’re in the era of Big Heat. The U.S, Attorney is more than willing to shoot fish in a barrel.

    But consider “the good old days.” Pat Marcy, the D’Arcos and Fred Roti held court every day at the same table at “Counselor’s Row,” selling all kinds of things.

    They did it for decades. Everyone knew what they were doing. But it took decades for government to even put a wire on them.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Get off the back bench, please
* A triangulating shift
* Counting the absent legislators
* Credit Unions – 100 Million Strong
* The reddest of meat
* Today's number: 47
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Xiaomi slashes the price of its Redmi 2 smartphone in India
        * OnePlus 2 pricing somewhat confirmed, fans should be happy
        * Jolla plans to split software and hardware business
        * The five most popular notes apps for Android (Video)
        * Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Clipping App
        * Pre-Crime Startup BioCatch Authenticates Users Via Touch And Your Phone’s Accelerometer
        * SplashID Pro keeps your passwords safe for life [DEALS]

        * Take One of These One-Tank Road Trips from 13 Major US Cities
        * Journey PS4 Game Launches On July 21st 2015 (video)
        * Google Self-Driving Cars Now Being Tested In Austin, Texas
        * HP’s Veghte Named CEO of SurveyMonkey
        * Whipclip Raises $40 Million in Bid to Dominate Legal Video Clipping
        * Republic Wireless Shifts From Unlimited Plans to Ones That Offer Refunds
        * Rekindle Your Passion for Work by Connecting with Coworkers

        * Ruminations on the Chris Sale-Mark Buehrle duel
        * Quintana hopes for run support against Blue Jays
        * Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays
        * White Sox turn tables after opponent's mistake
        * Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance
        * White Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Chris Sale-Mark Buehrle duel meets expect...
        * Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois Budget Battle Approaches Meltdown - Co.....
        * Bill Knight: The coward's way out of budget cut.....
        * Jim Nowlan: Addressing Chicago's mess - Champai.....
        * Editorial: Point finger at Democratic leaders f.....


        * Autopsy: 3-year-old girl drowned in Mokena swimming pool
        * Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial
        * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
        * Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari to lead Oddball Comedy tour
        * Illinois voters head to polls in primary for Schock's seat
        * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
        * Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
        * Illinois' games in Springfield include in-state foes
        * Aretha Franklin sings praises of Illinois after highway help
        * Illinois basketball attendance down but 15th in the country

        * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
        * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
        * Springfield School District has paid nearly $500K in pension penalties in past 6 years
        * East St. Louis paid big legal fees to state senator's firm
        * Illinois Senate honors victims of Charleston church shootings
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes
        * State employee lawsuit seeks assurance of full pay despite no budget
        * U of I freezes administration hiring over budget

        * Marco Rubio to give major speech today in Chicago
        * U of I names new law school dean
        * Plane orders plunge for Boeing, Airbus
        * Invenergy hauls in $2 billion from sale of wind farms
        * S&P's grade on Illinois budget talks: 'failure'


          * Divvy to be discounted for low-income people
          * Man, 20, charged with shooting downtown after July 4 fireworks
          * Cold front triggers storms and a much cooler Tuesday
          * Mundelein mayor's July 4 speech on 'moral crisis' sparks fireworks
          * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block in Chicago
          * Voters head to polls in primary for Aaron Schock's seat
          * Boy, 16, killed and 8 people wounded in shootings across Chicago
          * Meghan Trainor postpones Chicago show due to vocal cord hemorrhage
          * Mayor calls on father of slain boy to cooperate with police: 'You have a responsibility'
          * Fourth Flash: A glance at Tribune's live July 4 coverage


          * The legacy of Willie Dixon on his 100th birthday
          * Ex-Illinois US Rep. Reynolds doesn't show for arraignment
          * At eleventh hour, CPS makes huge pension payment
          * Preckwinkle may reevaluate sales tax plan if Springfield acts on pensions
          * Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
          * Thai Town opens at last in Albany Park
          * Drug addicts sent from Puerto Rico may be victims of ID theft in Chicago
          * Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago
          * Southwest Side residents work toward racial healing
          * No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end


          * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
          * Our Opinion: Don't let a few voters decide who goes to Congress
          * Fullerton, Konar and Reif: Pope Francis' message a chance for Illinois to plan ethically for climate change
          * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Independent redistricting proposal could be on 2016 ballot
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
          * Springfield School District has paid nearly $500K in pension penalties in past 6 years
          * Letter: Rauner being set up for a fall
          * Angie Muhs: A year later, optimistic and grateful


          * Soccer mom, stage mom — it’s a learning experience
          * From the blog: Flyin' Illini relived
          * Best of Illini: No. 33, Eric Finney
          * Best of teams: No. 33, West Virginia
          * Rail cars derail near Pontiac, 2 minor injuries
          * A.M. UPDATE: Anderson loses in 5
          * State Representative Carol Ammons 7/7/2015
          * Reopening Thursday
          * Music fest returning downtown
          * This day in history, July 7, 2015


          * Autopsy: 3-year-old girl drowned in Mokena swimming pool
          * $2 billion bailout for Nigerian states to pay workers
          * The Latest: No new written plans from Greece, say officials
          * Djokovic beats Anderson in 5 to reach Wimbledon quarters
          * Record rainfall drowns crops across Indiana

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * ​Critics of Ukraine's government get propa......
          * Letter to Ukraine's prime minister suppose......

          * Sierra Club Ad Campaign Targets Kirk Over ......
          * Environmental group's $1M attack ad target......

          * CTU, Allies Protest Outside Bond Buyer's Midwest Municipal Market Conference In Chicago
          * Story can help you and your buyers avoid financial roadblocks
          * Newspaper editorial: Ad tax is a bad idea, would hurt business
          * Sierra Club Ad Campaign Targets Kirk Over Environmental Votes
          * Special Primary Election For Schock's House Seat Being Held Tuesday
          * Number of Illinois medical pot patients tops 2,600 and growing
          * Where's Weyermuller? On WLS 890 AM's Stephanie Trussell Show
          * NBC News: A tour of Roseland
          * Grateful Dead Top Priority for Illinois Democrat Legislator
          * Illinois state lawmaker cuts office costs 17 percent, returns funds to taxpayers


          * State, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement - Workers at IDOT, DHS, IDES, and CMS in Cook County to Vote on New Contract
          * Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado - Deadlines Pushed to December 31, 2015
          * Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
          * IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained - Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
          * Governor Receives Initial Criminal Justice Commission Report




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller