Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jumping Jacks Saved!

Nice to know what it takes to motivate an aldercreature:
  • In an effort to prevent an onslaught of citizen complaints, Chicago aldermen today are floating a plan to save the "jumping jack" program that provides inflatable playgrounds for children at events across the city.

    Mayor Richard Daley has proposed cutting the program to save as much as $800,000 in the 2009 budget. But Alds. Isaac Carothers (29th) and Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) have countered with a plan to pay for the program by doubling the annual application and daily permit fees for Maxwell Street Market vendors. Annual fees now range from $15 to $50, and daily fees from $15 to $40.

    Ald. Joe Moore (49th) questioned whether the move might scare off some vendors. The issue will come up again at a Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday morning, less than an hour before the full City Council is set to consider Daley’s proposed $6 billion budget.

Joe Moore appears to be the only one who realizes the potential disaster looming here. Once the aldercreatures see how easy it is to save something like the Jumping Jacks just by raising the fees on a flea market, look to see if a few more fees get tagged for pet programs. Then pretty shortly, a whole bunch more fees. And then the vendors stop showing up and what used to be a reliable revenue generator turns into a money loser.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, the way most kids are built nowadays they need more exercise. Lots of fatties out there. How about my favorite, chin ups?

11/18/2008 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, they want to raise the fee and tax on already struggling vendors to provide more FREE services?

11/18/2008 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...aldermen today are floating a plan to save the 'jumping jack' program that provides inflatable playgrounds..."

At this juncture, the question becomes "What in the hell AREN'T we paying for?"

Speaking of which --

Since public schools head Arne Duncan has unilaterally decided that Chicago taxpayers will be picking up the tab for the funerals of the three North Lawndale College Prep students who drowned in the Fox River (in McHenry County) after taking out boats with no drain plugs in the middle of the night, I have a question.

Has the coroner completed the toxicology screens yet?

Yes, it just became my business. It's now everyone's business.

No alcohol? No drugs?

There isn't anything to hide, is there?

Let's hear it, one way or the other.

11/18/2008 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness. A real plan to save a vital program that helps the citizens of this city.

Half a million dollars? How many Blue shirts can get hired for that amount? 5? or 6? Well its a start.

11/18/2008 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If annual fees are $15 - $50 why would anyone pay a daily fee of $15 - $40? Or just another mistake by the Libune?

I have no idea what the Jumping Jacks program is, inflatable jumping toys for block parties, city events? Why not charge the people using it? Oh, I forgot, free gas, free mortgage, free Jumping Jacks!

11/18/2008 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic:

Drew Peterson's dumb ass is on Dr. Phil right now, big news: HE FAILED HALF THE POLYGRAPH!!!

Can't believe he's stupid enough to go on national TV and take a polygraph. He showed "deceptive" on somethings "no deception" on others.

Here's an idea: IF YOU KILL YOUR WIFE AND GET AWAY WITH IT...DON'T GO ON FUCKING DR PHIL!!

This ass is so cocky, I can't even imagine what he must have done with her body, to be so cocky about it. I only hope he has a special place in hell reserved next to Scott Peterson...

11/18/2008 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be sure to save all of the Chicago Public Library's "security guards" as well. After all, the library now has not only to be a provider of multilingual social services, a bird menagerie, and a day care center, but a provider of employment for the otherwise unemployable. Daley's already mentioned doubling the library fines.

Nothing like the sight of obese functional illiterates with their shirt tails hanging out holding newspapers upside down to pass the hours (just about any library) or carefully stationing themselves where they can stare at the bottoms of little girls laying on the rug for story-telling hour(Sulzer -- the same place a librarian charged me a non-existent 50-cent interlibrary loan fee, coincidentally in the middle of a "new furniture drive.").

The West Side in a blazer with a walkie-talkie is still the West Side. One of these characters actually came off library property (Roden) onto the public street outside and interrupted a quiet conversation between myself and another neighborhood resident! I told him that I LIVED HERE and that we would stand there chatting until tomorrow morning if we felt like it.

Try the secondhand bookstore in the main library downtown -- the last time I was there, the "security" staff disturbed and distracted customers for the last entire hour the store was open, frantically reminding them of closing time.

These people don't just want to be walking out the door when the second hand comes straight up on 5 PM -- they want to be all the way down the block, probably to meet up at the candy corn wholesale outlet with all the TMA's on their way home...

11/18/2008 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous lt. richie scotchbreath said...

Hi boys and girls, It's Lt. Richie Scotchbreath with just a quick posting!

Let it be known that had the city of Chicago scrapped the Inflatable Jumping Jack service, Capt. Jimmy Spratte was willing to volunteer to wear a multi-colored spandex outfit and let the kids use his belly as a jumping jack. [Hic-Up-Burp-Fart] Sorry had to do a shooter of Jack Daniels in honor of such a nice offer by Jimbo.

Be safe & have fun,

Lt. Richie Scotchbreath

11/18/2008 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley & the aldercreature's just can't keep their paws out of our pockets. Fuckin Thiefs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/18/2008 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some questions to ruminate and think about:the City of Chicago charges a tax on every gallon of gas sold w/in Chicago.The tax is .25-30 cents a gallon.How do you find out how many gallons of gas were sold in Chicago within the last year?How is ths tabulated and collected and who handles the tax funds?I recall that in NYC,the Russian Mafia and the Italian Mafia had scammed about $5-8 billion in 5 years.Chicago news media you monitor this blog for stories..Get to work..Now...

11/18/2008 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the aldergoofs give back their raise...there it is!

11/18/2008 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: I have an email address for the Olympic committee:

bid.cities@olympic.org

Let them know what you think about Shitcago!

11/18/2008 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are they going to wake up. The more you raise prices, the more you drive people away. If they want to keep the program, slice part of the amount out of the budget and have the people that want the dang thing pay for the other half.

11/18/2008 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's all have a party.

11/18/2008 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you masters of finance, maybe you should begin to require permits for Lemonade Stands. Charge each kid $30 for the summer, and don't forget to collect the sales tax from the receipts.

11/18/2008 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the security guards at the Lie-berry.

These guys are the biggest buffoons
in the employ of the city.

My son and I were at the Oriole park branch. While I was at a table my Son, 8 yoa, was looking through the stacks for books. I noticed the security guard following him from aisle to aisle. I went up to him and asked if there was a problem. He responded that he wanted no trouble from the kid. I asked him what kind of trouble was he expecting. His reply was he didn't want any books messed up.

I told him that this wasn't the west side and that nothing was going to be messed up. I then asked him if he enjoyed watching young boys and if he had other reasons for following my son. Needless to say he became agitated; at this point I suggested that maybe we should call the police.
At that point Deputy Dog walked away.

Why the hell is there a security guard in the Oriole park library?
It's a joke!

11/18/2008 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Moore is the bigges idiot asshole in the world!!!!

11/18/2008 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civilian Supporter Here--
Started a block party years ago, was nice for a while. Block off the street, kids playing, got a chance to throw a ball in the street. Food, some booze later, everyone meeting each other. Residual effect of getting a bunch of old cars off the street. Then about three years ago, out came the blaring music for 15 hours, motorcycles drag racing,a bunch of bangers hanging at their cousins house. Slowly the good people stopped participating, and of course it was all down hill from there. I knew everything was lost when the local Engine company stopped accepting Mr Bailey's special coffee.
This year I moved to Lake County. Oh yeh, Jumping Jacks, we had one every year. The kids loved it. So how about this ? Fund them privately, let a business put their big ad on them and be done with it or have a politician sponsor them for his own area. At the very least put on it "Paid for by a Maxwell Street Merchant, who couldn't afford it."

11/18/2008 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just turn on the fireplugs.

there just saved you $800,000

11/18/2008 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, they want to raise the fee and tax on already struggling vendors to provide more FREE services?

11/18/2008 12:18:00 AM

Hello that's called the democratic way.

11/18/2008 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must have missed the story about the CPS picking up the tab for the funerals for the idiot kids who drowned.

There is no such thing as accountability anymore, is there?

Let Barry O pay for the funeral out of his war chest. Let Ritchie D pay for them out of his war chest. They both have a shitload in the bank.

Taxpayer funds should never be used for something like this, I pissed enough that they are used to take kids to places like Algonquin to begin with.

Some "Leaders" those kids were.

11/18/2008 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though Joe Moore might be right on this one, he is a still a piece of shit. He stole his last election in a manner only Daley could admire and has left Rogers Park a shithole the entire time he has been in office. He was one of the first to back Obama and sell out Clinton, thereby securing himself a position in the upcoming administration. So long, asshole.

11/18/2008 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At our block party this summer WE THE RESIDENTS paid for our inflatable "jumping jacks." The city didn't give or supply us with anything, and YES we even got the permit to have the party. How many south and west side block parties do that? Why are the alderthieves even considering this? Does anybody (MEDIA!!!) else notice that while the city is crying poor and soon to be bankrupt they still seem to have enough for bullshit(i.e. 6% percent aldermanic raises, how many millions to rebuild the fountain, $86 million to buy the old reece hospital, $14 million to tear it down, reflowering planter boxes IT'S WINTER LET THEM DIE, I could keep going but you get the point). Call them on their bullshit and let the city go down the crapper. Who cares anymore since the only one's who are going to even receive a pension are the aldermen(98% funded) I say let the city burn itself down then we can rebuild from scratch.

11/18/2008 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

DONT WORRY GUNS R NEXT!

DONT WORRY CITY STICKERS R NEXT!

DONT WORRY PARKING PERMIT R NEXT!

DONT WORRY MORE CELL PHONE TAXES R NEXT!

DONT WORRY MORE CABLE TAXES R NEXT!

11/18/2008 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSC THIS IS ON THE REASON THAT WHEN I RETIRE I MOVING TO PLAINFIELD,ILL. IN THREE YEARS.

11/18/2008 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Every year our park district has an annual 4th of July party and takes advantage of these inflatable "jumping jacks." I was under the impression that the Chicago Park District owned these. So why does the program cost $800,000 a year?? The only manpower the program consists of are the teenagers that drive it over and set them up. They "DO NOT SUPERVISE IT!!!" They literally sit on their fat asses and stare at the "jumping jack", while a parent or some other adult supervisor (volunteer) has to watch the kids. The city is not responsible, therefore no liabilty. So it costs $800,000 a year to employ some teenagers to set up these bouncy things during the summer?? They are two big to use inside so they can't be used during cold weather. Am I missing something??

11/18/2008 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but inflatable jungle gyms are EXACTLY the kind of thing that needs to be axed from the city budget when they can't make ends meet or offer first responders a decent contract.

11/18/2008 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sure the people getting laid off are excited about the jumping jack.

maybe they can inflate the bubble and live in it when they are evicted from their homes because nobody has a job.

11/18/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC, BUT IMPORTANT

Stumbled across this when I went to re-up my FLEXIBLE SPENNDING ACCOUNT (a good benefit) at payflex.com .

There is also a DEPENDENT CARE BENEFIT. If you pay for child care, you can have up to $6,000 deducted from your paychecks PRE-TAXED. Then as you pay for Day-Care, or baby-sitters, you get this money back with out paying taxes on it. But you have to use it up by the end of the year, or you loose it. Got young kids, check into it before November 20th.

Be safe, and whose turn is it to change the diapers.

11/18/2008 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUST GOT GREAT STEADY SIDE JOB AND WAS THINKING ABOUT GOING OUT AND BUYING A NICE LITTLE $20,000 GM CAR. BUT THEN I REALIZED I WOULD HAVE TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER $2,000 IN TAXES FOR THE CITY, COUNTY, AND STATE WELFARE FUND AND CAN YOU GUESS WHAT I DECIDED TO DO?

YES THATS RIGHT, KEEP DRIVING THE PAID FOR CAR I HAVE. DOMESTIC AUTO MAKERS CAN THANK THE WEFARE STATE AND THE LOCAL THIEVES FOR ME NOT MAKING THIS MAJOR PURCHASE.

WILL PUMP MORE CASH INTO 401K AND ROTH IRA.

MORE CASH TO HAVE AND SPEND WHEN RETIRED AND LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

WTF

11/18/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read in the Trib this AM that the "new hires" would be working special employment on their days off for time and a half....what the fuck????? I know its probably not true but what the skinny on this special???? Anyone know? Maybe now I can get more CTA days...since the old timers will get this for more money....

11/18/2008 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Sheik YorBouti said...

Dont knock the Jumping Jack. Without them the murder rate would triple? Save the kids.

11/18/2008 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes I already see the Mexican flee market Swap-o-rama 43 Ashland creating a cottage industry of vendors on 43st Ashland to damen parked on side of road...no need for permits here.

11/18/2008 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a bandaid never worked on a wound gushing blood. robbing peter to pay paul is not the answer. if i ran the budget at my house the way the city runs theirs i would have been living in my car years ago. the city consistently over projects revenue and then overspends and gets caught with their pants down. now they go to the taxpayer and business owner with their paw stuck out. the city has had plenty of time to adjust to post 9/11. we the people have no more to give to the little emperor and the clown in springfield.

11/18/2008 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top of the line Moonwalks are $5000. 800,000 dollars you could buy 160 of them. Why not purchase them and have them pay for the insurance.

11/18/2008 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Be safe & have fun,

Lt. Richie Scotchbreath

11/18/2008 02:15:00 AM"


Having observed, and noted, the recent absence of postings by the esteemed and erudite Lt. Richie Scotchbreath, I hope this current surfacing of this exceptionally entertaining blog participant heralds his return to his past copious pattern of sharing the amusing adventures that are characteristic of his daily activities.


As there is only one Keesing Bandit, thus, there can be only one, authentic, original and unique Lt. Richie Scotchbreath.


Fart On, oh wise one, Fart On.

11/18/2008 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Alderman Burnett had amusements like that when he was a kid he might not have gone to the joint.

11/18/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We dont need cops on the street..

qe need more juping jacks so kids can fall, break their bones, and sue the city. Let the Alderman pay for it out of their ward fund.

11/18/2008 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't Carothers and Burnett want to raise taxes to keep giving out something free?

Could it be because the people that live in Carothers' and Burnett's wards don't pay any taxes, but get lots of free services.

11/18/2008 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught the Drew Peterson episode on Dr. Phil last night and I have to tell you. He's one cocky SOB and I do feel he's responsible for both his wifes murders.

11/18/2008 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name another City that provides a public market to act as an outlet for stolen merchandise from across the city.

11/18/2008 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are these asswipe ALDERMEN gonna get the picture. Keep taxing everyone living or workign in the city and see what you have left in a few years JACKASSESS!!!!!!!!!! It will be all the fine residents taht don't pay fees or taxes now. I can tell you one thing if I was abusiness man with a business in Maxwell street marketor anywhere else and I keeep getting taxed I'm looking for a suburb that wants me and is willing to help my business..... So maybe you stupid fucking moronic aldermen should WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!!!! Keep making decisions on whether or not the elephants are being chained atnight when they sleep..... God help us we are fucking doomed!!!!!!

11/18/2008 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well say GOOD-BYE to Maxwell Street .Some of the vendors are already paying $2000 to $3000 UNDER THE TABLE !!! to get a "SPOT" to certain individuals that "RUN" the market . And a month ago they were told that if they talked to the media they would loose their license to sell.Now to top it off to raise a sellers fee from $40 to $80 a Sunday to cover a "jumping jack" program ? Oh I forgot REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH!! Nice way to kill Chicago's traditional flea market!

11/18/2008 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC: FROM THE SCUMTIMES..For 22 sixth-graders from Bellwood, it's the chance -- and challenge -- of a lifetime: If they can get all A's and B's throughout middle school and high school, stay out of trouble and graduate, they'll earn a college scholarship worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to Concordia University in River Forest. Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring the program, which includes free tuition, room, board and books at Concordia, where tuition is nearly $30,000.

HEY FIFTH BANK!!!!! CAN YOU BRING SOME OF THAT MONEY TO THE CITY OF CHICAGO??????????????????

11/18/2008 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and now cps is paying for the funeral for the three kids who drowned.

just read the comments at the sun-times story. it shows how f'ed this city and country are, and where we are headed.

11/18/2008 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, the way most kids are built nowadays they need more exercise. Lots of fatties out there. How about my favorite, chin ups?

Hummm, what about push ups? You know the icecream treat you push up on a stick. Thats what Im talking about!

Signed fatty

11/18/2008 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having jumping jacks for the summer is a lot more important than having policemen around. If a problem occurs one can call the local aldermans and he will come arunning with his saturday night special. "Hode on, hode on you villiams, get yo hands up and gimme your money, oops I mean halt in the names of the law and let me hode your mondy for you".

11/18/2008 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, natural born leaders, CPS cream of the crop, best of the best, sharpest of the sharp, coolest of the cool and great dancers too.

Let's move on to nightfall. Supervisors sound asleep, 16 dancers sneak out, go to the riverfront and steal a number of paddle boats (with no plugs) but hell, we aint got no plugs, we don't need no stinkin plugs.
Boats go down, students go down, some come up, others don't including one who was expertly trained as a life guard for and by Chicago Park District. Well it's a shame that three people died even though it was our new leaders disobeying the rules and regs of this trip and of their host, the YMCA. Now Arne Duncun is paying or the buriels not with his money but with our tax money. Why Arnie, why do you continue to steal our tax money you lousy piece of shit.

11/18/2008 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC, BUT IMPORTANT

Stumbled across this when I went to re-up my FLEXIBLE SPENNDING ACCOUNT (a good benefit) at payflex.com .

There is also a DEPENDENT CARE BENEFIT. If you pay for child care, you can have up to $6,000 deducted from your paychecks PRE-TAXED. Then as you pay for Day-Care, or baby-sitters, you get this money back with out paying taxes on it. But you have to use it up by the end of the year, or you loose it. Got young kids, check into it before November 20th.

Be safe, and whose turn is it to change the diapers.

11/18/2008 11:01:00 AM

The City of Chicago is not Payflex's only customer (those vendors only last a year). So the website is used by other employees, not just City of Chicago's. The city has to provide the child care benefit pieces to us before we can sign up for it. Call personnel to get the verification before counting your extra cash.

11/18/2008 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Am I missing something??

11/18/2008 10:15:00 AM"


Uh, yeah, you are.


What you're missing is the portion of that $800k a year that is called 'swag', which is likely well over 60% of the cost.


To avoid criminal prosecution, a huge variety of cover schemes are needed.


This is merely one of them.

11/18/2008 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught the Drew Peterson episode on Dr. Phil last night and I have to tell you. He's one cocky SOB and I do feel he's responsible for both his wifes murders.
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I agree. Now all they have to do is find some evidence, something sorely lacking in this case.

11/18/2008 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless the visitors eat the books there is no reason for Digby Security (with baseball hats) to be posted at the lie-berrys.

11/18/2008 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew Peterson's dumb ass is on Dr. Phil right now, big news: HE FAILED HALF THE POLYGRAPH!!!

Can't believe he's stupid enough to go on national TV and take a polygraph. He showed "deceptive" on somethings "no deception" on others.

Here's an idea: IF YOU KILL YOUR WIFE AND GET AWAY WITH IT...DON'T GO ON FUCKING DR PHIL!!

This ass is so cocky, I can't even imagine what he must have done with her body, to be so cocky about it. I only hope he has a special place in hell reserved next to Scott Peterson...
---------------------------------
The wierd thing is the critical questions are the ones he "passed". The ones he "failed" were less significant. If the polygraph is to be beleived, he almost certainly didn't do it.

IMO, a polygraph is right up there with voodoo.

11/18/2008 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ink Bomb said...

Well, I can see this is going to trickle right down and land on our shoulders. Maxwell Street vendors will scatter to street corners throughout the city (if they don't bail out altogether) and alderman complaints will send police to chase them away. After a while of this cat and mouse game going on with no effective results we'll be directed to step up enforcement once it's recognized that license fees are drying up. I predict we'll soon be obtaining daily event numbers for vendor enforcement missions, and we may soon be seeing the reactivation of the vaunted Garage Sale Task Force.

I suggest vendors ordain themselves here:

http://www.themonastery.org

You can form your own ministry with tax shelter benefits and sell all your stuff in the name of God. No one will bother you. Heck, you can even call your local District Commander's office to request parking courtesy on Sundays. This could end up being a good thing for both the vendors and the jumping jackers.

11/18/2008 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are against free jumping jacks, you can jack off.

11/18/2008 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I heard cfd union sold out it's members. 1% for 4 yrs and no retro money!!!! WTF

11/18/2008 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2008
BREATHALYZER AND GARRITY UPDATE 11/18/08
On Monday, November 11, 2008, the appellate court ruled that prosecutors can use, in criminal proceedings, the results of a police officer’s breathalyzer test that was obtained administratively (by IAD). The court reasoned that such results are non-testimonial; therefore breathalyzer results are not covered under the Fifth Amendment and are not protected under Garrity. This ruling in no way impacts statements made pursuant to an administrative investigation. Since Garrity was decided, the law prohibiting the use of administrative evidence has been watered down very much, especially in Illinois. Garrity only applies to testimonial evidence. Therefore, only statements made by an officer in an administrative investigation will be suppressed at any subsequent criminal proceedings (with rare exception); however all non-testimonial evidence is clearly admissible at criminal proceedings. (i.e. breath/blood test; identifications at line-ups, contraband found in PO’s locker, etc.)
The case at issue involved an off-duty police officer who was involved in a traffic altercation which included a high speed chase and allegations that the officer threatened the individual with his weapon. The officer was placed under arrest on the scene for aggravated assault and driving under the influence. The officer was brought to the 14th District and the arresting officers asked him if he was willing to submit to a breathalyzer test. The off-duty officer refused and accordingly was processed as a “refusal” per the statue. At that point a sergeant from IAD arrived, identified himself and presented the off-duty officer with the standard administrative proceedings rights and notification of charges. As you are aware, included in those rights is the language, “any admission or statement made by you…and the fruits thereof cannot be used against you in a subsequent proceeding.” We are familiar with this as the Garrity rule.
Pursuant to Illinois law, an individual charged with DUI clearly has the right to refuse to submit to a breathalyzer exam, although that right appears to be in jeopardy as other states have legislated away the right to refuse. Regardless of an Illinois driver’s right to refuse, since the Jones case decided in 2005, the law is clear that when a driver’s blood or breath is taken, despite their refusal, it is admissible in a criminal proceeding. The courts do not allow the police the authority to use physical force to obtain a result, however results obtained any other way are fair game at criminal cases. (i.e. coercion, blood draws at hospitals and administrative searches).
The Lodge is contemplating whether to petition the Illinois Supreme Court to rule on this issue. The decision will be made in the coming weeks.



SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO?? refuse the order ???

11/18/2008 05:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the recent fax that came out stating: No more tickets are to be written on RESIDENTIAL burglar alarms???? What's up with that? Talk about stopping a giant revenue stream for the city....

11/18/2008 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well say GOOD-BYE to Maxwell Street."

I did years ago when it met the bulldozer for the UIC expansion.
Not this lame Canal Street tubesox& churros bazaar they came up with. Bunch of cheap crap to appease the goofs that like flea markets.

11/18/2008 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who owns the company that supplies the jumping equipment? what is the relation to the alderman that are going balls out to keep em?

11/18/2008 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley going to Turkey for Olympic Meeting

.... How much is this costing tax payers Mr. Mayor? We're broke... remember? Oh yes you must have had another memory lapse!!!

11/18/2008 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the hell are we paying for 3 funerals??? If they stole my car, crashed it and was killed, do we pay for the funerals????? I'm tired of this crap, I'm sure we payed for this retreat also...please someone in the media, ask the parents how much that trip cost them??? My kids went to McAulley and I PAID for all of the retreats out of my own pocket..also lunchs, uniforms and backpacks...and prom dresses,,paid that too, no "donations" Get these parents off thier ASS'S and hold them accountable!!!! UN-REAL!!!!

11/18/2008 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT ...

Anyone hear anything or have info about the OEMC-Fire Dispatcher killed tonite in MVA at 79th/Kedzie?

11/18/2008 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Sorry, that should have said OEMC-Fire Dispatch Supervisor. That's all I heard, so far.

11/18/2008 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, Order came out for special employment for the Obama detail-Cha Ching! Superintendent, you are the man!

11/18/2008 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regards to the CPS paying for the funerals of the young leaders.

Where is operation, SHOVE?
Jesse Jackson and his peoples are,
someone, they can help out the families. I bet he could get some face time on the tube out of it.

11/18/2008 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about charging a permit fee for the block party permit? The price can be set at the cost of the Jumping gym. The real cost, not the city's estimated cost of $18,000.

11/18/2008 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous I Work 99 said...

Eventually the City will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs with taxes, fees, fines etc. But judging from the number of construction sites still operating downtown & in the affluent areas of the city (001, 018, 019, 023) I guess the goose is still alive .... for now.

11/18/2008 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you might want to let your fellow officers know that the First District allowed the results of a adminstratively ordered breath test in a dui prosecution into evidence. no suppression, people v kevin carey.

11/18/2008 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO?? refuse the order ???

11/18/2008 05:56:00 PM


DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!! Try that one and you wont have to worry about it!!!

11/18/2008 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone hear anything or have info about the OEMC-Fire Dispatcher killed tonite in MVA at 79th/Kedzie?

11/18/2008 09:09:00 PM


MVA?

Not a CPD term.

11/18/2008 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous OP parent said...

Why the hell is there a security guard in the Oriole park library?
It's a joke!

11/18/2008 08:09:00 AM

Well jackass, did you notice all the gang graffiti in the adjoining park? Yes, The Spanish Cobras have claimed your park as home turf. Maybe walk around your neighborhood and notice the graffiti on the garages. Guess what? I'd bet good money that the offenders were copper's kids too.

So you basically called the security guard a pedophile for doing his job...nice. I'm sure you love being called a Nazi/KKK/asshole when you do yours, right? Did it make you feel more like a real man to belittle this guy? You sound like the prototype for everything that has gone wrong with this job! I use that library with my sons on a weekly basis and not once have I had ANY problems with any of the employees there!

Besides all that, let's face it, if there was no guard at that library, you'd be bitching that they don't give "tax payers" enough service by providing a guard.

11/18/2008 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous DAve said...

Off topic but I thought you'd be glad to know:

http://www.nrahab.com/2008/11/17/chicago-pd-receives-sw-mp15-rifles/

11/18/2008 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
and now cps is paying for the funeral for the three kids who drowned.

just read the comments at the sun-times story. it shows how f'ed this city and country are, and where we are headed.

11/18/2008 02:40:00 PM

No cps pays for nothing we pay, as we keep shoveling all our hard earned money into the cps through our taxes! arne duncan is the biggest failure is that why obama wants to take him to washington to fuck up all the schools?

11/18/2008 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If the aldergoofs give back their raise...there it is!

11/18/2008 06:18:00 AM

Read todays paper bernie stone is going after hoffmans (press story), for his inspector generals bullshit office get em bernie!!

11/18/2008 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come there isn't outrage from the members of the unions that got screwed out of furlough days? Did they not get the message that the aldermen gave themselves a 6% raise? Oh and nice to see Ald. Stone got the shaft.

11/18/2008 11:48:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To the unpublished:

We did a name search. There is no person matching those initials working there.

The other ones you cite, we found their names listed and we get e-mails verifying the stories. We also delete five times what you see about those goofs because it dissolves into personal attacks that have more to do with the person bitching than the object of the derision. We changed that rule a year ago.

In your original post, you make some pretty bold accusations. Again, this says more about you than the object of your ire. We don't owe you a forum to vent your spleen.

11/18/2008 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the overtime for pres-elect is only for 9161's....If you are a p/o who is a canine, marine, t/s, det., e/t., fto., etc.. you will not be allowed to work it according to the fop meeting. get your grievance forms ready.
they are screwing over the sgt's in patrol also, but haven't seen the order on that yet...

11/19/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You let the camel poke his nose into tent and before you realize it the whole camel has stepped into your tent.

That's what happened to our $2 a month for health care.

Many years ago I used to sell at the maxwell flee market (jewtown) and every sunday we were strong armed by the 012 District into paying $2. Look where it has gotten to now.

It's like the fucking squirrels, you feed one and the next day you are feeding two, then your feeding three, etc. you get the picture?

Taxation is the same way. Like our Illinois income tax. When the fuck will it be repealed? It was to be only temporary.

11/19/2008 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the hell is there a security guard in the Oriole park library?
It's a joke!

11/18/2008 08:09:00 AM

Answer: to employ the otherwise unemployable. I am appalled at the dumbtards they hire.

11/19/2008 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey fuck heads! do you want to stimulate the auto industry?
Suspend those stupid taxes on auto purchases and I'll buy a car.
If you don't, Then I'll drive my 10 year old until I feel like not driving it and you can watch the American auto makers go to hell because of governmental greed and superfluous taxes.

11/19/2008 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Name another City that provides a public market to act as an outlet for stolen merchandise from across the city.

11/18/2008 01:08:00 PM

The pawn shops are an outlet for suspect stolen merchandise. When they take an article in, they "hide" it in the back under the pretense that the pawner might come back to redeem it.
Not so. It's back there to keep people who walk in looking for their stolen shit from seeing their property and rightfully getting it back.

This "cooling off" period keeps the stolen property out of view until it is eventually displayed and sold.

Furthermore, they are protected by the city who assigns them a "detective" to monitor their activity.

11/19/2008 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
OT, Order came out for special employment for the Obama detail-Cha Ching! Superintendent, you are the man!

11/18/2008 09:18:00 PM

Yes, it is great, thanks, but your are discriminating against the sergeants, ETs, detectives, k-9, forensic inv. I, MAIS, and
any body else with title codes not 9161. Fuck you!

11/19/2008 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the jumpn jack program is based next to TRU over on 39th street and Wood. Drive in the back lot in the summer months and see who is employed by the city. gang bangers - yup. a whole bunch of em!. check out the pant leg rolled up, the had cocked to the side, the banger tats visible. the cars they drive with no front plate, tints and no city sticker. WHO IN THE FUCK IS IN CHARGE OF THESE IDIOTS?

11/19/2008 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all of the problems we have here in our city, the aldermaen are fighting for jumping jacks?!?!?!? Fire all of these useless waste of space and money!

11/19/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your original post, you make some pretty bold accusations. Again, this says more about you than the object of your ire. We don't owe you a forum to vent your spleen.

11/18/2008 11:58:00 PM


fine, how about this SGT 1040 IS A BAD SUPERVISOR! A BAD COP! A HAS REALLY REALLY BAD PEOPLE SKILLS! HE MAY BE A GREAT PERSON BUT THE WHITE SHIRT CERTAINLY HAS GONE TO HIS HEAD! A people search... right something still stinks

11/19/2008 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
OT, Order came out for special employment for the Obama detail-Cha Ching! Superintendent, you are the man!

11/18/2008 09:18:00 PM

Yes, it is great, thanks, but your are discriminating against the sergeants, ETs, detectives, k-9, forensic inv. I, MAIS, and
any body else with title codes not 9161. Fuck you!

11/19/2008 02:05:00 AM

Not discriminating jagoff your making enough money and your expertise is not needed here, maybe you could work but get paid the 9161 rate that would be fair right asshole! You say fuck you sorry I don't swing that way back to boys town for you hair gel!

11/19/2008 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
the overtime for pres-elect is only for 9161's....If you are a p/o who is a canine, marine, t/s, det., e/t., fto., etc.. you will not be allowed to work it according to the fop meeting. get your grievance forms ready.
they are screwing over the sgt's in patrol also, but haven't seen the order on that yet...

11/19/2008 12:07:00 AM

Sucks to be you more for us THANKS BOSS 9161 we finally get some of that money all the "hogs" that are overpaid get! Do it for the airports also boss that would be balls!

11/19/2008 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anyone hear anything or have info about the OEMC-Fire Dispatcher killed tonite in MVA at 79th/Kedzie?

11/18/2008 09:09:00 PM


MVA?

Not a CPD term.

11/18/2008 10:26:00 PM

hey dummy mva=mulitple vehicle accident more hair gel stupid in college and now you are here lol!

11/19/2008 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless our wonderful mayor,for showing courage in the face of diversity.
He has saved "Jumping Jack's".
I think this term could also be used for the entire city council.
They are all "Jumping Jack's or Jacket's", of the mayor.
Come to think of it you could use that term for the news media in this town.
Truth is we are all jumping up and down to his mayor's will.
"With all Our Rage, we are still just Rat's in His Cage."

11/19/2008 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, Order came out for special employment for the Obama detail-Cha Ching! Superintendent, you are the man!
11/18/2008 09:18:00 PM
##############################
You won't be saying cha ching when you find out that you can't wear cargos, no baseball caps, no winter skull caps, crown hat and 80/20's only.
Plus, you will be outside your vehicle and walking for half of the tour. Only one person can sit in the vehicle at a time. Come January you will be freezing your bejesus off!

11/19/2008 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSC THIS IS ON THE REASON THAT WHEN I RETIRE I MOVING TO PLAINFIELD,ILL. IN THREE YEARS.

11/18/2008 09:22:00 AM

You can buy Peterson's house

11/19/2008 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Not discriminating jagoff your making enough money and your expertise is not needed here, maybe you could work but get paid the 9161 rate that would be fair right asshole! You say fuck you sorry I don't swing that way back to boys town for you hair gel!

11/19/2008 10:51:00 AM"


___________________________________

Maybe your punk ass can get paid at a first year P.P.O. salary. Your vast police experience is really not needed here either. You are just simply manning a post, something a first year p.p.o. can do. Why give the big dollars to overpaid dinosaurs who won't even do the simplest of required tasks?

I say pay 1st year rate for all 9161's. Let's disregard seniority in all ways including pay scales.

That way you can get that overtime you feel you deserve at the cheapest rates possible, you moron.

After all you seem concerned about pay rates and scales. Do your part silly bitch and volunteer for 1st year p.p.o salary instead of your 20 year rate.

How 'bout it,vitalis boy?

11/19/2008 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, up the ante for the thieves who are selling the stolen tools from your garage burglary.

11/19/2008 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like coming to the rescue for a piece of garbage that breeds bacteria like you wouldn't believe. I bet all those "block clubs" can breathe sign of relief.

This city is drowning fast and Lake Michigan has nothing to do with it.

11/19/2008 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You can buy Peterson's house

11/19/2008 07:02:00 PM"


Not just yet, give it a few more months, he'll be really strapped for cash by then.

11/19/2008 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those jumping jacks are DISGUSTING!! Have you ever gotten close to one? They Stink!!! I wonder why? Maybe because you have a ton of kids going in there, with their runny noses, sneezing, coughing, pissing, probably pooping in their diapers (Yes, I've seen little ones in there wearing diapers) and Yes, poop can leak out of a diaper! It's just a big jumping-jack-of-germs !!! I would never let my child go in one. And I know of 4 kids from 3 different families who've gotten "Hand Foot & Mouth disease" after attending a block party, and the parents all think it was from the damn jumping jack.

Just think about it- WHEN do they get cleaned? They just deflate it after the block party and move it on to the next one.

11/20/2008 01:23:00 AM  

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