Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fran Reads the Blog

  • Mayor Daley and then-First Deputy Police Supt. Dana Starks promised a broader review of a perk long viewed as little more than a valet service.

    Nearly two years later, city Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, still have police officers permanently assigned to chauffeur and protect them.

    Now that police hiring is slowing to a crawl and a 16 percent increase in homicides has made Chicago the murder capital of the nation, critics are questioning the perk once again.

However, Fran doesn't bring up that Shortshanks has a security detail for himself and his family that runs into the low 20's, all making Sergeant pay. An interesting exercise in actual journalism would be comparing Daley's entourage against that of New York's mayor, LA's mayor and a few other cities. For some reason, we'd bet that the Chicago way is a lot more expensive and expansive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"His Honor" was divinely chosen for the position. Everyone knows, or should know that. He knows whats best for all of us. The fact that he decides to have 20 or even a hundred people around him at all times, is no concern of yours.
PS: He will get a hair cut when he's good and ready to get one !!!

"With all Our Rage; We are Still Just Rats In A Cage"

11/30/2008 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke and Neeley having a police detail? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? Are you kidding me? FOR what? Who the hell are they? Maybe 5% of the tax payers ever heard of them and not even 1% would know what they look like! What a HUGE WASTE! No wonder chicago has a budget problem. Maybe since they are constantly voting themselves raises they feel like they need protection.

11/30/2008 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love for Fran to publish in the ST what 3 unpaid furlough days the Mayor took off this year. It was noted last year that hizzoner failed to take any unpaid days off when he required it of every city mgr. Who was paid over $75 grand per year. "Nobody told me" was his reply to last year's non-compliance of HIS OWN POLICY.

11/30/2008 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who give a sh*t. if these guys left the details do you really think they are going to end up somewhere back on the watch answering calls with us? no! they are going to end up in a nice cush job at 35th or where ever else they can hide. im all for the no clout system but who really cares if these guys work on a detail. it sounds like alot of jealousy. ill admit it...im jealous of the job they have, but im not gonna stamp my feet and pout to the whole world that they shouldnt have the job...nothin but rats on this job these days

11/30/2008 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Eddie "Car 2" Burke, he just has an office worker file a report claiming there was a call placed that threatened his life. He has been doing it for years... Why does CPD pay for surveillance equipment outside of his mansion, in which he does not even live?

Who can provide the address of which he actually resides on Lake Shore Drive?

11/30/2008 03:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bodyguards will be busy today writing anonymous threats to the "bigshots"!

This will be the basis for continuing their cushy jobs with large amounts of overtime.

11/30/2008 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quit whining you babies. to many people on this blog worry about everyone else. Do your job and don't worry cause this guy is in a better spot than you. some of you don't do shit anyways so whats the difference between them and you. At least there doing something. Gotta love the vet who doesn't do his job in any shape and then bitches about the clout and pencil pushers. also has never done anything since they were ppo's and can barely write there own fucking names. Whiny fucking babies. Back each other up and quit ratting and whining on each other. Still working the streets and have over twenty plus. SCC I respect you but start posting good helpful stories that can let the public know what we face and do on a day in and out basis. the truth about the scum gangbangers, druggies and ghetto lottery winners. Quit posting shit on each other and whiny blogs. Com'n buddy.

11/30/2008 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and all the po's on the security details make sgt's pay while working Special Employment at CHA and the airports....how much extra money is that over the last 10 years?

11/30/2008 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LSD lets try the suburbs

11/30/2008 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the hell does Burke need police protection??

Is he that big of a J/O that every where he goes people want a piece of him?

11/30/2008 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'd love for Fran to publish in the ST what 3 unpaid furlough days the Mayor took off this year. It was noted last year that hizzoner failed to take any unpaid days off when he required it of every city mgr. Who was paid over $75 grand per year. "Nobody told me" was his reply to last year's non-compliance of HIS OWN POLICY.

11/30/2008 01:25:00 AM




AAAHAHAHAHAHA

You coldn't make that up!

OBAMAOBAMAOBAMA

11/30/2008 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about anywhere else, but they have a car in 009/906 that is a "dignitary" car. The car has to drive past the ward offices,the alermen's house, John Daley's house and a few other people... Streets & Sans commissioner etc. That is their tour of duty.
Why? There shouldn't be anything special for them. They are citizens just like everyone else. If something happens by their house, let them call the police just like everyone else!

11/30/2008 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Regarding Eddie "Car 2" Burke, he just has an office worker file a report claiming there was a call placed that threatened his life. He has been doing it for years... Why does CPD pay for surveillance equipment outside of his mansion, in which he does not even live?

Who can provide the address of which he actually resides on Lake Shore Drive?

11/30/2008 03:39:00 AM

another fake threat obviously called in by his friends to keep his not needed detail! burke knows the game what if all the alderthieves pulled the same shit? free cars and poloce drivers it would only be fair! Why does burke always have 2 guys,can't he at least have 1 and ride in the front seat? Why does he have 6+? The treasuerer who is that? Bond states "they deal in financial matters," So do we could we have cars and drivers? will j-fed ever pull these wasted details and cut daleys valet services to the minimum ever??

11/30/2008 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fran states the city clerk has no drivers when he was asked if he wanted drivers when he was elected he said "I can drive myself I am a man and do not need valets," More waste to be cut? Come on eddie you have a ton of lackeys can't they drive you, wait a minute do you have a drivers license? Ed your loyalty story when you dumped the guy to 008 because he was sick does not hold water you have no loyalty!

11/30/2008 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, there are two Commanders assigned to these details as well. If I'm not mistaken, both are P.O.'s as career service rank. Maybe, someone can confirm their career service ranks, but I know we have two (2) commanders working the details. Why weren't they demoted? Why can't a Sgt., LT. handle that?

11/30/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the newspapers fuck w/ the cops and their distribution trucks get tickets.
imagine what happens if they fuck w/ city hall !
fran will continue to skirt the edges.

11/30/2008 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the reporters are in the Mayors pocket. They get paid with tips and "insider" information so they never have to leave their nice offices and actually go out and do reporting. Most of them wouldn't know how to be a real journalist.

Mayor Daley says we don't need to hire police. Everything is fine. He lives in a gated community with a pod camera outside his home and a huge bodyguard detail all making Sgt's. pay. Has he cut back his detail? Everything is ok right; the body guard detail should be able to more with less too. They should all get paid regular P.O. pay too.

Not only has Daley not taken his administrative days, but neither have the aldermen who should take more than anyone else by way of example.

People complain about this blog, but this is the only place you will read about stuff like this. And in terms of accuracy and rumors, sure there are a bunch here, but have you read the Times or Trib lately? Compared to those 2 bastions of credibility (just kidding) this blog should be getting the Pulitzer Prize. There are so many inaccuracies in the Times and Trib and their stories are so slanted ,especially in terms of the police, it’s a wonder they are stil lin business.


Pallidin

11/30/2008 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago, Ald. Burke got a "court order" signed by a political hack judge, ordering the CPD to protect his sorry, cowardly, ass. It could be easily be overturned/terminated but Burke threatens the CPD budget whenever it is brought up to him. What a guy!!!!

Another democrat, of course.

11/30/2008 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Fran's column, kinda notice that it mentions the Mayor ever so slightly at the end? As if to delicately suggest that the Mayor is abusing this policy himself but really leaves it up to the reader's imagination to put it all together?

Of course, I suppose if she really dared to twist his cajones, she would be off the city hall beat.

Must be really difficult compromising your ethics on a daily basis like that.

11/30/2008 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/30/2008 01:55:00 AM

Who ever posted at this time. You hit the nail right on the head. Sure I would like to have the bodyguard detail, but I dont. So what. Good for the guys who do have it. Why cant the PO 's stick together on this job. Why is every one out for only themselves and why do coppers whine so much about useless shit. Who cares if they have a good spot, maybe one day you will have a good spot, so why dont everyone leave it alone.

11/30/2008 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not a backround check on these "bodyguards" and see who they are connected to? It would make great press for the city rags and totally embarass all of them! $100,000+ per body and 1000s of hours of OT! Everyone is "wired" to some union, alderman,son of....etc! Be fun to see the "qualifications" of all these world class OO7s! 6 figure doormen!

11/30/2008 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not just burke and neeley. There's a copper driving the head of CHA , City colleges... and a slew of others that don't need or deserve it. Do some digging , you'll find plenty of bodies.

11/30/2008 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

watch for mysterious threats to be made and reported , timing is just going to be coincidence.

11/30/2008 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, should have been Indicted along with his old Chum, Vrdolyak, two peas in a pod.

11/30/2008 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all these hacks get full police protection 24/7. plus now with cornhole oblama, he gets full police protection too. the ghetto districts get full police protection and extra from outside units but the residents on good ole 433 gets absolutely nothing. how is that fare?

11/30/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Regarding Eddie "Car 2" Burke, he just has an office worker file a report claiming there was a call placed that threatened his life. He has been doing it for years... Why does CPD pay for surveillance equipment outside of his mansion, in which he does not even live?

Who can provide the address of which he actually resides on Lake Shore Drive?

11/30/2008 03:39:00 AM

Or the big mansion he redid in wisconsin, for 1,000,000, where he is driven on "official business"!

11/30/2008 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't blame the P.O.'s assigned to protect these "endangered species" of old school Politics. Where else can you serve as a Sergeant and "JUMP RANK" to Deputy Chief, and have your new $300,000 "BOSS" told he can move/fire any one -except YOU!!!

11/30/2008 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I can see why Burke needs the bodyguards~who else is going to carry his golf clubs & bags when he flys out of O'Hare & comes back....

11/30/2008 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not going to sit here and talk bad of the mayors detail. Let him have it, let him keep his guys that have done a good job for him, and who he trusts.... And for all the comments I'm sure to get...yes I'd take that spot in a heartbeat and no I don't have any friends there, nor am I kissing up to get that spot, since I'd have no idea whose butt I'd have to kiss to get it. My point being is that let it be, but shouldn't the salaries and tons of overtime these guys get all be repaid from the mayors owm budget, and put back into the cpd's budget. That money from the 20 or so officers could probably go into hiring around 30 or so new officers. Just a thought. Fran... Are you reading this.

11/30/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The super idiot, Monique Bond, said that the finance chairman and treasurer sometimes work on complicated money situations and need body guards. What an asshole statement. Where did Daley find this super goof. That is one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard coming from city hall thiefs. Maybe she means that the city hall thiefs are stealing so much that the citizens want to hang them.

11/30/2008 05:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you go girl!

11/30/2008 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke should be locked up for false police reports.

11/30/2008 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Burke really need 6 + Bodyguards? They all make Sgts pay, they all work 2nd Watch (Days), and they make a ton of overtime. He's already getting the free home security compliments of tax payers. The POD Camera thats on a police factin his mansion. As for his 6 bodyguards? Not even a strategic schedule among those clout baby officers. Amd does the Treasure really need 2 bodyguards? Nice how they both work days? The Mayor? 25+personal bodyguards all of who make Sgts Pay. there's a couple of Detectives assinged as bodyguards who make a little more than Sgts pay due to their rank. Then there's the city hall 1st floor police detail. Then there's a good number of policeman assigned to the 5th floor, and then on his block, and home. Oh! And the City Cousel policemen. That's more protection than the some foriegn country. And the horrible thing is? There is nothing that can be done about this cause the Mayor along with City Counsel passed a city ordinance giving him (the Mayor), and Alderman immunity from any investigation by IGO or Chicago Police. Nice Huh?

11/30/2008 08:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
quit whining you babies.

________________________________

Hey Cock Sucker, nobody's whinning! This is about the Politicians over spending the budget, and abusing their office by continuing to have a silly amount of protection. Protection that's not needed! This is not about the coppers working the detail even though they are shit heavy. You must be one of these clout baby bodyguards to be writting this since you've missed the point, and the wording you used. Keep Sucking Ass Clout Baby.

11/30/2008 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous I Work 99 said...

According to the News Service UPI, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg swipes his subway card & rides the subway to work every day. Not that he's a completely average joe (he gets a ride from home to the subway station in a Chevy Suburban) but still ... just riding a subway with citizens sets him far apart from Shortshanks.

11/30/2008 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Actually, there are two Commanders assigned to these details as well. If I'm not mistaken, both are P.O.'s as career service rank. Maybe, someone can confirm their career service ranks, but I know we have two (2) commanders working the details. Why weren't they demoted? Why can't a Sgt., LT. handle that?

11/30/2008 10:23:00 AM

The two (2) Commanders - both career service Police Officer
:
1. Sam "I'm not related to Uncle Fred" Roti. 11th Ward lackey now a northsider. Friend of old Commander of the Detail Mike Marano. Did alot of work for Shortshanks during his first run for election.
2. Jim Carlo - close to Deputy Siegway Keating. Got the job after Keating got promoted. Not a bad guy. Father was Traffic guy years ago who died from cancer. Actually not a bad guy - just kind of nervous.

11/30/2008 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at no time do Burke or the treasurer handle any cash for the city - it's all done by computers , and none of it is done by them personally ...it's done by people in the office. So the whole dealing with financial issues...yeah - that's bull !

11/30/2008 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of the Mayor's detail commanders are in fact P.O.'s by civil service rank. They make commanders pay now. If the Mayor's detail people were ever subject to any kind of scrutiny skeletons would be found. Sam Roti is one of the commanders and he's related to disgraced, mobbed up,convicted former alderman Fred Roti. Sam is a shady character and a legend in his own mind.
The detail "security specialists" do make Sgt.'s pay but they aren't required to take any type of training as bodyguards. If any viable threat wanted to get to the Mayor they'd get through these guys like a butter knife through hot butter. Some of them even carry just a snub while working. That's some kind of security specialist!
That whole Mayor's detail is really a joke much like the leadership of this department.

11/30/2008 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Car 2 Burke" was a po once, so he must of had some training. he's authorized to carry a weapon and he still needs the bodyguards???
judge who wrote court order was one of his "judges" and there are many more,
stay safe

11/30/2008 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous noah webster said...

8:51 PM

While I wholeheartedly agree with your cogent comment, "cocksucker" (and "motherfucker") is one word. No hyphens or spaces please.

No double "n" in "whining", sir.

Aside from that, your statement was nothing less than eloquent.

12/01/2008 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALL THE POLITICAL THIEVES NEED TO HAVE THEIR STOLEN MONEY PROTECTED SO WHY NOT BY THE POLICE. THEY WOULDN'T WANT A GHETTO THIEF TO STEAL FROM THEM. REMEMBER, NO HONOR AMONGST THIEVES.

12/01/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Car 2 Burke" was a po once, so he must of had some training. he's authorized to carry a weapon and he still needs the bodyguards???
judge who wrote court order was one of his "judges" and there are many more,
stay safe

11/30/2008 11:01:00 PM

Why doesnt burke use the doa dept of aviation police? They cannot carry armed which is maurers idea (what a goof), his guys are working all the 'special' they can even with all the overtime and getting paid sgts pay + 1/2 $65.00 per hour! WTF! Another reason all the special should be paid at 9161 rank taht is only fair!

12/01/2008 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Aside from that, your statement was nothing less than eloquent.

12/01/2008 07:49:00 AM"


The spacing between the word 'cock' and 'sucker' was for emphasis.

The misspelling was a typo.

Presumably the poster appreciates your compliment, despite your apparent need to pick nits.

OCD can be a difficult to live with, if you happen to live with an OCD inflicted person.


Good luck on that long term relationship you'll never have.

12/01/2008 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous you are lucky, so far said...

If any viable threat wanted to get to the Mayor they'd get through these guys like a butter knife through hot butter. Some of them even carry just a snub while working. That's some kind of security specialist!
That whole Mayor's detail is really a joke much like the leadership of this department.

11/30/2008 10:44:00 PM

Many years ago and a day, I unwittingly pulled along side of burke's car and driver at 51st and Ashland. The unattentive driver did not even look my way. Had a been a bad guy with a purpose, I could have taken them both with a couple of blasts of double-odd buck.

12/01/2008 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Many years ago and a day, I unwittingly pulled along side of burke's car and driver at 51st and Ashland. The unattentive driver did not even look my way. Had a been a bad guy with a purpose, I could have taken them both with a couple of blasts of double-odd buck.

12/01/2008 10:10:00 PM"


So, what you're saying is that opportunity knocked and you failed to open the door?

If only time travel were possible....

12/02/2008 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bunch of assholes. maybe the terrorist attack will occur at the wholly unprotected city hall of chicago.

12/02/2008 02:07:00 AM  

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