Monday, October 20, 2014

Sergeant Injured in 010

This could have been way uglier than it was:
  • Two men were killed and a Chicago police sergeant was injured late Sunday night when a vehicle slammed into a squad car, then crashed into a taco restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood, police said.

    Police said a black vehicle was speeding westbound on West Odgen Avenue before hitting a Chicago police car sitting in traffic about 11 p.m. The car then crashed into a building at the intersection of Ogden and Pulaski, according to Chicago News Affairs...
Photo from the Tribune:

A foot or so toward the back....or god forbid the opposite side of vehicle? A quick recovery wished to the sergeant.


Let's Grow Some Weed!

  • Three companies that want to be among the city's first medical marijuana dispensaries won zoning approval Friday, but still need state license.

    Three fledgling companies that want to be among the city's first medical marijuana dispensaries cleared an initial hurdle Friday when the Zoning Board of Appeals granted them special use permits to set up shop.

    But even with zoning approval in hand, all three will still be competing for the limited number of licenses to be granted by state regulators within eight geographical areas of the city.

  • Most of the questions from board members related to security, and each of the would-be operators trotted out security chiefs with extensive resumes.

    Green Thumb has hired Terrance Gainer, the former Congressional sergeant at arms.

    Kind Care, which seeks the Elston Avenue spot, has hired Zvi Kremer, a former security manager for El Al Airlines in Moscow and Chicago.

    And Professional Pharmacy Management — the partnership between longtime pharmacist Barry Golin and brothers Doug and Danny Marks —has hired Michael Chasen, who retired after 39 years at the Chicago Police Department as chief deputy of detectives, to run security at its proposed shop on Milwaukee Avenue.
Wow. The connected Gainers, the ex-Chief of Detectives, an international airline security boss. How ever will Quinn/Madigan/Rahm choose to grow the medicinal weed? Maybe some sort of "sharing" among the connected?

Is it just us or does this remind anyone of the defunct Chicago casino license? That had a Who's Who list of connected rich folks looking to get richer.


Commander Suspended?

You think this would be bigger news - if in fact it happened:
  • COMMANDER PENA 010 on a ten day suspension for harrassing a PO
We've never heard of such a thing. You'd think that maybe they'd have been stripped and down at callback. After all, they've done that to Captains before.

And harassment only getting 10 days? Harassment of a female PO? That's setting a bad precedent - anyone accused of harassment from this point forward can expect exactly 10 days. Otherwise there might be an appearance of "favoritism" or "clout" or who knows what.The Department wouldn't want that hanging over its collective head, would it?


Horses Again

  • Another horse statue honoring police was found broken into several pieces this morning on the city's Magnificent Mile.

    Shortly after 3:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a damaged statue at 744 N. Michigan Ave., according to the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs.

    Officers found the statue broken in several pieces, according to preliminary reports from police.
Doesn't the Mag Mile have cameras? Hundreds of cameras? Thousands? Are they all broken?

Perhaps the statues ought to be moved indoors to some of the lobbies of tourist locations? Or the lobby of the local police station where an eye can be kept on it for a bit?


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bears Favored

Three whole points.

Bears are playing .500 ball. No one knows which Jay is going to show up. Consistency is an unknown word in the locker room. For all intents and purposes, it's a coin flip.


Where's All That Camera Money?

Good news - Rahm's "Red Light Safety Cameras" have done their job!

Bad News - Rahm's budget is suddenly short $50 million:
  • Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars -– through good behavior.

    You heard that right: Good behavior is bad for the budget. Real bad, reports CBS 2 [...]

    [...] CBS 2 has learned the speed cameras caught far fewer speeders than expected.

    [...] How much lower? Fifty million dollars lower. Emanuel’s administration had figured on $90 million in fines to help balance this year’s budget, but they can only count on $40 million. That’s a $50 million shortfall, putting pressure on the next spending plan.
We've pointed this out in the past - why is the city (any city?) allowed to base budgets on "projected" revenue? They have some magical insight into unforeseen weather disasters? downturns in the economy?

Punitive fines influence behavior. $100 fines influence behavior a lot faster than something less. And here's taxpayers holding the bag for Rahm's unrealistic expectations. because they advanced their own economic interests by slowing down and obeying the law.


Batten Down the Hatches

  • A white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Missouri in August told investigators he was in fear for his life after the young man grabbed at his gun, which was discharged twice in his patrol car, the New York Times

    Government officials briefed on a federal civil rights probe into the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson told the Times that Wilson had said he was pinned in his car and punched and scratched by Brown in the moments before the shooting.

    The government officials, who were not identified in the Times report, said forensic evidence collected from the patrol car indicate Wilson's gun was fired twice, with one bullet striking Brown in the arm. The other missed, according to the Times report, published late Friday.

    Reuters could not independently confirm the report, and could not immediately reach officials of the Department of Justice for comment.

    Brown's blood was found on the gun, the interior door panel and the officer's uniform, the newspaper said.
This is a Tribune report about what appeared in the New York Times.

No True Bill is on the way. And then the media can cover the riots and burnings that they helped lay the groundwork for and wonder why in Obama's "post-racial" America, how such a thing could happen.

Hopefully, we aren't seeing blow-back across the country.


The Scandal That Keeps Giving

  • The top deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday amid revelations that Operation Fast and Furious scandal guns were used to harm Americans in Phoenix in 2013, a development top congressional Republicans say President Obama’s administration sought to cover up.

    Documents released by conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch—and put forward by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)—show that an assault rifle purchased as part of Fast and Furious was used in a Phoenix-area crime in July 2013 that left two people wounded.

    Part of a police report shows the rifle’s serial number, 1977DX1654. Judicial Watch obtained the documents from a lawsuit it filed against the city of Phoenix, Judicial Watch v. City of Phoenix, to get officials to release the documents. Judicial Watch had filed an Aug. 5, 2014, public records request with the city, which it ignored, forcing Judicial Watch to file the lawsuit on Oct. 2.
Hundreds of fully operational weapons allowed to "walk" over the border with no oversight or tracking are "walking" back over the border and being used by criminals and cartels against Americans in a completely manufactured crisis to degrade national gun rights. And still, no one has been held responsible.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Plans Underway!

Even though the word out of Washington has been that there's nothing to worry about, that the chances of Ebola arriving on American soil are miniscule, that if it ever gets here, quarantine protocols will keep everyone safe!
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought Friday to reassure Chicagoans increasingly concerned about the Ebola epidemic that the city would learn from mistakes made in Dallas and have a coordinated response if the deadly disease surfaces here.

    To make certain of it, Emanuel summoned hospital officials and commissioners of several city departments (police, fire, health, aviation and emergency management and communications) to the first of what he said would be weekly meetings to discuss the city’s emergency preparedness.
  • Despite the burgeoning Ebola epidemic, the Chicago Fire Department has never “fit-tested” its 4,645 firefighters and paramedics to make certain that disposable face masks used to protect them from fluid transmissions are properly sealed.

    The Massachusetts manufacturer of the N95 respirator recommends — and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration demands — that first responders be tested annually to make certain the mask fits tightly enough to filter out small particles.

    The tighter the fit, the more resistant the mask is to bodily fluids, which is how Ebola is transmitted.

    But until the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 sounded the alarm this week, the Fire Department had distributed masks without fit-testing any of its employees.
Um...masks are great for airborne particles, but Obama has been telling everyone that Ebola isn't an airborne disease (that's why he hasn't banned flights, disregarding the fact that while Ebola isn't airborne, infected passengers are). It hasn't mutated that far yet.

In any event, most Ebola patients exhibit projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea and the disease has shown surprisingly high infectiousness...1-to-10 particles can infect you, as opposed to hundreds, even thousands of particles to transmit colds, measles or other diseases. And Ebola doesn't have to be inhaled - it will get through whole skin. So a mask is great....if you don't make skin contact with any vomit or shit flying out of an infected individual.  And then you have to load someone on a stretcher, lift them into an ambulance, unload them at a hospital and have to decontaminate every surface, article of clothing and lord knows what else. No problem at all.


First the Trib... the Sun Times? (warning - password site)
  • After insisting for nearly three years that it would no longer endorse candidates for political office, the Sun-Times is reversing itself and formally backing Republican Bruce Rauner for governor.

    The Sun-Times announced Friday that its Sunday edition would carry its choice for governor. Although the announcement stopped short of saying whom the newspaper would endorse, sources confirmed that Rauner would get the nod enthusiastically over Democrat Pat Quinn.
Tribune endorsement is here.

Sun Times excuses over here.

Now who are the Rockford and East St. Louis papers endorsing? Those are the other two counties Quinn won last time. Maybe this is the end finally?


Kill This Money Waster Already

  • The rain-shortened Taste of Chicago lost $169,404 this year, the city announced Friday.

    The food festival had to be closed on its only scheduled Saturday in July due to heavy rains and standing water, and just 1.1 million people walked through the gates during its other four days, according to the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. That's down from 1.5 million attendees in 2013, when Taste turned a $272,000 profit, and 1.2 million visitors in 2012, when it lost $1.3 million.

    Since taking office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tried to guide the city's big summer food festival toward profitability in large part by shrinking it while increasing revenue.

    The city raised the surcharge it collected for every strip of 12 food tickets at this year's festival by 50 cents, from $2 to $2.50. And the mayor pushed through an ordinance to charge $50 for "premium seats" to Taste concerts, up from $25 the year before. Until Emanuel took office, all Taste concert seats were free.
And while they're at it, they ought to cancel the "Chicago Fizzle" fest, too.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Contract Results Are.... [UPDATES]

...not available yet.

Speculate here and check periodically for a count.

UPDATE: Early word is it passed.

UPDATE: media coverage

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McHenry Shooter in Custody

Did he just snap?
  • A man accused of shooting two McHenry County Sheriff deputies was found a few miles away from his home, walking along a road, after two people called police to report a suspicious person.

  • The incident began after the suspect’s wife had called a friend in Michigan. That friend called the McHenry County sheriff’s office, asking that someone check on the well-being of the wife early Thursday.

    According to Nygren, Peters, who has military experience, fired a rifle through the door of the home, opened the door and continued firing, hitting a female deputy in the leg and striking a male deputy in the leg and abdomen.
Coppers are stabilized, but a long recovery ahead of them:
  • The male officer — a seven-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s office — was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was listed in “stable but critical” condition, police said. The female deputy, a 12-year veteran, was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, authorities said. Her condition had stabilized.
Best wishes to the wounded.

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Quinn Worried?

  • Former President Bill Clinton is in Chicago on Tuesday to headline an event to bolster the re-election of Gov. Pat Quinn. Clinton comes the day after early voting starts in Illinois and after President Barack Obama is scheduled to lead a big get-out-the-vote rally on Sunday at Chicago State University and then be the draw at a fundraiser in Chicago on Monday for the Democratic National Committee. On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden stumps for Quinn; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., at a turnout rally in north suburban Vernon Hills.

    Earlier this month, First Lady Michelle Obama and former Sec. of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were in Chicago to help Quinn, locked in a tight battle with GOP nominee Bruce Rauner.
Obama's second trip this month. Michelle stopping by. Both Clintons and Biden? Quinn must be running behind or Rauner is surging in the polls. It would be highly embarrassing to have a Republican elected in Obama's home state, but this desperation really makes us wonder what the pollsters and media have been hiding.

Quinn looked horrible in the debates. He has to import out-of-state shooting victims to push his anti-gun platform. Durbin hasn't been hammered nearly enough for comparing US troops to nazis. Obama is an anchor on every national and state race. And you've got Quinn trolls all over state worker websites (and our comment section) trying to use scare tactics to push the vote. Things must be grim.


Parking War Casualty

Victim of his own stupidity:
  • A parking enforcement aide was slapped with a 29-day suspension for threatening to “aggressively ticket” the personal vehicles of Chicago Police officers in retaliation for an “unfair” parking ticket issued to a co-worker, the city’s inspector general disclosed Thursday.

    Three months ago, Inspector General Joe Ferguson used his quarterly report to lift the veil on a “rivalry” that triggered a “public screaming match” between a parking enforcement aide and a police officer.

    [...] On July 2, a parking enforcement aide was slapped with a 29-day suspension after being accused of sending an anonymous, profanity-laced email to an unidentified police district threatening to blanket police officers' personal vehicles with tickets to get even with an officer there for ticketing a fellow parking enforcement aide.

    “The PEA threatened to aggressively ticket personal vehicles parked in the CPD district police-vehicle-only parking lot, above and beyond prevailing enforcement practices,” Ferguson wrote.
No idea when the fundraiser is, but wouldn't it be funny if.........

Nevermind. Bad idea. Forget we said a word


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Survey Time

Anyone getting these survey people coming to Roll Calls? According to some e-mailers, they're from the "Center for Police Equity" and they are teamed up with the UIC Survey Research Laboratory to survey departments to see what issues matter to the police.

There are sections on job satisfaction, attitudes toward supervisors, thoughts about the job, the community, the policies McCompStat comes up with, etc. There's even a section that appears to gauge your mental status and how you approach the job and coworkers.

It's over 250 questions and it's supposed ot be anonymous - except for the part where they ask you age, gender, years on the job, what beat takes up most of your time and what year you were born. In other words, enough to nail your identity 98 times out of 100. They claim you can't (or won't) be identified. They obviously haven't dealt with Chicago-types before.

They will donate $20 to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation up to a total of $25,000. We'd do it just for the donation to the fund, but we certainly would advise against filling in the identifying data that might get you in a bit of a tight spot.


Nothing to See Here

  • The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

    Amid growing concern, President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip to address the outbreak.

    Though it was not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, the case represented just the latest instance in which the disease that has ravaged one of the poorest corners of the earth — West Africa — also managed to find weak spots in one of the world’s most advanced medical systems.
These people are supposed to be under quarantine and isolated for 21 days minimum, yet here's one flying across the country. But everything is just great!


Kicking the Can Down the Road

Rahm releases his preliminary 2015 budget...guess what doesn't get addressed?
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday accused the Illinois Supreme Court of throwing a “wet blanket” on pension reform talks with police and fire unions and said he’s hoping for a statewide solution to the problem that might include a sales tax on services.

    In a meeting with the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, Emanuel explained why he ignored the elephant in the room — a state-mandated, $550 million payment to shore up police and fire pensions — in a pre-election budget that bolsters services with higher taxes on parking, car leasing and cable television.

    Emanuel said he’s determined to “hold to the principle that reform and revenue go together,” just as he did in crafting a deal that saved the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds, with a telephone tax hike covering the first year of the city’s increased obligations.

    But he argued that the Illinois Supreme Court made that impossible when it ruled in July that subsidized health care premiums for state employees are protected under the state Constitution and cannot be “diminished or impaired.”
Pushing it to the crisis point....and beyond.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

McCloseBuildings Fail

Anyone willing to admit that at least one of the stations mergers has failed miserably?
  • 012 is getting a satellite office in the old 013 Wood Street Station now occupied by Sheriff's deputies doing warrants. Will save us a lot of time spent driving to and from the 012 station.

    Even though Staples was the driving force behind this -- based on input (begging) from officers and the community -- Ald. Moreno issued this earlier today taking most of the credit. Election year...

    "When the Wood Street 13th District Police Station closed in 2012, the nearby residents were concerned that the closing would effect the safety of the immediate neighborhood. The mere presence of police officers gave nearby residents the comfort of having police officers nearby."

    "At that time I vowed that the facility would continue to have a security presence. I worked closely with the Cook County Sheriffs office and in the Fall of last year, the Cook County Sheriff's office officially took over the Wood Street station and to this day, up to 75 sworn officers use the facility on a daily basis, bringing a deep sense of security to the community."

    "Today, I am pleased to announce that the Wood Street Station will also serve as a Satellite Office for 12th District Chicago Police Officers. Although neighbors welcomed the Sheriff's office, they still felt that a presence of Chicago Police Officers would add to the safety of the neighborhood."

    "Over the next month, I will be working hand in hand with the Sheriffs Office and the 12th District Police Office to welcome officers from the 12th District to the Wood Street Station. As your Alderman, safety is my number one priority and I want to thank the tremendous work of 12th District Commander Melissa Staples and the leaders in the Cook County Sheriffs' department. These dedicated individuals will make our neighborhood even safer when Chicago Police officers are working out of the Wood Street Station hand-in-hand with Cook County Sheriffs within the next month."
Seriously, have you seen the size of the new 012 on a map? And where 012 itself is located? And the neighborhoods and traffic in between. Now the Department is going to run a "satellite" office? Here's an a new building, somewhere in the area of ...oh Wood and Augusta. You could name it...013!

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Almost Got Away...

  • A Northwest Side man joined runners for a portion of the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning while fleeing police, according to authorities.

    The man drew the attention of Chicago police officers after he began bumping into marathon spectators along a stretch of River North, according to police accounts. When the man saw officers, he bolted—bumping into more spectators and even some marathoners around the 200 block of West Superior Street—along Mile 12 of the marathon route, authorities say.

    Officers chased the man and tackled him to the ground, according to Chicago police. While arresting the man, police say, officers discovered he was carrying illegal drugs.
Moron - go break the law where there are tens of thousands of runners, hundreds of thousands of spectators and hundreds of coppers every few yards, all on heightened alert looking for Bostonian-type malfeasance. Real brainiac there.


Did You Vote?

You probably had to mail in your ballot yesterday for it to arrive in time for counting. If you brought it directly to the post office, it might get there in time, but we doubt it.

You cannot hand deliver it - the postmark acts as a validation of sorts, otherwise someone could bring a shitload of unfranked ballots to the count and claim they were hand delivering the decision in a box.

We believe your only option is to show up for provisional voting the morning of the count. Check the FOP site for times.

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Send it Here

From the comments:
  • A bit off topic,
    I am a red light camera installer.
    I worked for Spaantech,A Xerox subcontractor. I have info about the times being changed for the Yellow,
    and names of people at Xerox that told us to do it. Soooo who do I talk too?
    I would like to give my info to the right people to do the most good.
    Any help would be great. And A BIG THANK YOU!! TO ALL CPD.
    not a cop, Just a really pissed of tax payer 
The papers have had a few articles lately about the timing of yellow lights. If they don't want it, we'll spread it around. Our profiles are on the right hand sidebar.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good News Just Got Better

  • Eddie Taylor was killed in a West Garfield Park shooting that left three other people injured early Saturday.

    Taylor and his acquaintances were at a party in the 4400 block of West Madison Street when one member of their group got into an argument with a man with a gun about 1:10 a.m., authorities said.

    During the dispute, the man with the gun opened fire, police said.
Turns out this dead turd is the subject of the recent Officer Safety Alert in 011. Seems he and his fellow altar boys went up the gang chain of command and got approval to kill an 011 District Officer in retaliation for a shooting about a month ago where the cops killed an assailant armed with a machine pistol. The information was credible enough that extra teams have been assigned to 011 over the past weeks.

Good riddance.


Lewis Out

So does Fioretti make a legit run? Or was he the vote-splitter?
  • Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not pursue a bid for Chicago mayor, the coordinator of the committee that was exploring a run announced Monday.

    Lewis, 61, had been seen as a potentially strong challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February election.  Her series of speaking engagements around the city was interrupted last week when she was hospitalized after becoming sick at home. Union officials said she underwent surgery and was suffering from a “serious illness,” but have provided few other details about what is wrong with her.
Our guess? Cancer. [UPDATE: It's cancer]

In the meantime, Lewis's statement by her people had no mention of maybe endorsing someone other than Rahm. She appears to hate his guts and there was no love lost in return either. Either Fioretti starts making the right moves or he was the plant all along.

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More Damaged Statues [UPDATE]

  • A few of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Horses of Honor fell victim to their popularity during a busy Chicago Marathon weekend, with two vandalized and several damaged after people climbed or leaned on them.

    The horses, decorated by local artists and installed along Michigan Avenue and in other parts of downtown, honor officers who died or were injured in the line of duty.

    The company handling the approximately 60 statues’ installation has checked all of them for damage, and had to take three in to be repaired.
And big surprise - the one individual arrested? Local problem child:
  • A Near West Side man who broke the wooden wings off a Chicago police memorial horse statue along North Michigan Avenue while sitting on it was ordered held on $50,000 bail today.

    Darius Moss, 25, of the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard, is charged with three felony counts of criminal damage to property. Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held on $50,000 bail.
You just can't leave nice things out when company comes around.

UPDATE:  The title of the Tribune piece is further proof of their decline from the voice of "Mid-Western Republican" to "Ball-Washers of the Illinois Combine"
  • Horse statues honoring police fall victim to their own popularity
No they didn't - they fell prey to morons, idiots, morally-and-mentally-deficient wastes of tissue who suck up oxygen so there's less for the rest of us to breathe. How difficult is it to stay off of a piece of sculpture that doesn't explicitly invite you to climb on it? How hard is it to read a sign? But the Tribune wants you to think it's because the displays are "popular"?

Did you notice it took the Trib almost 3 days to identify the offender in custody? Anyone wonder why? Because they had to try to tie it into the crowds that attended the Chicago Marathon? Right - that's a crowd that has been notorious for years, destroying everything in their path as they jog throughout the city.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Cops Kill Armed Assailant

  • A man was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer after he pointed a gun at police in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side early Sunday, police said.

    About 12:35 a.m., Wentworth District tactical officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 5300 block of South King Drive, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

    A 26-year-old man with a gun ran east toward Washington Park when the officers tried to stop him, according to the statement and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

    As the officers chased him, the man allegedly pointed a gun in their direction and one of the officers opened fire, striking him multiple times.

    He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

    A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.
Well done. St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri will hold a sympathy riots later tonight. Just because. What? You need a reason now?


Are These Rahm's "Immigrants?"

  • Two teenage asylum seekers from Guatemala have escaped a detention center in Illinois and carjacked a 91-year-old Navy veteran.

    The incident has prompted the federal government to order a security review at all 139 shelters across the country that house illegal immigrant minors, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

    The boys, age 16 and 17, were able to walk away unchallenged from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois, outside Chicago, on Wednesday morning and carjack two victims before they were arrested more than 225 miles away outside Iowa City, Iowa, according to authorities.
So Obama is letting in car thieves and violent teenage felons-to-be without any sort of screening whatsoever? That's reassuring. And why are we reading about this in a British daily paper and not a local rag? Cat got their tongue...or Rahm?

This is also "reassuring:"
  • At least five children infected with the respiratory illness known enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have died in the U.S. in the past month.

    The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller. He died at home on September 25. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the cause of death Friday night. But health officials say they have no idea how he contracted the virus. A health official says Eli was “asymptomatic and fine” when he went to bed but died overnight. He had no known preexisting immune weakness.

    A 10-year girl Rhode Island girl infected with EV-D68, Emily Otrando, died less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. Three other patients with EV-D68 also died in September.

  • Enteroviruses commonly circulate in the U.S. during summer and fall. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Over the past thirty years, only small numbers were reported in the U.S.

    The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.

    The origin could be entirely unrelated.

    However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.

    Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.
Open borders....and open season on diseases, too.



Public art is going to be climbed on, abused and damaged by assholes - it's a given in these times where no one has any sense of propriety:
  • A 25-year-old man was arrested after allegedly vandalizing a police memorial horse statue late Saturday night on Michigan Avenue.

    A few minutes after 11 p.m., a man climbed on one of the Chicago Police memorial horse statues in the 500 block of North Michigan Avenue, according to police.

    Both of the wings on the horse, one on each side, were broken off the statue, according to a police report. There are signs “clearly posted” in the area prohibiting trespassing and climbing, according to the report.

    A witness called police to report the damage and the 25-year-old man was arrested. He was custody and charges are pending, according to police.
Hopefully, repairs can be made in short order.


Firefighters Hurt

  • A tricky fire burning in Bridgeport trapped several Chicago firefighters and two of them ended up in the hospital Sunday afternoon.

    CBS 2 [...] reports those firefighters are being observed after being trapped in two separate areas while barreling this blaze. Though fortunately there are no significant injuries to report crews say this was a nasty blaze to battle.

    Crews described the fire as stubborn and unpredictable. The Bridgeport house fire started in a three flat and spread to two neighboring homes.
Best wishes to the injured.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Underdogs Again

3 point underdogs this weekend, but the over/under is the highest of the entire schedule (54.5 points). We don't see a shootout in Atlanta.


Someone Explain "Business Hours"?

Once again, a hair salon open until all hours. And once again, a bunch of people get shot and someone dies:
  • A 22-year-old man was shot to death and three other people were wounded in a shooting during a party about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at a beauty salon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said.

    The man, who was identified as Eddie Taylor of the 1900 block of South Homan Avenue, was shot in the face and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 4400 block of West Madison Street, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs....

  • Police said one of the people who was shot got into an argument with a "male offender," who wasn't invited to the party at the salon. The attacker then took out a gun and started firing shots. No one is in custody as a result of the incident....
We're assuming these are licensed premises. Do they have some sort of "B.Y.O.B." thing where they can claim they're actually doing hair at 0100, 0200, even 0400 hours, but in reality, people are getting charged a cover, bringing in booze and settling old scores with guns? Someone ought to ban after-hour salons.


Another Crash

  • Two Chicago Police officers were injured Friday evening when their squad car crashed in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

    The single-vehicle crash happened about 9:10 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Washington, police News Affairs Officer [...] said, citing preliminary information.

    Both officers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, [...]. Additional details on the crash were not immediately available.
Best wishes to the injured officers.

Maybe it's a good thing the FOP made vehicles part of the contract - we've counted about eight crashes since the Contract went out for a vote. We'll be down to 392 cars before ratification.

By the way - did you vote yet? The count is at the end of this week.


Media Word Games

  • A 16-year-old boy is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail after approaching a 17-year-old man and shooting him in the chest last week.
Such a fine line between "boy" and "man" evidently. But you know if he was shot by the police, he's be a "teen" or "boy" or "child" until at least age 20, especially if he was "turning his life around" or an "aspiring brain surgeon."


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Corruption in the Making

Remember when the Supernintendo made his driver a sergeant? He was following in the footsteps of previous supernintendos who promoted their lackeys and lickspittles to lucrative spots as payback (payoff?) for long hours, missed time at home, and keeping their mouths shut about who the supernintendo was visiting and at what hours.

Of course, after this particular driver was promoted, it was revealed that he hadn't even taken the test, and was therefore ineligible and eventually unpromoted.

Everyone knows there are a couple of people who have slipped through the cracks and gotten promoted without taking or passing the test. So this stunt of Rahm's doesn't surprise us in the least:
  • The city of Chicago denied the rank-and-file police union’s Freedom of Information Act request asking for the names of officers who applied to be sergeants. Now, the union is asking the Cook County Circuit Court to overturn the city’s denial.

    On Sept. 29, the Fraternal Order of Police filed a FOIA request with the city asking for “the rank order list of Chicago Police Officers who took the most recent promotional examination for promotion to the rank of Sergeant,” according to a lawsuit filed by the union Tuesday.

    On Oct. 6, the city denied the request, contending the records sought are exempt from FOIA disclosure because they invade the applicants’ personal privacy, according to a letter attached to the lawsuit as evidence.

    The release of applicants’ names could also “hinder the City’s ability to attract qualified candidates,” the city wrote. “Additionally, individuals may be reluctant to apply for positions with the City of Chicago if a third party can access lists of applicants of job candidates.”

    A spokesman for the city’s Law Department did not respond to request for comment Wednesday evening.

    The union is asking the court to overturn the city’s denial and compensate it for court and attorney fees.
The FOP has always had a copy of the results to ensure that the city was adhering to their 20-or-30% meri-clout-orious promotions and taking the rest in rank order. Without this check, you can bet that the drivers and other connected fools would be the rule instead of the exception. The city's claim that this invades the applicants' privacy is ludicrous as the FOP has everyone's address for newsletters and elections. Same with the "hindering" - we already work for the City and a 9.5 fingered midget - we're just applying for a different spot within the organization.

Rahm is playing stupid games.


Freedom! ::Bang Bang::

  • After spending 15 years in prison, a New York man was shot within minutes of his release after he got into a car not knowing that another ex-convict with a gun and a grudge was hiding in the trunk, state police said on Friday.

    Devon Simmons, 33, had intended to catch a train from the prison in Otisville, New York, back home to New York City on Thursday morning after getting out on parole. Instead, he accepted a ride from a man in a car with Illinois license plates...
Now that's a grudge.


Cop Injured

Traffic crash, which in recent years, are more deadly and more injurious than attacks:
  • A Chicago police officer was injured this morning as she was responding to a call and her vehicle was struck by another motorist in North Lawndale, police said.

    The accident happened on the 3800 block of West 16th Street at 11 a.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs...
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


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