Monday, December 22, 2008

Cutbacks We Can Support

  • There have been a lot of discussions about cuts -- less snow removal, longer waits for things like tree cuttings -- and fee increases, such as those parking meters increases that are going to kill neighborhood businesses. The people of Chicago will be paying for a lot more and getting less. Such a deal.

    But in all these talks, not once has it been suggested we lop off something completely unnecessary -- so many aldermen.

    We don't need 50 aldermen. Some aldermen, but not 50. Maybe before 311, you needed an alderman to help you get city services. But not anymore. So really, 50 is a luxury Chicago can ill afford.

    Because it's not just those 50 salaries of $110,556 each that we are stuck paying. That's 50 staffs, neighborhood offices and aldermanic "expense" accounts that pay for who knows what.

We've been pointing out for months that each aldercreature gets something like a million bucks to spend however they please. It's a legalized bribe that many of them steer to connected firms or relative's business rather than actually hold forth for bids and qualified applications.

If someone knows the machinations needed to get this on a binding referendum, we'd be more than happy to support an ordinance reducing the number of aldercreatures to 25 or even less. We'd post the petition sheets on our site and encourage each and every officer reading (and non-officers) to take them to work and around the neighborhood and get the required number of signatures. We'd be doing everyone a service.

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114 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would have to be something we the citizens could get on a ballot and vote, an ordinance would have to brought forth by an Alderman, thus it would never happen.

12/22/2008 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK POPE IN THE 10TH WARD!

12/22/2008 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch for the fall out from the 25th District Christmas Party. Lopez to States Attorneys Office soon???????????

12/22/2008 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any truth to the robbery up north in the forest preserve involving two of our own being victims?

12/22/2008 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Media keep reading this blog for great new ideas for your columns. Don't worry we'll keep it on the down low.

12/22/2008 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could live with ten alderman, first to go should be Bob Fioretti what a liberal piece of carpet bagging shit.

12/22/2008 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger 12GA. said...

Caution:

Remember, they got rid some mid-level supervisor in either the Water or Sewer department for bringing petitions to their place of employment.

"Exerting undue influence" was how I believe they referred to his actions.

Let's take them down a notch...or two. But do it on our own time.

12/22/2008 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it will never happen.

It would take one of the current alderman to propose a reduction, and a majority vote from the remainder to pass it. There is no way they are going to chop off their own heads!

Sorry.

12/22/2008 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that more than a few "well entrenched" aldercreatures would welcome reducing their numbers. It would mean a "bigger pot" for the survivors to divvy up !!!!! With the "G" so ever present in Shitcago, it's harder for them to steal under their old schemes.

12/22/2008 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we can't get rid of the alderthieves, make them publicly account for how they spend that $1,000,000 .00. Stone says no one has the authority to investigate them. Fuck you Bernie, you work for the people of Chicago. Answer to us.

12/22/2008 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For openers, if the population of the City of Chicago is 2.8 million, we could save millions by having 28 rather than 50 of these charlatans, each representing 100,000 people.

Check the numbers of our city council counterparts in NYC and LA.

12/22/2008 04:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A policeman gets shot in Hegewisch and the offender gets 100k bond but a judge gets his car broken into and the offenders get 500k and 350k respectively. This is total B.S. I don't care what the offenders record from the break-in was. If you shoot at the police and get a bond that is 20% of what you get for breaking into a judges car then we have completely lost the battle.

12/22/2008 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bail was set Sunday for two men accused of breaking into the car of Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford.

Bemmnet Haile, 21, of Harwood Heights, is charged with felony burglary and felony aggravated battery and bail was set at $500,000. Bail was set at $350,000 for Enes Memhmedovic, 20, of Chicago, who faces the same charges.

And now if you get shot as a police officer----.

FROM SUN-TIMES NEWS GROUP WIRE REPORTS
A judge ordered Sunday that a South Side man accused of trying to kill a Chicago Police sergeant be held on a $100,000 cash bond.

12/22/2008 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Berry Berry much!!

12/22/2008 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowadays you have 311 or 411 for service. You don't need to go to the alderman's office for service anymore, so lets start the cuts here. 25 aldermen is all that's needed today.

12/22/2008 07:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Judy walk his cats in the Snow????????

12/22/2008 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe that a reporter, for the Sun Times no less, had the intelligence and foresightedness to publish such an intelligent and appropriate proposal.
It's something I've been espousing on this site since 2006.
We don't need, nor can afford, fifty aldermen.
I say keep one alderman for each side of the city ( south, west and north and central), make them vice mayors or whatever, and dump the rest of those overpaid underworked bastards. We can appoint these by popular vote or seniority.
It's also time for term limits...two terms and you're out of there...why should you be mayor or alderman for life?
LA and NY does more governing with less government, why can't Chicago?
CONTACT YOUR STATE REPS OR DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO INTRODUCE THESE REFERENDUMS IN THE NEXT MUNICIPAL :
1. CUT THE NUMBER OF ALDERMEN
2. TERM LIMITS

12/22/2008 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_50.pdf

This gives you the guidelines for advisory, however in all the mumble jumble it does mention binding but can not find that link.

Say safe and warm...a wife

12/22/2008 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well why dont we start a petition to reduce the number of Alderman? Surely we can get 5 or 10,000 signatures? Can some of you lawyerly types draft one up? I know at least a dozen of people willing to circulate it

Of course the Alderclowns will vote it down but we will have their votes ON RECORD next time the city cries poor and looks to fire city workers

12/22/2008 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time........ But of course it makes perfect sense, so it won't happen.

12/22/2008 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, the city weaseled an extra amount on our water bill. If you havent noticed, they added like an extra $45.00+ dollars. And for what? I do not know. All I know is, I do not have a meter, and have really not used anymore water than I usually have this summer. Crazy huh? Can't wait to retire, and I'm out of this currupt city. What happend to "for the people"?

12/22/2008 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only lived in this city since joining the CPD. I have said since the day I arrived why do we need 50 alderman??? The bigger joke is the boundaries of the wards!!! The wards are zig zagging lines to have a desired ethnic breakdown. The maximum amount of alder idiots should be 25. We have 25 police districts, which is to many.

This city is a classic example of why government is a BIG waste of money. I would walk the streets going door to door or stand in the cold of a grocery store getting petitions signed to eliminate half the alder idiot spots.

Lets take action and try to end some aspects of this nightmare!!!!

12/22/2008 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea bit will never happen. You cant even get two coppers to decide where to have lunch, vote for a qualified fop president or even a union with some balls. Dont expect this to go antwhere.

12/22/2008 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from 311, you forget to mention The Chicago Police Department's CAPS Program. When the dept went full force with this, certain alderman got on their soap box and slammed the CAPS program saying its not going to work, and to get rid of it. What they were trying to say is that they couldnt Strong Arm their constituants any longer. In the past, if you need a garbage can, rat control, some type of sign, sidewalk, etc., you had to go to your Aldercreature. He/She would then check "the books" see if your a registred voter, and if you were a registered republican, or didnt vote the last time, or maybe even spoke out against the Alderman, you wouldnt get squat! Well, with CAPS, you can stop at any police district station, or stop any patrol car on the street and tell them the lights are out in your alley, there's a pot hole in the street, you need a new garbage can, your alley is rat infested, and that officer will generate a CAPS Service Request form which in the Alderman's eyes, is undermining his/her position, and this would be one less thing that he/she cannot use to bully the constituants. But in order to vote for only 25 Alderman, it has to pass through the City Counsel which is made up of all the Alderman. How do you think their going to vote on that?

12/22/2008 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There would also be 25 less families to find jobs for on the City payroll.

I wonder how much these parasites really cost us when all is said and done. How many of them have multiple family members on the City/County/State payroll? Take thier one family member and then multiply for the cost of their offsprings health care etc.

Some of their family members wouldn't be able to get a job at McDonald's on thier own much less a six figure salary.

I'd go door to door and get the petitions signed. I'm sick of working for their ignorant relatives, supporters and friends. Most of them don't do their fair share on the job and act like God touched them.

12/22/2008 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York City has roughly 8,200,000
people and 305 square miles of land with only 51 council members(they abolished wards in 1938). Not to mention their elected officals have term limits.
Chicago has 2,800,000 people and only 228 square miles of land and 50 Aldermen.
Cutting back to 25 aldermen would be more than plenty.
Lets find a way to get this done

12/22/2008 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could easily get by without having 3 or 4 squad cars congretating at the 7/11 on 103rd and Maplewood. What a bunch of fucking know it alls you are.

12/22/2008 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all sounds great, but I would like a contract first.

12/22/2008 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although he's got his eye on some higher political post, Ald. Allen did say the right things yesterday on Fox news in the morning. Streets not plowed, yet we've got Midway Airport money along with the Skyway and the Parking Meters dough. Most of the other sheep have nothing to say against Shortshanks. He's hording it all for those fat upfront contracts to his buddies for the Olympics. Time to vote for anybody else next time. Not that I did vote for him last time.


Retired 11 years........

12/22/2008 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should go by ballots cast in the last 5 years. Which ever ghetto ward had the least votes in the last 5 years , dont get a aldertheif. Next year same thing, next year same thing till there are only 30!

12/22/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CUT THE TAKE HOME CARS!!!AND THE PROTECTION!

12/22/2008 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tact teams now to be 8 POs. Tact Lts must comprise a list of 2 POs from each team to return to a watch. Signed, a old nosy house mouse.

12/22/2008 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me hears the next chief of staff is being trainedwhile deployed with the us army

12/22/2008 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA and NY does more governing with less government, why can't Chicago?
12/22/2008 07:43:00 AM

Sorry to criticize, BUT you answered your own question...
Why can't Chicago???

BECAUSE THIS IS 1)CHICAGO, 2)COOK COUNTY, 3)ILLINOIS and that is the definition for MORE GOVERNMENT!

12/22/2008 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Pat Quinn gets in office maybe it can be brought up to him and and can start something - referendum possibly. Start writing letters to the editors even if you have to start in small neighborhood newspapers. Perhaps you can get a snowball rolling. This is just a thought. There are way too many aldercreatures. As you pointed out, now with 311 you SHOULDN'T need as many.

12/22/2008 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey 756am, u are right about 50 alderman being too much but 25 districts is definitely not. You obviously dont understand how large chicago actually is

12/22/2008 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Watch for the fall out from the 25th District Christmas Party. Lopez to States Attorneys Office soon???????????

12/22/2008 01:17:00 AM


Do tell, what's the cliff note version of what happened?

12/22/2008 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch for the fall out from the 25th District Christmas Party. Lopez to States Attorneys Office soon???????????

12/22/2008 01:17:00 AM

What happened with the party?

12/22/2008 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Scott Carlson /fla said...

i worked with nick fordthe judge involved in the agg batt when he used to preside over bond court.he used to hammer the mopes hard.he is defintely police friendly.he would have set no bond onthe sgt tht got shot.bob bastone was another heavy hitter.theguys were consevatives not the liberals of today.

12/22/2008 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 districts - 25 aldermen. Sounds like a nice solution.

12/22/2008 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most towns do it with ten or less. L.A. has ten. I think 15 is good enough. 12 from wards or districts or whatever we would call the areas of representation, 3 to serve at large as vice mayors, one in charge of education, one in charge of public safety and one for business. Elected not appointed people in charge of these important areas...what a novel thought. Anyway, I think you have to go through the state legislature to get something like this through. If ever there was a "perfect storm" to get something like this enacted or on the ballot, it's now. The time for action is now.

12/22/2008 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not dump them all? with all the corruption steming from there? How about eddie burke giving out millions to scumbags, he is a lawyer who could fight the lawsuits,+the extra millions from all his overpaid valets and police cars!

12/22/2008 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Jackson's Wallet said...

Anonymous said...
...The bigger joke is the boundaries of the wards!!! The wards are zig zagging lines to have a desired ethnic breakdown...
This city is a classic example of why government is a BIG waste...

12/22/2008 07:56:00 AM

AMEN, Brother! You should know, however, that those "zig zagging lines" are there EXACTLY to have a desired ethnic/racial breakdown, and were negotiated and APPROVED nearly block by block, by a FEDERAL judge after literally YEARS of legal rangling in federal court. I'd love to see the legal bills for that one, since the tax-payers ended up paying for BOTH sides of the case!!!

And the only reason it got to Federal court was because some ethnic/racial lawyers sued the city claiming their ethnic/racial constituents were not being fairly represented in the city council.

It cost us hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of crooked former Cook County Judge Eugene Pinchum, Atty. James Montgomery, et al. I think even Johnny Cochran got a piece of the action, as did ol' "expert witness" on ethnic/racial matters, Jesse Jackson!

Sadly, it appears that the federally approved re-districting case can be re-opened if significant regentrification would warrant it, OR if we wanted to reduce the number of alderwhores who represent us. THAT, of course, would trigger a whole new round of ethnic/racial bargaining for "turf".

But, IT'S ALL LEGIT!

12/22/2008 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

60% of people pay taxes..40% are on the freebie wagon. the elderly and disabled should only get the breaks. the welfare for lifers and sanctuary criminals should be held accountable. nothing is going to change at city hall. instead of cutbacks...how about telling the losers to pitch in..even a little

12/22/2008 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sun Times and The Tribune are on the verge of cutting back publishing and delivery days. In the name of checks and balances and the people right to know they have feelers out in Washington circles to get a bail out.

12/22/2008 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the source, ie., a sun-times columnist, one wonders what the agenda is, the real agenda.

What better way to further consolidate political power, than to eliminate, by this proposed 'reduction', the beginnings of an opposition?

Because, were there to be an actual reduction in wards, and, thus, in aldermen, which ones would be most likely to remain? And which ones would be most likely to control the specifics of the process of redefining the number of wards, their boundaries, the number of citizens to be represented, and, of course, the means by which said redefinition would occur?

It's easy to understand the desire to reduce the number of assholes when a body, such as our city council, consists of mostly assholes, but this desire negates the genuine purpose of having a city council in the first place.

The cook county board is a good example of why less is rarely as good a thing as one would think it would be, especially concerning local politics.

It comes down to basic math.

And just because the politicians have, so far, been extremely successful in bullshitting a large number of this city's citizens into a) thinking of themselves in an historically tribal manner, and voting with their perceived common racial, ethnic, gender, religious and/or economic class interests in mind, b) resigning themselves to not voting at all, since their votes regularly do not result in any substantive change, and/or c) participating in the electoral process solely for personal gain, doesn't mean that a reduction in the number of theoretically legislative representatives would accomplish anything other than to make it even more unlikely that the stranglehold being enjoyed by our local hooligan politicians will ever be broken.


In fact, the only effective solution to this problem is to have a reduced city council elected in the same manner as the Senate, state or federal, is, ie., eliminate wards as electoral boundaries and have, say, 25 city council members ALL being elected by the city's entire registered voter population as a whole.


The 'will of the people' has always been a two-edged sword.

When a sufficient number of 'the people' allow themselves to be discouraged enough to not participate, those who remain participants effectively rule over those who don't.


The 'checks and balances' envisioned by our country's founding fathers are rendered null and void when the very processes designed to ensure their existence are dominated by one, single political enterprise, that political enterprise's goal being just that, to remove the elements of democracy from the processes of government.


As for the likelihood of our present bunch of assholes ever doing anything that would diminish their abilities to rule, rather than to authentically represent, well, don't hold your breath waiting for that to occur.


The first thing has to be enough citizens voting out the incumbents.

For that to happen, there will have to be one, single challenger candidate on the ballot for every elected office that enough citizens will vote for, be it a party primary election or the general election, who is not, in any way, part of the political enterprise currently shitting all over the genuine principles of democracy.


And, of course, it all depends upon those citizens actually registering to vote, voting on election day and voting, in sufficient numbers, for those candidates.


Until there are honest individuals, sincerely committed to fulfilling the authentic promise of representative democracy, on the ballot and elected to office, we will continue to be subjected to being mere subjects of the ruling political enterprise.

12/22/2008 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
New York City has roughly 8,200,000
people and 305 square miles of land with only 51 council members(they abolished wards in 1938). Not to mention their elected officals have term limits.
Chicago has 2,800,000 people and only 228 square miles of land and 50 Aldermen.
Cutting back to 25 aldermen would be more than plenty.
Lets find a way to get this done

12/22/2008 08:41:00 AM

And the hiring of family members in most parts of the country to political jobs by polititions, IS ILLEGAL!!!

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12/22/2008 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

We need to dump Olivio and keep Zalewski. Altho it's hard to dump someone when their invisible riding on Madigan's coattails...

12/22/2008 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every alderman has budget descrianry line for $1,000,000 called their menu funding. 50,000,000 of funding to use as they see fit? I would love to hear about a journalist, not many in this town, investigate how each of the alderman spend "their" money each year.

12/22/2008 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come the mayors house has all its streets plowed?

12/22/2008 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: This is from the loevy and loevy website unreal literally PAGES dedicated to fucking the police read on

Crispus Booker: Our client was shot by a Chicago police officer without justification. The police falsely claimed that our client had a gun, but we intend to prove at trial that the police are lying to cover up another unjustified shooting.

12/22/2008 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC-
O/T, but I guess King Dick has put his foot to the throat of streets and sans. My car was towed from a "school zone, no parking on school days" from a school that doesn't exist, it closed three years ago. I parked there everyday for two years, they just haven't taken the signs down yet. Today they towed my car all while yelling and insulting my wife for her inability to read. Well today is not a school day due to winter break, so I guess he can't read too well either.
Now as angry as I was I could understand it, the signs are still there. I waited in line to get my car and heard some other bad stories, much worse than mine. The first was a family visiting from another state. They parked on the opposite side of the street of temporary no parking signs. while they were gone they switched the signs to the other side of the street and towed all the cars. I felt bad for them. The second was just awful. There was an elevator stuck with 10 people in it in the loop. the emergency elevator service showed up with lights and signs on the truck. in the 10 minutes he took to save these people they hooked up his truck and he watched them tow it away.
I am truly embarrassed to work for this city today, and in saying that to the streets and sans desk lady she replied "suck it up, at least they city hasn't laid you off yet." I could only think to myself that my department is actually important, pretty sure the city would still survive if they stopped illegally towing cars...
Leaving there was a line a block long of tow trucks bringing cars in. Today must be a big day for them. I requested a hearing and I'm sure it won't mean a thing.

12/22/2008 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut back on the Area Three Gun and Saturation Sgt's. They are never there anyways. or are they just on the A&A's of course! We pull out of the same building, everyone knows your scam and by the way you are being watched and its being documented. 43X is going to be very upset!

12/22/2008 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the current budget cuts, I have been saving money, wear and tear on my car and haven't spent a dime on getting to work. All I had to do was "hand grip" exercises. Now that the snow removal is the way it was back in 70's. I get to skeech to work. The side streets are the best. Everyone in the neighborhoods help out by digging out their car and throw the snow back into the street. I forgot how fun this used to be. (I know some people will refer to at as "skitching", but you know what I mean. WHATEVER.)
ps. the plastic bumpers suck.

12/22/2008 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same goes for school districts, township government and a few other government entities whose time has come and gone.

Bureaucracies never shrink, though. Once they get a foothold, they are hard to get rid of, especially those that have a political powerbase component.

My sister and her husband can't even name their alderman.

12/22/2008 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be happy to go door-to-door to petitions. Just tell me where Doherty lives so I can by-pass his house.

Don't you think though, if the alderfucks found out who was behind this, that they wouldn't try and apply some sort of pressure?

12/22/2008 02:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City of Los Angeles is comprised of 15 Districts, encompassing 469 Sq. miles. The population of 3,850,000 is represented by 15 City Council Members.

12/22/2008 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Mr. Jody P. Weis:

I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

Congratulations to Jody P. Weis on the convictions of "the Fort Dix Six" in Camden this morning. Under his direction, FBI-Philly did a superb job in apprehending these jihadists during their conspiracy to murder soldiers at Fort Dix, NJ.

Notwithstanding, it's time for you to get out of Dodge. Morale is non-existent. You're nothing more than Shortshanks' careerist puppet. Your continued presence will only exacerbate an already abysmal, perhaps even volatile situation.

You know it. We know it. Even the yet-to-shave new jacks know it.

Do the honorable thing, Mr. Weis. Place your sacred honor and reputation above any monetary considerations.

12/22/2008 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My water bill has gone up from 140.38 to 178.59 for what???? Such a load of SHIT!

12/22/2008 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:
Bond was set for two individiuals for breaking into a judge's car at $500K and $350K for felony burg. and felony agg. batt. but on the dirtbag who shot a cop a $100K cash bond. Anonymous said the shooter's bond was only 20% of the the lead burglar's bond...

Okay, for all you dopes and desk jocks who don't make any arrests or go to court much and can't tell time unless both Mickey's hands are on the 12, here is the skinny:
The burglars/agg. batt. defendants had D Bonds set which requires them to put up only 10% of the amount. So, pay attention here, Goofy and Pluto, the lead burglar had to only put up $50K not $500K and the other mutt, $35K to walk. On the other hand the shitbird that shot the Sgt. has to post $100,000 cash which is the equivalent of a $1 Million D Bond. Still not enough but he's not going to walk. Contrary to Anonymous, shooter's cash bond is 2times the amount of the lead burglar.
If you are going to do your bitching, at least get your facts straight.

12/22/2008 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful what you wish for. Less aldermen means its even easier for Daley to rule unchecked. The day could come when aldermen are more accountable to their constituents. Its the only chance of us ever having a voice...or at least not getting screwed because of stalemate. There was alot to be said for "council wars"

Whether you liked Washington, Vrdolyak, or neither, they were to busy battling to fuck us. That is the closest thing to democracy you'll see here.

12/22/2008 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only do you get rid of 25 alderthieves and everyone that works at the ward office. But you can do away with 25 Ward Streets and san offices and all the waste that is there too. You will keep the same amount of garbage trucks on the street but it will eliminate 25 offices where people sit and do very little. And the ward Superintendent is usually a relative of the Alderthieves anyway with a take home car

12/22/2008 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for just 5 Alderman, just like we have 5 Police Areas of this City! We can do just fine with that!

Get rid of the other 45 Alderman and staffs! This would Saves almost 100 million dollars alone!

12/22/2008 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Watch for the fall out from the 25th District Christmas Party. Lopez to States Attorneys Office soon???????????

12/22/2008 01:17:00 AM

Okay, I was at most of the 025th's party...I didn't see or hear anything unusual. So what happened (apparently) after I left?

12/22/2008 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic: Stars Get Away With Murder!

NEW YORK – A former "Sopranos" actor has been cleared of second-degree murder in the 2005 shooting death of an off-duty policeman.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081222/ap_en_ce/sopranos_actor_trial

12/22/2008 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, Daley would rule unchecked if there were no aldermen? That asshole mayor does what he wants, when he wants and answers to no one!

12/22/2008 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah ok....it will never happen.

12/22/2008 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous GHETTO GEORGE said...

Anonymous said...
60% of people pay taxes..40% are on the freebie wagon. the elderly and disabled should only get the breaks. the welfare for lifers and sanctuary criminals should be held accountable. nothing is going to change at city hall. instead of cutbacks...how about telling the losers to pitch in..even a little

12/22/2008 11:14:00 AM

Shut the f*ck up and MYOB! If YOU want to work for a living, fine. I NEED dummies like you to pay for my food, lodging, crack whores and to raise my babies...

But don't start trying to tell me how to live MY, life!!! I'm a growed man and if I want to smoke crack an impregnate my bitch, then thats what I'll do and nothing you say can stop me!!!

12/22/2008 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Be careful what you wish for. Less aldermen means its even easier for Daley to rule unchecked. The day could come when aldermen are more accountable to their constituents. Its the only chance of us ever having a voice...or at least not getting screwed because of stalemate. There was alot to be said for "council wars"

Whether you liked Washington, Vrdolyak, or neither, they were to busy battling to fuck us. That is the closest thing to democracy you'll see here.

12/22/2008 03:50:00 PM

Good point, now let's get busy, and find a candidate, IRREGARDLESS of RACE and/or GENDER that can take on Daley.
It's not like the psychopathic little dwarf has a mandate, as only 18-22 percent of the populace voted in the last mayoral election.
Deposing him would be difficult but not impossible. The clout heavy sitting mayor in Indianapolis got kicked out by an unknown.I know Daley was ecstatic when Obama ran for president because he would have kicked Daley's bitch ass in a mayoral election. It's back to the drawing board. Vote
1. For a new mayor
2. Smaller number of aldermen
3. TERM LIMITS , and
4. Recall!!!

12/22/2008 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama has said it himself that this is a time for change. Let's get this through.

12/22/2008 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also a part-time gig. Part-time! Nice perk for over a hundred grand. Unbelieveable.

12/22/2008 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" If you are going to do your bitching, at least get your facts straight.

12/22/2008 03:44:00 PM"


Thanks for the clarification.

SCC has, I believe, always said that the comments section is as important, if not more so, than the articles themselves.

12/22/2008 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check the fop website. as i wrote a couple of months back, you will be in trouble if your foid cards are not updated. so, to those that thought i was full of shit. guess what. you're about to take time. get your shit taken care of. have a nice day.

12/22/2008 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
60% of people pay taxes..40% are on the freebie wagon. the elderly and disabled should only get the breaks. the welfare for lifers and sanctuary criminals should be held accountable. nothing is going to change at city hall. instead of cutbacks...how about telling the losers to pitch in..even a little

12/22/2008 11:14:00 AM

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to clarify DISABLED---it doesnt mean you got shot at age 18 while working a tip and can no longer work. it does not mean 28 yrs old with asthma, but can still run like a gazelle from the police, it doesnt mean stupid or too slow to work because u got kicked out of one of our fine chicago public schools and were too lazy to get a GED. cut SSI off from these savage beasts

12/22/2008 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 13th ward alder ass is never in , his staff doesn't rely routine service requests to city depts , all you get is a we'll get on it and then you never hear from the alder ass again.
they are useless!!!

12/22/2008 06:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldermen are mainly money-launderers and fixers for City Hall. If the Fed would get moving and quit dragging their feet, and indict more Chicagoland Pols, eventually the head would be cut off the Snake. They were asleep at the wheel or in cahoots with City hall for decades before Saint Patrick Fitzgerald arrived. FOP is another bunch in cahoots with the 5th Floor. I'm surprised the National FOP doesn't get more complaints about them.

12/22/2008 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more Aldermen, the more corruption, and stupid ideas that just waste taxpayers money. Get rid of em, they're periahs.

12/22/2008 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Dept. is expected to operate with less officers, it must become much more military like , as is the LAPD. This would be impossible in Chicago with all the baby-mommas on the job, along with the tons of political hacks who would not know how to be the police if they tried. Funny how the truth is so distorted here in Shitcago. Also, if you tell it, get ready for your punishment. All one has to do is look at arrest and conviction rates of officers, time on the medical, disciplinary files, and attendance and it is easily exposed as to who is a good officer and who isn't. But the Dept. promotes the do-nothing connected hack dummys, cause they need the real police out there in the jaws of death. So, it's double discrimination to so many of our officers. Mr. U.S. Attorney, when do we start to have rights like the rest of the country does?

12/22/2008 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think though, if the alderfucks found out who was behind this, that they wouldn't try and apply some sort of pressure?

12/22/2008 02:52:00 PM

Yeah, JEEZ! They may threaten to take away SCC's $100,000 seat on the Bloggers' Board of Directors!!!

12/22/2008 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The City of Los Angeles is comprised of 15 Districts, encompassing 469 Sq. miles. The population of 3,850,000 is represented by 15 City Council Members.

12/22/2008 02:53:00 PM

Right, but we need 35 extra aldermen to represent our 500 murder victims a year!!!

12/22/2008 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy 50% Cut off the top Batman!!!

NOW! That's what I call budget management. Where do I sign up?

12/22/2008 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW the brass is really do all to prevent number 500---- guy found frozen to sidewalk with 3 bullet holes in him in the 3700 block of north troy... being classified as a death investigation???

12/22/2008 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now, if your going to get rid of half the alder creatures, how about getting rid of the do nothing PO's so they can have company.
My daddy is a police officer. No kid,your daddy is a f--k up and only cares about himself.
Contracts and money don't motivate. If the working PO's would just distance themselves from these losers the dept. would be better off.

12/22/2008 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if a precinct can be voted dry through a signature gathering process which then places the issue on the ballot for a vote, why not the elimination of aldercreatures? I'm not sure, but I don't think LOCAL OPTION ELECTION LAW is limited to voting precincts dry. Perhaps some serious research on this type of law is warranted.

12/22/2008 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear SCC

I'm fed up with Mayor Shortshanks and his 50 gutless wonders. How about starting a petiton asking Rudy Giuliani to run against Mayor Daley in the next election. I bet we can get the whole city involved on this one. I belive Rudy Giuliani would do a better job, and clean up this cess pool of a city.

12/22/2008 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Ignoring The Obvious said...

Anonymous said...
Be careful what you wish for. Less aldermen means its even easier for Daley to rule unchecked...
12/22/2008 03:50:00 PM

SAY WHAAAAAAATTTT?????

Daley submits an ALL TIME RECORD $6 BILLION BUDGET TO THE FULL CITY COUNCIL...

"The final vote was 49-1 after a two-hour debate. 49 to 1! Models of courage, those aldercreatures are"...

Let's see now...

2 hrs of debate for $6 billion...
1 hour per $3 billion...
20 minutes per $1 billion...
10 minutes per $500 million...
or $50 million per minute of debate...

HOW MUCH EASIER CAN IT GET FOR DALEY TO RULE UNCHECKED???

12/22/2008 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
...Less aldermen means its even easier for Daley to rule unchecked...

12/22/2008 03:50:00 PM

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Excuse me, but wouldn't eliminating aldermen make each of the remaining alderman that much more POWERFUL??? I'm Just sayin'!
.

12/22/2008 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NorthSide said...
Mr. Jody P. Weis:

I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

Congratulations to Jody P. Weis on the convictions of "the Fort Dix Six" in Camden this morning. Under his direction, FBI-Philly did a superb job in apprehending these jihadists during their conspiracy to murder soldiers at Fort Dix, NJ.

Notwithstanding, it's time for you to get out of Dodge. Morale is non-existent. You're nothing more than Shortshanks' careerist puppet. Your continued presence will only exacerbate an already abysmal, perhaps even volatile situation.

You know it. We know it. Even the yet-to-shave new jacks know it.

Do the honorable thing, Mr. Weis. Place your sacred honor and reputation above any monetary considerations.

12/22/2008 03:16:00 PM


Good post JWN, I think Jody Weis has learned at long last that there is a huge difference between a large police department and the FBI. His tenure here will not be fondly remembered. They might name a few toilets in a few police station shithouses after him but that is about it.

If only he didn't come out of the box getting PO's indicted and if only he did a few of the things he promised us all at his town meetings.

I know of one good boss, now retired, who could come back here to run this thing and have instant credibility with the troops. And his name isn't Maurer or the other retired guy I heard. Too bad for us we are stuck with J-Fed.

12/22/2008 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be nice to have political clout. Grau is a nice guy but merit all the way. The more things change the more they stay the same

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another person who has 25 years on and never did a damn thing on the street and didnt know anyone. I think merit is ok in some cases. if your a hard working copper and a knowledgeable one but couldnt pass a test to save your life then you should be merit all the way...good for them, hard work gets them somewhere... now for these other hee-haww dawgs who do nothing but have a daddy or auntie or alderman/reverand in the pocket..gfy!! you deserve nothing. if you work, are well liked and are good at what you do then i will support merit all the way.. but obviously the people that complain about it so much are the ones that dont know anyone.... or just dont work hard and never worked hard enough to deserve merit. quit complaining nerds!! signed, hard working merit sgt!

12/22/2008 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut back on the Area Three Gun and Saturation Sgt's. They are never there anyways. or are they just on the A&A's of course! We pull out of the same building, everyone knows your scam and by the way you are being watched and its being documented. 43X is going to be very upset!

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Wow.. You are a fucking rat... how do u live with yourself

12/22/2008 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other hand the shitbird that shot the Sgt. has to post $100,000 cash which is the equivalent of a $1 Million D Bond. Still not enough but he's not going to walk. Contrary to Anonymous, shooter's cash bond is 2times the amount of the lead burglar.
If you are going to do your bitching, at least get your facts straight.
All bonds for chicago are first listed as cash bonds, then if they turn into a warrant they are then D bonds... So whomever wrote that it was a 100,000c bond was correct in writing in but they only have to post 10,000...And the 500,000 and 350,000 were stated as d bonds so they need to post 10%. Don't know the circumstances of the burglars but they were also charged with agg battery...
Not withstanding, the bond for the useless piece of shit that shot at the sgt. should of been at least 1,000,000...

signed Clerks office C.C.

12/22/2008 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notwithstanding, it's time for you to get out of Dodge. Morale is non-existent. You're nothing more than Shortshanks' careerist puppet. Your continued presence will only exacerbate an already abysmal, perhaps even volatile situation.

You know it. We know it. Even the yet-to-shave new jacks know it.

Do the honorable thing, Mr. Weis. Place your sacred honor and reputation above any monetary considerations.

12/22/2008 03:16:00 PM

Northside, you've been gone a long time, you don't know shit about the current state of the Department outside of the cry babies on here. Take a proazac and a big glass of bourbon and enjoy retirement, you cranky old coot!

12/22/2008 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meet in the middle advice:
-Cut 10 Alderman and make everyone happy.

-Do not hire any police for two more years and give the current police best contract in the country.

-Make all units 2 man; including the 2nd watch. This is not Disneyland, everyone should have a partner.

-Every car gets a shot gun or rifle.

-Make a quota for traffic tickets. Let's face it, there are a lot of asshole drivers out there.

Everyone Happy!

12/22/2008 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listened to mancow as he hosted the pathetic roe conns show tonight! He jad laski on the former city clerk and laski talked about blago and all about how daley is involved in everything but will never be touched why? Is he the snitch? I know jackie heard his 180K per year (overpaid bigtime) press girl gives the media shit on the aldermen to keep heat off daley wtf!

12/22/2008 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like this idea

12/22/2008 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chalkie in 010 @ 2109 hours, did we break 500!?! - viva 010

12/22/2008 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU DESERVE A GOOD CONTRACT
DON'T SLOW DOWN , PICK UP THE PACE WRITE EVERY CAR PARKED ILLEGAL ON SUNDAY ISSUE ANOV TO ALL THE ILLEGAL FOOD VENDORS 9, 10, 14 ,
24. TVB EVERY DRIVER WITHOUT A LICENSE.YOU WILL BE PERFORMING YOUR JOB AND NO SGT CAN ORDER YOU TO STOP. IT WILL BE HEADLINES IN THE PAPERS AND THE POLICE MAY JUST GET THE 5% RAISE THEY DESERVE TRY IT ,REMEBER CITY LIKES IT WHEN YOU DO NOTHING

12/22/2008 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless Our Wonderful Mayor and City Council for All They Do For Us.

PS: Have A Nice Day !!!!

12/22/2008 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
My water bill has gone up from 140.38 to 178.59 for what???? Such a load of SHIT!

12/22/2008 03:24:00 PM
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Hey somebody has to pay for all the broken water mains around the City!

12/23/2008 02:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Make a quota for traffic tickets. Let's face it, there are a lot of asshole drivers out there."

--12/22/2008 10:36:00 PM

025? Christ. La raza sin señales de vuelta. More driving done on the sidewalks of Grand Avenue then on the pavement some nights; shiny new city light poles at weird angles, glass bus shelters demolished, wrought iron fences bent into pretzels -- nothing is safe.

12/23/2008 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need ANY Aldermen. They are fakes. IL DUCE dictates from the 5th floor and they all line up like little ducklings. It's all a hoax; a bannana republic with a greedy little dictator. I hope Pat Fitz, wearing a Santa suit, kicks this guy down 5 flights of stairs & right into an MCC cell.

12/23/2008 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listened to mancow as he hosted the pathetic roe conns show tonight! He jad laski on the former city clerk and laski talked about blago and all about how daley is involved in everything but will never be touched why? Is he the snitch? I know jackie heard his 180K per year (overpaid bigtime) press girl gives the media shit on the aldermen to keep heat off daley wtf!

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Laski is an asshole. I made the mistake of buying his book--it was so poorly written and edited I couldn't even get halfway through it.

And it was FULL of self-serving b.s., making himself out to be the victim, etc.......it was truly the most nauseating thing I've ever read--or tried to read.

12/23/2008 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Said:

Although he's got his eye on some higher political post, Ald. Allen did say the right things yesterday on Fox news in the morning. Streets not plowed, yet we've got Midway Airport money along with the Skyway and the Parking Meters dough. Most of the other sheep have nothing to say against Shortshanks. He's hording it all for those fat upfront contracts to his buddies for the Olympics. Time to vote for anybody else next time. Not that I did vote for him last time.

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Why don't you ask Allen about some of the unqualified hacks in his family that are on the City payroll? He also sponsored a real beauty for a GF job at the airport (clout list). Whatta stroke!

They've been in politics for over 100 years and are part of the problem, not solution.

I'm still doing the happy dance because Alvarez beat him.

12/23/2008 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'd be happy to go door-to-door to petitions. Just tell me where Doherty lives so I can by-pass his house.

Don't you think though, if the alderfucks found out who was behind this, that they wouldn't try and apply some sort of pressure?

12/22/2008 02:52:00 PM

Doherty has one of his "boyz" on my job too! He's the main squeeze for the guy Tom Allen sponsored for GF.

He's got a computer, captain chair, desk, phone, which would be fine and dandy if he wasn't suppose to be doing a trades job.

Both are unfriendly, arrogant, and moody........in other words perfect management material for the City.

12/23/2008 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Listened to mancow as he hosted the pathetic roe conns show tonight! He jad laski on the former city clerk and laski talked about blago and all about how daley is involved in everything but will never be touched why? Is he the snitch? I know jackie heard his 180K per year (overpaid bigtime) press girl gives the media shit on the aldermen to keep heat off daley wtf!

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Laski is an asshole. I made the mistake of buying his book--it was so poorly written and edited I couldn't even get halfway through it.

And it was FULL of self-serving b.s., making himself out to be the victim, etc.......it was truly the most nauseating thing I've ever read--or tried to read.

12/23/2008 05:47:00 AM

Hey your right, laski was/is a dumb asshole, why are his cronies like the want to be cop and his wife zochowski still working that office writing parking tickets making 80K per year? Would'nt tmas better serve that purpose or was it the deal since zochowski was the guy who also snitched on his best friend "jimmy"?

12/23/2008 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My water bill has gone up from 140.38 to 178.59 for what???? Such a load of SHIT!

Don't bitch, if you were metered and charged for what you really use(meaning all of us) your bill would easily double.

12/23/2008 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC, check this out:

“At a time when many Hawaii residents are losing their jobs or seeing their salaries frozen or reduced, it would be inappropriate for state leaders to accept pay raises.”
Gov. Linda Lingle
-On pay raises for state lawmakers,
judges and top administrators.

That's right, no raises for the governor or legislature in a RESPONSIBLE state (same one that spawned Obama). Can you imagine something like this in Chicago? Inconceivable!

12/23/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, Daley would rule unchecked if there were no aldermen? That asshole mayor does what he wants, when he wants and answers to no one!

HE;S UNCHECKED ALREADY, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THE COUNCIL VOTED A MAJORITY AGAINST HIM....CAN YOU SAY RUBBER STAMP...

12/23/2008 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the source, ie., a sun-times columnist, one wonders what the agenda is, the real agenda.
-----------------------------------

Not if term limits were started.

12/23/2008 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres something we don't need to get on a ballot. Lets get rid of the District Managers who make $85,000 plus a year. They do nothing and are all political suck asses. That would save over $2 million a year and maybe then I can get my streets plowed.

12/23/2008 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Northside about J-Fed. He must go if the Dept. ever hopes to bring morale out of the gutter.

He talks the talk but won't walk the walk. Just hot air. The job is all politics and J-Fed just sits there doing nothing. Most of the bosses have no real police experience and are clout babies that command no respect at all.

In my 15 years, mostly working south side dists., it's never been worse.

12/23/2008 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A policeman gets shot in Hegewisch and the offender gets 100k bond but a judge gets his car broken into and the offenders get 500k and 350k respectively. This is total B.S. I don't care what the offenders record from the break-in was. If you shoot at the police and get a bond that is 20% of what you get for breaking into a judges car then we have completely lost the battle.
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whats the typical bond for shooting an electrician? or breaking into a plumber's car? life is unfair. its just the way it is.

12/23/2008 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first aldercreature to go should be Mary Ann Smith in the 48th ward...she tried to bully the residents of her ward & open up a HOMELESS SHELTER in a PRESCHOOL that is across the STREET FROM A PARK!! She was called out on it by many residents & the local media, & the plan was cut...GET HER OUT FIRST, PLEASE!!!

12/23/2008 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if pat Fitz gets his guys in high gear we could jail most of them march them along with daley into the prison bus it would make it a great New Year!

12/24/2008 11:42:00 AM  

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