Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Really Really Annoying Stories

Long Post Warning.

We read the Sun Times yesterday and there were just so many stories that irritated us. It was like sand under your eyelids, reading all this crap. For example:
  • Stroger takes donations from county watchdogs. OK - is there any more corrupt organ of politics that the Cook County system? Yes, we know Chicago comes close, but Cook County has completely outlived it's usefulness. It is a separate layer of bureaucrats taxing us and spending money frivolously to enrich themselves. NO ONE would miss county government if it disappeared tomorrow - there is no more unincorporated Cook County that even needs county services. There's only the jail and the Courts. That's it. Everything else could be absorbed by municipalities.
  • 2 Firms linked to gov vie for lottery pact. Gambling was supposed to help fund education as we recall. Now we have politically connected firms that just happen to be connected to the state governor via lobbyists and contributions looking to reap millions in additional gambling revenue? We wish after Fitzgerald finishes off the mayor and his cronies, he looks south for a while.
  • Investigators take another look at Huels. Novak and Warmbir reporting that the Hired truck scandal is far from over. Far far from over. If they're digging up Huels again, someone is talking. We are by no means suffering from scandal fatigue, but how far can this thing go without another big name? We know where we'd like it to end up though.
  • Illinois Tollway chief to leave post. The fourth most corrupt organ of government within the borders of Illinois (Cook, Chicago, State, Tollway). Weren't these things promised to be freeways after the bond issues were paid off? Now they just sit there and provide payroller jobs to political animals and pick our pockets while enriching construction companies, who in turn make contributions to politicians who again, refuse to pay off the bonds and instead, raise tolls to "maintain" the roadways, enriching more construction companies. It's a closed loop system.
  • And the schools - the fifth most corrupt organization - Over 1,000 teaching jobs face ax. We could go into school HQ tomorrow, slaughter 1,000 bureaucrats with a chainsaw, and guess what? They'd still open the schools tomorrow and want to cut 1,000 teaching spots. The schools demand more and more money every single year and we get more and more of a diminishing return. This is a stellar example of a broken system.
  • [Lisa] Madigan: Hike charity health care. Lisa is starting her run for governor about 4 years early, building her spending credentials by proposing a program that has nothing to do with being Attorney General. Guess who pays for programs like these? You and us. Why are we always the ones getting screwed because we're ambitious enough to actually go out and get decent paying jobs? We can barely afford to live in the city anyway and don't even talk to us about private school tuitions.
All of this - sandpaper on the eyeballs. We apologize for inflicting it on you, but someone had to take the hit.

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume the first paragraph of the posting refers to the Sheriff's Police. If that is the case, you're partially correct, but not completely. There are fewer portions of the county that are unincorporated, but you fail to realize what else the CCSPD does. They do supply support services for smaller municipalities. An example would be the bomb squad. They coordinate fugitive apprehension also, and I could go on.

But I do agree about the President of the Board. He should retire. He's like King Richard II, only interested in power, not personal enrichment. With the jobs he parcels out, along with the fact that he's PC, that is, a black man (I refuse to use the term African American....oops, I just did!) the black voting bloc will blindly follow him, even if he was found with little boys and billy goats.

This entire debacle is like the old story of the emporers new clothes. Everyone knows what's going on, but no one will admit it. And so it goes.

(Apologies to Linda Ellerbe)

1/24/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could only find two points where you might be mistaken. Otherwise you are right on the money.

The first is: "NO ONE would miss county government if it disappeared tomorrow - there is no more unincorporated Cook County that even needs county services."

I think that there are a couple of areas that are still unincorporated.

The second is: "We wish after Fitzgerald finishes off the mayor and his cronies, he looks south for a while."
The problem with this is that Rod lives further north than the mayor.
And you do have to consider that it is not all that clear whether Rod and the mayor get along or not, sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Anyway, just two minor issues.

1/24/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot the you were the 1st part.

I agree w/everything else

1/24/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

Support, schma-port. Let the local municipalities enter into agreements.

They want a SWAT team? Fund it. They want a bomb squad? Fund it. They want assistance for trafic control? Hire and train traffic aides - part timers like Rosemont does for the Arena. There is NOTHING that county government does, aside from the courts and jail, that couldn't be absorbed (at a lesser cost!) by local government.

As far as we can tell, the county doesn't pick up trash, doesn't run it's golf courses, doesn't plow, doesn't resurface roads, doesn't run any schools or job programs - the list is endless. Yet they take a piece of the sales tax, the cigarette taxes, real estate taxes, etc, etc. Nope, the only way to go is to disband County government - it isn't going to happen on our lifetimes, but it's a goal.

1/24/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scc, I think the previous two posts might be county employees and dont want to be out of a job.Even though i will feel sorry these people would be getting a pink slip I agree with you 100%.

1/24/2006 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Ex-Division 10 said...

You can start by privatization for the jail, launch those babysitters (JG's) out on their gangbangin ass. I dont want to hear how tough of a job it is (worked division 10 for 11 years) and all it is now is an influx of police wannabes and gangbangers playing jail guard. Nothing like having 72 to lock up and look over and see your back up (gangbanger) finger poppin with his boys in the cell. Trim the county waste and the jails should be the first to go.

1/24/2006 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They want a SWAT team? Fund it."
I can tell you that the northern suburbs already have a SWAT team. Its called NIPAS (Northern Illinois Police Alarm System.) They also fund RED center which is Reginal Emergency Dispatch for fire related activites. There however still some unincorp. parts of the county that need to have patrol.
As far as the whole hosptial thing...I looked at the numbers they have posted and I can't believe that the numbers are that low. I think someone is fudging them. Loretto only gives out .34% in charity? I mean is that the freebees that the hospital gives to the state or does it include the people that they admit on public aid? When I would go there nobody had any HMO or anything. I think someone is playing with the numbers simply to wag the dog.

1/24/2006 02:04:00 AM  
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1/24/2006 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I put up the first post, and I'm a city copper. I'm not an apologist for anyone, but I am a realist. Before I was with the city, I was a suburban copper. I saw first hand what the CCSPD is capable of. It's nice to talk about a task force type situation for a bomb squad, but believe me, from personal experience, it's better off being handled by CCSPD.

County government is all over the country and they serve a purpose. Does Stroger abuse our government? Of course he does. Old style patronage is rampant with the county. But don't throw out the baby with the bath water, change the leadership. A big problem though, the power of being an incumbant, and the power of parcelling out jobs. Stroger may be a decent guy one on one, but he's an old style pol. He needs to go. Will the voters of Cook County kick his ass out? probably not. Like I said before...the emporer's new clothes.

1/24/2006 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real problem with the majority of elected officials is that they stay in office too long and, as a result, gain too much power.

The answer to the problem of career politicians is simple . . . term limits. If the President of the United States can only serve two full terms, then no elected official anywhere in the country, local, state or federal should be allowed to either.

Unfortunately, for this to happen, the politicians themselves would have to change the law. Fat chance!!

What we need here in Illinois is a system like California, where propositions could be placed on the ballot. Maybe then, we could address the issue of term limits and make them a reality. Until this happens, the political system that created King Richie will never change.

1/24/2006 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS JUST IN LT.'S TEST TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. JUST IN TIME FOR BABY CLINE TO TAKE THE TEST WHAT A SUPRISE. SOON TO FOLLOW BABY CLINE IN FIRST CLASS REGARDLESS OF TEST SCORE.

1/24/2006 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Topinka/Burkett!!!

1/24/2006 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madigan wanting the hospitals to increase the charity sevices concerns me. In the article it stated that if the hospitals costs rise too much they will close down. That means less hospitals in Chicago and Illinois. Its happened in California for similar reasons.

Another point in the article is that insurance companies may stop coverage. The reason being, if an uninsured person is getting charged 800.00 under State law, why bother insuring people and paying 15,000.00. Just make them uninsured and let that person self pay.
Madigan is doing an end run with "Hillarycare" here in Illinois. It is only going to hurt us working stiffs. Either some of our coverage will get dropped or we will pay higher deductables and copays.

1/24/2006 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that an "X" rant ?
When you come down try Advils. Then, go find a blog that gives a shit about your myoptic mayhem assface!

SCC:
Nothing more corrupt and financially lucrative (unaccountable cash cow #1 ) than the C.T.A.

In the 80's they were discovered and exposed by the arrest of a mope by the name of "T" who was an 18+ year employee. He detailed by verbal account the workings of the money distribution, that was cash distribution. It still is a story worthy of publication.

To keep this very short, as one of the arresting officers, I recall the phones ringing off the hook.
The questions being asked were very few. They all wanted to know if names were being mentioned.

No one cared about anything, just their name being mentioned. They were all told no. No names. I was young and a fool. Still am. However, I kept a personal recollection of all events. Names in all departments , amounts, and locations are still fresh.

The C.T.A. is a disgrace, as is the Tollway, keep up the great questions. Sometimes they are golden.

1/24/2006 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous The truth about jail! said...

I also worked division 10 before
I got on Cpd and one could cut the shit out of jail budget. Do you know how much jailguards and bosses make! JGs 45000-70000, Sgts 65000-80000, LTs 70000-90000, Capts 85000-100000. Is that crazy. Each Division has est 100 guards 30 sgt 10 Lt and 4 capt. Add that shit up. Used BCK security and pay these political assholes 7-10 hr they deserve. Talk about doing shit for salary and benifits!!!!! And this does not include the 120000+ each Divisions Superindentant makes. then there are Chiefs, it goes on on and on? What exactly does ccspd patrol? County is a joke!!!!! PRIVATIZE NOW!!!

1/24/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1611 3rd watch - These idiots are bragging in roll call about how famous they are on the blog! Are you kidding?!! They are worthless, DOGS!!

1/24/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yOU MUST BE AT SAME ROLL CALL. CONFRONT THEM TO THEIR FACE LIKE A MAN AND QUIT WHININHG ON THIS BLOG.

1/24/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
yOU MUST BE AT SAME ROLL CALL. CONFRONT THEM TO THEIR FACE LIKE A MAN AND QUIT WHININHG ON THIS BLOG.

1/24/2006 12:39:24 PM

I whole heartedly agree! Get in their face, blanket party, SOMETHING!!!! Just stop being such a cunt and posting your whinning here everyday, in every thread!!!!

1/24/2006 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

judge alito confirmed by the US Senate Judiciary!!!!!
IN YOUR FACE LEFTY!!!!!!

1/24/2006 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 23rd District does not process prisoners (lock-up closed). All arrestee's are brought to 19th District for processing. The only function that is done at the 23rd District is conducting roll call, and having a desk crew.

Is this a waste of resources?
Either close it down or open it up to a full functioning station.

Three Capts. to do nothing but conduct roll call.

1/24/2006 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regard to Lt. test post.
Dear Matt C., Wayne W. Jr., or Dan O. (Matt's partner) can you please get me in the invite only study group you wee in for the Sgt.s test? They "prepared" you really well for the test! So, well in fact that even after being promoted, you where whisked out of the patrol division. What a crooked, fucking joke this process is!

1/24/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

Hey dumbass - Henry Ford was among the biggest of anti-semites that ever existed. Did the Jews shut him up? Bankrupt him? Kill him? Deny him loans to flush the Ford Motor Company? No, he was just a deluded old fart who made millions of dollars selling cars who bought into some world wide conspiracy, although his own success kind of shot down any proof of such a cabal. Go post your nazi shit elsewhere. Sorry you have a small penis.

1/24/2006 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

Stay on topic people.

1/24/2006 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. I have to get off topic just one more time. Anyone who watches southpark knows that Jews are bad. That show can teach us a lot about life and interesting facts.
Like all Jews carry a bag of gold around their neck. That Eric Cartman is a genius. He really understands Jews.
Sorry that's the last time I get off topic.

1/24/2006 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey if anyone wants to get in a great super bowl pool, Lavergne and Squiggy on 3rd in 23 have a great one,
One hundred a square,
Squiggy only keeps five squares for himself (freebies),
And only takes 500 off the top,
Don't worry, he justifies it by the hard work he does pestering everyone to buy them,
Considering he does it all on company time, I feel it should be free though,
So if anyone wants to get in a great pool,
Just call 23 and ask about it,
Everyone knows,
Enjoy!!!!
P.S. Yes it does sound like syndicated gambling to me!!!!

1/24/2006 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous northside said...

Omigod! Big fuckin' deal in 023.

Your motive is transparent, tattletale.

1/24/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:20 A square pool once a year is a little different than mafia suported gambling. I don't work in 023 (thank god) but I can tell you are a huge tattle tale CUNT!

1/25/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did ya guys on the 23rd tact team find on that search warrant in the 3600 blk. of Pacific?? Like to know cause we can't find our tact team here in 016.

1/25/2006 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Hunt for 31 said...

Anonymous said...

What did ya guys on the 23rd tact team find on that search warrant in the 3600 blk. of Pacific?? Like to know cause we can't find our tact team here in 016.

1/25/2006 04:22:53 PM

They found 1631 hiding in the basement, dodging calls as usual.

1/25/2006 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now thats a good one.....

1/26/2006 01:22:00 AM  

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