Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Groot Rescinds Residency

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday justified allowing a City Hall consultant who lives in Wilmette to skirt a city residency rule for public employees, saying she’s known the woman for a long time and thinks her involvement will “add value” to the administration.

    Lightfoot was asked why Lisa Schneider-Fabes can work as a top executive at the quasi-governmental agency World Business Chicago — which has declined to say how much it’s paying her — while living in the tony North Shore suburb and acting as a key adviser in Lightfoot’s administration, despite rules that require city employees to live in Chicago and the mayor’s promise to bring more transparency to city government.
What the FOP (or the PBPA for that matter) needs now is someone maxed out, of retirement age who can quit tomorrow to move out of the city and file the Change of Address form to show suburban residency and dare the city to bring a charge against them.

It's a slam dunk win. By waiving the rule, Groot has negated the City's ability to fire anyone for residency. The city rule makes no allowances for mayoral appointments so what's good for one is good for all.


Who Watches the Watchers?

  • A city employee who investigated misconduct allegations against Chicago police was forced to resign for improperly accessing investigative records on cops she knew and for falsely reporting that a co-worker planned a mass shooting at work, a report by the city’s inspector general revealed Tuesday.

    The report by the office of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson did not name the employee, but Alison Yohanna was later criminally charged by Cook County prosecutors in connection with the alleged false report.

    Yohanna, 35, accessed the records of her brother, boyfriend and some of the boyfriend’s relatives — all Chicago cops — almost 70 times while working as an investigator for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Ferguson’s office said.

    The report did not explain the purpose behind Yohanna’s searches but said she also failed to reveal to COPA the personal ties to the officers that posed a conflict of interest for her investigative post.
We know you inherited it Groot, but it's yours now. This is the same organization that had to be sued over hiding exculpatory expert findings of police shootings, paid for by taxpayers and who leaked "evidence" to the media regarding a set of false charges against a commander.


Weekend Plans?

Here's something for you:

Anyone know if former alderasshole Arena is making an appearance?

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Speaking of Bail....

  • An Albany Park man who’s accused of threatening his daughter with a stolen handgun was released on a recognizance bond even though the daughter showed police video footage of the crime, according to police and court records.

    [...] According to police, the daughter showed them cellphone video in which the father is seen in their garage “menacing his daughter” with the handgun, waving the weapon in the air and yelling, “you want to see who the a**hole is?” The father was seen walking toward the daughter in an aggressive manner that caused unnamed witnesses to restrain him, police said.

    The daughter said the father later pointed the gun directly at her after she stopped recording because her hands were shaking.

    [...] A defense attorney argued the father should be released without having to pay a bond because he should enjoy the benefits of the presumption of innocence.

    Judge Susan Ortiz apparently agreed as she released the father on a recognizance over the objections of prosecutors.
Stolen gun and a signature bond. Good to know.

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Gator Makes Bail

As predicted:

The gator was immediately granted sanctuary status.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gator Captured Overnight

Press conference at 1000. Any bets on who shows up to take credit?

Seems they hired the right expert - it took him less than 24 hours? Hope he got a flat fee and didn't charge by the hour.


Pol Says "Get a Gun"?

  • After another violent weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 32 others wounded, one lawmaker is taking action by encouraging his constituents to arm themselves.

    Bullets from a shooting that left a 22-year-old dead in the Austin Neighborhood on the West Side Sunday also found State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) car. Bullets were also found down the block, lodged in a love seat in a nearby home in the 800 block of North LeClaire Ave.

    Ford tells The Mancow Show on WLS-AM 890 that he is encouraging his residents to arm themselves against the violence.

    “I think about it all the time,” Ford said of the shootings that plague his community. “That’s why I’m working with a concealed carry instructor and we’re going to go through the neighborhood and we’re going to encourage people to get their concealed carry license because it makes no sense for people not to have the protections that they need.”
Well this is going to throw a wrench into all sorts of anti-gun plans.


School Cop Training (UPDATES)

We don't know where to even begin quoting this article.

Go read the link above and comment below.

The bullshit is deep and the condescension is heavy.

UPDATE: As some readers/commenters are pointing out, the school officers are being placed into an environment where, many times, the kids have already been taught to hate the police.

Not only that (and we've written about it) there's a curriculum in place that teaches distrust and promotes hatred of the police in schools based on nothing but innuendo, fiction and lies.

And finally, the Chicago Teachers Union which, though not all of them, actively promotes a "fuck the police" attitude as demonstrated at many of their public appearances and chanted from the podium by their speakers.

UPDATE: Anyone know if the students and teachers are being taught to (A) obey the law or (B) respect the law or (C) respect the police?


Gator Loose?

  • Chicago animal control officials have closed the eastern half of Humboldt Park and hired an expert from Florida as the search for an alligator in the park lagoon enters its second week.

    The closure, which includes streets near the park, was done on the advice of the expert, Frank Robb, and is aimed at making the area around the lagoon as quiet and free from distractions as possible, according to Chicago Animal Care and Control.

    “It is likely that residents who have been watching from the lagoon banks and paths in the park have been influencing the animal’s behavior," Kelley Gandurski, executive director of CACC, said in a statement. "We are taking these steps in an attempt to create an environment that lends to the animal’s safe capture so we can quickly reopen the entire park to activity.”
So Gator Bob is gone? And numerous rumors in the comment sections think the small predator may have moved on to quieter areas.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Thanks for the Money Groot

  • Guns Save Life members netted our second biggest haul ever as we once again turned in broken-down, often rust-laden junk for perfectly good cash at a July 13th Chicago gun “buyback.”

    GSL will use the proceeds from this event to fund organized youth shooting programs, including sending young people to the nation’s longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in Bloomington.

    I serve as GSL’s executive director. On Saturday morning, I and an undisclosed number of my fellow GSL member patriots turned in 23 guns and three pellet guns. Staff at the event mistook one of the pellet guns for a real gun and issued us a total of 24 $100 debit cards and two $10 cards, for a total of $2,420.
We have to wonder if Groot will find it amusing that Chicago taxpayers end up funding an NRA program. If you don't regularly follow The Truth About Guns website, you ought to.


Good Job Sarge

  • Wilkerson and the other coaches know this game represents more than runs and outs, winning and losing. The players on this field in Austin are among nearly 500 kids organized into a league by a Chicago police sergeant and community leaders who believe teamwork can change the lives of children who face crime and economic hardship every day.

    They raised more than $15,000, got companies to donate equipment and signed up volunteers from police stations, churches and local organizations. The 20 teams play every Saturday in parks across the West Side, in some of the most violent areas of the city.

    “These are the kids that we are out here trying to protect,” Austin District Sgt. Jermaine Harris explained one evening at another game, this one at Columbus Park, where the rumble of cars on the Eisenhower Expressway mixed with cheers from the stands.
Cops are almost never just cops - they're neighbors, parishioners, community leaders and coaches. And we were doing it before Groot said CPD has to "reconnect" with the citizenry.



And Chicago surpasses last year's Shot/Killed numbers:
  • 2018 weekend tally: 7 killed, 23 wounded
    2019 @ 5:00p Stupidity Tally: 8 killed, 32 wounded
Stats via

And there were still seven hours left and Citywide was hopping tonight.

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Two More "Mass" Shootings?

The news notes, without comment, another multi-victim shooting:
  • Three men were killed, and at least 16 other people were wounded in city shootings since Friday evening, including five shot in a single attack in the Gresham neighborhood, Chicago police said.

    In that shooting, shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, the five people were shot in the 7900 block of South Loomis Boulevard in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood.
And then, four people shot over at 4600 W. Erie.

This, after a Fourth of July weekend that saw FIVE separate mass shootings (four or more victims.)
  • 3100 W. Iowa
    1600 E. 67th
    4600 S. King
    600 W. 61st
    5600 S. Paulina
We're sensing some hypocrisy on the part of media and anti-gun organizations that add seven "mass shootings" in about eleven days into their databases to attack legal gun owners while completely ignoring where in the city these shootings occur. Is it just us or is there something about those seven locations?


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fun With Gators

Seen in Humboldt Park:

And he's brought friends:

Just thought we'd share a few of the e-mails we're getting.


Fourth Follow Up

  • 2018 weekend tally: 7 killed, 23 wounded
  • 6:00p Stupidity Tally: 4 killed, 18 wounded
A bad Saturday night/Sunday and Chicago will have passed last years numbers.


Is there a "reckoning" on the horizon?

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Nice Red Line Lori

  • A man was stabbed to death on a CTA Red Line train Saturday, police said.

    Chicago police said officers were called to the platform in the 100 block of West Cermak Road at 2:53 p.m. when a 54-year-old man riding the southbound Red Line got into a verbal fight with someone else on the train who took out a knife and stabbed him.

    The man suffered deep cuts to his upper body and was pronounced dead on the platform, police said.
This one is going to be hard to explain at "Accountability Monday...or Tuesday...or What's Accountability?"

At least the "No Guns" signs are working - he wasn't shot.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Taking it Easy

Under the weather these past few days.

Going to take it easy this weekend and do a little alligator hunting.

Comments may be delayed slightly.


Getting Good Now!

  • Federal agents have raided the home of a second ally of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, this time former Southwest Side Ald. Michael R. Zalewski, according to a published report.

    Thomas Breen, an attorney for Zalewski, told the Better Government Association and WBEZ-FM 91.5 that a search warrant was carried out in May.

    “Despite the government’s interest in getting documents, we are confident there was nothing wrong in any of (Zalewski’s) conduct,” Breen told the news outlets.
In May? This investigation is taking on a life of it's own and it's being whispered that there are YEARS worth of tapes in the possession of the feds.

Is the big cheese himself going down? Faster please.


Friday, July 12, 2019

OK, This is a Start

We and the readers have suggested many times over the years that someone make a list of all the crimes and violations that the "community" isn't obliged to obey. It seems that Groot has taken us up on our suggestion:
  • Chicago has become “addicted” to balancing its budget on the backs of people who can least afford it and it’ll take years to wean the city from that habit, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday.

    Lightfoot campaigned on a promise to bring equity to an overly punitive ticketing, towing and booting policy that has unfairly targeted minorities and forced thousands into bankruptcy.

    She promised to stop booting for non-moving violations, “sunset” red light cameras being used for “revenue — not safety” — and abolish city stickers that are the source of many tickets.
So the "community" doesn't have to pay for parking, compliance violations or city stickers. And how will she make up the revenue?
  • Her plan is to replace them with dramatically higher fees on the ride-hailing services whose vehicles have exacerbated congestion.

    Lightfoot also pledged to end water shut-offs and avoid raising the property taxes that more than doubled under Rahm Emanuel — at least until the much-maligned assessment system is reformed.
We're a bit fuzzy on the math, but somehow, NOT collecting on water bills will help balance the budget? And bullying the ride-sharing businesses to take their fares to suburban locations where users can spend their money out of town? That's supposed to work, too?

This progressive math is a wonder to behold.


Look! Accountability!

  • A commander of a Chicago police detective division was reassigned while the department investigates allegations that he refused to stop when an Indiana state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding last month.

    Area Central Cmdr. Edward Wodnicki was headed west on Interstate 94 in an unmarked department car, his blue lights flashing, when the trooper tried to stop him near Chesterton, about 45 miles from Chicago, according to the Indiana State Police.

    “While patrolling I-94, I observed a vehicle having emergency blue lights on at a high rate of speed with Illinois plates,” a trooper wrote in a report. “The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued."

    Wodnicki’s Ford Fusion was clocked at more than 100 mph at one point while the commander was on a cellphone, dispatch records show. "Not stopping,” a trooper reported. “On his cell phone. He is not stopping. Passing. Waved at me when I pulled up next to him.”
We were under the impression that Department vehicles weren't supposed to be used out of state without (A) an insurance rider, (B) on official business and (C) written authorization of the Superintendent. Does anyone know if any of that even existed or is this yet another example of Exempt Arrogance? Now what's the penalty for costing the taxpayers over $100,000 over a labor grievance like Escamerit just did?

The Tribune also owes the Chaplains another $100 for stealing this story from the blog without attribution.

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How About This?

How about every time Special Ed and Groot tell the media crime is down, the FOP have a press conference or make a press release that says pretty much since the CPD is doing such a great job at reducing shootings and homicides, we'll add another percentage to the wage demands?

We figure that in the two years since the Contract expired, we're due at least a 20% raise.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Escamerit Follies - Again

Thanks for the giant check for back pay:
  • 025th District Fifth Column said...

    Speaking of dumb reptiles, Escamerit just cost the tax payers another boatload of cash. But unlike his Adventures in Babysitting scandal, where he outright stole money from the citizens, this time it had more to do with his notorious incompetence and vindictive nature.

    An arbitrator ruled in favor of a P.O. whom Escamerit had sent to another district after a dispute with a Sgt. The problem is the Sgt bid out of 025 only a month after the officer got detailed to 015 and dumb fuck Escamerit thought it would be a good idea to put a brick on the copper and not bring him back. Now the city will have to pay the P.O. time and a half for the three years and six months he has been wrongly detailed out of 025.

    This is almost getting comical how bad of a fuckup Escamerit continues to be. I'm not sure what time and a half will come to for 3 plus years, but it will be a hell of a lot of coin. Why should Tony care though? It's not coming out of his pocket. Just from the tax payers of crook county Illinois.
Hey Groot - why is this guy still a commander?
  • Caught dirty in 011 with guns in his locker;
  • banging a CAPS girl in the office resulting in his divorce;
  • using officers to transport his kid in Department vehicles;
  • lying to investigators about free babysitting by CAPS officers;
  • every single lieutenant in the District bidding out;
And now costing the taxpayers untold tens of thousands of dollars for a perfectly avoidable labor grievance for what is in essence, a personality conflict.

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Question in the Comment Section

So where did these guys end up?
  • What happened to the detectives from LA who were going to show CPD how to clear and close cases?
And an answer appears:
  • They found out that the chief, and the majority of the people in charge of investigators, had never handled a criminal investigation themselves. When they offered advice to change that first, they were immediately shot down and tuned out from giving any other tips and clues.

    Go figure.
We figured they'd be teaching the new detectives all the latest tricks.


Gator - Day Two

No success in capture as of this afternoon.

However, fun is being had (click for larger version):

Hopefully, they take it alive, otherwise:

...we're going to see a bunch of these


Oh Ed

  • Indicted Ald. Edward Burke (14th) had a series of so-called burner cellphones, at least one of which was bought by an underling who paid cash for the device months before the federal raid on Burke’s ward and City Hall offices, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

    Federal authorities only learned about that phone recently, sources familiar with the investigation said. Its existence raises the possibility that the alderman may have been alerted to, or was suspicious of, the investigation that led to the criminal case that was filed against him earlier this year.

    A court-approved FBI wiretap of Burke’s main cellphone recorded more than 62,000 calls the alderman made or received over several months, records have shown. That includes recordings that formed the basis of the Jan. 3 charge of attempted extortion against Burke for allegedly shaking down a Burger King franchise owner for legal business.
We're hearing rumors of an undocumented e-mail server being located in a closet at Burke's castle.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nice Lagoon Groot (UPDATE)

Not only are the rats overrunning the alleys and neighborhoods, the reptiles are attempting to claim their rightful place at the top of the food chain:
  • Chicago officials confirmed an alligator was living in Humboldt Park Lagoon after several people reported seeing the animal there Tuesday morning and others shared photos of it.

    Chicago police were called to the 1400 block of North Humboldt Drive about 12:15 p.m. after someone called 911 “saying they saw a Facebook post saying there is an alligator in the lagoon area,” said Chicago police spokeswoman Karie James.

    Police had “independently confirmed the alligator is in the lagoon and state reptile specialists" said it was 4 to 5 feet long, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet. The animal was expected to be trapped Tuesday night “and relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation.”
This is an amusing twist on the stories we grew up with when a certain copper from 014 (whom we shall not name), used to release piranhas into the Humboldt Park lagoon on an annual basis. The poor creatures never managed to survive the winters however, to his everlasting regret.

UPDATE: Late word that this is an unauthorized pilot program started by none other than 025's pride and joy, commander Escamerit. We had no idea. Carry on.


Pension Dwindling

  • Last week, between cookouts and fireworks, it came to my attention that the City of Chicago CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) for 2018 has now been issued, alongside the actuarial reports for three of the four pension funds (the police are a bit of a laggard, it seems, and only have available their own CAFR, without the fuller analysis of the actuarial report). Interested readers can view the Municipal Employee's report here, and follow these links for the police, the firefighters, and the Laborer's Pension Fund (from which the numbers that follow are derived).

    By one measure, the combined funded status at year-end 2017 was as high as 27%. By that same measure, it's now 23%.


    How did this happen?
How indeed.

This is going to end up in the courts, we have no doubt. Go read it all.


Please Be True

The one time we might actually attend this bullshit:
  • Anyone hear the latest from comstat, that officers are going to start being called down to the meetings? Heard that officers that aren’t doing anything out there (no activity) are going to get officially notified to report to the comstat meeting and explain why they are doing nothing. Should get very interesting.
We've got names and dates for dozens of CompStat attendees and their "statistics" over the course of their careers. We'd love to compare and ask what gives them the right to question our numbers when theirs are so poor by comparison. Perhaps if they came out and showed us how it was done, we too could aspire to mirror their careers?

(yes, we know it's probably BS. No way in Hell they demand numbers - no quotas, remember?)


Tuesday, July 09, 2019


  • Another long holiday weekend, another slew of shootings in Chicago. Last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot had outlined her plans for dealing with the expected surge of summer holiday violence. In all, an extra 1,500 officers were being put on the street.

    The results, however, were worse than last year, with the same number of fatalities, and even more wounded, according to the Chicago Police Department. Lightfoot discussed the weekend after another of her “Accountability Monday” meetings with police at City Hall.
So far, not a single exempt members has been called on the carpet, publicly excoriated or demoted. So who exactly is being held "accountable?"

It's the police's fault Groot says:
  • Earlier in the day, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson had blamed repeat gun offenders for much of the violence. Lightfoot agreed, and said CPD must communicate better with courts, “particularly about the necessity of keeping these violent gun offenders off the streets.”
That's not our job, nor is it Special Ed's job. That's YOUR job Groot - coordinate with the heads of other bodies of government and tell them their policies of releasing everyone on low bond / no bond are killing the "community."

Groot continues with the usual anti-gun lies:
  • Lightfoot also called for “common sense background checks” and federal legislation to stop people from purchasing “unlimited quantities” of “military-grade weapons” across the state line Indiana.
We'll take "Crap that never happened for $500 Alex." Do people (or folks) really believe this bullshit?

And Special Ed showing just how "special" he can be:
  • The challenge going forward for Chicago police, Johnson said, is how to stop repeat offenders, especially in the face of gang involvement in certain areas.

    “As a black man who grew up in public housing in the city of Chicago, I understand the stranglehold that gangs have on certain neighborhoods … because I lived it,” Johnson said.

    “I also understand the struggle, challenges and lack of opportunities when you grow up in certain neighborhoods in Chicago, and if you look a certain way,” he added. “But despite all of that, there’s still no excuses, or justified reasons for carrying the guns in the city. None.”
Except for Concealed Carry laws, right? Only those aren't the people (or folks) shooting each other.

No bar too high for this moron to jump once his boss tells him to leap.


Kidnapper Shot, Killed

Still a lot to be investigated, but so far it appears the police acted heroically:
  • A man was shot and killed by Chicago police Monday morning after officers entered a Northwest Side apartment building where a man and a woman said they had been held after being carjacked in Elgin, authorities said.

    An off-duty Chicago police officer saw the couple, both handcuffed, running down the street in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in Belmont Cragin around 6:45 a.m. They told the officer they had been held in a building on the block, police said.

    The officer called for assistance, and responding officers entered the apartment building to see whether more people were being held, police said. “An armed confrontation ensued” and a 41-year-old man was shot, according to a police statement.

    He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. There were no other injuries.
An excellent job by all involved.


Ridiculous Bails

  • Two men who allegedly tagged “The Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park early on July 2nd were each ordered held on $10,000 bail after Cook County Judge David Navarro said he “[takes] offense at these offenses, these crimes that were alleged.”

    Neither Rey Ortega nor Tino Guzman, both 20, has a criminal record. And Guzman isn’t even charged with painting the sculpture. He’s accused of spray painting a nearby bench.

    But, because Navarro was “offended,” they sat in jail needing much more money to go free than many other defendants who appeared in the judge's courtroom this week. Gun offenders and even people who allegedly battered cops after the Chicago Pride Parade were given much lower bail amounts by Navarro this week.
Some of the more outrageous bails?
  • Johnathon Bustos, 22, is charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest after he allegedly pushed a police officer from behind and then spit in the cop’s face at the Belmont Red Line station following the Pride Parade on Sunday. Navarro’s Offense-O-Meter prompted the judge to set bail for Bustos at $3,000 — less than a third of the amount given to the two sculpture taggers.
  • Police said they arrested 18-year-old Tavontee Fox after finding him in possession of a loaded .357 magnum near the intersection of Michigan and Chicago Avenues around 11 p.m. on July 1st. He’s charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. An “unoffended” Navarro gave Fox a recognizance bond. 
  • Sh'Knolly Smith, 25, was charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer after she allegedly spat bloody saliva into a cop's mouth on the 3300 block of North Halsted Street following the Pride Parade, according to court records. Police said they saw Smith bleeding from her mouth while engaged in a fistfight around 12:45 a.m. on July 1st. As an officer led Smith to a transport vehicle, she turned toward the uniformed cop, looked him straight in the face, and spat bloody saliva in his mouth, according to a police report. Smith then wiped her bloody mouth on the officer’s uniform shirt, police said. Navarro set bail for Smith at $1,000, possibly indicating that he found the allegations to be one-tenth as offensive as "The Bean’s" brief defacing.
There are others at the link up top. Not a lick of consistency throughout the system.

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What Goes Around....

  • TEMPE, AZ — A Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona had its lattes and cappuccinos turn into a crime of opportunity this weekend. The coffee shop was robbed at gunpoint by a masked man, and, surprisingly, the theft occurred in plain sight of six uniformed policemen watching through the store's front window.

    The officers wanted to rush in and stop the crime but had just been asked to leave the establishment by a barista who told them that a customer "did not feel safe" with them in the coffee house.

    A moment after the police honored the request, the gunman appeared, demanding money from the cash register. The policemen immediately remembered the request of the barista—who now had both hands in the air—and the customer—who was now cowering under a table—and decided to stay outside to avoid making anyone feel unsafe.

    "Your first instinct is to run in and grab the perpetrator," said Officer Chris Segardo. "But they made it very clear that they didn't want us in there, so we had to just watch. We couldn't even go in and get information after the guy ran out the back."

    Oddly enough, the event comes just weeks after a Denver Starbucks burned to the ground shortly after asking a group of firefighters to leave.
Yes, it's a satire site.


How Much?

Everyone reading knows what a budget is?
  • an estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time
The Rule at our house is "if you don't have the money, don't spend it."

Not in Chicago though:
  • Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) last year spent 65 percent more than the annual amount allotted to the City Council’s Budget Committee she chaired in the run-up to a federal raid on her ward office.

    An annual audit known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report shows the Budget Committee’s annual budget was $543,968 and that Austin blew past it — by $352,629. The audit was conducted by the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

    Sources attributed at least some of that over-spending to Austin’s decision to place Chester Wilson, her 34th Ward chief of staff, on the Budget Committee payroll at an annual salary of $118,440.
So we might have an initial clue as to the FBI's interest in Carrie's office to the point that they se3rved warrants a few weeks ago.

Boy, it's a good thing that Shortshanks and Rahm and now Groot have budgets to run the City on.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Weekend Still Running Hot

As of 1600 hours yesterday, the totals were as follows:
  • 6 killed, 67 wounded
It could still go higher. For comparison purposes, the last few years:
  • 2018 weekend tally:10 killed, 42 wounded *
    2017 weekend tally: 15 killed, 89 wounded
    2016 weekend tally: 6 killed, 62 wounded
    2015 weekend tally: 11 killed, 55 wounded
These weekends weren't all true "weekends" as in Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Some ran long, some shorter. This one (by our reckoning) was about 4-and-a-third days. Still, seventy-three people with extra holes - there really ought to be a reckoning (right Groot?)

And these stats don't even count the stabbings which include three at Navy Pier and this particularly brutal one downtown (you remember Groot? Where tourists gather):
  • About 11:30 p.m., six people were standing on a sidewalk in the first block of East Washington Street after ordering a ride-share service. A vehicle pulled over with a male driver and female passenger inside offering them a ride, according to Chicago police.

    The two groups began to argue, leading to the male and female exiting the vehicle to physically fight the six people outside. The male pulled out a knife during the altercation and stabbed a woman once in the abdomen and a man twice in the abdomen, police said.

    The woman, 27, was in critical condition after the attack, and the man, 26, was in serious condition. They were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.
You know what we could use around here? Some stricter knife England has.

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DUI Driver Injured Two Cops

  • Three people, including two Chicago police officers, were injured Sunday in a traffic crash in Austin on the West Side. About 12:40 a.m., the officers were southbound in an unmarked SUV in the 400 block of Central Avenue responding to a call with their “emergency equipment engaged,” Chicago police said. They were struck by a 26-year-old man in a Chrysler sedan westbound on Race Avenue.

    The Chrysler hit the SUV at the intersection, causing the police vehicle to strike a light pole, police said. Both officers were taken to Stroger Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their conditions were stabilized. The driver of the Chrysler was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.

    Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, and the driver will be issued a citation, police said.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Forensic Audit of Pension Fund

A great idea:
  • We, the Retirees of the Chicago Police Department, Widows, Widowers, and active Police Officers are requesting a complete forensic audit of the Retirement Board of the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago going back to 1991. We are extremely worried the 22% funding is lower than announced at the June 2019 Investment Meeting,

    Since FOIA requests are not being answered, we also request a forensic audit of all financial records paid to the Chief Legal Advisor of the Pension Fund, David R, Kugler and other attorney's, past and present, including ALL their personal and respective law firm accounts
Here's the link to the petition. We're not sure what sort of legal traction it actually has, but what have we got to lose?


Cook County Suicide

  • A Cook County corrections officer has taken his own life in a forest preserve in the Forest Glen neighborhood. [GH], 40, died of a gunshot wound to the mouth, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Saturday determined [his] death was a suicide.

    [He] was found at approximately 9:45 p.m. Friday in the 5900 block of North Central Avenue, at the Ted Lechowicz Woods. [He] was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

    [...] This was the latest suicide of a law enforcement officer in the Chicago area and it occurred during a critical time for the issue of mental health among officers.
Deepest condolences to all of his family, friends and co-workers.


Run Away!!!

Here's all the good that unarmed security does:

Kind of like how the Aviation guys were told to run away and hide.


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