Pulse: Madigan all business in Joliet
October 6, 2013 7:44PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan prepares to talk to the media Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, after speaking during a consumer fraud roundtable at the Joliet Public Library. | Cindy Wojdyla Cain~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:16AM
JOLIET — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was all business — and not so much politics — when she visited Joliet on Friday. She spoke to the chamber about her office and its duties. Then she attended a consumer fraud roundtable at the Joliet Public Library to warn people about scams.
But she skipped the Will County Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser later that night. And though she is not running for governor herself in 2014, she also seemed hesitant to endorse incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn outright.
“I plan on endorsing the Democratic nominee, who at this time appears to be the governor,” she said.
A Cook County conspiracy?
Some Will County officials believe Chicago and Cook County officials don’t want to share their piece of the transportation funding pie with Will County, and that’s why they’re opposed to the Illiana Expressway being built here. So let’s just hope they don’t notice that the Chicago conference room where two key Illiana votes will take place this month is called the “Cook County” room.
Good times ... bad times
“It doesn’t matter whether times are good or bad. It’s never the right time for District Four or Five,” said Willie Sellers, president of the Black Contractors of Will County.
Sellers was referring to Joliet City Council Districts Four and Five, which were the subject of a “Quality of Life” study done to explore economic development and other issues in the two districts that take in the older parts of the city. He was objecting to the council diversity committee’s message that the city could not provide $532,000 to support a proposed outreach center that would help minorty youths develop skills needed for building trades jobs.
“If you needed $100,000 to buy Tasers,” Sellers said, “you’d find that.”
A sign of the times
Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton last week made a presentation at the city council meeting on what to do if a shooter started firing at a city council meeting.
Benton provided three options: evacuate, hide and act.
“We want to make sure everyone has a plan in their head for what they would do should an incident occur,” Benton said after listing some shootings that have occurred at meetings of local government. “If you have to be the aggressor, throw a chair, throw a book, whatever you have to do to attack the offender.”
Cindy Wojdyla Cain
and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.