Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday Night Mayhem

  • Two people were shot to death and at least 16 other people have been wounded in weekend shootings across the city, police said.

    The most recent fatal shooting happened Saturday evening in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
And the Tribune seems behind the tallies - 1 dead and fourteen wounded. But scanning the Tribune, it looks like not a single person over the age of 37 managed to catch any lead. A 12-year-old, a couple 15-year-olds, your usual number of fools between 18 and 25 and a few outliers in their 30's.

The juveniles were out after curfew when they got shot and reports from 011 are that their fatal was Contact Carded at the scene of a previous shooting before becoming a statistic himself 4 hours later.

Labels: ,

Jets Favored by 3 Monday Night

Sure it's a day early - but we didn't have much to write about.

Open sports post - the Blackhawks opened training camp in South Bend this past week.

Labels:

A New Week, A New Contract Post

Open post for Contract debate.

Labels:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Airport Again?

Bid openings posted today:
  • 004 - 10 openings
  • 005 - 5
  • 006 - 5
  • 008 - 8
  • 009 - 3
  • 016 - 5
  • 017 - 5
  • 019 - 8
  • 024 - 2
  • 050 - 7 openings
  • 051 - 3 openings
Gee, it's almost like someone from the Federal government asked how the millions of dollars they sent Rahm for transportation security were being spent and no one had a good answer, especially as the Airports were 40 or more people short.

And since the Airports are 50% bid and 50% management now, should everyone be making those phone calls?

Labels:

Another Great Reason to Shoot Someone

  • Four reputed gang members have been charged in the fatal shooting of an innocent 9-year-old boy, apparently gunned down because they thought he was shouting a warning to two rival gang members, police said.

    "This didn't have to happen," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Friday afternoon to announce charges in last month's slaying of Antonio Smith, the youngest victim killed in gun violence in Chicago this year.
Garry then says something stupid:
  • McCarthy said the gun used to kill Antonio had been used in other shootings. "Chicago's murder problem is a gun problem," he said. "It's too easy to get a firearm."
Then he starts making some sense again:
  • Allmon had just gotten out of jail in August after serving 18 months of a 3 1/2-year sentence on a weapons charge, according to McCarthy.

    "He should not have been on the street to commit this murder," McCarthy said. "The real kicker to this entire case is that it didn’t have to happen."
Gee Gar - you ever think that there might be a correlation between those two thoughts? You seem intelligent at moments - more intelligent than some of Rahm's handlers give you credit for. Plus, you used to be a cop of sorts...a cop with a golden ticket, but you must have met actual cops at some point. If a criminal has little-to-no-fear of CONSEQUENCES, then he's going to...

Going to...

Come on now...going to...

Repeat? Re-offend? Keep doing the same damn thing over and over? Eighteen months on a gun charge is a fucking vacation from the mayhem of the south side. This guy probably welcomed the break.

Oh, and can we assume that he legally and properly bought the gun at a shop with his FOID card and took the classes and got his license to carry? Because you don't mention how the gun got into his hands otherwise - you know, like a ... a criminal act or something, seeing as how he already had weapon convictions in his background and was therefore ineligible to own a gun

Labels:

We Got Nothing

  • A veteran Chicago cop has been fired, after a run-in with a cab driver five years ago.

    Karl Clermont recalls the booze-fueled encounter he had with an off-duty Chicago police detective in April 2009. He drove the man he says was obviously drunk to Armitage and Damen.

    The passenger left the cab and refused to pay the eight dollar fare.

    “So he goes like he’s going in his pocket and I think now he’s going to pay me,” Clermont says. “He pulls out a weapon and draws it at me directly and says to me, ‘You choose. Either I don’t owe you (expletive) or you get out of the car and see what happens.”
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday Grand Crossing residents want him to reinstate their indicted former district Cmdr. Glenn Evans and he would consider it if Evans is exonerated.

    One day after Evans was formally indicted on aggravated battery and official misconduct charges, McCarthy talked about the impressive show of support that one of his most trusted commanders received at Thursday night’s Police Board hearing.

    “There was 20 or 30 people who came. They presented a petition in support of Commander Evans while at the same time saying, 'Look, we’re not even addressing the allegation. We’re just talking to you about the character' “ of the man, the superintendent said during a taping of, “Connected to Chicago,” to be broadcast at 2 p.m. Saturday on WLS-AM Radio (890).

    “That was really telling because it’s the same group of people that, when I moved him from the 3rd District to the 11th District, came out to the Police Board meeting and protested….I complimented them. It’s easy for people to come and complain. When people come in support of somebody, it’s really telling. Commander Evans does have widespread support in the community because he’s one of the hardest-working people we have.”
You have to go in five paragraphs to find this:
  • McCarthy stressed that, if true, the charges against Evans are “obviously reprehensible and intolerable in a police agency.” But he also condemned the rush to judgment by the news media.

    “Everybody has Glenn Evans as guilty right now,” McCarthy said.
Nobody "has [him] guilty" Garry. The outrage in the media is that he was left in place while under investigation, a privilege granted to only the favored few. But these expressions of support and outright praise are kind of creepy for a guy under indictment for behavior out of a crime fiction novel. The message we're hearing is, "The ends justify the means." That's a dangerous message...and a slippery slope.

Labels:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Justice of a Sort

  • Jason “J. Rock” Austin thought he got away with murder, authorities said.

    But six years after prosecutors dropped state charges that he’d gunned down an off-duty Chicago cop and his female friend, the 32-year-old drug dealer was finally held to account Thursday in federal court.

    Saying it was “very likely” Austin had killed Det. Robert Soto and social worker Kathryn Romberg on the West Side in 2008, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow sentenced the high ranking Travelling Vice Lord to 35 years in prison.

    “You destroyed two innocent lives and deprived their families of their loved ones, deprived children of their parents, friends of their friends,” Lefkow told Austin in front of a courtroom packed with police officers and relatives of Soto and Romberg.

    Though they’d had asked for a life sentence, the 35-year term was a triumph for authorities. They in 2008 had failed to convict Austin of the murders after multiple witnesses recanted, but over the course of a week long hearing earlier this month, convinced Lefkow to take the slayings into account when she sentenced Austin for a drug conspiracy.
Expect appeals. Federal time is over 80% if we aren't mistaken...maybe 85% minimum? It's 27 years or so he won't see the streets. This miserable fuck and his scumbags torpedoed the original investigation via threats and intimidation. He was proven to be a community scourge in the worst way at trial and ruined untold hundreds, maybe thousands of lives. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Labels:

Nice to be Connected

  • Gene Lee, a onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard Daley, has been a fixture in the civic life of Chicago’s Chinatown for more than four decades.

    He organized the bustling neighborhood’s annual summer fair, marshaled resources for Chinese culture and the arts, and founded the Chicago Dragons Athletic Association, a sponsor of youth and adult basketball and traditional dancing and music credited with keeping underprivileged children off the streets.

    But while Lee, 65, was busy promoting Chinatown, he was also stealing from the charities that were supposed to help the community, federal prosecutors say.

    On Thursday, Lee was sentenced to five years of probation for stealing more than $90,000 from 2007 to 2010 and using much of it to pay for personal expenses such as suits, ties, travel and meals at fancy restaurants. The conviction -- Lee pleaded guilty in April to theft and filing a false tax return -- had nothing to do with his duties as a deputy chief of staff to Daley.
Hell, how much time did Blago get? And he never sniffed a dime.

Labels:

You Have a Funny Story?

Can you turn it into an act?
  • On Tuesday, September 30th, you have the right to remain laughing AGAIN! After the success of last year’s competition, Laugh Factory is once again inviting the police officers of The City of Chicago to try their hands at standup comedy! They may be known for their service and bravery, but how will these civil servants stack up this year at Laugh Patrol - a competition to find the funniest police officer in the Windy City!

    Laugh Patrol is a night of "all-cop comedy" which will be open to Chicago's finest in all 23 districts, and is hosted by comedy legend Tom Dreesen (The Tonight Show).

    During the evening, a dozen Chicago police officers--along with Fr. Dan Brandt and Rabbi Moshe Wolf from the CPD Chaplains Unit--will have 3-5 minutes on Laugh Factory’s world famous stage to serve up some laughs for the community. All of the night's proceeds will go towards the 100 Club of Chicago, providing for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Contestants will be judged by a panel of professionals, and prizes will be awarded.

    To see last year's show again, click here, then on the link: www.ChicagoPCM.org
Some of the cutups at roll call ought to give it a try.

Labels:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Second Arrest in Retiree Slaying

  • A 16-year-old Indiana boy was ordered held without bond Wednesday for his alleged role in the murder of an elderly retired Chicago Police sergeant.

    While his mother sat next to him, Jeremy Mendez admitted to detectives that he forced himself into 73-year-old Elmer Brown’s home the night of the incident last spring, Cook County prosecutors said.

    Jesse Kazmierski, of Hammond, Ind., was charged with the deadly home invasion earlier this month. He also is being held without bond and is awaiting trial at Cook County Jail.
And more news:
  • Chicago Police officials said Wednesday they are waiting to extradite the third suspect from Indiana.
Hopefully, we find out what gave these savages the info on a safe and a quantity of money that led to the home invasion and murder.

Labels:

Open Post for Contract Stuff

FOP has had a couple "townhall" type meetings. We want to keep this at the forefront of everyone's minds, so here you go.

Labels:

Traveling Bank Robber

This guy popped up in a DOC Bulletin. Turns out, he has his own website.

Well, it isn't his actually. It's the Chino California PD's site. But he's the featured player and he's moved out from the west coast and was last reported in Nebraska heading eastward:


He seems to have moved down to small towns with smaller police forces, but you never know.

Labels:

Most Dangerous

  • It boasts President Obama as its son, features a swaggering mayor in former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel and cheers for the 2013 Stanley Cup winners, the Blackhawks.

    But America views Chicago as something different — America’s most dangerous city.

    In the latest YouGov.com poll, Chicago tops Los Angeles and New York, with 53 percent of Americans saying that the city is “unsafe” to 33 percent who call it “safe.”

    New York was called “the second most dangerous,” followed by Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

    Texas' major cities of Dallas and Houston were called the safest.
Not like this isn't a surprise to anyone paying attention - but crime is down!

Labels:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sniper in PA

Identified after killing one trooper, wounding a second and missing a third:
  • The suspect in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers is a sharpshooting survivalist who specifically targeted cops and was out for mass murder, authorities said.

    He's a skilled shooter who "doesn't miss," his father, a retired U.S. Army Major, told police. The father also told police that he was missing two weapons, a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47, according to court documents released today.

    Suspect Eric Matthew Frein, 31, from Canadensis, Pa., practices survivalism -- the ability to survive without the help of government or society, and often storing food and guns, Pennsylvania police said today. Police who searched his home found a copy of a book entitled Sniper Training and Employment, according to the court documents.
Nightmare scenario. Bless the fallen and wounded and may the powers-that-be watch over everyone hunting/pursuing this offender.

Labels: ,

Maybe.....More Cops?

We wonder if anyone has looked into the possibility of hiring more police:
  • A fatal shooting in Uptown this week is fueling concerns about gang violence in the North Side neighborhood, with the alderman calling on police to step up patrols.

    Christopher McGee, 22, was shot in the chest around 11 a.m. Monday a block north of his home in the 4400 block of North Magnolia Avenue, authorities said. McGee was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, according to officials.

    The shooting marks Uptown's third homicide of the year, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Gee aldercreature, we'd love to "step up patrols." Only there's nobody to do the steppin'. Rahm and Garry have been stealing cops from your neighborhood to patrol the crappy 'hoods. And guess what? The crappy hoods are still crappy and a bunch of the crappy-ness is moving to the less patrolled areas! Who wouldn't thunk it? Besides us we mean - we've only been sounding this alarm for years now.

Thank goodness downtown is safe from the mayhem:
  • A high-end fashion boutique in the Gold Coast neighborhood was the scene of a dramatic burglary early Monday morning.

    Police say the burglary occurred around 3:45 a.m. and they believe three vehicles were involved, with one being used to drive into the storefront. The team of thieves then grabbed three to four racks of expensive clothing and left in less than a minute.

    In video shot soon after the heist some fur products that apparently were dropped and left behind could be seen on the floor of the Milan based high-end boutique.

    [...] It’s not the first time there have been smash and grab burglaries around the Mag Mile recently.

    Just three weeks ago, a batch of cell phones was taken from the Best Buy at the John Hancock Center after windows were smashed to get inside and in in April, thieves used a similar m.o. to hit the Saint Laurent Paris store on Walton getting away with hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Oh. Maybe they're not so safe after all. Maybe, just maybe, they need more police, too? Those "entertainment" details can't be everywhere we guess.

Labels:

Illinois Sucks

  • SPRINGFIELD -- A new subpoena seeking records about Gov. Pat Quinn's botched 2010 anti-violence program has been issued, this time from a federal grand jury based in Chicago.

    The request marks the first subpoena issued by Chicago-based federal authorities in the probe into Quinn's $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Numerous prior subpoenas had come from federal authorities in Springfield.

    The federal grand jury in Springfield has subpoenaed emails from the governor's former chief of staff, Jack Lavin, and several others heavily involved in implementing the program.
  • The next time you complain about taxes in Illinois, take some comfort in knowing your complaining is justified — at least according to a new report on the fairness of tax systems across the U.S.

    The study from Wallethub focused on federal tax policy and analyzed and ranked each state based on the fairness of its state and local tax system, which included income taxes, property taxes and sales and excise taxes.

    Where does Illinois fall? No. 47. Arkansas, Hawaii and Washington are the only states with more unfair tax structures.
  • Among the many metrics that show Obama's home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs.

    Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month "There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs. "

    "For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps," the Institute wrote. “In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000."
And democrats still hold a lead in every major political race this year?

Labels:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Good Point

(We read a comment that really made us think today - it's buried somewhere, so we can't quote exactly, but this is the thought it provoked in a lengthy roll call/squad car conversation)

Retro.

Former president Shields fucked up. Whether by accident or design, he failed to send in the letter to commence negotiations. Every other negotiating party did, but not FOP. There were plenty of people who could have (and might have) told him that the letter had to be sent. Certain persons insist they were never told, other persons insist that they told Shields and he ignored them. As a result, charges were hurled back-and-forth, grievances were filed and the FOP lost each and every one of them. Retro for 2012-2013 was gone.

Now it's back?

Sorry, something doesn't make sense here. Pardon our doubt, but Rahm isn't that kindly. He knows cops aren't going to vote for him. He knows the teachers are a lost cause. Firefighters have no great love for him. So why reward the cops with retro that they had already lost? Rahm is a political animal - emphasis on the "animal" part of that. He doesn't fight something tooth-and-nail, have his spokes-weasels say "the cops are going to have to give up something big" to get retro, and then after he wins every battle, just give it back.

Something is rotten in Denmark and the noises coming out of various labor entities pushing "retro retro retro" bring to mind the bad old days of Bill Nolan telling everyone, "Enjoy your retro!" as if that made up for the massive screwing we got in the 1990's contracts. And guess who Nolan's Chairman of the Board of Trustees was during those years? If you said, "Dean Angelo," pat yourself on the back.

Labels: ,

Is This an Option?

This popped up in the comments:
  • Why the City of Chicago is even involved in our medical benefits? We have 12,000 active members, 5,000 retires and how many dependents? Why can’t the FOP handle our medical benefits? The plus side would be the City can no longer use medical benefits as a contract negation point tied to any other parts of the contract, also we could no longer use the City of Chicago Benefits Management Division and deal directly with a real company and or a health insurance broker. Why do I have to call the City if I have problem with Blue Cross and not call Blue Cross directly? I would pay more for insurance if retires had free health care, because we are all going to be there someday. It’s a benefit for members that should be controlled by members not the City.

    I'm glad you brought this up. I have been working on an alternative insurance plan for our retirees anticipating something like this would happen. Hope to have something soon. Stay tuned.

    Kevin Kilmer
    Financial Secrerary [sic]
    Fraternal Order of Police.
We recall a similar proposal years ago....we think it was referred to as the "Philadelphia Plan" where their bargaining agent actually ran the health care system, eliminating dozens, maybe hundreds of nonsense city jobs and kept it in house at a huge savings.

It might be time to revisit this suggestion and cut Rahm (and the city patronage jobs) out of the equation entirely.

Labels: ,

Farewell Officer Schultz

  • MERRILLVILLE — Images of Merrillville Police Officer Nickolaus “Nick” Schultz flickered past on the screen at the Star Plaza Theatre — as an apple-cheeked toddler playing in the bathtub, a boy preparing to launch a throw in a Little League game, a teen excelling at football, hockey and golf, hanging out with family, friends and his girlfriend, and celebrating graduation with a cigar.

    A picture of him in his Franklin College football jersey graced the stage alongside his Merrillville Police dress uniform, mementos and a bevy of flowers.

    All of it was a reminder of a life that ended far too soon.
A sizable city, county, suburban and state presence from this side of the border. Thoughts and prayers to our Indiana brethren who have been having a very rough time of it.

Labels: ,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Explain Please

From the Comment Section:
  • My Two Cents said...
    A few quick points why I and everyone I know will be voting NO. This is referencing the literature FLOP posted on their website:

    Section 2 - Wages, Section D. "Pension Legislation Reopener":

    says the Lodge "can" reopen the Agreement and renegotiate salary, percentage increases and duty availability pay. Doesn't say they "WILL" or that they "HAVE TO". If/when we wind up exceeding 9% of our pay for our pension, watch for them (FLOP) to say something along the lines of "the city ain't gonna budge and it ain't worth fighting/going to arbitration".

    THE PENSION IS A STATE ISSUE AND SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN ANYTHING RELATED TO THE CITY / OUR CONTRACT.

    Section 3 - Duty Availability Allowance

    The fact that they want to keep new hires after 01 Jan 15 from duty availability pay for 3 1/2 years is total bullshit. These kids are the first ones to have to be 'available' for the worst of assignments via reverse seniority. They do the same job we all do, they shouldn't have to lose this perk. PLUS THIS IS PENSIONABLE, SO THIS 'TEMPORARY' LOSS ACTUALLY EQUATES TO MUCH MORE THAN APPROX $10K.

    Section 10 - Time Due

    States in part: "Accordingly, for officers assigned to District Law Enforcement" and "approval of which shall not be unreasonably denied".

    A) This language suggests that people in units and detectives won't have any recourse when denied the use of elective time
    B) Define "unreasonably" until the "minimum set percentage" of officers allowed off on any given day is established

    Section 11 - Police Department Vehicles

    Should have NEVER been a contract proposal since the employer has to provide us with the tools necessary to do our jobs. Says city "intends" to purchase 400 cars by years end and an average of 200 for each additional year of contract. Also says how city and FLOP will form a committee regarding repair, maintainance and mandatory retirement of vehicles.

    A) Are there repercussions if they DON'T buy those cars? "Intends" is doublespeak for "NOT mandated".
    B) How about ensuring any new cars bought first go to PATROL AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL. NO UNITS, HOUSE MICE OR BOSSES GETTING THE NEW CARS WHILE WE GET HAND-ME-DOWNS.

    Oh yeah, the 11 percent over 5 years is an insult. Especially since, by Rahm and Garry's own repeated admission, crime is at record lows across the board (sans agg batts with firearms). You can't justify paying teachers, streets and sanitation folks and every city labor union employee from window washer to painter a higher percentage in wage increases than first responders.
Anyone from FOP want to address these specific concerns?

Labels:

Dealbreaker?

Someone want to address this?
  • For officers getting ready to vote on the new contract, please be aware of the 2-tier provision RE hospitals. Certain hospitals are listed as tier 1 hospitals. Costs for treatment at these hospitals will be paid at 90/10%. Hospitals NOT on the list will be considered tier 2 hospitals. Costs for treatment at these hospitals will be paid at 75/25%. I am told there are NO Advocate hospitals on the tier 1 list. That means Christ, Illinois Masonic, Lutheran General and Trinity (among others) will cost you 25% of the bill instead of 10%. This means that any hospital services incurred while traveling will cost you 25% of the bill instead of 10%. I am not asking anyone to vote 'yes' or 'no' on the contract. I just want everyone to be aware of one of the lesser talked about provisions of the new contract.
We don't know about anyone else, but this is going to end up having an impact on more than a few health care decisions we make in the future - St. Roger isn't an option we were even remotely considering.

Is there a full list floating around? That "death panel" rhetoric in the last election isn't looking so far-fetched anymore, is it?

Labels:

Hey FBI....

  • A deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary, a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation has found.

    The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in rent and operating expenses for the Near West Side property, which houses the FBI’s Chicago headquarters.

    That’s more than double what it cost to build the complex at 2111 W. Roosevelt Rd., which opened in 2006, records show.
Didn't the FBI have something like three or four separate task forces investigating public corruption in Chicago? New York City had one and so did Los Angeles. Even New Jersey had one for the whole state, but Chicago had at least three. And there they are in a building paying rent to the Pritzkers and Higgins that will net their families untold millions.

Evidently, the feebs have zero shame and no sense of irony.

Labels:

Dangerous Highways

  • Shootings on two area expressways left two young men wounded overnight, according to police.

    A 24-year-old man was shot during a chase between two cars heading south on the Dan Ryan Expressway about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

    The 24-year-old suffered a leg wound and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, police said.

    A witness saw two cars speeding down the highway and then gunfire, police said. The man was dropped off by his friends at 79th Street just above the expressway in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

    Earlier, about 1 a.m. Sunday, a young man whose age wasn't available was shot on the Kennedy Expressway near Armitage Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on the North Side. Police shut the outbound lanes to search for evidence.

    The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.
Must be the Troopers' fault since we don't patrol the highways. McCompStat probably won't count these either since we aren't there.

Labels:

Church Isn't Safe Either

  • As the pastor and several other members of the One Way M.B. Church in the city's North Lawndale neighborhood were enjoying lunch Sunday afternoon, they were interrupted when shots rang out on the other side of the small brick building.

    Outside of the church, a 28-year-old man lay critically injured on the sidewalk in the 4100 block of West 16th Street on the West Side, one of at least three victims of shootings and a stabbing on the South and West sides of the city. The man later died, according to police.
Maybe more churches would slow down the bloodshed? It'd give everyone something solid to hide behind at least.

Labels:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Officer Hit by Car

Stable at last report - suspect was shot during the incident:
  • A Chicago police officer was hit by a car and the suspect shot on the Near West Side Saturday night, officials said.

    The incident took place about 10:12 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake Street, according to said Police News Affairs [...].

    The officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Gaines said. The officer was struck by a vehicle and police fired shots, hitting a suspect, who was shot in the leg.....
Best wishes to the Officer for a speedy recovery.

Labels:

Thanks for Your Service!

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicago’s 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent — in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

    Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare.

    For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums in the 20 percent and 30 percent-range.

    On Friday, city retirees and their dependents got hit again — only this time, even harder. The city notified them of a 30-percent to 40-percent increase that will cost most of the retirees between another $300 to $400 a month.
At this rate, no one will ever be able to afford to retire - except politicians....you know. like Rahm.

Labels:

Officer Saves Child

  • A Chicago Police officer performed CPR on a newborn baby to help save his life Friday night in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

    About 8:15 p.m. the officer, who works the evening shift in the Deering District, heard a radio call from a dispatcher asking “if anyone on the zone knew how to perform CPR on a newborn baby,” according to a police statement.

    She went to a house in the 3100 block of South Lituanica, just west of the Deering District station, where the 2-day-old boy’s great-grandmother was holding him, police said.

    The baby was blue in color and not breathing, and the officer began performing chest compressions for several minutes until he began to breathe on his own, police said.

    Paramedics arrived and took the newborn to Mercy Hospital, where police said his condition was stabilized.

    The officer is a 14-year veteran who recently had been CPR certified, police said.
Very well done Officer.

Labels:

Bob Runs

  • Alderman Bob Fioretti jumped into the race for mayor of Chicago Saturday with an attack against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the mayor's campaign fired back.

    Fioretti launched his campaign with a website and a campaign video.

    The two-term City Council member wasted no time criticizing current Emanuel, painting him as out of touch, unwilling to listen, and divisive, a politician of broken promises on jobs, crime, and education, and attacked his administration's policies like charging not-for-profits and churches for city water.

    "But our schools are being gutted, our streets are not safer and so many are missing out on economic opportunities and jobs," Fioretti said.

    The Second Ward alderman made his announcement Saturday morning before a crowd of about 100 supporters at East West University in the South Loop.
Channel 7 says former aldercreature and Machine tool Robert Shaw has filed to run and of course, Karen Commie Lewis continues to make noises from the sidelines. The anit-Emanuel forces split the protest vote three ways and Rahm slips in on the liberal, alternate-lifestyle and outright fraud vote totals.

Labels:

Seven the Other Way


Last week, Bears were 7 point favorites. This week, they're 7 point dogs. And with all the obituaries being published this week, we're surprised it isn't 10.

Labels:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Contract Videos

FOP Prez Angelo explains certain aspects of the proposed Contract in a number of short videos available over at the FOP site (link on the right hand side).

Go.

View.

Discuss here. Hopefully, it dispels a lot of rumors - and undoubtedly, will provoke a few others.

Labels:

Horse of Honor Unveiling

There will be a number of these events in upcoming days. We'll try to get to any that are forwarded to us:
  • Dear SCC and SCC (Retired):

    We would very much appreciate a post on Second City Cop tomorrow inviting current and retired members of the Chicago Police Department to attend the unveiling of a Horse of Honor dedicated to the memory of Off. Michael A. Ceriale.

    Saturday, September 13
    12 pm
    Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Chicago 60601

    The life-size horse statue was designed and painted by artist and Chicago Police Officer Peter Bucks, a high school classmate of Off. Ceriale.

    Horses of Honor is a public art campaign to raise awareness and support for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. This horse was underwritten by the Officer Michael A. Ceriale Memorial Foundation. 
A lot of upcoming events. Hopefully, everyone can make one or two.

Labels:

Candlelight Vigil Coming Up

Tuesday, 16 September:
  • The 2014 Candlelight Vigil will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 PM in Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. All police officers, their families and friends are invited. The ceremony is expected to last an hour and will take place rain or shine.

    As is the tradition of the Candlelight Vigil, the names of all Chicago police officers who died in the line of duty will be read. Those who wish to read the name of a fallen Officer should email Beata.Staszewski@chicagopolice.org.

    Gold Star Families Memorial and Park is located on Chicago Park District grounds near Waldron Drive (in the shadow of Soldier Field). Uniformed CPD personnel will direct attendees to the parking lot at the 18th Street exit off of Lake Shore Drive.
Hope to see you there.

Labels:

Charity Softball Game

Featuring one of our favorite Chicago sports teams:
  • The Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association is busy planning the 7th Annual Blackhawk Alumni and Friends Charity Softball Classic presented by BMO Harris Bank.

    Chicago Blackhawks current players and alumni "face-off" in a 16" softball game with members of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. The event also features the annual CFD vs. CPD City-Wide 16” Softball Championship.

    The event benefits the Chicago Firefighters’ EMWQ Retirees’, Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and related police and fire charities.

    [...] Plan to join in this premier event on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:30am – 3:30pm on Ferrell Field at St. Xavier’s University, 3700 W. 103rd Street, Chicago.

Labels:

Friday, September 12, 2014

He'll Steal Your Soul!

Hilarious pic of Rahm someone snapped on the CTA:



Here's the article about how it was taken.

It must have been a slow news day over at the Sun Times, too.

Labels:

Casper Lauer Motorcycle Run

14 September - here's the flyer:


Informational post only - comments closed here.

Labels:

Coldest in 74 Years

  • Chicago seemingly switched from summer to fall overnight.

    Temperatures plunged from a high near 80 degrees on Wednesday to the mid-50s on Thursday, and by mid-day the area set a record low for high temps.

    On this date in 1940, the coolest high temp was 61 degrees. On Thursday, O'Hare Airport recorded a high of 56 degrees.
  • The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

    Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

    But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
And as we exit the 17th consecutive year with no measurable global warming, you may have noticed that the peak Atlantic hurricane season passed with zero named storms.

Labels:

CHIdeas

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is starting an online community forum to engage directly with Chicago's residents and business owners.

    In a city of more than two million, the chance to sit down and talk about important issues is rare. The chance to sound off to city officials directly may not be an option for everyone, but a new website opens that possibility to anyone with a computer or smartphone. Chideas.org went live on Thursday.

    "The technology allows to create that community forum 24-7, throughout the process, all year round," said Emanuel.

    Emanuel says he will respond directly to some of the comments, and have city commissioners do the same.
We left the link in the paragraph above - be sure to contribute.

Labels:

..........................Older Posts