Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Compromise? Of What?

Always the political puppeteer. First, we have the taxpayers up in arms:
  • After taking five days of heat from livid constituents, Chicago aldermen put Mayor Daley's budget team on notice Monday: They're not about to approve a $293 million tax package that includes the largest property tax increase in Chicago history.
  • One alderman even dared to propose cuts to a Chicago Police Department budget he claimed was laden with "fat."
Gee whiz. What a novel concept. The people's representatives actually listening to the concerns of their constituencies. Of course, this is Chicago, so aldercreatures don't really listen to taxpayers unless they're selling them a driveway permit. And we're trying to find out which alder-asshole suggested the police budget was bloated. We're running short of pool cars with 150,000 miles, can't get computers and radios that work, burning through paper at a tremendous rate and can't hire enough people to keep up with retirements. You want to see bloated, check out 50 aldermanic offices for a city of under 3 million citizens. How is it New York and LA do so much more with less?

So what does Daley do? Offers a compromise:
  • Mayor Richard Daley took a conciliatory tack Tuesday on his proposal to raise property taxes, saying he is optimistic about reaching a compromise with aldermen who oppose it.

    "This is very controversial," he said. "I understood that when I presented it. I could have ducked the other way, but I was willing to propose it and listen to the comments about it and find out how we can come out. "

    Daley's tone was in marked contrast to last week, when he upbraided aldermen who voiced misgivings about his tax-hike-centered budget plan.
Correct us if we're wrong - For most of this summer, Daley and his people have been warning of a budget shortfall. Just under $200 million if we recall. That's a pretty big gap and hints at quite a bit of uncontrolled spending and not a little wasteful spending. So Daley proposes a combination of tax hikes and service fees totaling how much? $293 million.

Again, correct us if we're wrong, but government is not supposed to be a profit making entity. You can stop laughing about the connected contractors and crooked land deals. Fitzgerald will get there eventually we hope.

But by asking for $293 million, Daley and the aldercreatures can "compromise" at the $190 million mark and pass themselves off as heroes to the voters who are about to get hammered by the State and County governments by claiming to have "saved" everyone a cool hundred million.

Why does it take an amateur cop blog to do the media's job? We guess that the "public watchdog" is more the "mayor's lapdog" when it comes to actually doing right by the people.

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless SCC.

10/17/2007 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC What about the Skyway $???? Did anyone know there is over 1 Billion Dollars of tax payer $ in the Chicago Tiffs? This $ is sitting around so connected people can use it later to build more strip malls, Someone should look into this HELLO FOP and the unfriendly media. Stop the witch hunt on the police we have enough problems with the average life expendency of police officers 10 to 12 years on average less than non police. Why? How about stress! The job is stressful enough without reading about your proffesion in the media everyday and a mayor that has no repect for police since the day he opened the door and told the police that watched his house to go get him and his brothers some twinkie and milk!!!!!!!!

10/17/2007 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets sell the Park Chrome Bean for $295,000,000.00 and bingo we are in the black again!

10/17/2007 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank God we spent that non-refundable olympic bid!! And what exactly did the lease of the toll bridge go to? wasn't it like several hundred million dollars?

10/17/2007 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rome is Burning and nobody cares!!
Any one ask where all the money is going?

10/17/2007 03:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up goofs.. Mark Donawho and the FOP will not do anything because we dont voice our opinions.

We work 2 or 3 jobs to pay for hight tuition to keep our kids away from the element. But that doesnt even matter anymore because the element is all around us living for free because thats the element way.

But keep going out there for the 1 rock/bag arrests that give you your chump change court time.

10/17/2007 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One alderman even dared to propose cuts to a Chicago Police Department budget he claimed was laden with "fat."

But Phil is gone??

10/17/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add to this the Toddler wanting to double the gas tax and initiate other taxes, including proprety hikes and what do you have?

Mass exodous from the City and county. Why live here when the cost of air is going to go through the roof.

Me, I am going into the smuggling business. Cigarettes, bottled water, fois gras, and every other legal thing they are going to tax and ban. I will sell it all out of the back of my van.

Of course, some puke new cop with high ethics and morals will try to stop me to make himself look good, but hey, I'll just pay off the Alderman.

10/17/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One alderman even dared to propose cuts to a Chicago Police Department budget he claimed was laden with "fat."

THAT'S DONE BY DESIGN, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS THE ONLY, ONLY CITY AGENCY TO GIVE BACK MONEY EACH YEAR. THAT'S A FACT SO THEW ALDERCREATURE AS USUAL IS TALKING OUT OF HIS BUNGHOLE

10/17/2007 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I beg you to come out from hiding and take control. Dump FLOP and get us out of this mess. People listen to you. You have their attention. We need major changes, help and someones undivided attention. People already respect you. Please organize something. Something that tells the Alderbeasts, Mayor, Flop and people of this shit-hole town we are forced to live in that we are not going to sit back and be quiet about things. We need to do something.

10/17/2007 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how much daley could get for the chicago police dept?

Might be worth another billion. :)

10/17/2007 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that 3 coppers in 022 on days had to take their own cars to their assigned posts? apparently they didnt have enough cars for the officers? Um that would seem to me to be somewhat against department policy. I mean is the city paying for coppers gas? What the fuck is going on here?

10/17/2007 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to start planning better. Shop outside Crook County, buy as much as you can and save taxes.

Time to stop being revenue pimps. Do not write any movers, parkers, or ANOVs, do not tow or impound cars. No more money from us. Hell, they cannot make you do anything if enough of you just stop doing the revenue enforcement.

Just lock up bad guys, go to court, and collet the OT in cash. Screw the mayor and the Toddler. Living in this city will drive us into bankruptcy, so we may as well bankrupt the city.

10/17/2007 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to get rid of some of the CPD bloating, scoop some of the shit that floated to the top of this department.

10/17/2007 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again you are a fool to come on this job now and you are a fool if you continue working for this department. There is no support from the FOP, the city or the citizens of the city. Taxes are going through the roof and with the pathetic raise that the FOP is asking for it won't cover the city taxes that are being increased nor will it cover the county taxes that are being increased. We"re actually losing money. For tose of you who have to much time on to leave, it sucks to be you. Stay safe doing your job but I'm taking my ass outa here for a better department and a better place to live.

10/17/2007 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 1.6 BILLION, THAT'S BILLION WITH B, DALEY GOT FOR THE SKYWAY. THAT WAS ONLY 2-3 YEARS AGO. WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?

10/17/2007 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PHOENIX,AZ. HAS OVER A MILLION PEOPLE FOR A POPULATIOON AND IS OVER 500 SQUARE MILES. THEY HAVE ONLY 6 ALDERPERSONS. AND ACTUALLY WORK GETS DONE. GO FIGURE.

10/17/2007 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

THE SCUM TIMES HAD AN ARTICLE ABOUT A 1 MILLION DOLLAR SKATE PARK UNDER THE EXPRESS WAY.

WHAT UP WITH WANTING ALL THESE NEW LIBRARY S?

ANY ONE NOTICE THAT THE 012 DISTRICT STILL HAS NOT BEEN BUILT. THAT MONEY WAS BUDGETED MANY MOONS AGO. YOU THINK THE PRICE OF CONSTRUCTION WENT DOWN? THE MONEY IS SOME PLACE.

DID ANY ONE NOTICE THE CHEAP WEIGHT MACHINES THEY PUT IN AT THE POLICE ACADEMY. LOOK EM UP ON GOOGLE.
SOUND LIKE ANOTHER BID SCAM.

WHATS WITH THE PRIVATE SECURITY FOR THE BOXING FEDERATIONS. DICK WATCHING BOXERS AT 30 SUM DOLLARS AN HOUR FOR 24 HOURS A DAY.
AREA 3 AND 4 WILL HAVE NO ONE WORKING TO GO OUT ON SHOOTING OR ANYTHING ELSE ON THE WEEK OF HALLOWEEN.
THE OLYMPICS MUST HAVE A LOT OF SECRET DEAL BREWING ASK THE PENSION BOARD...

10/17/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over it SCC! Fitzgerald will never indict anybody of consequence. Daley will be here long enough to make sure his son. the american hero who never left the country, the next Mayor of Chicago. Just like Stroger. The Feds will always look the other way.
It's hopeless, a lost cause. The zoo is no run by the animals.

10/17/2007 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what this world truly needs is more unemployed politicians and reporters.

10/17/2007 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey we all have aldercreatures, lets ring there phones off the hooks and tell them that we are mad as hell and we arnt going to take it any more. Get your family and friends to also call. Half of my south side ward is illegle and cant vote the rest of us out here are city workers and we are the ones who pay the taxes. So the local aldercreature better start taking our wants and needs into consideration or he can go and stand on the corner and sell corn on the cobb with the illegles

10/17/2007 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need 50 aldermen! Save money by cutting it to 25.

10/17/2007 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut the aldermen, their staffs, office allowences etc. etc., that's how to save money. Here are some interesting facts: Los Angeles has a population of 3.85 million people over 470 square miles. They have 15 city council members. They meet on Tuesdays, Wednsdays, and Fridays of every week. They get paid $149,000 a year. New York City has 8.2 million people over 322 square miles. They have 51 council members that have term limits, allowing only two 4 years terms. They get paid $112,000. And now Chicago. Population 2.8 million over 227 square miles. Our aldermen get paid $99,000 a year, meet once a month for city council meetings, and can stay for life. Our aldermen also get an 80% pension after 10 years in office! How can any sane person justify having 50 aldermen when New York, with three times as many citizens and 100 square miles bigger, has the same number? LA has less than a third of the aldermen we have. They have over a million more residents and it's twice the size of Chicago. You want to cut the fat Mr. Alderman? Look in the mirror.

10/17/2007 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

better yet, we don't need a Mayor!

10/17/2007 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that 3 coppers in 022 on days had to take their own cars to their assigned posts? apparently they didnt have enough cars for the officers? Um that would seem to me to be somewhat against department policy. I mean is the city paying for coppers gas? What the fuck is going on here?

10/17/2007 12:26:00 PM

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This happens much more than you think, and not only in 022. Gas? Are you kidding me? This is a practice which is fraught with liability for everyone. What if theres an accident? Who pays? Will the department say that they told you to take your car? FUCK NO. They would get hung in court. That being said, some officers take their own car because the alternative is standing all day. Make them give you a car, or refuse the assignment.

10/17/2007 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"One alderman even dared to propose cuts to a Chicago Police Department budget he claimed was laden with "fat."

THAT'S DONE BY DESIGN, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS THE ONLY, ONLY CITY AGENCY TO GIVE BACK MONEY EACH YEAR. THAT'S A FACT SO THEW ALDERCREATURE AS USUAL IS TALKING OUT OF HIS BUNGHOLE

10/17/2007 10:40:00 AM

Look at dupage county they want to cut sheriff's officers "because it costs to much", yea lets cut cpd even more and let the thugs and jesse jackson control the streets! the 50 alderclowns who are all armed can also "patrol" even though they never qualified to carry a gun!

10/17/2007 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't thecry baby policees in 22 take the bus to assignments
no one can order you to drive your car wah wah wah

10/18/2007 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that 3 coppers in 022 on days had to take their own cars to their assigned posts? apparently they didnt have enough cars for the officers?
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Been in this position. Road CTA to and from post. Didn't care how long it took. Knocked 90 minutes off my tour.

10/18/2007 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that 3 coppers in 022 on days had to take their own cars to their assigned posts? apparently they didnt have enough cars for the officers? Um that would seem to me to be somewhat against department policy. I mean is the city paying for coppers gas? What the fuck is going on here?

10/17/2007 12:26:00 PM

WTF are you talking about HAD TO take their own cars? Maybe you should ask around before you start making unbased accusations, or are you part of the news media, because your question is inane.

10/18/2007 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make them give you a car, or refuse the assignment

You can't refuse the assignment, and you can't make them give you a car, they need to provide you with transportation to your post, and breaks, but they do NOT have to provide you with a vehicle if you have a foot or stationary post.

10/18/2007 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wht happened to all that homeland security $$$ that was given to us?

lost, not spent on police, in soneone else's pocket, ie. Daley and Blago and clout friends.....feds PLEASE do something now before we get completely buried by these thieves.

10/18/2007 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to all our homeland security money? it can't be just all those sneaky cameras...it's lined a chronie's pocket.

10/18/2007 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers that billion dollars the Mayor said he was saving for a rainy day. Maybe the FOP can create enough stink about it at contract talks to alert the sleeping public about it.

10/18/2007 07:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the alderman wants to cut the CPD?? What happened to the UNSPENT money allocated for the missing police officers. Some units are fully funded and have half the members missing. Where is the cash??
And yes, the CPD is over in exempt rank by about 20%.
How about some news type actually doing some "investigative" reporting?

10/18/2007 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are idea to raise millions in tax revenue. Force adults who own a bicycle or tricycle or any other type of pedicycle to purchase a city vehicle tag much as the same are issued to motorcycles. And those people that roller blade should be taxed also. While we are at it the pedicyclist should be required to carry insurance to cover any damage they cause or pain they inflict when they become involved in crashes. When is the last time you saw a pedicyclist stop for a red light. Issue tickets and there is a cash cow right there. An untapped source of revenue pedicyclist and roller bladers.

10/19/2007 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Cut the aldermen, their staffs, office allowences etc. etc., that's how to save money. Here are some interesting facts: Los Angeles has a population of 3.85 million people over 470 square miles. They have 15 city council members. They meet on Tuesdays, Wednsdays, and Fridays of every week. They get paid $149,000 a year. New York City has 8.2 million people over 322 square miles. They have 51 council members that have term limits, allowing only two 4 years terms. They get paid $112,000. And now Chicago. Population 2.8 million over 227 square miles. Our aldermen get paid $99,000 a year, meet once a month for city council meetings, and can stay for life. Our aldermen also get an 80% pension after 10 years in office! How can any sane person justify having 50 aldermen when New York, with three times as many citizens and 100 square miles bigger, has the same number? LA has less than a third of the aldermen we have. They have over a million more residents and it's twice the size of Chicago. You want to cut the fat Mr. Alderman? Look in the mirror.

10/17/2007 08:47:00 PM

They make $105,000 per year it is a part time job + $300,000 or more for expenses, and they have other jobs. Plus they get free health care when they retire unlike us!

10/19/2007 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much money does daley have hidden in secret accounts? hello feds please audit this entire city!

10/20/2007 01:20:00 PM  

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