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.
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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