Protesters To Follow Sheriff Arpaio To Kendall County GOP Event

YORKVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — Protests are expected at the Kendall County Republican picnic Saturday, as the man known as “America’s toughest sheriff” is expected to attend.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Joe Arpaio, 79, was elected sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., in 1996. He has since become known, and unpopular in many circles, for his hostility toward illegal immigration and illegal immigrants and unconventional policing.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

Inmates in the Maricopa County Jail are required to wear pink underwear, work on chain gangs and sleep in giant canvas tents in the scorching Arizona heat.

Those shorts will be for sale at $15 a pop during Saturday’s Kendall County Republican Family Picnic at the at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Yorkville.

Protesters, however, would like to make sure they stay in Arpaio’s possession.

“Instead of inviting a speaker that unifies and motivates, they have chosen a speaker that is notable mainly for garnering a large amount of negative headlines,” said Chrisi Vineyard, president of the Kendall County Democratic Women.

Vineyard and other local union, immigration and religious leaders have called for a boycott of the event.

“This will instead attract individuals that are motivated by radicalism and divisive beliefs, rather than those who have a desire to participate in a healthy discussion about how to create a better future for all residents of our county, our state, and our nation,” she said.

Protesters who are angry with the Kendall County Republicans’ invitation to Arpaio will be gathering at the fairgrounds from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to make their voices heard. Vineyard said protesters should park in the fairgrounds parking lot near East Highpoint Road and set up around the entrance.

One person who is excited about Arpaio’s visit is county Coroner Ken Toftoy, chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee.

Toftoy has lauded Arpaio’s unconventional effort to ward off crime.

“I like the guy. I follow him,” Toftoy said in a earlier interview with The Beacon-News. “ … I just think in the United States, we’re too nice to these people. They screwed up and broke the law.”

Toftoy said he heard from a few precinct GOP committeemen who believed Arpaio’s visit was not a good idea. Toftoy said he respected that opinion — and he expected to draw protesters at the event.

Arpaio can come off as tough, Toftoy said, but he’s a “straight-up guy” when you get to know him.

“He doesn’t pick on anybody. He’s just enforcing the law,” Toftoy said. “Sheriff Joe is the type of person who welcomes people to come to America, just come the right way.”

The dinner will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kendall Fairgrounds, 10826 Route 71, York¬ville. Tickets to the event are $20 a person and $50 for a family.

For a $100 donation, participants can get their picture taken with Arpaio. The committee will also sell autographed pink shorts for $15.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

  • watamisayin

    Hate to break it to this woman,but Sheriff Joe is an elected official ,so it must be the people that want him there doing his JOB as he had taken oath to do. So go cry a river in your “never never land” Lady Vineyard. Oh ,what am I talking about this is Chicago! Where there is NO CRIME!

  • malcoms

    okay, lets see. compare his county to Cook county. enough said.
    democrats are to blame for society’s downfall. Just look at EVERY liberal ran city in America. high crime, high murder rate, high minority and illegal alien populaiton, high drug use, high HIV rate, high STD rate, high rape , high in shootings, and so on. I don’t ever hear of anyone ever protesting Daley when he was ‘da mayor’ of Chicago. And since he was in charge his policies did nothing. over 10,000 people have been murdered during his so called leadershop. where are you democrat?? crickets, crikcets.

    • Kimbale Walsh-Gries

      I Agree 100%

  • AZ Ranger

    Protest all you want, Joe loves a challenge. You must be a whining weenie washer not to want a guy like Joe Arpaio as you Sheriff. Dam right he was elected, we are darn sick & tired of coddling criminals. Jail is supposed to be tough

  • Ron Proctor

    I personally would like to see the day Sheriff Joe steps down and moves up to head up the Department of Corrections of the USA. I do hope he is writing a book on how to control felons The man is fearless and open. He says what he means and means what he says. I think his principals and ways of getting things done in the prison system should be initiated in all criminal correctional aspects. Every prison should be set up like this. No more “Country Clubs or White Collar Prisons”. Do them all Sheriff Joe’s Way

    • Bob Loomis

      I have worked County jails and applaud this man for his logical and fair approach to his craft. I live in Arizona, and am proud to have him as MY sheriff.

  • Pat Patterson

    People, remember where this is coming from…Illinois. The home of all things bad. We have always heard about their corrupt government.
    The last time I heard the inmates talking about Sherriff Joe, it was all good. He walks through Tent City without a gang of guards around him.
    Tbe pink clothes, shorts and socks came from the inmates stealing them to wear around showing they had been in his jail. So, he had them all dyed pink so they can be arrested for having them. He decided that these people are in jail because they are criminals. So, do you feed them better than the poor working people on the outside? Do you let them have cable TV? Oh, I forgot, they complainted to the Civil Liberties people and they have cable now. The news station and another educational station. I’m for treating all criminals this way. I wish they would begin this in the place I moved to. They go to jail so they won’t have to be on the street and they will get a free meal. NOT.. WE WANT JOE, WE WANT JOE….

  • vehoae

    Dear Krisi Vineyard … May I suggest you keep your nose out of the other’s party’s business? I doubt you were designated a member of their activities planning committee. And I further doubt those in attendance could give a “flying leap” what you think about their planned activities. Just as you and your ilk don’t care what the other party thinks about yours.

  • Don Wallace

    We need more Law Enforcement Officer’s like Sheriff Joe. The local Hispanics, and all Law Abiding Citizens love him for his no nonsense approach to crime. May Sheriff Joe be safe. The local and national media hates anyone that upholds our constitution. May the main stream media be gone.

  • SupporterofSherriffJoe

    He has since become known, and unpopular in many circles, for his hostility toward illegal immigration and illegal immigrants and unconventional policing.

    ^^^^^Nice biased report, I like the fact how you tell the protestors where to gather. Where do the prople who want to protest the protestors line up at?

    It’s an amazing concept, a sheriff who is elected to office and actually UPHOLDS and ENFORCES the law, as does the governor of the same state. Too bad Illinois can’t grasp onto this.

    Sheriff Joe has his tent city, how much did taxpayers pay for the cozy Cook Co. Jail?


    i suppose our lake county sheriff will be in the protestors group ! he loves illegals and wants to protect them !! JERK !!

    • BG

      lake county is worse than cook county for illegals.

  • Sharon DiPiazza

    This is an incredible article…coming as it does from Illinois..the most corrupt state in the union with gangsters in public office and the state going broke. Sheriff Joe is one of a very few law enforcement officers in the country who have the courage of their convictions and the cojones to do their job the way it is supposed to be done. The people of Arizona have voted time and time again to keep him in office. Who gives a damn what some nitwit from Chicago says???

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