Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aldercreatures - Pay Attention

  • Kane County soon will have two fewer County Board districts and members.

    The board voted 21-4 Tuesday to reduce its size — from 26 to 24 — beginning with the 2012 elections.

  • Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay has advocated for fewer board members, saying the county may need to reduce to 18 board members after the 2030 census to satisfy a state law that limits counties with more than 800,000 residents to 18 board members.

    Waiting and reducing eight members all at once would be more difficult than paring away a few at a time.

Since it would be almost impossible to convince Chicago aldercreatures to vote themselves out of jobs, there ought to be some mechanism to get this on the ballot. Oh wait....been there, done that. People aren't quite pissed off enough. Yet.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, let's not forget TERM LIMITS.

5/11/2011 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are over loaded with alderscum,but the will of the taxpayer will never be upheld.

5/11/2011 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about bringing back the mobs of villagers to each alderman's office with pitch forks and torches?

5/11/2011 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that is a good idea.The number of alderman tied to the city population every 10 year census. But,you would need the alderman themselves to pass this sordinance,or maybe a state law? What is really needed is the end to homerule in this state.

5/11/2011 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing in Rahm's transition report about axing 1/2 of these position.

No "Change" needed in Chicago, I guess.

5/11/2011 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newscasters seen in bed with Daley seek subtraction from furniture ad

From the comments section:

"Journalistic Integrity? not in chicago"

"Why is everyone praising Daley? He put the city in bankruptcy and corruption and clout were the highlights of his administration."

"So they'll smile, kneel down and kiss the mayor's wingtips at a fancy party; but when the curtain is drawn back and the public sees, they shriek. Why? Because the millions of people in the Chicago news market see them for what they are: compromised and corrupt. (Although really, every discerning news viewer has known for years that Bill Kurtis is in the tank for Daley and any number of pols---and this past election he and Jay Levine were so obviously slanting their coverage in favor of Rahm Emanuel.)
Bottom line is that the press in Chicago is every bit as corrupt as the pols they cover."

Entire story here:

Newscasters want out of furniture ad with Daley

From the comments section:

"Really? You mean news organizations are paying respects to a man that controlled them for years? News outlets being shown in bed with the mayor? Shocker."

"Only a moron would not be able to see how the media is in mayor Daley's pocket. And now these media icons are concerned for their image. I hate to tell them that their image was destroyed LONG ago. I just wonder how long it is going to take for the media to fall into Emmanuel's pocket. I give it a week."

"Too little too late. People are just now figuring this out? The guy is a crook."

Entire story here:,0,6458448.story

5/11/2011 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldermen serve as a conduit for processing political favors in the Shitcago Machine. They also serve as insulation for the 5th floor at Shittyhall. Look at all the alderthieves who have been incarcerated over the years. No mayors have been incarcerated ! Shortshanks, aka: richard m. daley deserves to be the 1st to don a prison jump suit.
Remove the "insulation" and the blame/guilt falls where it should, the mayo's office/mayor.

5/11/2011 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Rahm reduce # alderman to 20
cut exempts in cpd by 25 % and get rid of the political rank of captain most captains were merit sgt and lt and are now supervising sgt and lt that passed the test

only in chicago

5/11/2011 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Hey, I'm Just Sayin, said...

Fat chance our 50 clowns would EVER show that kind of integrity or fiscal responsibility. They'll just blame the out-of-control public pensions.

It's ALL about THEM.

5/11/2011 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Find some snich that knows a shooter...

Problem solved phase one.

Phase 2...agree on the list.

5/11/2011 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard Prof. Paul Green on WGN Radio say that to change the amount of Aldermen in Chicago it would require a vote to change the law down in Springfield.
Think JellyQuinn will allow it, try running it past Cullerton before you go to Madigan.

5/11/2011 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reduce their pay, pensions and health coverage. They have the best the city (we) give them, w hile police officers are second from the last for sub-standard converage

5/11/2011 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just got rid of a Daley appointed Alderman John Rice in the 36th Ward in a run-off election.

He's the on who said at a public forum, "We can't hire more police because we just gave them a 10% raise!" He didn't realize how many cops were in the audience, and the fact that the rest of the people knew the truth because we talk to our neighbors. The same was true when he boasted he helped Mayor Daley, "pass the toughest gun control law in the country!".

We didn't elect the Police Officer running against him; but we got the Fire Fighter Nicholas Sposato who seems to be a decent guy. This is a real people victory.

Now who do you think is going to get targeted in any reduction?

The independent who defeated the machine candidate or will Rahm throw this ward to the "revruns". Do you think it will be easier to elect an anti-machine candidate if there were less Aldermen?

Rahm knows it will be easier to control 25 than 50, and easier to control the people.

I just wonder what Rice has lined up post-election. Maybe he will go back to driving for some other Alderman.

5/11/2011 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Was told today by fop unit rep that 55 and retirement will be history with medical on next contract! True mike shields you there? Bueller! Bueller?!
What happens in 2013 when all medical ends per the city? Thought FLOP was going to look into a plan any ideas boys at fop? Girls?

5/11/2011 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT - Jay Mariotti thinks he's still in Crook Cty

Former ESPN sports personality and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti has been charged with three felonies -– stalking, domestic violence and assault -– after he confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her, prosecutors said.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges: stalking, corporal injury on a spouse or domestic partner, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. If convicted, he faces up to FIVE YEARS in state prison. His next court date is June 1 before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz.

In addition to confronting his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant Sept. 30 -- the day he pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence -- prosecutors said he argued with his former girlfriend again outside a Venice restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair out and grabbed her cellphone, while shouting at her, prosecutors said.

5/11/2011 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, let's not forget TERM LIMITS.

5/11/2011 01:23:00 AM

We already have that. It's called Election Day. If you don't like your elected official, then get off your duff and vote him out of office.

5/11/2011 06:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

55 and free medical is out after 2012 , it was to get old timers to retire , look out supervisors , your free 45 minutes of overtime everyday and thousands of dollars in quartely checks will be gone

5/11/2011 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any elected position has an instant pension. Do just one term or so, and you're on the money train.

5/11/2011 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you didn't vote, you have no right to complain.

VOTE, and get everyone you can to vote. The 36th Ward is a case for that point.

5/12/2011 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Governor Quinn!

5/12/2011 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they reduce the City Council to 25, the first one I'd like to nominate for extinction is John Arena (D-SEIU-45th ward). He and Marina Pat's Puppet can ride off into the sunset together.

5/13/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

32nd ward has a good guy. Fighting waste and mismanagement in various city agencies. Daley HATES the guy. Oh, and he's real good to the decent hard-working coppers.

5/13/2011 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger detnick36 said...

I beg to differ! I'm pissed off enough. Signed the last petition for a referendum to reduce the number of Aldercreatures. Someone ought to float another one and see how far it goes. We keep doing this and at some point we might get our wish: Reduce Wards/Aldercreatures from 50 down to 25, which roughly mirror out 25 police Districts. Can anyone say gerrymander? :-)

5/13/2011 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5/13/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was out working in 014 today...

Heard a Sgt praise Daley as the Political Equivalent of Michael Jordan.

I turned and laughed at the Sgt..

And quipped:

"more like the Pete Rose of Politics."

Should have seen the look on that Sgt's face.

5/13/2011 04:26:00 PM  

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