LaSalle Co. (ECWd) -
A common chant we heard from local citizens protesting against Brian Towne during his no-hearing-hearing on his 17 felony indictments was: "Lyin Brian," as it appears he has a problem telling the truth. Not surprising to hear the local chant, considering our previous publication questioning possible perjury by Brian Towne in this article.
Just yesterday we connected the dots of Brian Town (Indicted on 17 felony counts), Frank Mautino (plead the Fifth), and the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor's office showing what appears to be an orchestrated effort to change the law to provide cover.
According to the "Chicago Lawyer", in this December 1st, 2015, article, which discussed the 2012 change made in the law during Towne's SAFE legal troubles, Towne is quoted: "He denied involvement in changing the law."
Let me get this right. Towne, the Board Chairman of the ILSAAP, who happened to also enter into an Intergovernmental agreement with his State's Attorney Office, had no involvement in changing a law that would apply to the very public agency of which he presides over? Does anyone believe that?
Knowing how a political figure who is also a lawyer thinks, he probably considers "involvement" as actual action on the law on the house floor, which he had no involvement. However, to the layman, he was deeply involved and we now have more evidence of the players all meeting Towne in Springfield just two days after the bill passed.
Whom did he meet with?
- May 21st at 8:30 - ILSAAP Director Pat Delfino -(guy that worked for Towne.....who gave Towne a job after Towne lost the election)
- May 21st at 9:30 - Senator Sue Rezin, a yes vote on the bill
- May 21st at 2 pm, - Frank Mautino, Chief Co Sponsor of the bill
- May 21st between 3:15-4:45 pm, ILSAAP Director Pat Delfino, again.
- May 22nd at 11:30- Conference call - Legislation
Governor signed the bill into law on July 30th, 2015.
With all the connections exposed in the previous article on how they changed this law and the pattern of cover they were providing for themselves, coupled with information from his calendar, we find his claim of no involvement to be consistent with the chant selected by the local citizens, "Lyin Brian."
What other disturbing unchecked power went into this bill? The items underlined are the additions to the law, what is in bold was done to make a point and draw attention to key points.
(b) The Director must authorize to each investigator contracted or employed under this Section and to any other employee of the Office exercising the powers of a peace officer a distinct badge that, on its face, (i) clearly states that the badge is authorized by the Office and (ii) contains a unique identifying number. No other badge shall be authorized by the Office. Nothing in this subsection prohibits the Director from issuing shields or other distinctive identification to employees not exercising the powers of a peace officer if the Director determines that a shield or distinctive identification is necessary for the employee to carry out his or her duties and responsibilities.
This basically gave full power to the Director to issue shields to employees that are not exercising powers of a peace officer. How many of those are issued? We intend on finding out. It is troubling to know shields, commonly used as a form of intimidation, are being given out under one person's discretion and not the board who oversees the entire office of ILSAAP. Is this another case of our legislators being hoodwinked by those around them in Springfield? Such authority should have never been given as it is not needed. If you want to exercise the powers of a peace officer, become one.