Saturday, December 8, 2012
A surprise witness in the Mokena coma punch case turning the trial upside down was just one of the things going on in court this week.
The week finished up with a bang when a surprise witness dropped explosive testimony on the Mokena coma punch case. With Joseph Messina of New Lenox facing felony aggravated battery charges for allegedly beating Eric Bartels of Joliet into a coma in July 2009, witness Steve Raymond of Frankfort came out of nowhere and testified that he saw another man throw the fateful punch. Raymond explained that he kept quiet for years because he expected close friend Mike Glielmi to come clean about punching Bartels. That didn't happen, and Raymond, who is also close friends with Messina, told how he empathized with Bartels' family after his own sister suffered severe brain injuries in a July 2011 motorcycle accident. It was only a year or so after the…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
While no addition documents or details have been released, once-secret files show two Plainfield cases among employees and volunteers accused of sexual abuse.
Two Plainfield cases — one from 1993 and a second from 2000 — are among the once-secret Boy Scouts of America “perversion files” ordered released the Oregon Supreme Court. A total of 1,200 files were released last week, including nearly 300 cases involving Scout troops in Illinois dating back to the 1960s. READ: Inside the ‘Perversion Files of the Illinois Boy Scouts Some files were created to document the arrests and convictions of Scout volunteers. In other cases, the Scouts simply expelled the alleged sexual predators, but did not report the accusations to authorities. As a result, criminal charges were never filed in numerous cases. The files, which include information on Scout leaders and volunteers banned by the organization, contain…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Almost 300 Illinois records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Patch's searchable database allows you to search by cities in Illinois. Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Even children can truly make a difference.
There are 13 more heroes in Chicago's collar communities. None of them is named Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber. Still, they are young. They are impressive. These 13 young men, ages 11 to 14, were put to the test and they passed. They are Boy Souts. They were prepared. They are most certainly heroes. It wasn't long ago when an Evanston man was riding his bike along a path in Palos. Out of his element, Andy Matthews, accidentally hit a large rock—with his face. In shock, Matthews struggled to get to safety. He came upon the New Lenox Boy Scout Troop 44 on a hike. The boys noticed Matthews swerving on his bike, disoriented. They asked if he was OK. After the man answered no, the boys noticed his eye was swolen shut. His shirt was torn, and he …
Monday, November 22, 2010
The board has created a new category to charge less for organizations whose programs directly benefit students; other groups will see fee hikes.
The Plainfield Community Consolidated District 202 School Board raised fees for groups using its buildings, but created a new classification system so that Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts organizations are exempt from hourly weekday fees. Last month, the school board heard from representatives of the scouts, who told the board that adding more fees would cause a hardship for their groups. Members of these groups are District 202 students who give back to the schools, and money used to rent the school space would be better spent on supplies or speakers, they said. Board members said they understood the scouts' concerns, and used the past month to fine-tune their facility usage fee proposal. Under the plan approved Monday, scouts now are placed …
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts say the new per-hour charges would cause financial problems and take away from programs.
Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 is considering raising fees for groups that use its buildings. The school board on Monday discussed -- but did not approve -- any of the recommended changes after hearing from representatives of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, who said that charging a usage fee for meeting space could be devastating to their programs. The district has categorized into four groups the types of organizations that would be charged a fee and has created a fee schedule. Groups that are directly associated with the district, conduct activities for district students or whose primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to the district are exempt from any fees. These include student clubs, parent-teacher …