With the local races covered, let’s catch up on some old stories!
The walls are closing in on Judge John Dalton
Throughout my coverage of that poor excuse for a human being, I’ve consistently encouraged people to report Judge Dalton to the Judicial Inquiry Board and reasonably reach out to the press in an effort to expose his continuing courtroom antics.
And I’m happy to report that the press is beginning to pick up on this story. PJ Media’s Megan Fox reached out to me last week, we had a 40-minute conversation, she spoke with other sources, and then she wrote an excellent piece explaining exactly why Dalton should be removed from the bench.
You can read that column right here. She even quoted me correctly!
But I’m even happier to report that, as the result of this new scrutiny and yours truly regularly planting his butt in courtroom 101, Judge Dalton is suddenly behaving. You see, it’s never been a question of whether he could be reasonable, it’s always been a question of whether he chooses to be reasonable.
And with his job is on the line, apparently, he’s quite capable of letting the sadistic schtick go. Keep the pressure on him people and the JIB will have to do something.
Put recording equipment in every Kane County courtroom
In a previous column I insisted that, as soon as he was situated, brand new Kane County Chief Judge Clint Hull should insert a court reporter in Dalton’s courtroom. My theory was, if former Chief Judge Susan Boles could put one in Judge Joseph Grady’s courtroom after he allegedly made one racist comment, considering Dalton’s vast horror stories, it’s a no brainer to do the same thing to him.
But there’s an easier solution!
I was talking with one of my favorite attorneys yesterday, and she noted that DuPage, Kendall and DeKalb Counties all record all courtroom proceedings, and then a pool of court reporters transcribes it later.
I’m only in the preliminary inquiry stages, but I haven’t been able to ferret out the reason this hasn’t happened in Kane County.
Not only would this technology end Dalton’s reign of terror, but it would actually save money in the form of fewer court reporters. So, I’m, once again, encouraging Judge Hull to apply this generally accepted technology sooner rather than later.
I’m already approaching the County Board to see that this happens and I certainly hope His Honor understands just how serious I am about this.
Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne speaks!
So, first we had the Buffalo Wild Wings incident, and then, a scant three weeks later, a Naperville Central High School freshman was arrested and charged with a hate crime for posting a Craiglist “slave for sale” ad complete with photographs of a black classmate.
Oh no! Naperville isn’t racist at all.
Considering his very public demand for Naperville State Rep Anne Stava-Murray resignation after she took her hometown to task for their “white supremacist policies” on social media, I asked Councilman Coyne to respond to the second major Naperville racist incident in just three weeks.
Here’s what he had to say unedited in any way:
I believe Naperville is one of the most welcoming and safest communities in America. There have been a few terribly unfortunate racial incidents of late which must be, and are being, dealt with. The perpetrators of these hateful incidents rightfully suffered significant consequences for their actions (job loss and/or criminal prosecution). Their terrible actions do not define our community.
I had my say and now Councilman Coyne has had his. The rest is up to Naperville.
An Elgin City Council ethics Ordinance?
So, suddenly becoming aware of new-ish Elgin City Councilman Baldemar Lopez’ registered lobbyist proclivities, Mayor Dave Kaptain is asking the City Council to consider an ethics ordinance correctly claiming, “Elgin should prohibit city council members from engaging in lobbying activities.”
Like myself, the Mayor has a keen perception of the obvious.
But what’s kind of strange about this becoming an issue now is, I knew Lopez was a lobbyist in March long before WBEZ exposed his Com Ed connection. How did I know? Because I used his Cook County registered lobbyist photo in one of my columns. This is that photograph:
I didn’t think much of it at the time because I figured, if I knew, then the City of Elgin must know too, because it had to be disclosed on the Economic Interest Statement Lopez was required to file with his nominating paperwork.
C’mon! No candidate would be stupid enough to omit something that obvious. But then it struck me! What if he didn’t disclose it on his EIS? That would be exactly the kind of perjury that would open him to criminal prosecution.
Unfortunately, the Elgin City Clerk doesn’t post City Council candidate petitions online, so I’ve just issued a FOIA in that regard. And if Mr. Lopez did not disclose that important fact, I will have what can only be described as a fascinating conversation with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.