In the wake of a tragic case involving a missing girl, two Chicago alderman are proposing that police notify the news media every time a missing-persons report is filed involving anyone under the age of 18.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Sandi Jackson (7th) offered a proposal today to require the Chicago Police Department to post a photo and a description of every youth within three hours of their being reported missing.
Still, police sources said they fear the ordinance might have an unintended and opposite result — that it might overwhelm the department and prompt the media to ignore alerts about missing children because there would be so many of them.
You can't force the media to cover things. They ignore Daley and the 50 thieves so often that they've helped create an entirely apathetic voter base that can't even be motivated to send 40% of registered voters to the polls every election cycle. Daley loves the media for this. It guarantees him power and the Illinois Combine power.
Here's a bright idea Ed. How about we notify the media every time a single dollar of our tax money goes missing? Every crooked deal, every bent contract, every unnecessary expense, mark-up, and squandered penny. The only question is do we start with the current school scandal of unreported expense reimbursements or at the other end where Robert Cooley left off in his book about you and the missus?
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