Tuesday, April 11, 2006

One Week Down

Only 103 more weeks to go until the Dan Ryan construction project is completed. That means we're a little less than 1% of the way though. Time just seems to fly by, doesn't it? This time next week, we'll be just short of 2% of the way through.

43 Comments:

Blogger Sabian said...

And you know what else will be the same when the Dan Ryan is through?...There will still be no comments from the powers that be speaking out against the Hampton sign or sticking up for the troops.....past or present. Take that to the bank.

4/10/2006 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I' call 1st oohh hoooo

4/10/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when the Ryan is through, the Bishop Ford will be next....or something. Hasn't I-80/94 been under reconstruction for about......30 years now?

It never will end, never!

4/11/2006 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Ryan's kid is a private eye in Phoenix. He has tons of cash and never needed to work...

4/11/2006 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a rat ass about the Dan Ryan.Talk about something that effects each and everyone of us,like fukin $3.00 per gallon for gas and still climbing!!!!Anyone has a good excuse or reason???

4/11/2006 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn George Ryan and his damn highway!!!!!!!!!1

4/11/2006 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a take home car... so I don't give a fuck if gas is 10.00 a gallon. Maybe do some good work kid and you won't be stuck in patrol division in uniform your whole life! HA HA you big LOSER!

4/11/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger Cohiba said...

Are we scraping for topics....crank up the rumor mill....I hear Cline is leaving, Dana leaving, 1/2 the department is under federal investigation, and Da Mayor is a crossdresser....

4/11/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cline is retiring, Fact. Dana Starks, Unsure what his future is. Heard there is a few confidential CR's on him for sexual harrassment. As for Daley Crossdressing? Well would you want to see a fat hairy midget in female clothes? I don't.

4/11/2006 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the time the mayoral election is over over 1/2 the gold stars will be outa here... leaving the department to even more inexperienced political boot lickers

4/11/2006 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something to talk about. Have a friend who is Mayoral Staff Member. When our contract is up. The City wants to drop all vision and dental coverage. Additionally they want BCBS PPO to be the only medical insurance offered. With evry large deductables on everything. Figure with a family of four to pay over $4,000.00 a year for VISION/DENTAL insurance on your own and the additonal cost of the medical insurance deductables.

Insiders say that the FOP board members are going to go along with it.

4/11/2006 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger Cohiba said...

Thank you sir! Can I have another!!!

4/11/2006 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh by the way. Exempts that retire not only receive large pensions they also get free health care. Bet you never known that.

4/11/2006 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to tell you this. But 1/2 the gold stars can't retire. They don;t have the 50 year old age and the years to retire. Sorry your wrong.

4/11/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats with the new Capt's.. if your in 022 watch out for Lilly Crump... your better off in 011 or 010...

4/11/2006 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Cohiba said...

What are you smoking??? There are 44 cmdr's ...30 can go now ... and that not counting deputys etc....

4/11/2006 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:35
Keep voting Republican; They own the oil.
And they care about the working class, just ask any miserable union member.
GET IT?

4/11/2006 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any gold stars sign the petition?

4/11/2006 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mr.take home car,go fuck yourself!!!yeah youre in a unit because you are a top cop and made alot of arrests.that why you are there,bullshit!!!you are probably some big kiss ass or a clout baby. yeah, this job is legit. the sad part is they allow a asshole like you in a unit and ven worse give the lil pussy a take home car.

4/11/2006 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC you asked the question.
Yes the Ryan project will take alot of time but the cost will affect all of us. We must ask who are the contractor's, where do they et the funding? Is it state, city, or federal? Are the worker's union, or illegal alien's from the south border of Mexico.
Secondly, are ther enough black contractor's working on the project to appease a reverend. Is jesse jackson involved, and is Daley's brother issuing insurance contract's to keep all worker's covered? Is Tom Skilling's weather coverage correct, and if not how will this affect the construction. Will Phil Cline have enough Sergeants on the street to cover the Ryan, and the Patrol division as well. Will there be enough fuel to fill the equiptment to complete this project...and are there enough fast food restaurants to appease the worker's on this project. Will the Ryan project affect sunday mass, or any future promotion party?
With the Chicago air show, The taste, blues fest, Meeks' church, will there be expected delays. How will folks be affected on the 4th.
Is there a conspiracey to keep black's from travelling south. What are the Sox going to do, will this affect the world series?
Will the elections be affected by this project.
Will SCC come up with a better subject?

4/11/2006 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because my dad is a retired exempt member doesn't mean I used any clout to get where I am at! I worked hard, made lots of arrests and have no CR sustained numbers.

So screw you little uniform boy. I have a take home car because the specialized unit I work in has various shifts and hours based on need. SO HA HA thats why!

Now go to the Area and get a pool car, LOSER BOY! HA HA

While I drive my brand new Malibu with AM/FM/CD and all the extras..........

Well go to go... had to put in four 5 hour days this week....I am beat, we usually dont have to work so much. Oh by the way.... we don't have to swipe either. Our unit is exempt from swiping!

4/11/2006 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if the insurance thing is true....we as Police Officers STILL wont stand together. We are a joke.

4/11/2006 02:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I'd like to see is a Freedom of Information Request to inquire what medical/dental/optical plans to politicians are offered.

What is their retirement medical package? After how many years?

Would they still collect the pension and benefits if they were in jail like Dan !#(&^ing Rostenkowski did?

4/11/2006 03:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federally Elected Officials keep their pension even if they are jailed. Rep. Rostenkowski got 120,000.00 a year while doing his Federal time.
All US Senators and Represenatives are entitled to lifetime free medical insurance after they leave office.

Not sure abouot State or Local Officials.

4/11/2006 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous re: Rostenkowski said...

Daniel D. Rostenkowski

Democrat, Illinois (1959-1994)

The Honorable Dan Rostenkowski, Democrat-Illinois, spent nearly 36 years in the House of Representatives (1959-1994), and was chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee (same committee that Wilbur Mills chaired).

Rosty got a little greedy. He admitted that he converted office funds for his own use for gifts; put people on the his payroll who did little or no work; and mailed payroll checks to his district office for workers who did political or personal service for him.

The Jailbird Count: 15 months in a minimum security prison, Oxford, Wisconsin; 2 months in a halfway house. $100,000 fine. He spent a couple of days in solitary confinement because he was insubordinate to a social worker.

Indicted for 17 counts of embezzling public and campaign funds, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.



+Abusing Congressional Payroll: Accused of placing on his Congressional payroll from July 1971 to July 1992 at least 14 people who did little or nor official work, but who performed a variety of personal services for him, his family, his family insurance businesses and his campaign organizations. Payments to these people exceeded $500,000.



+Trading Stamp Vouchers for Cash: Accused of taking cash on numerous occasions from 1978 to 1991 in exchange for vouchers that members of Congress use to buy stamps. Charged that he obtained at least $50,000 in cash by disguising transactions at the post office as stamp purchases.



+Misusing Office Expense Accounts: Accused of charging Congress more than $40,000 for items from the House stationery store, including hand-painted chairs, crystal sculptures, and fine china, which he gave as gifts to his friends.



+Misusing Personal Vehicles: Accused of buying seven vehicles from 1987 to 1992 for use by himself and his family and paying for them with more than $70,000 in official House funds, and $100,000 from his campaign funds.



+Obstruction of Justice: Charged that he had a House employee engrave brass plaques for him at no charge and then told the employee not to mention this to the grand jury investigating the case.

Guilty: Rostenkowski pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud.



Rostenkowski is a member of the Congressional Prison Caucus.



The Martha Stewart Gambit. Rosty could have copped a plea and gotten only 6 months in jail. But he was adamant: "Federal prosecutors threatened to indict me if I fail to plead guilty to a series of crimes I did not commit. I will not make any deals with them. I did not commit any crimes. My consciences is clear and my 42-year record as an elected official is one I am proud to once again run on." (Pierre Thomas and David Broder, "Rostenkowski Rejects Plea," Washington Post, May 31, 1994, A1.) (Click here for other examples of "Lyin' Through Their Teeth").

Let the Campaign Pay for It. How did he pay for those big-league legal bills? Well, it pays to have money left over in your campaign fund. From January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1994, Rosty diverted $1,162,852 from his campaign funds to his legal defense.

Rostenkowski also paid the legal fees for his congressional staff when they needed help. His administrative assistant, Virginia Fletcher, had $106,058 in legal bills paid by Rostenkowski's campaign funds. Nancy A. Panzke, his executive assistant in the Chicago district, had $62,112 in attorneys fees paid by the Rostenkowski campaign funds. For the full story, see Dwight L. Morris, "Take and Switch," Washington Post (April 15, 1996).

Eighteen Months in Prison. Let Rostenkowski Pay for It.

U. S. District Court Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ruled that Rostenkowski, then making a $97,000 pension could afford to pay for his own prison time. $1,800 per month, thank you very much.



Some Lousy Crimes? No Big Deal

Although he plead guilty, Rostenkowski dismissed his offenses as merely giving away ashtrays and chairs and hiring the children of his friends. -- Neil A. Lewis, "Clinton Pardons Political Master Rostenkowski," New York Times, December 23, 2000.



16 Cents Per Hour in Prison; $104,000 in Pension

Rostenkowski earned 16 cents an hour at his prison job (monitors boiler gauges in the prison powerhouse); but he got his Congressional pension when he was released: $104,000 a year.



Pardon Me

Merry Christmas! On December 23, 2000, President Bill Clinton in his last few days in office pardoned Rostenkowski. Rosty wasn't eligible for a pardon request through regular Justice Department channels, because a felon has to wait at least five years after completing a sentence before filing a pardon application. But that didn't stop Clinton, since no such rules apply to a direct Presidential pardon.

4/11/2006 03:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody hear about or know what a Gold Braid Pension is? Serious answers only, I just heard about it and am wondering.

4/11/2006 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we are talking about take home cars, why do Tac Lts. and Lts. in the "D" unit get them? They don't respond to jobs or calls when they are off so why the car? I can see exempts getting a car but why the rest? Think of all the cars we give these people and the money we spend on gas to fuel them.

4/11/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the jag-off bragging about his take home car, you are one of the reasons that police get fucked all the time because you have a big mouth and want everyone to know that you are the police. Keep you trap shut and don’t brag about you take home car. I could care less. I love working the beat car in a district. I don’t care if I stay in patrol for the rest of my career. And no I am not a dog ass copper. I make plenty of arrest and respond to a lot of calls. So go back to waking you little wand every night praying that you won’t get dumped out of you “Unit” and end up back were the real police work, Patrol.

4/11/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lts in the D unit do respond to jobs off duty. They take turns being on call for major incidents.

4/11/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Lts in the D unit do respond to jobs off duty. They take turns being on call for major incidents.

What keeps 'em from driving to the area and getting a car? They certainly aren't first responders and any other incident will have plenty of brass and a street dep. to hold things together until the Lt. arrives. No one in this Dept. "needs" a take home car....its a perk for suckwads and the sons of crusty political hacks. I really couldn't care less, but stil it is what it is.

4/11/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're an idiot. Worry about your own sorry ass career.

4/11/2006 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyway back to the Ryan nightmare...

why is it when they start these construction projects that they fail to do any preparation work.

1. correct all the timiong of the traffic signals on the detours to speed up the traffic flow ( it still hasnt been done)

2. why detour traffic to alternate routes that are also under construction ( ashland, roosevelt, damen, archer,western) these streets are bad enough, but add addtional traffic on a street under construction with nit wit traffic aides just standing there with their wand up their ass. WHY!!!!!

3. use the media to advise of the project a week before it takes place, then they make a circus out of the event , then they go on the air and tell everyone "oh the traffic isnt so bad on the Ryan" NOW ALL THE LEMMINGS WILL GET BACK ON IT! ARGGGGGGGGGHHH!

4. does the city actually have any "REAL TRAFFIC ENGINEERS" that work for them. OR!! is it like the building inspectors scandal, u have a 19 year old kid with a t-square and a tripod walk around the area marking the ground with orange spray paint telling ya its alright you can work here. Next thing you know the gas main is blowing up!

5. God help us all.

4/11/2006 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a Lt. in the "D" unit rotates and is required to respond to calls when he's off, then why do ALL of them need take home cars? Why can't they share one car? When it's your turn to respond to major incidents, you get the car. And how often does this happen?

4/11/2006 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing. If what you say regarding the "D" unit Lts. being required to rotate and respond to major incidents even when they are off, my next question is why? On most major incidents you are going to have the District W/C, the field Lt., a whole assortment of Sgts., perhaps the street deputy and so on and so on. So what in the world do they need another Lt. to show up for. Are you or the Department implying that all the previously listed Police Officers are not capable of handling the incident, that they will require a "D" unit Lt. to respond? If so, then why not get rid of everybody and just have "D" unit Lts. handle everything? I'm not trying to be a wiseacre but your explanation for them having a take home car insults our intelligence. A more honest reply would have been perhaps that it's a perk the Superintendent gave his Lts. But please don't try to feed us the line that their presence is required at these major incidents. If that were true, how come the Commanding Officer of the Area Youth Division gets one. What major incident do they respond to, felony taggers?

4/11/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's me again. The sad thing about this is that the Patrol Division really is where it's at. Thats where the vast majority of Police work is done and thats where one can have the most fun. It is the MOST important Bureau this or any other Police Department has. No one can have more of an impact on the public image of this department than a Patrol Division Officer, be that a negative or positive image. Unfortunately, no one gets shit on more than those in the Patrol Div. If the powers that be would realize how important these young men and women in Patrol were and what a great job most of them do each day, maybe that wouldn't be the case. Maybe they wouldn't perpetuate a system like the one we currently have which encourages Officers to get out of Patrol as fast as they can.

4/11/2006 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is in response to the moron who has a problem with Lt's from Det. Division with take home cars. I am in the Patrol Division and if I get in a shooting I want the Det. Div. Lieutenant(hopefully Farrell or Keane) responding to my shooting. I sure as hell don't want the Field Lieut. or the the idiot political Captain involved in my shooting. Go to the station and get the car and then come to the scene??!! You are a total goof. Get your head out of your ass or you're going to suffocate!! The truth is that since you can't have a take home car then nobody should. What a jealous little bitch you are. I don't give a shit who has a take home car!! I'm still gonna keep locking mother fuckers up! That's how I make my money.

4/11/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares who gets a car to take home. I love getting into my District beat car everyday and doing my work. I could care less about having a take home car or who has one. I will care when Daley takes out beat cars away and makes us use our personal cars on patrol. Patrol Rules!!!

4/11/2006 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:25:33
Your rant still doesn't answer the question which I will repeat. Why do Lts. in the "D" unit get take home cars. Now we may both want Farrel or Keane to respond to our shootings but the fact of the matter is that they will not always be the one to respond. If the are not "on call " on the night you pop someone, then why do THEY need a car. Why do they get a car for the other mundane run of the mill days that they are at work? Why do they get a car when the only thing they are going to use it for is to go to and from work and to go to lunch? Why should they have a car for the days when they are not "on call"? Why can't the Lt. that is "on call" on any given night use the car that is assigned to the Area. In other words the Area gets 1 Lts. car which is to be used for the Lt. who is "on call".Will the Property crimes Lt. respond to your shooting, or the Youth Div. Commanding Officer or the Tac Lt.? All of them get a car. All I'm asking is why.
BTW, no I'm not jealous about not having a take home car. I don't need one in my current assignment. But in an age when we are being asked to cut back, do more and give up some of the benefits that we have fought for, won and are now losing due to so called budget considerations, is this not an area that some might consider wasteful and one that needs to be re-considered?

4/11/2006 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city just wants to give all the new cars to the people who don't need them so th eworking guys in Tact, Gangs and yes, those special units have to keep driving pieces of shit with over 100,000 miles on them. The city dosn't care about their safety, just the Lt's safety of hetting to and from work.

4/11/2006 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you can answer why the desk lice in the Commander's office at O'Hare EACH get a take home car? They are P.O's just like us, but they get the added perk of a company car....none of them lives more than 15 mins. from the airport....

4/11/2006 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen up car guy.... I'm not sure if you noticed, but Det. Division Lieutenants have been known to show up at police shootings on their day off!! They rearrange their days off or whatever it takes. By your goofball logic there should be one car for three Lt's. Well.. let's see braniac... all three work days beause of a staff meeting or some BS and then low and behold all three units(HGS RBT and SVU) get major heater jobs. Oh wait...there is only one car!! Your logic is silly. So lets say we now need three cars(just in case). Lets keep the cars parked in the lot. Don't drive them home cause it will save the city by parking them in the Area lot over parking them in front of your house??? Dude, I agree that some people do not need take home cars, I just think you are barking up the wrong tree here.

4/11/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't fight stupidity. How do you explain something to someone who has no grasp of the concept? Who's biggest concern is which boss has a take home car. I can only guess by your beef that you have a very isolated view of this department. Why don't you beef about the hundreds of coppers working in vice, narcotics, central investigations, gang intelligence, etc., who have take home cars? Not to mention all the folks from 35th street with a city ride. Instead you're worried about 15 Lt.'s working in the 5 Areas. You would want Farrell or Keane or Mark Hawkins at your shooting not just for their knowledge, but for their influence over bosses. I was at a party with a VC Lt 2 weeks ago and he was drinking diet coke. Know why? Because it was Friday night and in his words, the coppers in his area are "some shooting motherfuckers". He considered it his RESPONSIBILTY to be there as soon as possible and in a sober state to look out for a whiny motherfucker like you. A police shooting with shitty bosses and no one to shield the P.O. is not a pretty sight. Believe it or not, we Det's believe that protecting YOU, the P.O., is our most important job period; not just at a police shooting. You obviously have never been through a round table or you would know the W.C. is little more than window dressing. Some of them get their feathers ruffled because they are not the man, but tough shit. Police shootings are not handled by idiots. However if you want me too, I'll tell Keane to stay home and Cynthia White can lead the investigation when you discharge your weapon. Grow up you little bitch and hope your nuts never end up in a set of vice grips.

4/12/2006 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anymore info on important subject of Insurance? I have the HMO and now we have to use the new plan not Davis and we paid a heck of a lot more out of pocket as this plan sucks thanks mator daley!!

4/12/2006 11:42:00 AM  

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