Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Guard admits aiding break
Officer says escape an attempt to sully Dart's campaign

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Daily Southtown
by Frank Main, Stefano Esposito and Natasha Korecki

A Cook County Jail guard has admitted to investigators that he helped six inmates escape over the weekend to give a political advantage to a former jail supervisor running for sheriff, a law enforcement source said Monday.

The 36-year-old guard confessed that he allowed a convicted killer, two accused robbers and two others charged with aggravated kidnapping and battery to bust out of the jail to cast a shadow on Sheriff Michael Sheahan's management of the complex at 26th and California.

The guard knew the negative publicity would hurt Sheahan's chief of staff, Tom Dart, who is running for sheriff, the source said.

And the guard admitted he helped engineer the escape to give a political boost to Richard Remus, a candidate in the Democratic primary election and the former leader of the jail's Special Operations Response Team, the source said. The guard is a member of the SORT unit.

Remus vehemently denied any involvement in the plot, and a law enforcement source said there was no evidence connecting him to it.

"They're trying to insinuate this was done politically," Remus said. "This is total Cook County political bull----."

If a guard said he was working for Remus' campaign, then he was pressured to do so, Remus said.

"They had him for 48 hours and finally they convinced him what he should say," Remus said. Remus said he contacted the FBI on Monday to say he did nothing wrong.

One candidate running to succeed Sheahan tried Monday to make political hay out of this weekend's jailbreaks.

"This was a chance for Tom Dart to show his leadership skills, not to hide under a rock," former jail guard Sylvester Baker said of Sheahan's hand-picked successor.

At least two other guards, including a sergeant as well as three civilians, also are under investigation for possibly helping the inmates escape, sources said.

The 36-year-old guard is a former U.S. Marine and 11-year veteran of the county jail, a source said.

The guard originally told investigators an inmate overpowered him in a shower at knifepoint after splashing hot soapy water in his face.

Later, the guard allegedly told investigators he handcuffed himself and allowed the inmate to don his uniform as part of the escape from the SI2 Special Incarceration Unit, reserved for the jail's "worst of the worst."

Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, would not comment on the allegations against the guard.

Sheahan would say only that, "I felt procedural-wise, he made a mistake; he was by himself," adding that investigators were scrutinizing whether the guard offered a legitimate level of resistance.

Theinmates overpowered guards, swiped keys from their post and escaped.

Two inmates, Arnold Joyner and David Earnest, apparently hopped on a Union Pacific train to Oak Park, where they were apprehended Sunday morning. A third escapee, Michael McIntosh, was nabbed Sunday night on the South Side.

Three others holed up in an apartment in Cicero, where Francisco Romero surrendered Sunday night and Tyrone Everhart and Eric Bernard surrendered early Monday.

Everhart, 28, of Markham, is being held without bail for a sexual assault in Oak Forest.

The trio of escapees wound up at the Cicero apartment with a 27-year-old woman and her five children, leading to almost six hours of negotiations between the inmates and a sheriff's lieutenant to end a tense standoff.

Sheriff's Lt. LaChom "Red" Madison negotiated with the inmates until the last of them surrendered and the children and their mother were out of the house.

He primarily spoke with Everhart, whose estranged father is a captain in the jail. Everhart was facing charges of aggravated kidnapping.

The four girls and boy, whose ages range from 1 to 8 years old, were placed in the custody of their father after state child welfare workers determined they were unharmed, said Dan Proft, a Cicero spokesman. The father told reporters his children watched TV during the ordeal.

Sunday's jail escape was the third there in 10 months. In response to his political detractors, who say the jail is mismanaged, Sheahan said he has operated the jail for 10 years without an escape before last year and has battled with the County Board to increase staffing levels in the jail.

STNG News Service

Contributing: Annie Sweeney, Lisa Donovan and Abdon M. Pallasch



Recent Headlines

Cook County Land Bank Authority Announces Opening of Registration to Give Away a Free Home
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Chicago Crusader

NEW ILLINOIS LAW ENDS $120 FEE TO CLEAR FALSE CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COOK COUNTY
Friday, August 09, 2019
Illinois Policy

Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Public defender takes shots at Chicago Police gun offender webpage
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainees take on inmates around the world in online chess tournament
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Ongoing Bail Debate In Chicago
Monday, August 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament
Monday, August 05, 2019
WGN Chicago

Cook County property taxes are due today, Aug. 1.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Forest Preserves of Cook County Celebrate Dan Ryan Woods Investments
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Defender

Cook County TIFs generate $1.2 billion
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Changes coming to Cook County assessor’s office
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

In Chicago, TIF Revenues Soaring
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WTTW News

A controversial tax subsidy program will generate a record $1.2 billion in revenue. Here’s what the number means for Chicago.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Group to rally in support of Kim Foxx as challengers emerge
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Report: Incarceration Rates Drop Nearly 20% Under Kim Foxx
Monday, July 29, 2019
WTTW Chicago

Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Chicago Reporter

Cook County Health Hires Audit Firm To Review Scathing Inspector General Report
Thursday, July 25, 2019
WBEZ News

Former County Commissioner Shocked Animal Abuser Registry He Worked To Create Was Never Used
Thursday, July 25, 2019
CBS Chicago

No one on County Board sharing Arroyo’s view of inspector general
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP