Following on the heels of Democratic Sheriff Mark Curran's across-party-line endorsement of GOP State's Attorney Michael Waller, Curran has followed through on his prior stated intention to obtain "287(g)" status from the federal government, which allows specially-trained deputies to begin deportation proceedings on inmates in the County Jail that are convicted of violent crimes. Although it may be another two years before the ball gets rolling, it appears that this is a significant step that is sure to cause ripples, especially among some Democrats.
However, as with his endorsement of Waller, Curran shows remarkably little concern about any politicians he might annoy, telling the News-Sun that "I call it the way it is, and I'm not going to mince words because someone's feelings might get hurt." The Chicago Tribune reports that annoyed Dems seem to be already paving the way to cut Curran loose if he doesn't start behaving more like the good little soldier that Terry Link and his thugs have come to expect up here in Lake County. Cry me a river, Terry.
You can download Curran's prepared statement here. Read the coverage from the News-Sun and the Daily Herald at these links.
A recent audit of the Lake County jail prison population indicated that 21.5 percent of the inmates were here illegally. The mix of nationalities was diverse, including: Mexico (105), Poland (5), Puerto Rico (4), El Salvador (3), Canada (2), Honduras (2), Philippines (1), Columbia (1), Vietnam (1), Pakistan (1), Guatemala (1), Cuba (1), Russia (1), and Germany (1).
Curran also pointed the finger at the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, which he says have shown little desire to cooperate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Curran believes that this move will end up saving the county potentially millions of dollars, as prisoners who are deported don't have to be maintained by the county.
LAKE COUNTY DEMS STRIKE OUT IN CHALLENGES: TA hears that Dem County Chairman Terry Link has struck out finally in his attempt to place three Dem challengers in three county board races, along with a State Rep challenger to GOP incumbent Sandy Cole. We will have some more details on this later.
SORRY FOR SEALS: Do you feel sorry for Dan Seals after the debacle over Tammy Duckworth and "van-gate"? The News-Sun does:
If you're a Democrat, you must be feeling sorry for the Dan Seals campaign about now. The Democrat this summer held a campaign event offering cheap gas at a Lincolnshire gas station to spotlight high gas prices. It sort of backfired after traffic turned Route 21 into gridlock. He was presented with a $2,000 bill by police. Then on Wednesday, Seals brings Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth to a campaign event in Wheeling to gripe about Congressman Mark Kirk's record on veterans issues. She arrives in a state-owned van, which violated a law against using state property for political purposes. Duckworth told The Associated Press she'll reimburse the state for using the van. But, still, these folks should know better. Meanwhile, Republican Kirk is telling anyone who'll listen that he is maintaining a comfortable 22-point lead over Seals and even outpolling Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in the 10th District.