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 is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Stroger fires ex-hoops player who lied to get patronage job
FELON FIRED | Ex-hoops player lied about past to get patronage job

Friday, April 10, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Mark J. Konkol

Former University of Georgia basketball player Tony Cole -- a convicted felon who also was once charged in a rape case -- scored a patronage job in October with Cook County President Todd Stroger's administration.

But on Thursday, Stroger fired Cole from an assistant human resources post after being informed by the Chicago Sun-Times of Cole's conviction for writing bad checks in Georgia.

"The president knew about charges Cole had been acquitted on, but was unaware of his felony conviction," said Stroger spokesman Eugene Mullins. "He gave the order to fire Cole because that information was not included on his application. . . . [Stroger] helped someone who was turning his life around. If he would have just told the truth, he would have been OK."

Stroger personally hired Cole after receiving a recommendation letter from famed Louisiana State University basketball coach Dale Brown asking him to give the troubled player a chance.

Cole was hired as a $58,000-a-year administrative assistant in the budget department. Recently, he was promoted to a $61,000-a-year human resources assistant post in the highway department. Some employees were concerned that Cole had access to their personal information, county sources said.

Cole couldn't be reached for comment.

His troubles began when he was charged with aggravated assault with intent to rape in 2002 and kicked off the Georgia team. The criminal charge was dropped but he wasn't allowed back on the team.

Then Cole made national news by blowing the whistle on his coach, Jim Harrick, for a slew of NCAA violations. He claimed Harrick gave him financial gifts and had his son, Jim Harrick Jr., give Cole and other players an "A" in a physical education class he didn't have to attend. Harrick Jr. was fired and his father resigned from the school and retired from coaching.

The rape case wasn't the last of Cole's off-the-court troubles.

The alleged rape victim claimed in a federal civil lawsuit that she had consensual sex with Cole in 2002, but was sexually assaulted and raped by two other students at Cole's urging, according to court documents. The civil case was settled in 2007.

In 2003, Cole was charged with threatening an ex-girlfriend with an Uzi if she did not let him in her house. Those charges were dropped when the alleged victim didn't appear in court. That same year, Cole also was convicted for writing bad checks.

While playing basketball for Robert Morris College in Chicago in 2006, Cole told the Sun-Times he was trying to get his life back on track after "six or seven" times in jail for "misdemeanors and a couple felonies."



Recent Headlines

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cook County record

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jailís Opioid Treatment Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Medill Reports

The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Medill Reports

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Preckwinkle sends out harassment survey to staff after harassment controversy in her office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019
WTTW News

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

City considers landmarking old Cook County Hospital
Friday, March 01, 2019
Gazette Chicago

Judge: State constitution doesn't force Cook County to spend $250M more on roads, transport projects
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cook County Rrecord

all news items

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