Sunday, May 08, 2016

Hey Greg?

Add this to the list of "How to save money" that you're going to propose to Rahm and the aldercreatures:
  • NORTHERLY ISLANDThat didn't take long.

    It's been less than a year since its heralded opening, but a popular section of Northerly Island's new park is already closed for repairs after high winds and crashing waves eroded parts of the bike path and scattered debris.

    Opened to the public in September, the $9.5 million project turned the former home of Meigs Field into a sprawling natural habitat with a milelong bike path, man-made lagoon, native plantings and tons of wildlife.

    Eight months after it opened, the area between the lagoon and walking path has eroded, forcing the Chicago Park District to close the eastern-most section of the park while repairs and a solution to the problem are contemplated.
So once again, nearly $10 million thrown away on a piss-poor construction project that will cost how many millions more to repair lest someone fall into a hole and cost the city millions more in a lawsuit settlement? We're sure the FOP will be bringing this up along with all the other suggestions we've been making.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is "New" News?
Shiiiit, that path has been closed since November of last year. This shit aint NEW, people are just starting to figure it out.

5/08/2016 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when globull warming kicks in?
Won't the rising waters flood the entire project?

5/08/2016 03:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F-ing FOP is silent.
Dean and crew are silent.

Oh, wait! I forgot he was on Chicago Tonight.
Does anyone watch that crap show?
Ponce and Marin? Never gonna watch those two hacks.

Hey Dean, how about you get out in front of more mainstream media?
Start taking out Yahoo, Google ads. Defending the rank and file in media outlets where actual everyday people in Chicago might see you. Stop being a dinosaur. Hire some young media/internet savvy kids that know whats up.

5/08/2016 05:20:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

I've got a great revenue generating idea. Turn the island into an airport.

5/08/2016 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Likely the same contractors from Rahm's back pocket that were awarded the construction of the police stations that are crumbling as well.

5/08/2016 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Built by sub standard contracters, always junk in Chicago.

5/08/2016 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our pension fund sure could've used that $10 million.
Could've used all the tens of millions pissed away on the seldom used bike lanes too.
Rahm is an asshole and a horseshit mayor.

5/08/2016 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn weather. Global warming. Waves. Ruining all of the great ideas. Next thing is we won't have or need any domed stadiums ....oh wait. We don't. Let's rip up Meigs Field. Let's tear down Mc Cormick Place. Build bike lanes. Build a casino here. Build a sports facility for a college basketball team. Throw more money at stupid and unnecessary stuff.
Does anyone think before they do ANY projects here? I have lived in Chicago area a long time. We always have 4 seasons. It gets very hot. Very cold. Windy at times. Rain and snow occur. The lake has high waves. Water levels at lakes go up and down. Been happening since the beginning of time. This isn't a climate that is good for outdoor activities year around.

5/08/2016 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City and County have a nasty habit of "preparing" for things that don't end up happening, but cost the taxpayers a lot of money. Anyone notice that all the courthouses were retrofitted to accomodate the courthouse parking lots that employees were going to have to pay to use? Before anything was agreed upon or passed, workers were out laying concrete and installing gates. THEN after the work was done, someone realized that the prisoner bus wouldn't fit and that had to be fixed. THEN the employee parking never went through. THEN the concrete guys had to come back out to break up the new concrete and lay it again without the gates.

You mean to tell me that the concrete and gates couldn't have waited until AFTER the parking issue was settled? Think about it. How many contracts are given out because MAYBE something will happen. Or maybe rumors are started to justify giving work to connected contractors. How many people walked by those concrete guys every day and never noticed that what they were doing was stupid, avoidable and didn't make sense except to make someone rich and keep their guys working? What happened to investigative reporting. This shit happens right out in the open and nobody notices that it doesn't make sense or care?

5/08/2016 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a great revenue generating idea. Turn the island into an airport.

5/08/2016 06:45:00 AM

I know, right?

5/08/2016 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to the link and look at the pictures. What a wreck.

How come Meigs Field held up under the lake storms, but this thing can't?

Our family used to have a fine, quiet time on weekends cycling the parks and the south lakefront fifty years ago. Nothing there ever seemed inadequate to us. Sun, trees, walks, benches, water fountains, flower gardens, birds, squirrels...everything seemed to work OK.

It started to become dangerous in 1964, due to a sudden invasion and a rising crime rate. People we knew felt obliged to take a snubby, just to sit for a while. An elderly man we knew had a sharp rock bounced off the back of his head while peacefully fishing in the Jackson Park Lagoon behind the Museum. We brought home a beautiful big turtle that had gotten smashed up back there too, tried to patch him up some. By 1968, you didn't want to go much anymore.

Within living memory...the things that have been taken from us.

5/08/2016 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no, you just gave away Rahm's fail-safe last minute ace in the hole location for the Lucas Museum.
Let the Disney World Midwest construction begin.
Thousands of jobs and another ecomonic engine for the lakefront Entertainment District.
What would be more fitting for the underserved who can't afford to travel to California or Florida?

Meanwhile 50 part-time aldermen are scheming for the few remaining eminent domain property grabs in the surrounding areas.

5/08/2016 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea, since we can't strike start using retirees and family members to picket and close down construction sights that are Rahms pet projects.

5/08/2016 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn Northerly Island into a giant Thunderdome! Then then bus in all the rival gang factions if for a massive all out war like "Running Man. Spike TV could televise it and the money could go to pay off debt. What a crock of shit!!! Rahm wouild ust spend the money on some other waste of money.

5/08/2016 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they still holding concerts on the island? Probably all swamp land now.

5/08/2016 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Greg along with his Italian sausage making union rep? Either greg is brain dead or really scared to speak out and tell the truth! Now greg at 1 time your were all in to help,now how much are you paid (remember we pay dues we pay your salary), for writing a blurb in the newsletter? It's OK to speak out greg thank you!

5/08/2016 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't some guys from the marine unit make some suggestions to prevent this?
Oh yeah, I think they were ignored. After all, they are only stupid policemen.

5/08/2016 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT Don't take painkillers. Tough it out.

5/08/2016 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Runt Daley's vision, the gift that keeps on giving...

5/08/2016 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lowest bidders, minority contractors, cost overages, all friends of the machine.

5/08/2016 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMMMMMM....Italian Sausage.....Keesing Bandit, don't YOU like Italian?

5/08/2016 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean to tell me that the concrete and gates couldn't have waited until AFTER the parking issue was settled? Think about it. How many contracts are given out because MAYBE something will happen. Or maybe rumors are started to justify giving work to connected contractors. How many people walked by those concrete guys every day and never noticed that what they were doing was stupid, avoidable and didn't make sense except to make someone rich and keep their guys working? What happened to investigative reporting. This shit happens right out in the open and nobody notices that it doesn't make sense or care?

5/08/2016 09:59:00 AM

Oh, like my block being repaved after twenty years of begging for it. And a year later, the gas company comes through and 'trenches' it, creating lumps, bumps and patching. And later the same year, the water dept comes in and relocates the hydrant about 13 feet (yes, thirteen feet) and tears up the street and curbs in the process? THAT kind of foresight and planning? Well, it sure keeps the asphalt companies and concrete folks in business, now doesn't it?

5/08/2016 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Damn weather. Global warming. Waves. Ruining all of the great ideas. Next thing is we won't have or need any domed stadiums ....oh wait. We don't. Let's rip up Meigs Field. Let's tear down Mc Cormick Place. Build bike lanes. Build a casino here. Build a sports facility for a college basketball team. Throw more money at stupid and unnecessary stuff.
Does anyone think before they do ANY projects here? I have lived in Chicago area a long time. We always have 4 seasons. It gets very hot. Very cold. Windy at times. Rain and snow occur. The lake has high waves. Water levels at lakes go up and down. Been happening since the beginning of time. This isn't a climate that is good for outdoor activities year around.

5/08/2016 09:27:00 AM

How would Emanuel know that? He's not a Chicagoan.

5/08/2016 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean to tell me that the concrete and gates couldn't have waited until AFTER the parking issue was settled? Think about it. How many contracts are given out because MAYBE something will happen. Or maybe rumors are started to justify giving work to connected contractors. How many people walked by those concrete guys every day and never noticed that what they were doing was stupid, avoidable and didn't make sense except to make someone rich and keep their guys working? What happened to investigative reporting. This shit happens right out in the open and nobody notices that it doesn't make sense or care?

5/08/2016 09:59:00 AM

Oh, like my block being repaved after twenty years of begging for it. And a year later, the gas company comes through and 'trenches' it, creating lumps, bumps and patching. And later the same year, the water dept comes in and relocates the hydrant about 13 feet (yes, thirteen feet) and tears up the street and curbs in the process? THAT kind of foresight and planning? Well, it sure keeps the asphalt companies and concrete folks in business, now doesn't it?

5/08/2016 08:14:00 PM

Yeah. But who the hell are they? Is it the same contractor?

5/08/2016 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger John Ellis said...

I m glad Daley Jr took out the airport for big shots at Meg's Field

I ride up the lakefront path from gun sprayed Hyde Park.

Don t really understand why it takes $10 million to let the area go back to nature.

Let s all go back to nature.

5/08/2016 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Greg along with his Italian sausage making union rep? Either greg is brain dead or really scared to speak out and tell the truth! Now greg at 1 time your were all in to help,now how much are you paid (remember we pay dues we pay your salary), for writing a blurb in the newsletter? It's OK to speak out greg thank you!

Greg Bella was being sued by FOP because $250,000 was paid out to a lawyer/friend. $250,000 that wasn't suppose to be paid. $250,000 that was paid to a lawyer for not doing anything. Dean made this lawsuit disappear quietly. Dean talks about prior administrations lawsuits, what he doesn't tell you is Greg Bella was involved in three of them. Now Dean is paying Greg to work inside because the crew he brought up there has no idea what they are doing. Greg won't buck Dean, he owes him big time.

5/09/2016 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have left it alone.After it was torn up, it was fine. I rode my bicycle out there often. I thought it was the best kept secret it Chicago. Nice and Quiet, not a lot of people out there. Now they put up a wall to block the lake. Why would you put up a wall to block the view of the lake ? I am serious, what's wrong with these people ?

5/10/2016 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
What happened to Greg along with his Italian sausage making union rep? Either greg is brain dead or really scared to speak out and tell the truth! Now greg at 1 time your were all in to help,now how much are you paid (remember we pay dues we pay your salary), for writing a blurb in the newsletter? It's OK to speak out greg thank you!

Greg Bella was being sued by FOP because $250,000 was paid out to a lawyer/friend. $250,000 that wasn't suppose to be paid. $250,000 that was paid to a lawyer for not doing anything. Dean made this lawsuit disappear quietly. Dean talks about prior administrations lawsuits, what he doesn't tell you is Greg Bella was involved in three of them. Now Dean is paying Greg to work inside because the crew he brought up there has no idea what they are doing. Greg won't buck Dean, he owes him big time.

5/09/2016 03:06:00 PM

Those lawsuits all deal with misconduct during Donahue's tenure and the offender was in three of the was Dougherty's lawyer who is referred as "he who can not be named"

5/11/2016 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Bella was being sued by FOP because $250,000 was paid out to a lawyer/friend. $250,000 that wasn't suppose to be paid. $250,000 that was paid to a lawyer for not doing anything. Dean made this lawsuit disappear quietly. Dean talks about prior administrations lawsuits, what he doesn't tell you is Greg Bella was involved in three of them. Now Dean is paying Greg to work inside because the crew he brought up there has no idea what they are doing. Greg won't buck Dean, he owes him big time.

Actually, your misinformed. Bella was named in all three. The lawyer won the suit against him,

5/13/2016 05:10:00 AM  

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