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As Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party and one of two Republicans on the 17-member District Council, Sean Morrison is a frequent and vocal critic of the ruling Democrats.

He frequently points to violent crime in Chicago and questions the cost of providing security information to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and District Council President Tony Preckwinkle.

But Morrison has also benefited for years – starting shortly after he became county commissioner – from the “special attention” given to his home by police in the southern suburb of Palos Park.

Records obtained by WBEZ show police in Morrison’s hometown have patrolled his home 415 times since he took office less than seven years ago.

And documents from Palos Park show that the tiny suburban police department provided additional services at Morrison’s home as a form of “special attention”—precisely because he is the Cook County Commissioner.

Only one of those calls to Morrison’s home since he became an elected official was an emergency. The vast majority of calls were coded in police records as “extra patrols”.

None of the Palos Park staff visits found evidence of any crime at Morrison’s 3,300-square-foot home, which covers more than an acre, according to police reports provided in response to a recent WBEZ open inquiry.

In one case, the village police were called in by Morrison’s wife and only served to help find a dead skunk on the couple’s property, documents show.

Morrison said he did not ask for additional patrols, which passed his house more than 100 times in one year, and was unaware of this special attention from the police until he showed the footage to a WBEZ reporter at his district office in Orland. Park on Thursday.

“I can, of course, unequivocally, with 100 percent certainty, that the village council or the village police department will not say that I asked them for any exceptions,” Morrison said. “I’m not aware that my address is listed here on these forms you’re showing me.”

Palos Park police chief Joe Miller said his officers routinely monitor the homes of “notable personalities” living in the city and confirmed that the extra patrols at Morrison’s home were “due to him being the county commissioner.”

“I don’t recall him making any specific request,” Miller said of Morrison. “We pay [officers] patrol there.”

Miller said special police attention could be given to the homes of people who were threatened because they were at the center of hot issues, but the chief said he was not aware of any such threat to Morrison.

Asked if he would tell the police to do anything differently, Morrison initially replied, “Of course all my neighbors in my area have the right to have their roads patrolled by the police department, right? We are pragmatic. Just because I was elected doesn’t mean they shouldn’t ride my road.”

But when later asked if his area deserved the extra patrols reflected in the police reports, Morrison said he would tell the police: “Personally, I don’t need special attention. Please continue to patrol my community as you always do, and thanks for pointing out that you passed Sean Morrison’s house.

“But if it interferes with public safety and law enforcement in Palos Park in some way, you don’t have to do it. Thanks, but with all due respect, you don’t have to do this. I can protect my family soon as long as I dial 911.”

116 Morrison House Maintenance Reports in 2018

In 2015, Morrison was appointed to replace the county commissioner, who resigned midway through her term, and he was elected to his first full term in 2018. against her predecessor, representing the county, Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, who return attempt in the June 28 elections.

County property records show Morrison bought the Palos Park home in 2008 for $715,000.

Morrison District 17 includes the southwestern suburbs of Tinley Park and Orland Park and extends along Interstate 294 north to Des Plaines.

But records show that the police barely went there for the first seven years he lived there, until he became a county commissioner.

Before Morrison became a member of the county council, there were only four reports from the Palos Park police about the house. Two of the calls were triggered by a burglar alarm, but records show no theft. And in two other cases, the calls concerned medical problems with young children.

Additional patrols began in late August 2015, just over a month after local Republican leaders elected Morrison complete the last three years of an unexpired term on the county council.

Officers said they checked the Morrison home 69 times from the first visit on August 27, 2015 until the end of that year.

Police visited the Morrison residence 87 times in 2016, 88 times in 2017, 116 times in 2018, and 40 more times in 2019, according to WBEZ analysis of dispatch reports and reports from officers from Palos Park Village.

Sometimes the police checked the house twice on the same day.

Most of the reports compiled since those visits to Morrison’s home listed Chief of Police Miller as the “reporter.”

And in the logs of these controller visits in many incidents, “telecom comments” clearly indicate Morrison’s status as an elected official.

Police report “SKUNK DOA” at Morrison’s home

In some cases, these notes explained that the visits were to provide “ADDITIONAL PATROL – BACKUP CC” or “CHECK COOK COUNTY COMMUNICATION”.

And on other occasions, controllers explained that visits to Morrison’s address were made to provide SPECL ATTN for CC COMM.

Palos Park officers rarely added their comments to the records of many of the hundreds of visits to Morrison’s home. But in some reports, they simply commented that “THE EVERYTHING SEEMS OK”, “THE EVERYTHING SEEMS CALM”, or that the property was “SAFE”.

Home visits by police have dropped dramatically over the last couple of years, with only two reports in 2020, seven last year and three in the first three months of this year.

Just one of more than 400 service messages since he took office appeared to be about an emergency: an ambulance call to take an 80-year-old relative with serious health problems to hospital in June 2021 because he had “difficulty breathing,” the police report said.

“This is the only time we called the police,” Morrison said. “We called 911 when my uncle died. He died in the house. He had a heart attack and fell down.”

The only other time documents indicate that officers were called to any action at the Morrison home was a call about a dead skunk “near the house,” records show.

In this case, on Christmas Eve 2018, Morrison’s wife reported the dead animal, records show. The officer commented, “SKUNK DOA [dead on arrival]. HELP THE HOUSEHOLDER WITH THE PACKAGING. AND RECOMMENDED FOR DISPOSAL.”

“My wife called a couple of years ago for a dead skunk,” Morrison said. “I’m like, ‘Why did you call the police over a dead skunk?’ But, you know, come on.”

The village of Palos Park has fewer than 4,800 residents, and its police 30 jurors, including 25 patrol officers, according to the suburb’s website. Police spending is almost $2.4 million. the annual budget of the village government less than $4.7 million.

The crime rate in the area, located about 25 miles from downtown Chicago, is well above average. lower than the state average.

“I don’t know where you live, but people here expect to see patrol cars on their street,” said Miller, Palos Park’s police chief.

Morrison questioned the cost of Lightfoot and Prequinkle’s safety

According to his online biography, in addition to being a county commissioner, Morrison is the CEO and founder of Morrison Security Corp., Morrison Security Group, and Morrison Investigations Inc. with offices in Alsip, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

On his Resume LinkedInMorrison’s clients included Motorola, Coca-Cola, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Staples, as well as other major corporations and notable institutions.

In his time on the county council, Morrison was a strong advocate for cuts in government spending and taxes. In 2017, he joined many members of the county council’s Democratic majority to push for the law’s repeal. “Egregious and Unbearable” by Prequincles tax on soda and other sweetened drinks.

Morrison also focused some of his criticism on the use of bodyguards by leading Democrats. In March, after the Chicago Sun-Times reported on the rise in Lightfoot’s workforce, Morrison tweeted urging journalists to look into “the costs of security personnel, drivers, assistants and many elected officials.”

“It seems like a lot more people have them these days,” Morrison. tweeted. Does that seem like a fair question?

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