South Suburbs Broke, Can't Pay for Fire, Can't Pay for Police: Cook County Sheriff Dart Plans To Take Over Police Duties In Robbins

UPDATE: Dixmoor Fire Department End of Watch at 8:00 a.m. Sunday December 1, 2013 [AUDIO Radioman911 ...]

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to meet Wednesday with Robbins officials regarding sheriff’s police taking command of the Chicago south suburb’s troubled police department [...]

FLASHBACK AUGUST 2013: Cook County Sheriff's Department takes over midnight shift in south suburban Dixmoor after two officers walked off their job with Dixmoor Police Department [...]

FLASHBACK AUGUST 2013: Dixmoor Police Chief Robert Fox fired for asking the Cook County Sheriff's police for extra manpower last Saturday night after two Dixmoor cops had left their post without permission [...]

FLASHBACK APRIL 2012:  Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is determined to eliminate all unincorporated areas of the county within the decade -- accelerate a process that has already been happening [...]

FLASHBACK JULY 2010: Cook County Board resolution to prohibit funding for Cook County takeovers of suburban police departments -- Harwood Heights, Sauk Village, Worth and Norwood Park Township were asking, according to Sheriff Tom Dart spokesman, Steve Patterson [...]

FLASHBACK MARCH 2010: County taxpayers pay about $1 million a year for sheriff's deputies to police Ford Heights [...]

Three arsons in Ford Heights: 1300 block of East Lincoln Highway on November 5, 2013 at about 5:00 a.m., 1500 block of Senator Lane on November 9, 2013 at about 5:30 a.m., and 1400 block of 13th Place on November 12, 2013 at about 12:50 a.m. [...]

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Cook County Sheriff’s investigations unit at (708) 865-4896. [MAP] [MAP] [MAP]

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Final dissolution letter.

FLASHBACK MAY 2013: Mayor Dorothy Armstrong, who took office May 8, said Dixmoor is experiencing a budget deficit of more than $1 million and must reduce its spending ... The fire department has 20 firefighters, and Armstrong said it’s costing the village “$773,000 per year. A third of our income is going to the fire department.” [...]