Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More Money Pissed Away

This is still one of our favorite photos (via Channel 7 News):

It sums up the complete and utter arrogance of the mayor. Sure, there was really no reason for having an airstrip on the lakefront. It was loud, pointless and served maybe 10 people a year (or something similar). So did the mayor follow established procedures for shutting down Meigs? Nope, In the dead of night, he turned spotlights on fixed camera positions, shut down traffic and tore it all up.

Now, to fight a $33,000 fine for not giving 30 days notice, the City has spent $200,000 in legal fees. We think we're entitled to ask, "What the F$%^?" The mayor owns this town and all it's departments lock, stock and barrel. If he tells the Park District to plant a tree, they fall all over themselves to find a tree meeting exacting requirements and promptly send out a crew of 11 to dig, plant and water the tree. Every day if necessary.

Why didn't he just tell the Parks District not to renew the airport lease, wait 30 days, then close the airport and tear it up? What would that have delayed? The whole thing sat for months afterwards anyway. Seem the only people getting rich here are the lawyers. Damn, we hate lawyers.

55 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

His hired trucks were not making any money on an airport on the lake. Meigs field should have been sold to Boeing who could have turned it into the state of the art for urban aviation. We could have heliports and short take-off jet service to mid-range destinations. No, we get another park on the lakefront while our local parks fall apart.

6/26/2006 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scc, that airport may have not been O'Hare or even Midway, but it served a HELL of a lot more than 10 people a month. Especially during the larger conventions. I'm a veteran P.O and small craft pilot who used that strip a few times over the years. It was a true gem for those who fly as a hobby, and those who spent THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS to do anything at McCormick place!

I don't think Daley's true intentions with that piece of land have been revealed yet, but it will benefit him somehow in the long run!

6/26/2006 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>>>....should have been sold to Boeing....<<<<<<<


Yeah! That woudl have meant jobs, paying more then the shit can min. wage in this damn city

But hey, let's plant daisies and other bullshit instead

6/26/2006 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous USMC Veteran said...

People don't realize that most of the organ donations were flown into Miegs and taken by Amb to the various Hospitals doing the transplants. Not to mention that if there was ever a REAL disaster here in Chicago, The Military would have been able to fly C-130's C-17's and I believe the C-141 with supplies or evacuate the wounded. Nice job mr mayor!

6/26/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are totally missing the point! You can now see a Def Leppard and Journey concert there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Kill me now.

6/26/2006 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Ozzie "fag" Guillen said...

Don't stop...believing...hold on to that feeling!

6/26/2006 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to tie this and the Sorich trial together (tangentially), the Park District's Director of the Lakefront was on the favors list. Of course, her job was almost certainly exempt, but still.

Just another 19th ward sidenote.

6/26/2006 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meig Field was the home site of one of the best programs i have ever seen offered in any city. Every Saturday kids from throughout the ciy were treated to air flights over the lake and the city. This was at NO COST to Chicago. A grant from the Fed Gov. provided the necessary costs.
private owner/pilots would provide the aircrafts. Some of the pilots came in from Michigan and Wisconsin to participate.

If you have every seen the face of a child, who has just experience their first time in an airplane. It would have been enough alone to keep Meig fields open. Sad, Da mayor and his political pals had other plans. i agree with
the other previous posters, this middle of the city airfield, was worth in weight in gold in case of any type of catastroph, especially for the loop area and nearby neighborhoods.

6/26/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve Perry & Daley on tour said...

Hold onto to that Dream, yeaaaaahhhh, street lights! people! whoaaaaa

6/27/2006 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the money being spent to plant roses on the west side?? That's right pink roses being planted all up and down madison ave on west side. They will only die from the everyday ghetto stench!!!

6/27/2006 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly Mayor for life Richy bulldozed it due to Homeland Security concerns.

I for one just want to thank him...I feel much safer now that he has done that. NOT

6/27/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that Northside was the one who talked Daley into doing this!!

6/27/2006 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, Richie is as arrogant as they come; but he does because he can. His power is unchecked, the voters are sheep, there is no political opponent who is willing (what person of intelligence and character wants the job anyway?)/able to run a serious challenge against him (given the racial divide of the city); so he bulldozes Meigs, overspends millions on Millenium Park, gives millions away to friends/contributors via city contracts, watches as aides/aldermen continue to be indicted and convicted by the feds, all the while saying, "Uh, I didn't know what was going on". Maybe the old saying, the people get the politicians they deserve, applies to Chicago; there's a reason why Chicago has been and is one of the most corrupt cities in US history.......

6/27/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the same city that wont fight bullshit lawsuits against us because it is cheaper to settle them?

6/27/2006 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former active duty pilot and current Air Guard pilot I can tell you that there is no way in hell a C-130, C-17, or C-141 was landing at Meigs. Not unless you want the Marine Unit fishing us out of the water. It's nice to be anti-Daley, but at least ground the shit in reality. I'm drunk and I'm not going to start arguing the math of powered flight. Your argument is horse shit. I need my crew rest. Out.

6/27/2006 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANYBODY HEAR ABOUT A 13TH DIST GANG-BANGIN SGT'S SON(GONZALEZ) BEING LOCKED UP IN 25TH DIST SUNDAY NIGHT FOR A UUW AND AN ADS (LOPEZ) GETTING SGT'S SON OUT OF PINCH ON A RWOC? IS THIS BE LAPA AT ITS BEST??!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!

6/27/2006 03:31:00 AM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

The destruction of Meigs Field should have gotten Richard M Daley a long prison term.

I'd love to see it rebuilt bigger and better than ever. It was and is still needed.

Daley should have to pay for the waste out of his own pocket.

6/27/2006 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/27/2006 01:14:10 AM



Can you explain how they landed the C-130 at Meigs EVERY YEAR for the air show, Mr. pilot? I've been in it, so don;t tell me it wasn't there!

6/27/2006 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 truths:

1. The city of Chicago is truely a beautiful place.

2. Daley is the biggest fucking thief, moron, liar in all the world!

Yes, Chicago is a beautiful place. Compare us to Cedar Rapids, Cleveland, Newark, Dallas, etc. Not too many places have all of the physical features of our city, the animal cages notwithstanding.

Daley has a one-track mind. He has a hard-on for guns and gun owners and airplanes.

As a cop that owns guns (and no I won't register my hobby stuff), flies an airplane, and truly misses the ability to touch down on the lakefront.... This man is a disgrace!

Lets not forget the demise of the Lincoln Park Traps either. Anyone remember the gun club just off the drive? What is it now? a barren patch of land? Way to go Daley you numbfuck!!

God forbid that he would spend less time on this stuff and more on increasing jobs, business, education, law enforcement, budgets.........

6/27/2006 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the old Illinois Police Olympics. I shot trap at the LPT.

Yeah, I miss it too.

6/27/2006 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS IT TRUE ABOUT SGT. GONZALEZ'S KID BEING ARRESTED. HE IS AS DUMB AS HIS FATHER IF THAT'S THE CASE. HOW MANY CALLS DID RICHIE MAKE TO HIS GUY LOPEZ TO TRY TO STAY ON AS A TACT. SGT. THE WORD IS AT LEAST 5. SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT THE NEW COMMANDER; BUT SHE HELD HER GROUND. HAVE FUN ON MIDNIGHTS RICHIE. YOU ARE TRULY A PIECE OF SHIT. I GUESS IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU NOW!!!

6/27/2006 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor is a visionary! He realized that we need another spot on the lake for his powerbase to relax and drink a 40oz. All thats missing is a nude bronze of hizzoner,and his perfect physique with the world resting on his mighty back.

6/27/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
As a former active duty pilot and current Air Guard pilot I can tell you that there is no way in hell a C-130, C-17, or C-141 was landing at Meigs. Not unless you want the Marine Unit fishing us out of the water. It's nice to be anti-Daley, but at least ground the shit in reality. I'm drunk and I'm not going to start arguing the math of powered flight. Your argument is horse shit. I need my crew rest. Out.

6/27/2006 01:14:10 AM

You're wrong my friend! I saw a c-130 land there with my own two eyes before one of the airshows. You either are lying about being a pilot or are misjudging the runway dimensions. Is it possible that you are another military chooch posing as someone you're not? Bet you were a SEAL too.

6/27/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forget that the mayor shut the Lincoln Park Gun Club down without due process. The place was shuttered and bulldozed without a hearing. This city feels that it can do as it wants.

6/27/2006 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I see that someone already addressed the Gun Club. My mistake. I only read SCC's view and it got my blood up before I read everyone else's points.

6/27/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also saw a C-130 "Hercules" land at Meigs. Me thinks SOMEONE isn't a pilot at all---

6/27/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean someone is lying on this Blog…Tell me it isn’t so!!

6/27/2006 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I sit in my million dollar condo gazing out at the sunrise over the lake away from the garbage (human and otherwise) on the street, I do not want my peace interrupted by by the buzzing of planes. I appreciate the mayor's actions.

I will walk and ride my bike on a peaceful Northerly Island and enjoy the views and the quiet. Thank you to my fellow tax payers for providing me with such an opportunity. Feel free to get out of your cars and try it.

Resident, City of Chicago

6/27/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Real Chicago said...

327

You must be a Daley voter and fund raiser. Bet you poised for a roller skating all smiles River North condo billboard. Clueless Meigs was not ORD or MDW. What a tool, you paid a mill. to look at a reversed river. I refuse to tip my little finger to you as I sip my tea. Are you also with Better Goverment. Naw, proably Chicago First.

6/27/2006 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADS Lopez is as dumb as a box of rocks. They needed to fill the Hispanic street deputy spot and I guess his number came up. Don't forget that he was the one who got the CR number when the crack whore died in the lock-up in 25 two weeks ago. BEFORE any investigation revealed what happened. Nice way to feed the plaintiffs' attorneys. What a dope. You'd better hope that he's not the street deputy for your shooting. He'll give you up to the feds before you can get your statement out at the round-table. Didn't another moron Hispanic ADS lose his job for interfering with an arrest a few years back? Must be taught at the LAPA meetings.

6/27/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know the name of the sergeant at the training academy who told hispanic officers to sign up for the City Wide College unit but not to worry about having to attend?

6/27/2006 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former active duty pilot and current Air Guard pilot I can tell you that there is no way in hell a C-130, C-17, or C-141 was landing at Meigs.

Actually a C130 hercules could land at the late Meig's Field. Meig's had a 3900 ft runway. A max loaded C130 only needs 2100 ft to land and 1500 ft to take off

The C-17 can operate on small, austere airfields with runways as short as 3,000 feet (914m) and as narrow as 90 feet (27.4m) wide, and can complete a 180-degree three-point "star" turn within 80 feet (24.4m).

i glad we weren't waiting on you to bring help!

6/27/2006 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Hitney isn't on one of those runways??

6/27/2006 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Picasso said...

SCC, can you please superimpose Hitney with DaMayor standing on those X'd Meigs runways??? Or how about scattering those "lost" tests blowing all about Meigs...that will work too. Thank you. I do appreciate your imaginative and creative artistry.

6/27/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Connie Hartford was the lock up keeper when the hype died in 025 lock up. Guess what comes around goes around, enjoy your forced vacation when the time comes down. Couldn't have happened to a better person

6/27/2006 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA! Connie Hartford, Karma is a wonderful thing

6/27/2006 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:24- You obviously don't know anything about Lopez. You also failed the sergeant's test...do you think the street deputy could kill that death in custody case? As for him looking out for you on a shooting (not that you have to worry, because that would require police work), he would be my (and most other working police I know) first choice. He's not out to hurt anyone-probably even not a dog like you.

6/27/2006 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous wait 1 sec. here said...

Who ordered certain police to be involved in the bulldozing efforts. The request never went through proper channel's. Why was CTA given ability to do what they did with tear down, is that correct head of CTA, using police. Daley no knowledge, why the falling out with the head honcho on this then? Did I mis read the news on who is who in the Chi tribe.

6/27/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to disagree,but I believe anytime there is a death in custody a CR has to be obtained. I am not positive but if you shoot someone no matter how cut and dried it is I believe a CR is obtained. CR#s are not always a bad thing. I am not defending anyone I just want the record straight. Is this the SGT that lives in Edison PK with the antique police car and gangbanging son?

6/27/2006 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join the NRA we need your help! Only $35 dollars! Help protect the freedoms of honest Americans!

6/27/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when theres a shooting a U number not a CR is obtained.
The CR is only if its a bad shooting

Although I know nothing about aviation, id be surprised to learn thet a C 130 could safely land at Miegs

Just my 2 cents worth

6/27/2006 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cr can be obtained without a specific officer being associated with it. I think if the ads didn't get a cr on that job he would have to be retarded. No offense to the involved officers, but he would have done worse by them to start out appearing to try to cover up. Obviously someone has an ax to grind with the ads-why not bring up the real issue, not this non-issue. Everyone loves gossip...especially on this board.

6/27/2006 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yoops i was thinking of a different aircraft
I was thinking of a cargo aircraft like the c-5
my bad
sowwy

6/27/2006 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADS Lopez . . . "Don't forget that he was the one who got the CR number when the crack whore died in the lock-up in 25 two weeks ago. BEFORE any investigation revealed what happened."


########################

Why shouldn't he have gotten a CR number ?

6/27/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES, IT IS THE SGT. WHO LIVES NORTHWEST. HE IS TRULY A PIECE OF SHIT. RICHIE "IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!", GONZALEZ.

6/28/2006 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you coppers do is bitch and make comments on the blog. If this job is bad QUIT. As far as clout 70% of the people on the job have clout. So what who cares. keep your mouth shut as just do your job.

6/28/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because you got dumped from his team after doing nothing in 013 for years, then went to 016 where you continue to do nothing for years, doesn't mean you have to insult the man. Does it make him a bad sgt that he can pick out the dog-asses?

6/28/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO SAY RICHIE GONZALEZ IS A GOOD SGT. AND A MAN IS A TOTAL JOKE. USELESS AND DUMB IS MORE LIKE IT. MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE MORE PEOPLE LIKE VARELLA FOLLOW HIM AROUND. FRIGGIN' ALL STAR. I THINK YOU HAVE ME MISTAKEN FOR SOMEONE ELSE. THAT'S OKAY THOUGH. SOMEDAY RICHIE WILL LEARN THAT'S IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT HIM. HIS CALLS CAN ONLY TAKE HIM SO FAR. I HOPE HE ENJOYS MIDNIGHTS. I'M SURE HE WON'T BE AVAILABLE TO HANDLE ANY SGT. JOBS. HE NEVER WAS WHEN HE WAS THE TACT. SGT. AT LEAST HE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO DO THE OTHER JOB HE HAS DURING THE DAY. ONCE A SUCK ASS, ALWAYS A SUCK ASS!

6/28/2006 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware of lovers triangles:

the supt., DC Coleman and Richie Gonzalez

6/28/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SURELY U JEST

6/28/2006 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to have some personal issues with Sgt. Gonzalez. Insulting family members on an annonymous website is something a bitch would do. Bitch. Oh, also typing in all caps is annoying. Bitch.

6/28/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Gonzalez, but Lopez is a prince.

6/28/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Connie Hartford when she first got on the job. She seemed like a decent cop, what did she do that has everyone laughing at what happened?

6/28/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is...R. Gonzalez's son is a gang bangin' piece of shit and his day will come! No matter who his daddy or daddy's friends are!

6/29/2006 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone dies in the lockup it's a cr so it can be investigated, if someone is caught trying to hang himself by lockup keeper doing his rounds it's usually labeled an E.O., extrordinary occurance, unless it's obvious there could be negligence, then it's a cr so it can be investigated.Lopez did the right thing, he's a great guy.

Would love to hear more about this Sgt's kid and the alleged gun pinch, what gang is he in etc.

6/29/2006 10:21:00 AM  

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