Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ethics Rules? Not for the Mayor

Seems once again, rules are for you little people, not your benevolent rulers:
  • It's impossible to say how much the freebies are worth. On the yearly "statements of financial interest" Daley files with the Chicago Board of Ethics, he only has to check off that they're worth at least a total of more than $500. That figure triggers another requirement: Daley is supposed to disclose every gift he gets from anyone other than his wife and family.

    Instead of providing the Board of Ethics with a list of gifts, though, Daley tells the board a "mayoral gift log is maintained in the mayor's office and is available for public inspection.''

Really?
  • But those logs are far from complete, a Chicago Sun-Times review has found, failing to disclose all of the gifts Daley gets.

    They don't, for instance, include any of the trips Daley has gotten from various organizations. Or any of the free meals he has eaten. Nor do the gift logs even list the birthday and Christmas presents he has gotten from his staff since 2005.

    "The staff? We almost view that as a family gift to him," Daley press secretary Jacquelyn Heard said.

Yeah, because family members are required to pony up a certain percentage of their salaries as a group gift, or tribute, to "He Who Controls the Jobs." What other kind of "Outfit" requires this sort of payment? Wait a minute....family, tribute, outfit...hmmmm.

Jacquelyn Heard, former member of the press and "unnamed City Hall source" in hundreds of Sun Times articles, puts a couple of nice statements out there:
  • "He has to record everything that's considered a gift," Heard said. "What you consider a gift and what we consider a gift are two different things."

    And Daley doesn't consider free trips to be gifts, according to Heard.

    "When the mayor is traveling abroad promoting the city, we don't consider that a gift because he is working as mayor and chief promoter of the city of Chicago," she said. "He's not going there for fun in the sun."

Which is why his wife accompanies him on most of these trips.
  • Chicago's ethics ordinance prohibits the mayor and other city officials and their immediate family members from taking any gift worth more than $50 from anyone doing business with City Hall.

    "A lot of these gifts are inconsequential," Heard said. "Whether they're on or off [the list], what difference does it make? I don't think there's a lot of gifts left off the list. There's no concerted effort. There's not a 'don't-log' list."

The difference is that the mayor is breaking his own Ethics Rules. The rules we're required to take a test for annually. The rules that have how many hundreds of employees filling out enough paperwork to kill a rain forest. We can't imagine that the mayor would have someone else take a test for him. Can you?

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40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who? Flunkie? No not him.
Summudderguy mebbe.

3/24/2009 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger Henry Bowman said...

It's good to be king........





God save the CPD and the USA......








Retired in 2003...........

3/24/2009 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us not forget that Jackie got herself a $12,000 raise this year to bring her salary to $172,000 per year... and let us not forget that her staff of 15 now has an annual salary of $118,000! Her raise was some where in the neighborhood of 8% while her staff enjoyed a modest 6% raise... so i guess the tough economic times jackie has cited as the reason for pulling back on our 3% offer just somehow does not affect her! FUCK HER FUCK HIM AND FUCK THIS CITY!!! I cannot WAIT until the olympic dream goes down in fucking flames! Certainly the IOC has this crook's number! Fuck you, Jackie, and your $12,000 raise!

3/24/2009 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was one of us, we would have been fired.

3/24/2009 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course what did you expect. Rules are for the little people to get jamed up over, not royalty. The Daley family needs to brought down to earth and be shown that even royalty can be brought to justice.

Gov. Ryan got gifts from his staff too and look where he is today.

3/24/2009 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rules are for those who will obey them, the middle class.
That is why gun control is such bullshit. The ruling class hires guns and the underclass is given them by their crime bosses.
WHAT IS TO BE GAINED BY DISARMING THE MIDDLE CLASS ???

3/24/2009 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm Emmanuel = Marxist Gun Grabber

Rahm wants to take your guns away and label gun owners as terrorists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vp7f1QKYmg&feature=channel_page

3/24/2009 03:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We can't imagine that the mayor would have someone else take a test for him. Can you?"
Sure can. How do you think this stuttering idiot passed the bar exam?

3/24/2009 03:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RICHARD M. DALEY.THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIAN IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

3/24/2009 04:21:00 AM  
Anonymous CPD Company Guy said...

Here's an idea. We should all send the mayor a copy of our ethics certificates. Imagine shortshanks getting 13,500, oops, I mean 9,000 copies of Ethics certificates in protest. I can see Mt. St. Daley blowing due to that. Can you imagine the size of the eruption if the other departments followed suit?

3/24/2009 04:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Sneed

Incoming State Police chief Jon Monken may take cadet training
West Point grad, Iraq and Kosovo veteran will definitely take weapons training, seeks to avoid uniform issues Jody Weis’

Sneed is told new State Police chief Jon Monken, 29, who now has more than 3,600 people under his command, may undergo State Police cadet training.

The upshot: "That's certainly something I'd be interested in," said Monken --who claims he will definitely go through State Police weapons training.

• • The buckshot: Gov. Quinn's appointment of Monken stunned many because his top cop pick has no formal police background . . . a la Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, who was a career FBI agent.

• • The backshot: Monken, a graduate of West Point, served two tours in Iraq in the Army and one in Kosovo before becoming a mortgage banker and then a recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard.

• • The clothes line: Weis drew criticism from the rank and file for wearing his police uniform. Now, he only wears it at special police ceremonies.

• • However, Monken feels he shouldn't wear the uniform "until I earn the uniform. If I could know in advance when the good days and the bad days are going to be, I'd wear the uniform on the good days to make sure [State Police troopers] get the credit, and the suit on the bad days, so I'd take the blame."

• • The final shot: Monken has no plans to make immediate waves: "Some of the best advice I got in the military was, 'When you are a new leader coming in, the best thing that you can do is go in and observe.' And that's what I plan on doing."

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/1492086,CST-NWS-SNEED24.article

So far this soldier is showing the troops leadership and is NOT making the same mistakes that J-Fed made. I think this combat hardened soldier will lead and that the ISP will follow.

3/24/2009 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any log maintained on the gifts he gives his son and nephew?

3/24/2009 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger Don Gwinn said...

They're being pretty honest. What's the difference indeed? If he put them on the list, would anybody do anything about it?

"Yeah, because family members are required to pony up a certain percentage of their salaries as a group gift, or tribute, to "He Who Controls the Jobs." What other kind of "Outfit" requires this sort of payment? Wait a minute....family, tribute, outfit...hmmmm."

This may be yet more honesty. They may just be admitting that this is how Christmas in the Daley family works, too.

3/24/2009 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My buddy qualified for a trip/sales junket through work to Cabo san Lucas this winter and invited me to go, but was in school and couldn't. Had I been able to go it would have cost him $1100 in income taxes since I was not a family member, which of course is a fair price for 5 days in the sun. Failure to pay is a federal tax crime......WTF...how does he get away with it?

3/24/2009 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was forced to take the nonsense "ethics training" the other day in the District before I began my shift.

In fairness to the Mayor there were no questions at all about taking flights on someone's corporate jet so I can understand the bewilderment of the Mayor. Besides, it is being reported that shortshanks took almost 60 trips on just that tone jet and everyone knows shortshanks can't count that high.

So I will consider it OK and proper to continue to take trips on the corporate jet owned by the Pakistani guy who runs the Mini-Mart on my beat.

And to accept the free candy bars and occasional bottles of water he gives to me for sometimes keeping the stickup guys out of his store.

3/24/2009 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger chicago guy said...

What's the problem? It's what you CONSIDER to be the meaning of the ordinance. I think this means it's OK for me to have a handgun in Chicago. I don't consider a Glock to be a gun, it's just tool. No law that says I have to register tools, is there?

Oh wait, this probably only applies to the king. Sorry

3/24/2009 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is,

"your idea of gift might differ from our idea of a gift "

AND

"He's out promoting the City of Chicago " (I think he's visiting his money in non-extradiction countires)

Richard "The New Capone" Daley

After we loose the Olympic bid, what do think will happen to the $500MIL thats stashed and the other 2.5BIL in the bank ? How is going to cry poor ? What lie will come out now ?
Last month it was only down 52MIL, minus 11PR firms at 5MIl, we had what 3MIL left over then BAM !!! ...sorry messed up its really 200MIL + ... LMAO !!!!!

We really sheep !!!! ... Imagine being that wrong in your job ? How fast would you get suspended and prob fired ????

Baaa Baaaa BAAAAAAA Sheep were all sheep !!!!

un-armed-city-worker-target

3/24/2009 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wouldn't know how to, if he tried.

3/24/2009 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Chicago Mob Takedown said...

OT - National Geographic Channel
(NGC - #276 - Directv)

Aired a show on Monday 23 March 2009
entitled Chicago Mob Takedown.

It's dated 2008, so it's a relatively recent production, dealing with graylord, family secrets, etc. It gives you a clear understanding of what actually goes on in this city.

It will air again on Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 1600. It's worth watching.

3/24/2009 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ethics... we don't need no stinking Ethics....vamanos amigos!" This quote was overheard at the last city hall "tribute"..er meeting between Da Ley and his faithful banditos.

3/24/2009 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT humor, but not so much:


Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White
House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from
Minnesota.

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The
Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works
Some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will
run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then
says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and
$100 profit for me."

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the
White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the
Other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and
We hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.

3/24/2009 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

daley is so corrupt even his elite lol, security detail stay distant from his criminal activities! hey daley how about hiring universal security as your gurads? why can't millionaire eddie burke and that goofy treasurer girl pay their own private security bills? Media hello! Hi franny hi frankie you busy?

3/24/2009 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jackie heard no education just a pip for daley at 180K plus cars and drivers what a goof! She talks like daley though nothing out of her mouth makes sense!

3/24/2009 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always get a kick out of reading Heard's comments and then I wonder how she can look herself in the mirror.

3/24/2009 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far this soldier is showing the troops leadership and is NOT making the same mistakes that J-Fed made. I think this combat hardened soldier will lead and that the ISP will follow.

3/24/2009 06:18:00 AM



And I think your a friend, family member or politcal wannabe hack trying to do his boss a favor by trying to promote this punk.

That idiot hasn't got the life experience of a Chicago street bum, but damned if he ain't mature enough to lead 3,600 cops in the daily struggle of policing this state. BULLSHIT... he's a patronage hack little boy who's been coddled all his life, as well as in the military.

At some point, his little thumbsucking connections to some other hack politician will be brought to the light of day and people like YOU are gonna disappear into the woodwork.

3/24/2009 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freebies? What about all the free meals at Gibson's, other Viagra Triangle eateries, and places he frequents across this fine city?

3/24/2009 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gifts? What gifts??

that's just cuckoo, cuckoo
silly, silly, silly

3/24/2009 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I will consider it OK and proper to continue to take trips on the corporate jet owned by the Pakistani guy who runs the Mini-Mart on my beat.

And to accept the free candy bars and occasional bottles of water he gives to me for sometimes keeping the stickup guys out of his store.

3/24/2009 07:18:00 AM

....well worth the bottle of h20

3/24/2009 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I have to admit, I thought this was a humor post. Reading it, I figured nobody could possibly have said such incredibly STUPID things like 'your idea of a gift isn't our idea of a gift'.

I read the linked article and still sort of thought 'no way'.

Then I went to dictionary.com and read the definition of 'gift'. I'd like to share it with Ms. Heard and Mr. Daley.

'Gift': something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present. (Of course, one might want to refer to the definition of 'bribe' right about now, but that's a different post...)

It doesn't leave much room for a fudge factor. Something GIVEN is a gift. List it.

When the President receives a gift, it goes on a list and it becomes the property of the United States. While the President may use it, display it, point proudly to it, when he (or she) leaves office, it stays behind. That includes the strand of pearls, given by some world leader, ostensibly a gift to his wife. That includes a crystal Waterford egg, a gift for his daughter from the ambasssador from Ireland. That includes a baseball jacket and cap, given to wear when throwing out the first ball at a major league game.

The President may purchase these things from the Federal government, should he have an emotional attachement to them, but they are NOT HIS.

Mr. Mayor. Don't touch the gifts made to the City of Chicago, but delivered through your hands. They belong to the citizens, not to you. And don't forget to put them on the list. You know, the one you are LEGALLY BOUND, as an officer of the court, as well as the Mayor of Chicago, to maintain. Yeah; THAT list.

3/24/2009 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was nice to see BT 812 on the traffic stop near 56th & narragansett today 24 mar 1800 hrs. we can use some patrol in the west end of clearing & garfield ridge. thank you officers! stay safe!!!

3/24/2009 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This corrupt city is the most unethical in the nation, hands down! But when I came into work today I had to complete another "ethics" test. Funny

3/24/2009 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Took Shortshanks three times to pass the Bar exam. I heard that former Dem bigwig Tom Hynes passed his on the first try and now has has two law licenses. Only thing is is that one of them says Richard M. Daley on it.

3/24/2009 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I particularly loved the---There wouldn't be a comprehensive log of every trip he's ever taken,'' Heard said. "They're often disclosed in a different way, like him saying, 'I'm going here.' "

Priceless. Such a nice touch, don't you think.

He's just so above it all isn't he?

3/24/2009 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always get a kick out of reading Heard's comments and then I wonder how she can look herself in the mirror.

3/24/2009 01:38:00 PM

Come, come now! She might be the next Chief of Staff for the President!

3/24/2009 08:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Mayor, I got a call tonight from a survey firm, Issues & Answers. (I checked them out and they are legit.) Since they said they wanted to talk about the future of Chicago and nothing was on TV except for Obama, I said sure. Boy was I glad I did.

First question out of the box was to rate the following groups or individuals on a scale of 0-10 with 0 basically meaning "useless."

Unions in general -- 2 (I was thinking of ours)
Jody Weiss -- 0 (I did teach the surveyor how to pronounce his name)
Richard Daley -- 0
SEIU -- 0

I asked how others were ranking J-Fed and Daley and she said "they don't seem to like them."

The survey took about 15 minutes, so I won't get into all the questions but whoever is paying for this (my guess is the SEIU) is out after Daley. Lots of questions about who should have the final say on how tax dollars are spent, public input on policy and spending priorities, where Daley really spends TIF $$, the Olympics, etc.

Was pleased to see that the rising murder rate, too few cops on the street and crime were mentioned more than once as areas where Shortshanks, is screwing up.

When I ranked the Olympics as a 0 priority the lady told me that was what "everyone" was saying. I asked her where people were ranking police and crime issues and she said very high..along with fixing the streets.

If only the survey could count at the ballot box.

3/24/2009 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What i call a beating might not be what you call a beating

Just because i didnt write it in the report dosent mean it didnt happen

What we consider merit might not be what you consider merit

when we say we dont have money for raises we mean we have money just not for raises

are you kidding me !!

DE POLICE CAMPAIGN !!!!

3/24/2009 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Come, come now! She might be the next Chief of Staff for the President!

3/24/2009 08:48:00 PM"

I doubt that even obama is that dumb.

Though I could be wrong......

3/24/2009 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:15 PM

I had to Google "SEIU". Does that stand for SERVICE EMPLOYEES' INTERNATIONAL UNION?

If NOT, what does it stand for?

If YES, who do they represent?

3/25/2009 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ETHICS ?????

Chuckie Daley can't spell the word.

Chuckie thinks that Ethics means giving him the biggest slice of the pie.

OINK OINK Chuckie Daley, You are a PIG !!!!

3/25/2009 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If YES, who do they represent?

3/25/2009 12:27:00 AM"



Uh, service employees?

3/25/2009 07:11:00 PM  

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