Saturday, September 22, 2012

Can We Fire Some Aldercreatures?

Saw this article a few days ago.  It raised some interesting suggestions among the group:
  • Four months after Chicago’s failure to repair a crumbling downtown viaduct — despite a task order generated by a call to 311 — cost taxpayers $450,000, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is implementing a tracking system to make certain it won’t happen again.

    The technology upgrade will make the process of calling 311 — to get a pothole filled, a tree trimmed or a broken streetlight replaced — like using FedEx to send a package, under the plan reported by the Chicago Sun-Times last spring.

    The “service tracker” feature will allow people who call 311 for 14 of the most requested city services to track their service requests from the time they are submitted and receive an email when the issue is resolved. 
Since so much of the aldercreatures' job has been automated, including the "follow-up" calls that take up most of everyone's time, knocking out 25 aldercreatures seems like the next logical step. But does Rahm have the balls to pull the trigger on such an obvious move?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before-- the internet has rendered aldercreatures obsolete.

Add a few computer terminals at the libraries and police stations dedicated for 311 service requests, and you don't need so many politicians

9/22/2012 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you already know the answer to that one! Has Emmanuel said one word about trimming down the wards and the political waste with it? Hell no!

9/22/2012 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ran into Ald. Zalewski at the casino a few nights ago. He related that he is locked in for his alderman's pension and he could care less!

9/22/2012 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

"Since so much of the aldercreatures' job has been automated, including the "follow-up" calls that take up most of everyone's time, knocking out 25 aldercreatures seems like the next logical step. But does Rahm have the balls to pull the trigger on such an obvious move?"

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That is a very logical step, SCC. But did you forget who and what you're talking about? "Logic" is a foreign phenomenon in this crooked-ass city's playbook. As is fairness, legitimacy and morality just to name a few.

I would then demand mandatory drug screening for the remaining 25 Alderwhores as a condition of being on the dole. You know, just like the rest of us civil servants.

And, no, Mayor MenInTights doesn't have the balls to make such a move. Take a closer look at his crotch in that ballerina outfit. There ain't no bulge where there should be. Resembles what a Ken doll has down south.

Ask Karen Lewis and the collective CTU. They'll confirm the absence of junk.

9/22/2012 04:50:00 AM  
Anonymous JAFO said...

I agree. Kick out 30 Aldermen and you have enough money to get more cops on the street. That would be the wisest move the city could do.

I am sure no alderman is going to give up their "deal" for the good of the city.

From my vantage point, Chicago is sinking. Anyone saying that Chicago is on the upswing is naive or just trying to milk the system for another year or two.

Not a LEO, JAFO

9/22/2012 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get rid of 27 aldercreatures

9/22/2012 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been saying this for years...WHY do we need 50 Aldercreatures? Now they want to add $5 to our bills to hire more police. BS! I say let 25 Aldercreatures go...maybe more. How about 1 for every police area and that's it! THAT alone would save the city millions. Make them take an office in one of the each areas and ALL citizens can call 311 for services.

9/22/2012 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But does Rahm have the BALLS to pull the trigger on such an obvious move?


In order to make the obvious move , you said it--- Rahm needs to have BALLS !!! and my perception is ....HE DOESN'T

Hey Rahm this could jeopardize the health and safety of our tax paying citizens , namely us..

does anyone ouththere have any knowledge of how much all those ads that constantly run on all the networks cost? because a 30 second spot is not cheap and for a city that screams there is no money, where does it all come from Rahm?

9/22/2012 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny i just wrote about those spots on the networks and it is 7:23 and as i hit the publish button there it was AGAIN on NBC... about the strike and the "CHILDREN"

HEY Rahm suck my left nut !!!

9/22/2012 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hopefully this isn't the same service tracker they are using at erps....

9/22/2012 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost Rahm should be fired or quit.
I don't care how much you implement the 311 service (electronically) whether you are able to track your service request or not. Majority of the city departments are running BONE DRY.
Who is he trying to convince that by tracking your service then you get the work done faster?
Here are some of the facts about city departments.

-FORESTRY 3 weeks before they get to you.

-GRAFFITI 2 weeks because doing it in blitz.

-RODENT CONTROL six weeks ago the media had a big article in the paper,about the lack of services in this department and it did so much damage that now,they are bring people from other departments to fill the vacancies while dis-attending their own duties else where.

-BLACK CART REQUEST there is a back log since May and good luck getting one any time soon.

-CDOT pot-hole filling maybe 6 months.

-GARBAGE BULK PICK-UP,never again.

-ANIMAL CONTROL I have called them twice and they have told me "we will get you when we will get to you, it has been over a month.

And the list goes on gentleman. Good luck next time you ask for any city services.

If you have a complains about city services,just call the two worthless midgets ass-wipes (T.Byrne or 9.5) they are the brains behind the operation and city services cuts.

But you have 16 millions sitting around to build a new park?

9/22/2012 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have tried 311, its a joke. It takes 5 min to get thru the recorded messages and phone tree, then you go on hold..
Hopefully you will not get disconected and have to start all over again.
I tried to report a broken water main that was flooding a house. Took 2 tries and 12 miniutes. I gave up and call 911, identified myself and it was done.

9/22/2012 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Retired and Happy said...

That will never happen only the police and fire department get cut. Twenty-five aldermen give up there power! no way who could they bully? they would be just another ghetto rat.

9/22/2012 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Capt. Obvious said...

Lead by example. Tighten everyone's belt, not just the tax payers'. A gigantic waste of funds, time and service.

Bull in the ring system of survival. 50 aldercreatures enter the ring, 25 leave. Simple. Survival of the fittest.

9/22/2012 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to remove the graffiti on the side of the old 12th dist Seems some Sgt didn't get a parking place and took it into her own hands and painted on the brick. I would have been charged had I been caught doing that!

9/22/2012 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remove 1/2 of em and enough of the back door 30% raises

9/22/2012 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about cutting the number of aldermen down to the number of police districts? Then put his office in the station also to save his rent money. Thus, you'd just go to your local station for all your needs. This should save a few million for the city.

9/22/2012 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You simply don't need the Aldermen. I called for a replacement garbage can 2 months ago (missing lid), still no replacement and no amount of "tracking" is going to change how fast it gets here. I called the Alderman, and I was told "it gets there when it gets there, it's out of our control". Then what the hell are you getting payed for? All these changes that are implemented to make things efficient, or better in reality suck. Trees take 6 months to trim, street lights take 8 weeks to replace, garbage cans... well still waiting. Aldermen really do nothing but vote in council, but get a million dollar expense fund each. Remember Rahm, we vote too..

9/22/2012 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago , city of big shoulders could function with 20 alderman

9/22/2012 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eliminate 45 aldermen save millions of dollars, cut dumb ass ideas down by 90%. Aldermen = useless rubber stamp for the mayor

9/22/2012 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That teachers strike should be the impetus to launch several and the "President" of the teachers union who chose to use BPT for the most important meeting of all and arrive 50 minutes late. Warthog.

9/22/2012 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

General Question with the possible Sgt Exam coming up,...... Do you need 4 years of college or 2 to get promoted to Sgt?

9/22/2012 05:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but if he cut the aldermen in half, I'd probably vote for him.

9/22/2012 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Anyone who has the ear of Susana Mendoza or Luis Gutierrez, let them know that their favorite "artist" Herbie was skipping school Friday. I'm sure it will surprise them to no end.

9/22/2012 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

We need to remind the aldercreeps of that point every shift.

Ticket their personal cars.

9/22/2012 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger I hate everything said...

Alderman Moore will do nothing about the rabid bums walking in traffic in his ward, they probably voted for him.

9/22/2012 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard Balcer is selling his home. Did he get the word to move along?

9/22/2012 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOME? You mean all!!

9/22/2012 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The runt wouldn't be happy with a "peanut gallery" of only 25 yes persons. 50 makes him feel important as a leader. Runt cares not about saving money , only about being "da boss".

9/22/2012 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger I Voted For Obama said...

More alderman, more tax dollars wasted. Obams likes that.

9/23/2012 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck. They multiply like cockroaches .
The differences is; when they get out of prison they return from the dead to steal again?

Maybe we should concentrate om the bag men and the voters? They are the direct descendants od Dr. FRANKENSTIEN!

9/23/2012 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of the Alderscum!

$5 for what shake down money, protection money, what a racket. Scum city!



9/23/2012 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the procedure to cut the aldermen? Can 9.5 Tutu do it himself? Or more likely, the aldermen vote on it?

Bwahahahaha!

9/23/2012 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the 14th ward, formerly 23rd ward waiting to have trees trimmed over 1 year why do we need alderman again? thought BURKE had power,guess not!

9/23/2012 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone saying cut the aldergirls in half.

Why not bring it down to where it should be, 14 or 15. Make it a FULLTIME job with the same pension as police, fire and the rest.

Not only do we save the $1.2 million given to each creature EACH year to spend in their wards, we save money on THEIR pensions, THEIR $60,000 office expenses, AND all the cronies THEY have working in the offices.

That alone will put $70 million a year back to help us hire more police.

9/24/2012 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

50 alderman. what a joke. what a waste and they know it. 25 commanders then have 25 alderman. oh, you close some stations, then we cut 3 more alderman to match the police. if a district commander can handle so many city blocks then so can the alderman. they would work directly with the commander hand in hand.

9/24/2012 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Occupy Chicago people out there??? Here is a worthy cause, go march on city hall till they purge half the useless Aldermen. That would save this city so much money.

9/24/2012 03:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just getting rid of burke would save the city millions

9/24/2012 04:08:00 PM  

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