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Sheriff Tom Dart offers to help Harvey fight corruption, too

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart  |  Sun-Times file photo

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart | Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: July 8, 2013 6:45AM



The Dart game . . .

Not only is Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart moonlighting, but now he wants to up the ante.

◆ Translation: Invited to be inspector general to snoop out corruption in south suburban Dolton, now he wants the same job in Harvey. After taking on a new task last week — inspector general for the village of Dolton — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has offered to do the same thing for Harvey.

◆ Backshot: “The newly elected Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers, who is a former Cook County state’s attorney investigator, wanted to ferret out decades of suspected corruption in Dolton — so the village board took a giant step forward by passing an ordinance creating the Office of Independent Inspector General,” said Frank Bilecki, sheriff’s office spokesman.

◆ Upshot: Rogers’ antennae went up when village employees leaving office after the election were exiting with huge payouts. Now Sneed hears Dart sent a letter to Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg on Thursday asking him to allow the sheriff’s office to act as inspector for his town, saying, “Doing so will restore and instill confidence in the residents of Harvey. . . . Establishing an Independent Inspector General’s office to receive and investigate allegations of fraud, misconduct, and corruption is critically important and long overdue.”

Leaders of multiple south suburban villages, including Hazel Crest’s Mayor Vernard Alsberry, have contacted the sheriff’s office about designating Dart as their inspector general as well.

“There are many distressed communities in Cook County that have had nowhere to turn. “I believe they are starting to see someone is paying attention and cares about what is happening in these communities,” Bilecki said.

Putin place . . .

Da! Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has had his minions sue newspapers and deny rumors of marital discord and a pregnant rhythmic gymnast mistress — has announced he and his wife, Lyudmila, are divorcing just a few weeks short of their 30th wedding anniversary. Is the mistress spinning cartwheels? Or will she skip off to a gulag?

Gulp!

Newt note: Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is apparently lobbying for the face of his famously bottle-blond wife on a beer bottle.

◆ The brew stew: The new beer, “Drop Dead Blonde” by Stevens Point Brewery, will prominently feature a blond on the bottle. Callista Gingrich, whose frozen coif once garnered headlines, has until June 20 to gather votes — and currently is trouncing eight opponents.

◆ The hubby hoopla: Newt tweeted on June 4, “Vote for @CallyGingrich” with a link to the contest page.

◆ The bar shot: The winner collects $500 and will be required to appear at beer-related events — in addition to appearing on the bottles.

Hill swill . . .

The coveted role of Hillary Clinton in James Ponsoldt’s biopic “Rodham” was offered to actress Carey Mulligan weeks ago, according to Hollywood blog TheWrap.com. The movie takes place during the Watergate scandal and tells the story of Hillary Rodham, the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee that recommended the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon. In the movie, Rodham has to choose between her future at the White House and her boyfriend, Bill Clinton.

Sneedlings . . .

Michael Moussa-Adamo, Gabon’s ambassador to the United States, is in town preparing for the arrival of Gabon’s president in September. . . . Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens stopped by Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont for lunch Tuesday afternoon. . . . A calendar date: The Democratic National Committee’s African-American Leadership Council is throwing a thank-you luncheon for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. . . . Friday’s birthdays: Prince, 55; Liam Neeson, 61, and happy early birthday to Bill Hogan, ageless and priceless.



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