Thursday, May 11, 2006

Another Convention Flees the City

  • Conventions bring in an estimated nine billion dollars to Illinois - much of that in the Chicago area. But two of the big conventions may take their business elsewhere.
  • The Food Marketing Institute or FMI is one of five partners for the food show called "The Power of Five." The annual show closed Tuesday at McCormick Place and FMI announced plans to consider rotating venues beginning 2008.
And once again, this is going to cost the City revenue it can't afford to lose. The trickle down effects of losing these conventions will total in the tens (or hundreds) of millions of dollars. At some point in the coming years, someone is going to be left holding the bag for these years of abuse, corruption and fixing. And we see them every day when we look in the mirror.

61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm first

5/10/2006 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are such a stroke;"i'm first".get a real life dickhead

5/11/2006 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the McPier group uses our tax dollars to expand... what for the Alpo dog convention or the ping pong championships. There's a rumor that the lakefront building is going to be turned into a casino. It makes sense!

5/11/2006 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Phil Cline

FROM: Captain Thomas Lemmer 023

SUBJECT: 3rd Watch Update

Supt. Cline since you appointed me to advance your vision for the CPD I am giving you a semi-annual update on Watch Operations here in the 023rd District. The following are the High points since my arrival for Command in Aug2005.

1. I have taken a Watch that had the highest seniority for all 3rd Watches city wide and lowered it vastly. I foresee utilizing reverse seniority to fill vacancies in the coming months.

2. I have driven off almost 10 officers from 3rd Watch and the District altogether.

3. I have implemented a dress code for Tact/Gang teams.

4. All Tact/Gang Teams MUST report to me upon their arrival for their tour and STAND INSPECTION at all MY roll calls.

5. I utilize SGT.'s to conduct MEDICAL checks on 23rd District personnell regardless of residence and have them report to me the nature of these so called ailments these officers suffer from.

6. I have increased the number of SPARS and SUSPENSION DAYS given at the District level.

7. I was almost successful at getting an officer into the Behavior Alert System for Medical Abuse but my Lieutenant would not concur w/ me since this officer turned out to be seriously ill.

8. I have almost completed all those books you recommended to me on LEADERSHIP skills.

9. I am being called down along with the DC to a Grievence Hearing regarding a Matrix I initiated to combat chronic crime conditions in the 23rd District.

10. There are currently 5-8 officers on 3rd Watch who are bidding out of the District since openings were announced last week.

11. I have also instituted a Rating System that I use in the District for 3rd Watch Personnell.

I will report back to you a synopsis of my first yrs. successes in about 6 mths. I just want to remind those of you that I am a VERY smart man. One more thing, I don't understand why everyone around the station are calling me Captain of the Titanic?
Didn't that ship sink?

5/11/2006 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

023 sank a long time ago. Sorry to hear he's breaking up the long hours of lounging at coffee shops and outside bars. I know we work on 2 different police departments, but since you like to believe you're the police, I'd like to see you do some work for the same pay. You ain't DeFelice or Horstein. Those days are over and you can't pretend you're them.

5/11/2006 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a buddy who works at McCormack settin up for shows. He claims they are all bailing on the city and are going to start rotating venues. The reason: The truckers pulling in to set up are getting robbed. Happened 4 times 2 weeks ago at gunpoint. The union is telling the drivers not to consider entering MC place unless they are escorted. So less revenue means they are close to stealing my pension. If anyone in power had a brain they'd get our money out and return what you've put in on a per officer basis. I'll take my chances loading up in my deferred comp while living off the 30g I put into the pension. Max out for 5 years and it'll turn into a pension in 15. Do not rely on these fuckin people to have your money when you retire.

5/11/2006 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said 12:42:17 am

5/11/2006 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anotonia Mora from Channel 2 news is such a tool. I feel sorry for the poor woman (or man) that married that hamster.

5/11/2006 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F-THAT, WHAT ABOUT THE WHITE WOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO WAS ALLEGAEDLY RAPED, BEATEN, AND THROWN OUT THE 7TH STORYWINDOW OF 5135 FEDERAL. NO PRESS, NO OUTRADE, NO NOTHIN............

5/11/2006 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats because the chicago black mule can do no wrong. Besides...it was probably only foreplay.

5/11/2006 02:45:00 AM  
Blogger dilligaf said...

I am nominating this as quote of the year, mind you it's still early:

A long-time resident at the Robert Taylor Homes -- who did not want to be identified -- said earlier Monday evening, she saw the young woman in the courtyard and again outside her own apartment.

"The woman got on my floor and tried to get in apartment. I said, 'No, white and black don't mix,'" said Robert Taylor Homes Resident.

From the 1700hr Charles Thomas news piece about the girl that was tossed out the 7th floor window.

5/11/2006 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any one know what happened at 5125 Federal?

5/11/2006 03:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Police need their own independent newspaper. Crime Rampant Toll, for those on the roll.

5/11/2006 03:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see the Lemmer tossed out of a high rise.

5/11/2006 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if we dropped our 9% sales tax, liquor tax, entertainment tax, tobacco tax and hotel tax we could woo conventions back. City of Chicago and County of Cook...not too hard! Do the math assholes!

5/11/2006 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous mayor with an idea said...

Off topic, sorry up late this eve.

Our fearless leader and our very own Mayor brought back an idea from Israel after all!

SCHOOLS FOR SCIENCE AND MATH, still waitin on idea from China.

5/11/2006 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCormick Place is a victim of the unions that run the place. The conventioneers can't plug in a cord in the socket without having some neanderthal charge them $50. Forget about bringing in your own boxes of stuff, no can do that will be $1000. I am surprised we still have any shows at McCormick Place. The truckers probably got robbed because they had to pay to park in the dock. Robbery was easier to explain than parking fees.

You have other venues in Vegas or Florida giving space away to draw the conventions to them because these conventions mean revenue for the city. Our city leaders have no idea what they are doing when it comes to trying to get conventions here.

Oh wait we are trying to get the olympics...every Olympics city I have visited has these giant stadiums they will never fill, giant olympic villages they turn into public housing because they can't rent them, and in general the place is a ghost town. I am sorry our city leaders are out to lunch when it comes to drawing people to this city.

9 more years and I am out of here. I just hope Richie doesn't bankrupt us by then. Advice to newbies on the job, DEPOSIT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN INTO DEFERRED COMP AND INCREASE IT AS YOU GET RAISES UNTIL YOU ARE MAXED. Even if you only put it in the fixed account it will be better than waiting on a pension that the city won't be able to keep matching.

On the good side we do have some pretty flowers in the streets.

5/11/2006 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Daley is driving the businesses OUT of Chicago.

When I worked at Revenue as a temp this year, it was amazing to see all the required Business Licenses, Inspections, various Permits, various Taxes, etc. that get slammed on these people.

These businesses are getting smart and moving away to the burbs.

You wonder WHY there's so much high crime on the southside? It's cheaper to live here but NO jobs, unless you want to work for fast food, retail, etc. where you earn min. wage and need to work two f/t jobs. Hence you see people traveling 2+ hours per job to commute to work.

THe new thing that the city has done to slap more revenue crap on the wall and drive more people out: If you're a Chicago resident and have a burglar alarm, you now have to get an annual permit (like a business) and must place the sticker in the upper right hand corner, front entrance way.

NICE

5/11/2006 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was also news that a molotov cocktail was thrown at an Asian owned business.

That disappeared real quick. Hmm

5/11/2006 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see how it pans out with the incident of the L.A. woman who "fell" from the 7th story of the Taylor Homes.

All attention will probably fall on the police who screwed the pooch.

However, nothing will be said about the animals who inhabit the lower side of this fine city.

Besides, it's everyone elses fault that they act this way, right?

5/11/2006 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they cant eat it of F--- it, they destroy it.

5/11/2006 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lemmer nickname 'lemonhead' biggest pinch as a po was a group of kids drinkin out of same bottle of beer

5/11/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my God! This Captain had the audacity to make the tact teams be at work on time!?!? Some nerve using Sergeants to do medical checks like everywhere other unit in the city! He must be stopped! Before you know it, he'll be asking you to work a full 8 hours and make an arrest or two every once in a while! Someone, PLEASE stop this insanity before the officers of 023 are forced to do things the way the rest of the Department does them!

The horror...the horror...the horror...

5/11/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The work rules at McCormick Place were changed a few years ago with numerous give backs by the union; it's never been solely the fault of the unions, the exibit companies that charge huge fees, the building, that charges for floor space etc. are huge contributors as well, what most don't realize is that when there isn't a trade show the unions don't work, hence the different pay rates and scales depending on the time of day, time and a half etc. there is a lot more involved, it has always been easy to blame the unions,but the blame definetley needs to be spread around alitle.

5/11/2006 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous defenestration squad said...

7:41

THE DEFENESTRATION FROM 5135 FEDERAL

That was no "fall". The coed stripper was tossed by Canadian(s) unknown.

5/11/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 5135 story in the media is a mess. 21 year old stripper doesn't take her meds. She is apparently stripping to paying her way through a very good school (UCLA).

And ever after years of supposed "cleaning" of tenant lists etc. at the CHA, the last Taylor building standing still has an apartment used as a bar, an organized criminal gang, yada yada yada.

I haven't read anything that makes me think any PO did anything wrong, but yikes is this ever a twisted story.

First thing a Republican mayor should do is beg the federal government to tear down all public housing and end all section 8 subsidies in Chicago. These painful stories are all that we've ever gotten from the jets.

5/11/2006 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About three years ago Lemmer moderated a conference at the academy on juvenile crime and police interventions. He appeared to be one few bosses I've listened to that had any common sense, was educated (most likely not from Lewis), and could actually address ans audience. Never met him before or after. Hate to think he's a stroke. I'd like to hear his side. 023 has degenerated into clearing house for natures freaks and misfits. When in Rome... Too bad.

5/11/2006 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tribune article twists story and makes it appear police fucked-up by releasing her. Fuck her, and her family. If she was so fucked up why didn't they keep the wacko in California? They could'nt control the tramp so we're supposed to? Some of my best friends are bi-polar and I think it's the reason they're such great coppers. And just how crazy do you have to be to follow Willy into Robert Taylor? Oh, I forgot, left-wing Catholic nuns, northshore bimbos' representing the Center for Wrongful Convictions, Polish pizza deliverymen, and DCFS go in there all the time! I have sympathy for someone who is developmentally delayed, like my partner, but no sypathy for some valley girl who hydrates with paint thinner after a grueling workout routine with Wilphonse. CR# my ass. Take care of you're wacked-out kid and don't blame the police because you're a miserable failure as a parent you jagoff.

5/11/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's have a City Corruption Convention....we could put King Richard in a dunk tank and the fifty Aldermen can bob for the Mayor's Ass Apples !!

5/11/2006 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that far away officers...no raises, no insurance, depleted pension....the City can start hiring at WalMart !!

5/11/2006 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/11/2006 10:55:11 AM

You are completely wrong on this, toughguy. I'm serious when I say this, you are a sick piece of shit and I hope you get raped and thrown out of a 7th floor window too. When you find out what really happened ( I know ) you are going to be the first to scream about racisim on this Deapartment. Just so you know, her parents haven't blamed anyone, they just would like to know why their daughter was released when they plead several times not to let her go until they could get there. This hsould have never happened, for many reasons, but what you just said is pathetic and sick.

5/11/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Andre, Get your feet off the desk and do something!!!

5/11/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 5/11/2006 11:05:54 AM

Hey that's foreplay in 023!

5/11/2006 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the parents have'nt blamed anyone why is there a CR? I suppose the Tribune reporters obtained the CR themselves. I've seen this shit before toughguy. When you can't look at yourself in the mirror because you're an asshole you blame the police! In five generations in this city my family; drunks, idiots, tact guys and bosses, never got raped and thrown from a CHA building. And if it had happened we'd place blame where it belongs and not look for a scapegoat with a blue shirt. Go back to you're CAPS office and have a nice warm glass of milk.

5/11/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...
What District is both the 3rd Watch Captain and the DC being called down for a MAJOR contract violation hearing?

5/10/2006 11:49:10 PM

Stashy says

Isn't that 3rd Watch in the 023rd District where the Captain tried to force all the personnel to sign a waiver of their contract rights so that he could abuse them any way he wants. Where the hell is the news coverage on this????

Hey, newsies, write about some Captain deciding he is going to renegotiate a union contract directly with the poor souls under his command. What a fucking tool!!

Or would "asshat" be more appropriate here?

Anyway, I hope they bust this guy to Lieutenant and dump his ass way the fuck far south. 006? 005?Anyone?

5/11/2006 07:33:45 AM

This guy now out ranks his father who retired as a Lieutenant. The father always wore latex gloves because he was scared of catching something. He use to wash his hands 2 to 3 time a hour. Mental must run in the family.

5/11/2006 11:58:10 AM

5/11/2006 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the parents have'nt blamed anyone why is there a CR? I suppose the Tribune reporters obtained the CR themselves.

____________

You can't be this stupid, can you?

5/11/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A group of white boys ALLEGEDLY rapes a black stripper at Duke University = National News!

A group of Blacks/African Americans/ Coloreds/ Negros or whatever they call themselves rapes, kills and sends flying out a window a white stripper = No news!

Don't report it, that would be racist.

5/11/2006 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:01....Im sorry...here is your ball back....I wont pick on you anymore you jealous little fuck!!!!!Quit your defense of this asshole and do some work yourself!!

5/11/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me tell you those orange line coppers f'd up real good. Any ppo could have diagnosed her with a mental problem in two seconds. I seen them in the station tiring to figure out how to fill out an arrest report and what they should do about her. They were just to stupid and lazy to fill out a hospitalization report and transport her to mt sini. So they picked the easier option and arrested her. And believe me this isn't the first time those goofs screwed something up. It amazes me how out of touch with police work these unit guys are. The simplest of situations they have no clue how to handle. How do you forget how to do the very basics of police work? that’s my beef.

5/11/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? Why is it just the organge line connection? This incident had numerous moves involved prior to her ending up flying out a window.

5/11/2006 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats why businesses pre fer illegals they wont be sitting and eating like most fat truckers they will work harder and faster at a cheaper rate

5/11/2006 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when LEMMER came to 007 when he made Lt. What a geek/freak! Any city that would promote this guy to be a Captain is fucked.

5/11/2006 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF

1:37 If you saw them, and from what you posted even you knew what the issue was, my question is why didn't you assist? What no action on your part? If you were not there you need to shut the f#@k up.

5/11/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this family gets a billion $ out of this. Considering the amounts we hand out over nothing.

Not that any amount will erase the memory that their child was raped and thrown away like a piece of used garbage. Just fucking horrible. I can't even imagine what they are feeling right now.

Not exactly going to be good for the tourist trade here.

5/11/2006 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous city shaking said...

Where's the oversite in this tragedy? Any boss's working at the locations the media mentioned?

Shake up vibrating at police headquarters and city hall as we speak.

5/11/2006 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upon reading the numerous posts involving the out-of-town, alleged CSA victim, it appears the departments policy regarding persons in need of mental treatment is to hire them!

5/11/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Im just here on a small vacation from UCLA,...F#$K you, jagoff, ballsweat, ...oh Im sorry excuse me Im bi-polar, ass,shit,cock eater, oops I did it again, by the way, F#$%^Er, AHHHH, motherfu#$%r...gotta go

5/11/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, I have read your blog about the Area 2 female detectives being,how should I say ,not so pretty. I went to shoot at the Area 2 range and decided to walk in the detective division. I thought that Halloween is in October and here it was in the afternoon of May.

5/11/2006 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:01 crows like a spurned white shirt wisely barred from returning to paradise after "merit" selection. Jealousy is never flattering, "BOSS". Stick to what you know- making those currently "under" you miserable

5/11/2006 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Y'all oughta lay off both the coppers, the victim and the family.

For starters, the coppers ain't babysitters who can sit on an adult for days until the family comes out to claim her.

The victim was only a mental when not on meds. Nobody deserved what happened to her, and mental is what it is. If God judges us for one thing later, my guess will be that its for not being nice to children or mentals.

As for the family, why in the world wouldn't they be upset? Why wouldn't they ask questions?

The whole story sucks, but place the blame where it belongs. The savages at 5135 and the Democrats who encourage the savagery at 5135 to continue unabated.

The whole story sucks, but the criminals are still the ones to blame for crime. Blaming the parents, the victim, or the police, is just plain stupid.

I'm praying for her and her family.

5/11/2006 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous blue collar man said...

It's incredible how anyone with a realistic viewpoint on this blog is called "boss", told to go back to his desk, or just called a jagoff.

Is it that hard for some of you to believe that some street coppers aren't whiney, self-important cry babies? I agree with 9:01. I know nothing about lemmer, but from the things you guys are complaining about, I'd say it's just more "poor me" syndrome, and not anything that a boss shouldn't be doing.

I'll go drink my "kool-aid" now, so don't bother with that played out shit either.

5/11/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:55

That's all well and fine but unfortunatly the blame will be placed on someone.

5/11/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:24 I know the copper who is taking the hit and I can tell you one thing he was a good cop and one you could trust. What I will also tell you is that he lets these broads screw him up and get him in debt thats why that happened. I will tell you that your information is wrong about the little girl so whoever told you that they are wrong. It however is worse than that as far as I am concerned. The botom line is he's going to be shitcanned. It's a damn shame. And just so you know he has been stripped awhile ago so your source is way off. I am not trying to be nasty I just want to educate you on who you listen too. Also I know you work in 011 so I will see you later.

5/10/2006 09:18:26 PM


Anonymous said...
So you are defending someone who stole money from a coppers benefit party because of problems with bitches and debt? That sounds like something some shithead would do. WTF????

5/10/2006 09:55:30 PM

9:18

How can you justify, rationalize or explain anything this ASSHAT did?

9:55

RIGHT ON BROTHER, I think you agree with me that this guy is a JAGLIPS.

Be safe

5/11/2006 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous new zoo review said...

There's simply no question the Ring-Tailed Lemur has taken our watch from first to worst. Had a Prince, left with a Frog. BRING BACK QUAID!

5/11/2006 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it, it's the mass transit guy's fault for not doing a psyche eval on the stripper.---No wait it's the WC's fault ----No it's the Desk sergeant's fault for I-bonding her without telling her to refrain from visiting the projects in search of love and acceptance. I am sure that if the parents were so concerned about their whore I'm sorry stripper---no, honor student at UCLA they would have allowed her to roam without supervision. What would you have the police do hold her in violation of her rights. I am so tired of P.O.s getting the blame for everything

5/12/2006 02:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far it appears no one on this blog knows whether she was relatively coherent upon being released on I Bond. Nor do we know the extent of her conduct at the orange line, other than it appears it was out of sort enough to end up at the station.

In consideration of the parents relating she was Bipolar and on meds. and asking that she be kept at the station. She is 21 yrs. of age. Once she is cleared and I Bonded, the desk or whomever may have instructed her to remain at or in the vincinity of the station while waiting for her pick up.

So what are your options? Lets consider her an adult who walks off? Do you hold her against her will, and if so for what? If that were to happen, we know it could turn into a whole new issue. It's a sad mess for all involved.

5/12/2006 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read that she was escorting some male from cali when he abandoned her here. questionable behavior but it shoulden't buy you a ticket out a window.
i, for one, am sick of this nonsense. cut off all welfare...sink or swim time.
let them revolt in response and we will put them down.
fuck it !

5/12/2006 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happens when there is nothing left for the city to sell and the irresponsible fiscal policies have not been addressed ?
it dosen't matter because daley will be long gone and the problem will belong to a new mayor and the people of chicago will get stuck with the CONSEQUENCES.
- higher taxes
- fewer services
- decaying infrastructure
- business flight
- declining property value

5/12/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous i believe i can fly said...

bi-polar folks on a manic high while drunk or with drugs in their system have been known to pull an Elvis and "leave the building" on their own power. of course maybe r. kelly had her cornered up there and was going to piss on her

5/12/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger happyjoyjoyjoy said...

Oh what a beautiful day...wait what is this, a sign? "Bananas for free in Suburbs". Woohoo. Lets go monkey, there's something good waiting for us. To the arghmobile!!! We truly shall flee this city.

5/12/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous martini and marlboro said...

I feel another streaming video upon us. Now we have to diagnose arrestees for mental conditions. Pour me another, light me up. Sigh.

5/12/2006 08:43:00 PM  

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