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Chicago Cops Think This Sucks!

I got an email from one of my BFF’s over the weekend.  She knows about my, uh, thing about Chicago, so if she comes across an article she thinks might interest me, she’ll drop me a line.  This is the most recent one I got from her:

“CHICAGO — A 14-year-old aspiring police officer donned a uniform, walked into a Chicago police station and managed to get an assignment — patroling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected, police said Sunday.

The boy did not have a gun, never issued any tickets and didn’t drive the squad car, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Dugan said.

Assistant Superintendent James Jackson said the ruse was discovered only after the boy’s patrol with an actual officer ended Saturday. Officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform.

Police said they were investigating how the deception went undetected for so long in what they described as a serious security breach.

Police didn’t identify the boy because of his age. He has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer.

Dugan said the boy looks older than 14 and was motivated by a desire to be an officer, not malice or “ill intent.”

The boy once took part in a Chicago program for youth interested in policing, so he would have been familiar with some procedures, perhaps helping him blend in, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.”

I have copied the article in full, but if you want to read it yourself, here’s the link.  Teen dupes police, patrols Chicago for 5 hours

So the kid sits in the squad car, with another cop, who doesn’t get a clue for 5 hours that this is a 14 year old kid impersonating a cop?  Holy Toledo, Batman!  What if this hadn’t been a kid who wanted to be a cop when he grows up?  What if this had been some kind of bad guy with a gun tucked into his boot?  I swear, Chicago cops make the Keystone cops look like absolute pros.  Yep, our tax dollars, highest tax dollars in the nation, at work.

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Chicago Withdrawal

I’ve been debating for a while now, whether or not to do this post.  When JR decided to close down and delete his blog, he wanted to go quietly, with no fanfare.  Since that time however, I’ve gotten several searches on my own blog, of people looking for Chicago Withdrawal.  I figured it was time to talk about it. 

JR felt that his blog was not representative of who he is as a person.  He felt it was a focus on one small part of him, something he was working through.  He’s worked through it now, and decided to delete the blog for several reasons, some of them personal.  He said what he needed to say, got it off his chest, and he’s pretty much moved on now.  Will he blog again in the future?  At this time, he’s fairly certain the answer to that is, “No,” but he’s reserved the right to change his mind if the urge strikes him.  So, Chicago Withdrawal is gone.  However, JR still stops by from time to time to say hello and see what’s new.  I’m sure he’d love to hear from you, so the comments section is open, if you’d like to tell him “hi.”  🙂

Now, I found a couple of links for you fans of my Chicago Sucks post.  I just had to share. 

Best Cities For Jobs In 2008 – Obviously this one lists the best cities for jobs in 2008 … oh … wait.  Chicago’s NOT on this list!  Hmmm, let me try again.

Best Cities to Live, Work and Play – This one too is pretty obvious.  Oh no, Chicago’s NOT on this one either! 

I guess it really does suck to live in Chicago.  But then, we already knew that, didn’t we.  😉

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IL politics, at its best!

Illinois politicians!  One in prison, one on the way, and one heading soon to a White House near you!! 

My Reader has been busy today and a majority of the posts coming in have been about the arrest of IL Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Illinoisans were dumb enough to elect this guy twice, but then, they’ve kept Daley in office for nearly 20 years now, along with all the other corrupt officials they keep putting back in office.  I saw an interesting bit of information on another blog today:

This makes for the fourth out of the last seven elected Illinois governors to be indicted since 1960 (Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan, and Rod Blagojevich) … since 1972, 28 Chicago alderman have been convicted of crimes. If this number was extrapolated to the US House, it would be as if over 240 congressman had been indicted in the same period.
(The link at the Tribune does not include the last two Chicago alderman to be convicted, Arenda Troutman and "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak.)

[link from Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, Chief of Staff, Arrested from The New Editor]

My husband made an interesting observation this afternoon.  “The last honest politician from Illinois was originally from Kentucky, and they ended up killing him.”  It certainly feels as though Lincoln was the last decent politician we had.  It just boggles the mind sometimes to think about how bad it is here, and that nothing ever gets done.  Yes, Blago was arrested today, but the only way things are really going to change around here is if the voters of this state decide once and for all to clean house, and vote out every single IL pol we have currently in office, both down in Springfield and Chicago.  Let’s face it, 10m of the 13m IL residents live in and around Chicago, so most of the crap is up here – we just send it down to Springfield.  Now, 2 governors in a row have been arrested.  When are the people of IL going to wake up and smell the corruption here? 

I was going to put in most of the links I’ve had come through my Reader today but decided against it.  You’ve probably seen enough today to fill you to puking about IL politics.  [Imagine how it feels to live in it!]  I will however, leave you with the words of John Kass, one of the few conservative columnists at the Chicago Tribune.  He’s worth the read.  Governor has one choice left: Sing?

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Chicago “Considering” Sucks

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Daley considering increased taxes  This is the headline I saw a couple of days ago in my online paper.  I had to laugh.  So, Daley’s “considering” raising taxes?  In nearly 20 years, when has Daley ever “considered” raising taxes and then decided not to?  Hmm?  Anyone?  Chicago already has the highest tax rates in the country, and now they’re going to go up some more, on lots of other things.  Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks fans, grab your wallets for you’re HIGH on the list, since Daley’s got an increase in “taxing major sports events” in mind.  I know Bears fans are loyal, but I foresee some games blacked out in the future.  Because the tax on parking’s going up too.  Oh, won’t be driving to the games?  Don’t worry, CTA fares are increasing also.  And don’t think you’re exempt from the tax either, music lovers!  Live music shows are getting the extra taxation too. 

But don’t worry, maybe Daley can go on the road with his new comedy act.  I’m serious!  He should think about it!  This is what he said!  “Daley said he always tries to better manage his government before turning to taxpayers.”  Have you ever heard anything funnier in your life?

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Sucks to Breathe in Chicago

I’ve said in the past that Chicago is one of the worst cities in the country for people who suffer with asthma.  It wasn’t a secret, but one or two over on my Chicago Sucks post disagreed with me.  Now I have even more evidence.  Tribune Watchdog report: Chicago’s toxic air 

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Lovely view, no?  This is why I laugh when Chicago defenders go on about how “clean” the city is.  Really?  Compared to what?  A gas station bathroom?  Now, it’s not a secret I don’t consider myself an “environmentalist” by any means, but this is ridiculous.  And just because I don’t think of myself as an environmentalist doesn’t mean I don’t believe in being responsible about our environment – it just means we might disagree on the best way to go about that – but that’s for another blog.  My point here is that there are agencies designed to prevent this sort of thing from occurring.  I think one of the most telling lines from the article says a lot about life in Chicagoland:

Illinois environmental regulators haven’t turned to the data to help focus their efforts, either. In his Sept. 18 reply to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Tribune, a state lawyer wrote: "The Illinois EPA has no information about the [database], and has not used it in any way."

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Chicago Sucks for the stressed!

Oh you KNOW I was ROFLMAO Wednesday when THIS news came out!  –>> Forbes ranks Chicago most stressful city  Thank you Forbes, for once again stating what I’ve been saying for years!  (Here’s the complete list)  And you know I laughed so hard, reading through comments on blogs, people denying that they’re stressed living in Chicago.  “We’re NOT stressed here!  *snarl* N-N-N-New YORK is WAY more stressful than Chicago is!  There’s no WAY we’re more stressed than New York!  Not in a million years!!”  So went the basic attitude.  Can you feel the air vibrating with my vindication?  And all my blogulars, over on my Why I Think Chicago Sucks post are feelin’ it too, I have no doubt! 

Listen Chicago, you have always wanted to be better than New York at something, here’s your chance!  Now you are, and you’re complaining about it?  *shaking head*  Fickle city, you are never pleased. 

We’re #1!  We’re #1!  Highest Taxes in the country, and now Most Stressed in the country.  Hmm … see any connection?  Maybe?  Just a thought.  New York, we’re gainin’ on ya!  Woo!  😉

 

No job? No money? No clean air? No problem.FireShot #77

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Chicago Sucks, unless you’re a criminal

Got a rap sheet? Step right up  (Thanks to Chicago Hires Criminals to be Police by Dr. John Lott)

I read the above article.  There were a couple of interesting quotes, to me.

“They’re among dozens of people restored to the Chicago Police Department’s hiring list after they were found unfit to become cops.”

“The Human Resources Board, made up of three members appointed by Mayor Daley, acknowledged there is no legal reason for it to hear appeals from police applicants.”

It’s no secret that the Chicago Police Dept. has a BAD reputation.  Now I read that they have a practice of hiring people who were deemed by other police departments to be unfit to serve as cops.  But the Daley appointed board said for the Chicago Police Dept. to put them back on the hiring lists.  And the Daley appointed board also said there was no legal reason for it to even hear appeals from application rejects.  Why would Daley appoint a board that makes it okay for the police department to hire criminals?  Why would this Human Resources Board TELL the CPD to hire these people?  The situation begs a lot of interesting questions, doesn’t it?  I mean really, why hire criminals?  Unless it’s easier to pay them off to leave your friends alone.  Easier to pay them off to look the other way.  I mean, they’re already criminals, so how hard would it be to make them shut up if you, as a city official, tell them to forget they saw something?  I’m just speculating here, but seriously, what the hell?  How does this kind of crap happen in Chicago, hmm, Richie?  Is the CPD there to cover for YOU or to serve and protect the people of Chicago? 

Chicagoans, there’s a HUGE rat in the city, and how bad does it have to smell before you start doing something about it?  How many charges of police corruption are you going to put up with?  How many people have complained of being beaten by a cop, and yet nothing was done?  How many people were falsely arrested in Chicago and left to rot in jail?  How long until you get sick of it all and do something to change the way things are being done?  Have you never heard the expression, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” ??  Wake up!  For Pete’s sake, wake up! 

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