Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Daley Reverses Course

  • Whenever disaster strikes Chicago, Mayor Daley’s knee-jerk reaction is to defend the city’s response.

    He did it after the Loop flood, the E2 nightclub disaster, the Lincoln Park porch collapse and after a downtown high-rise fire where six people died, in part, because of mistakes made by the Chicago Fire Department. He did it again last week after a minor mechanical problem turned into a four-hour service breakdown on the CTA’s Blue Line.

    On Monday, the mayor changed his tune -- big time.

And what a tune it was. Last week, the CTA did everything right, responded appropriately and promptly, professionalism all around.

Then the stories of passengers waiting for over two hours in the tunnels and 911 not being notified for an hour started popping up all weekend and Daley was forced to respond. Now there's supposed to be mandatory one day training, new policies, etc. Sound familiar? It should since it's the same old song and dance long time Chicago political watchers have been hearing for decades.

And did anyone notice that this is the exact same section of track where the 2006 derailment and botched evacuation occurred? One hundred and fifty people went to the hospital that fine day. The NTSB found that neglect of infrastructure and safety oversight was to blame. You'd think that maybe ... oh we don't know ... FIXING THE DAMN TRACKS in that section of tunnel might be a priority. Not in Richie Daley's Olympic City though.

Someone tell Huberman he has to report to the mayor's office in his ass-less chaps for his spanking.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Someone tell Huberman he has to report to the mayor's office in his ass-less chaps for his spanking."


Now why would Ronnie be rewarded for this recent fiasco?

4/21/2008 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they should run the Streaming video at roll call showing us how to evacuate the CTA underground again. Saw it once or twice,hmmmmm, I forget!!!! Just like we are prepared for Weapons of Mass Destruction or any kind of crisis. I am a supervisor and don't know anything about anything. If anything goes down, we will have to do it like we always have. By the seat of our pants and some good old common sense. If the citizens think we are prepared for a major disaster, just ask a few of your neighbors that are the police. Thats why we watch Streaming Videos. Each day, desk personnel enter your star into system stating you were at roll call and saw such and such video. Citys response to their liability is that we were trained. When was the last time you physically did those formations for crowd control? On the right, on the left...

4/22/2008 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a bird feeder. I hung
it on my back porch and filled
it with seed. What a beauty of
a bird feeder it is, as I filled it
lovingly with seed. Within a
week we had hundreds of birds
taking advantage of the
continuous flow of free and
easily accessible food.

But then the birds started
building nests in the boards
of the patio, above the table,
and next to the barbecue.
Then came the poop. It was
everywhere: on the patio tile,
the chairs, the table
everywhere!

Then some of the birds
turned mean. They would
dive bomb me and try to
peck me even though I had
fed them out of my own
pocket.

And others birds were
boisterous and loud. They
sat on the feeder and
squawked and screamed at
all hours of the day and night
and demanded that I fill it
when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even
sit on my own back porch
anymore. So I took down the
bird feeder and in three days
the birds were gone. I cleaned
up their mess and took down
the many nests they had built
all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like
it used to be.... quiet, serene
and no one demanding their
rights to a free meal.

Now let's see.
Our government gives out
free food, subsidized housing,
free medical care, and free
education and allows anyone
born here to be an automatic
citizen.

Then the illegals came by the
tens of thousands. Suddenly
our taxes went up to pay for
free services; small apartments
are housing 5 families; you
have to wait 6 hours to be seen
by an emergency room doctor;
your child's 2nd grade class is
behind other schools because
over half the class doesn't speak
English.

Corn Flakes now come in a
bilingual box; I have to
'press one' to hear my bank
talk to me in English, and
people waving flags other
than 'Old Glory' are
squawking and screaming
in the streets, demanding
more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe
it's time for the government
to take down the bird feeder.
If you agree, pass it on; if not,
continue cleaning up the poop!

4/22/2008 01:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is broken and it is beyond repair.The mayor is respnosible. One disaster shuts the city down can you imagine if we got hit with 2.

4/22/2008 05:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, what are your choices? If you think the cadre of political appointments at 100K plus salaries is going to offset the cost of infrastructure improvements, you're retarded. The city is all but broke. The scramble to lease the airport is an attempt to offset the shortages in the city's pension funds which havent had a new revenue stream since 1982. So take a pick, you want higher taxes, or older squad cars, you want new CTA tracks or a real estate tax bill of 8k in Mt. Greenwood. You cant have it both ways. Take your pick. I understand the Sunday Trib still has a help wanted section in their classified. Dont like your job? Pick another one from the paper. Then you wont have to bitch about residency requirements.

4/22/2008 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Ok, what are your choices? If you think the cadre of political appointments at 100K plus salaries is going to offset the cost of infrastructure improvements, you're retarded. The city is all but broke. The scramble to lease the airport is an attempt to offset the shortages in the city's pension funds which havent had a new revenue stream since 1982. So take a pick, you want higher taxes, or older squad cars, you want new CTA tracks or a real estate tax bill of 8k in Mt. Greenwood. You cant have it both ways. Take your pick. I understand the Sunday Trib still has a help wanted section in their classified. Dont like your job? Pick another one from the paper. Then you wont have to bitch about residency requirements.

4/22/2008 06:46:00 AM

Thanks for the advice about living here! as a matter of fact boss why don't you fix the hair and move!

4/22/2008 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job PPO Huberman!!!

4/22/2008 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe people answering calls, dispatching jobs, driving busses, trains should have more than a GED. They have no common sense. Some of them can make over 100K with that GED.

4/22/2008 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as they start building that childerens museum to the tune of 250 million we will be OK.

4/22/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Booberman really is a puppet, a dumb one at that.

4/22/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now everyone knows what we all knew....


Huberman is an incompetent clout baby idiot who only talked a big game. But the bachelor does fill an important sall we say" demographic" prolific up north..

4/22/2008 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:32a

EXCELLENT POST

4/22/2008 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 06:46, screw you!
When we patrol officers pitch our bitch, it's because we are putting our ass on the line, risking our home and freedom to do our job, and currently percieve that the risk is simply too great. We want things to improve, we want the promises made to us kept, we want to be treated just like everyone else...not better than others, just the same. Take Abbate for instance, name for me ONE shit bird who has had 15 felony charges dumped on them for a bar fight...just one! I am tired of the mayor promoting his retarded relatives and giving them fat pensions, take home cars, do nothing jobs, all paid for on MY back.
I want to toss shitheads in jail, but if I make a minor mistake I want the benefit of the doubt.
I want a fair chance to get a special unit assignment, or promotion.
I want IAD to root out the corrupt cops, and not sweat the small stuff.
I want my fellow officers to pick their share of the load.
I want the Dept to hire people who CAN do police work, not stylish quota hires.
Why should I have to quit? Why not give the tax payers their moneys worth.

4/22/2008 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the press conference, mayor did not blame Huberman. Unusual for him. He always punishes those that embarass him. Huberman looked clueless at press conference. Imagine police causing such a problem? Why would a motorman wait one hour? What is going on at CTA?

4/22/2008 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm. residency bitch? mumbles peeking in here? go SSC.

4/22/2008 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of taxes, you're already kinda fucked if you live in Mt greenwood

4/22/2008 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why weren't the cops at the cook county building pulling people out of that fire? oh yeah, they just run in when they know they can get out and get some time off.

an idiot ordered an all out evacuation, and bad communication and locked doors killed those people. the cpd has plenty of communication problems too. don't act like it never cost anyone there life.

4/22/2008 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So take a pick, you want higher taxes, or older squad cars, you want new CTA tracks or a real estate tax bill of 8k in Mt. Greenwood. You cant have it both ways. Take your pick. I understand the Sunday Trib still has a help wanted section in their classified. Dont like your job? Pick another one from the paper. Then you wont have to bitch about residency requirements.

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Friend, those are not our only choices. Obviously you believe that as officers we have no right to complain as citizens. If the city is so broke then how did the Mayor's son make so much money from the city..Do you think Sneed or any other "reporter" will ever investigate? NO! How come we have the money to build a new children's museum? How come new stars for the PD and flower boxes in the middle of so many street? Where is all this money coming from? It sounds like gross mismanagement to me. First take care of the essentials and then all the other things, if you have the funds. And stop passing stupid rules/laws, whatever, which mandate this department's budget must all be spent or you lose money next year. Instead reward savings, return money to the city so it can go to where it's needed, instead of forcing department heads to spend wastefully on new desks, shelves, chairs, etc....There is not much wrong with this city that common sense couldn't fix..... And we all have paid for the right to complain...

4/22/2008 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Never use the CTA said...

The CTA is a bigger cluster screw than CPD. Here are a few examples.

If joe citizen is the victim of a crime on the CTA and requests police assistance. The CTA employee must first contact CTA control, rail or bus, who will in turn call CPD.
However, CTA will delay calling the CPD in order to get a CTA supervisor to the scene to get the information. I assume this is for self-serving legal reasons.

Another is, the traffic reroute.
A fire on the street of a bus route. The street is closed to ALL traffic because the fire department has physically blocked the street with engines, trucks etc. Not on purpose mind you, even though they have the right to do so. Now here comes the green limousine, the driver asked us to let him pass. We told him he couldn't and to go around the block. He responded that only a supervisor could approve him "leaving" his route. This was a
no-brainer at this location.
Instead of driving the short detour he parked the bus and waited for a supervisor. The supervisor that showed up followed the reroute we suggested. It only took an hour of waiting for the supervisor, with 4 or 5 buses in each direction backed up.

4/22/2008 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The city is broken and it is beyond repair.The mayor is respnosible. One disaster shuts the city down can you imagine if we got hit with 2.

4/22/2008 05:21:00 AM

Two? We've been hit by three...
Daley, Stroger, and Blowjobovich.

4/22/2008 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hubooman is clueless , Kuesi plain sucked ..now Monique" the airplane" as a Police spokesman??
Pat Camden is laughing all the way..
Put in Daley hacks..they screw up.. move them somewhere else .. a honest hard workers commoner screws up , they stick it all the way in his ass
Now daley won't rule spending 100s MILLIONS to buy the cubs park .Imagine giving tax money to subsidize BILLIONAIRES !!!!!!
How about speding tax money to repair all the potholes, old squard cars..and a new Police contract .. Richie ??????

4/22/2008 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So take a pick, you want higher taxes, or older squad cars, you want new CTA tracks or a real estate tax bill of 8k in Mt. Greenwood. You cant have it both ways. Take your pick.
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I understand how taxes are supposed to work. It's just that they DON'T work that way. I wouldn't mind paying if they were used for such things as new CTA tracks or new squad cars, etc. The problem is, the politicians are using my tax $ to line the pockets of themselves, their relatives, the businesspeople who pony up substantial contributions in return for contracts, etc. So I'll continue to bitch about residency all I want.

4/22/2008 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Keesing Bandit says---

All of you leave Ronnie alone. He is so dreamy. I just wished that I worked in 024 when he was there. I would have partnered up with him.

Now, kees me you fool!!!

4/22/2008 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to tell comment 0931 that all these problems on this department started AFTER the college requirement. I'd take a kid who has a GED and street smarts ANY day over some college puke that crawled out from mommies skirt, got stoned in college for a few years and now wants to be the "po-po". Sorry, but the only people on the job that need college before were the bosses. AND LOOK WHERE THEY LED US!

4/22/2008 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To SCC Staff;

OFF TOPIC but;

Wait till you see the new prices for city vehicle stickers,

Grab your wallets, it's gonna hurt!

Anyone with an SUV or Truck is gonna get steamrolled.

Large passenger vehicle from $90 to $120, Type A Truck from $150 to $180 (Type A is now ANY truck under 16,000 pounds, which is just about everything from a Ranger pickup to a F750).

Thank you Mr. Mayor and Alderman, This will help with your new pay raises you voted yourselves.


Go to city clerks web site for info! OUCH!

www.chicityclerk.com

4/22/2008 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:27PM You had me at "Screw you"

4/22/2008 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait for the Olympics.

4/23/2008 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say bye bye to the Olympics Dick.

4/23/2008 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Porky Pig should fire Huberman or ask for his resignation for not doing his job

4/24/2008 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hate to tell comment 0931 that all these problems on this department started AFTER the college requirement. I'd take a kid who has a GED and street smarts ANY day over some college puke that crawled out from mommies skirt, got stoned in college for a few years and now wants to be the "po-po". Sorry, but the only people on the job that need college before were the bosses. AND LOOK WHERE THEY LED US!

4/22/2008 08:12:00 PM"


What percentage of college grads experienced their years in college as an extension of the high school experience? As in avoiding having to enter the adult world of being totally responsible for everything that their parents were responsible for? As in, food, shelter, clothing, transportation, employment, budgeting all expenses, etc.?

And what percentage of these college grads started working for their income around the time they entered high school?

There is no better way to learn the value of working than by having to work or go without.

The only value of a GED is as an idiot filter, similar to what the military uses in recruiting.

4/24/2008 08:34:00 PM  

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