Daley Lied? Again?
- As Daley hailed the opening of an extended runway at O'Hare International Airport, Weis waited at the edge of the crowd for more than two hours. After the event, as reporters asked Daley about police hiring, Weis stepped up to the microphone stand.
That's when the mayor abruptly ended the news conference. Daley said he would talk today about O'Hare expansion and nothing else.
"We're going to stay on this subject matter because I think it's important to stay on the subject matter," Daley said. "No, no, it's good to stay on it. Yesterday I took questions [on other topics], tomorrow I'll take questions, so you'll see me all week. Don't worry."
A broadcast journalist mentioned the Tribune story to him, and Daley replied: "I know, don't worry. Tomorrow, we'll be there. OK, thank you."
For the second day in a row, Mayor Richard Daley refused to take questions from reporters about his administration's failure to keep its promise to hire more police officers.
Appearing at a Friday event to announce federal money for public housing, Daley once again avoided discussing the police issue.
Police Supt. Jody Weis had promised to increase the ranks of officers as Chicago grapples with its first increase in its homicide rate in years. But the Tribune reported Thursday that City Hall has not approved department requests to hire enough officers to keep up with retirements and other attrition, resulting in hundreds of vacancies.
Anyone who scans the FOP newsletter can see the average fifty-plus retirements every month. Then you just pay attention at roll call and don't hear about the recruit graduation ceremonies and notice that there aren't any new faces in the Districts and the number of 99 cars keeps going up. Cops are supposed to be bullshit detectors. Anyone else smelling something odd coming out of City Hall and 35th Street?
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