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T.J. Somer Tackles a Policeman's Past and Political Double Dipping

The City's corporate counsel answered five of your tough questions at his Chicago Heights law office.

After , I visited Chicago Heights Corporate Counsel and Bloom Township Supervisor T.J. Somer with a video camera in hand.

T.J. answered questions from Patch users and fans of our Facebook page about his past as a policeman, his dual roles and even those red light cameras we all love so much. Check out the above video to see what he had to say. 

Thanks , , , , and Chris Baikauskas for the great questions!

If you have a suggestion for the next Tough Questions candidate, send an email to christopher.paicely@patch.com.

jason amos June 03, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Wow weird Digger said same thang. "Thing" sorry Winston or is it Digger.
Mick June 07, 2011 at 03:17 AM
You cannot see what Hitler and Nixon have to do with this story? Let's break it down for you. You said, "I think we all know how that election turned out, so it seems that your concerns have already been addressed and dismissed by the voters." I am saying that Hitler, Nixon, and Barrabas were elected; therefore, anyone dissenting should have his concerns dismissed as they were addressed. I am not comparing the importance of Mr. Somer to these historical figures, but using hyperbole to show the silliness of your childish argument. Follow this, as anyone who is not in love with the Unity Party would. Mr. Somer is the attorney for the City. Mayor Lopez was the Mayor of the City. Somer brought Del Galdo into the Park District, 170, and 206 to secure his judgeship. Mayor Lopez was the head of the Park District, too. The article in the Star said the Park District and the City did not bid its supplies--oops, there's a link even for you. Yet this incestuous cesspool of consolidation escapes his Wolfiness. Again, you clarify what I am clear about. I stated this above: "I did make a mistake. It was the Park District that did not bid its cleaning supplies, but the same group owns the City, the Park District, Prairie State, 170, and the last holdout, 206." For you to think Mr. Somer is only involved with the City, and not the other political entities, shows that you are enamored with him, blindly, like a child, not a thinking adult, and should be swatted.
Mick June 07, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Winston Wolf is Perez. Keep asking about the cleaning supplies. He ignores it. We need to keep bringing it up. I have written the proper authorities to investigate. This is not going away. Buying about $400,000 in cleaning supplies without bidding them is AGAINST THE LAW. Eventually, the authorities will return to the Heights, and say, "not again." If Giannetti bought cleaning supplies without bidding them from someone other than Perez, Winston would be all over him. And I would have the pleasure of telling him that Giannetti was chosen by elected officials, so all his concerns have been dismissed and addressed. Anyone elected must be right, yes? Winston cannot follow his own logic. Poor child. The Unity Party will eventually tell Perez to stay off this site as he does more harm than good. Keep at it Mr. Amos and anyone not joining the Unity Party Boys' Club. We need to let them know that there are people out there who are capable of understanding the big web they are weaving of favoritism, nepotism, and cronyism. They want us to go away and be quiet, but we won't. Thanks for the instigation, Wolfie. Keep on posting until they tell you that you do more harm to them than good.
Winston Wolf June 08, 2011 at 12:48 PM
I unequivocally deny that I am Frank Perez or any other public employee. I have no information about the cleaning supplies with which you are so obsessed, and urge you to contact whatever authorities you deem appropriate if you feel the law has been breached.
Mick June 14, 2011 at 03:50 AM
I am obsessed with $400,000 spent by the Park District and $4,000 spent by the city, and you by the $250 spent by Giannetti. Let's call it even? I will try to follow your example and sweat the small stuff. P.S. Contracts are breached, but laws are violated or broken.

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