The former head of the Chicago police sergeants' union pleaded guilty today using more than $1 million of the organization's money to pay for a home in the upscale Sauganash neighborhood, as well as trips to Las Vegas casinos and dinners at fancy downtown steakhouses.
Sgt. John J. Pallohusky, who has been suspended without pay from the police force, wrote himself a series of checks from the union's accounts and deposited them in his personal bank account, the Trib reports.
A Chicago City Council committee on Monday approved settling two more police misconduct lawsuits, one involving allegations of extortion, the other of coercion. If approved Wednesday by the full council, the tab for 11 police cases settled since September will reach $10.85 million.
- Council panel OKs $700,000 settlement for family terrorized by rogue cops [Sun-Times]
In response to the rising murder rate, Chicago Police officials are undertaking gang audits in districts across the city, mapping gang territory and working to understand who belongs to local gangs and what drives the violence between them. A look at the 24th District's audit shows how the process works.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley has agreed to be questioned under oath by lawyers suing the city of Chicago over allegations of police torture.
- Daley agrees to be questioned under oath about Burge [Sun-Times]
- Daley will answer questions in police torture case [Chicago Tribune]
- City lawyers: Daley to give deposition on torture case [WBEZ]
The ruling had been made, and everyone was leaving Judge Michael Toomin’s courtroom Friday at 26th and California, but Nanci Koschman remained, sitting in the front row, quietly weeping. Nearly eight years had passed since her 21-year-old son, David Koschman, had died after being punched in the face in a drunken confrontation with Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. And finally someone in a position of authority agreed with her that something should be done.