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Ex-emergency dispatch agency director given 6 months jail for illegal background checks




Ex-emergency dispatch agency director given 6 months jail for illegal background checks
Ex-emergency dispatch agency director given 6 months jail for illegal background checks



http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1764493,illegal-background-checks-sentence-091109.article 

BY DAN ROZEK 
Staff Reporter 
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2009

Steven R. Cordes wanted to help his girlfriend keep tabs on who her 
teenage daughter was dating and hanging out with.

So Cordes -- director of a Kane County emergency dispatch agency -- 
searched confidential police databases and did criminal background 
checks on a boyfriend and other friends.

But the searches were unauthorized -- and illegal. On Thursday the 
44-year-old Lake in the Hills man on Thursday was sentenced to six 
months in jail and placed on 30 months probation after he pleaded guilty 
to official misconduct for running the searches between 2006 and 2008 
while he ran Quadcomm, a 911 dispatch center. He had earlier resigned 
his post at the center.

Cordes did the searches -- including license plate checks and a 
background check on one person -- because he wanted to help his 
girlfriend keep her teenage daughter safe, Cordes. attorney said.

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