WBEZ | juliet sorensen http://www.wbez.org/tags/juliet-sorensen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Investigating Chicago's City Council http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-16/investigating-chicagos-city-council-94095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-16/City council.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago’s City Council was scheduled to meet Wednesday to vote on the 2012 city budget, the first proposed budget by new Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Council members were also likely to make history: they were expected to sign off on the first-ever legislative Inspector General for the council. The city already had <a href="http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/" target="_blank">Inspector General</a> Joseph Ferguson to investigate misconduct but Ferguson did not have the power to investigate aldermen and their staff. If approved, former New York City Inspector General Faisal Khan would take the part-time post.</p><p>However, many questioned how much authority he would actually have. To find out more <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with <a href="http://julietsorensen.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Juliet Sorensen</a>, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago who worked with the city’s Inspector General's Office as the lead prosecutor on Operation Crooked Code, an investigation of Chicago’s building and zoning departments.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> also invited Ald. Dick Mell, chairman of the City Council Rules Committee to join the conversation. He led the push to hire Faisal Khan, but Mell’s office did not respond to the invitation.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee, "Swimming Pool", from the album Sing A Song, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-16/investigating-chicagos-city-council-94095 Alleged genocide leader deported from Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/alleged-genocide-leader-deported-chicago <p><p>U.S. Immigration officials have deported a Romeoville man who is wanted in Rwanda for crimes against humanity. Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka was flown back to Kigali last week, after serving a 51-month term in federal prison for immigration fraud and assaulting a federal immigration officer when he was arrested in 2004.</p> <div>Mudahinyuka came to the U.S. in 2000 under the alias &ldquo;Thierry Rugamba,&rdquo; claiming to be a victim of Rwanda&rsquo;s 1994 genocide. Gail Montenegro, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Chicago, said federal officials were tipped off by other resettled Rwandans in the community after he began working at an African grocery store in Bolingbrook, Ill. &nbsp;&ldquo;A witness recognized him as someone who was known by a different name in Rwanda,&rdquo; said Montenegro.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mudahinyuka is wanted in Rwanda for allegedly leading a Hutu militia, which is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people. U.S. prosecutors were tasked with proving that Mudahinyuka&rsquo;s true identity was not what he claimed it to be &ndash; a challenging task, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Juliet Sorensen. &ldquo;We were looking for witnesses and identification documents from a country that had been decimated by the genocide,&rdquo; said Sorensen. Ultimately, Mudahinyuka pleaded guilty to the U.S charges.&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/alleged-genocide-leader-deported-chicago