Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Judge v Prosecutor

  • A longtime Cook County judge and a top prosecutor repeatedly shouted at each other Monday at a tense hearing over whether a pregnant woman should have been jailed without bail for more than a month this summer.

    "I have every right to hold her," said Judge Nicholas Ford, a former prosecutor known for imposing tough sentences.

    "You do not!" countered First Assistant State's Attorney Eric Sussman, his voice raised.

    At times, the argument grew so heated that the two talked over each other, making their comments nearly unintelligible, as Karen Padilla stood nearby with her 3-week-old daughter strapped on her chest in a carrier.
We going to have to side with the judge on this one. If you miss multiple court dates, the judge has an actual duty to make sure you don't miss another one. And if that means custody, then you kind of have to stick around. There aren't any "time outs" because you're pregnant or anything. There's a perfectly good hospital on the grounds of Cook County Jail, and if that doesn't meet an individual's exacting standards, one solution is to stop being a criminal and missing court dates.

Sussman is a political animal trying to keep his position by carrying out the orders of his elected boss, which is pretty much "Release everyone!" and we don't really agree with that.


Be There or Else

Welcome to City employment:
  • Date: 8/14/17 12:57 (GMT-06:00)
    Subject: Meet and Greet

    Dear 16 August 2017 Class - Probationary Police Officer:

    Tomorrow morning; Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at 0900 there is a meet and greet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago Police Academy, 1300 West Jackson Blvd.  You must dress in business attire.

    Your attendance is strongly recommended and encouraged. You will have an opportunity to speak with Mayor Emanuel and some of your Police Academy instructors. You can expect to be there a couple of hours.

    Chicago Police Department
    Human Resources Division
Expect a lot of this in the upcoming years kids - you're political pawns now, despite what Rahm claims.


Common Thread

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Tuesday bemoaned the fights that forced the United Center to close, canceling the championship game of a basketball league intended to keep teenagers off the streets in the summer.

    The pandemonium — some captured on cellphone video — prevented neighborhood teams made up of players from two of Chicago’s top high school basketball teams — Orr Academy and Curie Metropolitan — from squaring off in a title game.

    As upsetting to Emanuel and Johnson as the ugly scene outside the United Center was the fact that the league itself was supposed to provide a constructive alternative to the lure of gang activity.

    That the showcase game would dissolve into fights and pandemonium that forced the United Center to close on Monday night and cancel the championship game was a cause for sadness for both men.
Rahm was sad? Special Ed was sad? Are these two completely ignorant of recent history? Like back in March:
  • A brawl broke out in the concourse of the United Center after the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday. About a dozen people can be seeing fighting in a video provided to the Sun-Times.

    The game organizers released the following statement:

    “Naturally, we are disappointed by this kind of activity, which runs counter to the spirit of the McDonald’s All-American Games. But we are equally grateful to the United Center Security team and the Chicago Police for restoring order. We refer all further questions to the Chicago Police.”
The scientific evidence points to the common thread of basketball bringing out the violent side of the intemperate youth. Chicago must strive to ban basketball in all it's forms.

In fact, detectives are on the verge of connecting the recent mass car-jackings and car thefts to people (or folks) needing rides to basketball games. And the muggings/robberies in Boystown? Money Beach closures? Basketball is making Rahm and Special Ed sad.

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Another Stripping

  • A Chicago Police sergeant has been indefinitely relieved of police powers after shooting an autistic 18-year-old in the arm during an off-duty confrontation early Sunday in Morgan Park.

    Officers involved in shootings are automatically put on desk duty for 30 days under CPD policy, but the Independent Police Review Authority recommended that the sergeant be taken off the streets for the duration of their investigation — a process that can take months or years.

    Supt. Eddie Johnson agreed with their recommendation, according to CPD spokesman [...].

    About 5 a.m., the 5th District sergeant was off-duty and driving home in his personal vehicle when he saw an 18-year-old man “acting suspiciously” near the intersection of Wood Street and Hermosa Avenue on the Far South Side, Johnson said at a Sunday press conference.

    The 18-year-old, who has autism and suffers from schizophrenia, had been reported missing a few hours earlier by his foster mother.....
What is it going to take to learn?


Search....and Search Again

  • A loaded gun was found in the trash Tuesday at Cook County Jail near an area where new inmates are brought.

    The jail went on lockdown about 6:45 a.m. after correctional officers found the Kel-Tec .32-caliber handgun while emptying the trash, said Cara Smith, chief policy officer at the sheriff's office. At 1 p.m., Smith said she expected the lockdown to end shortly.

    The gun was found near the area where new prisoners are dropped off before bond court, Smith said. Sheriff's officials suspect that an outside law enforcement agency failed to find the gun on a defendant before bringing the individual to the jail, she said.

    Smith speculated that the person tossed the weapon in the trash after realizing jail officials would likely find it.
Search, search, search.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hey Dart

Your Electronic Monitoring program is a massive failure:
  • Current CPD here, my brother is in the county EM unit. This is straight from him and he's shown me the proof. Over 3K shitheads on EM, over 80 of them are on current murder or sex crime charges. Over 530 declared awol and have been issued warrants. EM brass are all Dart bootlickers, and former CPD who don't want to lose that 2nd pension.

    Per supervisory order, enforcement of violators is kept at a minimum as to keep the jail empty, and dope and drugs found in the houses are told to have a blnd eye turned to them. Fugitive warrant unit who works alongside the EM guys number less than 10 total. They have a huge caseload and are pressured to only pursue low level offenders, to avoid any negative press before tommy makes his next move.

    In the last 6 months there were at least 6 confirmed guys who caught murders while they were suppose to be confined to their houses, 1 of them killed his ex girl and had been gone for 4 days before anyone was sent to check on him. Things were so bad ed Burke Jr tossed his star on Tommys desk and told him to fuck himself and quit. There hands are tied just like ours and I don't blame them for collecting a check.
Here's a free video suggestion that might restore confidence in your half-baked policy:

You can save the neck bracelets for murderers. Maybe shooters on the dominant wrist, robbers and burglars to the ankle, genitalia for rapists. The policy writes itself.


Nothing to See Here

  • Garrett Popcorn Shops lost a legal fight a few years ago to keep calling its famed carmel- and cheese-flavored popcorn the “Chicago Mix.” That apparently hasn’t stopped the chain from embracing the Chicago Way.

    The Chicago for Rahm Emanuel campaign committee recently reported getting a total of $15,000 from three executives of Garrett Brands — which will open two Garrett Popcorn Shops outlets at Midway Airport under the airport concessions deal approved earlier this year by the mayor and aldermen.

    It’s just the latest example of money flying into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign coffers from people who are profiting from the ongoing overhaul of Midway concessions.
Did somebody not take their Ethics Test this year?
  • The contributions to Emanuel from the new Midway restaurants and shops aren’t covered by an executive order the mayor signed on the first day he took office in 2011. He vowed not to take contributions from companies that do business with the city.

    The executive order doesn’t prohibit campaign contributions from these businesses at Midway — even though they make tens of millions of dollars a year by getting to open shop at Chicago’s No. 2 airport.

    Technically, Emanuel aides have pointed out, the brands that go into business there do not have contracts with the city.
Sure. And technically, we could say that that loophole was left there on purpose exactly for this reason and Rahm's spokesweasels are full of shit.


Duck and Cover Time!

We recall, back in the 80's, Chicago declared it was a "nuclear free zone," and that this righteous attitude would provide a magic shield to save us from Russian nukes in the event that the "warmonger" Reagan  made the Russians angry.

It was such a successfully meaningless gesture that future City Councils made a habit of passing all sorts of meaningless gestures in future years - plastic bag ban/tax, foie gras ban, trans-fat ban, gun ban -  instead of actually, you know, governing responsibly.

So here's a link to the City of Chicago Nuclear Threat page, telling you how to prepare and act in the event of a North Korean nuke detonating over City Hall or the Cook County Building.

Amusingly, the list doesn't include arming yourself for the inevitable appearance of zombies or other ne'er-do-wells. Nor does it advise where to dispose of the stacks of dead bodies that any nuclear attack would produce. No word about what food to have on hand, water, cash, etc.

It does advise you to listen to TV and radio stations, all of which (we guess) will be up and running due to the brilliant planning/foresight of the ruling class.


Monday, August 14, 2017

A Church? A Triple Justified?

Sanctuary! Sanctu- ::BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM::
  • The sermon was just about to begin Sunday morning as the 34-year-old usher walked up the steps of South Austin’s Friendship Baptist Church accompanied by his three young children.

    According to church members and the pastor, the sanctuary was where the man had sought to turn over a new leaf. It was where his children, all under the age of 10, had been baptized. And Sunday, it was where his life was cut short.

    Around 11:15 a.m., two gunmen wearing bandanas ran toward the broad wooden doors of the church and opened fire in the direction of the usher and a 46-year-old man who was visiting the church, police and witnesses said. The men attempted to take cover behind a nearby retaining wall as the usher cried for his children to take cover inside the church.
Broad daylight. On the church steps. If that doesn't speak to the entire lack of morals of certain people (or folks), we don't know what does.

This however, should brighten everyone's day:
  • Three people were shot to death Sunday evening in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side.

    Two males and 1 female, whose ages were unknown, were shot at 5:32 p.m. in the 10200 block of South Ewing, according to Chicago Police. They all were pronounced dead at the scene.
It turns out that all three of the dead people were burglarizing the house. And the homeowner got all three - which is some impressive shooting.

UPDATE: Staged crime scene? Lots of questions popping up suddenly. If true, it would be more entertaining, not less. Grab the popcorn.

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Toni Booed at Billiken

We heard from numerous people about this. We held off for a day, wondering if the lame-stream media might report it. They didn't - just this off-the-wall blog:
  • DAMN! Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle was booed at this years Bud Billiken Parade. As she passed by, THOUSANDS chanted and called her "QUEEN SUGAR" in reference to the "Sugar/Sweetened Tax" that's actually about to cause over 837,000 people in Illinois to lose their FOOD STAMP, SNAP, LINK benefits.
And that's not the only thing:
  • Thousands of Black people booed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. They poured out soda and sugary drinks as she passed by during the parade.
Looks like Toni (and hopefully, the entire county Machine) have big problems on the horizon.


No Coverage

You know what else wasn't covered by the media?

Shots fired at the Billiken Parade.

Why is this not newsworthy? There was a short foot chase, a gun recovered, a crime scene and an arrest.

Does the media just assume that wherever there are large numbers of African-Americans - men, women, children - that gunfire is a normal occurrence that isn't at all newsworthy?

How very very racist.

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Off Duty Shooting

  • An off-duty Chicago police sergeant shot an 18-year-old man during a confrontation in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the city's Far South Side, according to police.

    About 5:05 a.m. Sunday, the officer was involved in a confrontation with the 18-year-old in the 11100 block of South Hermosa Avenue, according to police.

    The 18-year-old was shot in the arm, and his condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Be careful out there.


RIP Captain

  • A captain in the Chicago Police Calumet District died early Sunday after he was found unconscious in his squad car on the Bishop Ford Freeway on the Far South Side, police said.

    Capt. James Lavoy, 50, was found in his police vehicle about 12:10 a.m. on I-94 near the Stony Island feeder ramp, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Sympathies to his family, friends and co-workers.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Magic Money?

  • Chicago’s public school system is counting on $269 million in additional money from the city of Chicago government to balance its $5.79 billion operating budget for the coming year, school officials announced Friday.

    Officials propose more in operational spending, up from $5.6 billion proposed a year ago, to cover higher pension costs and Chicago Teachers Union raises, according to the Chicago Public Schools’ 2017-18 budget proposal.

    The $269 million in local funding would be in addition to state money that school officials are hoping will arrive through school-funding legislation that’s been the subject of yet another ongoing political battle in Springfield.

    And it’s still unclear how the $269 million would even be generated.
We're sure there are many who wish Rahm would direct this never-ending, never-explained endless fountain of money (that keeps appearing from whenever Rahm needs to fund some unnecessary, pointless and expensive project) at something more pressing - like pensions.


Indiana Shooting - Illinois Connection

  • A vehicle pursuit that began in south suburban Chicago on Thursday morning ended in a fatal police shooting outside a gas station in Dyer, according to authorities.

    The man who allegedly led police in the pursuit across the state line was identified as 33-year-old Mark Coffey, of Chicago Heights, in a news release sent out early Thursday evening by the Lake County coroner's office.

    Coffey sustained gunshot wounds, but the manner of death is still pending investigation, the release stated.
But that's not the truly entertaining part:
  • [Master Trooper Glen] Fifield said the man, later identified as Coffey, had an active warrant for armed robbery and burglary at the time of his death, and he was found in his vehicle wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
So this time it's IDOC releasing unrepentant dangerous criminals back into society where they can wreak havoc not only on the people of Illinois, but on the unsuspecting citizens of neighboring states as well...instead of Dart.


History Repeating

  • A new report finds Philadelphia’s new soda tax, which went into effect January 2017, to be disappointing both consumers and government officials.

    The nonpartisan Tax Foundation found Philadelphia overestimated how much revenue a soda tax would generate and underestimated how much the tax would distort the beverage market.

    Philadelphia’s story

    According to the report, Philadelphia expected to receive $46.2 million in soda tax revenue from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2017. But actual revenues were 15 percent below this expectation, reaching about $39.5 million, or $6.7 million lower than the city originally anticipated.

    The revenue shortfall arose from changes in both consumer behavior and corporate practices.
Along with revenue not appearing, guess what disappeared?
  • As consumers fled the Philadelphia soda market, businesses suffered. Coca-Cola blamed the soda tax for costing the company 40 Philadelphia-area jobs, and PepsiCo announced it would lay off 80 to 100 workers, blaming Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages, according to Billy Penn. And due to the decrease in sales, thanks to the tax, Pepsi ceased distribution of its 12-pack packages and 2-liter bottles of beverages to its Philadelphia retailers.

    In a letter to the Philadelphia finance director, City Controller Alan Butkovitz compared the soda tax’s shortfalls to that of the city’s cigarette tax, according to Billy Penn. Both failed to deliver the promised revenue to schools.
Question - has a single "investigative reporter" looked into any of the following tax debacles?
  • Shortshanks imposes a $0.10 tax on bottled water
    • How much did he "estimate" would be brought in via the tax?
    • How much was actually raised?
    • How many budgets did Shortshanks push through that were "short" revenue?
  • Prickwrinkle imposes a $25 tax on firearms sales
    • Same three questions
  • Prickwrinkle imposes a bullet tax - $0.01 per rimfire round, $0.05 per center fire round, all of which was supposed to go to treating gunshot "victims"
    • Same three question as before and...
    • How many sporting good stores reduced or eliminated their presence in Cook County after this? How many opened / expanded in neighboring counties to meet the demands of gun owners? We can name three at least.
You know what would be entertaining? Following a few Cook County commissioners or even Prickwrinkle herself and seeing where they do their shopping. It might be eye-opening.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

It's Over....Seriously

  • In a rare decision, the city's police watchdog determined that a Chicago police officer's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy during a foot chase five years ago was "unprovoked" and "unwarranted."

    That ruling, released Thursday night by the Independent Police Review Authority, comes a little over a year after the city settled with the family of Dakota Bright for nearly $1 million after he was fatally shot in the back of his head by an officer on the South Side in November 2012.

    IPRA sustained complaints filed that the officer, who is not named in the ruling, used unreasonable force when he shot the teen, who was fleeing from police and was 50 feet away when he was struck. The officer had said he thought the teen was armed and turned toward him, but police didn't find a weapon on the teen.
Notice how the Tribune obliquely slanders the officer involved - "police didn't find a weapon on the teen." You have to read almost tho the end of the article to find this:
  • Though a gun was recovered nearby, IPRA's investigation also questioned whether Dakota was in possession of the weapon at the time he was shot, according to the report.
The gun recovered was seen and described by the officer during the chase. And given a reasonable officer's perception of the situation (backed by the Law and Supreme Court decisions), the shooting was ruled justified many years ago. But here comes IPRA reopening and re-investigating shootings, not based on any new evidence or fresh witnesses, but based solely on a political end that needs to be met in order to grant COPA instant credibility as an investigatory agency and Rahm as some sort of "reformer."

If you have been involved in any shooting, even on the periphery, you are (despite Rahm's protestations) a political pawn. And you will be sacrificed in a heartbeat. First and foremost, protect yourself.


This is Rahm's Position

  • Upcoming negotiations with city unions need to result in overall savings for taxpayers to help “solidify” the city’s improving financial condition, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.

    Emanuel's remarks, in a speech to the Chicago Investors Conference, which includes some of the city’s largest investors, signaled the mayor's willingness take Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's advice and use the expiration of the contracts to negotiate a new deal designed to reduce costs and improve services.
Notice how workers are the ones expected to assist in improving the city's "situation." Not a word about slashing spending or cutting patronage or reforming crooked contracting or perhaps consolidating aldercreatures or any of a dozen efforts that might endanger the politically connected.

Everyone on the Department knows that 35th Street is currently interviewing potential captains with an eye toward promoting 44 by fall to run district watches. It will certainly be interesting to see which politically connected persons get a 100% "merit" promotion - a promotion that is going to cost taxpayers an additional $10-to-15,000-plus in salaries, a department vehicle, and countless millions in pensions if they happen to serve four years in rank.

But you little people, well, you owe it to the taxpayers to "solidify" the city's position so that Rahm can afford to promote another 44 hacks into inflated salaries and pensions.

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This is the only answer if you are involved in any sort of shooting or Use of Force where a CL/CR number will be obtained:
  • The hearing Friday was called to determine if prosecutors can use statements Van Dyke made to police union representatives after the shooting.

    Judge Vincent Gaughan granted prosecutors that access, largely because one of the union representatives had already spoken to FBI investigators as well as a grand jury about what Van Dyke told him.

    "The door is open, and it can never be shut," Gaughan said.

    Illinois law holds that union agents cannot be compelled to disclose information they get from union members except under certain circumstances. But prosecutors wanted to use statements made by Van Dyke himself, not the union representatives who interviewed him, complicating the legal issue.

    Van Dyke's attorneys admitted as much in a motion filed last month, stating that they have found no Illinois case law that is "directly on point with the situation presented here."
This case has drilled so many holes in Garrity protections, we're surprised the National Lodges haven't stepped in at some point to straighten out the half-assed way things are done here lest it endangers national precedent. Detective interviews ruled voluntary and not "under duress." Conversations with Union Representation admitted into Court proceedings.

Guess what? You cannot rely on your union representation to protect your Rights any more. The only sure-fire way to keep your Rights as an American citizen is a lawyer. And we dislike lawyers...intensely. But anything you tell a lawyer is privileged and will have a very hard time being used against you short of an actual conspiracy involving the lawyer himself/herself.

We have no idea what the FOP's plan is, but having a lawyer on call 24/7/365 is an immediate and absolute necessity from this point forward. Additionally, each and every Contract protection involving interviews MUST BE DEFENDED and STRENGTHENED especially in the face of Rahm's attempting to gut them.

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Electronic Monitoring Failures

  • A woman who was reportedly robbed and sexually assaulted in her South Side home last fall is suing Cook County and a GPS-tracking contractor, claiming they failed to detect that one of the alleged assailants had left home four hours before the attack despite being under home confinement.

    The woman, identified only as Mary Doe in the lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County circuit court, was allegedly attacked at her Roseland-area home in September. News reports of the crime say the 30-year-old woman was sleeping when she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint by two boys, one 16 and another 15, while a third teenager held a knife and acted as a lookout.

    According to her lawsuit, the 15-year-old had been ordered by a judge to wear a GPS anklet and remain on home confinement after being charged in juvenile court with robbery. Workers at Sentinel Offender Services failed to notice the 15-year-old had left his home four hours before the attack, according to the lawsuit.
What surprises us most about this is that the Tribune actually covered it. Obviously, the Sun Times won't because of the high level hiring Dart has done for the families of assorted reporters. But no one else can be bothered to find out why Dart's Electronic Monitoring Division can't locate 500 inmates that have been labeled as "non-violent," even as these inmates have a propensity to be arrested later in possession of guns, robbing people, raping women or managing to get shot at some point outside of their "curfew" hours.

It's a head scratcher, but maybe a few multi-million lawsuits will wake up voters to the incompetence they have allowed to take over their justice system.


Friday, August 11, 2017

A Tax too Far

  • CHICAGO – “To the residents and businesses of Cook County, we have heard you loud and clear and so today I have filed an ordinance to repeal the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax,” said GOP Commissioner Sean Morrison at a press conference held Wednesday at the Cook County Building.

    Indeed, a poll released Wednesday shows 87% of Cook County residents are upset about the new one cent per ounce sugary drink tax, making a 2 liter bottle of soda pop cost 68 cents more.

    Joining Commissioner Morrison as co-sponsors of the repeal ordinance are Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-1), Commissioner John A. Fritchey (D-12), Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider (R-15), and Commissioner Jeffrey R. Tobolski (D-16).

    There was equal bi-partisan support opposing this tax last year, but the tax passed by a single vote and that tie-breaking vote was cast by President Preckwinkle herself.
These five all voted against the tax to begin with, and they're extending a lifeline to the other eight assholes who supported this disaster of a tax - a tax that is opposed by 87% of the surveyed electorate.

Unfortunately, the next Cook County Board meeting is 13 September, meaning a full month minimum of the tax being collected from irate taxpayers. This month will show exactly how much Prickwrinkle isn't going to collect from the tax. We're betting that her estimates are going to be off by tens of millions for the month alone - upwards of $100 million a year.

The really bad news for Toni is she has now driven countless people to experiment with shopping in outlying counties and even other states....and people are realizing how much money they can save merely by driving 20 or 30 minutes from their comfort zones. And when they save on soda, they realize they save on gas taxes - ten and twenty cents a gallon. And they save on sales taxes. And they realize that they can strike a small blow for their own pocketbooks.

And a few hundred thousand "small blows" add up to tens of millions over the next 30 days....and even the Machine is starting to notice that this truly was a tax too far.

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Toni Fucks Up Big

  • Cook County's sweetened beverage tax has landed the state in hot water with the feds, potentially causing roughly $87 million in federal food stamp money to be withheld, Illinois officials said Thursday.

    The problem: Purchases made with federal food stamp benefits are exempt from the soda tax under federal law, but Cook County has allowed retailers to tax those purchases and provide refunds as a workaround for stores that haven't been able to program their point-of-sale systems.

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the federal agency overseeing the SNAP food stamp program — officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — warned Illinois that federal money could be withheld if the problem isn't fixed.

    USDA officials told the county the regulation was "unacceptable" in a phone call in late June, according to its memo to the state.
So not only is Toni going to lose tens of millions over the next months as people shop elsewhere and sales tax revenues dwindle, she needlessly jeopardized $87 million that she needs to buy off her voting base. This is why you're seeing commissioners in open revolt, attempting to save their own jobs in the face of a wave of taxpayer rage. We have only one question:
  • How is in the name of all that is holy did Rahm convince Toni to make such a monumental blunder, thereby undercutting her hold over the Board AND her prospects for mayor?
The single biggest beneficiary of this debacle is Rahm, removing his biggest threat from the playing field.

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Crime is....Up Again

  • As reports of carjackings skyrocket in parts of the city, police are urging people to abandon their vehicles if approached by thieves — whether or not there's a visible weapon.

    Carjackings are up 53 percent in Chicago this year compared to last year, city data shows.

    Through the first seven months of the year, there have been 465 crimes classified as vehicular hijacking or aggravated vehicular hijacking in Chicago, data shows.

    While those numbers are not nearly as high as in 2002, when the city registered 770 such incidents through July, they are 53 percent higher than the number of such crimes registered for the first seven months of 2016.
This advice, coming on the heels of the Noble Square carjacking that left a suburban businessman dead, to give up your car if confronted makes some sense.

But with the criminal element knowing that CPD can't even begin to chase hot cars, no matter how they were taken? Well, Chicagoans better get used to giving up their cars a lot more in coming years. It's what you sheep voted for. Congratulations.

Watch for Special Ed and his number crunchers to start touting the lower August homicide numbers to cover up the skyrocketing property crimes any moment now.

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Self Chicago?

  • A suspect has been released in connection with the fatal shooting of 33-year-old man Sunday morning in the Clearing neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

    At 5:18 a.m., a 30-year-old woman was being battered by Damien Hernandez in the 6900 block of West 65th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

    The woman pulled out a gun and shot him three times, police said.

    Hernandez, who lived on the same block, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

    Police called the incident a “domestic” situation. The woman was taken into custody after the shooting, but was released without being charged with a crime, police said Tuesday morning.
Well golly, the mayor and his fellow traveling leftists would be all behind this one, right? Right?

[crickets chirping]


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Even More Rahm Values

  • A man was killed and six people, five of who are women, were wounded in a shooting Tuesday night in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood just a few blocks from Chicago Police Department headquarters.

    The victims were standing on the sidewalk during a barbecue at 10:37 p.m. in the first block of East 37th Place when a group of males walked up and fired shots from the corner of the block, according to Chicago Police spokeswoman Officer Brandi Wright.

    Alfred Mitchell Jr., 28, was shot in the back and pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side.
Two blocks from HQ, too. At least everyone is getting this rambunctiousness out of their system before the Billiken weekend.


If You Play Nice....

  • For the first time since it began extending the detentions of local inmates sought for deportation, Miami-Dade County received word from Washington that it won’t be treated as a community giving “sanctuary” to immigration violators.

    An Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department said “there was no evidence” Miami-Dade was out of compliance with an immigration provision of a federal police grant worth about $480,000 this year to the county.
Imagine that - if you comply with Federal directives and conditions you get Federal grant money. Seems pretty straightforward. The same rules applied when the other party was in charge. Why is it so difficult to do the same thing when someone else is running things?

Rahm - you have a decent explanation, right? One that won't cost us all another tax hike?


Money Games

  • Chicago will refinance up to $2.5 billion in debt in a way that could dramatically reduce interest rates and borrowing costs, saving up to $75 million a year and ultimately helping the city shed its junk bond rating, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told investors Wednesday.

    The Illinois General Assembly has authorized Chicago to set up what a top mayoral aide called a “special-purpose corporation” as a way to borrow money used to finance city projects.

    The Emanuel administration intends to put its state-created sales tax receipts into that corporation, then borrow against it at a dramatically reduced interest rate — anywhere from 1.75 percent-to-3 percent lower than the rate Chicago taxpayers currently pay to borrow.

    A 3-percentage-point reduction in borrowing costs would save the city $30 million a year on every $1 billion borrowed.
Maybe, just maybe, the city should stop borrowing a billion dollars at a time? This "savings" sounds like shuffling paper again while the bankers collect millions. Between Rahm's refinancing and CPS borrowing $500 million and paying back $1.35 billion.... it's amazing paychecks haven't started bouncing.


17 v 50?

We pointed out the Cook County Commissioner voting record on the sweetened beverage tax. It was tied 8-to-8 before Prickwrinkle broke the tie with Steele out for illness.

Seventeen commissioners for a county with a population hovering around 5.2 million.

So how come Chicago, with a population of 2.7 million, has 50 aldercreatures?

Just some food for thought about how everyone living under this onerous system is getting screwed every single day by so many crooked government entities. It makes us wonder how tarring and feathering ever went out of style.

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Great Security

A politically connected firm, hiring gang bangers - what could go wrong?
  • The Chicago Park District demanded Wednesday that a clout-heavy security company explain how someone managed to smuggle a knife — subsequently used to stab a man and a woman — into a punk concert at Northerly Island.

    The latest in a series of violent summer crimes at popular tourist venues started when a 34-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man got into an argument with another male around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a bar inside Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.


    On Wednesday, Chicago Park District General Counsel Tim King was demanding answers from Monterrey Security, the firm hired by LiveNation to handle security at Northerly Island.

    King questioned how anyone could manage to sneak a knife into a concert at Northerly Island when Monterrey Security guards are supposed to use metal-detector wands to screen concert-goers before they enter the popular venue.
We can think of four ways a knife could have gotten in within a few seconds. Give us a minute, we'll find eight more without even trying. This is exactly why we don't go to concerts much any more, or sporting events, or anywhere else large crowds gathered who rely on politically heavy security companies that don't give two shits about actual safety.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

More Rahm Values

  • A man who has been deported from the United States twice was indicted last week for six robberies in Chicago and several suburbs since December.

    Jose Cruz Morales-Cortes, 45, was indicted on six counts of robbery on Aug. 1, according to a statement from the FBI.
    Morales-Cortes, of Gary, Indiana, was deported for being in the country illegally on March 26, 2004 and again on Aug. 29, 2016, the FBI said.

    He was caught in the country again on Jan 20, 2017, and was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when he was indicted for the robberies.
Thank goodness there are illegal immigrants around to do the robberies that citizen criminals are just too lasy to perform.


Fran Leaves Rahm's Reservation

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel has emphatically denied that politics is behind his decision to file a pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to block U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from cutting off federal crimefighting funds to sanctuary cities.

    If that’s true, why did Emanuel play the media like a fiddle by dribbling out details of the lawsuit over a three-day period?

    And why do the mayor’s own private emails expose his attempts to use his pro-immigration stance to shore up a national media image that took a beating after the November 2015 release of video showing a white Chicago Police officer firing 16 shots at black teenager Laquan McDonald?
Fran has been carrying water for Rahm's administration for years, just like she used to for Shortshanks. Questions like these could have doomed Rahm's mayoral bid. So why now? Who is the Slum Times backing for mayor now? What strings are being tugged?


Hearing Rescheduled

Sorry about the short notice, but it came out just this past afternoon:
  • Retiree Update-New Hearing Date is Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 10:00 am; Judge Cohen room 2308-we are also adding a renewed motion for class certification, which we filed for August 4, but will be addressed as well on august 9.
Buses leave FOP Hall at 0930 we are told.

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Prickwrinkle Surrenders

  • Cook County has withdrawn its legal motion to exact $17 million from retailers that sued the county over its controversial sweetened beverage tax, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's spokesman said Tuesday.

    The move came days after Preckwinkle defended the effort during a WGN-AM 720 radio interview. The criticism was mounting, though, with newspaper editorial boards bashing the effort and county commissioners looking to curtail her authority to sue for damages in such cases.
The political backlash is only growing. Sales across the county - from gas to groceries to fast food establishments - are down significant percentages already according to everything we've read, been e-mailed, told in conversations. This was a "tax too far" by all measures. And her overreach via a lawsuit is going to reverberate for a long time - possibly up until election season.


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

TRR Class - Good Point

Building on yesterday's post about the voluminous amount of information demanded by the new TRR, someone brought up this point:
  • The first thing officers need to ask with the new TRR is "is there a CR # for this incident?". If it's a Taser deploy or firearms discharge, it's automatic, don't complete the TRR until counsel is secured. If the incident isn't a Taser or shooting, ask the bad guy if he is going to file a complaint. If yes, get a supervisor and again, no TRR until you secure counsel. The new system is designed to trickbag you at every turn. Don't let it bite you in the ass. FOP should get in front of this now.
Every single TRR involving a weapon (taser, baton, gun, OC, many mechanical strikes) is going to be attached to a CL/CR number.


If not immediately upon notifying a supervisor, then during the debriefing/processing in the station. And once a CR is known to exist, we don't see how you can be permitted (or expected) to answer questions without being served Administrative Rights at the very least. Nor do we see how any answer, whether written or oral, can be answered without (A) a direct order and (B) without the FOP Disclaimer statement attached. Any supervisor asking an officer questions when the supervisor knows there is a CL/CR is (A) screwing the investigation and (B) opening themselves up for a certain lawsuit with provable punitive damages.

Has this come up in training at all? We haven't seen it in the comments. This is looking worse and worse the closer it gets to roll out.

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No One Wants the Job

  • The city of Chicago announced Monday that applications for the next exam to become a Chicago police officer will open August 15.

    It's part of the city's plan to hire nearly 1,000 officers over the next two years.

    Officers who join the department make more than $72,000 a year after 18 months. They are also eligible for healthcare benefits, tuition reimbursement, clothing allowances and a retirement plan.
Yeah, about that benefits package:
  • eighteen months that they fire you without explanation for any infraction;
  • the healthcare benefits are rapidly eroding;
  • tuition reimbursement might not survive into the next Contract - Rahm is crying poor;
  • aldercreatures attacking the clothing allowances (negotiated in lieu of actual pay raises);
  • the retirement plan is shaky as shit;
And despite what Rahm says, you will be a political pawn for your entire career, not to mention be blamed for the last 70 years of failed social policy.


Good Question

Where's the casino?

We were just wondering, as were a couple of commentators.

Rahm has money for lawsuits after all.


Rahm's "Values"

Rahm has a short memory....but this gentleman doesn't:
  • Bob Gordon said...

    My son Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04, had rights. The right to live his life and be with his wife and children. His life was taken by an illegal while he drove his squad in the ghetto protecting people who really don't care about the police, only when they need them. He was killed by an illegal who was working in Chicago and enjoying his life here and protected by the don't ask don't tell idea of Chicago.

    This illegal was arrested on prior occasions but never deported back to his own country. What is it that the Mayor and all those standing in front of the media talking a out a law suit to protect the rights of people who have no rights here that they are ILLEGAL.

    My son had rights but they were taken away from him. Tomorrow it will be 13 years and I cry just about every day as I should not have to outlive my children. Those on patrol, please be safe. Michael's Proud Father
Although we suspect that peace may evade you in this lifetime, sir, we wish you Godspeed and prayers from all of our readers.


Remember These Names

Voted for the soda tax:
  • Luis Arroyo Jr., D-Chicago;
    Jerry "Iceman" Butler, D-Chicago;
    John Daley, D-Chicago;
    Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, D-Chicago;
    Edward Moody, D-Chicago Ridge;
    Stanley Moore, D-Chicago;
    Deborah Sims, D-Chicago;
    Larry Suffredin, D-Chicago.
Voting against the tax:
  • Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park;
    John Fritchey, D-Chicago;
    Bridget Gainer, D-Chicago;
    Gregg Goslin, R-Glenview;
    Sean Morrison, R-Palos Park;
    Timothy Schneider, R-Bartlett;
    Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park;
    Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook.
Absent (and now dead, thereby evading responsibility):
  • Robert Steele, D-Chicago
Prickwrinkle broke the 8-8 tie herself, so blame rests almost entirely with her. Keep this list around and we'll try to republish it closer to election time.


Monday, August 07, 2017

TRR Class - A Big Deal

We haven't attended yet, but someone who did e-mailed us:
  • SCC - was talking to a supervisor who went through "Use of Force" training last month. She related that there was an extensive list of reports that are required to be attached to any TRR completed, including Case report, Arrest report, Supp reports, Inventories, IOD's, related To-Froms, TASER downloads, and anything else deemed necessary.

    If you're familiar with the IOD report, it contains a bunch of sensitive information, including home address, marital status, number of kids and Social Security numbers along with what is now part of your Medical Record. This is now discover-able by anyone suing the Department and you putting your personal information at risk, providing private information to people you arrested through their attorneys and probably violating HIPAA regulations.
We looked it up in the new (pending) order - General Order 03-02-02. Looks like a typical shortsighted Department fuck-up.

FOP, are you listening?

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Rahm's Forked Tongue

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday trickled out some new details about the city’s impending lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice as part of a dayslong rollout of the mayor’s latest effort to counter the administration’s immigration policies.

    Emanuel said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to withhold some federal grants from local police in so-called sanctuary cities violated the Constitution, stymied police anti-crime efforts and threatened the city’s long history as a place where immigrants have prospered.
Really? Rahm once again shows himself ignorant of history. The 9th Circuit (Circus) Court upheld the Right of the Federal Government to use grant money to compel behavior. We don't think that has been overturned as of yet and as the Obummer years proved, an imperial presidency prone to overreach is exactly what democrats want...when they're in charge. The feds have an extensive history of withholding funds to force States to submit:
  • 1974 - speed limits
  • 1975 - motorcycle helmets (since rescinded)
  • 1984 - national drinking age
  • 2009 - texting while driving (Schumer (D-NY) but never passed nationally)
But then Rahm really starts laying on the bullshit:
  • “Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said. “Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.”
Really? The police have been a political football since Rahm "discovered" a wedding dress in the basement of a house he hadn't lived in in years:
  • Rahm brought the police up to "full strength" by eliminating 1,200 spots in the budget;
  • Then he brought in a hack who cut citywide units to zero, pretended to empty HQ, closed three districts and two detective areas, leaving the same amount of cops to cover twice the "new" territories, then acted surprised when homicides shot through the roof;
  • His hack then brought in a discredited number counting scheme that downgraded crime rather than solved it, hiding property crimes and reclassifying violent crime;
  • Rahm hid a video of a questionable police shooting to get reelected, threw his hack under the bus and has further kowtowed to an "aggrieved community" that has mostly itself to blame for its failures to assimilate into a law abiding society, blaming (who else?) the police.
Rahm also fails to acknowledge that Citizens (and legal residents) have Rights, too, above and beyond those of non-citizens. The "fundamental rights" of illegals kind of begin and end at the right to be treated decently/respectfully/humanely...before being deported back to the country of origin to await entry under the rules of the United States.

And by undermining the ability to cooperate with Federal authorities to enforce the laws regarding national sovereignty (which have nothing to do with local or state laws), he is playing politics with the police once again - making them pawns - even though he denies doing so.


August Falls off the Pace

As predicted, it was going to be difficult if not downright impossible to keep up with last year's number of killings.

August 2016 set a torrid pace of 3 killings a day. In 6 days this year, August hasn't even averaged one a day.

700 is still within reach, but difficult. Check out (and their archives) for current totals and year to year comparisons.


Baltimore Fail

  • Going into the weekend, Baltimore activist Erricka Bridgeford had a simple hope and request: Nobody kill anybody for 72 hours.

    It was too much to ask for in a city on pace to record its highest annual homicide toll, a place still reeling from the racially-charged riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police [a drug addled lifestyle and complete inability to accept the consequences of his actions]
    [correction by SCC]

    Some 40 hours into the grassroots ceasefire, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot. Within a few hours, a 37-year-old was also killed by gunshots.
What a surprise.

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