I predicted a riot
And it happened at the Illinois Youth Center is St. Charles on Thursday (4/19). Here’s the story according to six separate sources.
Because they have the run of the facility, the “residents” of the Williams Cottage have been stockpiling broom handles, mop handles, and socks filled with rocks in the gutters of that building. If you drive by the IYC on a warm day, you’ll quickly note the inmates on the roof throwing tiles down at the staff.
So yesterday, a few of them exited their locked cottage through the roof, retrieved their makeshift weapons, assaulted the lone guard, broke down a nearby office door, and hit the emergency button, which unlocked the cottage doors. Then the now armed inmates attacked the Cleveland Cottage “residents” as they returned from the cafeteria.
Nothing like a mass brawl to brighten your day, right?
The guards did their best to intervene, but the situation deteriorated to the point where an IYC staffer felt the need to call the State Police.
When an ambulance showed up with a St. Charles Police escort to retrieve the badly injured guard, they were refused entry. When the officers offered to help quell the riot, IYC administrators responded by saying, “You have no jurisdiction here.”
When the State Police showed up, they were also barred entry, but those officers were so displeased with that turn of events that they demanded the names of the administrators who issed the order.
If you don’t let the police in, they can’t make an official report, can they!
The badly injured guard was eventually taken to Delnor Hospital where he was the proud recipient of 17 cranial staples.
Like I said on Monday, someone is going to have to die before Governor Rauner finally decides to do something about this clusterfuck of a correctional facility.
This one’s on Rauner
A number of State employees have been telling me that the Rauner administration is so incompetent and inept, that the talented folks who haven’t simply left, are getting fired. Then they’re being replaced by inexperienced college graduates who don’t ask questions, but they don’t know what they’re doing, either.
We’ve already discussed that the Governor is well aware of this problem, but just like all those Quincy veterans needlessly died of Legionnaire’s Disease, he clearly doesn’t give a flying bleep about it.
But the most fascinating thing is, these Rauner critiques aren’t coming from Democrats, they’re coming from some of his staunchest 2014 supporters. In fact, the conservative friend who helped me break this story recently declared, “Bruce Rauner sucks.”
And I tend to agree.
You all know I’m no fan of Michael Madigan’s fiscal approach to state government. But at least he isn’t trying to destroy the State from within by enabling the kind of cancer that does that kind of thing.
I generally don’t believe in evil. Much like cold is the absence of heat and darkness is the absence of light, evil is nothing more than the failure of good men to act. Sadly, Governor Rauner is making me reconsider that notion.
An open letter to Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon
I understand know that you and twenty of your best prosecutors are spending a great deal of time – and a great many Kane County tax dollars – prosecuting the Cook County Laquan McDonald case. That said, it’s not my fault that you’re so politically naïve you thought that gig would help, and not hurt, your political career.
I know you’re trying, but we both know it’s too late to get out from under that albatross.
Meanwhile, please consider this. There’s a correctional facility right across the street – you can see it from your office window – that’s completely out of control. It’s gotten so bad that a guard or employee is going to needlessly die sooner rather than later.
I understand the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has no jurisdiction over those administrators. But you do have the absolute right – and duty – to prosecute any crime that occurs on those grounds, and that includes gross negligence on the part of those administrators.
It’s because of that gross negligence that there was a riot at the IYC yesterday Joe, and good people were seriously injured as a result. Since Superintendent Albright has no intention of holding the “residents” accountable for anything, and Governor Rauner doesn’t care, you’re going to have to step in before someone does die.
Don’t worry! I’m more than willing to lend a hand! At least a dozen people – brave souls willing to risk their employment – have come forward to say they’d be more than willing to testify about exactly what goes on at that facility on a daily basis.
If former Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti could prosecute IYC inmate crimes despite a recalcitrant administration, then you can, too. I realize that doing the right thing might not help your career, but when you were elected, you swore an oath to uphold the law.
And the people of Kane County aren’t willing to settle for anything less.
My heartfelt gratitude…
…goes out to all the current and former Illinois Youth Center St. Charles employees – at least 25 of them – who’ve reached out to me this week. No human being should have to put up with those kinds of conditions – period.
I don’t understand why neither the State’s Attorney nor the local newspapers take you seriously, but I do. My problem is, there’s only one of me, and on occasion, I do need to focus on those paying gigs.
Rest assured, I will get back to each and every one of you, because I really do want to hear your stories.