Friday, August 10, 2007

Devine Won't Run

As reported here (first, according to one poster) early last month, Dick Devine has decided to retire.

Crain's reports:

"After three terms it is time to move on," Mr. Devine said in the statement. "My plans are to continue to run this office with its proud tradition and great people in professional manner."

AP says,

Devine was elected as the county's top prosecutor in November 1996 and took office the following month.

He has personally prosecuted several recent high-profile cases, including the conviction of Juan Luna in the Brown's Chicken and Pasta massacre.

Devine says he plans to continue to run the office, which has more than 900 prosecutors, until his term ends.

According to his biography, Devine has argued cases before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and twice appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plans are said to include a few years in private practice where he should be well rewarded.

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At August 13, 2007 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like stone has a new website. Any thoughts?

At August 14, 2007 7:11 AM, Blogger Jay said...

It's better than before, but it's still very elementary. It is not at all what the neighborhood has been demanding, which is real and useful information available 24/7. For example, the calendar (which is misspelled) lists only Stone's office hours. It's not an event calendar and it doesn't tell us anything that is going on in the neighborhood. It could at least have listed the parades that Stone is in -- or the events that close down parts of the ward. His office knows those things.

At August 14, 2007 9:30 AM, Anonymous p.t. baer said...

It's seems strange that Stone would simply update his campaign website to be a ward website. He clearly doesn't understand (or accept) that there's a difference between constituent service and self-serving propaganda. I'll give him at least partial credit for including a section on zoning, but it still presents everything as a "done deal". Look at the entry on the 2500 block of Devon:

"The 2500 Block of Devon will be re-zoned to allow construction of a new building with commercial on the first floor and five stories of mixed use condos as well as parking for all the condos."

When is the public meeting? When is the hearing? No need, it's already decided. And how about this gem:

"Smart Growth Reduces Crime. A long time advocate of smart growth, Alderman Stone is actively reducing crime throughout our community by improving areas with new development and new business. After listening to resident concerns about crime and suspected crime issues, Alderman Stone led the push to have police cameras installed at Devon and Rockwell, Devon and Bell and Emerson Park. These new cameras are just one way Alderman Stone is working to improve the safety of the community."

Somehow, "smart growth" equals police cameras. If anyone else understands this logic, maybe they can explain it to me.

At August 14, 2007 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stone's website is about as useful as Not so much.

At August 14, 2007 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has his victory speech in the videos section! Now the whole world can see what an idiot we have as alderman!

At August 14, 2007 2:34 PM, Blogger she said...

Devine needs to bank some money for his upcoming legal defense when he is finally indicted for ignoring the fact that Jon Burge and his boys were beating false confessions out of people. False confessions Devine used to send people to death row as state prosecuting attorney.

At August 15, 2007 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay said...
It's better than before, but it's still very elementary. It is not at all what the neighborhood has been demanding, which is real and useful information available 24/7.

How do you know what the neighbor hood demands? Based on the few obsessive posters on your blog who our obsessed with the Alderman and how he cant do anything right?

At August 15, 2007 12:46 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Q1: Based upon what I've heard.

Q2: No. I don't recall anyone talking about the need for a ward website on this blog, nor for the need for an up-to-date community calendar. I would say that none of the "demands" I've heard comes from people who comment on this board.


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