Sunday, February 01, 2015

ARGH!!! Snow?!?!??!

  • A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the entire Chicago area with forecasts now calling for more than 8 inches to fall over much of region starting Saturday night with the potential to “raise havoc” on Super Bowl Sunday.

    It’s not the “historic” storm billed for the East Coast earlier this week that dumped more than 2 feet over parts of New England, but it would certainly be the most significant snowfall of the season for the area.

    A “storm system developing over the Great Plains will raise havoc across portions of the central U.S. this weekend,” the National Weather Service said Friday.
How will this "raise havoc" on Super Bowl Sunday? They aren't playing the game here, are they?

And it's a weekend, so travel ought to be at a minimum aside from church and Grandma's house.

No garbage pick-up, so Rahm and Charlie should have a full crew on hand to man all the plows, trucks and loaders.

And it's the Midwest in the wintertime, Shouldn't this be on everyone's radar as part of a Winter Action Plan or similar such? You kind of expect snow around these parts during this part of the year.

Personally, we hope it's double the estimates and Rahm loses the election in Bilandic-type fashion.

On a side note, apologies if posting or updating is a bit behind...blame it on the weather if you like, but even the crew here at SCC gets OT once in a while.

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State Overreach

  • A new law will force state schools to investigate reports of cyberbullying — even when it happens outside of school.

    The law, which took effect Jan. 1, doesn't tell schools how to investigate cyberbullying. And it doesn't ask school officials to troll students' social media posts, looking for bad behavior. Rather, it requires school boards to figure out the best way to help a victim if cyberbullying is reported.

    One method became controversial this month after a southern Illinois principal sent a letter to parents saying the school may ask for social media passwords if a student is suspected of violating any district rules.
Any parent who allows their child to be bullied by the state is no parent at all. Our kids are already under orders to demand Mom or Dad to be present for any questioning by anyone at school.

Of course, here come the typical excuses:
  • State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, who sponsored the law requiring schools to investigate cyberbullying, said the law was never intended to give schools the right to a student's social media passwords.

    "This (law) means the victim can bring forward information about bullying outside of school," Fine said. "We had no intention to ever talk about what someone's password is."
Yeah, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, Congress-asshole. You jagoffs and your ilk did the same thing with health care and 99.9% of any type of gun legislation pushed through the ignorant legislature.

A generation of sheep are being raised before our eyes.

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Hello Big Brother

The media in general is at the beck and call of democrats - even when Nature calls:
  • Reporters covering the House Democrats' retreat in Philadelphia this week are having a much different experience than when they’re on their home turf on Capitol Hill.

    Reporters are being escorted to and from the restroom and lobby and are being barred from entering the hotel outside of scheduled events, even if they've been invited by a member of Congress.

    During Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the retreat Friday, reporters were required to have a staff member, usually a junior member of the press team, escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby.
Anyone out there remember a time when any self-respecting reporter would bristle, then refuse, to accede to controls like this? It was only 25 or 30 years ago after all.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rahm Parses the Language

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday ruled out a post-election property tax increase but confined the guarantee to the city’s $300 million operating shortfall, prompting Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) to warn of a “massive” property tax hike for pensions if Emanuel is re-elected.

    “Is it on the table? Yes or no. Tell us now. Are you going to raise property taxes?” Fioretti hounded Emanuel during a two-hour debate-style endorsement session before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board.

    “Not for the operating budget,” Emanuel said.

    What about to solve Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis?

    “I don’t know yet,” the mayor said.

    That prompted Fioretti to offer a dire warning to beleaguered Chicago homeowners.
Not for the operating budget, but don't try to nail him down on the rest.

We'll say it for Rahm:
  • Property taxes are going to go up;
  • Pension contributions are going to go up;
  • Retirement age is probably going to have to go up;
And that's just for starters.

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    Hey, Was That a Red Light?

    • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motorcade was caught running red lights - again.

      The city's website shows Rahm Emanuel's motorcade racked up five more red light violations since November, after the mayor said last May that "no one is above the law." On Thursday, as he answered questions about the citations, he defended red light cameras.

      "First and foremost, red lights are there for public safety and traffic safety," Emanuel said.
    ::cough cough bullshit cough::

    But hey, Rahm reaches deep, just like you little people:
    • "I said I was going to pay it, that is what I meant when I say 'above the law'. I couldn't be more clear," Emanuel said.

      [...] The city's website tonight shows the mayor is up to date on his payments, but two of the new tickets were not paid off until Thursday afternoon, after he faced reporters.
    A few million more ticket and Rahm can write a check to the pension fund.

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    Blame

    • At the groundbreaking for a charter school in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, Gov. Bruce Rauner slammed his predecessor, saying Pat Quinn has left him plenty of work to do.

      Asked about how he plans to deal with Illinois’ new medical marijuana law, he described it as a “mess” that Quinn had created and “then ran away from.”

    • Rauner was similarly critical of the budget he inherited from Quinn.

      “What Gov. Quinn did was make up some numbers for different departments to get through the election,” Rauner said.

      That, Rauner said, was “fundamentally dishonest,” adding, “It’s actually unconstitutional what he did, but he did it.”

    Unconstitutional? How about unlawful? How about criminal? How about a Special Grand Jury to start unraveling some of the mountains of bullshit in this bankrupt state and put some of them in jail?

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    14 Years is a Good Start

    • A former investment CEO was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $665 million in funds lost to his former clients.

      “I may be incompetent, but I’m not a thief,” Eric Bloom, 50, said as sentence was handed down.

      [...] The former Sentinel Management executive said he may have been negligent in picking his portfolio manager but added he wanted to spend more time with his family. Bloom’s wife and children sat with emotion.

      U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman said Bloom had “perpetrated a horrific fraud.”

      “You still fail to grasp what you’ve done wrong,” he told him.
    So, how much do Daley, Quinn, Madigan and the rest get for $80 billion in misappropriated funds?

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    Friday, January 30, 2015

    Retro Today

    Per the Department:


    W-2's also.

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    Hey Look, an (allegedly) Drunk Aldercreature

    • A dashboard camera video has surfaced showing 35th Ward Ald. Rey Colon during a July traffic stop with police before he was charged and eventually found not guilty of DUI.

      The video shows Colon taking a field sobriety test after being pulled over in the early morning hours of July 25. In the video, given to DNAinfo Chicago by a source who asked not to be named, the Logan Square alderman can be seen wobbling slightly as police conduct the roadside check.

      In the 40-minute video, State Police officers pull over Colon’s SUV before making him walk in a straight line and stand on one leg. The alderman, who was driving on a suspended license at the time of the traffic stop, refused a breathalyzer test, was deemed unfit to drive and was later taken to a nearby police station for processing.
    Looks pretty wobbly to us.

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    No Wonder Illinois is Broke

    • Fifty-two village and city managers in Illinois earn more than any U.S. governor does, according to a report from Forbes. Three managers make more than $250,000 while leading municipalities that, combined, have fewer than 100,000 residents.

      And it’s not just city managers earning exorbitant government salaries: The City of Bloomington’s human-resources director retired with a final year pensionable salary of $252,219. Other highly paid local employees, eligible for pensions, don’t even directly work for the government: Illinois Municipal League executive director Larry Frang hauled in $392,423, while Illinois Association of Parks Districts’ CEO Peter Murphy and Park District Risk Management Association CEO Brett Davis earned salaries of more than $305,000 each. Frang has tripled his pay over the last ten years.

      “Employed in the private sector, these chiefs don’t even work for government, but special legislation ‘muscled’ them into the government pension systems,” Forbes’s Adam Andrzejewski explains. “Taxpayers have no control over the amount of salary awarded, but it’s the salaries that drive the lifetime pensions.” Those pensions, in addition to other benefits, make all of the above employees’ total compensation higher than the “pensionable salary” they earn. The list of rank-and-file government employees earning remarkably high wages goes on and on: In 2014, DuPage County outside of Chicago had ten employees that together earned more than $2.021 million.
    Managers making six figures, and probably matching pensions. Here's where the $80 billion debt really gets deep..

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    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Shooting Deaths Down!

    Or up. Or whatever - it all depends on how you count it:
    • “But shootings are up!”

      Every year, this comment propagates below articles covering Chicago violence. Sometimes it’s true. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s somehow both.

      Mostly it’s annoying.

      It’s annoying that people constantly add this to every single article that decides to use a different statistic, and it’s annoying that we (the press) cling to year-to-year changes as if two years can tell our readers everything they need to know.

      Two years of one statistic is nothing! We deserve more. Which is why, for the sake of my sanity (and yours too), I looked into twenty years of gun violence statistics in Chicago.

      You’re, uh, welcome. I guess…
    Hey, you have our thanks. The entire article is lengthy for a CBS piece, but it takes a look at things from a perspective that most other media outlets won't. And it actually shows some hints of journalistic effort - something lacking in local reporting for years now. Instead of accepting what the Department and Rahm feed the media, the report delves into things mentioned here and at places like HeyJackass.com.

    The statistic manipulation from "year-to-year" is something decried by many here, but we've used it time and time again for comedic relief. It's actually pleasant to read something that attempts to make sense of the nonsense put out for political purposes.

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    Lieutenants Join Sergeants Suit

    • The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association agreed Wednesday to join forces with sergeants in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to compel Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold a lieutenants exam they suspect is being held up in retaliation for the sergeants’ endorsement of mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti.

      Tom Pleines, an attorney representing both groups, said the lieutenants have a vested interest in the outcome of the case and so does the public.

      The Chicago Police Department is already 25 lieutenants short of its authorized strength of 221 at a time when police-involved shootings in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere have highlighted the need for more supervision.

      And there is widespread speculation that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is lobbying Emanuel behind the scenes to lift the requirement that sergeants be on the job for two years to take the lieutenants exam and remain there for three years before being promoted.

      Eliminating the so-called “time-in-rank” requirement would allow police officers who got merit promotions to the rank of sergeant to qualify for the lieutenants exam.
    Mc"Merit" himself, who experienced a meteoric rise in the NYPD, sees no reason the "best and brightest" shouldn't have the same opportunities that he had, based on birthright, invisible genetic superiority, and the famous "my daddy knows..." whatever politician back in the day. After all, the he can't pick the best and brightest, how is a mere test going to take care of those who "deserve" stripes or bars?

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    Who Keeps Giving This Guy Money?

    And why? He's a smug sanctimonious asshole:
    • After raking in $30 million in the last five years, $11 million of it for his re-election campaign, you’d think Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have enough money.

      Think again.

      Over the last week alone, the mayor has added nearly $800,000 to that total, much of it made possible by huge contributions that would not have been possible if state caps were still in place.

      The mayor’s latest filing came Tuesday, detailing $463,500 in contributions from a Who’s Who of business and labor.

      It includes $76,000 from the IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund, $25,000 apiece from the Finishing Trades of Chicago Co-Op PAC and the Painters District Council #14 Political Action Fund and $25,000 from Dave Billy of the International Association of Firefighters.

      The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 recently announced its surprise endorsement of Emanuel after supporting mayoral challenger Gery Chico over Emanuel four years ago.
    Firefighters, union electricians, tradesmen...the very people Rahm has been campaigning against publicly for years. There's also a list of out-of-state financiers, bankers, and other big money types looking at RAhm's national ambitions - like maybe Kirk's Senate seat.

    Just imagine if Rahm put this much effort into raising money for the pension balloon payment - we'd be sitting pretty.

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    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Special Service Award Denied

    The criteria for different awards can be located in Department Special Order S 01-01-01. The so-called "Special Services Award" is earned in the following manner:
    • - is granted to any Department sworn or civilian member whose service contributed to any event that has a significant impact upon the historical direction and operations of the Department.
    That's it. Pretty straightforward. So what's the problem with this submission?
    • Captain Lemmer was assigned to the 11th district in the early part of 2014. Through his domineering personality he was able to drive out all the Lieutenants assigned to the district and the institutional knowledge they possessed. He was also able to replace approximately a third of the remaining supervisory staff and their knowledge. This institutional knowledge, in some cases had been developed over cumulative decades of being assigned to the district. These efforts were not limited to the supervisory ranks his effort additionally purged the experienced patrolman ranks.

      The Captain was then able to bring in all new personnel who were not only brand new to their ranks and the billets they held, but also had not been soiled by assignment to the 11th district in previous billets. This fresh supervisory staff, coupled with implementation of the tactics from previously failed programs, the Captain's pugnacious sense of entitlement, and firm belief in his own infallibility allowed the Captain to obtain the greatest single year increase in homicides this century. The homicide numbers had such an increase that the year end totals were the second highest year over year increase since the founding of the Harrison District, and also the second highest increase since the Chicago Police Department began keeping records by district.

      This apex certainly qualifies for the criteria of special service award as the wording for this award is: "a member whose service contributed to any event that has a significant impact upon the historical direction and operations of the Department." The significant increase he was able to obtain completely changed the historical downward trend of homicides the 11th district has been experiencing for several years, and the amount of manpower poured into this district during the performance of this increase did also directly and significantly impact the operations of the Chicago Police Department. Meeting both criteria for the Special Service Award, Capt Lemmer is hereby nominated for this honor.
    The comments have been alive with bitching from 011 for the past few months, mostly since the assignment of the psycho ex-commander who (allegedly) stuck a gun in someone's mouth and a Taser in another guy's nutsack. Most people wrote it off as an exaggeration of sorts, until you look at the 2014 transfer orders and see four lieutenants, nearly ten sergeants and upwards of 40 veteran officers leaving, then you have to wonder if there isn't a grain of truth in it all. 011 certainly had more than their share of shootings and killing in 2014, winning the homicide race decisively for the first time in years.

    In any event, a negative impact is still a "significant impact upon the historical direction and operations of the Department" isn't it? Word from the street is the nominating individual has already taken a three-day-suspension in regard (retaliation) for his efforts. It seems a sense of humor is definitely lacking in the upper echelons. A tip of the hat for the "silliness" and a shake of the head for the three days.

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    Clout You Think?

    • A former city supervisor was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday after admitting he stole cigarette cartons from a city evidence room and sold them to his relatives’ South Side convenience stores, the Sun-Times is reporting.

      [...] Ayesh, now 36, was working as a $66,564-a-year supervisor of tax and license compliance for the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection when he was arrested in 2010.

      He was responsible for storing and securing contraband cigarettes seized by the city. But he took some of the confiscated goods for himself to disperse to his family, prosecutors said.
    This could have been a much bigger problem though:
    • Ayesh, a father of two, refused comment after Tuesday’s hearing. He had worked as an aviation security officer for less than a month in 2001. In 2003, he spent a few weeks as a probationary Chicago Police officer before going to work for the Revenue Department. He was fired a few weeks after his arrest.
    Aviation Department. CPD. The guy had connections. How about some reporter Out-the-Clout?

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    Paper Saves Lives!

    • Local authorities encountered an Arlington Heights man at least a half-dozen times before he was accused of brutally killing his wife with a hatchet in Wisconsin last year, newly released police records show.

      Beginning in March, police were called multiple times to incidents involving the couple. There were claims of a suicide attempt, threats, suspicious incidents, domestic trouble, battery, verbal abuse, trespassing, stalking, a hidden gun and an order of protection, according to Arlington Heights police records.

      But Cristian Loga-Negru, 38, was never arrested, nor was he charged with any crimes in Arlington Heights, where he lived with his at-times-estranged girlfriend-turned-wife Roxana Abrudan, 36.
    Police tens of minutes away. Piece of paper issued by a Court tens of miles away. You know what would've worked here? A pistol.

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    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    So, About that Retro (UPDATE)

    A whole bunch of conflicting info and so many people starting shit that we got fed up and deleted about a dozen of the more egregious ones. The latest word from the front lines is, "no retro yet." And the FOP, led by Dean Angelo, has the latest info up on the FOP website. It states as follows:
    Oh, who are we kidding? Dean hasn't said shit about the retro checks. Not even to put up a simple calendar that would put a stop to every rumor and lie being told citywide. Here's what we've gleaned from public sources and archives and letters and comments:
    • The Sun Times archives - (11/05/14) Chicago Police officers will get back paychecks averaging $6,000 within 75 days — and an 11-percent pay raise over five years — thanks to a contract ratified Wednesday that guarantees pre-election labor peace for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
    So the clock starts on 05 November? That would put the checks in hand by 19 January. That didn't happen. Someone said that Rahm sat on the legislation for a week, maybe two. That pushes the due date back the same number of days. And the FOP had this to say:
    Yeah, a veritable font of information on such a simple matter. Here's a clue Dean - find out when the clock started and then post it. Trust coppers to find a calendar somewhere and count the days. It's really rather simple, but this crew seems determined not to make waves with the mayor under any circumstances.

    UPDATE: Well, it looks like the FOP finally did something intelligent and updated the website with EXACTLY what we suggested here. Way to go boys! Happy to have shown you the way. We'd like you to express your appreciation in a financial gesture - one day's salary from each of you contributed to the Memorial Foundation in the name of "SCC and Readers."

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    Fioretti Misstep?

    Maybe an effort the throw the election in light of recent polls showing him running second?
    • Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti on Monday cranked up the rhetoric in Chicago’s mayoral contest, saying that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “failed us again” by not filing any charges in the assault on the mayor’s own teenage son.

      “It sends the wrong signal,” Fioretti said, comparing the mayor’s actions in the robbery case to the general problem of community members afraid to give police information to help solve crimes.

      Fioretti made the comments following his appearance before the City Club of Chicago, where he read from prepared remarks about his vision for the city.

      In a question-and-answer session with reporters, however, Fioretti let loose on the mayor and chided other opponents for coming late to the party on backing elected school boards and recognizing the city’s crime problem.

      Fioretti brought Emanuel’s 17-year-old son into the picture when talking about Chicago crime, accusing Emanuel of not pursuing charges against the suspects in the December attack, which happened on Emanuel’s block.
    Mark Brown from the Sun Times is outraged Fioretti would bring up this incident. We'll spare you the histrionics, but where to begin? Let's try this - the media has an appalling double standard where the children of politicians are concerned. They protect the ones they want and savage the others, or at least stand idly by while the "entertainers" like Letterman, Maher, and SNL launch broadsides at children.

    So is Rahm's kid off limits? He is arguably, a minor public figure as the son of the mayor. And even if he isn't, he was the victim of a crime in front of his own home. That in itself is newsworthy.

    And now the million dollar question - has the Chicago media ignored, misreported, under-reported and/or covered up significant facts of a crime involving someone attached to a public figure? We're pretty sure they have. No one, not a single reporter has asked how a college counselor phone call was so important that young Emanuel had to:
    1. go outside
    2. out of earshot of mom and dad
    3. ditch/avoid a police detail
    4. after 2200 hours
    The story doesn't make any sense at all. The theories here, some presented by people who were actually on scene, are far more likely. Is that newsworthy? In a small way, yes, but easily deflected by the plea of "It's a family matter."

    Also not making sense if the lack of prosecution of the person with the phone. People are charged on a near daily basis with "Possessing Stolen Property." You're going to tell us that someone didn't know they were buying a stolen phone when they got it at a greatly discounted price? We're going to call that bullshit.

    So is Fioretti wrong? Rahm's treatment of crime numbers is a fragile house of cards built on a discredited method of policing. But by dragging young Emanuel into it, is Fioretti hoping to provoke a firestorm or backlash to drive his numbers down and enable Rahm to win outright? The Machine has always run shadow campaigns against itself to either block out real challengers or just to give the impression of opposition candidates. Rahm's opponents that even show up in the polling are a white guy, a black guy and a brown guy. Odd coincidence, but not so odd that one wouldn't withdraw and maybe endorse Rahm if Rahm's numbers were a little soft in that community.

    Does anyone know if the ballots have been printed yet?

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    Prayers Still Needed

    One of ours is recovering, albeit slowly, from her bone marrow transplant:
    • A Chicago police officer and mother of four left the hospital after she underwent a bone marrow transplant.

      After undergoing a life-saving bone marrow transplant, a Chicago police officer has a message to share about the critical need for more donors. Blanca Magallon left the hospital on Monday.

      "I'm just happy to have a second chance. I'm just happy," Magallon said.

      Magallon is beating the odds. After fighting an aggressive cancer for months, she's going home just days after a successful bone marrow transplant gave her her life back.
    The prognosis is optimistic so far and Officer Magallon is hoping to return to work by summer. Best wishes to her on the road back.

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    Suburban Lawsuit (UPDATE)

    Another nonsense suit that accuses police of wrong doing, diminishes respect for the law, and could make officers second-guess themselves - even in the face of video evidence:
    • He was shot dead by police in the emergency room of Highland Park Hospital. Now, the mother of 27-year-old Christopher Anderson has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming officers used excessive force.

      [...] Newly released are some of the last pictures of Anderson seen alive. Dashcam video him taking a field sobriety test and then being handcuffed after he and his 9-year-old daughter were injured in a crash on Interstate 94 that allegedly was alcohol-related.

      Minutes later, Anderson was killed by police, after he took out a gun during treatment in the emergency room.
    Momma has the usual litany of excuses:
    • “It was senseless. I just want to see justice done for my son,” his mother, Venus Anderson, says.

      On Monday, she filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Park, after her attorney reviewed the city’s own reports.

      “He never pointed the gun. No officer is claiming he pointed the gun at the officer. So, while he was seeking to comply with the officer’s instructions, they shot him,” attorney Blake Horwitz says.

      The city contends Anderson was repeatedly told to drop the gun. Officers fired nine shots in less than two seconds.

      “They weren’t trying to disarm him, they was brutally trying to murder my son,” Venus Anderson says.
    It was a STOLEN gun momma. We've all seen the video of doctors and nurses running for their lives, and as the lawyer is no doubt aware, police don't shoot to "disarm," they shoot to end the threat.

    UPDATE: CBS took down the link - here's a current one.

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    Salt the Side Streets Already

    We were driving through the burbs today and marveling at the curb-to-curb plow job and ice-free side streets. Then we came back into the city and slid through an intersection that, unfortunately, lacks a direct sunlight exposure that might have assisted in melting the glaze ice from the overnight freeze.

    It certainly seems everyone is skimping on the salt:
    • The Eisenhower Expressway inbound lanes have reopened between Wolf and Mannheim after salting for ice.

      IDOT is warning travelers throughout the night that conditions and temperatures are ideal for the development of black ice, which is difficult for drivers to see and can cause spin-outs and accidents. IDOT encourages all drivers to slow down and drive cautiously when on roads and highways in the Chicago area tonight.
    The three wrecked squads in 010 the other night also make one wonder how much icy streets contributed to the wrecks. We lost a sergeant a few years back to icy roads.

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    Monday, January 26, 2015

    Disgraced ASA Looking for a Job

    • Sarah Naughton left her job as a prosecutor after an off-duty run-in with police that included her berating and allegedly swatting at a cop

      But that widely publicized episode hasn’t discouraged the politically connected lawyer from trying to get back on the public payroll — in a job working with law enforcement officers.

      Naughton’s unusual brush with fame began back in September 2012.

      A prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, she was arrested by Chicago police for an off-duty incident that followed a day of drinking and involved a scuffle with a North Side shopkeeper.
    Just a reminder:



    A "scuffle?" As we recall, she bit the shop owner, didn't she? And the abuse recorded and uploaded on YouTube was definitely "R" rated. Amazingly, a crooked Cook County judge cleared her of all charges although an ARDC hearing is still pending. But hey, if a criminal record can't keep you from political office, why should a little thing like biting a store owner, resisting arrest and generally making an ass of yourself keep you from a government job? It seems that the private sector isn't willing to take a chance on her.

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    Crashes Injure Four Cops

    • Four police officers were injured early Sunday when their squad cars collided during a chase in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

      About 3:35 a.m., Ogden District police officers were pursuing a stolen car near the 2600 block of South California when two assisting squad cars collided, police said, citing preliminary information.

      Two officers each were transported to Mount Sinai and Stroger hospitals, police said. All had non-life-threatening injuries.

      The stolen vehicle also struck another squad car in the 3100 block of South California, but no one was injured in that crash. Two people were arrested after that, and charges are pending against them, police said.
    We understand all but one of the officers were treated and released. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and hopefully, the last officer returns home shortly.

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    This is Obscene

    • Early last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped out developer Dan McCaffery by backing McCaffery’s controversial plan to transform the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park into apartments, condos and stores.

      After the Chicago City Council approved the project in April 2014, McCaffery, his wife and an executive with his McCaffery Interests development company contributed $65,900 to the mayor’s campaign fund between June 30 and Nov. 24.

      Asked whether there was a connection between his projects getting approved and the contributions to Emanuel, McCaffery says, “Never. No way.”

      It’s not the only time Emanuel has gotten campaign contributions from people who have benefited from actions he or city agencies or pension funds have taken, according to a Chicago Sun-Times examination of the nearly $30 million amassed so far by: the mayor’s campaign committee; a second campaign fund he controls; and a super PAC that supports Emanuel and aldermanic candidates he backs.
    $30 million. And he's spending it everywhere. We've gotten four different flyers touting Rahm's alleged accomplishments and savaging his opponents.

    But for all that, is Rahm headed to a runoff?
    • While Mayor Rahm Emanuel holds a two to one lead over his nearest rival exactly one month before the February 24th election, Alderman Robert Fioretti has emerged as the leading challenger to the Mayor, ccording to a new independent poll on the Mayor’s race.

      The poll of 806 likely Chicago voters, conducted January 17-21 by Victory Research, shows the incumbent Mayor leading in his bid for re-election with 36.4% of the vote. Respondents answered with both land lines and cell phones. The margin of error for the poll is 3.45%

      Alderman Robert Fioretti is in second place behind the Mayor with 18.2%. County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is third at 12.0%. Businessman Willie Wilson and William “Dock” Walls are in fourth and fifth place with 8.6% and 0.9% respectively, according to the poll.

      Alderman Fioretti builds his runner-up position as a result of a strong showing on the city’s northwest and southwest side, where he finishes a strong second to the Mayor. Fioretti runs a strong third in the largely African-American wards on the south and west sides.
    $30 million war chest and Rahm polls under 40%. And Fioretti is polling "a strong second" in the white enclaves to Rahm? Wow. Bob really ought to be cultivating an endorsement from Karen Lewis to break out in the black parts of town. Lewis could swing this thing, but Bob isn't really making the effort.

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    Nice Find

    • Chicago police seized marijuana valued at over $1 million after stopping an East Garfield Park man in his car Saturday evening on the Northwest Side, authorities said.

      Officers tried to stop James Hargrett in the Galewood neighborhood around 7:15 p.m. after seeing him fail to use a turn signal after exiting an alley in the 1700 block of North Moody Avenue, according to a police report.

      But Hargrett, 37, continued north on Moody, blew another stop sign and again failed to use his turn signal before he jumped out of the 2007 GM Denali and ran off, with the car still in reverse. An officer got in the vehicle and placed it in park, according to an arrest report. It was then that he noticed several garbage bags behind the front seats.

      Soon after, officers apprehended Hargrett when they noticed him hiding under a porch in the 1800 block of North Mobile Avenue.
    You know, if these assholes learned to drive properly, dope seizures might go way down.

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    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Police Week 2015

    Start planning your trip to the 2015 Police Memorial Week in DC.  Here's the info packet put together by retired Officer Al Piantkowski:

    Finally Dc 2015uploaded by SCC


    It's 13 pages, so click to enlarge and scroll through.

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    Nebraska No Snitching

    • OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police.

      As many as 50 people were in and around the small home when shots were fired "by multiple shooters" around 2 a.m., Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. No arrests have been made, and police said they were confident the shootings were gang-related.

      The vast majority of people at the scene refused to help police, the chief said during a news conference Saturday evening. He said he understood witnesses' fear but pleaded for them to come forward.

      "Now that you are away from that scene and have opportunity to be away from any intimidation, I'm asking you for the sake of the community to contact law enforcement," Schmaderer said.
    You know what'll fix this in Nebraska? CompStat - it's a guarantee.

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    Tracey Ladner Fired

    Someone finally launched her from a government spot. Looks like it was Preckwinkle:
    • Didn't take too long for Toni Preckwinkle to figure out what we already knew......call 312-603-6121 and ask for Tracey and you will be told she is no longer here.
    The wreck of Personnel Departments across the greater Illinois region is her legacy.

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    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    More Camera Questions

    Some people in the comment section get it - why not the city?
    • My concern is having the audio / sound recording on ALL THE TIME.

      Isn't this a violation of Illinois eavesdropping laws? (written by the crooked Illinois lawmaker/politicians)

      With the "in-car" camera system we are only allowed to audio record state charge violations.
      The audio MUST BE OFF for any municipal violation.

    • how about the new gps radios. we were issued them right before Christmas in 024. no training as to what the buttons or features are of the radio, no mention of gps in the radio, the gps parameters, etc. just here's your new radio and go. this place is ass backwards. it doesn't surprise me at all with the body cameras given the history of training in this department.
    And this important question:
    • I'd like to ask a White Shirt if they are ok approving an arrest report that has body camera footage and not watching it?
    This however, bears some scrutiny:
    • Bernard Kerik, former NYPD Commish, made $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from Taser.  Kerik was released from the Federal Pen in 2013.  G-Mac was Deputy Commish under Kerik.

      Taser is evidence.com's owner.

      See what's going on now?   
    Interesting.

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    Great Start to Snowy Weekend (UPDATE)

    • Two men have died and at least six were injured in separate daytime shootings Friday on the South and West sides, including a man shot in a vehicle in which a young girl was found unhurt, police said.
    We understand this has something to do with the shorter daylight hours. This has been a particularly bloody week...for January.

    UPDATE: 3 dead and 15 wounded
    ,,,,and still going on.

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    Gun Buy-Back Debacle

    • A recent gun buyback event in Oregon, aimed at curbing the number of weapons on the street, turned into a planned profit making opportunity for a group of firearms enthusiasts.

      The Jan. 17 event was co-sponsored by Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon and the Newport Police Department, who offered gift cards to superstore Fred Meyer in return for guns, no questions asked. A sliding scale meant assault rifles fetched $175 gift cards each, and high capacity magazines were worth $25 credits at the store, which ironically sells firearms.

      Second Amendment supporters took to OpenCarry.org’s forum to spread the word about the event, and to plan out their attendance to make maximum profit.

      “A $25 gift card for "high capacity magazines - like the ones you can buy for $8?” questioned one forum member.
    Some other folks got pretty nice weapons at a steep discount by intercepting folks headed into the event and offering them more than the CeaseFire gift cards. And the usual rusted-out "couldn't fire a bullet if you used it as a hammer" types netted cards to be used to buy more modern arms.

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    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Cameras Cameras Everywhere

    Someone asking a camera question we hope doesn't need an answer:
    • The city and evidence.com are asking PO's to sign a contract with evidence.com. Is that kosher??????
    Don't you dare sign anything like that. You'd have to be freaking insane to do that. Call your rep, call the FOP.

    In the mean time, an all-call message went out from 014 notifying anyone in adjoining districts that up to 40 cameras were being deployed nightly in the District. That is certainly amazing, seeing as how:
    • there has been ZERO training in Camera usage. You are expected to show up for work, sign out a camera, strap that baby on, and go do police work. That's it - good luck.
    • there has been no communication from the city to our fine labor organization regarding the cameras. Not a single memo, legal brief, training class, etc. 
    • no word on when you should activate it, no direction on when you are restricted by the Constitution, not a single bit of info on what constitutes a lawful use of a camera outside on a street stop, inside a domicile answering a call, traffic stops, meetings with supervisors.
    • since this is a piece of equipment signed out to you, you are responsible if anything turns up broken, detached, disabled, etc., you're on the hook.
    This is direct from the meeting this week. One would think that maybe the FOP would step up and point out the inanity of supplying officers with something they have no idea how to use and expecting it to be used properly. You wouldn't just issue a cop a flame thrower without instruction, a manual, a legal bulletin, and expect them to use it properly. Unless of course, it was a Vanecko Flame Thrower - then you know that the City is just doing it for the money.

    Anyone know if Hilliard still works for Taser International? Is he getting his beak wet in this budding debacle?

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    St. Baldrick's Event Info

    Plans are well underway for the 2015 St. Baldrick's event to be held on Friday, March 20th from 0600 - 1700 hours. Registration is open and you can go to THIS LINK HERE and choose the location you want to go to.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the south side location organizer, Bill Murphy, will not be able to help with getting an event in 022 again this year, but there is plenty of room at either the Academy or 025.

    If you have any questions you can contact me at chromedome1269@sbcglobal.net or Anne Zamzow for 025 at annezamzow@yahoo.com

    Thanks to all who have helped in the past and in advance for all who will be participating this year, we look forward to seeing all of you.

    Until we find a cure!

    Bill O'Reilly

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    Joravsky Toasts Local 2

    • It seems like only yesterday that Mayor Rahm—backed by his mayoral body guards, of course—was marching into firehouses to tell the rank and file he was cutting their pensions. And, if they didn't like it, they could kiss his mayoral derriere.

      Well, that was then—or 2012, to be exact—and this is now, where to my surprise, the firefighters' union has decided to endorse Mayor Pension Snatch for reelection.

      To get the inside scoop, I called Thomas Ryan, president of Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, to ask: Tommy, what the f . . . In so many words, of course.
    And he shows how the parties are attempting to rewrite history...and getting away with it.

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    More CR Files Released

    Once again:
    • During October of 2014, Department members were notified that lists containing information related to complaints lodged against officers would be released in response to Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA) requests filed by reporters Jeremy Gorner from the Chicago Tribune and Tim Novak from the Chicago Sun-Times. The time frame for the information sought was January 1, 1967 to the present.

      The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Policeman’s Benevolent & Protective Association (PBPA) petitioned the circuit court for injunctive relief. In the matter of Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge No. 7, et al. v. City of Chicago, et al., 2014 CH 17454, the circuit court, on December 19, 2014, issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the release of information on those lists that is more than 4 years old

      Consistent with the terms of the preliminary injunction issued by the circuit court, the City of Chicago Department of Law will release to each of the above reporters a list containing information related to complaints lodged against any officers for the 4 year time frame of 19 December 2010 through 19 December 2014.

      A copy of the list will be furnished on 27 January 2015 to each reporter and will consist of complaint histories of officers maintained by the Department. The list includes the following information: officer name, date of appointment, complaint category, complaint number, incident date, complaint date, closed date, final finding of the investigation and any action taken.
    Fishing expedition anyone?

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