- Is Chicago truly prepared for a natural disaster or terrorist attack -- a question central to Mayor Daley's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?
You can't help but wonder after Chief Emergency Officer Cortez Trotter's defensive response to last week's federal report suggesting that first responders in Chicago and Cook County are ill-prepared to communicate when the Big One hits.
Now Trotter is openly saying there's a lot more Chicago can do to prepare for an event that would even remotely resemble the Sept. 11, 2001, attack that killed nearly 2,800 at New York's World Trade Center.
Let's put this very simply for everyone - there is no plan. Actually, there is a small plan.
- It involves getting every bit of Federal money that the City can lay it's hands on,
- spending it on toys and nonsense and a few well paid positions for connected folks with the right last names,
- then hoping against hope that the Feds will intercept any real terrorists long before they manage to transport a device into the Midwest.