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Gliniewicz honor could get taken back

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  • A sign once honoring Fox Lake Police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz is defaced with the word "liar" after it was determined his death was a suicide staged to look like murder.

    A sign once honoring Fox Lake Police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz is defaced with the word "liar" after it was determined his death was a suicide staged to look like murder.
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Three months after the Illinois Senate rose to honor what seemed to be the heroics of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a McHenry Republican is asking to take it back.

State Sen. Pam Althoff has made the rare request to strike from the Senate record the mournful resolution honoring Gliniewicz that was adopted in September, days after the officer died. She says senators will have to examine exactly how to undo the resolution as it might be the only time in state history that's been done.

"Since adoption of Senate Resolution 942 the facts and circumstances related to it have changed," the new resolution says.

Althoff, a McHenry County Republican, was hardly the only public official to laud Gliniewicz after he died, when it was thought he'd been killed in the line of duty.

But investigators later said Gliniewicz staged his killing while feeling heat about his mismanagement of Fox Lake money and property.

Gliniewicz "was dedicated to the training of people ages 14 to 21 to enter a career in law enforcement; he had huge success with the program, earning multiple awards and accolades in various state and national competitions," the original resolution reads in part.

The state House hasn't made a similar move to rescind its praise of Gliniewicz.

Althoff said it was an easy call, and Democratic state Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park has signed on as a supporter.

All the lawmakers who became co-sponsors of the original honor have taken their names off.

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