Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blagojevich Is Not a Cuckoo!

As you can plainly see from this cartoon drawn for my Libertarian Party campaign against Rod Blagojevich and Jim Ryan in 2002, Blagojevich is not a cuckoo.

Mayor Richard Daley is only half right.

Blagojevich is a bird.
That bird is a chicken, however, not a cuckoo.

Here's the whole cartoon, drawn to point out that both Ryan and Blagojevich were chickens.
The two conspired to hold debates where they could dictate who was included.

And excluded.

The specific inspiration for this cartoon was when the two refused to take part in the Illinois League of Women Voters debate. The LVW rules said that any candidate who had received at least 5% in a non-candidate poll could take part.

I received just over 5% in the Daily Southtown poll, which was taken in early September, 2002.

Posted first at McHenry County Blog.


just like Blago but fatter,  12:29 PM  

For Immediate Release Contact: Attorney Frank Avila – 773.671.3480
January 26, 2008 or Ana Maria Montes de Oca-Rojas – 708.712.0202

Cicero Town President Stepson Cut Loose From Station During Arrest
Fled Scene – Threatened Officer – Suspended License – Police Escort Home

CICERO — An attorney for Cicero Town President candidate Roberto Garcia today revealed an astonishing cover up of the arrest of Cicero Town President Larry Dominick’s stepson in front of the Town President’s home on Sunday, January 18, 2009. At approximately 3:00 a.m., Arthur Diaz, the son of Dominick’s third wife Elizabeth was arrested by Cicero Police Officer Zepeda as Diaz attempted to gain entry to the Dominick home.

“I would first like to begin by stating that the following information was gathered through witnesses and participants without the cooperation of the arresting officer. It is important to state because the arresting officer is a probationary officer who we do not want to invite official retaliation upon simply because he did his duty. Apparently Dominick’s stepson was driving erratically and blowing through stops signs in Cicero when officer Zepeda engaged his emergency lights to signal the driver to pull over. The driver, Diaz, instead sped off and Zepeda followed Diaz until Diaz abandoned his vehicle in the middle of the street in front of the house of his stepfather, Larry Dominick,” said Avila. “Diaz fled the vehicle, leaving the door open, and ran towards Dominick’s house where he was captured and subdued by officer Zepeda. Diaz repeatedly warned Officer Zepeda that Zepeda would be in trouble and asked if Zepeda ‘knew who he (Diaz) was’.”

Zepeda radioed the 911 Dispatch Center during the action for drivers license and license plate information and to receive a sequential number for his arrest report. Diaz was driving on a suspended license at the time of his arrest. The vehicle was towed from the scene according to a Tow Inventory Report – which may be the only remaining government document not destroyed by Cicero officials.

“Upon arriving at the police station, Diaz refused to exit the police vehicle and was forced into the station. During the course of processing Diaz, Officer Zepeda was approached by the Watch Commander, Lt. Larry Polk, who ordered Zepeda to release Diaz and hand over arrest reports he has working on. Lt. Polk or an unknown third party arranged for Diaz to be transported from the station by an off duty Cicero Police Auxiliary Officer. Diaz’ vehicle was subsequently released from the Tuff Car, Inc. which is owned by the father-in-law of Cicero Town attorney Michael DelGaldo.”

- continued -
Several Cicero Police Officers witnessed the events transpire in the Police Station, which were also digitally video recorded by the internal Police Department security system.

“Officer Zepeda had an offender in custody who was driving on a suspended license, had no drivers license in his possession, had no automobile insurance and was extremely uncooperative. Officer Zepeda smelled alcohol on Diaz but due to his resistance he was brought back to the station for processing and potential alcohol testing. However, no testing or processing was ever completed and a case against Diaz may not be possible due to the interference of Lt. Polk,” said Avila. “This incident has been referred to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s for investigation and possible prosecution. Base on what I have heard, there are potential charges for Official Misconduct, Obstruction of Justice and Destroying Government Property (arrest reports).”

Avila suggested that the members of the media should demand access to public records relating to the incident. All Freedom Of Information Act requests by a client of Avila have been ignored by Cicero since June, 2008 – a violation of state law.

“The Chicago news media may have better luck than me in getting a copy of the 911 radio transmissions of Zepeda between 2:00 AM and 3:30 AM on Sunday January 18th. There are also internal digital video files of activity in the Cicero police station which would show the movements of Diaz during his brief visit there,” said Avila.
“You would be able to see the license plate of the car that picked him up and his resistance at the police station.”

Ironically, Lt. Larry Polk has won awards for his enforcement of drunk driving laws.
Several hours after the Diaz left the police station on Polk’s orders, Lt. Polk, a political ally of Town President Larry Dominick, filed his nomination papers to run for the Board of Cicero Elementary School District No. 99. By filing for elective office without resigning as Police Department employee, Larry Polk is in violation of the same Town of Cicero ordinance which is currently being used to unconstitutionally harass candidate Roberto Garcia.

“No officer in Cicero or anywhere should be prevented from doing their job, let alone put in the position of potentially breaking the law by following the orders of their police supervisors. When all phone calls between the parties involved are subpoenaed by prosecutors, the source of the pressure to cut Diaz loose will be revealed. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson to the local politicians that interference in the daily operations of a police department is not only bad policy, but it is potentially criminal,” said Avila. “The real problem is that this reinforces the public perception that there are two sets of rules in Cicero – one for the political powers and another for the ordinary working families of Cicero who live by the rules everyday.”

Cicero Town President's brother,  1:42 PM

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