Monday, December 17, 2018

Two Officers Killed by Train

Investigating "shots fired" call:
Both had less than three years on, both in their 30's.

RIP Officers.

UPDATE: No posting tonight. 

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Media Hypocrites

See if you can spot it - first from the Fibune's Jimmy Greenfield:
  • In an incident captured on video that has gone viral on social media, a fan allegedly attacked Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk after Friday night’s game against the Jets at the United Center, according to Chicago Police.

    The man “fled the scene” before police arrived, and no arrest had been made as of Saturday night, a police spokesman said.

    United Center security contacted Chicago Police after the incident, and a report was filed. Police said the alleged attacker was a white male, 18-20 years old, 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds.
  • Things went from bad to worse for the Blackhawks during their 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

    Tommy Hawk was attacked by a fan on the United Center concourse on Friday, authorities say, in a video-recorded encounter that has made waves on social media.

    Chicago police confirmed they were notified of a disturbance at the United Center around 11:15 p.m. Friday. Police said a “male was performing as a team mascot” when another man began punching him in the face and put him in a headlock.

    The alleged attacker was described as a white man between 18 and 20, about 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds. No one was in custody as of Saturday night.
Did you spot it?

These assholes (and their editors) will describe a drunken fan attacking a mascot, but won't even whisper what a pack of wilding gangbangers beating and robbing citizens all over the Mag Mile might look like, the single most obvious factor in identifying and legally stopping a criminal.

We'd be willing to bet one hundred toothpicks that, if arrested and prosecuted, Crimesha goes for the aggravating felony charge based on a "battery in a public place of amusement." Any takers?

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Christmas Party 007/011 Style

We had wondered at the combined 007/011 Christmas party last year. The whole "twin brothers" thing was Special Ed's great discovery, this "exempt DNA" that scientists had been searching for for years in an effort to clone a crop of "Super Exempts" that would lead Chicago Policing to the stars and beyond.

Then Skinny Johnson resigned suddenly, and Not-skinny Johnson got promoted AND removed from  his Deputy Chief spot in a matter of months. We saw the Christmas Party posters "honoring" the 007 "retiree" Johnson even as he was being indicted in Federal Court. Now we get this e-mail:
  • SCC...ALERT ALERT ALERT.

    Let me tell u a tale. Spread the word.

    So the Johnson twins, 1 under federal investigaion and the other soon to be, arranged last year to hold THIS years CPD xmas party jointly( 011+ 007 ) at the same terrible location downtown. Fast forward to 2018 and neither commander is running these shitholes, yet since the deposit was made both districts are stuck. So us blue shirts are pressured to by a $65 ticket ( or work a late car). Then it turns out 1 of the Districts didn't pay the venue on time so for first 2 hours its a CASH BAR ONLY. 9$ BEERS 12$ WELL- DRINKS.

    Hilarious right? So to top it off we were given placards to place in our vehicles for "COURTESY" parking only to find out some meter maid is hammering people with tickets left and right. Merry fucking Christmas.

    Now go get us some blue cards.
And to top it all off:
  • Last year, every Johnson attended the party. This year, not a single Johnson attended. No Kevin, no Kenny and no Special Ed. Everyone one was missing their Johnsons.
Sounds like a Christmas Party to remember.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Five? Only Five?

When Special Ed said a "small class" of lieutenants, he wasn't kidding:
  • PARKER, Michael - Unit 620 - "merit" by Cmdr Varrick Douglas
  • COSTELLO, Robert - Unit 121
  • EASTERDAY, Darren - 001 District
  • MAGNO, Michael - Unit 115
  • SALGADO, Agustin - Unit 701
Word is the "merit" guy transferred into the D Unit about eight seconds ago so it looked better, especially with only one person coming from the so-called "backbone" of the Department. And they start Christmas Eve, so there's that.

Congrats to the deserving.

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CompStat Counts What?

You want to know what nitpicking bosses are the "accountability" meetings now?
  • I went to compstat for A/S yesterday. Turns out that CPD is now tracking the individual district’s twitter page. The number of tweets was counted in order by grand total of tweets with the last 28 days. Along with the amount of followers they have in total for the past 28 days. The amount of followers gained or lost was also displayed in order of greatest to least per district. I can say that seeing this with my own eyes was absofuckinlutely ridiculous, but confirms that this department continues to delve deeper in shit.
Twitter numbers? Do they still have those Chinese companies that will guarantee you like a million followers for $20 a month?

And to top it all off, the parking situation at HQ sucks on a good day. On a CompStat day?
  • Oh and [...] EVERYONE parked outside on the south side of 35 along HQ got a ticket
Was someone that hard up for VRI numbers?

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New Jersey Bans Cops Carrying

  • A new gun law went into effect in New Jersey that makes it illegal for law enforcement to carry duty weapons off-duty.

    Trenton, NJ – The new law that limits gun magazines to 10 rounds went into effect on Dec. 10 without the legislature taking up the amendment to create an exception for law enforcement officers.

    Modern firearms issued to patrol officers generally hold 12 or more rounds of ammunition.

    That means that just about all law enforcement officers in New Jersey will be breaking the law if they carry their assigned duty weapons while off duty, including just being home with them, unless they live outside of the state or leave their magazines behind at work, rendering the weapons near-useless.
New Jersey is certainly the San Francisco of the east coast.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Special Ed to be Fired

  • If Toni Preckwinkle is elected mayor of Chicago, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson will be looking for a new job or living off his police pension.

    Preckwinkle said Friday she would dump Johnson for one reason.

    “He refused to acknowledge that there was a code of silence in the Police Department . . . I don’t think that’s an honest statement,” Preckwinkle said.

    “It’s very important that police be accountable for their conduct. And if you won’t even acknowledge that there’s a code of silence in the Police Department, how can you possibly do that? . . . If you start out by saying . . . we have never condoned or covered up bad police behaviors, I don’t think that’s a characteristic of an effective leader.”

    Preckwinkle then let loose about the “police narrative” that followed the shooting of Laquan McDonald that turned out to be false “from the bottom to the top.”
The "code" is mostly manufactured by the media to smear the Department. When was the last time you heard about the:
  • medical profession code of silence? Doctors kill tens of thousands annually and all they have to face is a Morbidity and Mortality Conference none of which seems to make it into the public record.
  • lawyers code of silence? Attempting to locate an actual finding on an ARDC complaint is like pulling teeth and most discipline is nonexistent.
  • politicians code of silence? It's everywhere, and almost like clockwork, aldercreatures go to jail. Hell, Toni is covering for her former security chief who wrecked a car full of campaign materials just last month.
  • [Update] teacher code of silence. Wasn't Prickwrinkle a teacher at some point before being an aldercreature? Isn't there a giant CPS sex scandal ongoing right now?
  • [Update] priest and clergy code of silence? That one runs worldwide.
  • [Update] isn't there some sort of "community" code of silence? Snitches get stitches and all that? We seem to recall running across this one at the scene of all sorts of shootings.
  • A Hollywood code of silence? Restaurateurs? Professional sports teams? The list is endless.
Now think about the so-called police "code of silence." Can you name any cops currently in jail or under investigation? We can name about thirty without breaking a sweat. That sure is some code, isn't it? And if this "code" goes, as Prickwrinkle says, "from the bottom to the top," then could she point out a single boss that is sitting at the defense table in the JVD trial or the current "conspiracy" trial?

Here's a clue - there isn't one. They're all retired. With pensions. Funny how that works.

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Ginger Spilling the Beans?

  • Former Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans is laying out a bill of particulars against Ald. Edward Burke (14th), alleging that he worked repeatedly behind the scenes to inappropriately pressure her and her staff on airport business.

    In a memo to the Sun-Times, Evans, who resigned earlier this year, gave five examples of Burke or his staff allegedly interfering or overstepping.

    • Burke personally intervened to make sure that the clout-heavy United Maintenance, which held janitorial contracts at O’Hare Airport, got paid promptly.

    • Burke pushed to renew or extend a contract with Go Airport, which operates a shuttle service at O’Hare.

    • Burke worked to help Clear Channel, the company that controls indoor advertising at O’Hare, when it was upset over a competitor’s actions at the airport.

    • When dozens of leases for hangars and aviation support facilities were coming up for renewal, the City was obligated to offer them the same business terms. Those terms required City Council approval. However, Burke insisted that each lease be separately submitted to Council – which delayed and complicated the approvals.

    • At a committee hearing on the leases, Burke continued to question Evans’ authority to sign them.
We're going to need a bigger popcorn popper.

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Swing and a Miss

  • Chicago was bypassed by another tech behemoth Thursday when Apple announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, with smaller sites or expansions in six other cities.

    It was just last month that Amazon said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Va. Chicago had been named one of the 20 contenders for the second headquarters, labeled HQ2, when the list of bidders was narrowed in January.

    Apple’s search had a lower profile than Amazon’s, which turned into a bidding war as cities tried to woo the online merchant with robust incentive packages.

    In an early morning post Thursday on its website, Apple said in addition to the Austin campus, it would open smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, Calif., and over the next three years will expand in New York; Pittsburgh; Boston; Boulder, Colo.; and Portland, Ore. It also left open the possibility of expanding elsewhere in the United States “over time.”
Rahm's mouthpieces try to put a positive spin on it, pointing to a number of smaller companies that have expanded into town. It's still a slap in teeth.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Bad Casino Plan

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday floated a port district site on the Far Southeast Side as the possible location for a Chicago casino, if state lawmakers finally grant the city the long-sought gambling palace.

    In a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Emanuel noted his “love-hate” relationship with the idea of a casino but said if the city finally builds one it should be away from the Loop and McCormick Place. Instead, he said it should bring economic development to an area of the city that needs it, before floating an Illinois International Port District site near Pullman as “an example.”
Sure. Go somewhere where there's absolutely zero economic attraction to the neighborhood. What a great fucking idea! Why bother having it near the downtown or convention areas where tourists looking for dinner and a show might head over and spend a little money - Chicago can build it near an EPA Superfund site AND the second most homicide prone area of the city and reap the benefits!

A quick Google search shows exactly what type of idea this would be:
Casinos tend to make money for the shareholders, not the communities they occupy. And a Chicago casino would be extremely late to the party making us wonder what, if any, monetary impact there might be on our pension fund. Not that Chicago shouldn't try - but try harder than this guaranteed failure.

UPDATE: Exhibit A: Comiskey Park (or whatever they call it now) - bad product in a bad neighborhood with pretty much zero curb appeal.

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Again?

  • Federal agents returned to the City Hall offices of Ald. Ed Burke Thursday, two weeks after they carried out unprecedented raids on the longtime alderman’s Downtown and ward offices, sources said.

    Federal investigators were looking for information they didn’t find during the first raid, sources said. The nature of the information sought was unknown.

    On Nov. 29, federal investigators descended on Burke’s ward and City Hall offices and covered the windows with brown butcher paper. At City Hall, investigators spent at least five hours inside and left with boxes of records and computers.
Why would they think the information was still there two weeks later?
  • Because someone is definitely talking. Someone who knows exactly what is being looked for and where to find it and they're giving it up to the feds.
We had another thought about the butcher paper covering the windows. Could the feds have had a camera in Burke's office and they didn't want anyone to know where or how it was hidden? Imagine what that would be like.

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Boo Hoo

This comment provoked the usual backlash:
  • OT ocd gets New Years Eve rdo cancelled. Another year of uco's putting on uniforms and sitting in hidey holes all night. Can't say I blame them.way to look out for your guys, boss. The ones who bring in all the numbers yet you compromise them.
You work in a Unit. You do what you're told. You probably buy two Christmas Party tickets if the boss wants.

If you don't like it, there's always a squad car and body camera waiting for you back in the District. Don't forget to swipe!

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What a $%&#-Hole

This pops up in the comments every so often and we let it through so everyone else can see how luck they are not working on the west side:

2018 INDEX CRIMES LEADERS BY DISTRICT (through Sunday, December 9th)

MURDER...011 (68); 005 (58); 007 (52); 015 (45); 006 (42); 010 (32)

RAPE (CSA)..011 (132); 018 (125); 004 (122); 006 (114); 012 (111); 019 (111)

ROBBERY...011 (918); 006 (604); 008 (553); 012 (517);025 (503); 007 (489); 015 (484); 010 (477)

AGG BATT...011 (680); 007 (498); 010 (463); 006 (433); 005 (366); 003 (361); 015 (331)

TOTAL V/C...011 (1,798); 006 (1,193); 007 (1,129); 010 (1.076); 008 (1,020)

SHOOTINGS...011 (321); 005 (189); 007 (180); 015 (174); 006 (172); 010 (169)

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BURGLARY...008 (956);004 (714); 019 (680); 025 (639); 006 (631)

THEFT...018 (1,538); 012 (1,362) 001 (1,207); 019 (987); 014 (912); 008 (869)

VEH THEFT...008 (731); 025 (612); 011 (605); 004 (550); 012 (515)

TOTAL P/C...008 (2,556); 018 (2,236); 019 (2,088); 014 (1,830); 004 (1,743); 025 (1,741)

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TOTAL INDEX.008 (3,576); 012 (3,440); 011 (3,412); 018 (3,074); 006 (2,872)

It's hard to believe they actually promote people out of 011, seeing as how they never have any impact on crime trends or numbers. 011 is going to lead the city in homicides for the fifth year in a row, so actual competence doesn't seem to slow down the chosen ones.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

You Have to Ask?

We weren't going to say anything. We don't get paid by the visits, so we didn't care, but you'd think someone would have caught this long before now:
  • Off the subject. Why did CPD block SCC from the police phones ??????
Because someone screwed up, left it on the screen, didn't clear their search history, talked to someone who wanted to suck up to some boss. there are a hundred reasons why it got blocked. In any event, when Cline blocked it on all Department computers, our readership went from a a few hundred a day to many thousands within a week, tens of thousands within a month.

We warned everyone when cell phones started getting issued - EVERYTHING is discoverable. And on a city owned phone?

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Nice Investigator Tommy

The media isn't covering this. Seems small time...and you'd think someone making $106K might avoid shoplifting entanglements:
  • JOLIET, IL - A 47-year-old Cook County Corrections investigator who lives in Romeoville spent a good portion of his weekend behind bars at Will County's Jail after Joliet Police busted him for a series of retail thefts at the Kohl's on Route 59, according to police. Amarildo Ponce was arrested on charges of felony retail theft and Ponce's alleged partner his crime, Decebeth Heatley, 48, of Romeoville, was also arrested on charges of retail theft.

    According to Joliet Police reports, the arrests of the Cook County investigator and Heatley occurred around 1:40 p.m. on Saturday in the 2500 block of Route 59.

    Joliet Police were notified of a retail theft in progress at the business and 911 dispatchers relayed that Ponce fled in a green Honda Civic, reports show.
We're also told that this is one of Tommy Dart's "media hires," meaning he's related to someone in the media. Tommy has made a habit of hiring those types so that he gets positive coverage, or at least less negative coverage than would be the norm.

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Tactically Unsound

  • Police officers in San Francisco may no longer demand that suspects sit on the ground or sidewalk at a crime scene, the city’s police chief writes in a department memo; regardless of their custodial status—handcuffed or not.

    The practice is viewed as “demeaning” to suspects, city police Chief William Scott has determined, according to the Bay Area’s FOX 2.

    The change is “aligned with 21st century policing, our department values and our commitment to providing safety with respect to everyone whom our officers encounter,” a police department spokesman told FOX 2.
"demeaning"? You know what's demeaning is not taking into consideration that for decades, Hell, since the beginning of time, the high ground has always been the tactically superior position. It has nothing to do with "demeaning" and everything to do with giving yourself (or your officers) that edge in case something goes wrong.

Of course, this is San Francisco. The city probably didn't have to search far to find this idiot. He can still go fuck himself though.

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FOP, Start Educating the Public (UPDATE)

Rahm is pushing to open a Constitutional Convention. Madigroin will support it. JaBba the Pritzker is likely to start pushing as soon as he gets in. And Rahm is already prepping the battlefield.

Can someone from FOP start countering his arguments about the COLA that isn't available to anyone born after 1966? That the Police and Fire Funds are so poorly funded because First Responders can't strike to make the City meet its obligations? That other unions get 80% of their salaries upon retirement with all sorts of "sweeteners"? That teachers still only pay something like 2% instead of the nearly 11% first responders do?

And how about that "gold braid" pension - once that went into place, CPD went from 6 [deputy] chiefs to 18 (corrected), captains came back and the number of commanders citywide almost doubled? The rank-and-file aren't the problem, but the massive financial abuse might be.

UPDATE: This is a start....a tiny tiny start (click for larger version):


Yay. A press release. Now....how many press outlets published it? We'll give you a hint....it's a number LESS than ONE.

We saw Rahm's statements about the COLA and him subtly hinting it involved the police/fire pensions on two TV stations, heard it on the radio twice an hour, and on every single local news link we carry on the right hand side of the blog. Versus a single half-page press release that no one carried.

FOP, we hate to say this, but you've already lost the battlefield to Rahm - make sure you don't lose the fucking pensions.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

So Who's the Deadbeat?

Remember - Earned not Given, (Even if You're so Incompetent, You Can't Stay Afloat Financially:)
  • Did anyone see the AMC that came out revising the requirements for captain promotion THE DAY THE APPLICATIONS WERE DUE!?

    The order was revised to waive the credit check, which means some soon to be captain is a complete bust out, probably a degenerate gambler or is a multiple baby daddy. I'm sure when promotions are made it will be apparent who the rules were changed for.
Sounds like yet another brilliant pick by Special Ed is in the works. Maybe this one won't be caught cashing his dead mother's Social Security checks, or stealing golf outing money, or memorial t-shirt money, or emptying the Unit flower fund money, or any of a hundred smaller instances of graft we could bore you with.

So who's the bustout?

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Good, Good, Very Bad

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday will call for state lawmakers to legalize marijuana, allow a Chicago casino and approve a state constitutional amendment to help the city address a looming pension crisis that will require nearly $1 billion in new annual retirement payments by 2023, according to sources familiar with the mayor’s plans.

    Emanuel is scheduled to give a speech to the City Council outlining the challenges that remain to properly fund the city’s pensions and offering recommendations on how to tackle the problem, even though he won’t be in office beyond next May to do so.

    The mayor will propose that any tax money the city receives from the legalization of recreational marijuana be dedicated entirely to pensions and he’ll do the same for any taxes generated by a long-sought Chicago casino, according to sources familiar with Emanuel’s speech who were not authorized to discuss his plans publicly. The mayor also will move forward with requesting that aldermen consider setting up the structure to issue pension obligation bonds to help reduce the amount of money the city owes the retirement funds in the near term, the sources said.

    [...] Emanuel also will call on lawmakers to amend the state’s constitution to eliminate what’s known as the pension protection clause that says public employee pension benefits are an enforceable contract that “shall not be diminished or impaired.” The Illinois Supreme Court cited that clause when striking down agreements Emanuel made with some labor unions early in his tenure to better fund their pensions in exchange for reduced benefits.
A couple observations:
  • Someone's kid is going to have to smoke a lot more weed to make a dent in those pension obligations;
  • What changed with the casino? It's been promised as a windfall for so long, yet delayed for every manner of reason. If you believe the rumors, McCormick Place has been wired for the electricity to run a casino for almost a decade. Another rumor says Trump built his hotel in Chicago, complete with a secure floor set aside just for high stakes poker tournaments and slot machines.
  • That last paragraph is the worst idea. Unless you grandfather in everyone who has operated under the current law, we would expect strenuous....objections....to any changes.
So what's changed for Rahm to suddenly look like the Pension Fund's best buddy? Do the recent raids of certain aldercreatures' offices have anything to do with the change of heart?

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Gas Prices Fall - Raise Taxes!

  • Gas prices dropped 29 cents per gallon in November while the wholesale cost of American goods and services ticked up only slightly in a sign of softening inflation pressures, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

    The producer price index, which measures cost changes of products before they’re sold to the U.S. public, rose just 0.1 percent last month. Overall, wholesale prices have risen 2.5 percent since this time last year. That is the smallest annual increase of 2018.
Which moron was it who said the US couldn't drill it's way to lower gas prices? Oh yeah, Sparklefarts. What a dumbass.

In the meantime, what does a good democrat do when people get to keep more of their hard earned money? Raise taxes!
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a group of suburban leaders on Tuesday called for a 20 to 30 cent per gallon increase in the state’s gas tax to fund a major statewide transportation bill.

    Emanuel spearheaded the push during a City Hall news conference in which he was joined by a handful of suburban mayors and regional planners. The mayor’s office also released a list of 26 suburban mayors and village presidents who supported the tax increase.

    “We are facing a historic moment, and I stand with a group of bipartisan mayors on behalf of a new transportation bill that should happen in Springfield,” Emanuel said alongside the mayors of Park Forest, Hazel Crest, Oswego, Fox River Grove, Joliet, Batavia, Broadview and Ford Heights.
And the exodus out of Illinois gets yet another boost.

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Penalize the Whistleblowers

So much for government actually answering to taxpayers (You have to read all the way to the end of hte linked article to get to this one):
  • The county will also seek to plug any leaks of confidential summary reports that come from the county’s Office of the Independent Inspector General. The amendment to the ordinance governing the inspector general’s office will make it so that anyone who releases confidential summary reports — such as the one detailing Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker removing toilets from the mansion next door to his Gold Coast home that the Sun-Times reported on in October — could face fines and jail time.

    The county’s top watchdog, Pat Blanchard, said his office had never experienced a leak of that nature before the release of the Pritzker report.

    [...] Anyone who leaks summary reports may now “be subject to a penalty of up to six months imprisonment and fines up to $5,000.00 per violation” — a “hefty” penalty, according to Blanchard.

    Suffredin is also leading the charge on the changes to the inspector general’s ordinance, which was introduced last year. He says it “undermines the ability” of the inspector general to do deep-dive investigations if the preliminary findings are immediately made public.

    [...] “The balance that our office is always kind of engaged in is protecting the confidentiality of witnesses and sources, but transparency is also an issue,” Blanchard said. “What this will do is make clear to recipients and secondary recipients of reports that they can’t release them for political purpose.”
It also undermines the ability of voters to see just how corrupt Cook County, Chicago and Illinois politicians truly are. It's amusing how they demand "transparency" for everyone....except where they do their dirty business.

And who do they think they're fooling? They've released all manner of reports for political purposes. We remember way back in 2004, the Tribune was directed to sue for the sealed divorce records of one Jack Ryan, who was running for the US Senate against some unknown Machine creation named Obama.

In Illinois politics, everything would seem to be fair game - it was just used against a democrat this time.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This is Interesting

  • Shortly before FBI agents raided the offices of Ald. Edward M. Burke, they knocked on the door of the alderman’s top political aide, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

    The FBI showed up at Peter Andrews Jr.’s home in Mount Greenwood around 7 a.m. on Nov. 29.

    That was about 90 minutes before they seized control of Burke’s City Hall suite of offices, dismissed his staff and covered the windows with brown butcher paper. The agents also raided the alderman’s political headquarters, the 14th Ward office at 2650 W. 51st St., where Andrews helps run Burke’s political operation.

    Nearly two weeks after federal agents raided Burke’s offices, it’s unclear why they took such a public action, removing boxes of documents and at least one computer.
We can only think of two reasons why the feds would visit someone ninety minutes before a planned raid:
  1. someone messed up synchronizing their watches, or
  2. someone is talking or wired up
Burke is slippery as Hell as any reader of Cooley's book knows. But with someone cooperating?

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Exempt Countdown(s)

Who's leaving and when?

Gotta be packed and gone before being demoted in February.

Rumors of a lot of heads getting ready to roll.

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How Many?

Anyone have the attendance totals for the Entrance Exam this past weekend? Did all those text messages and Barb West phone calls work?

Because we heard they didn't and the total number is the lowest ever for an exam that used to be held at the (in various years) the United Center, the Merchandise Mart, and (?) McCormick Place.

Theother strong rumor is the Academy is going to go into hibernation mode - not because Rahm filled the "thousand" he promised, but because there isn't any interest in the job. All you kids who just got hired, get used to being the bottom in seniority for a while.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Breaking News

Numerous e-mails telling us that Deputy Chief Johnson, brother of the indicted Commander Johnson (retired under investigation), has been removed from the Training Academy and is detailed to HQ to await whatever tales his twin is currently spinning for the Feds.

More popcorn!

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What the....!?

Just when you think Camel Rider was as goofy as the exempt ranks could get, someone has to top her:


That's the commander of 020 dressed up as the "Elf on the Shelf," a whimsical invention of the past few years. We aren't going to bore you with the details - you can Google it - but "Wow" doesn't begin to cover what's running through our heads:



Kind of amusing for the community we suppose. This seems kind of awkward though:


All in good fun? Someone had to follow the boss around and boost him up onto places, then photograph him and send it around. Fox Chicago did a piece on it, so somebody was looking for some publicity. Or is this just damn weird?

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Mutiny?

So this (allegedly) happened at HQ regarding all those phone calls, texts and emails to attend the police exam:
  • So... Barb West wanted the commanders to make those telethon calls for the job applicants. Seems most said Nope. Maybe a bit of a mutiny brewing?
Be careful - they might still hang mutineers. Still, it's obvious everyone with something to lose is sitting in their holding pattern until after the election.

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8-4-025 Repealed?

A couple of comments saying that the Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance has been repealed in recent weeks.

Others saying that no, it's not repealed, it's just being ordered to be ignored because Crimesha refuses to prosecute it.

What is the over/under on a Concealed Carry individual being accosted and lighting up a particularly aggressive panhandler in the coming days, weeks or months?

And what are the odds they stick around to answer a bunch of dumb questions?

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Ride the CTA Fred

Remember when Jane Byrne moved into Cabrini Green? Yeah, it was a stunt and she had plenty of protection, but it made her look "connected" to the people (or was it folks?) in Cabrini.

Numerous people have suggested that maybe Fred Waller and all the other exempts ought to give up their company cars for a month or two and ride the buses and rails to show everyone how safe it truly is.

Maybe they could do it in uniform. Sure, it'd be a stunt, but they're (supposedly) the police, and it might reinstall confidence that crime isn't out of control on the platforms and tunnels.

We suggest Fred starts with the Red Line.....it runs right by HQ.

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Hey Google-Me?

Police spokesweasel Anthony Google-me has been spouting off about how all these top-of-the-line CTA supoer-dooper Hi-Def cameras caught every second of the recent shooting in the tunnels and tracked the perpetrator to....somewhere.

So where are the pictures?

The media could use some help with the description. With the Super-Dooper Hi-Def cameras, surely there's a decent shot of the skin area surrounding the surgical mask. A flash of skin around the neck, across the bridge of hte nose, maybe forehead or hand holding the gun.

Or is Google-me just spouting bullshit like he usually does?

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Ten Years vs No Years

  • A divided Illinois Appellate Court panel has upheld a 10-year prison sentence that a Cook County judge gave a homeless drug addict convicted of the 2015 robbery of a Family Dollar Store on the West Side in which he got away with $33 of T-shirts and underwear.

    Appellate Judge Terrence Lavin, writing for himself and Appellate Judge Mary Anne Mason, said it isn’t the job of the appeals court to substitute its judgment for that of the trial judge, Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan. She imposed the harsh sentence on David Lundy, who had 10 prior convictions, most on theft and drug charges.
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 It's amazing, isn't it?

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Solution? More Signs!

  • Chicago police are looking into the possibility that illicit drug-dealing may have led to a shooting in a tunnel between two busy Loop subway stations during Thursday’s evening rush hour.

    The 27-year-old man who was shot in the hip has been arrested many times and has felony convictions for narcotics and weapons-related offenses, according to court records.
We need some "No Drugs" signs like the "No Guns" signs that keep the CTA tunnels, platforms and trains so safe.

And touching on what media-demoted "Deputy" Chief Fred said yesterday:
  • “This area is probably one of the safest areas of the city,” Deputy Chief of Patrol Fred Waller told reporters Thursday at the scene. “This is a targeted incident that the riders should not feel any type of discomfort or any type of hesitation in riding the CTA.”
You know what else was a targeted incident Fred? Let's start with Hadiya Pendleton and work our way (backward or forward - your choice) from there. That was a "targeted incident," too. Except they got the wrong person. And you saying no one needs to worry is the height of tone-deafness from a police executive....or the the depths that a multiple merit appointee will sink to.

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Leading the Way to the Bottom

  • Boston, MA – When Suffolk County’s district attorney-elect Rachel Rollins takes over the prosecutor’s office in January, criminals will no longer need to worry about being held accountable for many offenses – including resisting arrest.

    “It’s a recipe for disaster,” veteran Boston defense attorney, Robert Griffin, told the Boston Globe.

    “The problem is the message that you’re sending,” Griffin stressed. “You’re encouraging bad behavior. You’re telling people that we’re not going to do anything about this.”
So no Resisting charges in Boston. Great fucking idea. And there's a list of fourteen other charges this progressive democrat will not prosecute, including:
  • offenses of shoplifting,
  • trespass, 
  • threats, 
  • and larceny under $250m
  • disturbing the peace, 
  • disorderly conduct, and 
  • “minor driving offenses,”
Sounds exactly like Crimesha's list. But how about this one?
  • Breaking and entering will not be prosecuted, as long as the perpetrator makes sure the property is vacant.
Unreal.

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On the Horizon

You can tell it's going to be bad because they use all the "progressive" keywords:
  • Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced the formation and members of the transition’s Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Committee at Safer Foundation, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations that provides employment, educational, and supportive services for individuals with criminal records.

    The committee is the eighth of several working groups of the transition made up of subject-matter experts who will advise and guide the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. The Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Committee will be chaired by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly and consist of 42 members.
It's only a matter of time now.

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