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* Crooked [Melrose Park] ex-chief loses pension

In a fiery, emotional plea, former Police Chief Vito Scavo asked the Melrose Park Police Pension Board to recognize his more than three decades of service to the village and let him keep his pension despite his multiple felony convictions.

The police officers under his command “would have followed me anywhere,” Scavo, 62, told the board, many of who have known Scavo for decades. “I was honorable, honest and hard-working. That’s what this is about.”

He was convicted of strong-arming local businesses to use the private security firms he illegally ran out of the police department.

* Murder Charges in Slain Officer Shooting

Bryant Brewer, 24, of 5800 Block of South Wolcott, faces one count of first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of armed robbery, according to police.
Brewer allegedly gunned down officer Thor Soderberg with Soderberg’s own weapon outside a police station near 61st and Racine Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

* Slain cop’s colleagues: ‘We will make him proud’

* Fallen officer remembered by friends, colleagues

* Kass: A star rises, a fallen officer is remembered

* Sneed: Our hero The life of a cop
* [Cook County] Jail Goes on Lockdown

The Cook County Sheriff’s office received information at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday that a visitor or an inmate brought a weapon into the facility, prompting an immediate lockdown of all 10 divisions at Cook County Jail located at 3015 S. California Ave.

* Family files lawsuit over Blue Island drowning

* Madigan’s office checks on nursing homes

* More details surface in nursing home case

* VIDEO: Nearly 600,000 Chicagoans Live in a Food Desert

* Is Chicago throwing away $1 million on recycling carts?

Ald. Joe Moore (49th) called the stash “embarrassing” and a “colossal waste of money.”

“The fact that they have all these blue carts in storage is just an indictment of the city’s failure to live up to its commitment to bring recycling to two-thirds of the city,” Moore said.[…]

Ald. Tom Allen (38th) said he has no problem with the stockpile, adding, “Nobody saw this perfect storm of economic meltdown coming. I assume they bought ‘em in bulk, which gives you a better price.”

* Des Plaines medical firm pays $7.3M to settle federal charges of kickback scheme

* Carthage alderman arrested, charged with embezzling $13,000 from fire department

Bobby Smith, 44, now an inactive volunteer firefighter and former secretary and treasurer of the Carthage Clipper Fire Department’s Benevolent Association, posted 10 percent of a $3,000 bond after his arrest. His first court appearance is July 15 in Carthage.

Smith is no longer on active duty as a volunteer firefighter, though he is still an alderman on the Carthage City Council.

* Demolition continues in downtown Elmwood

* Horizon seeks permit for its third area wind farm

* Woodford wind farm may hinge on zoning

* [Springfield] sales tax income rises for second month in row

posted by Barton Lorimor
Friday, Jul 9, 10 @ 10:13 am

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  1. Looks like McLean County farmers will become known for growing corn, soy beans, and electricity! All are sources of renewable energy.

    Took a tour of the present Horizon wind farm in May. It was most interesting and our tour guide was a farmer’s wife who has a windmill on her property. She had an album full of pictures of the building of the tower on her land.

    Comment by Nearly Normal Friday, Jul 9, 10 @ 12:36 pm

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