Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Very Bad Idea

Can someone please stop this parade of bad ideas coming out of City Hall? Has no one there studied even the most basic theories of Economics? We guess we can't expect much from big city democrats, and Sneed is just a cheerleader/water-carrier for the Machine, but isn't there a single adult anywhere in the room?
  • Sneed hears an addition to a massive city property tax increase is being considered, which could generate $195 million a year!
Oh boy!!! $195 million!
  • Sneed has learned Mayor Rahm Emanuel is eyeing a city commuter/congestion tax that could add mega millions to the city’s barren coffers at City Council Finance Committee Chairman Ald. Ed Burke’s (14th) suggestion.
Uh oh - Ed Burke? He of the trans-fat, foie gras, sugary drink tax ideas? This is headed downhill in a hurry:
  • Upshot: Burke recently persuaded Emanuel to impanel a blue ribbon committee to study the feasibility and logistics of collecting a congestion fee from suburbanites who drive into the city, with a goal of easing Chicago’s notorious traffic problems.
A "blue ribbon committee"? That usually means a panel of morons appointed to be yes-men to anything the mayor or aldrecreature says. No one with an actual, you know, degree in Economics or who built a business (as opposed to inherited a successful company).
  • Big bucks shot: The panel, which is being created as we speak, will look at how such a fee would be collected, where it could be collected, and the costs of operating such a program. At $10 a day, a congestion abatement plan would generate $3.75 million per week or $195 million per year, sources tell Sneed.

    Road block: A number of factors make a congestion fee highly complex, including the fact that it could only be imposed on city streets. The city would not have the legal authority to collect a fee from people driving on state or federal highways.

    Road stats: In order to achieve the goals for reducing emissions and generating revenue the Central Business District — as defined by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department of Revenue — would be the focus of any abatement.

    Abatement would take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the evening rush-hour period.

    An estimated 194,000 vehicles travel to the central business district from elsewhere in the city and the suburbs, according to a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning study conducted before Feb. 2010.
Ummmm.....first Sneed says they want to soak suburbanites who clog up the streets. Then she quotes the "Planning" agency which says 194,000 cars come "from elsewhere in the city and the suburbs." This is blurring the issue and casts immediate doubt on the rosy "$3.75 million per week" Sneed is touting.

Then, Ed Burke says some things that make us (A) doubt his sanity and (B) think he's been hitting the glass pipe a bit hard lately. It does reaffirm our opinion that he is an unqualified moron, an economic dunce and a blithering idiot:
  • “It would be a hard-fought battle, but in European capitals like London, it is extremely successful,” said Burke.

    “New York Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg waged a losing battle to try and impose a similar congestion fee in Manhattan, only to be thwarted by the legislature,” he added.

    “But I’m hoping it could be done. Anybody not a resident of the city and doesn’t have a car registered in the city will pay for the privilege of driving in a congested downtown area, specifically the Loop . . . or take public transportation.

    “We’re talking businessmen, bankers, delivery truck services, vehicles, plumbers, electricians, you name it,” added Burke, who said it would involve automated electronic metering but no stopping on expressway tolls.
Well Ed, London is a congested city because it dates from the second century and doesn't have the advantage of being a planned grid like many American cities.

"thwarted by the legislature"? That's their job you idiot. But of course, being granted your seat by being the spawn of your father's loin and spending all that time as the mayor's "rubber stamp," we kind of get where you would think that the legislature exists to do the will of the elected and not the people they actually represent.

"privilege of driving in a congested downtown area"? What the hell does that mean? Most people view it as an inconvenience.

Here's the only truth in the entire big-wet-kiss-to-Ed-Burke of an article:
  • “It’s a very attractive idea to get taxes to fund the government’s expenses, but it could have unintended consequences,” said a Sneed source.
The biggest hurdle (taxing cars on city roads, not federal or state highways), is going to drive people to those roads, increasing congestion - we haven't researched the whole thing, but there are undoubtedly a few routes that are exclusively state or federal.

So let's say you charge them an extra $10 a day - it works out of another $200 a month for that person to drive downtown. That's on top of whatever they pay already to park somewhere - probably many thousands of dollars a year. Those people might be able to absorb a $1200 hit every year...if they're suburbanites that is. City dwellers wouldn't be paying this, right?

Then there's Ed's contention "We’re talking businessmen, bankers, delivery truck services, vehicles, plumbers, electricians, you name it," These are the people who keep downtown running. If they're going to have to pay another $10, that's going to be a drag on their bottom line. Costs get passed along. Now you're making it inconvenient to companies looking to squeeze every dollar into their bottom line - companies with dozens, even hundreds of trucks with suburban/out-of-state plates and stickers on their trucks because you've already made it prohibitively expensive to register their vehicles here. Hell, even the city leases it's vehicles from out of state. It becomes an economic disincentive.

So you drive out the little guys and the workers, who now park in the burbs and commute in on Metra or CTA lots. You've made those bottom lines bigger (though still operating at a loss in the case of the CTA) at the expense of parking lots and garages who contributed to the city's tax coffers.

And what about companies that actually, you know, listen to their employees about how inconvenient and expensive it's gotten to work downtown? A happy workforce is a productive workforce (and the opposite is true - look at the CPD). What's to stop the companies from moving to the cheaper burbs? Sears? RH Donnelly? United has a token presence downtown, but nothing that can't be relocated with the flip of a telephone switching relay. Even the Exchanges have made legit noises about moving operations out of Chicago should certain harebrained schemes ever come to pass. Those are guys who know the value of a dollar.

Has anyone even done an economic impact study?

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122 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about getting rid of all those fucking bike lanes. Or making every cyclist over 12 buy a 89 dollar plus fees city sticker. You want special lanes fuck you pay me!

9/19/2015 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How fucking dumb can they get?! The depths of their stupidity are completely mind-boggling.

9/19/2015 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sneed loves Ed and Anne Burke (one of the "Ladies Who Lunch" with Mad Queen Mike).

Sneed is dizzy over Garry McCarthy's recent marriage into the Felon Family of the Laurino Mob. In what city would it be a good thing for the Police Superintendent to associate with criminals? Didn't Matt Rodriguez lose his job that way? Now the political felons are Garry's in-laws!

9/19/2015 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ass-first slide down the splintery spiral bannister
of Fuckery just got a little faster as the smartest
M/Fers in any room they deign to stand in have totally
run out of ways to paper-over their profligate thievery
over the years.

Chicago has a serious spending problem and these
decaying alive assholes are trying to leave no pockets
unpicked?

>Pfffft!<

Our conscience is clear.
We voted for nary a one of these thieving bastards.

Viva Hate.

9/19/2015 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So you drive out the little guys and the workers..." -- SCC

That's right! Drive the poor out of the city with a scourge, until the roads out of town are as jammed as the Hungarian border with refugees on foot. An unlimited number of rich and smart and beautiful people will automatically come flooding in, buying up every piece of "real estate" in sight and packing the bistros and theaters and boutiques, strolling idly along the artists'-conception riverwalks, sipping lattes and smartphoning each other.

"Hot area! Hot! Hot!" they cry, like an idiot who can't figure to put the frying pan down.

Going to start raining quarters any minute now. Trust us on that.

Ah ha. I beat the "realtor" troll to it!

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9/19/2015 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Then there's Ed's contention "We’re talking businessmen, bankers, delivery truck services, vehicles, plumbers, electricians, you name it..."

Ah, the darkest and most deep-seated, primordial fear of the politician -- that someone other than himself is making a dollar somehow...

9/19/2015 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few streets come to mind, Northwest Hwy/Peterson Ave (Rt 14), Lincoln Ave/Foster Ave./LSD (Rt 41), North Ave (Rt 64), Milwaukee Ave. (Rt 21), Harlem Ave. (Rt 43), Cicero Ave. (Rt 50), Higgins Ave (Rt 72) and Irving Pk. (Rt 19) to name a few on the northside.

Why not just charge a city income tax on those who work here and companies that deliver here. Hell of a lot easier than trying to figure out which vehicles and which street segment to target.

9/19/2015 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the tax idea. How much money do suburbanites really spend in our city every week day anyway? Don't need no ribbon panel, tax their asses.

9/19/2015 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6am - 10am and 3pm - 6pm? So he's going to stick it in their ass coming and going! Such a special person.

9/19/2015 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the new taxes, maybe FOP can use it to get residency ban lifted.
It's a hardship.

9/19/2015 02:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slimeball Burke is still driven around town in new, of course, police car driven by a staff of political hack, lackys, so called police officers, whos real job is to be servants for this weasel.

9/19/2015 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The country, state and city are broke. Time to start cutting the entitlements. The free phones, free rents up to $1300 have to go. You'll notice we really don't have any poor and starving, just folks who demand and do nothing. If you wish for a welfare check, you can do something in return. Clean up streets and neighborhoods. dug ditches, etc... Not just sit around.

9/19/2015 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The financial wizards in charge remind me of someone who relies on a Payday Loan store to get by while buying Lottery tickets.

9/19/2015 03:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Burke or not, he's right about London. Everyone takes the tube all day and night. There's not that much vehicular congestion.

9/19/2015 04:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE Chicago and glad we retired and moved out of state ~ I feel sorry for the city workers that have to live there. Ed Burke is such an asshole ~ pretty soon they will tax you just for breathing Chicago air....

9/19/2015 04:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1)I will never get off of the expressway in city limits again if they apply this tax.
2)I was in New York and it cost me $5.00 to cross into New York on the G. Washington bridge while on a motorcycle.
3)I will never return to Chicago or New York again.

Retired, and no longer a city resident...Nuff said

9/19/2015 04:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit - Part Deux

9/19/2015 04:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals are great at coming up with creative ways to raise taxes. Not so great with the cutting spending part. Do the liberals think we are not taxed enough and the politicians are great at running an efficient government. I do say liberals, but most politicians of both parties are a problem.

I have 3 more years in this hellhole before I can get out. I just pray there are 3 more record breaking property tax increases before then. I will have to abandon my home rather than be able to find a seller. I have no problem moving forward with that plan.

9/19/2015 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

90% of the $195MM in fees will be eaten up in the bureaucracy and skimming involved in all Chicago taxing schemes.

Is this plan to discourage businesses from relocating downtown. Some have moved here recently (just from the burbs so it doesn't help state), but these city fees and tax increases are ridiculous.

9/19/2015 05:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my God, these people are soft as baby shit.

9/19/2015 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my suggestion for a congestion abatement plan, and they don't need a blue ribbon panel to discover this. Deport illegal aliens.

9/19/2015 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

A congestion tax. Does that mean if you blow your nose you're taxed?

9/19/2015 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The talking heads that some people elect just don't get it. Where were they when Daley was busy pissing away the pension money for pet projects. They should be held accountable for the past mistakes. Lower their salary and do away with at least 25 of the aldercreatures. That would be a step in the right direction.

9/19/2015 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did the $75 billion from the parking meters go??

9/19/2015 07:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this money is going right to the pensions, rigbt?

9/19/2015 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Frankns said...

The conversation at City Hall goes something like this:

What an idea!! Let's tax people who CANNOT touch us, who can't even influence what we do with their money, who can't vote us out of office, and who absolutely HAVE to come to our city to make a living. It's kind of like ... Perfect! I wonder if we can do this for tourists too?

Great idea, all right, except for the fact that it's kind of like taxation without representation. Not to mention a really terrible model for other cities to follow ... But it's really all about greed anyway. Plain and simple greed.

9/19/2015 07:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose that would include commuters who work in 001 , 018 and 055. Etc . ..

9/19/2015 07:44:00 AM  
Blogger sean donnellan said...

The city can't even get simple smart lights at intersections, with sensors that respond to traffic and turn arrows for safety. This will never be implemented. Hopefully.

9/19/2015 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The suburbs have developed infrastructure in the post WWII period, while we attempt to maintain systems that go back to WWI. Has anyone been to Rosemont lately? Plenty of free parking if you use their restaurants or shops, and plenty of area to develop office space. We are in the computer age, businesses rent meeting rooms, so sales people only have to appear once a week, while they send everything in via computer. Burke and Rahm are living in a long gone period of time. Sure people will come to Chicago to see the museums and other attractions, but let's be real here: How many times a year do non-residents do that? When was the last time anyone reading this blog took their whole family to the museums or other cultural events? Look at the decline in attendance at the Taste. The reality is that if we continue to drive businesses out of Chicago this will really be a place of the Haves and the Have Nots. I personally know families that upon retirement left, because it was cheaper to live elsewhere. This is becoming too expensive and adding this on will make it worse. Also, has anyone called the police for a non-emergency lately? And I do not blame the cops, I blame the Mayor. While working at a City College, one of my two "retirement jobs", we had a situation where we needed a report. 1 hr. and 15 minutes later, a car arrived. And the police officer was professional, a gentleman and he did a great job helping our student. But that length of time on a response would have generated a complaint a few years ago. The Police Department is stretched to its limits. The quality of life and delivery of services in Chicago is becoming a tangible issue. Baby "G"

9/19/2015 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this will stop Loyola University from registering their vehicles, including their people mover vans, in the suburbs to avoid city stickers.

9/19/2015 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a great idea!,,,,Toll booths everywhere on each street
My idea is to pay a toll if your exit expressway at any city street
Put up plate readers all over and establish electronic tolling
Change name from I-Pass to I-Fucked

9/19/2015 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, more money for the politicians to waste. Just a matter of time before businesses decide it's not worth it to do keep their business in the city. Penny wise, dollar foolish.

They never want to acknowledge the big picture.

9/19/2015 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As John Lennon once said, "Tax the rich, feed the poor, till there are no rich no more"

9/19/2015 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

50 aldermen each with a 1.3 million dollar slush fund provided by taxes. Cut the aldermen or slash the bribe fund, I mean slush fund. Also divert TIF revenue. There the entire budget crisis is fixed for Chicago.

9/19/2015 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the fuck is wrong with these morons? Surprised the toilets at any city building don't accept quarters. Dirt bag Eddie burkes idea to top it off! If I lived in the burbs, I'd just register the car to a city address. It's either get screwed by rahms little fucked from behind registration tax and city sticker ripoff or fast eddies plan that would really hurt! I'm sure his wife would read this and snicker about how far from the truth the example is.

9/19/2015 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still waiting for the ghetto tax to be floated. You know, a tax that recovers money from the assholes who are the blight of this city and cost the most!! Do an economic blue ribbon study on how much money we could save by cutting ties with the west and south side!! Trillions

9/19/2015 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will happen in the not too distant future . New vehicles are being built with vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication capabilities . This is being developed to enable tax by the mile / zone and eventually self driving vehicles . Those new streetlights the city wants will communicate with passing vehicles in a taxation / guidance role . Imagine driving through a school or construction zone and your vehicle will not exceed that speed limit or disregarding two traffic control devices and your vehicle shuts down . All the new wizz bang features people pay extra for now like collision avoidance , lane sensing , and self park will soon be ubiquitous and usher in era of the self driving car.

9/19/2015 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SCC Are u aware that the 2016 Retiree Healthcare Contributions have skyrocketed? PPO Standard for the retiree alone will be $890.00, PPO Value $775.00, Blue Choice Standard $736.00, and Blue Choice Value $644.00. You can only get Blue Choice Value if you live in Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, McHenry, Lake, Kankakee, or Grundy Counties.

9/19/2015 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Retired Guy Here Again.......! Well if the city streets were not filled with clutter, maybe this would not be such a issue. Flower pots, Medium Dividers, Filled With Flowers, Bike Lane's that make no sense. I ride my bike, drive my car, and walk, often in our city. What's wrong with going back to the original concept of streets ? To allow traffic to flow as freely, and safely, as possible. Open up the streets again ! Let's Un-Clog the Toilet of Chicago City Streets !

9/19/2015 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing good is ever announced, leaked or exposed on a Friday from any level of government.

9/19/2015 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Economic Impact Study the City had conducted had the City collecting 10¢ on every $1 they spend.
The technology that they want to utilized will cost 10 times the amount the intend to collect.
This has always been the matrix.
The city allows LAZ to raise costs of parking on OUR streets. The City's return on this investors dream deal is piss poor.
That's the simple on how it works. There's a Daley Inc company looming with a strategy for Burkes endeavor.
If the City needs money how about hitting up the airlines for a $10 (air space) congestion tax?
Why not collect $10 from everyone that walks into trial at 26th& Cal (big mouth aggressive spectators $5).
Why not collect from the deadbeats by deducting fines from entitlement stipends?
Or how about just not spending for awhile ?

9/19/2015 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure the suburbanites would gladly pay the $10 to come into the city to see the show the School of the Art Institute put on at 601 S. State last nite complete with strippers with nothing but pasties on and very scantly clad transvestite dancers with leather banana hammocks, heals and bras. Quite the site that was entirely VISABLE TO THE PUBLIC! While no alcohol was supposedly served at the event the student attendees were clearly high as a kite. Second show tonite. Such a culturally diverse (read degenerate) city we are.

9/19/2015 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...





Ever notice how they always have ideas about raising taxes but never about cutting spending?

9/19/2015 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another bad idea in a long list of bad ideas. You make good arguments and points as always. Run for Mayor,please.

9/19/2015 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$10 a day? Eff that, I'll get a different job and let the cesspool of a city suffer the consequences.

9/19/2015 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a masters degree in economics and I hope some big shot is reading this blog because here are a revenue generating few ideas I have for the city.

1. Build a Public-Private amusement park on the south side where the US steel plant used to be. Charge $50-60 per person. That will keep out the gang bangers and it will be safe. This idea for a new amusement park would take some of the revenue away from Six Flags who made $800 million last year. They have a monopoly right now. I estimate this idea would generate around $200 million for the city.

2. Sell ALL city owned land to private developers. They city is sitting on thousands of vacant properties. Why? Auction it all off to companies and any Illinois resident. Sell those massive abandoned brick factories to manufacturing companies like GE. The sale of the properties plus the property tax revenue would generate around $100 million.

3. Renovate Northerly Island. Add in a bar district off the lake. Add in amateur scuba lessons, fishing clubs, other fun things, etc. Make this rival congested Navy Pier. That could bring in around $50 million a year.

4. CUT CHA budget by $100 million each year for the next 3 years. Unless you are elderly or severely disabled, no one should live rent free and not work!

I could go on and on with smaller ideas, but overall I just solved the city's budget problems! Pass this along to someone at city hall.

9/19/2015 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have something similar in London. Cemeras take pictures of your license plate as you enter and exit the central business district. You then have to pay a fee as you exit or else you get a letter and fined. It works...to an extent over there because there arent as many ways in and out of the area. Plus, the British are much mor civilized than we are. LOL

9/19/2015 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they could get a couple of college students to come in as interns and let them RUN the whole show! It couldn't be any worse.

How can these morons run this city for all this time and learn absolutely nothing?

Time for a BIG change in our city governors.

9/19/2015 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

+++++ Anybody not a resident of the city and doesn’t have a car registered in the city will pay for the privilege of driving in a congested downtown area, specifically the Loop . . . or take public transportation. ~~~ p ~~~ Burke, who said it would involve automated electronic metering but no stopping on expressway tolls. +++++

WTF is he talking about???

How is any 'automated electronic metering' going to know whose a resident or not? If he's saying EVERY CAR/Vehicle in IL is going to have 'gizmo' installed, then he can go fuck himself, and I mean FUCK himself!! And what the HELL is that gobbledygook about, 'but no stopping on expressway tolls'? That sounds like incoherent ravings of a madman. Then again this is a neo-commie Dem talking about Inventing News Taxes so incoherent ravings is kinda expected, he prolly had an orgasm too.

IMHO, I don't see how this would work, and if somehow passed into law, it won't generate nearly enough money to cover the cost of the bloated overhead that will magically appear. It'll take $13 dollars to collect $10 dollars.

I really think the alder-creatures should look at that: 'High Rise Resident View Tax' I've proposed After all, it's only fair' that those 'rich people' should pay extra for having that breathtaking view along the Lake front when the po' folk living in a bungalow don't. (we KNOW your reading this Blog, you tax happy cretins)

9/19/2015 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow...this would be a stepping stone to just charge everyone a flat $10.00 downtown congestion fee. I can see them justifying that, in their criminally blown out greedy little tickers. Said many times before....Chicago has a spending problem. The money is there, but its being stolen by the truck loads by politicians and the connected few. Time to wipe the slate clean and start all over.

9/19/2015 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right that a study put together by the city would be a waste of money.

If a study is done, it should be conducted by, or at the least, be advised by, those who planned and implemented the London inner city taxing system. It is successful.

You are correct that London is a city of ancient origen but if you look at a map, you will see that it is more like the north side of Chicago than the hodgepodge of streets that you imply.

I've been there a number of times and navigating it's streets are not that difficult, even when factoring in that you are driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Surprisingly easy to make the adjustment.

What London does have is a fabulous system of underground transportation. Very convenient to use and obviously of help to alleviate traffic problems when it is used for that purpose. Chicago, too, has in place, an extensive public transportation system that is underused by commuters because, in their estimation, it is easier to drive and pay the garages for parking.

But Chicago politics are Chicago politics and while not truly knowing, my bet is that London, even with some of the crazy named political groups, can't begin to approach the corrupt ways of Chicago.

Retired CPD just being a devils advocate here.

Stay safe and retire as soon as possible.





9/19/2015 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of you guys are professional naysayers. This is in the long term is good for the city and good for the economy. It will keep the riff raffs out of downtown. Also if you live in boring Wilmette or Highland Park and want to enjoy the many cultural, dining and entertainment amenities that only the city of Chicago can offer then you have no other option than to travel to downtown Chicago and it's adjacent River North and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. In that regards, Chicago wins hands down.

9/19/2015 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For every tax passed a little of your freedom is lost. Question is, how much freedom is left?

9/19/2015 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-stockton-officers-teen-jaywalking-20150918-story.html




Enforce the law at your own risk

9/19/2015 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Health care costs going way up for retirees, what's worse, Rahm wants no city subsidy for retiree healthcare beginning 2017. The only thing that gets the attention of the immoral and treacherous pricks at City Hall is a lawsuit, the case is being argued in front of Judge Neil Cohen (former Daley Corporation Counsel Susan Sher's husband) on October 26 at 10:00 a.m. room 2308, Pack the house !

9/19/2015 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/19/2015 07:51:00 AM

Baby G you make some good points. But just look around you. The city is booming with new construction. Developers are building huge houses and new condo buildings. There is a huge demand for people to live in the city. So why not tax such people who voluntarily want to live here. People have been saying "Chicago is dead", "people are moving out", etc. for as long as I can remember. The city's population has declined. But it's property values keep going straight up. So that means the rich and educated are snapping up properties.

9/19/2015 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second rahmiie boy
outsource garbage collection and you will save money
city crew has 3 m3n , driver does nothing and makes more money
private garbage collection , one man drives , picks up garbage
all by his self
guess what , he is just as quick
what you do not see with the one man PRIVATE GARBAGE COLLECTOR
He is not talking on his cell phone or texting
he drives and picks up garbage (his job)
city crew ,talking on telephone and guess what
sometimes one man is picking up all the garbage and yes tw0(2) men are inside the truck . the same waste of our tax dollars is with the light bulb changers and tree trimmers
wake up citizens , we are paying people to loaf and our tax goes up , up
yes we do have one man Police Cars , not acceptable but our union in bed with rahmmie

9/19/2015 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"So you drive out the little guys and the workers..." -- SCC

That's right! Drive the poor out of the city with a scourge, until the roads out of town are as jammed as the Hungarian border with refugees on foot. An unlimited number of rich and smart and beautiful people will automatically come flooding in, buying up every piece of "real estate" in sight and packing the bistros and theaters and boutiques, strolling idly along the artists'-conception riverwalks, sipping lattes and smartphoning each other.

"Hot area! Hot! Hot!" they cry, like an idiot who can't figure to put the frying pan down.

Going to start raining quarters any minute now. Trust us on that.

Ah ha. I beat the "realtor" troll to it!

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9/19/2015 01:23:00 AM

You are the one referring to me; the so called "realtor troll". Let me ask you some hard nosed questions. 1. Ride around on the north side of Chicago. Neighborhoods that were considered on the outskirts of where yuppies want to live are now booming. Why? Because there is demand to live in the city. This is not just happening in Chicago but in many other cities. Young people, educated and folks with high paying jobs want to move into the city center and it's outskirt neighborhoods. Even far away neighborhoods are booming with new construction- like Portage Park. In that neighborhoods houses are still dirt cheap like 250K to 350K and yet they are demoloshing such houses so they can build newer bigger houses. Because there is huge demand that is why. The housing market crashed, but now it has recovered right back to it's peak levels again. Once again ask yourself why? Because there is demand for people to live in the city. No one is placing a gun to someone's head to move in to posh neighborhoods.

9/19/2015 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The country, state and city are broke. Time to start cutting the entitlements. The free phones, free rents up to $1300 have to go. You'll notice we really don't have any poor and starving, just folks who demand and do nothing. If you wish for a welfare check, you can do something in return. Clean up streets and neighborhoods. dug ditches, etc... Not just sit around.

yeah right, and piss off the blacks and illegals??

9/19/2015 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Frankns said...

And on the same theme ...

What's sauce for the goose, likewise for the gander. ;-)

I propose that the suburbs learn from the City tax all those city folks using our roads to shop, entertain themselves ... and to leave the City. What a great idea! The City forces us to pay to get to our jobs; we force City residents to pay to leave the City. Something they'll be doing in droves soon enough.

9/19/2015 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant wait to RUN away from this fucked up job and department full of goof stupidvisors and brass and get my rights back, because as a police officer you have none. I cant wait to RUN away from this fucked up city and county run by crooked, greedy, corrupt politicians and the dimwits that support them. I cant wait to RUN away from the degenerates that this city/county is full of: criminal ghetto scum, illegals, scumbag lawyers and slimeball tabloid people, err, I mean the media, and the cancerous liberals, democrats, communists and socialists that have finally succeeded and ruined this city and country. 5 more long years, NO MORE PROACTIVE POLICING FROM ME, I will do like the ghetto public you assholes have empowered, the minimum and NOTHING more whilst collecting my check. And to you coppers or 2 year wonders who are going to call me a dog and rip on me...ive forgotten more police work than youll ever remember, so stfu. Fuck all of you.

9/19/2015 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This will happen in the not too distant future . New vehicles are being built with vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication capabilities . This is being developed to enable tax by the mile / zone and eventually self driving vehicles . Those new streetlights the city wants will communicate with passing vehicles in a taxation / guidance role . Imagine driving through a school or construction zone and your vehicle will not exceed that speed limit or disregarding two traffic control devices and your vehicle shuts down . All the new wizz bang features people pay extra for now like collision avoidance , lane sensing , and self park will soon be ubiquitous and usher in era of the self driving car."

9/19/2015 08:43:00 AM

...and Allstate and other insurance companies, being private corporations with a for-profit motive, are out in the forefront of this sort of thing.

They want your car wired to constantly GPS them your route, speed, is smoke or alcohol or loud music present, and how many passengers you have, and if they're being "boisterous," thus causing a distraction. The transponder will also sense and transmit back information about the cars immediately around you. All this for "safety" and "fairer setting of insurance rates."

Government, which is always dragging its butt at least a decade behind the times and spending ten times the amount of other people's money on this sort of tech, will then move in with its own requirements.

"Elder care" going to go the same way. Sensors to report if you went to the bathroom, which medications you took, what time you laid down/got up, whether you "exercised," etc.

This is called "The Internet Of Things." The sensor manufacturers say, "99% of the physical objects on Earth are not connected to the Internet -- and we aim to change that."

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

9/19/2015 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know alderscum are not known for being smart. Just listen to them talk. They sound very dumb and use very poor English. Besides that, they are the ones that got Chicago into the financial mess that it is. All they do is spend.

9/19/2015 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Like Burke or not, he's right about London. Everyone takes the tube all day and night. There's not that much vehicular congestion.

9/19/2015 04:13:00 AM

Yeah...
What's the worst that can happen in that electric sewer
known as the el/subway?

The Police will be there soon as you're getting the top layer
or three of skin forcibly liberated from your head and ass
right-fucking-now...

Rahm and his 50 thieves say fuck you and your "perception"
of PERSONAL safety as you try to freely move about on the
public way in this town.

"Crime" (their ever-changing, finely minced word salad
filled definition of) is "down" (insert tortured and twisted
prevarication regarding which context of "down" is valid
for application in this instance) so you tax paying suckers
pay no mind to those rebellious Cops on that racist, hate-filled
blog who keep telling you to do not-nice things like arming
yourselves and fighting back.

Shit... Wherever you see one of those obnoxious
Gun Free (but victim rich) Zone signs is where you
REALLY need to carry to defend yourselves.

The micro-mind, raisin-hearted politicians who espoused
this madness and other such, aren't out here running the
Gauntlet like the upright people are.

9/19/2015 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PENALIZE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY!

A busy downtown is a bad thing. Choke it off until it looks like, well...Detroit?

Saw the State Street Mall go in, saw it torn out again...time for it to be rebuilt? Roll those leased semi trucks again! People sitting around at quaint wrought-iron tables with "CINZANO" umbrellas, sipping a $20.00 pastis in zero weather with a howling wind.

"Standin' on the corner, watchin' all the world go by-y-y..."

The old arterial neighborhood shopping streets and the former manufacturing areas look like this already. "FOR LEASE," "FOR LEASE," "FOR LEASE."

Kill the Loop, and you got it made.

9/19/2015 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Districts are short Sergeants , but the units at headquarters and homan square are loaded with bosses working a short hours , long lunches , plenty of smoke and coffee breaks . what a system , no time due for District Patrol Sergeants
Sergeants in Units , weekends off , plenty of BS overtime + we work long hours in Districts , actually earn our 45 minutes a day in overtime and quarterly checks .
It's a double standard .

9/19/2015 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can that man keep raising the premiums for retirees that already took a 25% pay cut , he is not a friend of the working class , He's a friend of the 1% Class and welfare , Illegals . City is self insured , he is sticking it up our butt without lube .

9/19/2015 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As John Lennon once said, "Tax the rich, feed the poor, till there are no rich no more"

9/19/2015 08:26:00 AM

That was Ten Years After. Lennon said:

"Nobody told me there'd be days like these...strange days indeed...most peculiar mama...roll!"

9/19/2015 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Has anyone even done an economic impact study?" -- SCC

Here goes the fork lift whizzing by! Another shrink-wrapped skid of fat loose-leaf binders with the City seal expensively hot-stamped on the front, headed for Vanecko Storage And Warehouse, and eventually to the landfill...

I liked the huge study done by S&S people sneaking around at night, peeking into your trash and cataloging what you were throwing out. Wonder how much that load of paper cost...

9/19/2015 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You'll notice we really don't have any poor..."

9/19/2015 03:47:00 AM

Right.

9/19/2015 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just charge a city income tax on those who work here and companies that deliver here. Hell of a lot easier than trying to figure out which vehicles and which street segment to target.

What makes you think that once they impose this tax on suburbanites that they won't come out with a city tax?

Look at the tax on streaming media. According to the powers that be, it's not a NEW TAX, it's a new interpretation of the existing ENTERTAINMENT TAX.

9/19/2015 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again the elites fail to recognize that taxed parties are dynamic. That is, if you tax the hell out of my gas/smokes/merchandise, its just as easy for me to go to the burbs, indiana, or order it online in some cases. You will NOT get 10 bucks a day from commuters, at least not for more than a week. They will tele-commute, change jobs, or get on mass transit. If that's your goal; great. If you want to make some freaking money, commerce has to happen! Why can't someone find a way to bring in some industrial investment, rather than another sports venue, or stupid casino? Every week I see another new industrial building going up on I55, but nothing new in the city...

A commuter tax is revenue-negative in very short order. Rosemont, Naperville, and a host of suburbs will be more than happy to have investors build factories, stores and attractions outside of Chicago, making the collected tax NOTHING. Can't someone figure that out FFS?

I work for a government agency in the city and live in the suburbs. Moving my job to a government facility outside the city will take me two days. Who wins then? I can bring my family in for a trip to the museums once or twice a year, and be done with it. And why is it ALWAYS about more 'revenue' and NEVER about cutting a dime in spending?

9/19/2015 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remeber, it's a democRATs job to try and take every dime possible from the taxpayers. They consider it their money, not yours.

9/19/2015 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone notice the irrefutable concern for the environment which will justify the need for greater revenue through one of those made to order environmental vehicle emission impact studies.The green movement is a useful tool for absolute control over all industries in addition to being a very nifty tool to validate the need for generating additional revenue streams which to squander. The environment is a moral issue and those who argue counter to the environmental movement will be branded as immoral and ideologically bankrupt. The goal is to maximize revenue through an emotional appeal to those re-educated in climate change, global warming, green technology etc. and the Marxist ideology of class warfare.

9/19/2015 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an Illegal Alien Tax,You get paid in Cash and dont pay taxes, so how about paying for all the free Service's you get,No Im not Prejudice,Im Latino who's tired of the leaches.

9/19/2015 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BORDERS MATTER when defining the city's boundaries for enhancement to the bloated revenue generating industrial machine. How else would you define those Americans who live outside the Corporate Limits of the City of Chicago? The undocumented residents from outside the city are gainfully employed in the central business district of this sanctuary city doing the jobs Chicago residents won't do.

The left, namely the Chicago democrat ruling class, does not acknowledge national borders and American sovereignty since it may adversely impact foreign nationals who arrive in violation of law to consume limitless entitlement resources. The goal of the party is to gain a numeric superiority through a permanent underclass thus gaining total power which to dictate their Marxist doctrine over detractors who clamor those days gone by old fashioned freedom and who have an inherit distrust of an all encompassing government control over every aspect of their lives. With total control the the purse rewards are granted to those who agree with the political class's scheme of power, control and their aspirations of the accumulation of enormous personal wealth at the expense of the working stiffs.

9/19/2015 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masters Degree you don't understand Democrats love the low lifes Who Vote for them.

9/19/2015 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait $1.00 for a city lot .
Increases in everything from property tax , health insurance .
Something stinks .
I'll pay $2.00 for each lot .
50 alderman in the 21st Century , please .
Every citizen gets better results from 311 .
Captains do What ? Deputy Chief in a District , say what ?
Sanctuary city .

9/19/2015 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could go on and on with smaller ideas, but overall I just solved the city's budget problems! Pass this along to someone at city hall.



9/19/2015 10:21:00 AM

You're hired!

9/19/2015 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM

Can't find a thing wrong with this idea.
Sick of my neighbors with their out of state plates/no city sticker, thanks to their summer homes in Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.

9/19/2015 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just look how easily we've all been distracted from the REAL issue, which is the fee for trash pick-up.

Look over there, not at what's right in front of our eyes!

9/19/2015 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

culturally diverse (read degenerate) city we are.

9/19/2015 09:15:00 AM

Chick A Filet, does not represent our family values, this is the new norm, Your a freak if you are a heterosexual, believe in god, or proud of to be American.

9/19/2015 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 9/19/2015 10:21:00 PM

Dude!

Don't give Rahm & Co. shit!
Any good ideas by US should be paid the same prevailing rate
Rahm is gifting to the plethora public relations and media control
bullshit artists who are sucking the taxpayer tit to the point of
drawing blood.

Why the fuck not get paid? Everybody but US is making money
in this Potemkin Village built on a graveyard hewn out of a drained swamp.

(Cue: Ghastly grinners slowly percolating out of the ground)

The overall desired expectation is we're supposed to stand still and get
our throats cut just because we "swore an oath?"

Man... Fuck that noise and doubly-fuck whoever is making it.

We're as smart if not smarter and more in tune to the pulse
of this city than any of those pissant, narrow-shouldered,
North Shore/Gold Coast/New Yuck micro-mind wunderkinds of Spin
and Fuckery.

The difference is that Policemen deal in real, not this bready circus
nonsense of fifty-foot clowns setting mock cityscapes on fire to reveal a secret message from Rahm al-Ghoul.

Where the fuck is Mistuh Clown gonna climb to if those tight and shiny satin
britches get lit on fire by the bearded woman fire-sword swallower?

Gawd what a visual...

9/19/2015 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a suburbanite who HATES going into the City. I do it only when I absolutely have to, and it's only for business for the few clients that I happen to have in the City.

I charge back my clients travel time, parking costs, and also charge the hourly rate and that's just for the Loop area. I don't take clients who live outside the loop in the Shitty because it's too dangerous to visit those areas - take a wrong turn, and *banger central* - fuck that, I love my family. No need to die over some bullshit city client.

But these clients only call me when they really need me because it costs so much. They can't find qualified people in the City - because they're not gonna take the bus or public transportation - they need tools to get the job done. That means driving a private vehicle, parking somewhere, schlepping tools to/from the job w/o getting robbed or accosted by assholes...

Add in $10 for some congestion fee? Fuck that. Fuck Chiraq and their never ending taxing bullshit. Chances are that EVERY road in Chiraq had some federal dollars thrown at it for some grant or whatnot - and as a Citizen of the USA, my Federal taxes went to pay for that - so fuck you Chicago - no congestion tax for you.

You want to solve congestion? Pull out those half-assed bike lanes that eat up lanes of traffic.

But the rest of this is a cop out and everyone knows it. Chiraq doesn't have a revenue problem, they have a SPENDING problem. Too much spending on crap they don't need. Maggie Daley Park $55M, Bike Lanes - something like $12M right? Private Stadium $22M. Unused train station (Block 37?) $100M. Bike lane flyover $60M.... and other bullshit too...

9/19/2015 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an additional $50.00 fee for lawyers if they practice law in Chicago. Lawyers understand the importance and in the words of Pat Quinn, "It is the right thing to do".

9/19/2015 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

While I think Lappe is a nice person, I also think that he has done little for us at the Pension Bd.
I cannot in good conscience vote him in for another term.
Mike, you've got over 30yrs on the job now, it's time to think about retirement.

9/19/2015 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM


I've got 6 of those f-ers on my block.
All the vehicles registered to suburban addresses yet Every single night of the week they're parked her all night long.
The one broad has been here for 4 years and she works for CPS

9/19/2015 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a masters degree in economics and I hope some big shot is reading this blog because here are a revenue generating few ideas I have for the city.

1. Build a Public-Private amusement park on the south side where the US steel plant used to be. Charge $50-60 per person. That will keep out the gang bangers and it will be safe. This idea for a new amusement park would take some of the revenue away from Six Flags who made $800 million last year. They have a monopoly right now. I estimate this idea would generate around $200 million for the city.

2. Sell ALL city owned land to private developers. They city is sitting on thousands of vacant properties. Why? Auction it all off to companies and any Illinois resident. Sell those massive abandoned brick factories to manufacturing companies like GE. The sale of the properties plus the property tax revenue would generate around $100 million.

3. Renovate Northerly Island. Add in a bar district off the lake. Add in amateur scuba lessons, fishing clubs, other fun things, etc. Make this rival congested Navy Pier. That could bring in around $50 million a year.

4. CUT CHA budget by $100 million each year for the next 3 years. Unless you are elderly or severely disabled, no one should live rent free and not work!
I could go on and on with smaller ideas, but overall I just solved the city's budget problems! Pass this along to someone at city hall.

First off,
#1) Great America already exists; it's expensive to go to and its full of gang bangers.

#2) The majority of city lots are in low income neighborhoods, it's already been proven that the redevelopment in these areas has not worked. As far as the abandoned brick factories, they are abandoned for a reason. Chicago and Illinois are not business friendly areas.

#3) They just renovated Northerly Island, apparently even the clouted would not take the risk of investing in that location.

#4) The CHA is not what it used to be, now it's all about Section 8 and Obama and the Dems ain't going to let that go away.

Apparently a Masters Degree is not what it once was!!

9/19/2015 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an idea to make a little money for the city. If one of these big box stores or drug/grocery chains calls for police service because they are holding a theft offender. If they don't send a representative of the company to court charge them for the police service, the ASA's service, court fee's etc... I'm tired of these companies calling for police service, signing complaints and not showing up to court. You don't want to show to court then grab dude get your merchandise back and kick them out of the store end of story.

9/19/2015 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is a popular opinion but I the state needs to legalize marijuana. Not that it's anyone's business - but no I do not partake.

How it could positively affect me is think of all the tax revenue it would generate - maybe the city would quit hiking property tax as an answer to everything, or netflix tax, uber tax, etc, etc.

As anyone can realize, it's just a matter of time before legalization anyway. The state might as well get in on it early and start making money.

9/20/2015 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>Anonymous said...
Remeber, it's a democRATs job to try and take every dime possible from the taxpayers. They consider it their money, not yours.

9/19/2015 05:24:00 PM<<<

You got it! The Democommunists are lawyers.
They produce nothing but take from those who did produce wealth.

Republicans on the other hand are business men and women. They produce wealth. Think of the difference between B. H. Obama and Donald Trump. Except for government bureaucrats how many jobs did Obama ever create compared to the tens of thousands in this country that have Donald Trump to thank for a paycheck.

Think about that for the next election. Register and Vote!

9/20/2015 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is she still alive?

9/20/2015 05:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will not matter how much more money they bring in or how they do it. The money will just be pissed away on some silly ass program that will stand no chance of success from the get go. You can never improve anything using a Democrats mind set.

9/20/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The housing market crashed, but now it has recovered right back to it's peak levels again. Once again ask yourself why?"

9/19/2015 11:38:00 AM

Developers forgetting lessons of the bubble

January 29, 2014

"What is this, 2006? New hotels, apartment buildings and shopping centers are going up around Chicago faster than the market can absorb them.

"Albert Friedman and White Lodging Services Corp. are on to another Gold Coast hotel project just seven months after completing their last one.

"William Smith of Smithfield Properties LLC is building a 295-unit apartment tower at LaSalle Street and Chicago Avenue, just half a mile from a 367-unit project by Newcastle Ltd.

"And new shopping-center construction is set to rise 16 percent this year.

"If only the rising tide of development were driven by surging demand for apartments, hotel rooms and stores. But it's not. Supply is losing touch with demand, just as it did in the mid-2000s and the late 1980s, to name the most recent outbreaks of a recurring real estate syndrome.

FAMILIAR SCENES

"We can recite the next scenes of this movie from memory. Oversupply depresses rents and room rates, squeezing cash flows and sending some properties into bankruptcy. Loan writeoffs and foreclosures follow in short order..."

"ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based firm that monitors retail traffic, recently reported that store visits have declined by half since 2010...Yet shopping center construction is rising again, even as empty storefronts built a few years ago dot the landscape..."

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140129/BLOGS10/140129747

Soaring property taxes and "congestion fees" and garbage fees and collapsing schools and pension systems can only help, right?

...but this is really pointlesss, because the one thing I know about a bubble is that everyone becomes blind and deaf to reality. All they can see is swirling dollar bills.

Oop! Another "house-flipping seminar" ad on the radio as I write. "Hurry, hurry, seating is extremely limited..."

Bubble II.

9/20/2015 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

While I think Lappe is a nice person, I also think that he has done little for us at the Pension Bd.
I cannot in good conscience vote him in for another term.
Mike, you've got over 30yrs on the job now, it's time to think about retirement.

9/19/2015 10:32:00 PM

Are you joking? Mike is a active member of the pension board. He has focused on abuse of the disability roles. Absolute abuse and fraud. The pension board ignores the abuse. Mike has made numerous changes and over 20 cases of fraud resulted in officers returning to work. Check your facts before you make wild, unsubstantiated rumors without merit.

9/20/2015 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bubble I -- Where The Money Went

Former 'Foreclosure King' Is Selling $32M Megamansion in Fort Lauderdale

September 18, 2015

"David J. Stern, the Florida attorney who made millions during the mortgage crisis -- and who was later disbarred after falsifying foreclosure documents at his law firm -- is selling his megamansion in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for $32 million.

"The 17,000-square-foot house sits on three lots on a private island. It has 500 feet of water frontage -- ample space for yachts -- and a few thousand square feet of outdoor terraces...the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home is crammed with luxury. Much of the custom woodwork in the house is made from "wood pieced together by craftsmen from all over the world..."

"The property also features a 12-seat home theater, five fireplaces, a gym, an executive office, an outdoor tennis court, a cabana, an infinity pool, and a six-car garage.

"Stern had the home custom-built for him in 2007. At its peak in 2009, his law firm made over $260 million a year..."

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/09/18/former-foreclosure-king-is-selling-32m-megamansion-in-fort-lauderdale/

9/20/2015 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell Mel Brooks did it Blazzing Saddles why at Rahm do it now

9/20/2015 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 more long years, NO MORE PROACTIVE POLICING FROM ME, I will do like the ghetto public you assholes have empowered, the minimum and NOTHING more whilst collecting my check. And to you coppers or 2 year wonders who are going to call me a dog and rip on me...ive forgotten more police work than youll ever remember, so stfu. Fuck all of you.

9/19/2015 12:05:00 PM

You are really in need of some help. I am not being funny here. Get some help.

9/20/2015 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM

Can't find a thing wrong with this idea.
Sick of my neighbors with their out of state plates/no city sticker, thanks to their summer homes in Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.


9/19/2015 08:11:00 PM

And then there's the retired, no - disabled, dick who registers his car to the kid's suburban address, though he hides the car in the garage in the city every night. Tax-free income annually and he won't pay for a city sticker.

9/20/2015 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Oh here we go
"Windfall projections"
With every tax they propose the alway brag how much it bring in
Then a year later it's oops it falls short of our projections
Like the cigarette tax people quit or went to collar counties or if close to Indiana.

9/20/2015 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Most of you guys are professional naysayers. This is in the long term is good for the city and good for the economy. It will keep the riff raffs out of downtown. Also if you live in boring Wilmette or Highland Park and want to enjoy the many cultural, dining and entertainment amenities that only the city of Chicago can offer then you have no other option than to travel to downtown Chicago and it's adjacent River North and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. In that regards, Chicago wins hands down.

9/19/2015 11:25:00 AM

Apparently you aren't familiar with boring Wilmette or Highland Park and the array of amenities they offer.
Many of my suburban relatives and friends happily go YEARS without visiting the city of Chicago.
So, could you go find a realtor-blog to spew your never-ending sales pitch? That's not what this blog is about.

9/20/2015 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as Ed Burke pays the tax also. He has his Chicago Taxpayer paid for armed guard protected residence in Wisconsin that protects himself and Princess Anne of the Supremes, Illinois Variety.

9/20/2015 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

While I think Lappe is a nice person, I also think that he has done little for us at the Pension Bd.
I cannot in good conscience vote him in for another term.
Mike, you've got over 30yrs on the job now, it's time to think about retirement.

9/19/2015 10:32:00 PM


He isn't any more useless than retiree rep Hauser. No, definitely not more useless than Hauser. No one is more useless or devoid of pension knowledge than Hauser, dead or alive.

9/20/2015 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 more long years, NO MORE PROACTIVE POLICING FROM ME, I will do like the ghetto public you assholes have empowered, the minimum and NOTHING more whilst collecting my check. And to you coppers or 2 year wonders who are going to call me a dog and rip on me...ive forgotten more police work than youll ever remember, so stfu. Fuck all of you.

9/19/2015 12:05:00 PM

You are really in need of some help. I am not being funny here. Get some help.

Im perfectly sane, you however are a stroke and a professional nut sack washer, I am not being funny either...

9/20/2015 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
5 more long years, NO MORE PROACTIVE POLICING FROM ME, I will do like the ghetto public you assholes have empowered, the minimum and NOTHING more whilst collecting my check. And to you coppers or 2 year wonders who are going to call me a dog and rip on me...ive forgotten more police work than youll ever remember, so stfu. Fuck all of you.

9/19/2015 12:05:00 PM

You are really in need of some help. I am not being funny here. Get some help.


eh, no. A LOT of us think this way now, because we have been made this way. you must be supervisor.....part of the problem.

9/20/2015 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

onymous said...
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM

Can't find a thing wrong with this idea.
Sick of my neighbors with their out of state plates/no city sticker, thanks to their summer homes in Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.
9/19/2015 08:11:00 PM

Why don't you start with the CHA residents in Altgeld Gardens, Cabrini rowhouses, and other charges developments. Every other car there which is parked on the street overnight and long term has either Indiana, Michigan, or Wisconsin plates. WTF, you could pay off the pension obligation if every scammed paid their fair share!!!

9/20/2015 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Most of you guys are professional naysayers."

9/19/2015 11:25:00 AM

A lot of people were made to suffer terribly during the 2006 plop, and we don't forget...but some posters here state that they are at least part-time realtors with a wife who is a full-time realtor. The same "reliable sources" we heard all the same crap from the last time around. We been through this war already.

Where is the production, the creation of wealth that is going to PAY FOR all of this artists'-conception BS? Someone build a steel mill, or a Ford plant, or discover oil around here?

No matter. Guy can't hear anyone anyway. This "selective hearing" was universal the last time, as well.

Boy, did I accumulate a series of photos of the banners on "luxury condo" buildings becoming larger and more and more frantic, prices dropping by half before the place went rental as a last resort -- and if you had the money to rent one of these chipboard-and-artificial-lumber monstrosities, you'd have the money to pay on a house anyway. Surprising how many "masonry" buildings are actually balloon-frame quasi-wood products with a half-brick-thick veneer outside wall tied to them -- but, then, I saw them going up. "Realtors" taking crowds of credulous sheep around muddy vacant lots, trying to get a "pre-construction deposit and you had better act now" on something that was never even built. Or was half-built when the money ran out and the guys took their tools and left, leaving your stylish front door eight feet off the ground because the steps never got built. Or the places with the ground-floor storefront windows covered with more "artists' conceptions" so you couldn't see inside and notice that the concrete floors had never been poured; just subgrade gravel with conduits sticking out. Or the grand projects that ended up being paved flat and yellow-striped for parking lots. Or the new strip malls that stand nearly 100% vacant even today...should I go on? About all the sub-contractors selling off their work tools at yard sales for enough money to get back to Poland? About that ungodly now-condemned giant "loft condo" failure/mess/public hazard open to the weather, right next to Ferrara Pan out in Forest Park, with vandals popping rocks through every new triple-thermopane window they could reach as the wind and snow howled through the half-built, half-demolished place?

About the "PHASE II COMING SOON" billboards warping and coming apart in the rain, in a really miserable, noisy spot right next to the RR tracks (land was cheap, wonder why...) in Franklin Park, which astonishingly could not even sustain a good, simple Mexican grocery store right on the main drag, let along more and more condo towers with various boutiques and gourmet coffee places projected for the ground floor.

The Slums Of Tomorrow -- here today!

As I've said -- it is any wonder that the logo of one of the biggest real-estate companies is a multicolored balloon, soaring off into the sky filled with nothing more than hot air?

We been here. We done this.

Bubble II.

9/20/2015 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no overnight parking without a city sticker is a good way to raise revenue , increase city sticker sales

9/20/2015 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is a popular opinion but I the state needs to legalize marijuana. Not that it's anyone's business - but no I do not partake.

How it could positively affect me is think of all the tax revenue it would generate - maybe the city would quit hiking property tax as an answer to everything, or netflix tax, uber tax, etc, etc.

As anyone can realize, it's just a matter of time before legalization anyway. The state might as well get in on it early and start making money.

Dont post while you are high dude....makes you sound like a dumb dumb

9/20/2015 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Boring Wilmette or Highland Park" is just fine by anyone who doesn't want to deal with bands of wilding thugs, sky high rates for parking, sales tax, etc. Oh and that extra special, super wonderful feeling you get when you drive around in the Shitty and have to worry about stopping far enough back from the car in front of you in case some jagoff tries to jack your car yeah, that's just great.

The school my kids attend sent out a flyer asking for field trip permission. As a kid - I LOVED FIELD TRIPS!!! Yeah, cool stuff!! But as a parent, I ask "OK, where are you planning on going to?"

A: "Field Museum, Science and Industry..."

My first thought was "Yep, I loved those places as a kid." Second thought was "When I took my nephew down there a few years ago, the places were overrun with demon spawn who didn't behave. Crappy food, high prices. We trained and cabbed it down there - but that was an adventure too...

It's unfortunate, but those once safe and wonderful places have been destroyed by the Libtards that have corrupted and stolen the City blind. There shouldn't be any "free" days - if you want to go - PAY like everyone else. If you can't afford it - TOUGH. Stop shipping in busloads of shitheads to yell and scream and act like fools.

I don't let my kids act like that, I don't expect that other good parents would either. I also don't want my kids exposed to demon spawn that are running rampant. Forget it. I'll teach my kids about the crap that infests the city when they're old enough.

Until then - no field trips to the "Museum Campus" in Chiraq. I'll get them online with museums, and other collections. Maybe when the City cleans its act up we'll come back. But until then? HA!

No way. Plenty to do in the 'burbs that is nice, and much safer than venturing into that demilitarized zone known as Chiraq. Anyone who likes that environment can keep it. And I'll be damned if I pay one red cent to anyone of the Chiraqi Officials for a "congestion tax"...

9/20/2015 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM


I've got 6 of those f-ers on my block.
All the vehicles registered to suburban addresses yet Every single night of the week they're parked her all night long.
The one broad has been here for 4 years and she works for CPS



So you've been tracking this one? Contact City Clerk with address, vehicle type, plate number. They will ticket it And show up to the hearing with the sworn complaint.

And if your a cop, You can legally ticket for a city sticker violation if you Know the owner lives in the city.

Start running vins and plates FFS. And don't forget this one; Illinois requires you register your vehicle to the City and State you Live in. Write the Mover, and the city doesn't see a dime and you get court OT.


It's the same as all you coppers rolling around every day ignoring this one as well:

625 ILCS 5/12-713) : State vehicle code that requires all contractors operating within the state borders to have a Business Name posted on the sides of their vehicle. 200$ fine for failure to comply.

9/20/2015 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here's a great idea, every suburb restricts overnight parking only to residents if they even allow it at all. Make every car parked on a city street between the hours of 2am to 6am have to have a city sticker or a resident pass much like the permit parking. How many plates have you run that are registered somewhere else and you know the owner lives here. Make them pay up because I have no more to give these political bastards!

9/19/2015 02:52:00 AM

Can't find a thing wrong with this idea.
Sick of my neighbors with their out of state plates/no city sticker, thanks to their summer homes in Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.


9/19/2015 08:11:00 PM

And then there's the retired, no - disabled, dick who registers his car to the kid's suburban address, though he hides the car in the garage in the city every night. Tax-free income annually and he won't pay for a city sticker.

9/20/2015 11:54:00 AM

Many coppers registered in suburbs save on no city stickers and cheaper insurance, so do firemen so what?

9/20/2015 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...

Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

While I think Lappe is a nice person, I also think that he has done little for us at the Pension Bd.
I cannot in good conscience vote him in for another term.
Mike, you've got over 30yrs on the job now, it's time to think about retirement.

9/19/2015 10:32:00 PM

Are you joking? Mike is a active member of the pension board. He has focused on abuse of the disability roles. Absolute abuse and fraud. The pension board ignores the abuse. Mike has made numerous changes and over 20 cases of fraud resulted in officers returning to work. Check your facts before you make wild, unsubstantiated rumors without merit.

9/20/2015 08:58:00 AM
Lapse also checked personally on pension fake disability claims he has caught many man up and call him, unless your just a punk!

9/20/2015 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...

Another bad idea is Lappe running agin, anyone running against him. Talk about a Tiny Dancer fan that's him and his minions

9/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

While I think Lappe is a nice person, I also think that he has done little for us at the Pension Bd.
I cannot in good conscience vote him in for another term.
Mike, you've got over 30yrs on the job now, it's time to think about retirement.

9/19/2015 10:32:00 PM

Are you joking? Mike is a active member of the pension board. He has focused on abuse of the disability roles. Absolute abuse and fraud. The pension board ignores the abuse. Mike has made numerous changes and over 20 cases of fraud resulted in officers returning to work. Check your facts before you make wild, unsubstantiated rumors without merit.

9/20/2015 08:58:00 AM

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I agree. He's looking out for OUR pension money and it's about time somebody does.

9/21/2015 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Stop shipping in busloads of shitheads to yell and scream and act like fools.

"I don't let my kids act like that, I don't expect that other good parents would either. I also don't want my kids exposed to demon spawn that are running rampant."

9/20/2015 08:07:00 PM

Grew up near Museum of Science and Industry. Used to be great, but you had to pick a day when the school field trips weren't running; whole place echoed with the screaming and cursing and the pounding of running feet, dashing madly from one exhibit to the next to twist and turn and jerk at everything in sight and leave handprints all over. Didn't even know or care what they were looking at, learned absolutely nothing, while spoiling it for everyone else.

Have not been back there since the late '60s, and it's probably the same or worse today. When they suddenly sawed up the wonderful Museum And Santa Fe model railroad and tossed it, it was over.

9/21/2015 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Lappe is a good rep for pension board
He fought to work full duty
Send him names of the scammers , he will investigate .
Vote for Mike

9/21/2015 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"Most of you guys are professional naysayers."

9/19/2015 11:25:00 AM


Absolutely. Naysayer, nattering nabobs of negativism, pusillanimous pussyfooters, even the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.

9/21/2015 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:02 AM is right
Mike Lappe is a friend of the Police
help the man out , let if know if a person is a phony on duty disability
give him a chance to get them off disability pension

9/21/2015 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Lappe is a good rep for pension board
He fought to work full duty
Send him names of the scammers , he will investigate .
Vote for Mike

9/21/2015 10:02:00 AM

Told everyone he knows that Angelo got his knee booboo playing softball. But has no balls to haul his ass back in front of the board.

9/21/2015 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Mike Lappe is a good rep for pension board
He fought to work full duty
Send him names of the scammers , he will investigate .
Vote for Mike

9/21/2015 10:02:00 AM

Told everyone he knows that Angelo got his knee booboo playing softball. But has no balls to haul his ass back in front of the board.

9/21/2015 08:13:00 PM

Well shame on Lappe...
He is now part of the problem and
needs to be removed since he refused
to throw the flag and whistle Dean Angelo's
foul...

9/22/2015 01:32:00 PM  

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