Friday, October 21, 2011

Safety? Or Cash?

We're betting the answer is "B"
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he wants to use red-light cameras and vans with hidden cameras to catch motorists speeding near schools and parks to protect children.

    Speeding motorists would be slapped with $100 tickets, but it’s not about the revenue, the mayor said, even though red-light cameras have turned into a cash cow for the city.

Oh yeah - won't somebody think of the children!!!!


Geez Rahm, stop playing to the stereotype.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear all the complaints about people getting tickets even when school is not in session.

Yeah, its all about the kids my ass!

10/21/2011 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm figured out how to make enough money for all his stupid plans, turn Chicago into the worlds largest speed trap.

10/21/2011 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not have fop get on camera and bust out Rahm on his parking ticket. Don't we have like two vice presidents. What do they do?

10/21/2011 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, nanny state.
Thank you, big brother.

Interesting, that I can contest a red light ticket, via the photo.

Not so easy to contest the invisible speeding timer and/or its calibration, now, is it?

Free money for the city. Yay.

10/21/2011 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speeding motorists would be slapped with $100 tickets
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Nice except the problem with this is the same as the rest of the tickets we write in Shitcago. you go before the Judge and the city attorney will say ... just like they all do for any and everything from the cell phone users to running stop signs " Your honor City motions to non-suit" ... and the judge will so " ok sir/madam the city will non-suit the charge BUT !! THERE IS $130 court fee we need to collect" oh yeah get your money but screw us on the tickets we write...... GFY RACKMONKEY !!!

HERES A GOOD IDEA. CUT YOUR ALDERCREATURES BY 25 AND SEE HOW MUCH $$ YOU'D SAVE!!!!

10/21/2011 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG Seriously!!

Not the "for the children" line... the little doe eyed children line again.

The only time these people care about "the children" is when they can use them as tools in a photo-op to win a tax increase!

Quick now...run over to Children's Memorial and see if you can find a cute little kid in a wheel chair or bed that you can prop up in front of the cameras to "win the hearts of minds" of the taxpayers to run your tax revenue generation machine agenda.

Do you really think people are that stupid? I guess some are sad to say and i wish they would wake up.

What happened... did you forget to pull out your little cheat sheet of catchy media phrases? You're missing the: "...and if it saves just one child then isn't it all worth it" b.s..

The children..I'm so sick of these guys with their fake alligator tears talking about the safety of the children.

The damn children are getting shot in the damn face at the playgrounds and you want to play the valor card like you care?

Shot in the face -- no-one in custody officers are investigating. No it's not a homicide even though the coroner calls it one because..ya know..we don't know what the intent was so it's a death investigation.

Here, here's a pod-cam video as a memorial to remember them by.

Give me a break!

10/21/2011 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is busted. Straight out. Their policies in spite of all the hoopla about creating the new jobs that will in turn create new tax revenue is a losing battle.

We get the hype about the new jobs and what's going on with the old jobs is being swept under the rug.

The headlines read we created additional 1,600 jobs in the state in September, the department said.

...and many people stop right there and read no further. Things must be picking up because look we're creating jobs.

However..looking into the details the unemployment rate is back up to 10% -- The number of individuals who were out of work and seeking employment grew by 1.6 percent, to 663,300, from August

Let's see..can we reverse the math? A 1.6 increase to 663,000 I would guess would be about 9,000 jobs lost give or take.

The biggest obfuscation out of all this new job propaganda however is what the wages of the new jobs are. They are not like the old jobs. The wages are shovel-ready wages and with that said we should not kid ourselves into thinking that our tax revenues are going to recover any time soon imo.

10/21/2011 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha.. when the citizens can't pay the $100 speeders anymore because they are tapped out from the tax increases, fee increases, water increases while their pay is stagnant you can just lock them up for a couple of days at $145/day and add that to the wrong side of the cities balance sheet.

You lose the $100 fine that you can't collect. You lose the time and effort to process all the paperwork. You lose the tax revenue from the person taking time off work to go to court and the trickle down economics of the disposable income that might of been.

Not sure how many people are this close but it sure feels like everyone that I know in the city.

To you Rahm we are all just numbers on a spread sheet to play with. I'll just double this water bill here and double this city sticker price over there...then I'll write hundreds of chicken shit city ordinance violations over here...WTF? There are consequences for your actions.

Hey ring up the big "O" in Washington and see if you can get him to do another one of those FICA payroll tax thingies where he gets people to think they are getting a tax break and then you can raise city taxes by the same amount to take it away. It worked for the State with the income tax increase and when you do it fast enough most people don't even notice the slight of hand.

We are people Rahm..and you're killing us. About as phony as they come. The children pffft.

Hey this will make it safer for "the children" eh? ---->

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Emanuel’s clinic closure plan will lead to rise in crime, mental health advocates say

[...]

“It’ll leave thousands of people without the mental health services they desperately need,” said a staff assistant at one of the city’s mental health clinics. He added that on days when there is a doctor at his clinic, it is about 50 percent more crowded.

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=190354

10/21/2011 02:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the cities finances go deeper in the hole -- when push comes to shove all those things that were once high on the morality scale will be sold out for a buck.

The State lottery was one example.

For decades lotteries were considered gambling and gambling was taboo. Then the politico's got into a cash bind and they rolled out those little doe-eyed children and told us the virtues of how the lottery money was going to the schools "for the chiiilldren" and that makes it all okay and moral.

We are about to go it again with casinos now.. and hey.. there are hints about turning loose what we once called moral degenerate pot smokers too.

The morality goes out the window when the money reaches a certain point and it's obvious that the pot smokers are now being looked at as a revenue stream.

Why?

I suspect it's costing more to keep them locked up then the money the city is collecting in fines from their activity.

That said and morality issues aside the city probably would make more money turning loose the pot smokers that cost them $145/day to keep locked up instead of trying to trip up joe citizen running to work a bit late to nail them with a hidden camera speeding summons.

So why not just do that?

The city just can't afford to keep arresting people as it's driving us broke. The system is broken. Sad but true.

10/21/2011 02:32:00 AM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

Extortion cameras! Anything to keep the party faithful's pockets line with cash stolen from the citizens of Chicago.

We must all remember that photos without sworn testimony from an eye-witness is hearsay evidence. I can't wait to see which whore vendor will get the exclusive long term contract.

10/21/2011 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Hram Emanwich said...

NYTimes.com / CNC - October 21, 2011

In High-Crime Areas, Still Too Few Police

By DAN MIHALOPOULOS and HUNTER CLAUSS

-Despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s highly promoted efforts at concentrating additional police patrols in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods, many crime-ridden police districts still have fewer officers patrolling their streets than far safer areas of the city have, according to recent data obtained by The Chicago News Cooperative.

The data included officer-assignment data for all 9,400 Chicago police officers, as well as almost 1,000 detectives — information that the city has steadfastly declined to make public.

The analysis found that the distribution of patrol officers among the city’s 25 police districts does not correlate to the places where crime rates are highest.

The 5th police district, which includes the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods on the Far South Side, has 266 patrol officers, four fewer than the 270 officers in the 12th district on the gentrified Near West Side, the data showed.

But the 5th district experienced 1,049 violent crimes in the first eight months of this year, while the 12th district recorded 341 violent incidents during the same period, according to police department records.

dmihalopoulos@chicago

newscoop.org

hclauss@chicagonewscoop.org

Darnell Little contributed to this article.

http://tinyurl.com/2fewPoPoinGhettoNYT

10/21/2011 02:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several cities in the Phx area have dropped their red light cameras due to a 30% INCREASE in collisions.

It has NOTHING to do with safety and it's ALL about the sacred cash cow.

10/21/2011 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, shots fired by police 1:30 am in 014, 1300 block of n Ashland. Weapon recovered, bad guy in custody, no one hurt. Nice teamwork by all.

10/21/2011 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of safety this has the potential to **** up Rahm's budget AND the cities violent crime stats unless the powers-to-be move fast to change the definitions and meaning of some words like what a "rape" is.

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a joint effort led by her office to double the number of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) in hospitals statewide. Madigan, joined by representatives of the Illinois Hospital Association and Advocate Health Care, said the addition of SANE nurses is a critical step to encouraging more survivors to report their assaults and putting sexual predators in prison.

[...]

Joined by the IHA and area hospital representatives at Chicago’s Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Madigan stressed the great need in Illinois for more SANE nurses. The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault estimates that only three in 10 rapes are actually reported to authorities. Last year, for instance, sexual assault crisis centers and hotlines helped more than 18,000 rape survivors, according to ICASA, and yet Illinois State Police data indicate just over 5,300 rapes were reported to police.

[...]

Many of these survivors are children, Madigan said. Today, 25,192 sex offenders were listed in the state’s sex offender registry, of whom 20,349 – or 80 percent – committed a crime against a child.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/10/prweb8898054.htm

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This is nothing but trouble for the bean counting mayor.

Encouraging girls that are raped to report it will blow out the violent crime stats and give the city a black eye.

18,000 women are calling into the rape hotlines minus 5,300 that are reporting the rape (3 out of 10) means that they are 12,700 potential rapist roaming the streets. At a cost of $146/day or $1,854,200/day if we captured/convicted/and locked them up what will we do?

Cook county is in such bad shape financially we know from previous news reports that we are refusing to comply with Federal laws requesting us to hold Illegal immigrants for deportation because it was costing us $146/day and $250K/yr to do it -- so we just stopped doing it.

The pleas to let the pot smokers go free by the county is indicative of the overcrowding of the prisons already. The people on the street know it too.

Throw respect for those laws out the window and let's write some city park curfew violations instead. That'll show 'em we mean business and stop the rapes maybe eh. Yay Broken Windows!!

If we're that desperate to save money how many rape suspects can we convict and lock up and not exceed $250K that we were saving by letting illegal immigrants roam free? At a cost of $146/day? A little over 1,700 of them.

Where's the money going to come from to imprison these people?

What about those children Rahm?

Granted these numbers are statewide but we know where the population density and majority of the crimes are.

Hey...maybe we can create a city ordinance to block it or just not fund it or find some other way from encouraging these girls. these children to report the rapes? Seriously?

10/21/2011 03:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tax revenues.

Check out the money the State is losing when they banned smoking in Illinois casinos. The graph on the link is jaw dropping.

Looks like the Illinois Gaming Commission tried to spin the gaming revenues fall by placing the blame on the economy.

However now reports are showing that while Illinois casino revenue was dropping by 21% ($400 million) neighboring states gambling revenue was increasing.

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No Ifs, Ands or Butts: Illinois Casinos Lost Revenue after Smoking Banned


[...]

Our estimate for the effect on total revenue for all nine casinos is representative of our general findings: We estimate that the smoking ban is associated with a 20 to 22 percent revenue decline, amounting to a total loss in casino revenue of more than $400 million. This estimate implies that casino revenue in Illinois would have been approximately flat in the absence of the smoking ban (+/- 1 percent), rather than experiencing the 21 percent decline shown in the chart.

The presence of riverboat gambling in three states adjacent to Illinois provides an opportunity for comparing this finding with the experience of similar casinos that were not subject to the Illinois smoking ban. Using data for gambling revenue at casinos
in Indiana, Iowa and Missouri, we find no significant change associated with the adoption of the Illinois smoking ban. The same calculation that leads to our finding of a 22 percent decline in Illinois revenue yields very small increases in Iowa (2.2) and Missouri (1.9) and literally zero percent change in Indiana. Statistically, these estimates are all consistent with no change in revenue. This observation confirms—at least at the statewide level—that the effect we identify for Illinois is unique. Casinos in each of these states suffered roughly the same downturn in economic activity, but only the Illinois casinos suffered the losses that our model associates with the implementation of the smoking ban.

http://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/re/2009/c/pages/casino_smoking.cfm

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How much you want to bet that like the state lottery and casino gambling the money will win out over the morality and concern for the general public safety as we are losing precious tax dollars.

10/21/2011 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw! Rahm will think of the kiddies.

Just like how he will cut off the free water to the children (and other) hospitals since he and his idiot pals and predecessors blew the city's money!

Rahm pay your parking tickets! Don't get them non-suited!

Think of the example you are setting FOR THE KIDS! Loser!

Bet you someone will be fired for ticketing the mayor's ride. That was for the kids too- of course!

Bet you the money Rahm now claims will go to the kids never makes it that far and somehow gets lost in the maze of bureaucracy and greed.

Who knows, some of those kids Rahm "helps" today might grow up and get smart enough to vote against the Chicago Machine tomorrow.

10/21/2011 04:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also Racoon Eye's staff stated that the new double rate on water and increase in city sticker fees would also increase with inlation each year after the initial increases into 2014. Has anyone informed these morons we are in the depths of one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression? The state, county, and city just keep on piling on new and increased taxes every other day. How the hell is anyone going to survive this bullshit. Is there a tax revolt brewing in this country? Maybe if some of these low life henchmen looked out their dirty windows from the Hall over to LaSalle St. they might see some activity on the street. The natives are getting restless!

10/21/2011 04:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeff Burdick said...

So Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to turn Chicago into one bug red-light (camera) district and he wants to introduce casino gambling into the city. Is there a connection here? For some other (purposefully) farcical revenue generating ideas, check out this comedy YouTube video about Rahm: http://tinyurl.com/3vpauh3.

10/21/2011 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 5th police district, which includes the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods on the Far South Side, has 266 patrol officers, four fewer than the 270 officers in the 12th district on the gentrified Near West Side, the data showed.

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270 officers in 012? What are they smoking?

10/21/2011 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dmihalopoulos@chicago

newscoop.org

hclauss@chicagonewscoop.org

Darnell Little contributed to this article.

http://tinyurl.com/2fewPoPoinGhettoNYT

10/21/2011 02:41:00 AM

Saw this author on Chicago Tonight last night. He didn't do a lot of work on this. Just because they are assigned there, doesn't mean they work there. Coppers are tripping over each other in the ghetto. Up in taxpayer land, it is a ghost town. Sounds like he was carry water for the Mayor.

Speaking of carrying water for Rahm, Tom Cross was on the show explaining why he is so interested in giving control of our pension money to the Mayor. He was hard to understand since he was talking out of both sides of his mouth. One thing was clear. The is an undeniable combine of politicians on both sides of the aisle in Illinois.

They need to go. All of them. Every incumbent should be voted out. The longer they are in, the more powerful they get. The more powerful they get, the more they mismanage our money. We need term limits and we need to shuffle the compost pile we have for an electorate.

10/21/2011 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't they have the speed humps around the schools already?

10/21/2011 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just adds to the new curfew fines and all the anov tickets he wants!1ching ching!people are startin to catch on to the rahmster!

10/21/2011 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Fuck Rahm said...

Anonymous said...
Thank you, nanny state.
Thank you, big brother.

Interesting, that I can contest a red light ticket, via the photo.

Not so easy to contest the invisible speeding timer and/or its calibration, now, is it?

Free money for the city. Yay.

10/21/2011 12:53:00 AM


If the City gets to send me a tike issued by a red light or speeding camera then they must accept as payment a picture of me writing a check.

10/21/2011 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rahm, You Are So Full of Shit !!!!

Quit using "the children" as an Excuse. Just come out and tell the truth: Us politicians need you to cough up more money so we can create high $$ jobs for our relatives, maggies charities, and to re-pay all the big shots who contributed big time to political campaigns.

You could care less about the people of Chicago, you lying asshole !!!!!!!!!!!

10/21/2011 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: increase in city stickers. 4000 lbs Limit. Does that mean all caddys, lincolns, crown vics,crysler 300 etc will also be paying more for stickers? If weight is the true reason then all vehicles not just suvs should pay more.

10/21/2011 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much money would be saved by eliminating ghost employees????? Do that and we could get rid of the Administrative Managers who are paid accomplices in the shell game of shifting taxpayer money to illegitimate pockets.

10/21/2011 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to help the kids? How about taking shortshank's and family's personal servants(police officers) and deploying them to the schools? You fucking hypocrites!

10/21/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can a camera pull a car over for this traffic offense?
Can a camera check for a valid d.l. and insurance?
Can a camera see if there are any other infractions?
Can a camera take a suspended/revoked/unlicensed driver off of the streets?
Can a camera detect whether or not the driver is driving through said school zone under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
Can a camera detect whether said driver or occupants are wanted on warrants or registered sex offenders?
Can a camera see contraband in plain view in the passenger compartment?
Can a camera search the vehicle and recover contrband?
Can a camera testify at court as to the probable cause for the vehicle stop and subsequent charges?
Can a camera observe gunshots in the school zone and respond?
The answer to all these questions is NO.
What can a camera do?
Generate cash flow for the city. Generate cash flow for the company.
Give the impression of a safer city for those who drink the kool aid.
Not collect a salary or a pension.

Rahm, hire more police. Consult the courts and nail them down on what they will find a legitimate tool for fining and convicting speeders. Buy said equipment. Encourage your police and back them up. Now you have a marked squad car stopping speeders and potentially worse lawbreakers generating your beloved income and most importantly providing legitimate safety to those in and around schools.
There is no greater deterent to crime than the presence of a uniformed police officer. This will you make you much more popular with the public than a camera program.

10/21/2011 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T - But just saw this sheet of paper at 35th and had to tell the troops. One horse per district, along with K-9,ET's and det's. Lowest producer combined from all 3 watches cleans the stable of horse and dog crap. If I see any other memos lying around I'l be sure to let the troops know.

10/21/2011 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never forget: Rahm was part of the Clinton Administration before Obama. If you will recall the Waco Massacre, Attorney General Reno said she was doing it for "The Children". Whenever Democrats want to ram something down the throats of the Public, they talk about the "Children"! At Waco they then proceeded to incinerate dozens of "the children".

10/21/2011 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone ever thought of putting speed bumps near and around school's .....oh yeah they don't bring in the cash. Am hating this city more and more.

10/21/2011 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets use a satellite camera instead. We could get citywide speeders and the ones doing more than 20 miles over we could send in a drone. God I love Democrats.

10/21/2011 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CASH, Rahm is such a liar.

10/21/2011 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been pointed out that more children walking to school are hit by bullets than are hit by cars.

How's a speed camera going to fix that?

10/21/2011 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Was by city hall yesterday paying more tax bills, and what did we observe? Why does the treasurer still have a cpd spec crown vic and cpd bodyguards? Is "susie" mendoza the city clerk who just changed titles and gave HUGE raises still trying or did she get a cpd detail? Thought the city was broke? SSDD!!

10/21/2011 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can tell Rahm is lying because his lips are moving.
This guy is so full of shit of course it's all about the revenue.

10/21/2011 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of you fuckers voted for this guy right? Racoon Eyes has no plans to cut spending. It's always the same. Increase fees, fines, violations in short taxes and continue the spending. Keep voting in the same assholes and you will keep getting the same results.

10/21/2011 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucck him

10/21/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic-

In 2010/2011, the F.O.P. tried to eliminate the Sergeant's and Lieutenant's designated seats on the Police Pension board by submitting SB 1874 through Representatives Lyons and Martinez. Effectively, the positions would be voted on 'at large' and there is no way the sergeants or lieutenants have the votes to get anyone in-basically it was a power grab by the FOP.


Now- a fairly new sergeant is running against Mike Lazzaro for the sergeant's seat on the pension board - he doesn't get the Sergeant's Association endorsement so he goes to the FOP and easily gets their endorsement? I have to wonder why...

Look carefully at his 'brochure'-touting his qualities-he mostly bashes Lazzaro and then childishly, places a picture of Lazzaro upside down on the brochure. How old are we?

I want someone to look out for the Sergeant's interests on the pension board - not someone endorsed by the very people who tried to do away with the sergeant's and lieutenant's having their own representatives on the pension board.

Lazzaro's not perfect but at least he takes protecting the pension seriously.

I'm at a point of no return in my career-there is no 'do-over' if the pension is diminshed. I want someone who professional, who tells me how he proposes to help protect the pension instead of lambasting Lazzaro. I want someone who does not play childish games in his campaign materials. I'm voting for Lazzaro-at least he's looking out for the sergeants.

10/21/2011 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comrade Rahmmie welcomes your donations, peasants. Remember, this is Crookago, you "HAVE no rights, here in little Moscow by the Lake.

10/21/2011 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS GOING TO GET INTERESTING:


In High-Crime Areas, Still Too Few Police
http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/in-high-crime-areas-in-chicago-still-too-few-police/

AND THE CHART
http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/chicago-police-staffing-crime-rates-by-district/

AND THE INTERVIEW
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2011/10/20/chicago-police-deployment

10/21/2011 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a plan to maintain these red light shake downs?

In this climate does anyone trust the electric efficiency of a light signal for it's accuracy?

Is there a plan to maintain these lights and truly calibrate them at least every 6 months.

To prove this calibration with legal documentation?

How many people would it take to employ this action?

At what cost to the city budget?

Are vehicle the owners going to be penalized even if they can prove they were not the drivers of one of these machines?

This is a poor solution to a non-problem.

Does anyone currently ,proactively, enforce the seat belt, no cell phone, baby seat, speeding,city sticker, valid plates or parking laws?

Proactively? Not just when there is an accident or other connected violation.
Very few is correct.

We need more LAWS ????
Nanny state is already here, Burke started it primarily, now the rahm wants in too?

For the children?

10/21/2011 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.tuccille.com/scribble/fullauto/auto83.htm

I think its hilarious that people can disable speed and red light cameras by obscuring them using silly string.

10/21/2011 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If 9.5 cared about safety and the wellbeing of the citizens, especially the children, he would find a way to have bicyclist have mandatory insurance and have some form of license plates, much like the scooter. They should have some form of placard or license plate, so as to identify these asshats that ride recklessly hitting children and seniors in their path. Just witness two accidents involving, rahm's strongest voting base, cyclist, hit a little boy on the crosswalk, on division and wood. The cyclist wearing headfones ran the stop sign, hit the boy, we believe he was from the nearby lasalle II school,by kicking him out of the way and kept riding east on division. Folks were helping the boy up, we tried chasing him down, but he just kept riding. Same happened on sheridan and thorndale, were these asshats not wanting to get struck by cars on sheridan, avoiding the desiganated bike paths west of sheridan, struck two seniors. The two senior sisters helped each other up and stated the police have been very aggressive enforcing the bike on sidewalk law, but this was not the first time they have been victims. They said its mostly college kids with their head phones and skinny jeans. They didnt want to call the police, for what. These cyclist all look the same and sometimes their so fast its difficult to remember what they were wearing. This putrid experiment of a mayor, should look into this being a source of revenue. Sure he would alienate this group of, police hating, non property tax property, rules dont apply to me, champion of eveything rahm. So what! with the estimated 100, 000 and the other 3, 000 bikes his administration hopes to mark more bike lanes and racks for, it would only fair. @ 175.00 per placard or license plate, new ordinances for helmets, headfones, no lights, no insurance etc. He can nickle and dime them, like he does every working middleclass family. In case of accidents or pure disregard of the law, those plates or placard can be traced back to rider, so we or our insurances wouldnt have to eat up the cost for these asshats hitting our cars, our children, our pets, our parents/grandparents. Since we will soon be like communist china, bikes will soon be our first method of transportation, if these assholes @ the bicycle federation and critical mass have anything to say about it. These groups have rahm's ear and its because of them that 9.5 got the idea to drop the weight requirement to 4000 lbs and jack you up for an extra 60 bucks. They hate cars and hate the middleclass more with their kids and those gas gazzling minivans and trucks. Believe me, i use to ride with them years ago, when bicycle riding was a hobby and we wanted to show the health benefits of bike riding. Now, they believe they are a political force pushing an agenda of punishing the middlclass and their excess, with your toyota camry's, honda odyssey's, toyota sienna's, etc. Nevermind that we researched and believe we drive them for the safety and comfort of our children. Rahm is using our tax dollars to accomadate the agenda of these two groups, time for these guys to put their money where their mouth is and Pay the piper. Time to stop paying 200.00 dollars for their skinny jeans and start becoming part the the over taxed society of which they live on the fringe of. Pay for plates, a city sticker of registration, insurance and make sure safety ordinances, for helmets, headphones, etc. are ratified and enforced. Sorry for the rant, SCC, but im drowning in raised fees and taxes here, along with my working middleclass bretheren, we are getting punished for trying to raise a family, finally get a crumb of the pie and live the american dream. Where has all our tax money gone!!!!

10/21/2011 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this is based on what data?

How many kids have been hit by a car around parks and schools that this is needed?

The city put up two feet high speed bumps around most schools and parks!

What a bunch of crap!!!!!!!!!

10/21/2011 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Rahm was truly concerned about the safety of "the children" would he not be putting in speed bumps around the said schools and parks to prevent the speeding instead of speed traps to generate fines after the fact?

We'll be digging up the streets soon to replace that so-called 100 year old water pipeline infrastructural anyway so why not put in speed bumps during the repaving.

Heh..you know why.

I mean really..

It's about generating revenue to pay for the double digit raises for the clouted ones. It's not about safety.

If Rahm was concerned about the safety of the school children he should of given more thought to his demand to extend the school day.

Are the children not required to travel to and from school at the peak of rush hour traffic now as opposed to the beginning of rush hour traffic as a result of this mayoral edict?

Think about it!

The leaders are so concerned about "the children" that they cut the number of police officers stationed as schools as soon as Rahm took office and the corporate media propaganda machine sold it to the public as being noble because we were going to save.

Cops in schools too costly: CPS

The same goes for city curfews in Grant Park. It's not about 'respecting the laws". It's about generating money enforcing some chicken shit municipal code and muzzling the constitutional rights to free speech and assembly by placing a curfew on it.

When free speech and assembly doesn't fit the corporate agenda only then do we pull out these codes and choose to enforce them.

Oh you need a permit reviewed by corporate controlled politicians before you are granted 'free speech". We have to make sure it fits the corporate/political agenda where someone can monetize the activity in some way.

Since we will be tearing up all the streets soon to replace all that 100 year old water pipeline infrastructure anyway and will need to repave the streets just put in the speed bumps instead of funding that clouted camera firms. Then you prevent the speeding instead of monetizing it.

Crime is a business in the city.

The leaders are not interested in wiping it out and making the city safe. That's why we don't enforce the laws on illegal immigration here and go as far as turning loose convicted felons instead of holding them for deportation. We have our city leaders promoting the valor of this catch and release program as saving the city $250K/year while using the fear as a motivator to eventually extract more tax revenue.

Crime is a crisis that we can use to extort tax revenue from the public.

The CPD is viewed as the corrupt politicians henchmen and enforcers to shake down the taxpayers under the guise of 'respecting the laws" by many citizens.

We all know the game. Until we break this corporate campaign contribution circle jerk of money the corruption will continue and that's what the 99 percent declarations are all about should you care to read them instead of fighting for the status quo.

10/21/2011 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has been proven to actually cause more accidents, all over the Country. The Statistics are there. Rahmmie the Commies lips are moving, so you know what that means.

10/21/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Racoon Eyes...Why not just stick a camera up everyones asshole so you can follow us around to see if we commit any city violations. To save more money issue all citizens a ticket book so they can write themselves a citation and mail it in. Of course we would have to provide the postage stamp so the city could even save more money. Instead of you and McGruff bringing the "Broken Windows" concept to Chicago from NYC you have given us "Broken Assholes". Thanks!

10/21/2011 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HERES A GOOD IDEA. CUT YOUR ALDERCREATURES BY 25 AND SEE HOW MUCH $$ YOU'D SAVE!!!!

10/21/2011 01:02:00 AM

$42,750,000.00 in salary ($110k) and budget ($1.5m per) alone. This doesn't even take into consideration the money the city pays for their ward offices (which is always shuttered and empty)

10/21/2011 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..pay your parking ticket you phony mayor fraud.

10/21/2011 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all we need now is the sheriff of nottingham too collect taxes. lol

10/21/2011 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw this author on Chicago Tonight last night. He didn't do a lot of work on this. Just because they are assigned there, doesn't mean they work there. Coppers are tripping over each other in the ghetto. Up in taxpayer land, it is a ghost town. Sounds like he was carry water for the Mayor.

Speaking of carrying water for Rahm, Tom Cross was on the show explaining why he is so interested in giving control of our pension money to the Mayor. He was hard to understand since he was talking out of both sides of his mouth. One thing was clear. The is an undeniable combine of politicians on both sides of the aisle in Illinois.

They need to go. All of them. Every incumbent should be voted out. The longer they are in, the more powerful they get. The more powerful they get, the more they mismanage our money. We need term limits and we need to shuffle the compost pile we have for an electorate.

10/21/2011 07:15:00 AM
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I had exactly the same thought as the guy talked about how many were 'assigned'. Yeah, guy, but you never learned about 'detailed out', did you?

And, as for voting all the incumbents out of office, I couldn't agree with you more. BUT, first we have to amend THEIR PENSIONS to make sure they aren't getting lifetime pensions just because they managed to get elected to two terms of office.

LEGISLATOR PENSIONS should be the first ones rewritten. I'm getting a pension based on a lifetime of work for the CPD. They get pensions based on six years, eight years and ten years? That's obscene and reform should start there.

10/21/2011 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several cities in the Phx area have dropped their red light cameras due to a 30% INCREASE in collisions.

It has NOTHING to do with safety and it's ALL about the sacred cash cow.

10/21/2011 02:57:00 AM

Everybody, make sure you're wearing your seat belt in your personal cars, because, now there's no option to speed up a bit when the superfastchanginglight turns red.

We are all going to be rear-ended in RECORD numbers because the option to speed up a little, for a hundred feet, is being taken away from us. Yeah, I CAN slam on my brakes when the quarter-second of yellow turns red, but will the guy behind me? No.

(Of course, we're taking it in the rear a LOT these days. Thanks, Rahm.)

10/21/2011 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sick of these politicians using the "safety of the children" as the basis for all their plans to steal our money from us! Did anyone catch the news where Rahm and his ilk actually had children that were struck by cars near some of these schools give little speeches about the injuries they sustained??!! It was absolutely disgusting that they would use these kids like that! I can't believe the parents allow their children to be political pawns for use in front of the cameras. It really made my stomache turn.

10/21/2011 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought at large...

Just look around EVERY school in the City of Chicago.
How many, IF ANY, have two signs on ALL FOUR SIDES of the school perimeter indicating that one is approaching/leaving a school zone?

How can anyone be held liable for driving down a street and not being able to know or anticipate approaching a school without proper signage.
Oh yeah...dis'is Chicaaahgo...it don't matter.
It would cost more to install tens of thousands of missing signs than they could recover in fines.
'Chicago ain't ready for reform.'

10/21/2011 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just adds to the new curfew fines and all the anov tickets he wants!1ching ching!people are startin to catch on to the rahmster!

10/21/2011 07:20:00 AM

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Absolutely.

The city wrote 175 violations at the Grant Park shindig and hopes to collect $87,500 from that activity,

No doubt that it hurts the citizens that were written up, however I don't think ANYONE thinks about the impact on local business and the economy.

You just took away $87,500 dollars that may have been spent at a local business and then spent the money on non-value creating, non job creating city debt interest payments or it's given to some clouted firm or individual...assuming there was any money left over.

It's a transfer of wealth under the guise of respect for the law and the tax system.

Who benefits from this?

The taxpayers will not see their taxes reduced because the city wrote these violations. More police will not be on the streets from the money generated from these fines.

It feels like organized crime to some. Oh your kid was out past 11pm, now pay the mayor $500 in protection money or we're gonna ruff you up intimidate you with the lockup...you lil' menace to society you.

10/21/2011 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gov't should give birth control in the free breakfast , lunch and afternoon snacks . That would save plenty of money .

10/21/2011 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's insulting that Swan Lake@9.5.com thinks we are stupid enough to believe it's "for the children" when kids are getting beat up and shot at right in front of schools. Next thing you'll get a ticket for backing out of your driveway. Thankfully I don't own a car.

Fuck him and the limo he came in on. Nobama too.

2:22 pm - ROFLMFAO

--No Cop Here

10/21/2011 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT Interesting:
http://occupychi.org/forum/general/very-interesting-dialogue-on-second-city-cop-chicago-police-blog/

10/21/2011 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS FROM CHICAGO BREAKING NEWS...maybe McIdiot and Rahmbo should talk to each other...yeah right- it's all about keeping the kids safe...I call BU>>SH<T

The administration sought to frame the push as a public safety issue, not a cash grab as City Hall faces severe budget problems. McCarthy called the speed cameras a "no-brainer."

"If we can save lives, if we can reduce accidents and if we can take our resources and reapportion them to other places doing other things, I think that's all good," McCarthy said. "And if it does generate money, so be it."

10/21/2011 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

RAHMS SPEECHES ALWAYS START OFF THE SAME:

IM DOING THIS FOR THE KIDS

IM DOING THIS FOR THE SENIORS

IM DOING THIS FOR TAXPAYERS

IM DOING THIS FOR CTA PASSENGER

ETC ETC.


DONT WORRY YOUR WATER BILL WILL BE HIGHER.

YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED

AND YOUR BUS ROUTE WILL BE ELIMINATED!

10/21/2011 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

SHOUT OUT TO

SGT LAZZARO

UR FLIER IS A JOKE!

I COULDNT PICK U OUT OF A WEST SIDE LINE UP.

TELL ME HOW MANY ROLLS CALL YOU HAVE BEEN TOO.

LET THE SGT'S SANDBAG US AGAIN MOST OF THEM DONT VOTE AND GUESS WHO SUFFERS.

THE NON-CLOUTED WHO TRY AND GET A DISABILITY PENSION!

SHOW ME SOME NUMBER LAZZARO
SINCE THAT IS WHAT U THINK YOUR SUPPOSED TO DO!

RANT OVER

10/21/2011 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the City gets to send me a tike issued by a red light or speeding camera then they must accept as payment a picture of me writing a check.

10/21/2011 07:24:00 AM

LOVE IT!!!!

10/21/2011 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all of you who keep insisting that the city be cut down to 25 Alderfools you are wasting your time. The very last thing that will ever happen before this city slides into Lake Michigan is even giving up one seat in the council. All of these bastard Alderfool Vampires could only be taken out with a greasy wooden stake through their hearts. And I doubt that would even work.

10/21/2011 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... The 5th police district, which includes the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods on the Far South Side, has 266 patrol officers, four fewer than the 270 officers in the 12th district on the gentrified Near West Side, the data showed. -----------------------270 officers in 012? What are they smoking?

Are you still crying because you cant get into 012. Well guess what we are going to have even more when 013 comes to 012

10/21/2011 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There are more than 1,000 elementary and high schools in Chicago (675 public, about 350 private/parochial)."
How many parks are there?
But it's about the kids?
CHA-CHING!!!!!!

10/21/2011 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about this... if it is not about the cash? maybe the violation can be paid to desnigated charities.

10/21/2011 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd laugh my ass off if someone stole the camera. I can hear the lying 9 finger, tiny dancing, raccoon eyed prick now "Gee.. I guess we need a camera to watch the camera now."

10/22/2011 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its ALL about the dollars folks.

10/22/2011 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm , how about removing dalys bodyguard detail . He can afford to mpay for a private chauffer to drive him and maggie around .
You can say you created 3 more jobs.

10/22/2011 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"FOR THE CHILDREN"

* Hire more police to make it safe "for the children"

* Hire more teachers, reduce classroom size "for the children".

* Keep the libraries open and get rid of the bums, rapist, and pedos that lurk there "for the children"

"FOR THE CHILDREN MY ASS!"

10/22/2011 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Hidden vans, with no signs announcing such is called "Entrapment". Isnt that why you cannot "conceal" your marked vehicle?

2. Money isn't everything, its the ONLY thing

3. Exactly how many children get hit by cars IN SCHOOL ZONES? I have seen ZERO stats. Just saying "For their safety" is not enough.

4. At least for the last 4 years, politicians have been cutting services, raising taxes, laying off people, and what is the end result? MORE OF THE SAME WHILE STILL BROKE

10/22/2011 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about this... if it is not about the cash? maybe the violation can be paid to desnigated charities.

10/21/2011 11:12:00 PM
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Mr. Daley, stay the hell off the blog. Maggie's little project has more than enough money already.

10/22/2011 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these bastard Alderfool Vampires could only be taken out with a greasy wooden stake through their hearts. And I doubt that would even work.

10/21/2011 08:12:00 PM




it's worth a try, ain't it?



Chalkie

10/22/2011 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's obscene and reform should start there.

10/21/2011 03:35:00 PM




the dead don't collect pensions.


at least not so as they can enjoy them.

10/22/2011 08:38:00 PM  

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