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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cook County Sheriff candidate Tom Dart is among the thousands on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daleys clout list. Dart received nearly $14,000 from the Rockford area.
First Rockford Group owner Sunil Puris total contribution accounted for about 74 percentor $10,202of those donations. Citizens for Scott, the political action committee formed to support former Rockford Mayor (now Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director) Doug Scotts political endeavors, donated nearly $1,000, according to Illinois state election records.
Scott stands behind Dart: I dont see anything wrong with anyone putting in a good word for somebody, he said. He described Dart as an honest and hard-working public servant. Scott stressed he believed Dart would recommend qualified people.
Puri, whos out of the country until July 17, was unavailable for comment.
Local unions gave Dart $2,750. Those labor organizations included IBEW Local 461, Illinois State Council of Carpenters and Laborers Local 32. IBEW Local 461 Business Manager John Vester said hed only been in his position a short time: I really would be speaking without any background or knowledge.
Laborers Local 32 Business Manager Tom Dalsanto didnt return telephone calls.
From the July 12-28, 2006, issue