Friday, June 10, 2016

Rahm Prosmises Hot Air

For a guy with zero political capital, he just keeps overdrawing at the bank:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his emissaries are trying to persuade a fractured Friends of the Parks board to drop its lawsuit blocking construction of the Lucas Museum near Soldier Field by dangling support for an even bigger lakefront dream: the “Last Four Miles” of lakefront parkland.

    In 2009, Friends of the Parks marked the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s Plan for Chicago by unveiling a visionary sequel that would add 525 acres of lakefront parkland and extend public access to Lake Michigan from the Evanston border all the way south to the Indiana border.

    It was called the “The Last Four Miles Plan” because that’s how much new lakefront parkland it would take to fill in the gaps — from 71st to 95th streets on the south and from Hollywood to Howard Street on the north.

    Devised by architects, urban planners and engineers after years of community workshops, the plan had a $450 million price tag, but no apparent source of funding.
No funding? No problem! Rahm is going to lend his support:
  • Now, top mayoral aides and intermediaries are dangling Emanuel’s formidable support for a plan that could easily take 20 years to complete for City Hall’s more immediate concern: keeping movie mogul George Lucas’ interactive museum in Chicago.

    Emanuel already has raised property taxes by $588 million for police and fire pensions and school construction. He has offered to raise property taxes by an additional, $175 million for teacher pensions. He also needs a new funding source to save the Municipal Employees Pension fund, the city’s largest.

    With all of those financial pressures closing in on Chicago, it’s not clear how much money Emanuel could devote to the noble goal of creating more lakefront parkland or where that money would come from.
Here's a hint - the money will come from nowhere. Rahm is going to make yet another empty promise with some vague deadline somewhere down the road and it'll be one of those "unfulfilled visions" that people talked about back in the day before every taxpayer left Illinois and it became the cratered wasteland of the mid-21st century.

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39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your lack of faith (in the Museum) disturbing.




and also "concerning"

6/10/2016 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOOOO!! No to Lucas. No to Rahm...where the frig does he think he''ll get the money for all this crap. Out of us? He'll be long gone and so will we. Don't fall for Rahm's gum, 'Friends of the Park'. Stick to your principles....Rham is a screwball. He ain't got no money for a four mile spread of park Lakefront. Melody Hobson and George Lucas must have something huge on Rahm for him to fight so hard and to fight so long. Kickbacks between friends will be out of sight at taxpayers expense. Promises, Promises. What else is Rahm promising?? He sure has a big wallet and doesn't care. Two Financial Groups just down sized Chicago 2 more points today. Go eat hay, Rahm




6/10/2016 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he will deed the land over to the CPD Pension Fund?

6/10/2016 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone I talk to comments on people leaving Illinois because of the burdensome taxes. But hey, what's a few more taxes amongst the voting demorats, they won't care.

6/10/2016 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George, Please just go away.
Mellody, if your firm has ANYTHING to do with my faltering pension fund returns, please go away, too.
I hear the siren song of San Francisco... go, Mr. and Mrs. Lucas.
Just go.

6/10/2016 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a guy with zero political capital..................................
Totally disagree
Rahm is far from finished. He just stunned Springfield with his pension payment delay override.
He went around the process to appoint "his guy" to head CPD with nary a whimper
He continues to give out expensive goodies almost every week that the city cannot pay for
You knew that he was gonna renew the push for the Lucas crap. I'm surprised that the bulldozers haven't appeared at McCormick Place in the middle of the night yet
Now we hear that the opposition is "fractured" which means he is picking them off one by one.

6/10/2016 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$588 million, another $175 million possibly! How much does a tax paying, average homeowner in pay in yearly property taxes?
Just a ballpark figure of what it cost for the privilege to live in Chiraq. What's it's cost to support this great strength of diversity? HeyJackass shows hospital costs. But these "extra" expenses are just passed on in the price of aspirin at the hospital, aren't they?
What a circus!
Stay safe Officers.

J.J.

6/10/2016 06:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

He could cut the freebies to his great unwashed voters. Huh? What am I thinking?

6/10/2016 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea Yea we can put in next to the casino RAHM promised!

Or the EL train to south Chicago.

But The CUBs can destroy a whole neighborhood for a giant beer garden screw the voters in the ward.


Friends of the park keep on doing what you do the mayors a thief and liar.

6/10/2016 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mayor is blinking, hope the friends of the parks keep fighting this absolute bullshit museum.

6/10/2016 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) now Leo shootings on tollway
http://abc7chicago.com/news/couple-shares-harrowing-tale-of-interstate-bb-gun-shooting/1379130/

6/10/2016 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm(using jedi mind trick):These are not the four miles you are looking for.

6/10/2016 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the last time anyone reading the SCC Blog went to a Chicago museum?
When was the last time anyone reading the SCC Blog seen a rise in any number of Chicago fees and taxes?
Tax relief for many construction companies and downtown building owners (filthy rich contributors) see all the benefit and the chumps like us get nickeled and dimed (that's $50 & $100) every council budget session.
There was no doubt that Friend of the Park would cave in.
They get to keep their unchallenged tax exempt status and get a decent portion of contributions to fund their vague agenda, thus keeping their own Board gainfully employed.

–The Wonderful World of Daley
Rahm Emanuel, Executive Director
(Proud sponsor of the Barrck Hussein Obama Printed Literature Repository)

6/10/2016 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disney is not going let it happen,all BS.

6/10/2016 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They dropped it!

6/10/2016 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the cross-town expressway do to open soon.

6/10/2016 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Retired Indiana Copper said...

Hear "friends" just caved on the lawsuit......Interesting!

6/10/2016 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are journalists being rounded up by police outside top secret Bilderberg gathering of world’s elite? Officers regularly forcing news teams to hand over paperwork despite acting legally

* About 130 guests from 20 countries will attend event in Dresden, Germany
* Secretive meeting brings together tycoons, politicians, royalty and bankers
* Guests include ex-CIA chief David Petraeus and ex-MI6 boss John Sawers
* Amid tight security at the even there are reports of journalists having paperwork checked


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3633563/Why-journalists-rounded-police-outside-secret-Bilderberg-gathering-world-s-elite-Officers-regularly-forcing-news-teams-hand-paperwork-despite-acting-legally.html

I'm surprised that they even published the guest list -- which includes our own "Mellody Hobson, CEO, Ariel Investments LLC," a huge backer of the Lucas anthill.

"Canadian journalist Lauren Southern of The Rebel Media revealed on Twitter how she and her crew had been 'surrounded' by German officers near the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Grand Hotel where the conference is happening.

"According to Breitbart, police took her passport before escorting each member of her crew behind a police vehicle where their mobile phones, laptops and camera equipment were inspected.

"They were reportedly 'released' by officers after 40 minutes with Ms Southern telling her Twitter followers she had been given a 'warning'.

"At one point, she tweeted: 'Taking us aside individually to search us and our stuff.' She also wrote how she was 'surrounded by police'.

"She also retweeted Luke Rudkowski who wrote: 'We are literally being spied on and followed by police everywhere we go here.'

I wonder what that "warning" entailed.

6/10/2016 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off the bat.......Are we that hungry for George Lucas' money? Some nearly 800 million dollars is not going to go into the coffers of Chicago for its school, its infra-structure or its pensions...rather its going to go into a monument type coffin of stuff, dedicated to one man and his wife, that will cost Taxpayers tons of millions to surround to complete the deal. Not one dollar will go to Chicago....this is a manufactured tribute to a king of star wars that is now owned by Disney & Company. Long live the King...he is wearing no clothes...neither is his Princely Knight, Rahm.


6/10/2016 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:23...

Cubs destroy a neighborhood?

Give me a break. The Cubs and beer are the only reason for North Shore college grads to move there for awhile and act like assholes.

Not a Cub fan, but if it weren't for them, that would just be another shitty Chicago 'hood bathing in diversity and squalor.

So what if the Cubs sell beer and Todd and Buffy piss in alleys? At least the $pend.

6/10/2016 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck the Lucas Museum. Listen you midget mutherfucker stop spending RIGHT NOW! No more spending until your bills are paid. Your budget is like the typical west side budget, live high on the hog today and don't worry about needing or saving any money for tomorrow. There should be a spending freeze for the entire city and a special panel of non-political regular joes and janes will decide whether all future spending request are essential city services. All other spending is on hold for 3 years. You keep digging a bigger hole for us taxpayers and your plan is to turn our city into the next mortgage default fraud the the taxpayers will on the hook for the bailout. Fuck you Rahm. Moodys said you have managed this city into junk bonk status. Make sure this makes your list of accomplishments you rat bastard.

6/10/2016 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm can certainly deliver on a promise of an endless supply of hot air.

6/10/2016 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your lack of faith (in the Museum) disturbing.
6/10/2016 12:11:00 AM


So . . . when Rahm takes his trip in August, will he kneel before a holographic Hilary? (Not Zod, that's in the next Episode)

Rahm: What is thy bidding, my master?

Hilary: There is a great disturbance on your shores.

Rahm: I have felt it.

Hilary: We have a new enema. Eddie Johnson.

Rahm: He's just a boy. Daley-Wan can no longer help him.

Hilary: The son of McCarthy must not become a Fed-Eye.

Rahm: If he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.

Hilary: Yes . . . Yes! He would be a great ass hat! Can it be done?

Rahm: He will join us or fry.

6/10/2016 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm has a clear plan. He has no intention in paying into the pension. He will wait till he can declare Chicago bankrupt just like happened in Detroit. Then all will go to federal court. State constitution will be set aside and pensions will be cut. Politics at the best. Screw the workers. He wants to add the ignorant hillbilly museum to his resume.

6/10/2016 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rahm-hole will simply do what is "best for Chicago" by raising or adding taxes, to things we take for granted now- like driving on the so called "express"-way (LOL!), or breathing air.

6/10/2016 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tombstone courage said...

If Lucas gave the city the museum for free, it would still cost money to maintain, secure, insure, and operate. There are real costs involved here. It is a stupid idea, and the presentation will be outdated in ten years. Star wars was just a movie, deal with it

6/10/2016 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Blogger Retired Indiana Copper said...


Hear "friends" just caved on the lawsuit......Interesting!

6/10/2016 11:08:00 AM

You heard wrong.
Crain reported it, but it wasn't true.
Friends of the Parks made that VERY clear on their website and on facebook.

6/10/2016 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...


This mayor is blinking, hope the friends of the parks keep fighting this absolute bullshit museum.

6/10/2016 08:30:00 AM

The mayor isn't just blinking. His head is spinning and all the lights and horns are going off all at once.
Rahm isn't accustomed to being challenged, much less losing, but he's getting his ass kicked by all his failures in Chicago.

6/10/2016 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So on Channel 11, tonight it was suggested maybe its all a rouse...maybe other cities are not really clamoring for Baby Lucas to build his 'Crypt to Things' in their fare city. Basically, who gives a damn if Georgie is happy or not. Let him go sell his song somewhere else where he will be appreciated. Perhaps his wife, Melody Hobson wants it built here cause maybe she wants to be Mayor.

6/10/2016 08:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Gran Torino said...

Just a little history and a reminder for all you youngsters out there....This so called project from Lucas will do nothing for Chicago. Remember when the lottery was suppose to help the Chicago public schools?

6/10/2016 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Rahm bro got anything to do with this Hollywood heavy weight have anything to do
With him fighting for this ? Is Ari invested in this thing ?

6/11/2016 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are quite a few homes right on the beach in South Shore. They gonna condemn that property and put the homeowners who pay taxes out?

6/11/2016 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is some commenter on the Trib website who goes by the name of Chrisett who is very much in favor of the Mucus Museum. She says that her opinion weighs in the most because she is a season pass member of two museums. I guess that pretty much seals the deal.

6/11/2016 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Does Rahm bro got anything to do with this Hollywood heavy weight have anything to do
With him fighting for this ? Is Ari invested in this thing ?

6/11/2016 06:07:00 AM

Rahm INVITED Lucas to build here, when negotiations broke down in San Francisco. He will lose face in a major way if he doesn't come through. In other words, he will be a laughingstock in Hollywood. Ego is all in the Emanuel family. The great motivator for them is prestige.

6/11/2016 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger Retired Indiana Copper said...


Hear "friends" just caved on the lawsuit......Interesting!

6/10/2016 11:08:00 AM

You heard wrong.
Crain reported it, but it wasn't true.
Friends of the Parks made that VERY clear on their website and on facebook.

6/10/2016 07:21:00 PM

Good...
This proves that Crain's is in the tank for
Rahm...

Honestly...
What is the benefit of Chicago taxpayers being rooked
to the tune of $1.5 Billion for the George Lucas' and Mellody
Hobson Mausoleum?

Seriously.
What Thee Entire Fuck?

Are they going to be entombed in
temperature controlled, 10 cubic yard,
quartz enriched concrete vaults to
discourage disinterment by you
ungrateful Chicago churls?

This is just Rahm intentionally
depleting the municipal coffers
to say he can't fund our pension.

"No cost to the taxpayers..."

And people BELIEVE that dishonorable
little pimp and his paid shills?

>Kicking at and grazing a fleeing,
shitty little ass<

Da fuck outta heah wit' dat noise maaaann!

6/11/2016 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Lucas gave the city the museum for free, it would still cost money to maintain, secure, insure, and operate. There are real costs involved here. It is a stupid idea, and the presentation will be outdated in ten years. Star wars was just a movie, deal with it

6/10/2016 07:10:00 PM

Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise. Lucas can't use most of the Star Wars stuff because he no longer owns it.
What he has is a bunch of Norman Rockwells (commercial art), a couple of Remingtons (not uncommon or unique, I own one, too. I'm not planning to build it a museum) and a lot of commercial digital and animation art. While he refers to Degas and others, he 'projects' those may someday be included, but he doesn't own any of those.

When you read the lucasmuseum.org website, you see it's all a big bundle of wishful thinking. He plans state of the art viewing systems for Hollywood previews, film festivals and vintage films. (I'm sure all of that will be free to the public, not.) And a film school. (Doubt that would be free, either.)

All of this sounds like the grandest of plans to self-aggrandize and MAKE MORE MONEY FOR GEORGE LUCAS. It's a commercial venture, not an altruistic one.

6/11/2016 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger BirdsnBlooms1 said...

Rahm Promises Hot Air: Something he's full of, and the only truthful words he's uttered since being in office.

6/11/2016 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rainbow Beach, 75th to 78th was a beautiful beach and park during the 50's and 60's and even hosted the Saturday portion of The Air & Water Show as it was named after the Rainbow Division of the 42nd Infantry from WW2, not for an lgbt beach.

6/12/2016 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rainbow Beach, 75th to 78th was a beautiful beach and park during the 50's and 60's and even hosted the Saturday portion of The Air & Water Show as it was named after the Rainbow Division of the 42nd Infantry from WW2, not for an lgbt beach.

6/12/2016 09:50:00 AM

Loved that little beach.
Same for the one at the
South Shore Country Club.

Oh yeah...
That would be the
Rainbow Division
of World War 1.

6/13/2016 11:03:00 AM  

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