Thursday, December 22, 2005


More trouble for East St. Louis

It's former police chief has been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Former Police Chief Ron Matthews was found guilty Wednesday of perjury and of two obstruction counts after a six-day federal court trial that included allegations of widespread City Hall corruption.

After about three hours of deliberation, jurors found Matthews guilty of all three charges -- perjury, conspiracy to commit obstruction and attempted obstruction of a grand jury investigation.

He was accused of attempting to prevent a firearm from being used as evidence against a friend, and lying to a grand jury.

In his closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith described the case against Matthews, which resulted from

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Topinka taps DuPage County state's attorney as running mate

Joe Birkett is a friend-of-the blog. Go Joe!!!

From ABC 7 Chicago:

They are the new Republican party ticket in the race for governor. Republicans are hoping they are the dream team to defeat incumbent Rod Blagojevich next year.

Judy Baar Topinka made it official Thursday. She introduced DuPage County state's attorney Joe Birkett as her running mate, saying he will be the new sheriff in town.
Judy Baar Topinka is a popular and well-known state treasurer, with budget expertise running for governor. Joe Birkett is a veteran state's attorney, who prosecutes political corruption, running for lieutenant governor, and that, in the eyes of some Republicans, makes them a "dream team," even though they disagree on social issues like abortion.

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