Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Testing Scandal Breaks

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly appointed interim top cop Eddie Johnson's fiancee is a Chicago Police lieutenant named in an investigation into alleged cheating on the department's lieutenant's exam, DNAinfo Chicago has learned.

    It's the same cheating probe that sources said helped derail Deputy Chief Eugene Williams' chances of being promoted to police superintendent. Now the allegations are part of a separate probe, this one by the city's Inspector General Joe Ferguson, sources said.

    Williams, one of the Chicago Police Board's three superintendent finalists passed over by Emanuel, was a "senior subject matter expert" who helped create the most recent lieutenant's exam. And he was the "final reviewer of potential exam content," according to the Police Department's Feb. 17 response to a Freedom of Information Act request obtained by DNAinfo Chicago.

    The probe into the alleged cheating began in November 2014, more than nine months before the written portion of the lieutenant's exam was administered, after a police Internal Affairs investigator filed a complaint based on a tip from an anonymous officer.
The anonymous tipster gave dates and times of the secret study group to IAD. IAD promptly tipped off the accused holding the secret sessions that IAD was going to investigate the next meeting. Somehow, they didn't find any evidence of a study group that particular day.

Fast forward to the first class of the list. Amazingly, there were SIX sergeants with ties to IAD who made lieutenant in the first class, all of whom were close associates of Wysinger's wife, who doesn't share Al's last name. There were also spouses, significant others or side-pieces of even more Subject Matter Experts who scored unnaturally high, higher than their previous promotional history would indicate (i.e. they had to be made "merit" sergeant after not scoring high enough, but now they all score in the top 25).

We've pointed this out before - certain people seem to test awfully well if they happen to be working in close proximity to a Subject Matter Expert. A former Chief's administrative sergeants scored #1 and #2 on a previous lieutenants test, and then his new administrative sergeant scored #1 on the following test. A tactical team had six members score high enough to all be promoted in the same Detective class, a team that had a Superintendent's son on it. A test proctored by a Subject Matter Expert in her own home due to an illness resulted in an almost immediate promotion to the tested individual. This completely circumvents the promotional percentages as the clouted can gift a high score on their minions and not have to waste a "merit" pick on them. You have people who know how to memorize answers (but who have seldom/never worked the streets) promoted far above their abilities, and then you have the 30% "merit" who are, in most cases, unable to pass a test and are then "gifted" a promotion, again, far above their abilities.

Does anyone really think it's happenstance that most of the scandals in the past few years were the result of "merit" people not knowing the job, the law, the process, and getting into trouble because they've never done the job?

Unfortunately, the DOJ isn't here to investigate crooked testing processes. And the likelihood of these thieves betting away with it is high - it's too politically unpalatable to bring in an actual legit firm of statisticians to tell you the chances of six people from IAD making the first class is something on the order of 1-in-a-few-trillion.



Blogger Henry Bowman said...

It's all on the legit.....City Hall Source..........

4/06/2016 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true the IAD investigator assigned to investigate this complaint, which was closed rather quickly, was promoted meritoriously in the first class? Please tell me no.

4/06/2016 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No shit!!!!! Crap like this has been going on forever. What do you think happens when big bosses create and review the tests. It's total BS!

4/06/2016 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the meantime, #1 scorer returns to HQ every "interview" potential civilian employees... What? Isn't she supposed to be in patrol, you know, being a watch commander in a district? All that super high-scoring knowledge going to waste.....or is she being "hidden" during the exam scam blowout ???? Can't wait to see the handshakes across the stage on Fridays graduation. What a farce.

4/06/2016 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...we knew....

But Wow...

4/06/2016 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lot of credibility with the whistleblower, looking bad for the cheaters. Arrogance will bite you in the ass eventually . Scrap the entire test, the whole system is tainted.

4/06/2016 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Cone Of Silence said...

This should tell you all you need to know about the Acting Supe, and his fiancee.'
These goofs are so dumb that they can't even keep their lies straight!

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"Johnson said he was aware that his fiancee belonged to multiple study groups, which he said is customary when people prepare for promotional exams."

"Fenner, however, told DNAinfo Chicago she "did not participate in any study groups."


4/06/2016 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... both Johnson and Williams girls incredibly scored very high on the test? If true WOW JUST WOW! Chicago is an amazing place.

4/06/2016 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to stop and God please assist thank you

4/06/2016 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheating , it's the CPD way.
stolen , not given .

4/06/2016 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's there not to expect from CPD exams. Is it any wonder that tests aren't scored the very same day. Funny how every rule is broken when it comes to promoting the connected people and when it comes to firing a person every rule is enforced.

4/06/2016 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody doesn't want Johnson to be the superintendent and it might just be Rahm, the controller of this cluster fuck city. By putting the media on this he can tell the black caucus 'hey I tried to get a black guy in there but something came up' and then put his candidate in the superintendent spot without getting any angry black backlash. This could've been planned out weeks or even months ago. Rahm knows who the next sup will be he's just shielding himself from accountability and responsibility and can claim he wasn't the inefficient and incompetent one when the next sup falls on his/her face. When that time comes he will just say he had to make a new sup quickly and the CPD needed to make a new sup because the community needed it and it was the police board's fault for the fiasco.

4/06/2016 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Perry F'ing Mason said...

SCC wrote:
IAD promptly tipped off the accused holding the secret sessions that IAD was going to investigate the next meeting. Somehow, they didn't find any evidence of a study group that particular day.

IAD promptly tipped off the accused????

Wow, they sound as crooked as those they are supposed to investigate.

Why am I not surprised?

Is there any honest cop above Patrolman?

Next case.

4/06/2016 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best is the sgt who was assigned this initially got made merit lt. The chicago way.

4/06/2016 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

in 1985 they stole the Sgts test In 1987 they stole the Lts test EXAMSCAM on the Northside under the Outer Drive at Briar St

Those dirty bastards knocked the starch out of hard working dedicated but naive coppers like me who thought everything was on the legit

Mother fuckers

I wished we had used a higher priced more competent lawyer. Oh well

On another subject I was listening to zone 10 tonite People running name checks. Stop it. Youre asking for trouble

4/06/2016 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Lil Mike you Shields might have been right about fixed exams.

Pizza on all political funkiest that engineered the coup that toppled him and others than rode the slimy assassin's coattails.

4/06/2016 01:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is thank the good LORD that this dirty secret is out!!!

They need to halt the corrupt Lts graduation ceremony this friday at 0900 at navy pier and strip all the cheaters!!

Then they need to freeze this Lts list and promote from the old Lts list that was taken down in record time.

Also since the whole test is flawed, all Sgts should get a refund of their test fees!!

Eugene, AL, & Eddie has made this exam a joke. That test costed the city millions to prepare and all for nothing!!

I feel sorry for the poor suckers that paid $2000 to bernstein, what a waste.

Here are the names of all the new "LIEutenats" from IAD...
1) M. Barz
2) N. Fenner
3) V. Green
4) D. Ward
5) G. White
6) M. Hall aka Mrs Wysinger

4/06/2016 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Business as usual. Nothing to see here. Carry on minions and go do some ISR'S so your supervisors can get another merit promotion.

4/06/2016 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether it's too late or not to make these assholes do it now, ALL future promotions should mandate a polygraph. You had special help, study groups, paid someone to push you through, etc? Immediate termination from the job and criminal charges and loss of pension. That said, these unrespectable pieces of shit and all who had a hand in it need to be made examples of, it's that simple. It's no fucking wonder why this job has gotten sooooo fucked up in the last 20 years. I especially hope that SME JO Lt that was in 011 and his wife by another last name get hammered with this. Two of the most arrogant assholes I've ever had the displeasure of being around.

-Area Sat PO

4/06/2016 02:14:00 AM  
Blogger John Northen said...

I will have much more to say on the alleged cheating scandal later. However, based on my personal experience with EXAMSCAM (click on my name above and read all about it), I'd like to make some predictions.

Aside from DNAInfo and Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed, note that local mainstream media has not even covered this. They are complicit with City Hall and will avoid coverage of "the Chicago Way" at all costs. Same with the BGA, Mr. Andy Shaw and the U.S. Attorney.

The so-called investigation is being handled by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. You may recall that when I obtained a C.R. number for cowardice against J-Fled, the purported investigation was assigned to Ferguson's office. They refused to return my phone calls and blew me off entirely, making no comment about the coward who said that he's "gotta run" (the other way) as our officers went into harm's way by responding to the still unsolved murder of Reginald Myers less than a minute away from J-Fled. Do not trust Mr Ferguson and the local MSM. They are complicit and will only stall hoping that this latest scandal will just go away.

This is precisely what Daley did in response to the incontrovertible "smoking gun" evidence that EXAMSCAM was rigged by police brass. Of course, the City now calls this corruption "merit" promotions with no transparency or accountability. Again, police brass perpetuates patronage by promoting their favored "clout babies" with no defined written criteria for their choices. Strictly management arbitrary discretion (MAD).

To those that doubt the cowardice of that craven, yellow-bellied WEISel, you need only do a YouTube and Google search of "Jody Weis" and "coward". Then check out this lying disgrace contradicting himself in two separate radio interviews a year apart--the video which has the still photo of a chicken on his left boob. What say you, Ferguson?

The cover-up begins. Do not trust local MSM and Ferguson.

Yesterday, WLS-AM morning radio host "Big John" Howell made a brief mention of this latest scandal but they refused to take my call-in at (312)591-8900. Howell interviewed me several years ago about J-Fled. Before the interview, Howell insinuated that my charge was "sour grapes". Again, when he briefly mentioned this latest CPD exam scandal, he prefaced his comments with "sour grapes".

In conclusion, I predict that our "vigilant" media "watchdogs" will attempt to ignore any allegations of cheating in the lieutenants' exam.

Prove me wrong. MSM. You and I and most of the SCC visitors know that Chicago is the most politically corrupt major city in the nation.

4/06/2016 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every promotional test is bullshit. If the lieutenants exam was rigged, then why not sgts, why not detective? More to destroy moral. If I could transfer out of this place I would. The bosses do an effective job of ruining this department.

4/06/2016 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, SCC. You da bomb. What a writeup.

4/06/2016 02:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow , surprised Not !!! Go figure SgT's now Lt . Corruption at its best start giving lie detector test to all those people who took promotion test since 1994 and get to the truth system it so fucked up !!!? What are they going to stay after lying ...!!! . Interesting how liar get away with shit and everyone else get screw .

4/06/2016 02:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't hold your breath if you think anything will change. In fact, wait for the next two classes. How many more of the connected have done exceptionally well, ever so NOBLE in their efforts. All those experts who know how the system works as they will tell you from their experiences at 35th Street, or the academy, or any other inside job. Double, Triple hacks. Also remember the names as they take their expertise to the guarantied awaiting gold star. It's a good thing EJ spoke of integrity and trust when he was appointed, too bad they have proven again and within two weeks that his words are meaningless.

4/06/2016 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a crooked and corrupt city.

4/06/2016 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

city's Inspector General Joe Ferguson better investigate this all the way !!! he must do his job and prosecute whomever he need to !!! . All these people promoted since 1994 should be question under oath and with a lie detector giving immediately . Fraud should be investigated now !!??

4/06/2016 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon can't Rahm even do the most basic vetting of his chosen ones?
This doesn't even pass the sniff test.
Eddie Johnson knows nothing about Gene Williams spoon feeding answers to his fiancé Nakia Fenner?
Let me get this straight: Eddie is the guy who's going to restore trust in the police department...... Riiiight!
You've picked another "winner" Rahm..... you blithering buffoon.

4/06/2016 03:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to that news source IAD did a sham investigation because certain NOBLE members assigned to IAD were targets of that investigation.
This is who Rahm is hanging his hat on to restore trust in the department?

There needs to be a CR# on everyone from IAD that had anything to do with this sham investigation.
That CR# needs to be investigated by some other investigative body than IAD.

C'mon Rahm can't you get it right?

4/06/2016 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are always study groups. What's different about this one?

Will be interesting to see how this plays out; Eddie is in a bad position. The NOBLE meetings are gonna feel pretty uncomfortable going forward.

4/06/2016 03:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the female LT in question claims she didn't attend the study group. And we are all stupid enough to believe your gold star boyfriend didn't give you the test questions.

4/06/2016 03:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC/DNA info needs to out by name the the other SMEs within CPD. FOIA the Dept for names, Dept must supply in 5 days, then FOIA e-mail accounts of all and be sure to include e-mail account of notorious double dipper - CPD HR Director Don O'Neill, he also reports to Gene Williams

4/06/2016 04:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, a Rahm handpicked appointee catches fire and will go down in a flame of fire. Rahm has the Midas touch. At what point does HE take responsibility?

4/06/2016 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that the IAD Sergeant that handled the original cheating CR was also promoted with the cheater by merit. Payment for services rendered I guess.

4/06/2016 05:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Fenner will be a Lieutenantin 009 forever. EJ would be a fool to try and push her up the ladder.

4/06/2016 05:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The next round of promotions off this exam will only make matters worse. Several others Deparment members with direct ties to Chief Williams and N.O.B.L.E. will be made lieutenant. This group was smart enough to throw a couple of questions.

4/06/2016 05:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could one of them be the daughter of retired asshole Richie Stevens?!

4/06/2016 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People would like to make this situation about race. It's not! It's about Maryet Hall-Wysinger having the balls to cheat and rank #1 on the exam. She has been sitting on the fourth floor in her little office, with her company car, filling out overtime slips for doing absolutely nothing all because her husband was the First Deputy. She should be arrested for theft.

4/06/2016 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why the former States Attorney's son bombed the LT test. Aced the Det and Sgts exam, but awful on that last one? Was it a heads up or just not invited?

4/06/2016 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this found to be true, the whole test is not "flawed." You strip the cheaters and move on. I'm sorry some of you didn't do well but others worked hard and did well fair and square.

4/06/2016 06:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if people are given the answers, On top of 30% merit; the chances of being promoted on this job are next to impossible. Keep working hard guys n gals!

4/06/2016 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet bosses want you to do ISRs. "Yeah kid. I'm done being a P.O. but I expect you to risk you job/life." Right. Right. Go get 'em guys.

4/06/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what ??? why doesn't the IG investigate the city council and all their bullshit? How ethical is that, and it's just the same song and dance, deflect the real problem with this bullshit. Yes the scandal is noteworthy but it has never, will never and is not about to take the spotlight. It will continue and this department is like the old saying , the rich(bosses) get richer and the poor ( blue shirts) get poorer! PERIOD!!

Just saw the news where Aldercrook Maldonado held a community meeting with the 14th Dist. Commander in the Humboldt Park ( the real Humboldt Park) field-house and trying to call out the police, but did anyone have the balls to call out this piece of shit alderman?

4/06/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
People would like to make this situation about race. It's not! It's about Maryet Hall-Wysinger having the balls to cheat and rank #1 on the exam. She has been sitting on the fourth floor in her little office, with her company car, filling out overtime slips for doing absolutely nothing all because her husband was the First Deputy. She should be arrested for theft.

It's not about race, it's about what's right. I'd have no problem if that whole Maurer click from a few years back got it stuck up their ass and broken off. Too many assholes from that posse were gifted multiple promotions.

4/06/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They convicted Drew Peterson on hearsay. With this, you can connect all the dots and it will be unfounded.

4/06/2016 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone's been talking in their sleep....

4/06/2016 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How N.O.B.L.E. of them.

4/06/2016 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

I an not surprised that Fenner is no longer Downtown with Dirty Ernie. I remember when Berscott ran her out of the CAPS office in 004. He was a good boss.

4/06/2016 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4/06/2016 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inspector General will need to work fast and seize computers/hard drives of any involved member and take statements under oath before any member flees the jurisdiction, I mean retires ! Might be criminal conduct as well if what is being reported is true.

4/06/2016 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The concept of Police legitimacy depends on the belief that Police Officers are morally sound and therefore their base of power is legitimate. It depends highly on the trust of the stake holders, without which, the police have no base of legitimate power.
These tenants are what the CPD bosses like to say we as a police department are following and the aforementioned trust allows us to better serve. Too bad these are just words on paper, because they hold no truth on this Department.
How are we supposed to perpetuate a perception of a moral high ground when our appointed leaders are liars, cheats, fraudsters and thieves? If we as an organization cannot act in a moral professional way towards each other we have no chance of convincing the public to trust us. The department is rotten at the center, and must be scrubbed internally, before cleaning the streets is possible. This place needs a good colon cleanse!!

4/06/2016 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now all the cheating merit sgt's are pissed because they got left out this time.

4/06/2016 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to know that I missed out on a promotion from a previous Sgt. Test by only a few spots. All because of merit and the cheating.

4/06/2016 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true the IAD investigator assigned to investigate this complaint, which was closed rather quickly, was promoted meritoriously in the first class? Please tell me no.

4/06/2016 12:16:00 AM

Ok. NO it's not true. You're close though. The investigator that noticed the improprieties and thus initiated a CL number was Sgt MB from iAd (although he now claims he initiated it based on an anonymous complaint) Sgt MB who actually scored well enough to probably be in the 3 RD class was promoted meritoriously in order to keep his mouth shut. You are getting confused with the Sgt assigned to investigate the CL number (brown) who killed the CL number at about the same time his son-in-law was promoted to commander of 020

4/06/2016 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck this place. I'm staying fetal

4/06/2016 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Tiny Dancer said...

This is only a classic case of "Chicago values".

Shhhhhhhhh! Hush! Don't rock the boat!

4/06/2016 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Northen said..."I will have much more to say on the alleged cheating scandal later. However, based on my personal experience with EXAMSCAM (click on my name above and read all about it), I'd like to make some predictions.

Aside from DNAInfo and Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed, note that local mainstream media has not even covered this. They are complicit with City Hall and will avoid coverage..."

I agree with you on alot of your statement but I did see this cheating scandal on fox 32 news last night, so some of the main stream media has some balls.
Something will have to be done about this cheating, the secret is out finally!!

Maybe if all the legit Sgts that took the test keep pressure on IG Investigator Mr Ferguson, heads will roll and people will be held accountable! I think union president Jim Ade needs to get off his comfortable butt and help demand a thorough investigation for his members!!

4/06/2016 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that is really disappointing about this story is that the portion of mainstream media that the majority of Chicagoans actually get their news and information from could really care less about this story. They've been writing stories for months about all that is wrong with the Chicago Police Department, but they're unwilling to look into the reality that the command staff is what is most corrupt. The media wants to portray the police as thinking they can do whatever they want without consequences, and nobody ever gets CR's, and nobody ever gets punished, but it's those that don't get the invitations to the secret study groups that are the ones that get punished. This story right here would actually be the lynchpin that brings all their assumptions and generalizations about the problems with the department together for them, and it's just sitting here on a platter. The majority of the media appears to be simply ignoring the story. Why?

4/06/2016 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So rigged million dollar test and people think it is normal for ass-hat exempts to hold study groups at work!

Now DOJ do you honestly think these leaders would not hide an evidence folder in a murder or force an officer to change a narrative. Does the FEDs think these exempts are above ghost pay-rolling wives and girlfriends? Do you think the police board actually reads files when they want to terminate an officer? Does the DOJ think a merit pick is above paying for a promotion?

You see the DOJ is like this department if they can get an easy investigation they will handle that. I could have trained 1st year college students to find bad shootings in the last 20 years.

And all you lazy sergeant who were pussified in filing a grievance/lawsuit to get what you are owed shame on you. You don't have any leadership qualities.

We quickly forget the last merit list that came out and think that is normal too.
Get a grip if your future depend on getting promoted if you don't fight for it you are letting your family down.

And to the idiot cheaters who many would not even type your name you received a great gift. The gift is you were promoted beyond your ability and the 6 of you and the 13 off the merit list is this department future. Heaven forbid anyone who actually needs these buffoons to make a life and death decision.

4/06/2016 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prosecute them cheaters

4/06/2016 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

E.C. Was also part of the scam. Merit det and sgt. Scored high enough on the Lt exam with his HQ cronies. Please name them all. There's more.

4/06/2016 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northen is both Right and Wrong. Yes, Examscam existed and many Sgts. including Northen were ripped off. Though some received monetary compensation, including one who was allowed to retire with a Lt.'s pension in an out of court settlement. Settlements and "Deals" were cut to prevent other Sgts. from being compensated for their loss; those guys were screwed Twice! But the 1980's are over! The City has changed Racially and the Power of the "White Ethnics" is long gone. Anyone who wants to say that in the past, testing was "legit" is FULL OF SHIT, plain and simple. Certain Irish and other White families consistently scored higher in tests than statistically possible, on some tests we even saw siblings being promoted in the same class! One family of Westside Irish, had all three brothers promoted from the same exam, one finally became a Capt., one a Lt. and one remained a Sgt.. Someone did the math, and it was virtually impossible for these guys to have done it on their own. Then there were the two kids whose dad was a Supt.'s partner, they were both promoted to Sgt. together, after they were in the top ten on the Det. exam! The list goes on and on. So now it is as Old Man Daley used to say "Da Colords"turn. But the world is changing, the Feds are breathing down CPD's neck, and cops are far more sophisticated today and less likely to put up with this shit, because Da Machine is weaker today. Burke, Cullerton, etc. are reluctant to push for someone because of the backlash of a Federal investigation. And remember a substantial portion of today's CPD are not even from Chicago. These kids do not even know what Ward they live in, so they can vote for Bernie! Madigan has turned his patronage over to the Private Sector, as evidenced by his sponsorship of positions with railroads and other private enterprises. The Issue here is the " Special Invitation Only" Study Groups. In the past they were the Roberts Groups, and people in those Invitation Only Groups were virtually guaranteed promotion, because Roberts was in on writing the tests. This is virtually the same thing, only this time RACE may be the issue. Roberts included anointed Blacks and Latinos, and they were smart enough to hold their "Secret" Sessions at private facilities, though they did use Dept. Xerox machines and paper to print their "Secret" notes. Some of the bosses on the job today in Capt. and Exempt positions are CHEATS from those Roberts Study Groups. The differences here are that if this Study Group was Invitation Only for Blacks, and was at a Public City Facility (Headquarters); then Lawsuits are soon to follow. And it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. And Northen is wrong about the current Media. The Mainstream Media led off with the story yesterday on all of the channels.These days Rahm has few friends in the Media, because they realize he deceived them as well as the public on the McDonald tape. As I said before, this is not the 80's, when DNAInfo and the internet did not even exist. Baby"G"

4/06/2016 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who were the accused in the IAD investigation ? Reading between the lines, did IAD bury the investigation and that led to IG take over of investigation ? Based on article comments , Rule 14 violations likely...

4/06/2016 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. fucking wow. I can't believe this is seeing the light of day. arrogance.

4/06/2016 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the story everyone is missing.
The fact is this case was investigated by a 61 year old Sergeant in CIS who was known as a lazy investigator who would do nothing with this case. Who makes that happen? Juan Rivera. Rivera was tight with Al and both leave the Dept unwillingly on the same day. Juan did not want to hurt Al and Williams was notified to stop doing the group at HQ.
The 61 year old Sergeant goes in and says "I see nothing" and the case is closed. No interviews done at all. The same 61 year old that sees his son in law promoted to Commander of 20.
If this Dept is to change officers need to come forward and report this misconduct and not blog about it. Get involved and provide fact not rumor. You can make a difference. The IG has an open investigation now, please come forward and provide what you know. Otherwise nothing will change and they will go own cashing bigger pensions.

4/06/2016 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can u take orders from these people, knowing full well that they're lying cheating scum. This is #1 reason why dept is all fucked up. It promotes totally incompetent people and destroys moral.

4/06/2016 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's become damn near impossible for the hard working, hard studying p.o. / Sgt to get promoted. They rob 30% of the classes with bs merit and then cheat another 30-50% through. Gives you about 35% chance. It's impossible. And they wonder why the p.o.'s have given up out there. Look at the leadership. All cheating incompetent MF'ers that u can't trust.

4/06/2016 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Juan Rivera tip off Williams to this investigation?

4/06/2016 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IAD on the fire side is a joke also!

4/06/2016 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to put together a simple 100 question multiple choice test based on the study material outlined in the application for Lt notice. No trick questions just 100 questions with a correct answer and 4 incorrect answers. I'd like to see how well these geniuses do on that. Sorry, I won't give you the questions ahead of time ladies

4/06/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scandalous!!!! The white guy from iAd assigned to investigate the scam got merit promoted? You can't make this shit up! A shut-up pay back! Hello Hollywood????

4/06/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new interim supe "knew" nothing of this? There's no pillow talk going on in the J/F household? No one is buying this Mr. Integrity.

4/06/2016 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only good that will come of this is you will have a lot of usual white shirts retiring as soon as they can.

4/06/2016 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Graduation going on as scheduled Friday? What a dog in pony show. cant wait to see the wives and girlfriends and other assorted cheaters go on stage and shake the hands of those who gave them the test and answers. Please media, now is the time to scramble for your best shots.

4/06/2016 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger 011 2nd Watch DOG said...

Nothing will happen and this will get swept away just like every other CPD scandal. This job is dead, it's a joke to be called a Chicago police officer nowadays. There is no pride, no honor just a paycheck. The powers that be have created this and there isn't a damn thing that can be done to restore this once great department. Treat it as a 9-5 job and you will be much happier. I'm here for the paycheck nothing more.

4/06/2016 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with these older M1 gold star members having girlfriends and fiances. Do they have a few failed marriages under their belts? Maybe only 1 like Captain Furillo from Hill Street Blues. Oh well, not to worry. This investigation is going as far as Mrs. Clinton'private email server and Bengazzi investigations.

4/06/2016 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that include sucker-punching boat rat stupidvisors?
Was that limp of Festus real or convenient?
Where is Marshall Dillon when you need him?

4/06/2016 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FACT: Since 1971 more than 1,000 Illinois politicians have gone to jail and 4 out of the last 7 governors have served prison time. Hey Ms. Alderwoman clean your own house before you ask others to get theirs in order. Remember folks this is the same city counsel that doesn't want any Inspector General oversight.

4/06/2016 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear SC, dep Chiefs wife from org crime is next in line to make LT. She happens to work for the dep chief W. Who rahmbo nixed. The test is tainted and should be taken down. Those who cheated should be held accountable for this costly mess. City Hall, step up now.

4/06/2016 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprising. Just like the K-9 test given in '09, that was made up by the female Sgt. Who works out of K-9 in des Plaines. She made up the test and had it copied at a kinkos. There were so many perfects scores that the scores had to be averaged higher. Perfect was 30, I scored 27. Fop said it couldn't be proved. A particular person from mounted unit was made and knew it months before. Even fop didn't know it. Then the pompous bastard took the position only to give it up cause he knew he was on the Sgt list. Now a related member of his is starting mounted school. Go figure......the city that works. Some of us would really appreciate and do well in those positions.

4/06/2016 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Waller should be next in line. He seems like the logical choice now. Hopefully there are no skeletons in his closet gripping that Lt test and answer sheet.

4/06/2016 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been saying it for years. A lie box must be given to ALL employees of Chicago in order to be hired or promoted. And I want to write the questions. And I want to administer the test.

4/06/2016 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chief from IAD is also a member of Noble.

4/06/2016 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When all those instructors left the academy rooms so all these morons could get the answers without studying, when we all were in the academy, didnt it ever occur to you that EVERY test in the next 20 to 30 years was going to be exactly the same?

Only with the promotionals they have a different way of cheating, "pass out the fucking copies of the test to a select few" before the test is even given. Or a select few "study groups". Ok now the clouted morons can get their clouted moron kids promoted.

So now the "city" is going to investigate "the city" and we all know how that ends dont we? The day I admitted Im nothing but a serf and gave up trying to get anywhere on the job, "also the day I quit working" is the day I became free.

Free at last, Free at Last, Free at Last...

4/06/2016 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just retired, and let me tell u, this shit's been goin on 4 ever, remember
the police dept is the largest political football of the mayor, he want's yes
men and now women, it's all fucked up!

4/06/2016 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is a Lt. Graduation Friday at Navy Pier, and Eddie is there,it will be like he and his groupies have spit in the face of the whole rank and file

4/06/2016 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why the former States Attorney's son bombed the LT test. Aced the Det and Sgts exam, but awful on that last one? Was it a heads up or just not invited?

4/06/2016 05:27:00 AM

Same with Phil Cline's kid; although McCarthy made him a "merit" lieutenant when no one was looking. It's funny how these testing geniuses aren't so bright when their clout is on the outs.

4/06/2016 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that SOMEBODY comes in and throws a flag on this whole deal.

Not only is it fundamentally unfair to all of the non-clouted, it does nothing but add fuel to the fire of the shitheads who say "If you don't follow your own rules, why should I follow the rules?".

Call the next case. Not a cop.

4/06/2016 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nymous said...
Maybe that's why the former States Attorney's son bombed the LT test. Aced the Det and Sgts exam, but awful on that last one? Was it a heads up or just not invited?

I'd say not invited or pending merit. He was always just an average street copper, that rode coat tails in 011. Shielded from beefs and the more aggressive coppers. Tact, detective for a minute, then Sgt. in patrol for another minute. Then back to the detective division as a homicide supervisor because of his VAST experience. Interestingly enough, his partners and buddies also got promoted to detective and or Sgt. Just like Cline & Co. Sitting pretty as bosses in units. Great guys all of them. Just ask them.

4/06/2016 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Once again, a Rahm handpicked appointee catches fire and will go down in a flame of fire. Rahm has the Midas touch. At what point does HE take responsibility?"

4/06/2016 04:52:00 AM

He was taking in a Broadway play. You know, like his buddy Bloomberg suggested New Yorkers do when the streets weren't plowed, garbage wasn't picked up, or some other municipal disaster they had.


4/06/2016 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody cares and nothing will be done. It's the Chicago way. Do your time save your money and get away from this currupt God forsaken police department and Chicago. If you have no expectations you can't ever be disappointed.

4/06/2016 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A test created by..........nobody who has ever passes a test

4/06/2016 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been going on for years nothing will happen. All these investigations are bullshit. This is the city way

4/06/2016 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just heard ferguson passed this on to the fbi and it is not being investigated as public corruption case. It's about damn time. This has been going on for way too long in the cpd. I hope every one of them involved does time for this. They are all stealing money that didn't belong to them and that they never earned. Maybe they'll get a cell next to blago.

4/06/2016 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deny, deny , deny and then demand proof.

look at the governor down south having affair with married media aide.

His wife divorced him and his state police boss resigns after being asked to cover
for him.

The media in chicago better realize that this is another cover up by Department
supervisors. They covered so many acts that they forget what they are saying.

4/06/2016 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Dept is a fucking joke... Two big lies. Go home safe and family comes first!!!! Or if you get hurt on the job we will back you All fucking lies.

4/06/2016 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprised that nobody noticed that this story was broken by former Sun-Times reporter Mark Konkol. Yes the same Mark Konkol that stood up to the Mayor and certain community when he broke the Jackie Robinson West Little League scandal. This man does not back down. This story will not go away.

4/06/2016 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per the radio, the Feds are investigating this now. Hope all the lying, cheating pieces of shit get what they deserve.

4/06/2016 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure there is a rational explanation why wives,fiances,girlfriends and sidepieces do so well on these exams.

Maybe exam knowledge is transmitted sexually?

4/06/2016 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Sgt. Is furious about these allegations because she believes that these folks are being justly rewarded for working and studying hard and engaging in professional networking. She told me that if she ever found out I was reading any anti department blogs she would no longer see me as a professional worthy of her guidance and mentoring. Anyway I am thinking about applying to become a CID Special Agent in the Army. I'm tired and I have way less than 10 years on. I can't get a decent furlough, don't like living in the city, and trying to use Time Due is a waste of time. My Sgt. Says that when she was on a federal task force and in IAD she never worked weekends nor holidays and she had a take home car. But she told me I needed some seasoning before I go the elite ranks of FED Task Forced or to IAD. Man this sucks.....,,plus my wife is tired of me missing stuff at home. She says my neighbor the fire fighter is at home more than I am and he has a great side job as a plumber and fitness pro......

BH from Gresham

4/06/2016 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should all be fired!!

4/06/2016 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most "transparent" and "reform" Mayor this city has ever had.
Why doesn't the FOP or the City post the Rank scores of all Promotional Lists?
And why is it so difficult to find the all past Merit Lists?
Somebody had once posted merit lists on the Scribd website but can't find them, please post them again.

4/06/2016 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When O.W. Wilson was appointed by Daley he gave a general test to all of the sergeants, lieutenants and Captains. The ones that passed keep their rank the ones that failed where demoted. He knew that the politicians were doing the promotions often for profit.
Remember the drunken Lieutenant now deceased, who got jammed up in the license unit scandal? Sitting in his yard he tells his FBI brother in law that he paid 10,000 to a black alderman to be promoted to Lieutenant. After his promotion the Feds had him wearing a wire just trying to get any coppers. Problem is he got drunk in Nick and Vito's Pizza and told the retired coppers there that he was wired.
He got nobody on his wire and was allowed to retire out of the 004thdistrict. Parts of this was in the Scum-Times and Trib.
No word on his family and the FBI brother in law. HA, HA, HA.

4/06/2016 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how fast Eddie says he's all about trust, but him and his fiancé can't even get on the same page with their lies. This dept is a complete joke beginning right at the top

4/06/2016 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) more important in today's times paper looks like rahm wants to take back police and fire pension contributions that he raised taxes to pay! Look at page 7 or story online wtf? I

4/06/2016 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Tombstone courage said...

The first names change, the last names never do.

4/06/2016 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

The cheaters truly demonstrated their stupidity by no throwing a few questions so they weren't all stacked at the top.

The IAD guy wasn't bright enough to get his reward in the second class.

Greed is not good.

4/06/2016 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just for formality
But if I were in that group , it is what it is.
I'm a hater

4/06/2016 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is even more sickening when you compare it to all the merit lists and draw some conclusions. (Lts) (Sgts) (Sgt/Lt older list)

003 Commander DD merit Sgt and Lt brings over current cheaters "Lts" DW and Wysingers wife, all high ranking members of NOBLE. Where will he land after this is all said and done for pulling them into the district to try and insulate them?

4/06/2016 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a police cadet in 1969 or 1970, I was assigned to help score a detective's exam. Me and a civilan sat outside the test room. When a tester was done with his test he came out, gave his answer sheet to either one of us and both of us totaled his answers and checked that our scores matched. When the test taker left the building, he knew his raw score. I quess it was too hard to "put the fix in" this way; that's why this way of scoring the test stopped.

4/06/2016 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't your union(s) be protesting this? Not that unions are without scandal, but geeze.

4/06/2016 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having recently retired and spending a morning at 35th street I observed what true "rats" IAD personnel are. I had to deal with some of the inside "chosen" Sgts that day and then I had to deal with IAD about a bullshit beef that was 16 or 17 years old. What I noticed is that everyone I dealt with was so chickenshit that they purposely wear their Id's turned around so you can not see their rank or their names. The best were the IAD rats who don't have the balls to talk to you face to face and explain what's going on but they are so gutless that they will not identify themselves and of course their Id's are worn turned around so you can't see their rank or names. There was a time when all of us who were the "real police" would have told these "rats" what we thought of them and possibly even been fortunate enough to see them out somewhere so we could have had the opportunity to physically show them what "rat" pussies they were. Well we get old and we just learn to accept the 30 plus years we gave doing the real police work makes us the men and women these pussy "rats" never were and could never be. So thanks CPD for all the years of treating us the "working coppers" like shit and always reminding us why your type was always inside safe and taken care of. And IAD and all you inside taken care of merit hacks I'll be thinking of you while I live and enjoy a nice retired life somewhere far from this shithole called Chicago collecting that 75% pension knowing I was the REAL POLICE and can look in the mirror and be proud to have been a street cop something none of you, especially you IAD "RATS" can never say or feel.

4/06/2016 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The next round of promotions off this exam will only make matters worse. Several others Deparment members with direct ties to Chief Williams and N.O.B.L.E. will be made lieutenant. This group was smart enough to throw a couple of questions.

4/06/2016 05:12:00 AM

Screw it. I was going to use PC terms..but $#@ it:

Is there a White version of NOBLE? A Brown version? A Red version? Yellow?

Because if there is only a Black version...this is racist and a potentially illegal organization within the CPD due tot he potential to stress race relations between Peers in an already stressful job.

Not that I really give a flying %$#@ about White Shirts....but hey, this is something the FOP and Sgt's union should be looking at.

Maybe a complaint to the last lawyer to handle Shakman is an idea:

Noelle Brennan & Associates, Ltd
20 South Clark Street Suite 1530 Chicago, Illinois 60603
T: 312.422.0001 | F: 312.422.0008

4/06/2016 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really think something will become of this I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. Stay Fetal everything is legit

4/06/2016 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barz was a merit pick but he didn't do the investigation

4/06/2016 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least we know that NOBLE members didn't get a hold of the Sgts test because the city was holding on to the results because there's too many white males in the top 350.

4/06/2016 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt's test was no different, certain people went to a study group and scored in the top 2%

4/06/2016 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have studied my ass off so much that I have to sit on my stomach. I have put in much work on the streets, CAPS, desk, watch secretary and I still can't get a promotion. I'm doing sergeants work when then can't do it themselves. I'm getting awards but can't move to a unit because I'm not affiliated with the right group of people, I'm not kissing no asses. You have those that test well but can't do the job and then you have those that do the job well but just don't test well. I refused to spend my money on another Bernstein class.

4/06/2016 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KK Unit 196 and her brother WL 016 Commander did the same thing in December of 2007. Wow two siblings in the same lieutenants class what a coincidence?!

4/06/2016 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember years ago when there was a confidential CR # for the commanders front office staff always leaving early. "Some how", they got wind of it and nothing ever happened to them. If the IG is serious about this investigation, all he has to do is subpoena personal cell phone records and/or any in house calls from IAD to Williams. But the department won't allow a scandal of this magnitude involving any higher ups count on that!!! And the band plays on.....

4/06/2016 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny these bosses are called 'experts'.

4/06/2016 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this thing grows legs like it should,
it ought to be standing big and monstrous
like Godzilla.


Protecting clout is why the city NEVER
returned your actual test papers to you.

If it was REALLY about the best and brightest,
why so much energy devoted to keeping test takers
blind in one eye about what area(s) of the test they
fell short on?

You know...
That odd and foreign concept of a "nobody that nobody sent"
actually being able to do better next time and thus put
him/herself beyond the taint of merit-cloutocracy
AND the taint of abject Fuckery by elected officialdom,
urban contemporary make-believe clergy and other assorted
"special interest groups."

In our undergrad and grad studies, you got your
damned test back. No secrets, no mystery. Full disclosure
so you could SEE where you needed to improve.

CPD is a motherfucker, ain't it?

We wonder if other municipalities have so thoroughly rooked
their Police promotional process as Chicago has?

The tie that binds?
"Special People" being allowed to steal enough promotions
to be put in places so that they can steal information,
run protection and interfere with investigations that center
around members of elected officialdom, urban contemporary
make-believe clergy and all the other assorted "special
interests groups."

Well shit...
Some M/Fing "Square"/"Herb"/"Neutron" might end up slipping through
the web of clout and end up in a position to do some righteous
things for the peed-on peons mired in the bloody shit-mud
at ground level.

How many local law enforcement efforts to legitimately
dank on some asses so richly deserving of being danked,
were short-circuited by their well placed moles within
the department.

>A cynical nod to Daley Inc. in regard to the Koschman fiasco<

And a F/U to the Chicago chapter of the Fourth Estate...

Guardians of the public trust?
In a dead dog's hockey-dot.

Out loud shit is happening right now and the collective WE
are yelling at the media: "Look over by THERE!"

Media says:

"Huh? Oh yeah...
Some of you cops are makin' too much money
for our tastes..."

Ok, m/fers, we get it...

Meanwhile, the Blue Shirted rabble are doing
the best they can to protect themselves in these hard times.

Police like you have no friends.

4/06/2016 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O/T Please call the Archbishop's office and voice your complaints about father fake ass Pfleger. here is the number 312 534-8230

4/06/2016 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will blow the roof off this scandal!!!! I'm hearing that the scores may have been "adjusted" or manipulated to ensure that certain people scored in top 100. Several of us will be demanding that the exams be looked at again by an independent party to double check that the scores were not played around with. Why can't we get a copy of our exam? Stay tuned!

4/06/2016 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Major Blockrounder said...


It is not a shock that there was cheating on a promotional exam.

It would be shocking if you went back fifty years and found one exam where there WAS NOT cheating, scamming, and all kinds of tampering.

Exams have multiple parts so there are a few bites of the apple to skew results for those on the inside.

Test takers have scored perfect or near perfect scores on the written objective portion and have not gotten promoted. People with Law Degrees and PhD's.

For the truly clouted there is no need to do very well on any exam.

They just sit back and get made by merit. Merit promotions require no merit. The use of the word merit in this process is offensive.

Merit means CLOUT.

Many of the high ranking members of the CPD are merit babies. Promoted this way multiple times.

Once your clout gets you to the rank of Lt there are no more tests. After Lt you are promoted by the will of higher ranking bosses, politicians, and influential people who have clout within the City.

That is part of the reason the city is in the mess that it's in.

The true leaders within the Police Dept. are the members who make rank by passing a promotional exam on their own.

We still have them......for now.

4/06/2016 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole promotional process is corrupted by political hacks, cronies, and nepotism. Every officer who has more than 5 minutes on the job knows this. This is how people who have spent years as an inside paper pusher or working a cake spot suddenly become qualified for positions of supervision. We have one that spent his career on a park car then got an inside spot for a year who is on the list, soon to be sgt. Then there's another one who spent her career as a watch sec. then got a foot post who will also be a boss. And these will be the exact same supervisors who will be telling other officers to "go out and bring me some activity". And people wonder why morale is horrible. Working officers fight a daily war on 5 fronts- the public, the politicians, the media, their own department, and criminals.

4/06/2016 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all you CAN NOT have IAD investigate someting like this. That's like having Rahm head an investigation involving the Clintons. In fact, no city department can investigate this. It should be an independent outside agency. FEDS? This is a major money promotion and benefits possibly achieved unfairly. Some People at IAD are CPD that have also benefited from "the Chicago way." This crap isn't new. Isn't Cliens kid a Lt. now? Someone just inadvertently messed up or ran their mouth. Everyone knows the tests are not fair. This is Chicago.

4/06/2016 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IAD will only investigate the unclouted. The people that run IAD are put there by the brass. Silly to even think they would look into anything. I'm sure there are merit cops at IAD too.

4/06/2016 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Rosie out in the 19th Ward has to be nervous.

4/06/2016 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could one of them be the daughter of retired asshole Richie Stevens?!

4/06/2016 05:15:00 AM


4/06/2016 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC - this is the most succinct and accurate write-up of the problems involving Senior Subject Matter Experts and their ability to use their inside information to have their own "merit" promotion system. I sincerely hope that a credible investigation results from this, and that the investigation expands to the Maurer-era promotions. Put Kennedy, Georgas, Caluris and the rest of their study group under oath and ask them to explain their statistically-impossible performances. And then put Biggane on the stand to explain her #1 ranking on the subsequent exam.

4/06/2016 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


WBBM-TV Channel 2 did a skewed story on the cheating scandal last night. Their Dorothy Tucker put a negative spin on it by interviewing of all people--Pat Hill. Predictably, malcontent racist Hill played the race card and claimed it was "much ado about nothing" but "sour grapes". Hill has the credibility of a Madison St. 3-card Monte dealer. Obviously, she is in cahoots with the cheaters.

I clicked on your blog link and read "Fool Me Once: Shame on You. Fool Me Twice: Shame on Me", You sure hit the nail right on the head about these scheming bastids. Well written. Your letter to despicable Shortshanks more than proved the bosses rigged it.. Less than 1 chance in 13,800,000,000,000 that Examscam was legit. Incredible! Keep on pushing these shameless MFs. Great job to SCC too.

4/06/2016 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The study group was given under the banner of the police organization NOBLE, they did it for the Sgts test too. Invite only. Several mush brains aced that too, just not as obviously. I believe the idea was to get more "diversity" into the ranks without the embarrassment of the merit label.

4/06/2016 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ald Roderick Sawyer is already downplaying this scandal... He's trying to redirect the conversation, claiming to be more concerned with rebuilding trust on the streets than rigged testing (!!!). One has to wonder if he would feel the same way if the "study group" was a bunch of white guys or hispanic guys.

4/06/2016 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's extremely frustrating that this type of underhanded/backroom bullshit goes on. It's enough to make someone leave this bullshit dept. and take their talents elsewhere. Not a bad idea. Probably a blessing in disguise.

4/06/2016 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cysco systems has moved their yearly meeting from Chicago to San Francisco due to the negro violence that has erupted in this city, what are you going to do about it Rahm, I know, give them more money so maybe they won't be killing each other anymore. Thanks ACLU and the BLM movement, keep proving our point.

4/06/2016 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you recall the Lt's exam in the 90's when the candidates received their scores in the mail and after it was discovered that because a large outside firm was hired to administerand grade the said exam, the favorite son and daughters were not going to be promoted in the fashion they previously were accustomed to, it was immediately reversed and a new set of letters with adjusted scores went out, thus stating the grading was in error. Well....we all know how that worked. That was the absolute travesty to those Sgt.'s who studied so hard, took time away from their families & etc.
I was a patrolman who worked for some of those Sgt.s who were blatenly cheated from their bars. I too worked for the incompetent ones that miraculously had their scores changed to reflect they were the best candidates to be promoted. I can tell you some really good people who knew the job and could handle most situations with confidence and knowledge were replaced by some who you would wonder how the found their way to work.
It's been a scam forever...unfortunately for those who have no clout, only smarts it won't change.
So sad, I know some who would have made some great bosses, but because they were not beholding to someone, they were to remain just where they were.

4/06/2016 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The should promote straight off the list until this mess is sorted out in addition to firing anyone that they can sustain the CR against.

4/06/2016 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Eddie Welch been mentioned?
It all happened under his watch..

4/06/2016 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt KS 025 was subject matter expert. His wife with different last name was in first class after being made merit Sgt. Unreal.

4/06/2016 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOJ, will you turn a blind eye to the obvious corruption of white shirts? Or is this ass pounding an exclusive for blue shirts only?

We are our own worst enemy.

4/06/2016 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much ado about nothing. This is Chicago, where NOTHIN' is legit!!!

4/06/2016 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the same nonsense going on in the C.F.D. Almost all of these individuals couldn't pass a basic skills test! However, they magical place in the top 50 on every exam! Why would any reverend need to see a promotional exam prior to it being administered! Look at their church affiliations!

4/06/2016 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Rahm's yes men were trying to inform him of this mess he was seen sticking his fingers in his ears and loudly saying "la, la, la, la,la".

4/06/2016 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame, the watchers are more corrupt than the watched. Just when you thought morale couldn't get any lower. And they want the rest of us to do ISR's to make them look good.

4/06/2016 04:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gene and NOBLE wasn't the only ethnic group with the test. Hello Bobby what about you? But don't worry Ferguson will tank the investigation like IAD did. Ferguson might close it out though with more interviews than IAD did, which would be zero.

4/06/2016 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DOJ has recommended the mayor place a hold on all promotions. He sounds like he is going to take the advice.

4/06/2016 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fenner, however, told DNAinfo Chicago she "did not participate in any study groups."

Just pull the logs from Eli Voulgaris's study groups...Fenner was there on occasion.

In addition:

Maryet Hall
Davina Ward

and a host of others that scored well........

what does it mean, I don't know.

4/06/2016 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He gone !

4/06/2016 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Felony theft???????? about 500,000 or so...

4/06/2016 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all the clueless fools. Cheating on a promotional exam has been going on since the beginning of CPD. "Get over It"! It's no big deal, I get paid either way every 1st and 16th.

4/06/2016 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So IAD Sgt. Barz pulls CR on alleged release of test material by Williams. Since
private study group studies in IAD.
Then IAD Chief Rivera or Welch transfers investigation to IAD Sgt Brown, who performs 2 day look into allegations. Closed Not Sustained.

So to please all Barz gets promoted and cheaters get promoted while Brown
is yes man while his Daughter is married to a Commander.

Do we have it right?

And Rham says he has new superintendents back?

Wow. It is getting deep. Again

4/06/2016 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All promoted should be returned to prior rank.
And new test commisioned.

No way this is right.

4/06/2016 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC and Sgt. Northern have got it right. City Hall OWN$ local lame stream media.

4/06/2016 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What a ridiculous spin that p.o.s. Patricia Hill is attempting to put on this scandal.

4/06/2016 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superintendent Jackson,

freeze the promotions
New test

4/06/2016 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Whether it's too late or not to make these assholes do it now, ALL future promotions should mandate a polygraph. You had special help, study groups, paid someone to push you through, etc? Immediate termination from the job and criminal charges and loss of pension. That said, these unrespectable pieces of shit and all who had a hand in it need to be made examples of, it's that simple. It's no fucking wonder why this job has gotten sooooo fucked up in the last 20 years. I especially hope that SME JO Lt that was in 011 and his wife by another last name get hammered with this. Two of the most arrogant assholes I've ever had the displeasure of being around.

-Area Sat PO

4/06/2016 02:14:00 AM

SCC can you please post all of the Subject Matter Experts involved with the Lieutenant's exam? Easy to obtain, FOIA! Or better yet, maybe this person can do the leg work for you! Apparently can't pass a promotional exam and believing that someone cheated justifies why he did so poorly! Put your money where your mouth is!

4/06/2016 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IG is not capable of this investigation
Stop promotions
New test are the only fair way to control this.

4/06/2016 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone explain wtf are folks to chasing out there, can't they understand that police are not wanted, when these officers get Jam up for doing their jobs, please, please stay the "f" away, in asking for financial support when u get thrown under the bus!!

4/06/2016 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my opinion: the first two or three individuals left out of the first lieutenant's training class that included the high-scoring cheaters have wonderful legal cases. After all, they should be making Lt's pay RIGHT NOW. These individuals should contact REPUTABLE lawyers and file their claims. They will get paid, for sure. They'll probably get OVERPAID because the City does not want this thing to see the light of day.

Chicago. What a joke! Thanks, Rahm!

4/06/2016 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly this is going nowhere with the people in charge squashing it. With that being said it's real shitty that people CHEAT on a promotional test and basically STEAL a promotion. Pretty low.

4/06/2016 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard some sgt's from the former superintendent kid team in 011 complaining that this LT's test was this or the results were bullshit. Interesting that this test wasn't legit but the one the in which most of their team from 011 scored under 325 on the sgts test is legit. Hahahaha.

These goofs STEAL a promotion back then to sgt and now bitch and moan about a promotional test not being fair......toughen up. You guys were allowed to STEAL those stripes. Too f'n bad you weren't in the IN group this time. Get back to lying to others by saying you EARNED that promotion . You can stop into Homan Sq and thank MC personally for the bump. He's so smart he was made MERIT LT.

Goes to show you when it comes to taking a test legit how DUMB these people are.

4/06/2016 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What they need to do is a video taped deposition for every promoted lieutenant to say under oath---- they did not cheat, sworn affidavit, and on video that they know the consequences. They have option to turn down this statement and promotion. If they decide to take the promotion, and also lie under oath and on video, and evidence leads us they in fact lied, INSTANT TERMINATION with no option of resigning or early retirement. This would get people to think twice if their promotion was worth lying for.

4/06/2016 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shackman never counted on cheating.

4/06/2016 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing to see here. Move along. They'll find nothing; because it would require the entire police dept to collapse. Too many cheaters who got a big pension benefit from this cheater nonsense. Pitiful!

4/06/2016 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) was this sexual abuser with 9 year old merit promotion?

4/06/2016 06:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if the female ...... (blanks) can just learn to keep their big traps shut, they will be our future Commanders in the very near future.
6 months tops

4/06/2016 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a good sign when the liars can't even keep their lies straight.

4/06/2016 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QUESTION: If Eddie Johnson was white, and his fiance was white, And Gene Williams was white, and Wysinger was white, and Wysinger's wife was you think this cheating story would be getting more publicity, more traction? I do.

Giant double standard in Chicago news media.

4/06/2016 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm has once again passed on doing the right thing.
He was steadfast in his support of Eddie Johson. He wouldn't even entertain questions of him not vetting Eddie.
Rahm you're an incompetent hypocrite. I hope this boondoggle comes back and bites you in the ass.

4/06/2016 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turning back the clock, who can forget being sent to the academy for in service training. Every morning a recorded announcement of the great Charlie Roberts would be played over the PA summoning the troops to their roll call classrooms. In fact old Charlie was up at Northwestern U. where he was on staff at the traffic institute. Old Charlie usually rolled in after 1400. Gold Braid Pension.

4/06/2016 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a different number between the city and the DOJ for the amount of promotions. City wants 50 & DOJ says 100 more SGTS, who wins. City has only so much money for promotions. At ISR training there is talk of 60 Sgts and 20 Lts at the end of May.

4/06/2016 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Business as usual..nothing to see here. City gave one fair promotional exam for sergeant in 85. aldercreatures did not like the many Caucasians scores at the top. The only thing holding this clusterfuck together is what remains of the legit front line supervisors. this whole shit show is a house of cards waiting to collapse....

4/06/2016 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe some of you that will be getting delayed or denied promotion should protest the graduation of all of these alleged cheaters. Maybe u can get a pic with all of the bosses and their significant others.

4/06/2016 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This job has never been legit. Back in the day you had a chance. Little as it was to get promoted. The detective test used to be the only test that you had a good chance. That was given becaus they needed smart people who could clear cases. Where you went after making detective not so much. All they did was make it easier to get people promoted by "merit". It was always crooked now more so. Good luck to all stay safe.

4/06/2016 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Ramsey would be a good choice for Superintendent , give him a three year contract . It was his idea to reduce areas to three , he would eliminate Captain Rank . Lieutenants would be assigned as Watch Commanders , Unit C.O.'s and Inspectors .

4/06/2016 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When a PO gets caught for whatever- punishment is imminent (spar, sustained CR, day or more). The department must be cleaned from the bottom up- zero tolerance! When the higher ups fuck up - well then it gets swept under the rug. Its a joke, only the feds can clean house.

4/06/2016 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Put Kennedy, Georgas, Caluris and the rest of their study group under oath and ask them to explain their statistically-impossible performances."
You mean Steve Georgas isn't the walking fountain of police knowledge and wisdom that his own arrogant Fred Flintstone-looking ass believes himself to be? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. Do a DOJ investigation on Paul Bauer as well for good measure, while you're at it boys.

4/06/2016 09:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The so called "subject matter experts" names should be released for all tests- detectives, sgt, lt. And all the "study groups" as well. Bernstein means nothing- too expensive and the study material way too vast! Or one could attend the James Molloy study group and score in the top 5%

4/06/2016 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the Sgts in IAD did not get along with each other.
If this sgt Barz pulls a CR on a study group.

Now they buy sgt Barz's silence with promotion.
If you think they did not, you still
must believe Rham never watch the 16 shot video.
And they get Sgt Brown's gratitude for his son in laws promotion to commander.

No way IAD or IG can do this investigation.
And to say there is nothing here has to be blind.
like Koschman case and missing murder files.

4/06/2016 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every single last person involved in this scam should be fired and prosecuted. KARMA bitches!!!

4/06/2016 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing will happen. The agreement was Johnson to take job and scandal goes away

4/06/2016 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a gain of monetary gain with the promotions. THEFT by deception. They should be charged with felonies. ALL of them.

4/06/2016 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jackie Robinson baseball championship

4/06/2016 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long has shackmen decree been ended?
And here comes the lying and cheating........

If there was any allegation to begin with why was it not made public?
How long was investigation?
Who performed investigation?
Was there any connection between allegations and complaints?
Was there any connections between allegations and accused?

Why ask these questions?
Because NYPD just went through this and it is still going on there......
Now comes the cover up.......

4/06/2016 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never understood how the city hires and pays a company to administer promotional exams to give the illusion of legitimacy. When all the company does is ask cpd to create the actual exam, then give it to the company to put into a booklet format and pass out on day of exam. It's always been complete bullshit.

Definitely go back and put Kline on the stand and ask him if he gave his son a copy of the exam. Watch him plea the fifth...again.

4/06/2016 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, that whistkeblower has been in a few rodeos as well. Ask her ex husband how vindictive she is and TW think he got the best kept secret.

4/06/2016 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone see the notice to report for detectives exam at McCormick place says be prepared to be there for 12 HOURS. With the amount of people eligible for test and the test hours covering 2 watches who is covering the districts. Let's not forget it is a Saturday in May

4/06/2016 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why I will not waste any of my time or money testing for any promotion anymore. This department is crooked as hell when it comes to testing for a promotion. Besides I'm too close to retirement to even care anymore.

4/06/2016 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Retired...

Back when I was taking promotion exams all the exams had massive reading lists, General Orders, Special Orders (those books disappeared from the stations) Illinois Revises Statutes and so on. I participated in many study groups and in reading all this stuff we pick out material and created questions which we then brought to the classes. We became our own SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS.

The when we got to the exam, except for Detective, all the material, the orders, statutes everything was there for us. It was theoretically possible for someone to had taken the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Class to walk in off the street and pass those exams.

We still had to put up with, Affirmative Action, Standardization, and the almighty CLOUT.

4/07/2016 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Grand Jury in session with all these clouted only need to be asked under oath a few basic questions after being advised of their rights and the just penalties for perjury. Such as "Officer, do you have or did you receive any preferential treatment in obtaining your test scores for your recent promotion? Were you advised of any answers or specific situations or information whatsoever, that was included in the Promotional Exam you recently took and was any information gained through study groups prior to the Promotional Exam that turned to be in your favor. Officer, did you receive any information that gave you an unforeseen advantage over the majority of legitimate CPD Officers competing for promotion? I remind you Officer that you are under oath and the penalties for perjury will include a criminal indictment if evidence reveals you did in factoid or deliberately embellish your answers that you did in fact take part in any action or conduct previously mentioned during the Grand Jury Session?"

I would think this should do it or at least get the ball rolling.

Good luck to all you hard working and legitimate Chicago's Finest. Keep up the great work, disregard that fetal nonsense and to the criminal, cheating element-remember the truth will set you free!

Retired/and missing you legit guys and gals!

4/07/2016 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So to please all Barz gets promoted and cheaters get promoted while Brown
is yes man while his Daughter is married to a Commander."

No surprises there, Barz was a stroke do nothing in the Area and just reinforces incompetence rises to the top again & again & again....

4/07/2016 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger morganpark said...

Let the FBI develop the test at Quantico and give the test. Scores given to officer at the end of test. Then post a promotion list. The city should not see test before or after, or approve the test. The FBI keep all test papers and materials after test.
No oral interviews.

Also do away with merit promotions.

Requirement for promotion to Sergeant a 4 year degree and Lieutenant a master degree. Degrees be relative to police science.

4/07/2016 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the FBI and their parents at the DOJ. This exam cheating amounts to theft from the taxpayers and a conspiracy where 3 or more people conspired to commit a crime. The RICO statute would be perfect to prosecute these individuals. Please also explore how many years you can go back to past exams under RICO because this same shit has been going on for over 30 years. Test cheating has been going on for many police officers since day 1 in the police academy but only for those who had heavy clout and could not pass a test on their own. I remember people laughed at a group of us who met weekly while in the academy to study for the test at the academy and boasted while we were studying they were out drinking. I know how you guys look at convicting one bad cop, a highlight of your career. This investigation alone could net you a minimum of 20 cops. Not even considering the number of coppers that would lie to you during the investigation. This is a FBI agents wet dream.

4/07/2016 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr fed FBI or DOJ can you set up an anonymous tip line to record tips on the cheating scandal. Say an 800 number. I'm only a Chicago cop and I know you're the FBI but I realize that there are many out there with relevant information who just don't want to get involved but have a ton of relevant information. Could you also provide the mailing address to the agent in charge of this case so relative documents can be forwarded to you. Please don't leave any stone un-turned.

4/07/2016 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying

4/07/2016 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the all time best was when Denis Walsh was arrested for a sex crime in Michigan, paid off the victim, plead to a misdemeanor, got a thirty day suspension and then was merit promoted to lieutenant.

4/07/2016 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sucks....I made Sgt on my own - admittedly, barely, but busted my ass to score in top 60 on Lts list. These cheating bastards are gonna screw me....just my luck. Thanks Gene. Jagoff.

4/07/2016 02:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look up NOBLE

4/07/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anybody recommend a good lawyer to begin another lawsuit concerning this cheating corrupt phony Lt exam?
Better yet, are there any good lawyers reading this? If so, provide your contact number for us/me, thanks!

4/07/2016 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely go back and put Kline on the stand and ask him if he gave his son a copy of the exam. Watch him plea the fifth...again.

4/06/2016 11:01:00 PM


I heard his son did get the answers, but not from his old man. FOr what it's worth.

4/07/2016 08:14:00 AM  

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