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Proviso Probe

Thursday, February 15, 2007

KLEPT, did Serpico campaign give candidate $10,000?

In September, 2006 Citizens to Elect Ron Serpico, Sr. Inc wrote two checks to Ronald M. Serpico, Sr. totaling $10,000 for "loan repayments". The first check was for $2,500 on September 15, 2006 and the second check was for $7,500 on September 26, 2006.

Candidates sometimes loan their campaigns money.

But according to Serpico's disclosure forms none of the campaigns $32,018.54 debt was held by Serpico.

Serpico's campaign owes:
  • $9,500+ Anthony Bruno and Illinois Development Services Corp.
  • $4,500 Josesp Giglio
  • $4,500 Alfred Ronan
  • $4,500 Swinford Partnership, Ltd
  • $4,500 Louis P. Vitullo
  • $4,500 ziolkowski porter damato + associates llc
Serpico's campaign had the same debt before and after the reporting period.

Did Serpico just give himself $10,000 from his campaign committee?

The Illinois State Board of Elections does little to enforce election law, except hassling campaigns about submitting their forms on-time. So if a candidate skimmed money from a campaign the board probably wouldn't look into it unless someone filed a complaint.

[UPDATE: Serpico also gave his campaign money during the same reporting period, but did not report it as a loan.

[On July 30, 2006 Serpico gave the campaign $10,000. On August 30, 2006 Serpico gave the campaign $7,500. So Serpico gave $17,500 before taking $10,000 as a loan repayment.

[But later Serpico gave to the campaign claiming he was repaying a loan from the campaign to the candidate. On October 19, 2006 the candidate paid back a $7,500 loan. And on December 1, 2006 Serpico paid $2,500 back to the campaign that had been loaned to him.

[Serpico also made a $7,500 contribution to the campaign on October 8, 2006.]

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  • Ron Serpico do something unethical,
    what a surprise. Was it not Serpico who was found guilty in US Federal court and ordered to pay $1,000,000. Then Serpico was able to get the Village of Melrose Park and Proviso High schools to pay for his verdict.Perhaps the new Regional Supt. should investigate this matter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 PM, February 16, 2007  

  • Mazzullo get off the blogs and instead of worrying about what's happening in Melrose Park concentrate on fixing Stone Park!

    By Anonymous mazzullo get back to stone park, at 11:44 PM, February 16, 2007  

  • Why the sudden interest in Ron Serpico. Could it be he's running for Democratic Committeeman against flunky Yarbrough???

    By Anonymous everybody hates Yarbrough, at 1:10 PM, February 18, 2007  

  • Do you know the next committeeman race isn't until 2010?

    What are the odds Serpico will be indicted by 2010?

    And let's just say Serpico avoids indictment, how does he put together a campaign strategy to beat Karen Yarbrough in Proviso Township? Serpico can win Melrose Park, but in what other community could he realistically beat Karen Yarbrough? Sloan and the Lucianos deliver Westchester? I doubt it, but OK.

    Yarbrough would thump Serpico in Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview and Forest Park.

    But thanks for contributing a hypothesis.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 2:10 PM, February 18, 2007  

  • Yes, I know when the next Committeeman race is... it's enough time for flunky Yarbrough to dig her grave and take her ass-whoopin' like the butch she is - what comes around goes around.

    By Anonymous everybody hates yarbrough, at 9:02 AM, February 19, 2007  

  • No, Carl, Maywood wants Yarbrough out as does Bellwood. She's got Forest Park, for now, and possibly Broadview. Hate to say it but your girl's pissed off a lot of people, especially within her own party.

    By Anonymous seriously entertaining, at 9:05 AM, February 19, 2007  

  • You're right. The voters will reject the heavy-handedness of Karen Yarbrough for the consensus building of Ron Serpico. That makes sense.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:09 AM, February 19, 2007  

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