Sheathe the political swords
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR September 19, 2013 4:26PM
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:11PM
Your recent editorial asking the Supreme Court to provide an outside judge and appoint a special commission was based on purported facts that are not true.
While there are issues involving inadequate county funding to provide the necessary pretrial screening services for the effective setting of bond for criminal defendants, figures mentioned in your editorial are just plain wrong. Sheriff Tom Dart’s office informed my staff Thursday there are 56 defendants — not the “more than 300” as your editorial stated — who have spent five years without their cases concluded.
It is surprising to me that your paper would take at face value and adopt a position without further inquiry of political opponents who are more interested in advancing their own interests rather than solving the serious issues at hand.
I am deeply concerned about the fact that misleading and unverified information was given to the public about its court system. Had Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle included the judiciary in her analysis, this erroneous information would not have been released, nor become the sole statistical basis of your editorials and her letter to the Supreme Court. Nor would the judiciary be accused of wasting taxpayers’ money in the bloated amount of $78.2 million to pay for the incarceration of 300 inmates who do not exist.
Only about 5 cents of the Cook County tax dollar goes to funding our judicial branch. We need to stop pointing fingers at each other and provide the necessary funding to fix these problems. We need to sit down at the table and give a reason to Cook County citizens to believe in us as their representatives. Let’s sheathe the political swords and do it.
Timothy C. Evans, chief judge,
Circuit Court of Cook County
Rich CPS schools get richer
So let me get this straight. Our mayor is giving $17 million to a school that is just as good as new to build a new section to be able to bring in 400 more students, but schools like the one my child goes to can’t even get new desk, air conditioning, new computers, iPads or a new playground because there is no money.
Angel Carrasquillo, Hermosa
Has Mayor Rahm Emanuel ever given a thought to Chicago students that for whatever reason do not/or cannot go to college. Where have the trade classes gone?
Esther Siver, Portage Park
No guilt by association
The Sun-Times recently wrote a story on how ex-Metra board member Larry Huggins hired Gangster Disciple leader Larry Hoover’s son and his mother to work for his construction company. Why was that a story? If nothing illegal is happening they have every right to work as anyone else who may have criminals in their family.
Keith Kysel, New City