Tuesday, September 02, 2014

And the Weekend Totals Are...

This is preliminary. It might change. We expect it to change. We're sure it will be updated at some point:
  • 5 dead, 33 wounded
We saw one article that said 3 dead, but they forgot these two:
Keep an eye on the stats - it's completely possible that someone might try to count that first one as an auto accident and the second one as a death investigation. Stranger things have happened.

Another weekend to be proud of.

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Contract Settled?

Vague on the details, but it seems FOP reps have been starting to hit some of the roll calls and telling people that negotiations are wrapping up, drafts are being printed up for review and a vote will take place within a few months. 
  • nothing serious was lost - or gained;
  • money numbers are close to the firefighter raises - very similar;
  • some form of retro is coming, but from what date forward, no one is saying yet.
 More info should be forthcoming after the Board of Directors and the Unit Rep meetings.

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Shooting Investigations Memo

Here it is if you haven't seen it:

Interesting times as the Chinese proverb says - interesting times indeed.


Monday, September 01, 2014

Gerry, Shut the Hell Up

  • I worked for the Chicago Police Department for 20 years, retiring last December. It’s a shame the way the David Koschman case has been investigated. The reason that the officers and state’s attorneys involved in the case were not disciplined was CLOUT! You basically can do what you want as long as you have a sponsor. The officers who don’t are the ones held to a higher standard.

    The police department and the city of Chicago was corrupt when my grandfather came on in the 1940s and was worse when my father came on in the 1960s. I experienced the same graft and cover-ups during my career.

    This department should be sanctioned by the federal government just like the Detroit police department has.

    Gerry Callahan,
    Edison Park
Really Gerry? Who was your "sponsor?" Your wife kept you out of so much trouble we can barely begin to describe the stink of clout that pervaded your entire career. You should have been fired for your antics any number of times, but phone calls were made, reports were ignored, investigations quashed. Here's some highlights of your illustrious arrest record - we understand if you can't remember most of it, seeing as how you were blind fucking drunk:
  • A Chicago police officer who is alleged to have beaten up a couple at a Niles bar this weekend has a history of threatening violence and abusing alcohol, court and police records show.

    Chicago police officials tried to fire Officer Gerald Callahan for cursing and lunging at supervisors and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test after other officers reported smelling alcohol on his breath at work in March 2006. But last January, the Police Board voted 5-3 to suspend him for two years. Callahan returned to work in February because he had been suspended since the incident

    Callahan, 42, the son and grandson of former Chicago police officers, was cleared of another incident in 2004 when he was accused of threatening other officers in a locker room.

    But he served a 30-day suspension in early 2006 for being intoxicated while off duty in January 2004. In that incident, Callahan arrested a bartender who refused to serve him more drinks. The bartender sued and settled with the city for $15,000.

    On Saturday, Callahan was arrested a block from the Chambers Seafood Grille and Chop House in Niles on two misdemeanor battery counts for punching a 61-year-old Morton Grove man and a 50-year-old Niles woman. Over the weekend, Callahan said he was bitten by a police dog and mistreated by authorities, but Niles police disputed his claims.
This is who the Sun Times publishes to critique the department - a notoriously clout-heavy drunk who cost the city thousands of dollars in lawsuits and untold embarrassment every time he ended up in jail, yet thinks the Department needs oversight because people exactly like him get away with things that would get the unclouted canned in a heartbeat. We don't know which is the bigger joke - Callahan or the Slum Times.


Add Another Dozen

  • At least 12 people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, according to authorities.

    The most recent shooting left a 43-year-old man wounded in the South Chicago neighborhood about 6:05 a.m. Sunday. He was shot in the 8000 block of South Merrill Avenue. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said.
And still another day to go. We're going to tell everyone to "pick up the guns!" and hope that reverse psychology works on the gangbangers.

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Anyone See an Agenda Here?

Letters, we get letters:
  • SCC: I would like to call your attention to the “Chicago Tonight – Week In Review” show that aired Friday at 7 p.m. on Channel 11.

    One of the guests on the panel, Perri Small, from WVON Radio needs to be held accountable for slanderous remarks she made about white police officers. The panel was discussing the charges brought against Cmdr. Evans. Ms. Small said white police officers conduct themselves in the same manner as Cmdr. Evans everyday against black offenders by forcing their guns down offenders’ throats. She claimed if Cmdr. Evans was white, he would not have been charged.

    For some reason, the host of the show, Joel Weisman, let her comments go unchecked. She made the remark at least twice. She also made other inaccurate and inflammatory comments. Consider the source, but it is unbelievable that anyone gives this biased agitator a platform.
Well, you know if Weisman said anything, he's have the "RACISM" card pulled on his ass so fast, he'd get whiplash. It's fashionable to beat on the police you know. The truly sickening part of it all is that tax dollars pay for this PBS program - we're basically financing our own abuse.

Here's the link if you have the stomach for it


How Many Heads So Far?

So this State Police thing. We're happy to have the help, but after all the hoopla when it started out, we haven't heard a word about it for a week or more now.

How many outstanding warrants was McCompStat talking about?

How many have been cleared? Is the backlog gone? How much money is this costing per warrant seeing as how the State had to house a boatload of troopers up here.

Is it having any noticeable effect on crime? Because we just passed fifty homicides for the month of August - the first month with over fifty all year.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Would Seem Important

As the Ferguson shooting recedes into the forgotten regions of the national memory, an innocent copper rots in prison based on.....

What? You mean there hasn't been a trial yet? There hasn't even been a Grand Jury yet? The investigation is ongoing? But we thought it had already been settled. "Gentle Giant" and all that media hooey. Case is set in stone, nothing to see here, cops are racist, move along, immigration, ISIS, Russia invades Ukraine, climate change! We've moved on, right?

Anyone see this story in the national news?
  • Journalist Charles C. Johnson of Got News confirmed earlier this month that he was told by multiple St. Louis area authorities that Michael Brown had a substantial criminal record as a juvenile – including a second-degree murder charge.
 Golly. So a lawyer is now suing the State of Missouri to follow the laws of the State of Missouri and unseal the juvenile records:
  • “What we’re arguing is that since he is deceased, those documents revert from being confidential,” Johnathon Burns said, “they revert back to the public sphere. Missouri common law applies, and under Missouri common law, court records and virtually all other documents are open to the public.
And there's precedent:
  • Johnson wrote that, as part of the suit to gain access to Brown’s records, Burns is citing another case that bolsters his claim. In 1984, he explained, an 18-year-old was beaten and ultimately died after stealing a pack of cigarettes. During a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s parents pleaded for the court to keep his juvenile record private to no avail.
Imagine that. The investigation continues and isn't wrapped up in a neat little package like on TV. And the mainstream media, now that they're done savaging the cop's childhood, his parent's failures, broadcasting his address, the address of his girlfriend and at least one location that he might be seeking refuge, aren't interested at all in disturbing their carefully constructed narrative that conceals a giant, rage filled, strong-armed robber with impulse control problems who, in the not so distant past, seems to have collected a second-degree murder charge to go along with his gang membership.


Sorry "Pastor," It Ain't Working

"Pastor" Corey Brooks spent days...weeks even...asking gangbangers to put down their guns over the long holiday weekend. WH Thompson at HeyJackass.com informs us that this seems to have been a miserable failure:
  • Pastor Brooks tweet of "72 hours No Murders the clock starts now!!!!! Projecthood.org" went out at 5:20p. The first shooting occurred at 7:05p and the first homicide was at 10:45p.

    For the bettors in the crowd, last Labor Day weekend (Fri 12p - Tues 6a) tallied 12 homicides and 27 others shot and wounded.
Gee, not even two hours. And the tally for Friday into Saturday?
  • Two men were killed and at least 10 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening.

    A man died Saturday, about five hours after he was shot and critically wounded on the Far South Side.
Two more nights to go.

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Welcome to Chicago

  • Green Bay Police are waiting for more information from Chicago Police, about a Green Bay officer who was robbed while in Chicago.

    Lt. Paral, a Shift Commander with Green Bay Police, confirm the robbery happened in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago, when the officer’s car was broken into.

    Paral said the officer’s badge and gun were stolen from the car.

    Police say they're waiting to get the official report from the Chicago Police Department.
Burglary-to-Auto actually, downgraded to Theft via CompStat. Garry is trying to figure out how to blame this on Concealed Carry as we speak.

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Blood in the Streets! Bodies Everywhere!

Remember when Garry said that Concealed Carry was going to lead to more death? That the answer wasn't "more guns"? As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon!"
  • Chicago’s crime rate dropped as concealed carry permits in the city have sky rocketed, The Washington Times reported. The number of robberies leading to arrests in Chicago declined 20 percent since last year’s police department statistics were released. Since July of 2013, residents with a clean background check and appropriate training all over Illinois could begin carrying concealed in the state.

    Despite Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s prediction that making Concealed Carry legal in Chicago would adversely affect the Windy City, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics.

    “When people say concealed carry, I say Trayvon Martin,” McCarthy said to host Cliff Kelley on Chicago’s WVON-AM radio, a reference to the unarmed 17-year-old who was fatally shot last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida.

    McCarthy went on, “I say Trayvon Martin, because the answer to guns is not more guns, and just simply putting guns in people’s hands is going to lead to more tragedy.”
Chicago has had some tragedies to be sure. The nine-year-old that was buried today with nary a peep from the White House or the usual race hustlers, the young lady killed at a sleepover - again, not a single White House staffer in attendance at her funeral. But "more tragedy"? We aren't seeing it. McCarthy is touting the low homicide rate, so the number of "tragedies" is lower even with shooting victims up a bit. No Trayvons attacking people and getting shot. No cops gunning down Concealed Carriers as McCarthy threatened.

You can take it to the bank that Garry and Rahm won't be drawing any direct correlations to their CompStat numbers falling with increased Concealed Carriers on the street. That would defeat the narrative you know. Guns aren't the answer - unless you aren't asking the right questions (which the media never seems to).

And in case anyone in the media was thinking of listening to the usual "improved" policing strategies, better training, yadda yadda yadda, we'll tell you that we've received no additional instruction, seen almost no difference in patrol strategies, observed not a single change in deployments (aside from blowing through the entire overtime budget by May) and yet "Crime is (allegedly) Down" is the headline every month. In fact, we'll bet it's the the prime topic of the press conference Tuesday.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stop Shooting! Please?

Well, let's see if this works - we've tried just about everything else:
  • Prominent South Side pastor Corey Brooks is calling on Chicagoans — and especially gangbangers — to put down their guns and stop the shooting this Labor Day weekend.

    Brooks and promoters Asa Powell and Victor Woods said they talked with gang leaders for three weeks to try to assure a violence-free Labor Day.

    “Our hope and our goal is to make sure that this weekend if filled with nothing but peace, celebration and love,” Brooks said during a rally in Pioneer Court, after walking with 125 people from Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue to Tribune Tower.
"...especially gangbangers..."? We weren't aware that anyone else was leaving a trail of maimed and dead bodies across the city.

Hey, you! Doctors and lawyers! Put that shit down. Don't you know you're not supposed to shoot this weekend?

Hey!? You damn Concealed Carry advocates! Haven't you caused enough pain and bloodshed?

And gosh darn it! Haven't you wine-besotted housewives learned anything from watching reruns of the Oprah show? Put down the guns!

That ought to do it.

In the meantime, any bets on the over/under?


Test Run for the Real Thing?

  • A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side.

    Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago police. He was also issued three traffic citations.

    Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac southbound in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at 9:18 a.m. with an ISIS flag waving out the window, according to a police report.

    Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off, according to the report. The officers called for assistance, and another officer pulled the vehicle over after it went through several red lights.

    The man told police during his arrest that there was a bomb in the car and he would detonate it if they searched the vehicle, according to the report.
Unfortunately, exactly what we're going to be dealing with on a regular basis for the duration of our careers.


Posting Delayed

One of those things that gets in the way every so often in this line of work.

Give us a moment.

Open post for the time being.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Anita Blames ISP

Not content with just pandering and such, Anita goes for "blame" as a political strategy:
  • Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that a backlog at the Illinois State Police crime lab was responsible for a nearly one-year delay in processing key DNA evidence that has led to charges against a Chicago Police commander for allegedly putting a gun in a suspect’s mouth.

    Glenn Evans, commander of the Harrison District on the West Side, allegedly put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” the suspect’s throat last year. Evans also allegedly held a Taser to the man’s groin and threatened to kill him unless he led officers to the gun he was allegedly carrying.

    Evans, 52, one of police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most trusted commanders, was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery, both felonies. He was released Thursday without having to post bond and was able to avoid reporters when he was allowed to go through a ceremonial door rarely used at the courthouse.
Hasn't County learned from the last time someone was allowed to sneak out a back door? Monique Bonds said the State Police testing process was normal and nothing in the paperwork indicated that there was a "rush" on the testing kits, thoug she admitted a "rush" job means 3-to-4 months anyway.


That All-Call Message

Has everyone been hearing the all-call being broadcast for the last 4 or 5 days on all channels every few hours?

It involves an attempted kidnapping of a young girl on the south side. The girl fought of/avoided capture by an unknown/masked individual who then left. The girl describes another girl, early teens, bound with tape and tied to the floor of the van.

Has anyone tied this "other girl" to an existing missing case? We're curious and a letter writer brought it to our attention that nothing in the all-call mentions the girl taped up as anything but a vehicle identifier. It's odd.


Another $10 Million Gone

  • As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall.

    The added millions will bring annual spending on the program to more than $26 million; the money pays community members to usher CPS children along routes leading to 133 elementary and high schools.

    Quinn, under fire for his now-defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, declined to comment on the timing of the extra money coming from the cash-strapped state.
Pay no attention to that money behind the curtain! No, you can't use it for the pension funds. That would deny Quinn the pleasure of purchasing votes with it.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Hammer Falls

  • One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery for allegedly putting his gun in a suspect’s mouth last year, officials said.

    Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday.

    Evans is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday on the charges, which are both felonies.

    In a statement Wednesday night, McCarthy said: “The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to the both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department. As soon as we were made aware of the charges Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter. Like any private citizen, the commander is innocent until proven guilty and we need to allow this case to proceed like any other. We will cooperate fully with prosecutors.”
Well, that's not quite true - WBEZ had this report up weeks ago. This has been simmering since January of 2013 according to the IPRA file. Again, it's two or three levels of discipline. An Officer would have been sitting at callback months ago.

And guess who's having a field day with this misstep?
  • Evans was in the news in March when he and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) got into a heated confrontation that ended with a warning for the alderman to leave the Harrison District’s parking lot or be arrested.

    [...] Ervin released a statement saying that Evans needs to be replaced immediately.

    “I am apprehensive about McCarthy’s selection process,” he said.
Yeah, we've had the same complainant about the aldercreature selection process, too. In any case, another bit of drama to make the Department look bad.


Protestors March for "Lil Crack"

  • About 500 people marched on the West Side this evening to protest a police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man on Sunday.

    Roshad McIntosh, 18, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot by police at about 6:30 p.m. on the 2800 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, officials said.

    Tonight, a crowd of people marched to the Harrison District headquarters, 3151 W. Harrison St. and then ended their journey through the neighborhood in a vacant lot right next to the two-story apartment building where McIntosh was shot.  Police said he was armed.

    Organizers rallied the crowd from one of the back porches with chants through loudspeakers like "WHO ARE WE! WE'RE CHICAGO!" Tio Hardiman, the former head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, was one of the speakers.
    "This is not about no personalities or no individuals," Hardiman exclaimed through loudspeaker. "This is about unity...It's time for a change in our community."

    [...] They carried balloons and several posters including a poster referring to the man by his nickname, "RIP Lil' Crack" to the building where a memorial was set up on the building's rear porch.
It's bad enough that they're all marching for an armed felon with a rap sheet as long as your arm, but his street name was "Lil Crack," a reference to what exactly? Oh yeah....the "rocks" he was selling in the 'hood. This is their hero. Fucking pathetic.


Officers Injured

  • Eight people are in custody after a disturbance in the Avalon Park neighborhood left several officers with minor injuries Tuesday evening, police said.

    The disturbance broke out about 7:10 p.m. at a demonstration in the 7900 block of South Avalon Avenue, Police News Affairs [...] said.

    Several officers were struck by thrown objects and received minor injuries, Gaines said. Police declined to release the number of officers injured.

    Two officers were also hurt when their squad car crashed as they responded to a 10-1, an alert broadcast over the air indicating that officers at the disturbance needed help.
As someone commented earlier - "a demonstration of ignorance" it would seem. Best wishes to the injured Officers.


Quick Hits

All sorts of minor nonsense that people are talking about. Remember this drunk?
  • Despite the video, Sarah Naughton was acquitted in a criminal trial. However now, she is facing a different judgment – this time from her peers.

    People might remember the viral video of then-Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Naughton outside a Northside lingerie store in 2012.

    Store employees called police after they said a heavily intoxicated Naughton caused a commotion in the store, flashed her badge and then bit a security worker.

    Inside the police car, Naughton is caught on camera wriggling out of her handcuffs, slamming her foot against the window and taking a swing at an officer.

    Despite all the video evidence, a Cook County judge acquitted Naughton and her boyfriend of all charges a few months later -- a move that stunned the police who handled the case.

    Naughton was set to return to her job as a Cook County prosecutor until FOX 32 obtained the police car video. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez fired her the same day.

    Now, FOX 32 has learned Naughton is facing another legal hurdle.
Well, when daddy is a Machine connected lawyer, all things are possible, even an acquittal in the face of incontrovertible video evidence. Hopefully, the ARDC people are from downstate and more than a little unimpressed with a loud-mouth politically-connected moron with a cannibalistic streak who can't hold her liquor.


Recovery? Yeah, it's leaving Illinois further behind:
  • The unemployment rate fell in all of Illinois’ metropolitan statistical areas in July, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In fact, unemployment rates have fallen in all metro areas for four consecutive months, which seems like welcome news. But these numbers are only encouraging at face value.

    As is the case with the superficial state unemployment drop, we can get the true picture these areas’ economic health by comparing them to areas in other states and expanding the time frame.

    The fact is, Illinois’ economic recovery is severely lagging.
Read the whole thing. Illinois is a dead-state walking.


And just to drive home the point in the above story, another big corporate name is bailing on Illinois:
  • Reports have surfaced indicating that Baxter International Inc., a biotechnology giant that has been based in Illinois since the 1930s, is looking to make a move to Boston.

    According to the Boston Business Journal:
    “Local real estate sources have confirmed that the international biotechnology company seeking to relocate its corporate headquarters to a major office and laboratory complex in Cambridge — a stealthy effort known locally as Project Tiger— is in fact Baxter International Inc.”
    Baxter announced in March that it is in the process of splitting its business into two separate arms: one focused on biopharmaceuticals and the other focused on the sale of medical products, according to the Boston Business Journal.
    But when the company made that announcement, the stated plan was to have both headquarters remain in Deerfield, Ill., according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The Boston Business Journal’s sources, however, reported that Baxter is seeking up to 200,000 square feet in Cambridge, Mass. This space will reportedly be home to Baxter’s executive team and other corporate workers. The company will also be adding an additional 200,000 square feet of research and laboratory space by mid-2015.
So not only are they leaving Illinois - they're leaving Illinois AND expanding. Way to go Quinn - Illini-wreck is going to be an understatement by the end of this year.


Vallas Goes Full Scare Tactics

How far the reformer has fallen:
  • Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Wednesday predicted “devastating cuts” to education across Illinois, including an $882 million hit to Chicago's public schools, if Republican Bruce Rauner’s tax-cut plan is carried out.

  • Vallas' analysis showed Chicago, with the state’s largest school system, would face the most sizeable reduction in funds under Rauner’s plan – a loss that the Chicago Democrat said almost certainly could lead to more crippling school closures across the city, though Vallas would not specify a number.

    “It means more school closings. It means major teacher layoffs. It means huge class sizes. It means more school consolidations. It means an elimination of curriculum, of supplemental educational services. It means, at the high school level, a dismantling of vocational technical education, early college programs, school-to-work programs,” Vallas said.
You mean....like the closings and layoffs that Rahm has been presiding over? Those cuts? It continues to amaze all thinking people that democrats seem to be the cause and solution to all Illinois' problems.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HeyJackass.com Counts 'em Again

You want the accurate numbers, you go to this site here:
  • W.H. Thompson said...Hey SCC - We set a couple of records on Sunday, yet there wasn't too much press about it - Sunday saw the most shooting incidents for a single day this year – 28 (one more than July 6th's disaster) – and the most homicides in a single day – 8 (including 2 police-involved shootings).

    Illustrating Chicago Crime, Murder and Mayhem at heyjackass.com
We don't count the police shootings, but other than that, this weekend was truly an embarrassment to the "Crime is Down" meme.

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Guilt by Association

You want to see a media slime job, check out what the Washington Post is doing to Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson:
  • The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law.


    There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is even mentioned, it’s in the context of staying out of trouble.

    But that does not stop WaPo from trashing Wilson by association.
The people over at Legal Insurrection have an amazing story here, outlining the step-by-step bias in the trashing of this officer:
  • WaPo goes into great detail on another shooting of a black women by a Jennings police officer, with no claim Wilson was involved in any way. Just the opposite, WaPo, deep down in the story admits:
    Robert Orr, the former Jennings police chief who retired in 2010, said of Wilson: “He was a good officer with us. There was no disciplinary action.”
    The entire tale of Jennings and the shooting of the black woman is meant to smear Wilson as a racist by association, which is precisely how the media is playing the WaPo story.
They even trash his divorced and dead parents:
  • There were problems at home. In 2001, when Wilson was a freshman in high school, his mother pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing. She was sentenced to five years in prison, although records suggest the court agreed to let her serve her sentence on probation.

    She died of natural causes in November 2002, when Wilson was 16, records show. His stepfather, Tyler Harris, took over as his limited guardian, which ended when the boy turned 18.

    A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of threats, said Wilson sought out a career in law enforcement as a way to create a solid foundation in his life that he’d been missing.
And exactly how much have we heard about the dead offender? His troubled home life? His criminal record? His lack of completing school? His parents divorce and their criminal records?

We'll give you a hint - it's approaching zero. This isn't reporting - it's character assassination and polluting any chance of a fair hearing is the entire state and surrounding states as well.


Crown Prince Arrives

Balcer says he wasn't "forced out," but we all know how the game is played:
  • Four years after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn't seek another term, the door has opened for his nephew to try for a Chicago City Council seat from the family's ancestral home in Bridgeport.

     Patrick Daley Thompson made it known Tuesday that he's running for the 11th Ward seat now held by longtime Ald. James Balcer, who said he's retiring and insisted no one forced him aside to make way for a favorite son.

    “I've been here 17 years,” Balcer said. “The rumor had been, ‘He's warming the seat.' The seat's on fire. I have been here that long. And as far as being forced out, never. ... This was a private decision I made with my wife and family, which was No. 1 to me, and health issues.”
He was told not to run, simple as that. Anyone who has been here any length of time knows the slating committee told him his services were no longer needed - they have their guy ready to run. Their guy was slated for the Water Department to get his feet wet and now the 11th Ward thinks he's ready.

UPDATE: Water Reclamation District, not Water Department 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

McMissingInAction Resurfaces

  • As Michael Brown was laid to rest in Missouri, the Chicago Police superintendent said it’s important to understand differences between policing styles in Chicago and Ferguson in Missouri, reports WBBM [...].

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Ferguson tactics in dealing with crowds are exactly what Chicago Police are trying not to do.

    “With flashing lights and tear gas, helmets and rifles on the front line in armored cars, so as far as the tactics go, we would do it differently here,” McCarthy said.

    McCarthy also said that in 2011 there were 80 incidents of police firing their weapons on duty. He said now, after extensive training, the number of police firing incidents is down to 45, year to date.

    McCarthy says the independent police review board is investigating the shooting of two young men by police on Saturday. He said in both cases, police recovered guns from active shooters at the scene.
The main difference might be that Chicago has just under 10,000 coppers while Ferguson has something like 53. Your options are a bit more varied.

Now, we hear that aldercreature Jason Ervin had to be escorted out of the shooting scene where he was "investigating" with his retired sergeant driver. Both of the former assholes (now worm-food) had weapons that were recovered and numerous witnesses verify that guns were pointed at the police, so there really isn't much for agitators to hang their hats on. Granted, this won't usually stop hard-core fools, but when the neighbors say that "asshole got what he deserved," it's a bit more difficult.



This is the parade route?

These aren't astronauts. Or war heroes. Or lord knows what - they're kid ball players. Hell, even the Sox, Bears and Blackhawks parades were miniscule compared to this. And it runs over 100 blocks, which the city estimates they'll cover in an hour. Are we talking about half-a-dozen buses flying up Halsted or what? We realize Rahm and Illini-wreck have to get their glad-handing in, but geez.


This Isn't Going to Make You Friends

You don't get to call out the Machine while they are systematically cutting off your balls:
  • Out of money and stripped of power to investigate campaign finances, the City Council’s handpicked inspector general took his fight for survival directly to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday — by questioning the mayor’s commitment to ethics reform.

    Faisal Khan ripped Emanuel for ignoring Khan’s year-long demand for more money after the legislative inspector general exhausted his $354,000-a-year budget with four months to go in 2014.

    Khan’s semi-annual report also accused four aldermen and three of their chiefs-of-staff of wrongdoing, without naming names.

    With Emanuel’s backing, aldermen are now working behind-the-scenes to build support for a plan to zero out Khan’s budget and transfer the power to investigate aldermen and City Council employees to the city's Inspector General Joe Ferguson.
This guy has evidence that 4 aldercreatures have broken laws? We imagine it would be his civic duty to turn over all of this info to the Attorney General, the State Police, the feds and the media. Truth is an affirmative defense against charges of slander/libel. And if Rahm and his merry minions are zeroing out your budget, you aren't going to be around next fiscal year - what have you got to lose?

Maybe this guy can run as a reformer.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Police Shooting - 011 (UPDATE - 2 for 2)

  • Officials said a person was shot in a police-involved shooting on the near west side this evening.

    The shooting was reported at about 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street, said Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

    The officer was not injured and the condition of the person who was shot was not immediately available.

    The circumstances leading to the shooting were not immediately known.
Stay safe people.

UPDATE: A second police shooting overnight:
  • As officers walked south toward 80th, they saw the group starting to disperse, Camden said. One male ran through a gangway and two officers chased after him, he said.

    Two officers on Ingleside heard gunfire and saw a male, thought to be 17 or 18, standing over another male who had been shot, Camden said. The male still standing turned and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at police, who then shot him. He was dead at the scene. The other male was listed in critical condition.
In both instances, the poli8ce are unhurt and the bad guys are going to the morgue. Very well done Officers.


"They're Picking on Us!"

  • A Chicago nightclub is saying enough is enough.Nouveau Tavern was already vandalized with the N-word, but managers say the city is also harassing them, and they’re suing.

    Planters decorate the front of the 400 North Ontario apartment building, which was replaced after cell phone video from last weekend captured workers sweeping up broken planters and witnesses explaining who did it: two Caucasian males.

    The next night, Nouveau filed a police report when a manager parked in front of the apartment building and found her car covered with raw eggs. And then Thursday morning workers were greeted by racial slurs sprayed across the front of the building.

    The club has filed a lawsuit against the city for, among several allegations, pulling the club’s liquor license for a weekend; “conducting unfounded over-crowding investigations”; and using tactics “clearly meant to harass, intimidate.”

    The lawsuit specifically names Ald. Brendan Reilly.
Problems establishments create their own problems and overreaction from the neighborhood is bound to occur if the problems are unaddressed...or appear to be unaddressed.

  • Four men were shot — one fatally — at a lounge early Sunday in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

    The men were inside the lounge in the 8300 block of South Halsted about 2:40 a.m. when someone inside a passing vehicle fired shots into the club, police News Affairs [...] said.

    A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, authorities said. His name and home address were not being released Sunday afternoon.
So...can we expect a civil discourse regarding this club? Or will the neighborhood react the same? Differently? Might we have a serious discussion at some point? Or is someone else going to sue the city because their clientele just can't behave?


Nice Run Guys

  • Jackie Robinson West was looking to make history its story Sunday when it faced Seoul, South Korea for the Little League World Series championship.

    But the team from Chicago's South Side fell short in an 8-4 defeat in front of an announced crowd of 28,671 at Lamade Stadium, which is nestled in the mountains of the Little League capital of the world.
That's a bigger crowd than Blackhawks and Bulls games and far more than the Sox have seen in years. They also went farther that the Cubs have been in a century-plus. Very nicely done to everyone involved.


Bye Bye Twinkies

And these are union factory jobs - the kind that Quinn like to accept lots of contributions from:
  • Hostess Brands said Wednesday it will close its Schiller Park bakery, where Twinkies and other iconic sweets have been produced for 84 years, affecting about 400 employees.

    Union officials said they were notified of the closure on the same day they were set to start negotiating a new labor contract. About 280 of the workers had voted to unionize in May.

    The plant, among only four remaining Hostess bakeries in the country and the last left in Illinois, is expected to close Oct. 19. Twinkies were invented in the Chicago area in 1930.
So we'll be importing Twinkies from Indianapolis of all places - somewhere that Hostess isn't closing a factory for some reason. Chief Illiniwreck continues to fail at even maintaining the simple factory jobs that some of Rahm's illegals might called upon to do one day.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

More "No Snitching"

  • The police said they were questioning a “person of interest” Saturday evening after a 3-year-old West Side boy was shot in the head the night before.

    The gun may have been accidentally fired either by the boy himself — identified by family as James Jenkins — or a playmate, according to the police.

    James was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital after the shooting, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 4300 block of West Monroe.

    The police have been trying to determine who owns the gun, which has not been recovered, and who might have left it where the children could get it.

    “Everybody is just in shock right now,” said Annette Garvin, James’ aunt. “We are trying to put everything together.
But not so shocked that they didn't have the presence of mind to hide the gun so no one gets in trouble. We wouldn't want actual responsibility assigned to a crime, would we?


Airport Openings

Openings up north. Openings at the airports.

Anyone have the complete list?


Lake Shore Drive Shooting

  • A man was shot early Saturday while driving on Lake Shore Drive in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    The 24-year-old man was driving southbound on North Lake Shore Drive about 12:20 a.m., when a light-colored car pulled up alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, police said.

    He was shot in the left side of his face, exited Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton and called police, police said.

    The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
Crime might be down - but the perception of crime? In Lincoln Park? On Lake Shore Drive? All we need now is a "Lake Shore Drive VRI" program.


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