Letter: Akemann’s George Ryan style political fundraising as state’s attorney

By on October 21, 2010

When David Akemann was our state’s attorney he did a number of unsavory things, so it’s ironic that he now touts his time as state’s attorney as the chief reason he should be elected judge. One thing that really bothers me was his George Ryan style political fundraising.

Akemann allowed “his Assistant States Attorneys to sell fund-raising tickets and spend hours working on his campaign. They’re walking door-to-door, passing out fliers and urging folks to vote for the boss” (Daily Herald, March 1, 2000).

Akemann claimed they were not required to do this, but admitted, “Many (assistants) do and will appear in a fund-raiser, but that is not a requirement of their appointment” (Courier, Jan. 19, 2000).

In 2000, “Akemann pulled much of his money from the legal community, including at least $3,425 in disclosed donations from his employees and their wives” (Daily Herald, Feb. 1, 2000).

These employees may have raised additional money, and this amount does not reflect any donations below the reporting threshold, which Akemann reportedly tried not to exceed by pricing his fundraiser tickets at $1 below the threshold (Daily Herald, Feb. 13, 2000).

Despite Akemann’s denials, during the 2000 campaign, Joseph Grady, who worked for Akemann at one time, accused Akemann of “requiring personnel to donate time or money as a condition of employment” (Beacon, March 22, 2000).

Is this the sort of person we want as our next judge? I don’t think so.

Linda Ramirez Sliwinski

One Comment

  1. Hernando G

    October 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    For shame, for shame. Too bad John Dalton’s team is playing dirty politics and turning an otherwise prestigious and polite race into mudslinging. Funny how all the letters in his favor came in on the same day.

    For one, let’s look at the credibility of this writer – Ms. Ramirez Sliwinski.

    From the Chicago Sun Times, “Obama delegate quits over divisive remark”


    “…Moving to nip in the bud some potential bad press, White House hopeful Barack Obama’s campaign persuaded a delegate to step down after she was ticketed for calling her neighbor’s African-American children “monkeys.”…”

    Is she just an independent letter writer? Hmm, why is she specifically named to John Dalton’s committee?


    That’s odd, that ‘other guy’ who wrote the mean letter also is on Dalton’s campaign page:

    http://www.johndaltonforjudge.com/Endorsements.html (look for Hal Cattron)

    Looks like Dalton is taking the “high road” concerning mudslinging too. Especially the part where he brags about it on his facebook page: