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Proviso Probe

Sunday, January 21, 2007

F07, Shaw gives money to village to make an excuse to attack Doolin [FP]

Jim Shaw owns Doc Ryan's, a Forest Park bar that is a popular hangout for OPRFHS grads and Mayor Calderone's political allies. Shaw didn't get his way at a village council meeting and got unpleasant with Commissioner Patrick Doolin. Doolin requested Shaw be arrested. Doolin's former business partner, Lt. Steve Johnsen, directed a subordinate officer to arrest Shaw.

Shaw complained that his poor behavior didn't rise to the level of criminal misconduct. The village hired an investigator. The disciplinary action against Johnsen is a separate plot line.

Shaw sued Doolin and the Village of Forest Park. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount. ("A nuisance lawsuit was settled for a nuisance amount," is the way one person put it.) Shaw donated $9,000 to the Forest Park Centennial Committee, but used the donation as an opportunity to attack Doolin. See Forest Park Review (Michelle Keefe).

If you want to comment this is your opportunity.


  • Word is that Shaw settled his "false arrest" lawsuit against Doolin for a $5,000 payment from Doolin's personal insurance company. Shaw also had to pay all of his own attorneys fees.
    Congrat's Jim Shaw. You'd have gotten more money by dumping a cup of hot coffee from McDonald's in your lap or slipping on the stairs in front of village hall that night. What a joke Shaw is.

    By Anonymous Move on Jim, at 2:36 PM, January 22, 2007  

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