Monday, November 27, 2006

Midway Getting Safer

They're finally putting in the crushable concrete airplane "catchers" at the end of the runways.
  • The runway at Midway Airport where a plane overshot its landing last December and slid into traffic, killing a 6-year-old boy, now has a safety buffer of crushable concrete designed to slow or stop a plane under similar circumstances, federal officials said.

    The installation of the first concrete arrestor bed at Midway comes nearly a year after a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off Runway 31-C and through an airport blast fence Dec. 8, slamming into a vehicle carrying 6-year-old Joshua Woods and his family. Joshua, of Leroy, Ind., suffocated while pinned inside the car.

Additional stories at Channel 2 and Channel 7. Lest we forget, this simple safety feature could have prevented additional tragedies, like this one:

UPDATE: We can't believe there are people in the comments section who haven't heard the tales of the above photo. We thought everyone in the world read about this. For some background, checkout the archives on Dec 23 and Dec 24 for how it all began, and then follow the adventures of the erstwhile sergeant-to-be on Dec 25, Dec 26, Dec 28, Dec 31, Jan 09, Jan 22, Jan 30, Feb 01, Feb 04, Feb 05, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 05, Mar 12, Mar 15, Mar 29, Apr 14, Apr 16 and Jun 26 (damn, that's a lot of photos).

It's like your very own "Where's Waldo" adventure. By the way, we still accept bad photoshopping submissions for future publication.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.R.U. AGAIN CLEANING UP THE CITY...........................THANK YOU

11/27/2006 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is the fucking moron in the picture? Please tell she is not CPD!!!!

11/27/2006 01:21:00 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Uh...I'm a simple country boy, so maybe I'm a little slow, but please tell me that isn't a cop posing with a smile on her face in front of the plane with the crushed car where a 6 yo was killed visible in the background...

11/27/2006 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous lol said...

As much as that photo of Sgt. Hitney may have a negetive impact on the image of this department, it's frickin' HILARIOUS!

11/27/2006 02:07:00 AM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

I've missed Chris Hitney! Bring here back more often!

11/27/2006 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Midway getting safer maybe but are they any police working there?

11/27/2006 06:57:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Anonymous said...
who is the fucking moron in the picture? Please tell she is not CPD!!!!

11/27/2006 01:21:26 AM

That was the pilot!

Ok, ok. I know...Bad joke, bad form.

11/27/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, why have you stopped posting these pics? Keep um coming. Try one with her sitting next to Jesus at the last supper!

11/27/2006 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger leftisthebest said...

Leave her alone!! I don't know her, have never met her, but what's the point? that joke has run its course. Hell, there are jackass bosses on this job whodeserve heckling over her!

11/27/2006 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many days of suspension did she receive for this?

11/27/2006 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the barrage of gunfire unleashed by officers in a weekend shooting that killed a groom on his wedding day.

"I can tell you that it is to me unacceptable or inexplicable how you can have 50-odd shots fired, but that's up to the investigation to find out what really happened," Bloomberg said after meeting with community leaders at City Hall.
The "Community Leaders" included Al Sharpton and about 20 other reverands, ministers, deacons, activists etc all standing at the mayor's podeum.

At least it's not just Chicago where a hack of a mayor can let the black reverands bully him into publicly trash talking his police force.

11/27/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago homeowners would see their property-tax bills increase significantly next year if the so-called 7 percent tax cap is not renewed, according to a study to be released Monday by the Civic Federation.

Homeowners in the city can already expect their bills to go up by more than 10 percent in 2007 after this year's reassessment. But if the law is allowed to expire, as it is scheduled to do, those same tax bills would climb by more than 36 percent, the study found.

11/27/2006 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still as hysterical as it was when you first started posting them.

11/27/2006 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joke: Please tell me she isn't a P.O.?

Punchline: No..she's a Merit Sergeant.

(MADE.. after she posed for the pictures and subsequent scandal died down)

But, we didn't forget Sarge!

11/27/2006 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sgt Hitney pictures have always made me laugh. Im glad to see the reserection of the insertions of Sgt Hitney in various places in history.

11/27/2006 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Sgt Hitney but I remember the plane photos.

That's some of the funniest shit I have ever seen.

11/27/2006 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any word on fight at Bourbon Street between two off duty PO's in which one insisted on having the second locked up? Merrionette park locked up the apparent victor. not good for either parties.

11/27/2006 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for the memories jedi master. me and the monkey cant stop smiling.

11/27/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did something happen in 008 on Thanksgiving Day? All I saw were TRU cars parked all over westside of 008? Funny thing is that same thing was seen in 016? Was TRU in 016 on Thanksgiving Day?

11/27/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC,

I just finished having a great laugh from looking at all of the past photos of Hitney. You have made my day. Please, please, please show some more.

11/27/2006 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it just goes to show how little brains you need to be a sgt. on cpd. way to go hitney

11/27/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you post the link to the video with Chris Hitney, Tommy Lee and Kid Rock?

11/27/2006 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF is happening to SCC ?

11/27/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see the Hitney photos again. Except for Katey Kakes, and Jack, who are new to this sight, I can't believe how many people don't know who she is? I wonder what has happened to the CR # from that incident? As for police at Midway, they are few and far between. Another unit that is critically undermanned.

11/27/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe what some people on this department do. That is totally classless to take your picture next to the plane that killed a six year old kid. She probably would have taken the picture next to the car the 6 year olds body was being removed during the extrication if she could have. Some of the things we see bring out some morbid humor, but it's an escape. If you don't laugh at some things you will surely cry. But this is a little overboard. Look "MORON" up in the dictionary. Chris Hitney's picture is under it.

11/27/2006 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That young lady is Sgt. Chris Hitney of the Chicago Police Department. She was being trained as a Detective before going into Sergeatn School, and that picture was on the local ABC affiliate. She e-mailed it out to people.

She was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2006, and to date has not been disciplined for her actions.

11/27/2006 08:16:00 PM  
Blogger Schicklegroover said...

Hey SCC and the rest of us on the shit-end of the stick: O.T. but purty damn important and oh, so sweet for those of us (just me I think) attempting to address oversight issues with Nationwide Retirement, City Finance, Finance Committee and FOP and recieving NO RESPONSE whatsover from anyone. Post where you see fit.

Billion-Dollar Retirement Rip-Off
Neil Weinberg, 11.27.06

In a move that could have far-reaching consequences for a $140 billion industry, the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office has filed a class action charging units of Nationwide Financial Services with receiving illegal kickbacks from fund companies whose products it included in public employee retirement plans.

The suit, filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, near Nationwide’s (nyse: NFS - news - people ) headquarters, seeks as much as several hundred million dollars and aims to include as plaintiffs some 7,600 other public employee retirement plans that are Nationwide customers.

The suit involves so-called 457 retirement savings plans, which are a public-sector equivalent of the 401(k). The 457 market, with $143 billion in assets, is dominated by variable annuities, which are bundles of mutual funds or separately managed accounts bundled into life insurance policies by Nationwide and other vendors. Variable annuities have been widely criticized as poorly disclosing what are sometimes excessive fees.

The Orange County suit claims that over the past decade and a half, Nationwide received kickbacks from the firms whose funds it included as investment options based on a percentage of plan assets gathered. Insurers refer to the payments as revenue sharing. To critics, they smack of pay-for-play. In the Orange County Sheriffs’ case, Nationwide’s fees were frequently equal to 2% to 3% of assets annually. The plan recently switched to a Vanguard-based plan that cut fees by roughly two-thirds.

“Unless these payments Nationwide received were specifically agreed to in the variable annuity contract, which they weren’t, they’re not allowed,” says Roger Mandel, an attorney with Stanley, Mandel & Iola who is representing the plaintiffs. “Fiduciaries aren’t supposed to be doing side deals.”

Nationwide is currently reviewing the complaint, according to spokeswoman Carah Brody. “These service fee payments are legal business agreements where mutual fund companies provide payment for administrative services they would otherwise provide themselves,” the company said in a written statement. “This practice allows Nationwide to provide deferred compensation plans that offer significant choice and value and lowers overall costs to plan participants."

Mandel believes Nationwide’s revenue sharing has also included payments from it to the National Association of Counties, the national representative of county governments, in exchange for an endorsement of the firm’s 457 variable annuities. NACo, in turn, has encouraged local affiliates, like the Orange County Sheriffs’ Office, to invest in Nationwide’s product, Mandel believes.

Brody said she did not know whether the firm has made such payments to NACo.

NACo Executive Director Larry Naake confirmed that his organization has received payments from Nationwide and endorsed its 457 variable annuities since the early 1980s. NACo shares the payments with 42 state affiliates. It does not, however, disclose the payments to the county employees sold the product. Naake declined Forbes' request to do so, claiming the payments are part of a confidential "business arrangement."

Insurer payments in exchange for variable annuity endorsements were the subject of a Forbes story (see: Costly Lesson) that prompted an investigation by New York Attorney General Spitzer. It concluded that ING had paid the New York State United Teachers union $3 million annually to promote its variable annuities in a deal that deliberately misled teachers. ING agreed to pay $30 million and the union $100,000 to settle the charges of wrongdoing

11/27/2006 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, and merit promoted....a classic example how f*cked-up the merit promotions are...just think she took away a spot of someone who could have deserved it off the list. A plane crash photo-op is not worthy of chevrons.

11/27/2006 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/27/2006 06:12:12 PM

You are a hump!!

11/27/2006 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the barrage of gunfire unleashed by officers in a weekend shooting that killed a groom on his wedding day.

"I can tell you that it is to me unacceptable or inexplicable how you can have 50-odd shots fired, but that's up to the investigation to find out what really happened," Bloomberg said after meeting with community leaders at City Hall.

Ya, just like Chicago. Remember Hillard sold out Latanya Haggerty before all the facts were in too??

11/28/2006 01:02:00 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Yeah, I've only been readin SCC for 7 or 8 months...I missed the whole plane crash photo scandal. Shame on that cop for having a glory shot taken in front of the scene where a 6 yo kid was killed. That's beyond fucked up. Pathetic.

11/28/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's a friend of fat Phils. What do you expect.

11/28/2006 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically, both Sarge Hitney and Purple Shades are from 009. Two complete asshats without a clue that are a total waste of CPD manpower. Go figure!!!!!! See kids, 009 ain't shit!

11/28/2006 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh uh!!!!
Come on! Hitney shouldn't be named with that nimrod Purple shades? He is a total waste and a loose cannon. So what if they both are from 009-she's normal! He's fucked up!

11/28/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The accident was a tradgedy and has nothing to do with theis photo, get over it people. She took a photo big deal. Most everyone of us who have been at a Bull's "Victory Celebration" or similar have a photo that we are proud of. I love the other where's waldo pic great use of photoshop.

11/28/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but the Sarge is at least liked. Nobody likes purple freak! Lay off Sgt Hitney!!!!

11/28/2006 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she looks kinda hot, in a milf kinda way...

11/28/2006 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you idiots talking about. Purple shades is very well liked in 9. It's got to be some jerk off that had a run in with him a long time ago that keeps posting stuff about him. I work on the watch with him and everyone i talk to loves having him on the watch and loves it even more when he rolls up on your job when you need help. He's a very solid guy. And i would bet anything that if we knew the identity of the person talking shit about him, we would find that HE is the outcast and loser in the district not purp shades!

11/29/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, it's just a photo. I know i have worse photo's than that from the job, so gimme a frickin break. We love her in 009. Maybe she did make it meritorious or maybe not, but i tell ya, she's a heck of a lot better sgt then some of them off the list. She's normal, a regular person not some guy who thinks his shit don't stink and that he's so much better and smarter than us b/c he passed some bogus test. I'll take her any day. She's smart and knows what she's doing. Very pleasant all around person. I always think how lucky we are in 009 with the bosses we get.

11/29/2006 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Purple alone guys seriously. He is visibly angry about the comments and it actually is affecting him. He may be different, but God love him for the way he keeps order out in the streets. It's crazy! He has developed a respect among coppers and bad guys. NOBODY wants to see him get mean! He's a good cop who doesn't deserve all the crap he's going through.

009 copper

11/29/2006 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha.....stupid bitch..funny pictures..haha...but really, I hate her for it

11/29/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the prick who started all the Purple Shades shit again...Go Fuck Yourself! How easily you all forget that when stuff goes bad out here, Purple is racing to your side! Never once has he been told "No, thanks I don't need your help"....Fuck no!!! He helps everyone regardless if they are plain clothes or uniform. He's had my back several times when he was 10-99. Not a lot of coppers in 009 help like that! Love seeing a shithead's eyes grow big as bowling balls as he tells them off! I just hope he will continue to kick ass when a copper in 009 needs him! Fuck off!!!

11/29/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purple Shades is Da Man on Afternoons. If an attitude adjustment/asskicking is needed-he (Purple) will oblige. Vicious is an understatement.....but it is soooo pretty!!!!

11/29/2006 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are 3 sgts in 009 /3rd watch that the throops trust and respect. Sgt Hitney is at the top of the list. Shes a good boss and she is liked. Unlike a certain 3rd watch sgt who sneeks out work early EVERY nite but is on everyones ass about everything....hes an asshole..everyone knows who im talking about

11/29/2006 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when the shit hits the fan i hope marty is on my side. dont let these assholes bother you marty - u have nothing to prove to them.

11/29/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont know puple as a policeman but know him as a Capt in the Army. ( i got this site from a friend on your job) listen up coward.. you cant compare your cities worst district to anywhere in the middle east, let alone the mountains of Afganistan go do a tour there, coward . its 12 months or better 16 to 18 hours a day not 8 hours minus your personals and lunch break. Air conditioning in the squad car? not a a.p.v. Marty provided that fredom 4 you if you cant sign your name to this I dont think you would ever enlist. 1st Sgt. Mulally "Mt Division "Lives on Marty

11/29/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Sgt Hitney in Hq and then in Orginized crime, I happen to know that she turned down merit and made it scoring under 300. If you cant handle harder. I have a friend in 009 2nd watch and he wished she would have come to days. Also heard the 1st watch p.o.s were pissed when her detail there was over and went back to afternoons. dont know what to tell you. study study study. and maybe you will know the job one day too..........

11/29/2006 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone see the photo of that big detective next to the plane? ......Me either . guess you gotta be pretty to make the blog.

11/29/2006 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats his name?

11/29/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do your homework, she is not merit. do you believe everything written on this electronic bathroom wall?

11/29/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont hate her because shes beautiful!

luv fat phil

11/29/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarge Hitney is a good boss, I know shes got my back...does your sgt. got yours?????

009 copper

11/29/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats whos name? the dect who took pic AND WAS ONE WHO EMAILD IT OUT- was... as stated in blog... "the good guy." Dect Padilla had pics as well. Boy we dont hear much from him regarding this incident. tail between your legs detective ???? or r u just letting the sgt take the heat. speak to us!!!

11/30/2006 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

11/30/2006 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chicken-shit anonymous cowards writing about p-shades should see that he has much support and he is well-liked in 009. Wherever that man goes in CPD, he will make a difference. Thank God I was able to work with this copper. It has been an honor Sir.


11/30/2006 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

purple shades= excessive force law suits paid with my taxpaying dollars..get help soon need it...signed an ex ranger

11/30/2006 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

purple shades = lukensmeyer......both ticking time bombs

11/30/2006 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto to your post. Purple, will unmistakenly be there for you whether you are a beat or tac guy. I'm a plain clothes officer. It doesn't make a difference whether he's 10-99 or 10-4...He's there. He's ready to kick major ass too.
For the asswipes giving him shit--you are douchebags who've got to be punk ass dogs. Lazy fuckers! Sad thing is you've probably been assisted by the very guy you slam and that is just too pathetic for words....Be safe Purple.

11/30/2006 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If p-shades is so good, then why doesn't he leave 009 and join the elite units- ie. TRU and SOS?

11/30/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the last post....purple shades is great right???then why doesnt he work tact in 009...i worked with him once on midnights and all i did was fill out contact cards....i should have called in sick....who are these clowns that keep saying that he is a good cop?he's as good as a traffic cop......completely useless...good job purple shade

11/30/2006 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working Tact/Gang teams has very little to do with being a good or great copper. All that matters, is who your phone call is, especially in the 009. There are plenty of guys upstairs that should be dumped back down to the watch, but they can't because of "who they know". The Sgts. upstairs don't even have any control when it comes to getting rid of "slackers". If you are a hard worker and a good copper and you really want to work tact/gang teams, 009 is not for you. Go to another district and your chances will be much better and your hard work will be more appreciated...a district that is not so "political". Tact is not as good as it used to be, not even close, but still better than the watch!

12/01/2006 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purple shades is a good guy, a really good guy. He comes to work to be the police every night, not like half of the check-collecting dog-asses on the 3rd watch in 009. I've never seen so many coppers on one watch with 2 or 3 years on the job that are DOGS! Purple shades may not be the smartest cop on the watch, he may have some personal issues, but he has more heart than anyone else. If you are calling for help, if you and your partner are getting your ass kicked, if your in a 10-1.... Purple is the guy you want on your watch, Purple is the guy that is going to do all he can to get to you as fast as he can to help you... and you know what, he'll kick some fucking ass when he gets there without even hesitating for a second.. think about that before you talk any more shit about Purple... only some dog ass punk bitches would talk shit about Purple!

12/01/2006 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the dect who took pic AND WAS ONE WHO EMAILD IT OUT-"
You're a lying motherfucker. He did NOT.

12/01/2006 03:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen...Purple definitely doesn't hesitate to get to a 10-1!!! I think he enjoys the adrenaline rush! You're right about him coming to work to police. The guy polices the gang bangers more than the 009 gang tact guys. He has a knack for finding them. YES, HE IS A CONTACT CARD WRITING MOTHERFUCKER TOO. Trust me, if they get out of line with'll hear about it. There is no mercy or remorse when it comes to him. I've heard him called Terminator...Full Metal...and Purple Shades...I call him reliable. See you at roll call P-Shades.

009 3rd watch

12/01/2006 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, BUT on a 10-1...I would want to see Purple FIRST among the sea of blue in 009. He kicks major ass out there!

12/01/2006 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dect emailed the pics out too, just ask him. i got the email, so why is hitney the only target? 100 lb chick vs 300 lb gorila?? You''re cowards - nuf is nuf - it's getting old.

12/01/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just got back from furlogh.. I know who J.V. is but y do they call him randolph? some special code name ? is he still duckin out b 4 his check off roll call? I dont get the randolph thing but just remember... the word on the street is "Im J.V. and Im all for Me. " its one,2,3,stripes your out.good luck gettin to 001 with that nitwit partner of yours J.N.

12/01/2006 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The dect emailed the pics out too, just ask him. i got the email, so why is hitney the only target? 100 lb chick vs 300 lb gorila?? You''re cowards - nuf is nuf - it's getting old.

12/01/2006 01:22:03 PM

Well, at least he wasn't smiling over the death site. She was. But maybe she was just really happy the kid died.

12/01/2006 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p-shades. I like that. you could be called a lot worse.
kinda old school " up on the "P"
you need me on the "p" you want me on the "p" guys who made the 3rd watch what it was back in the day know what im talkin about. the big papa era.

12/02/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some really retarded m-f's on this web site. I've only worked in the 9th district, but I have lots of friends in other districts, and believe me ... we got it good. Some of the bosses that other p.o.'s have to deal with in other districts are real "pieces of work". To talk shit about Sgt. C.H. ... you must be an asshole and a real dog ass .. just because someone keeps putting her picture on this website, doesn't mean she is a bad Sgt. Other watches would love to have her on their watch. I dont know if i'm considered "the real police", but I come to work every day to do my job. The only p.o.'s that I hear talking shit about the Sgt's in 009 are the "dogs". If you are a "worker", most of the Sgt's (the street sgts)in 009 will take care of you and are cool. P.S... I would not want to work with Purple Shades, but I'm glad he's on our side!!

12/02/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yet another comment removed by adminisrtator.could it be that the heat is just too hot in the J.V. kithen? Maybe you should treat your guys like you like to be treated.
How quickly some sgts forget, sgts were once on the watch too..... shame...

12/04/2006 08:07:00 AM  

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