Skip to comments.Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance
Posted on 04/25/2013 6:32:20 PM PDT by george76
LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thriveand you lose.
both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activitiesin effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.
The paradox is that Chicagos struggle to combat street gangs is being undermined by its own elected officials. And the alliances between lawmakers and lawbreakers raise a troubling question: Who actually rules the neighborhoodsour public servants or the gangs?
No account of city politics and gangs would be complete without mentioning the federal case against the former 20th Ward alderman Arenda Troutman. When Troutman pleaded guilty in 2008 to tax fraud and taking payoffs from developers, the case made for lurid headlines. It wasnt necessarily because of her crimesbribe-taking and tax-cheating aldermen have been a dime a dozen in the City Council. Rather, it was because of Troutmans romantic relationship with Donnell Jehan, a leader of the Black Disciples, one of the citys most ruthless and feared gangs, which ran a $300,000-a-day drug operation on the South Side.
Troutmans case serves as a vivid example of how gangs and public officials can be a toxic mix.... members to do political work for Troutman. Records show that they had also given her thousands in cash, from drug profits and the gangs street tax.
Troutman was not the only politician to get into bed with the Black Disciples
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagomag.com ...
Chicago is a most cause. Turn it to dust and sweep it into Lake Michigan.
Street gangs helping politicians get elected. Now does it make sense why politicians in Illinois, especially Chicago, resist letting having people have CCW permits?
The CPD has long been de-fanged. Any cop will tell you the chicago streets are lost to the criminal.
The democrats can’t afford to offend their loyal voting block.
The corruption engulfing Chicago will be replicated everywhere if the current immigration deform bill is passed (not a typo). This bill allows nearly anyone to remain here until all bureaucratic and legal means are exhausted. All meaning ten years-plus of loopholes that any self-respecting cartel member can take full advantage of.
No account of city politics and gangs would be complete without mentioning the federal case against the former 20th Ward alderman Arenda Troutman.. pleaded guilty in 2008 to tax fraud and taking payoffs from developers... bribe-taking and tax-cheating aldermen have been a dime a dozen in the City Council... Troutmans romantic relationship with Donnell Jehan, a leader of the Black Disciples, one of the citys most ruthless and feared gangs, which ran a $300,000-a-day drug operation on the South Side.
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