November 29, 2005

Dem state Rep convicted for playing musical addresses

As reported at Capitol Fax, Il state Rep. Patricia Bailey, who was elected to congress from the 6th District on Chicago's south side, has been convicted of three counts of perjury and two counts of forgery.

A story details the background, and contains this passage which I can't quite figure out...
In opening statements, Assistant Attorney Gen. Steve Nate said when Bailey first ran for the 6th District seat in 2001, she lived with her mother at 4217 W. Wells St. But after a redistricting, that address was moved to the neighboring sixth district, Nate said.
So... the 6th District is a neighoring district to the sixth? The story doesn't explain, but I assume that the redistricting left her address outside the sixth somehow, and apparently she used fabricated addresses, including one non-existant address and the address of a vacant lot, in filing candidacy papers and registering to vote.


At 11/30/2005 6:44 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

What I remember about this old story is that the lady claimed she lived with an aunt or someone at an address after re-districting and when a reporter knocked on the door, the person who answered said she did not live there.

Hence the investigation began and of course the candidate had lots of BS answers to the questions....

Bottom line is that she got caught trying to fudge residency and even though she has a campaign and good base, she is in deep trouble.

At 11/30/2005 11:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The background to the story can be found at a link within Rich Miller's post at Capitol Fax.
It's all there at your fingertips. ;-)

At 12/03/2005 7:14 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope, thanks for the links on this story. I do rembember being in Chicago at least a few times when this was front page news in the Trib. Yes, this lady was a clear idiot for thinking the press would not figure it out.

The background story doesn't say it but if I remember correctly, this lady had held office before in Chicago but I can't remember what her resume has stamped on it. It may be that she was elected to a commission or precinct person or something in her past legitimately. But bottom line is that I believe she knew better and was not a first time candidate when she got caught filing false papers to run for office - so shame on her!!

So sad that people will try to pull this stuff. This is why the press needs to have freedom to do their job! The fact that a reporter started asking questions is why the whole thing started despite what Lisa Madigan's office may be saying. Yes, Madigan is doing her job - but after her office was tipped off by the Trib.


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