Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Slow News Day

  • Chicago police officers improperly used department-issued placards to park illegally with their personal vehicles in police station parking lots so they or their friends and relatives could attend Cubs and Bears games, an investigation by the city’s government watchdog found.

    Officers also regularly parked their cars in a tow-away zone along a narrow street near City Hall, creating potential safety hazards by blocking fire lanes and emergency exits, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office reported Tuesday.

    Ferguson also chided Police Department leaders in the seven-page report for not reminding officers during roll calls about a February 2018 directive prohibiting such preferential parking.
Fergie doesn't name names, which make it obvious to the cynic in us exactly who is abusing the parking. Anyone paying attention could (and did) predict it back in 2018. Nothing changed and the connected stayed connected and Fergie has an opportunity to slap the Department around using the media to do Groot's dirty work.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

General Joe = Talking Head

10/09/2019 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is front page news but when sheriff farts top aide illegally sets up a sting and stole tickets at the Cubs World Series the media buried it and he was quietly given a 10 day suspension. Cpd needs to hire more media relatives for favorable coverage.

10/09/2019 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So there's no more parking in the lot, jumping on the bus, going downtown to take in the views????

10/09/2019 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this is big news, he really cracked this one wide open. Off duty police officers parking their cars at Chicago Police Stations and walking to the ball park. Oh my gosh, how dare us. This just proves that the city is out to get us anyway they can.

10/09/2019 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IG is the OG blasting rap music loud enough
to make sheet metal move in and out like a speaker diaphragm.
He's smoked to the hilt. Total sell out.

10/09/2019 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inspector McPlaster, there's a corrosion-resistant
meter-long steel rebar implanted in his spine.
"The White Zone is for loading and unloading only."

10/09/2019 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a result of former Alder-Asshole Arena dropping a dime to the IG.

He attempted to park in the 019 garage last year and was told to go pound sand.

10/09/2019 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So off duty coppers park at the first district and 19 for secure parking because we’re not allowed to bring our weapons into these stadiums and now we’re criminals. Whatever. The city’s broke because of years of stealing and mismanagement but were worried about someone sneaking a parking spot. These people are fricken out of their minds. Anything to make the police look bad after all “the police are the problem.” I keep forgetting.

10/09/2019 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more evidence that CPD has no intention of doing the right thing....certain members continue to flaunt favors, privilege and poor judgement without any fear of punishment for anyone---Where is the department outrage and public shaming of those responsible for continuing to act like rules just don't apply to them....and NO i don't think we should get a break and park illegally, use department facilities for personal vehicles while we go to a game--we are not entitled to such behavior (esp after being warned to stop it)...we are paid for doing a dangerous job (well except all the HQ and front office clerks who get the same pay for doing admin work)

10/09/2019 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's all with "IG" can find? Illegal parking? How about a testing cheat scandal? corruption at the top? Lets just pick on the blue shirts...the backbone of the dept. Where the fuck am I supposed to park when we are on duty and have to go to court??? Skokie and 26th are the two places that provide parking legally. Traffic court sucks..you would think they would have a street or two designated for emergency vehicle parking only, Im NOT going to pay 25-30 bucks for parking.

10/09/2019 03:16:00 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

400+murdered, 3000+shot and the city is worried about some off duty getting a parking spot or better yet a on duty going to work. Nevermind the fact that the mayors vehicle parks out front of city hall for hours while not in use. Do as I do not as I do

10/09/2019 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Fergie who couldn't find test cheating can at least find improperly parked cars. All this time I thought he was a useless political hack.

10/09/2019 04:50:00 AM  
Blogger Was that a SPEEDBUMP?! said...

I pulled up in my personal car, and parked on the roof. I then exited my vehicle and took off my cubs jersey and went downstairs and went to work in the 019th district . Why is this newsworthy?!

10/09/2019 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop giving alderman courtesy parking for their churches and schools too “absent exigent circumstances”.

10/09/2019 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the jennifer grey / Charlie sheen police-station scene from Ferris bueller when sheen confronts grey and says “So you’re pissed off that your brother ditches school and doesn’t get caught....the problem isn’t your brother, the problem is you”

10/09/2019 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez 33 years on the street and I never received my placard. I must have been off on "free placard day" when they were handing them out. In fact none of the other poor street assholes ever got a placard either, come to think of it.

Must be one of those clout things.....Yathink? But that jagoff Tribune would have you believe otherwise. They make it sound like we all got placards on graduation day when in fact all I got was a shitty job on the wagon hauling stiffs all day.

Perhaps its Groot leaning on them to make us all look like Jagoffs.........again.

10/09/2019 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the 45th ward ex-alderasshole.

10/09/2019 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger larry said...

Oh my god it’s the end of the world

10/09/2019 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fergie couldn’t find shit in the Lie Tenants test scandal, even with smoking guns lying around yet he’s gonna make mountains out of molehills over this?
Fuck you Joe.

10/09/2019 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t know Fergie. I have cousins named Ferguson. I hope he is not related to them. He sounds like a real knob.

10/09/2019 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Old Guy said...

Geeze, with all the corruption “in plain sight”, an I G wastes our and his time on this? Get a pair buddy !

10/09/2019 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you Chicago public schools be this dumb or is this just propaganda what kind of bullshit with this be in the contract:

CPS teachers union holding up contract talks over affordable housing policy, Mayor Lightfoot says

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-cps-strike-teachers-union-affordable-housinig-20191009-vcqjqc6t6rgynd3adjyn2jhaxm-story.html

If true just another reason to fire every last one of them and replace them like President Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controller‘s, it would take maybe a month to get new teachers up and ready but with the insane amount of money they are paid it would be easy to replace every last one of them start over make them pay then into their pension a lot more than the bullshit that they do enough is enough the taxpayers are tired of it mayor you said you’re a reformer let’s reform this stand up or step aside get it done thank you .

10/09/2019 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cmdr Pigott nicely told the IG it wasn’t a big deal. Former Cmdr of 19 wasn’t as nice.

10/09/2019 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the constant drum beat of "bad cop" nothing personal of course ....

10/09/2019 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay to ride the CTA next.

REMEMBER.. Just write the paper.

10/09/2019 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

"...Off duty police have to park in 019 because Wrigley Field does not allow police to carry their weapons inside. We have to leave them in our cars..."

Seriously? Wrigley Field has gun lockers. The off duty/retired police officers working there are happy to assist you. You just want to pay the forty or fifty bucks to park. Get real buttercup.

10/09/2019 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m convinced Ferguson has to come up with stories like this to justify his existence. Where was he when Burke was shaking down businesses or solis getting massages?

10/09/2019 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the lord we have someone looking at corruption in the city. Where would we be without the brave men and women (and cross genders) in the IG’s office.

10/09/2019 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This “hit piece” is by design for the contract. You abuse parking, no raise for you.

10/09/2019 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the IG is in a tizzy because some coppers were holding parking spaces for other coppers. But no upset word about holding a spot for a Deputy or his friend.

Years ago on the desk, a boss called and asked if we could hold a parking space for someone going to the Cubs-Cardinal game. So he wouldn't have to pay $50 (maybe more) to park his $70,000 Maserati.

Was not so politely called a cheapskate and turned down.

10/09/2019 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And for these years I just thought he was another political hack. Heard Facebook was trying to recruit him to head up there security. Just kidding.

10/09/2019 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when you bring activity, per lightfoot you're a clown. Per IG you're a parking thief. Keep on bringing activity,it won't matter as I will bump you with goose eggs come January.

10/09/2019 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice how nobody mentioned the abuse of Press Passes. I wonder why?

10/09/2019 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
So there's no more parking in the lot, jumping on the bus, going downtown to take in the views????

10/09/2019 12:23:00 AM

I have used the 1st district lot for years to park and then jump on a bus to head downtown for court. Now that I am retired I still do this. I see nothing wrong with this, using a department parking lot as I am a retired member of the department. But, I guess all of this is now a serious offense that the IG has to spend time under surveillance. What a waste of time and money.

10/09/2019 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fergie sold his soul to city hall when he traded an honest report on the LIE-tenant's cheating in exchange for a new contract for himself. A pompous do as I say, not as I do, scumbag. A true piece of shit.

10/09/2019 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a defense to a crime that someone else did something worse, or no traffic citations could ever be given out.Those who chose to grant themselves this special privilege will get a slap on the wrist but nothing will really change.

10/09/2019 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Birds&Blooms said...

I just bitched WGN for reporting this story. Fox 32 is next.
They reported the same story in 2018.
Anything to degrade CPD.

10/09/2019 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Fergie is so concerned about parking and the police department Why didn't he find the truth about the LIARS LIEUTENANTS test. He is stickily all BS

10/09/2019 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit joe! You got it! This is the one that will crack the case as to why the city is burning down! Cops parking in a police facility! Great job joe, we are all proud of you.

10/09/2019 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“ more evidence that CPD has no intention of doing the right thing....certain members continue to flaunt favors, privilege and poor judgement without any fear of punishment for anyone---Where is the department outrage and public shaming of those responsible for continuing to act like rules just don't apply to them....and NO i don't think we should get a break and park illegally, use department facilities for personal vehicles while we go to a game--we are not entitled to such behavior (esp after being warned to stop it)...we are paid for doing a dangerous job (well except all the HQ and front office clerks who get the same pay for doing admin work)”

Favors and privilege? A police officer parking in a police lot is favors and privilege? I’ve read a lot of comments over the years, replies to some, but you sir have taken the cake for being the biggest knob. I sure as hell hope you’re not really a cop. Hey everybody, look at this guy, he thinks parking in a police lot as a police officer is corruption! What a giant tool you are.
Get off the blogs inspector joe, no one wants your opinion.

10/09/2019 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This Is A Story","Really" ??? Great Job. I Wonder How Many Politicians, Connected Business Types, and Friends Of Those, Also Took Part In This Terrible Scam. Allowing Unused/Empty Parking Spaces To Be Occupied, While Users Were Attending A Heavy Taxed Sporting Event. Maybe, Even Taking There Families On A Long Walk To The Museum Campus.
"How Long Can Chicago Endure This Type Of Corruption" ?
"The Shame of It All, The Shame of It All"

10/09/2019 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cough "bull shit", cough "bull shit"

10/09/2019 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asswipes ..fox news 32 morning ran this story as a headline 1st story ,, fox 32 anti police...…. like anti Trump

10/09/2019 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After years of fighting and getting help from the progressive alderman, like Arena to investigate the city council this is what this clown is worried about. Someone ask him how many complaints he has about Arena that he filed away with no action.

10/09/2019 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I urge all Officers to enforce parking laws on all Media vehicles. They are not exempt from anything.

10/09/2019 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is out in the 1st district lot...that's a hoot! Parking sucks most days and that doesn't even touch days where there is a special event, festival, game ,concert, window detail, etc. Some days it's hard to squeeze between the asiles there are so many cars...between the 2 buildings and those working special there is NO room!!!

10/09/2019 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh peaceful Mexico but they know how to treat elected:

Mexico mayor tied to truck, dragged through streets amid reported anger over unfulfilled campaign promise
https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexico-mayor-dragged-car-angry-locals

10/09/2019 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wow this is big news, he really cracked this one wide open. Off duty police officers parking their cars at Chicago Police Stations and walking to the ball park. Oh my gosh, how dare us. This just proves that the city is out to get us anyway they can.

10/09/2019 12:29:00 AM
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You're 100% Correct!

10/09/2019 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hat's all with "IG" can find? Illegal parking? How about a testing cheat scandal? corruption at the top? Lets just pick on the blue shirts...the backbone of the dept. Where the fuck am I supposed to park when we are on duty and have to go to court??? Skokie and 26th are the two places that provide parking legally. Traffic court sucks..you would think they would have a street or two designated for emergency vehicle parking only, Im NOT going to pay 25-30 bucks for parking.

10/09/2019 03:16:00 AM

They do and clearly marked,its on Lake St (LaSalle to State)

10/09/2019 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traffic court sucks..you would think they would have a street or two designated for emergency vehicle parking only, Im NOT going to pay 25-30 bucks for parking.

You're supposed to take public transportation to traffic court. Also, when the CTS is running late or your train/bus breaks down, you're supposed to happily accept your SPAR for signing in at 0900 instead of 0845.

10/09/2019 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could we set up an anonymous fund, with an anonymous figurehead to either take out a full page in a local newspaper, maybe a billboard, something HUGE that can tell the public the rank & file cops version of what really goes on in the city? From our perspective? Maybe name names of clout hacks, test cheaters? Something big that will catch the eye of the most casual reader/driver. Couldn't cost That much to get OUR truth out there.

10/09/2019 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illegal Parking Placards? Go get em Clouseau.♠️

10/09/2019 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, next time the vultures park their news truck illegally....

10/09/2019 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone writing movers that require you to attend traffic court just stop (like you need to be told again) Why should you pay for parking and not get any little perks like being able to park a squad in an out-of-the-way spot. We are generating REVENUE for the city and they're nitpicking on parking?? STOP the revenue!! When I've occasionally been questioned over parking in questionable or illegal spots, I've simply told people "I park here because you can't...I'm simply saving LEGAL, closer spots for fine citizens like yourself" Admittedly it only works in areas with street parking, but most people never look at it the way I explain it. They usually shut up with the new perspective. Also... why would anyone Voluntarily go to downtown chicago for entertainment??? The overpriced EVERYTHING...Parking, food, taxes on everything. Sporting events? You're crazy! Be another body in a sea of cattle. Can't defend yourself because they don't allow (even police) to carry?? Traffic up the ass? No Thanks! Me & mine first chance I get, RDO's furlos etc head the Hell out of city limits. Wisconsin only an hour away, 5% taxes on goods, plenty of better recreational opportunities and best of all...No people the likes of the kind of people that would WANT to go into Chicago. Save it for the liberal suburbanites that think it's a pleasure to visit the "big city" Let THEM spend their $$ here.

10/09/2019 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is what the IG is investigating, Chicago the most corrupt city in the US and that is what they are looking into. I live in the burbs and tired of hearing the news regarding the corruption that occurs in the city. Shameful!

10/09/2019 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should start holding our elected officials accountable like they are starting to do in Mexico. I would love to see a few alderman tied to the back of a pickup and taken for a ride.

See post @ 12:53 pm above.

10/09/2019 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy Ferguson is an embarrassment. With all the corruption in Chicago this is what he is looking at? So he never used his privilege to park? Didn’t asshole Arena do it?

10/09/2019 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should start holding our elected officials accountable like they are starting to do in Mexico. I would love to see a few alderman tied to the back of a pickup and taken for a ride.

See post @ 12:53 pm above.

10/09/2019 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IG is is spending time looking into this dumb shit, while Commanders who are also suppose to be swiping are not. The mayor herself said it starts at the top, well if the Bosses are not swiping how and the hell are the officers going too. Be accountable Commanders and the Mayor and IG should look into them.

10/09/2019 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 10/09/2019 06:48:00 AM

It’s not a clout thing. Or at least not entirely. I’m a cloutless blue shirt, I did it at 019 to walk to the game. It’s first come first serve all you have to do is call and get your name on the list. I called, they put me on. I drove up, talked to the marked car guarding to entrance and that was it. No payment no owing anyone anything, just call and ask. Easy. Big time corruption uncovered by joe, huh? Enjoy your retirement, drain this city for everything you can. I hope you live to be 100 just out of spite to the city.

10/09/2019 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't inspect yourself. Time to pull that "ripcord" Joe.

10/09/2019 08:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought leaving your gun in the car was a Rule Violation? Now, you just told the criminals were to find the guns.

10/09/2019 10:29:00 PM  

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