Pulse: Will Co. judge clears air on wife’s union ties
April 22, 2012 9:40PM
Rep. John Cavaletto (from left), Bill Haller and Rep. Tom Cross pose in the Illinois House after a Cross resolution honoring Haller's career as a Major League umpire was approved. | submitted photo
Updated: May 24, 2012 8:08AM
On Friday, someone left a Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) flier on Judge Edward Burmila’s courtroom desk. The flier seemed to be an attempt to organize Will County warehouse workers, Burmila said during open court. Before he handled a warehouse workers case involving theft charges, he disclosed that his wife had been a vice president with the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
“I want the record to be clear,” Burmila said.
Case heats up
Attorney Cosmo Tedone, who is representing four warehouse workers charged with theft, said he had no qualms about Burmila’s impartially.
But he does have qualms about the charges.
“There’s not enough information on the theft charges to prepare a defense,” he said.
Elwood police say Priscilla Marshall and three others were involved in a theft ring at Partners Warehouse. WWJ leaders say the theft charges were retaliation for reports Marshall filed in 2010 about sexual harassment and abuse in the warehouse. The next court date is June 5.
The commuting GM
John Dittrich as of Friday was still listed as general manager on the Joliet Slammers’ Website, but he’s not.
Dittrich said he remains a vice president with the Slammers but works with the team part time. He has taken on a new general job with the Springfield Sliders, a summer collegiate league team in the state capital.
“At the end of last season I stepped down as GM (with the Slammers),” Dittrich said. “I’m surprised they didn’t take it off the Website.”
The Website, however, is correct in listing Dittrich’s wife Lois as a full-time member of the front office staff. Dittrich said he is commuting to Springfield and is at Silver Cross Field about one day a week.
Hail to Bill Haller
State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, last week passed a House resolution honoring the 20-year career of Will County native Bill Haller as a Major League Baseball umpire.
“Today I am proud to extend very heartfelt congratulations to Bill Haller, a man who not only became renowned as ‘that legendary major league umpire’ throughout a 20-year career in the majors, but also proudly defended our country in Korea,” said Cross.
Haller was born Feb. 28, 1935, in Joliet and raised in Fairmont. After two years in the Army, he spent four years in the minor leagues before beginning a 20-year career as a major league umpire in the American League in 1962.
‘A very nice place’
The Joliet City Council came close to denying zoning for the 360 Resale store that opened April 13 but didn’t.
“We should be happy they stuck it out,” Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante said at last week’s city council meeting.
Giarrante joined 360 Resale owners for their grand opening and described it as “a very nice place.”
Cindy Wojdyla Cain, Bob Okon and Matt Cappellini contributed to Pulse.