$1 Million in Dues Stolen from Cops

From the Chicago Tribune:

The former head of the Chicago Police Sergeants Association pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $1 million from the sergeants union to fund a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors said included gambling trips, steak dinners and a down payment on a home on the city’s Northwest Side.

Sgt. John Pallohusky, 56, made a blind plea, which means he doesn’t have any deal with prosecutors.

During a court hearing Tuesday at which Cannon tersely ordered Pallohusky to spit out his gum, defense attorney Rick Beuke said his client has enough in assets to pay back $1.1 million in restitution.

Pallohusky also still faces charges of official misconduct, money laundering and another theft charge, all tied to the same 2009 arrest, assistant state’s attorney LuAnn Snow and Bill Conway said.

Pallohusky has been suspended without pay from the Chicago Police Department and relieved of all police powers, according to police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton.