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Desiree's Demise-2013

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From the comic mind of Ron Baran....

What really happened to Desiree

Skokie is under attack!!!!  Run for Wisconsin.

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Congratulations Glenn!!

Congratulations Glenn!!!
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Steve Chelby sent Ron Baran this great photo of the department pistol team.  L-R:  Roger Milz, Don Satiro,
Dick Oldenberg, Ralph Meyer and Steve Chelby.  Taken some time in the late '60's.

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Here is another photo that Steve Chelby just sent Ron.  It is from Don Satiro's retirement party.
Back row:  Wilbur Miller, Carl Cacciopo, Don Satiro, Bill Zerfass, Jimmy Anglin
In front:  Steve Chelby and Charlie Jensen

Skokie Village Manager Al Rigoni to retire after 2013

For more information, click on the link below
 

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I found this old photo from the late 60's that I took for a photo class.  We all remember being on midnights in the winter and having to do building checks.  I set this one up and the officer doing the check is Herman Carter. 

Al Fournier

 

The new Skokie Police Headquarters was recently used to film parts of a new TV series pilot titled Cooper & Stone, starring Alex Breckenridge and Vanessa Ferlito.  The new Skokie Police Headquarters was recently used to film parts of a new TV series pilot titled Cooper & Stone, starring Alex Breckenridge and Vanessa Ferlito. e producers of the show sought out the 7300 Niles Center Road Skokie Police headquarters due to its modern characteristics and proximity to Chicago.  Many areas of the new Skokie Police headquarters were used during filming including the evidence technician area, locker room, interrogation rooms and the investigations area.

Skokie Police operations were not effected during filming.  Future filming for Cooper & Stone will not take place at the Skokie Police headquarters.  If the pilot is picked up, parts of the Skokie Police headquarters used for filming will be remade in a studio.

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Julie Ulaneck and Mike Langer on the range
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When you come across old pictures send them in!!!!

 

Ron Baran also has sent this link to a story from a reporter on a midnight shift ride-a-long

http://skokie.patch.com/articles/out-on-night-patrol

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This picture sent by Deputy Chief Scarpelli
The Village recent bought vacant buildings in the 4900 block of Dempster.  The buildings were demolished 10 Sept.  These painted walls were discovered on the adjacent building that will remain standing.
Fantastic picture!! Thank you Tony!

Important news from Dan Ryan, Pension Trustee:

The Skokie Police Pension Fund website has been shut down, so you can remove your link. The Trustees voted to close it after a new state law requires all meeting minutes to be posted on a website if a governmental body hosts a website. Our pension fund minutes include information on disability applicants and retiree's medical status as well as salary and pension information on new retirees. Although this may be public record, we felt it was inappropriate to have that information accessible to literally billions of people. So with regret it has been closed.

 

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Al Fournier found this photo on eBay of Bob Stahlecker in 1965. Thank you for sending it in Al !!!
 

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From the collection of Al Fournier, a picture of the graduating class of Sept. 1963 from the Chicago Police Academy.  The people are:

First Row L to R
? F & P Comm
Tom Lund : became a Polygraph operator
Gene Gaiser : Career Skokie Officer
Tom Hill
Tony Ross : F & P Comm.

Second Row L to R
? F & P Comm
John Pawlek : Career Skokie Officer
John Paul
Back Row L to R
Harold Wolfe
Don Saiger : Career FBI Agent
Al Fournier : Career Skokie Officer.

A Stewart Classic

 
You old timers out there remember the time Alexander Kloch was working on his Grand Torino in the P.D. garage and the jack slipped, pinning him under the car.  I was going through some old papers today and found a copy.  It's too good not to share.  Enjoy,
 
Ron Baran

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1969

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And when you are in town, stop by and see George and Nick Laris at the recently opened Skokie Club at 4741 W. Main St.

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A picture of some swell looking mugs from the early 80's from Otis and Rita Melvin
 
When you come across some old pictures or have a rememberence..send it in!!!

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Gross Point Road and Skokie Blvd. 1968
     Thanks for the great picture Barry!!

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A tavern at the corner of Dempster and Gross Point Road, where the old Six Corners Cleaners was; now Budget Car Rental, this wall was recently uncovered during remodeling.
 
Thanks to Tony Scarpelli for the great picture!

   

Link for old Chicago Police Stations sent by Ed Koop

Forgotten Chicago Police Stations

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Skokie PD's new headquarters 7300 Niles Center Road.
 Opened on October 3, 2010

An invitation is extended to all of our retirees who are in the area, to please stop in and say hello.  You have never been forgotten and your names have been engraved on a plaque which stands in the hall of the police station. Your names and stories (many exaggerated) still echo in our hallways.

Click here: YouTube - Skokie, IL Police Department Evidence Storage

Looks like Johnny P. forgot to open the door before they started to assist the suspect into the car...

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 In the spring of 1982, Bruce Rappe got stuck while driving across Emily Park.  He called me and Len Ramirez to meet him Ch#4.  He wanted us to push him out of the mud. We needed more help, so I called a few others over to help push the car so the sergeant would not find out.  Sergeant Lee Reiter thought the radio traffic sounded suspicious so he showed up to see what we were up to.  I ran back to my squad to get a picture, all the while Bruce was swearing at me to put the *&%%^& camera away, or he was going to &*$%# it up my@#$...

Mike Ruth

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you remember the day?...do you remember the names?

Thanks and HI !!  to Tom McEnaney for the great picture!!

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Check out this link sent by Ed Koop
 
A lot of old police cars some in good shape! Do you know any of the people showed, or the locations that the pictures were taken? Other police agencies vehicles can be found on the list on the left column of the site.

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Al Fournier found this picture on the Web

Owners George and Chris Savas receive recovered documents from their burned out restaurant, the Villa Lemaine in Skokie,  May 28, 1958
Can you identify the Skokie Officers in the picture?

Thanks for sending it in Al!

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                           Hank and Faye O'Connell were down to Branson for a Naval reunion so we were able 
                           to get together for dinner. We always enjoy meeting with anyone who is down in our area for a visit and we are about 16 
                           miles from Branson.  Good seeing you all at the party.
                           
                           Al
                           


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Congratulations to Mike Ruth, the new Police Chief of Elmhurst, IL

http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/new-police-chief-will-come-from-countryside

Hi Guys:
 
Laura Werner told me she had been contacted by Kyle Wideman who is the grandson of Eddie Tatum.  Kyle's mom was 9 years old when Ed passed away and he would appreciate any stories, photos or information you could provide for him.  Thanks in advance,
Ron Baran
 
Please contact Ron for Kyle's email address

Skokie Corporation Counsel Pat Hanley fighting ALS, please click on link below to the Skokie article.

http://skokie.suntimes.com/news/15245438-418/als-diagnosis-sends-skokie-leader-down-new-path.html

Click on the link below for article on Stan's retirement

Stan Schultz retires (article from the daily herald)

John Hammond is in Lutheran General hospital with a serious leg infection. Give him a call he would like to hear from you guys.
Ron
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Picture from the summer of 1982, the squad room of the old-old station.

 The 3-11 roll-call is about to begin and Chico appears with his pants rolled-up, with his harry legs and white sox on proud display, wearing a blue Hawaiian lei with a straw hat and an arrow through it.  Knowing that Lt. Clebourn will have a fit when he enters the room, no one wanted to be standing next to Chico in that condition, especially the police officer who was on probation. The PPO was Tony Scarpelli, while Tom Nelis and Norm Neihaus look on.

Mike Ruth

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05/31/2012
Wanted to let you know Linda's mom, Jan Schubbe, had a large left-sided stroke on Friday in Macomb, MI. We are still trying to sort things out and work on getting her back to Skokie for rehab. Recovery will be slow. We will keep you updated on progress. Please put a note out to everyone
                                                                                                              Thanks - Jim Hart

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane Pawelek, recovering from a recent stroke.  Diane, we wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!!!!

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Skokie doesn't mess around..It doesn't get much better then this!

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photo taken by Det. Ron Glad, 2008

I received an e-mail from Don Hennessey on 8/14, informing me that Bob Mason had undergone emergency surgery in AZ and was in ICU .  Unknown at this time what surgery was for.  Bob was due to be up here this week and had planned on attending Arlington Park. He is expected to be in the hospital for at least 10 days.
Ron Baran

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Charlie Jensen sent his regrets.  He and his wife had intended on coming to Arlington but his wife took a spill and broke her toe, wrist and cracked her knee cap.  She is not walking very well and Charlie has to stay home to take care of her.  He promised to attend a future event.
Ron Baran

We are sorry to report the passing of
        Stiles W. Burr III (Harvey)
   of Shore Galleries

June 1943-August 2009

A memorial service will be held at
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
9000 Kildare, Skokie, Illinois
Wednesday August 26 at 7:00 pm.

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Once the badge goes on, it never comes off, whether they can see it, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn it with pride, integrity and guts, can ever sleep through the 'call of the wild' that wafts through bedroom windows in the deep of the night.
 
 
When Cops Retire
 
When a good cop leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet . We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.
 
These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.
 
So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that 'Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,' and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
 
 
 
Civilian Friends vs . Police Friends
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week. POLICE FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry. POLICE FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back. POLICE FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.. POLICE FRIE NDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing. POLICE FRIENDS: Will kick the crowds' ass that left you behind.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while. POLICE FRIENDS: Are for life.
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences. .. POLICE FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of...
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough. POLICE FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed...
 
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you. POLICE FRIENDS: Will knock them the hell out for using your name in vain.

forwarded by Ed Koop

     

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Get Well Soon Wishes to Denny Degelmann, who is recovering from heart by pass surgery.
 
Get Well Soon Wishes are also sent to Don Suiter who is recovering from a heart attack, stents and unfortunatly some complications, but is on the road to recovery in Florida!
 
Also, to Alice Ann Seggling who is recovering from a stroke and due home from the hospital Wed. July 1st.

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Hi there,
We have a posting for Lincolnwood P.D.s very own

Harry Smith's

Last Day ~Shift Party

Harry is retiring after 33 years on the department

Date:
      June 26, 2009

Time:
       4:30 pm

Location:
   Village Inn, 8050 Lincoln, Skokie


Questions call Jeff Gordon 847-489-5907

It is with deep regret we have to inform you of another tragedy that has hit our SPD family….Jim Hart's sister in law, Carol Porter Newberry, the daughter of Jeanette Porter Schubbe, was the victim of Domestic Violence and was murdered by her estranged husband. He then took his own life. 

 Services were held Monday June 1st 2009 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
following:
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) 1011 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33731

(www.casa-stpete.org

or SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th North, Largo, Florida 33773 (www.spcafl.org) in Carol's memory

Some old familiar faces got together for dinner at Portillo's
Thanks to Sharon Powers for the great picture!

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Bob and Pat Weick, Jan Gilono, Deb Danecki, Kathy and David Mary,
Ed and Laura Werner

Important Retiree Information
 
February 3, 2009

The pension board has sent out affidavits to all retirees and spouses of deceased retirees...it is just to update their information due to people having to be tracked down when their pension check is returned to the village...

It is only to update the information!!!

Please fill them out and mail them back as soon possible, regardless whether you have moved or not
 
If you have any questions please call
Carl Bock at 847 982-5940

Pictures from 1967 from Al Fournier's collection
 
If you can help identify whose who, please send an email to

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Skokie's First Group of CSO's
 
picture from the collection of Al Fournier
Thanks Al !!
     

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Hey Deb,
 
In October of 1992, I attended the dedication of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC and had the occasion to speak with Paul Harvey.  He noticed the Skokie Police uniform as I was standing near him and began to strike up a conversation with me. He told me that was very familiar with Skokie as many of his friends have lived there over the years. He particularly enjoyed the Old Orchard Mall as he and his wife had spent "far too much time there" and then smiled. Unsolicited, Paul Harvey expressed his gratitude and thankfulness to me and the other officers who serve and protect our communities.
 
A short time later, he gave a speech to the survivors of law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. It was then that I learned the father of Paul Harvey was a policeman in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was shot to death while taking police action on a snowy December day.  
 
Paul Harvey's comments at the dedication: http://nleomf.blogspot.com/2009/03/remembering-paul-harvey.html
 
Here is the story of Harry Aurandt:
 
Harry Aurandt's life was tough in the beginning. His father died before his second birthday. But, his mother did a fine job raising him and eventually Harry led a very successful life as a devoted family man and police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, though, Officer Aurandt's life would end as tragically as it began. On Sunday evening, December 19, 1921, Harry and Tulsa's chief detective, Ike Wilkinson, were off duty and driving on a road five miles from the city when they spotted a suspicious vehicle and stopped to investigate. Tulsa was in the midst of a crime spree at the time and all officers had been on the lookout for any sign of trouble.

As Harry and Ike stopped, they were ambushed by four desperadoes, all with criminal records and all out on bond. Harry raised his arms as he was directed to do by the bandits, but they shot him anyway. Detective Wilkinson fired back, but he was also seriously wounded. Despite his critical injuries, Harry held courageously to the wheel of the car and managed to drive himself and Ike to a farm house about a mile away. Ike Wilkinson survived the shooting, but permanently lost the use of his legs. Harry Aurandt, at the age of 48, was not so lucky. He died the day after the attack with his wife, Anna, by his side.

But, the story doesn't end there. With great courage, Anna Aurandt vowed that the death of her husband was not going to destroy the lives of her children. She succeeded — so well in fact that her son, Paul, went on to become one of the most beloved figures in all of America. He is the most popular broadcaster in the history of radio. He was born Paul Harvey Aurandt but, of course, we all know him simply as Paul Harvey.
Mike Ruth
 

 

Updated 12/31: Police union, village slated for arbitrator

Pioneer Press Online - Glenview,IL,USA
December 31, 2008

Negotiations over a new contract between the village and Skokie Police Department patrol officers will be placed in the hands of a binding arbitrator after the sides have failed to reach a settlement on their own.

Under state law, each of the outstanding issues is subject to binding arbitration, which means that the arbitrator takes each dispute and decides for either the village or the union.

Both sides paint a very different picture about the lack of progress over a new contract after meeting for six sessions and then two more with a mediator. The Fraternal Order of Police, the union of about 89 officers in the department, has been working without a contract since the end of April. The provisions of the expired pact remain valid although officers have not received pay raises during that time.

Village officials maintain that the union was determined to head into binding arbitration from the start of the process.

"I found that very unfortunate and disappointing," said Christa Ballowe, village director of personnel. Ballowe said the village was and is interested in continuing a positive relationship with the FOP and wanted to settle before having to move to arbitration.

"We wanted to sit down and work with them," Ballowe said. "That was always our goal."

Ballowe said that with the terrible economy, the village expected to negotiate a status quo contract with economic enhancements, and waited for the FOP to come down from initial proposals. There were no give-backs in the village's offers, Ballowe said, although FOP representatives claim otherwise.

The FOP maintains that it's the village that has prevented a settlement.

"Usually, the village has been very free and open to negotiate," said union president Glenn Wattenbarger. "We don't understand why they don't appear to be forthcoming at this time."

Vice President Mike Cremins said the FOP wanted to sit down without lawyers and reach settlement over a pizza. That was refused by the village, he said.

Neither side wants to negotiate in public by detailing specific issues that are still outstanding. But Ballowe said that the two sides are apart on an unprecedented 21 issues, the majority of which have economic ramifications.

Ballowe said that she has been surprised by the FOP's unwillingness to move from proposals in light of an ailing economy that has forced Skokie to institute a hiring freeze.

But the FOP said that neither side has changed its first major proposals. Since so many of the proposals were presented in "packages," Wattenbarger said, it becomes difficult to detail where each side is on individual issues.

"It's very difficult in the state that we're in to pull out individual items," said Wattenbarger. "We were in such an early stage in negotiations on every item that things were commingled and interconnected that they can't be pulled out and discussed separately. One affects the other."

The sides agree that among issues still on the table are pay, days off, holidays and other work rules. Ballowe said that the patrol officers are seeking gains on issues with economic ramifications, which has stalled the process.

According to Wattenbarger and Cremins, the village's patrol officers have stayed in the middle in pay among 16 other area police departments in a comparable marketplace. That has always been the stated goal of both sides.

But on issues outside of wages, it's a different story, they maintain.

"In our past contracts, we've stayed in the middle in salaries, but we've fallen behind in other areas of interest," said Cremins. The FOP says that it is on the low end of the marketplace on work rule issues, holidays and days off.

Village Manager Al Rigoni said the slow course of negotiations has taken him by surprise.

"We're in a tussle with the FOP during a tough time," he said. "We would hope that organized labor would remember the climate we're now in."

A binding arbitrator has not yet been assigned to the contract.

The last four-year contract between the two sides that expired at the end of April was headed for binding arbitration as well. But in the end, the arbitrator became more of a mediator and was able to inspire the sides to reach settlement on outstanding issues.

This time, the sides are less certain that will be the case, representatives said, especially in light of so many outstanding issues

 

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Jay Radom recently underwent emergency brain surgery at Evanston hospital. 
Please keep Jay in your thoughts and prayers.
Ron
 
Get well soon Jay,
We look forward to seeing you again at the retirees lunches!!!

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Hank and Faye O'Connell enjoying the tall ships in Green Bay Wisconsin.
 
Hank and Faye, we are looking forward to seeing you at our retirees luncheon soon!!!