Category Archives: chicago crime

Drew Peterson Hearsay Arguments Today

Finally, after long anticipation the hearsay arguments are here. While Drew Peterson need not be present in the court room today, this case is a high-profile one and the interest spans those who have had brushes with domestic violence, or have been victim of murder and th media. It will be argued by the defense that this evidence is prejudicial and that it should not be allowed due to its unconstitutionality. But at this point in time the Illinois Appellate Court,  in an effort to be transparent, will broadcast live via the internet and tv feed.

This will be groundbreaking and historical in the State of Illinois. The Third District Appellate Court will let us see the inside of the arguments, of which is extremely rare. While this is not the criminal case being tried itself, the prosecutors are there to bring forth an effort to have at least 13 hearsay statements included  in the criminal trial of Drew Peterson.

Peterson is 57 years old and is currently being held and is charged with killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2004, and while he is a person of interest/suspect in his fourth wife Stacy Peterson disappearance, he has not currently been charged in any way regarding that case. Drew Peterson is in the Will County Jail in lieu of a $20 million dollar bail.

More on this story as the proceedings develop.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo


Derrion Albert-Chicago Cries For You!

For the second day in a row-The City of Big Shoulders-The very Windy City, sheds tears and they are not tears of joy. We are crying out for the life of a young boy who is now dead! This Chicago Public High School boy joins a very sad statistical list. This one no one wants to be on-but now Derrion is on it!

Why? Why did Derrion have to loose his life? Two opposing groups within the Fenger HighSchool decided to fight. Derrion was not part of these groups-he was an innocent bystander- when he was severely and fatally attacked, and kicked and then finally hit continuously with  a wooden rail-road tie! Where in the world are these boys’ hearts!  Don’t they realize that they could kill a person by hitting them and kicking him and hitting him with a rail road tie? Has our society desensitized them? What can we do to change this? 

Many have marched, protested, and had memorials and vigils-what else can we do? These boys that have been arrested know that they have been identified by the taping of the fight. They know that they are facing life or perhaps the electric chair (even though the State of IL has suspended them, I think the crime would fit the punishment). Parents where are you?  Please try to keep tabs even on your high schooler-it is important for you to know their friends, to know where they are going, and to give them rules to live by.  Take them to church. Talk to your teenager, value them, and tell them you actually love them. Stake your claim to your child; take back your child! Let them know that the family is so much more important than any gang ever period!

Derrion Albert was only 16 years old!  He was only just beginning to live-he was an honor roll student who cared about life,God, his parents and family. A decent, loving, caring human being was being raised and all the right moves were being made. Now that CNN has brought the story to the world, witnesses are now coming forward to coobberate the video. At this point an 18 year old,a 17 year old, and a 16 year is being charged as an adult. And there may be as many as 7 young teens charged in all.

Chicago and now the world, says a silent prayer in their hearts for Derrion Albert-a young boy gone way too soon amid violence,mayhem and madness!

Stop the violence and hang on tightly to the ones you love.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

Thank you CNN for bringing the story to the world, but let’s cut the video now-we don’t need to see it any more!

Chicago Cop / Woman Beater Gets Probation!

It is an outrage! With complete and utter disgust, I cannot believe that Police Officer Anthony Abbate got only a slap on the wrist for the beating of Karolina Obrycka! What more can you ask but then to actually have the evidence of Mr. Abbate beating her up captured entirely from the beginning to the end on video! This video aired at one time all over the world, and definitely all over the Chicagoland viewing area. And the over served Anthony Abbate was told No,No more drinks for you, by the blonde bartender. Mr. Abbate did not want to be told what to do; after all no one should say no to a Chicago cop; even one off-duty!

The hulking cop then proceeded to go behind the bar, hurled the tiny blonde bartender to the ground; and then he began a birage of punches and kicks! Shamefully he continues on and throws her into a wall as her screams and cries can be heard on the video.

Judge John Flemming did did find him guilty of Aggravated Battery. But yesterday during the sentencing phase of this trial the Judge basically slapped the hand of the drunk off-duty cop!  He received two years probation!! Yes, that is what I said, he was guilty but because Ms Obrycka’s injuries were not permanent in nature, and that Mr. Abbate did not have a record the judge felt that it wasn’t enough to send him into prison!

No I think there were plenty of mitigating circumstances in this case, one is that he is a cop! The fact is the judge wanted this to go away, while the police force has come under fire recently for a scandal involving “special forces unit”  Mayor Daley and his crew do not want another scandal for the Olympic committee to hear about!


While Illinois as a state was made embarrassed about its governor, now it is the police that will embarrass us!  People have great fear of the police now more than ever! There  are so many great cops out there that take their responsibilities to heart. They live and breathe the law but for some it is a reason for their almighty power-trip to continue. I mean after all this judge just now set a precedent, You can be drunk and go around beating defenseless women up and in this town of Chicago you can get a slap on the wrist and be free of a jail sentence!

Abbate and his team of lawyers defense was laughable; he had the nerve to go in that room and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help them God! Abbate actually stated that the woman half his size was throwing him around like a rag-doll and Mr. Abbate had to protect himself from her. Earlier that evening he beat another patron that was in the bar, but this person had fear and would not press charges against him! The jury was told of this other beating as well as the judge; but shame on Judge Flemming and his decision!  He lessened the severity of the charge against him by not requiring him to serve time in jail!

Currently the commander Jody Weis has recommended that The Independant Review Board  fire Mr. Abate from the police force. His case will come up before this board by July 7, 2009. Until then, stay out of the way of large, drunk  men in Chicago you’ll never know wheater   he may be an undercover cop ready to pounce especially if you are trying to do your job by not serving him more liquor!

This is finally yet one more case of violence against women, a similar thing happened with Chris Brown and Rihanna where his sentence did not fit the crime!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

IL House Impeaches Blago!

This morning at about 9 a.m. the debates began to bring forth the possible impeachment of their governor. It did not take long, only three speakers spoke on the floor. The House figured that it was better to have less to say and get down to business.

The House then proceeded to vote. The vote came up not unanimous, however, it was 114-1. One vote went to No, and the other vote went to just “present”.  Just present means that Representative did not vote either way. The end result was impeachment.

The governor’s spokesperson said the governor still has no intention of stepping down. It has been apparent that Blagojevich is not throwing in the towel. He hired esteemed lawyer Gensen and he intends to fight stating that he will fight to the end, that he did nothing wrong.

The House members agreed with the exception of the two, that Blagojevich had betrayed the public trust, and he has betrayed his office, and that of his official oath. The vote today will now prompt the Senate to begin a trial as early as next week. Illinois House Members were hoping that Blagojevich would be encouraged to resign his position, and avoid the lengthy and very public trial.

In my opinion Governor Blagojevich may have gotten temped by sheer greed that may have been tethered on a cord right in front of him! And then my thoughts wander over to many a public official, not just in the state of Illinois, but anywhere USA, where I’d love to be a fly on the wall! I’m sure he isn’t the only and unfortunately, he won’t be the last!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone

Mary Caliendo

Blagojevich Smarter Than You Think!

Blagojevich called the Democratic parties bluff!  Yes, he appointed Roland Burris. And he told everyone on the onset that he would not appoint the seat.

For his efforts the beleaguered Governor Blagojevich appears to be able to put another tally in his win column! He is smarter than the average bear, and has out-foxed them all!

Roland Burris; it looks like will be seated. Too bad for him, he missed all that fan-fair!  Burris has an outstanding record and is beyond reproach.  And in fairness to Burris alone, the Democrats are coming to the side of the 71 year old’s appointment.  Well being fair to Burris, is this fair to the citizens of Illinois?

We hope so; tough and hard-hitting Lisa Madigan came out and stated that  the Secretary of State does not need to sign off on the seat that this is nothing more than a rule; not law!    We will see what will happen in the nearest of futures as the new session is starting and newly sworn in senators will be present. So a trial can only begin after the fan-fair of the presidential inauguration!  That will be in late January at its soonest!

Impeachment for the governor should be done, before the inauguration! What’s your thoughts??


Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and only in conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Roland Burris Turned Away

Today, with his lawyers at his side, Roland Burris went to Washington D.C. to attend his swearing in. As was predicted, Roland Burris was turned away. In a scene right out of a movie, paparazzi surrounded Burris, nearly tripping him as the smallish 71 year old pushed through the towering crowd around him.  The photographers and reporters tried to get some snippets of information and pictures. Amid the cold and rain, Roland Burris was then ushered to a podium containing TV/radio microphones.

Mr. Burris then stated that he would not make a scene, but contended to fight the fact that he was turned away and still remains unseated. Burris lawyer spoke briefly and said that he would keep the media “in the loop”, and let them know exactly what will happen in the case as soon as he could.

Mr. Burris says that he believes that he has been handled incorrectly, and that the rights of the Illinois public deserves better, and now goes without benefit of two Senators. A subsequent trial could take the next six months or more. It seems that the Democratic Party in Illinois is fractured.  Illinois the Land of honest Abe; has meant a lot to those who become aquainted with a public office and  now it  means that   public office has been shrowded in a cloud of black, and the memory of some will  live forever on the hearts and minds of those who count; the citizens of ILLinois.

We will watch as this case unfolds. And will blog with updated material when I read it.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Blagojevich On The Job/Madigan Says Impeach!

Hard hitting Lisa Madigan came out today and filed with the Illinois Supreme Court! This us an unprecedented move.  She is the lawyer for the State of Illinois and is asking the Supreme Court to place Blgojevich on a Temp. Disability leave from his position as Governor of the State of Illinois. She is matter of fact that this is the best way to move forward and that the state of Illinois can continue to conduct its business. in the interim, she is asking the Supreme Court that the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to step in and govern the state.

Reporters even asked Madigan if she was setting up shop for herself to run for the Senate seat. With a small chuckle Ms. Lisa Madigan said sternly that she is happy being the lawyer for Illinois and has no intentions of moving to the Senate or other. She is content where she is.

And personally I think she does a great job. She is right on top of this and calling for Governor Blagojevich’s impeachment is the natural progression of a matter such as this. But until that time the the governor is proven guilty, any move now must be temporary in nature. We are all innocent until proven we are not. The Governor will not be excused from ceremonial duties.  In other words, he can conduct openings and picture opportunities, memorials,etc. 

I am not sure that anyone may want a ceremony done by the governor at this point. Somehow until or if he is proven not guilty, everything seems so tainted.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Illinois Governorship In Question

Yesterday in the early morning hours of the morning, US Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI took custody of the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. The governor asked , Is this a joke? With the warrant in hand, he left and went before the judge and was charged with putting a price on the newly vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama.

Ever tarnished whether found guilty or not is this office.  Today Lt. Governor, Pat Quinn, who has distanced himself from Blago for a while now, stated to the effect of  the best thing that this governor can do is just step aside. It is best for our state, and that of the public interests.

He is also been accused of trying to get an editor or two fired at the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. It appears that the governor was using strong -arm tactics to force the hand of The Trib. to get rid of the editors because he did not like the stories that were being run about him. While listening to a spokesperson, Bruce Dold from the Editorial Board of the Trib. he simply stated that there are a lot of people that ask to have stories not run about them. This is not particularly unusual.

What however is unusual is, is the fact that the strong-arm tactics were being nudged by the governor himself! In what has continued to be over three years investigation the  only evidence appears that of taped conversations by way of the FBI started in early November of this year. The governor is still the governor of Illinois and still has the right and the power to choose this seat. It is unclear exactly what will take place regarding the open seat. It should, however, be filled by inauguration of Barack Obama in January. The best interests of the state need to be represented.

Is this just politics as usual or is this out of the ordinary? No, remember the state of Illinois already has an ex-governor in jail as we speak. George Ryan knew about Secretary of State giving  unlicensed drivers the right to drive in our state as well as the scam of kick backs and campaign money filtering. He knew so, now he is asking for clemency because his wife is frail. He has only served 19 months of his sentence. The answer should be a resounding NO!

Illinois wants a clean state. Illinois wants the bad guys to think twice if they want to run for office in this state! You better be on the straight and narrow if you think you will have an office here. No criminals or criminal thoughts allowed. Find another state.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Hudson Family Murder Suspect Arrested!

Something more than turkey to be thankful for, the Chicago Police have finally arrested William Balfour! The Hudson family murders occurred when  on October 24,2008 the body’s of the mother and the brother of Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found. Then on October 27, 2008, little Julian King, 7 years old, was discovered in the back seat of the then missing SUV belonging to the slain brother Jason!

Two days after the 7 year old Julian was discovered, a gun was found nearby where the SUV had been parked. The 45 caliber gun was then tied to the crimes. And the public began an outcry to have the murders solved because of the heinousness of it, and the fact that we all felt the sorrow that Jennifer Hudson was going through.

Police arrested Balfour in the Statesville prison where he has been held for violation of his parole. The police have been quoted saying that they have painstakingly have collected a great amount of physical evidence. And Balfour’s now girlfriend claimed that he has confessed to her that he had killed the Hudsons and she also said that she had seen the gun. Currently, the attorney for Balfour is refuting the accusations against his client saying that Balfour’s girlfriend is not credible as a witness as she takes drugs and anything else he can think of to discredit her. She also claimed that his motive was that his estranged girlfriend, Julia Hudson had ongoing domestic struggles with him and was thrown out of the Hudson residence that very morning of October 27, 2008.

Lets hope that this case will go forward to trial and that Ms Jennifer Hudson will have closure and peace.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Update on Dogfight Post

Just a short update on the post filed on the dogfight bust.  The two dogs in that dogfight had to be euthanized.

That is all.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo