Quick Hits – April 30, 2018

It’s that whole truth and fiction thing again!

So, let me get this straight! Three former waitresses just filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a chain named for a euphemism “those kind” of men might use to describe a well-endowed woman’s most obvious “attributes.”

Why, these young women were “shocked” when the Orland Park Twin Peaks restaurant management regularly lined them up for the kind of physical inspection you tend to see at beauty pageants. They even claimed their scurrilous bosses proceeded to bestow the best tables on the waitress whose curves graded out above the curve.

Twin Peaks

Worse yet! They were completely stunned when a restaurant that hires women based solely on their bra size occasionally forced them to wear lingerie at work. Who could’ve possibly foreseen that possibility?

And I’m still looking for the part where somebody put a gun to their heads and forced them to work there. It couldn’t be the fact that men generally feel more predisposed to offer healthy tips to “healthy” women, could it?

And it was front page Sunday Tribune news, too! All I can say is, this story gives a whole new meaning to the word “boobs!”

Our litigious trio further explained they filed suit to “help empower women.” If you ask me, the best way they could accomplish that is by failing to reproduce.

 

The Kane County probation officers go on strike!

If you drive past the Kane County Judicial Center via Route 38 today (4/30), you’ll see the giant inflatable rat as well as a number of picketers circling the entrances to the Juvenile Justice Center and the main building itself.

Probation Strike

But before we continue, let me clearly stipulate that being a probation officer is an incredibly difficult and thankless job. The absurd caseloads alone would drive me to drink (more). What I’m basically saying is, I think these worthwhile staffers deserve everything they’re asking for.

But they’re not going to get it. How can I be so sure, you ask?

Because instead of cooperating with Chairman Chris Lauzen and the County Board, Chief Judge Susan Clancy-Boles and Court Services Director Lisa Aust held the criminal GPS system hostage in an attempt to stave off the 3.6 percent 2018 budget cuts asked of every Kane County department. And they made the Republican board majority look really bad in the process.

You see, Boles and Aust were counting on the Democrats to persuade just enough GOP defectors to stage a budgetary coup, but even someone of my limited intelligence (my readers tell me this) could’ve told them it would never come to pass.

Probation Strike 2

Since every political action has an equal and opposite reaction, if Boles and Aust get too “generous” with the strikers, the County Board is going to shoot down the deal and they’ll have to go right back to the negotiating table drawing board.

And I’m bettin’ the Board can’t wait to make Boles look just as bad as she made them. How can I be so sure? When I presented my equal and opposite reaction hypothesis to couple of them, they laughed and said, “That is a very interesting theory.”

Unlike it is with the Sheriff’s deputies’ contract, Boles and Aust can’t dodge this one by falling back on the kind of binding arbitration that would let them off the hook. So, now they’re at the mercy of an angry County Board.

As I’m frequently fond of saying, “Politics ain’t a game for sissies,” as Boles and Aust are about to discover. Stay tuned readers! This one’s going to be a very fascinating proposition.

 

I do believe in redemption, but…

…this social liberal is having a real problem with a recent local turn of events. But let’s go off on one of my famous tangents first.

Most of y’all know the author who’s had the biggest impact on my life and writing is the late great Studs Terkel. And the theme that consistently permeated his work was, no matter what you’ve done, redemption is always just around the corner – even for us regular folks.

All we have to do is embrace it.

But when I learned the Pine Village killer was just paroled, it’s truly testing my redemption resolve.

Reimann

Carl Reimann

For reference purposes, on December 29, 1972, Carl Reimann and his girlfriend entered the Pine Village Restaurant in Yorkville intending to rob it. But instead of simply taking the $640 and running, Reimann pulled a .32 caliber handgun and shot customers David Gardner and Bob Loftus, bartender John Wilson, 16-year-old employee Catherine Rekate, and cook George Paschade.

The Morris Police quickly caught up with Reimann and he was ultimately sentenced to 50 to 150 years for each murder with some extra time thrown in for the armed robbery. Today, two first degree murder convictions would mean life in prison, but in 1972, parole was still a possibility.

Reimann, now 77, had been previously denied release, but 45 years after the crime, deeming he was no longer a danger to society, the parole board granted his petition.

Former Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall, one of the first Yorkville officers on the scene of the massacre, still describes the memory as “traumatic.” He told the Tribune he was “shocked” by the parole board’s decision.

And I am, too!

So, I reached out to Mr. Paschade’s nephew, Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen, to get his thoughts on this very difficult topic:

“George Paschade was my uncle and a gentle, quiet and kind man to his family and friends.  He was a peaceful, hard-working man who just went to work one day as a cook in a restaurant and was brutally slaughtered by Carl Reimann.

We forgive, but cannot forget the pain, and now the parole board has compounded that pain with injustice by deciding that Carl Reimann is both alive and free while his victims are long dead.”

Despite my fondness for Studs and everything he stood for, I gotta go with the Chairman on this one. You really shouldn’t be able to come back from slaughtering five innocent people.

 

FOIA-gate day 5!

It’s been five days since the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has ignored my April 16 FOIA request regarding the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in that office.

Remember, I’m not saying they denied it, I’m saying they’ve completely ignored it! We’ll keep the countdown going.

11 thoughts on “Quick Hits – April 30, 2018

  1. What a piece! You go from the Homer Simpson “Doh!” while laughing about the waitresses filing suit. Then an angry feeling for the Probation Officers lack of proper pay. .. And finally a sad story of 5 individuals being murdered years ago and the killer goes on probation. SMH.

    A roller coaster of emotions on this one.

    The most revealing to the Yorkville murder story was, that the cook is former St. Senator Lauzen’s uncle. I genuinely feel for his families loss and the other families involved.

  2. This terrible crime affected the innocents of a whole community. I was 10 years old living in Bristol when we heard about the murders and the police looking for them. We locked the doors- looked out the windows for any cars driving on the country road. Listening on the radio. Like was never the same.

  3. As one of the probation officers currently on strike and one of the former EHM officers that lost their job back in December, I have to say you hit the nail in the head with your take on this. However, our mediocre (at best) untrained middle management cannot run the probation department and the JJC for too long. Somethings gotta give. Or something big will happen allowing the word “negligent” to be use easily when referring to Aust and Boles. Whichever comes first.

    • Annoyed, I agree, but you have to understand that that there are folks salivating at the prospect to make Judge Boles look bad. And all a y’all are gonna get caught in the middle of it.

      • To be honest, we are ready for her to look bad. We are ready for this fight because we deserve it. It’s been a long time coming. And entire probation office in aurora is shut down. An entire probation office in Elgin is shut down. The JJC had one miserable union member cross the line and go to work. Can’t work like that forever.

  4. The Chief Judge declined binding arbitration… it was offered. She also declined ever coming to the bargaining table with her employees and refused to even ask for $ from the Board. This was $ that should have been set aside as these raises were never bound by a contract length of time. The cost of these raises that are being asked for, for the next 3yrs, as it stands would cost the County less than $120,000.

    • I just don’t understand their position on this. What is the end game? She is risking community safety as the integrity of the entire probation department. Office visits are not being completed. Field visits are not being completed. Drug drops are not being completed. Court reports are not being completed. Phone calls are not being returned. It is a complete shut down of services. Don’t even get me started on the condition of the jjc right now!

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