Over the past six days an individual who is a key source for our stories on State Rep. Paul Froehlich has had three unannounced and unexplained visits from the Cook County state's attorney office. It is unknown whether there is a connection. However, it doesn't seem to be coincidental.
The first visit occurred on Saturday April 11 at 10:00 am. A full-sized black car pulled into our source's driveway, and a man came to the front door and knocked several times. After no answer he got back into the car and drove away. No information or identification was left in the door.
The second visit was Monday April 13 at 7:20 pm. The same car with municipal plates entered the person's driveway. It was driven by the same man. This time, however, he was accompanied by a woman. They both approached the front door and again knocked at least ten times according to our source. The man is reported to have yelled, "We know you're in there, ******* (person's name). Answer the door. I have credentials!"
A witness who was on the phone with our source at the time of the second visit confirmed hearing a dog barking, a doorbell ring several times, and strong knocking. They also heard a male voice saying, "I know you're in there!"
According to our source, the man and woman eventually left. Again, they left no identification or information. However, our source did get the license plate of the car they were driving. The plates belong to a car from the Cook County state's attorney's office.
On Thursday afternoon, we contacted the Cook County state's attorney's office and spoke with Sally Daly, the communications director. We asked why individuals from their office were visiting our source, and why they hadn't left any information or identification.
Ms. Daly responded that they "can't give any information about an ongoing investigation." She also noted that they "don't get complaints about [their] office being non-professional," and their people "usually leave a business card."
Daly went on to say that we [Illinois Review] are "getting only one side of the story," noting that they are "familiar with IR," and reiterated that they can't tell us anything about "an ongoing investigation."
Interestingly, this morning the same car, same license plate, and same driver pulled up again at our source's home. This time he had another man with him, and the two came to the door.
According to our source, they knocked twice, and when the door was not answered, they placed a business card in the door and left. The card indicated the driver, who'd been there three times in the past six days, was Ed McKloskey, Supervisor, Financial Crimes Investigator for the State's Attorney's office. A photo was taken of the car, and sent to Illinois Review. (see photo above)
Our source's legal counsel has been informed and is expected to intercede. Illinois Review will update as we learn more on this story.
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