Sunday, June 13, 2010

Odd Reporting Styles

  • Chicago taxpayers dodged a fiscal bullet when an independent arbitrator awarded rank-and-file police officers a ten percent pay hike over five years — their smallest raise in nearly three decades.
Then she tosses in this line:
  • But the pricetag is still a whopping $375 million — $160 million of it for retroactive pay.

    The city plans to finance the back pay portion by issuing $160 million in so-called commercial paper, a short-term line of credit retired by general city revenues.

  • Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Friday that they plan to borrow up to $800 million to pay their bills -- even as they pledged to give teachers a promised 4 percent pay hike, a move designed to head off a strike.
No "dodged a bullet." No "whopping" borrowing, even though the CPS total is more than double the police numbers.

It's almost like Fran is grinding an axe for the mayor with some slanted reporting while Rossi plays off the enormity of the CPS costs. Hmmmmm.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you hate coppers so much Frannie?

Why don't you answer your emails, even the polite ones?

Even Roeper, Steinberg and Brown answer them,,even if to tell you to buzz off.

6/13/2010 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fran---you jealous that we got some type of raise instead of being on a sinking ship like the STMG?

What is the value of your stock these days?

Nothing like letting the truth get in the way of a news story.

6/13/2010 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE ARE ASSHOLES! Plain and simple. I used to actually like this City at one point in my life. I wish the Scum Times and the Shitcago Tribune rags would go bankrupt already! (financially that is, they already are morally).

6/13/2010 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better bang for the buck with the CPD.

CPS is nothing but the biggest day care service in the country.

Most of the teachers don't care, most of the administrators don't care and most of the kids don't care.

Public education is the biggest money pit in the country.

6/13/2010 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dey be hatin on da poleeces!

6/13/2010 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you pay attention, it's pretty obvious. I have nothing but respect for teachers, we have some in the family but Chicago students versus Public Safety? When you look at what the CPS churns out despite billions of dollars being pumped into the system versus managing crime and protecting citizens from criminals (most of them from the CPS system), well, I think it's obvious what is a more worthwhile cause.

---not a cop

6/13/2010 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM

Oh fuck. Huberman better hold on to his ass, because Karen Lewis is going to be a motherfucker. She is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Monique all rolled into one. She's one angry activist. It's gonna be on.

6/13/2010 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue said today his members remain frustrated that an arbitrator didn't award them larger salary increases, but said he thinks they see it as fair given the weak economy."

Umm...define fair please

6/13/2010 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do know one thing for certain: We better get to the trough before the Teachers Union does. They won't leave a drop for anyone else.

If they are forced to accept larger class sizes, they will demand another gargantuan pay raise.

Begin preliminary contract negotiations with the City now for the next contract. Lay the groundwork now.

6/13/2010 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll keep getting disrespected as long as the young officer keep writing those parkers,movers,anov,etc I was given a hard time by a 6yr vet on days in 8 who informed me that he had to show a large number of parkers to stay on days even if it meant writing police!!!!nothing matters has long as revenue is generated.

6/13/2010 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot pat quinn, he wants to borrow 7 billion and raise state income tax 33 percent.... pat quinn definitely inherited a problem he did not make, but do something to fix it instead of making it worse.... you cannot expect to keep spending money like a drunk sailor on shore leave and then go to the taxpayer with your dirty paw stretched out asking for more....

6/13/2010 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The raise the police got was fair given the economic circumstances"
- mark donahue

I can't wait to see what the firemen get.

a 2%er

6/13/2010 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Borrowing (incurring future debt) to pay current expenses is a recipe for disaster.

Sooner or later, the Illinois, California, Chicago, U.S.A. house of (credit) cards is going to fall.

Buy ammo...

6/13/2010 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago papers forget what Chicago was. They think that just because the city is mixed with liberals and hoodrats that all the suburbs are too. You're papers are bankrupt because you're overwelmingly liberal!!! People in general are tired of that nonsense, and think the papers are full of shit! -not a police officer

6/13/2010 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM
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They have the right to strike we don't. We have a bargaining unit but w/o the right to strike we have always had one hand tied behind our backs.

And a very big plus is the teacher's union makes political campaign contributions, Most coppers never vote so the politicians have and will continue to ignore us plain and simple\

T.R.P.

6/13/2010 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a strategy: you're broke, so borrow a bunch of money to pay your existing employees more. Smart.

6/13/2010 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im an answering like a blonde. Duh silly ...its a movie! HELLOOOOO

6/13/2010 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Despite my entirely justified skepticism of local media credibility and bias, I would be remiss if I failed to compliment Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman. While my lone experience with her may be anecdotal, I must credit her with fairness in reporting my interview with her which appeared on page 2 of the Sun-Times last April 6th. (See Retired cop: Weis 'cut and run" after shooting/Police chief called coward; CPD says complaint is 'absurd')

During my interview, I told Ms. Spielman that there is a widespread perception among Chicago police officers that she is "in Mayor Daley's hip pocket."
She denied it, going as far to say that Daley actually dislikes her.

Let the reader judge. All I can say is that her article on my COWARDICE charge versus J-Fled with the Office of Inspector General Joseph Ferguson was fair and accurate.

However, I can't say the same about her boss, Sun-Times editor Thomas McNamee. This consummate asshole alleged that I had a "vendetta" against Weis and that I am a "guy who's gone off the deep end."

His counterpart at the Tribune, Bruce Dold, was no better. He refused to discuss the COWARDICE charge.

As you recall, J-Fled obviously couldn't care less about the safety of his troops in harm's way. While only 45 seconds away from a murder that just occurred, the despicable COWARD chose to run the other way while the still unidentified shooter fled on foot.

Incidentally, the Office of the Inspector General now refuses to communicate with me--"the Chicago Way"--laying the groundwork for an obvious and shameless cover-up.

6/13/2010 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

They have the right to strike we don't. We have a bargaining unit but w/o the right to strike we have always had one hand tied behind our backs.

And a very big plus is the teacher's union makes political campaign contributions, Most coppers never vote so the politicians have and will continue to ignore us plain and simple\

T.R.P.

6/13/2010 01:39:00 PM


We don't have the right to strike because the city ran that law through the Illinois legislature after the firefighter's strike. Public safety was the given excuse.

OK, granted, public safety, but that doesn't then give the City the right to shit on us like they do come contract time. We need the union to fight for an amendment to that law requiring police departments in Illinois in cities of over one million population to be required to bargain in good faith and to pay interest on all back pay to start accruing 90 days after the expiration of the police labor contract.

The same amendment should also require both parties to begin bargaining one year before the expiration of the contract and to require that both sides meet 5 days a week to get the damn thing settled.

Yeah, right, that will happen, and I will win the lottery too.

6/13/2010 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

They have the right to strike we don't. We have a bargaining unit but w/o the right to strike we have always had one hand tied behind our backs.

And a very big plus is the teacher's union makes political campaign contributions, Most coppers never vote so the politicians have and will continue to ignore us plain and simple\

T.R.P.

6/13/2010 01:39:00 PM
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T.R.P. you are 100% correct. The CPD & CFD can not strike so the city can leave us to last and give us what is left after the others all get theirs. They also know that our unions are weak because of infighting. Neither of these unions have much particapation and the 5th floor knows it. Plus the CPD has multiple unions which make them even weaker. And with both jobs having MERIT there are way too many SUCKHOLES waiting to get their name on the list and will
f&%k anyone in their way to get there.

6/13/2010 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
They have a union. We don't

The new teacher union's prez ran on a platform to for go the raises and to preserve jobs and keep class sizes at old levels. The former prez polled teachers and over 60% wanted to preserve jobs.

6/13/2010 05:53:00 AM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

They have the right to strike we don't. We have a bargaining unit but w/o the right to strike we have always had one hand tied behind our backs.

And a very big plus is the teacher's union makes political campaign contributions, Most coppers never vote so the politicians have and will continue to ignore us plain and simple\

T.R.P.

6/13/2010 01:39:00 PM

They have a union. We have a Moose Lodge with guns.

6/13/2010 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big question is - what did the city do with all the money they saved by not giving raises for the past few years??? I'm guessing they blew it instead of saving it & now they have to borrow the $ to cover back pay...... Stupid way to run a business let alone a major city.....

6/13/2010 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think anyone has faith in Obama,stroger,Quinn,Daley etc.We better think about getting john Daley insurance! Maybe Quebec,Canada is hiring. We are all doomed!

6/13/2010 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

06:27:00 PM...

"...a Moose Lodge with guns."

Hail Poobah!

6/13/2010 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a union. We have a Moose Lodge with guns.

6/13/2010 06:27:00 PM

My hope is that when I get in a shooting a lawyer shows up, not one of my Moose Lodge brothers.

6/13/2010 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must remember that the rag media does not report the news, they CREATE the news.

6/13/2010 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a union. We have a Moose Lodge with guns.
6/13/2010 06:27:00 PM

Now that’s funny. I don’t who you are.
LARRY

6/14/2010 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they make $$ with all that advertizing on the sides of buses? How about advertize on squad cars and squadrols???

6/14/2010 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Northside. What don't you get. Did you think that the IG's office was going to follow up on your complaint?Like someone said B.G. and Gross following up,both goofs. Forget it and move on. The PD is ass backwards with civilians running it. Nothing is going to change except your blood pressure.If you think that any of the comments about J Fled get to him think again. He and the rest of them(bosses) are so arrogant it passes right over them.

6/14/2010 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK THIS CITY, THIS PLACE IS THE MOST CORRUPT PLACE ON EARTH...

6/14/2010 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous CharLes Bronson said...

The drop out rate is 50%. The schooL system is run, by a bunch of Lawyers from downtown. The gangs are more than comfortabLe, at Ore... WeLLs...Crane...Senn...SuLLivan...Roberto CLemente...Shurz... shaLL i go on? Why in GODS name wouLd you Listen to or trust any pubLic officiaL from this schooL system or this city?! The onLy thing the CPS is good at... is teaching the kids to be good LittLe Gangster DiscipLes, good LittLe Latin Kings, good LittLe Vice Lords and 4 Corner HustLers. Nice LittLe 2 Sixers and Mickey Cobras. With these Beauracrats this shit never ends!! Thats why peopLe are arming themseLves Frannie. Dumb asses Like you and Richie with his sock puppet Jody are desroying our society. Thanks for your injection of corruption Frannie, keeping this eviL system going.

6/15/2010 01:14:00 AM  

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