A Near South Side alderman who’s mulling a race for mayor proposed Tuesday that McCormick Place East be converted into a giant, but temporary, casino and that Chicago begin the search for a permanent gambling site.
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) mentioned the 37-acre campus that formerly housed Michael Reese Hospital, the old Chicago Post Office and 67 acres of vacant land at Roosevelt and Clark once owned by convicted businessman and Rod Blagojevich fund-raiser Tony Rezko as possible sites for a permanent casino.
But, he sure sounded like a candidate when he demanded that the lame-duck mayor begin the search for Chicago’s next police superintendent immediately instead of waiting until March 1, when the $310,000-a-year contract of embattled Supt. Jody Weis expires.
“We need somebody to bring up the morale of this department that is so low right now — that is at the lowest level it’s ever probably been,” the alderman said, reiterating his demand for the hiring of 1,000 more police officers. without saying how he planned to pay for it.
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