Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DON'T STOP DELETIN': A Journey Through Tom Tunney's Facebook Page

Try as they might, Alderman Tom Tunney's office staff can't seem to stay on top of the negative comments about crime that people are posting to the alderman's Facebook page.

We absolutely believe that the alderman has every right to delete posts and comments from his Facebook page whenever he wants. It's his page.

We just wonder if it might be more productive, more effective, and more befitting of a leader to simply address the problem at hand rather than try to make it disappear from Facebook.
Among the posts that have disappeared from Tunney's Facebook page in recent days are a citizen's admission to being "just one person." Another person wrote,
What are you doing about the rising crime in the area? Getting worse and worse….btw the Halsted Center…BAD IDEA! Bringing in the gang element….thanks for that! Losing my vote sir!
That post drew at least six "likes" before it and all of its follow-up comments disappeared.

Now, if only making the crime problem go away were as easy as clicking the "remove" button. We would definitely "Like" that.

19 comments:

  1. YoureThePotHesTheKettleJul 30, 2013, 11:43:00 PM

    I'm not defending Tunney, but in all fairness, look at how you sensor the comments people make to your blog. Not only do you not post the ones that are blatantly inappropriate, but you also don't post others that you simply don't like or don't agree with. In fact, we'll see if you post this one. If you look at Tunney's FB page, you'll see that there are still plenty of negative comments on there about crime in Lakeview.

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  2. YoureThePotHesTheKettle said...
    I'm not defending Tunney, but in all fairness, look at how you sensor the comments people make to your blog. Not only do you not post the ones that are blatantly inappropriate, but you also don't post others that you simply don't like or don't agree with. In fact, we'll see if you post this one. If you look at Tunney's FB page, you'll see that there are still plenty of negative comments on there about crime in Lakeview
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    Hi YoureThePotHesTheKettle,

    As we said in the second paragraph, he has every right to delete posts from his page. It's his page.

    One important difference is that it is Mr. Tunney's responsibility to serve the public and respond to their concerns, particularly as it relates to public safety. He has not responded to any of the posts seeking information about what's to be done.

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  3. Don't stop asking Tunney about crime on his Facebook page. He's the alderman on duty, and his area is #1 in the city for robberies. How he interacts with citizens is relevant, and he is not performing well.

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  4. Tunney is an elected official, and you shouldn't be deleted because you posed a question about crime issues. In typical liberal democrat fashion, if you don't agree with them, then you are wrong, racist, homophobic, etc... I can see the "it's his page, he can do what he wants" argument, but when you are asking what is being done about all the robberies at Belmont and Sheffield, the weekend nonsense that occurs every weekend on Clark St. in th wee hours of the morning, the large infusion of undesirables up at the Center, or the fact that the 19th district is woefully understaffed, you shouldn't be deleted. Tunney deleting/ignoring legitimate concerns is akin to putting his head in the sand. What movie was it where a character says something to the effect, "it's not only a citizen's right to question his government, it their duty to do so"?

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  5. CWB, I respectfully disagree. Like YTPHTK, I'm not defending Ald. Tunney. On his Facebook page though, he does speak specifically to the robberies and says he's working with the Cmdr. V., the bar owners, and the police entertainment detail. Take another look.

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  6. He doesn't respond to each comment, but he does mention the things he's doing to address the problem.

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    1. Please don't forget that Tom Tunney is a liar.
      He seems to think that people neither know he is a liar or that they forget his lies.
      If he says he is doing something about say, anything, he isn't.
      He led on a large group of supportive, involved, concerned property owners, who I feel care less about local crime than Cubs expansion projects surrounding and inside Wrigley Field.
      He promised them his unwavering support and kissed their asses, repeatedly, until the last minute, then screwed them by bowing to the mayor.
      Of course he made an international spectacle of himself, promising to put his foot ware inside their rectums if they dare try to cross him. They are undoubtedly shaking in their own boots, scared to death of the big tough ass-kicking alderman.
      This asshole is losing supporters left and right. His ward is now gang turf, GD's, and he does nothing but continue his lies.
      He will undoubtedly lose his seat, should he be arrogant enough to run again.
      He could do nothing better for his community and legacy than to resign immediately and allow someone with a conscience, a backbone, a caring attitude, and the ability to accomplish providing his constituents with a return to normalcy and safety in this shit-hole free for all neighborhood rife with prostitution, gangs, drugs, and in your face violent crime.
      Alderman Tunney, do the right thing. Leave office and do it quickly.

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  7. Tunney tried to placate concerns about local crime earlier this month by referencing six arrests over one weekend, but that information turned out to be false. Now he is deleting crime discussions on his page and refusing to answer any more questions. It's okay to ask a question about crime on his Facebook page, but he won't answer it and if other frustrated citizens chime in, then the thread will be deleted.

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/07/follow-up-still-looking-for-toms-six.html

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  8. Tom K. said...
    CWB, I respectfully disagree. Like YTPHTK, I'm not defending Ald. Tunney. On his Facebook page though, he does speak specifically to the robberies and says he's working with the Cmdr. V., the bar owners, and the police entertainment detail. Take another look.

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    Hi Tom K.

    Sincere thanks for reading CWB and taking the time to share your thoughts. While we may not be on the same page on this point, we certainly have common concerns about our neighborhood. It is a pleasure to have you as a neighbor.

    You are correct. Tom did post a statement after a recent crime spree. Our issue with the lack of candor in his statement has been addressed elsewhere.

    The other thing that bothers us, though, is that his latest statement is remarkably similar to statements he's made in previous years.

    Like 2011.
    http://neighborhoods.redeyechicago.com/boystown/news-report/2011/07/05/tunney-releases-statement-on-crime-spike/

    Others are easy to find on Google.

    By the way, we have no other complaint with Alderman Tunney. We've never said a word about our thoughts on Wrigley Field. And we won't. We've never spouted off with an opinion about proposed development projects. And we won't. You won't hear us talk mention potholes, stop signals, or the timing of annual garden walks.

    You will hear us call him out on his abject failure to address our crime problem.

    Tom's been kicking the can on this for at least four years. The Lake View Patch reported that the developer of the proposed Out Chicago hotel on Halsted actually said this month, “I don’t hear other people talking about bringing a major resort to a neighborhood with high crime, that has businesses that are telling me their business is down."

    A neighborhood with high crime? Our neighborhood? YES! Our neighborhood! The guy is right. At least he has the guts to stand up and say so.

    It's time for Tom to do what he was hired to do. More boilerplate statements won't cut it.

    If he can get the job done, great. Get on it. We guarantee you that we will print the good news. But if he can't succeed at his #1 priority after four years of decline, then we have the wrong guy. This neighborhood can't afford four more years of the same press release.

    That's our two cents. Or, looking at the length, that may be closer to a dime. Thank you again for putting your thoughts out there. Be safe and be well!

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  9. Hey guys, interesting discussion. I found this piece that WBEZ did earlier in the year and I think it gives some interesting perspective on this problem. What are your thoughts? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-07/crunching-lakeviews-crime-numbers-police-start

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  10. Before there was such a thing as the iPhone, I don't remember people being robbed of their cell phones. The "crime problem" in Lakeview is largely one of people being robbed of their iPhones late at night, is it not? If people would simply not have them out on display, that would eliminate much of the problem.

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  11. @Anonymous - It's a bit of a stretch to call Lakeview gang turf. Back in the day when the neighborhood was really rough, it was. Now, there's a portion around Belmont/Sheffield where some known gang members hang out, but it's not like there are gang wars going on in the neighborhood à la Englewood or Austin. Regarding Tunney - I have seen him bow to the pressure of residents before, such as when he instituted a parking ban on Halsted. So if enough residents become a bug in his ear, getting some things accomplished is possible.

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    1. @gordon,
      Well guess where I live? That precise area, and for 29 years. I'm a captive from dusk til way past dawn and I'm fucking pusses.
      I have a friend in Englewood and she can't believe the shit that goes on where I live.
      Sure, there aren't bullets grazing my head day & night, but my quality of life is nil in this ignored ward.
      The big-wigs that run the gangs are smart enough to keep their business intact by not going full tilt in LV as that will bring out the big guns in the CPD. Organized crime is organized.

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  12. Gordon, there are gang tags in the alleys and on the homes of boystown that have been up for weeks. Walk in the alley behind Walgreens/Walmart/Dakota/Circuit and you will find 3+. There is a prominent gangster disciple tag across from the Magnet School on a residence on Waveland. And many more! It is also sad when the alderman is considered to "bow" to his voters/residents when trying to mitigate crime.

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  13. Paul@justoneperson.netJul 31, 2013, 10:32:00 AM

    Keep up the pressure! Keep asking the questions - new and old!



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  14. Feel free to post on our neighborhood page (we do NOT delete comments, rather forward them to the Alderman).
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/3200nwiltonblock44thwardchicago/

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  15. @Anonymous - Have you reported the gang tags you've seen that you say have been up for weeks? You can call 311 or even better, use the city's online form to report graffiti. I have done this a few times and the city usually takes care of it within a couple of weeks.

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  16. I find the mention of gangs in Lakeview a bit comical, but I did check the WBEZ gang map out of curiosity. So there is a pocket on the map in Lakeview, which is the area everyone knows is a bit sketchy. But that's it - one small area. Lincoln Park has no marks on the gang map. I'm sure if enough residents band together, it's possible to get the Belmont & Sheffield area cleaned up and ridded of any gang presence.

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  17. I have been a radio monitor of the 19th and the old 23rd district on cpd zone 2 radio for 40 years. I know the area very well. I remember the summer of 1969 when my brother and I use to walk to Cub games from Ashland and Wilson street to the ballpark. There was a gang problem near the ballpark with the latin eagles back then. Waveland av. behind the park in home run ally was a 3 flat dump street. The L/E gang logo was a common sight. The area turned around and the rest is history. The reason for the positive turn around was because the residents back then did not tolerate the latin gang bangers with knifes. Those land owners would call PO5-1313 which was Chicago's old 911 phone number and the cop cars would respond fast and with a purpose of doing their jobs. Concerned residents and duty sworn officers of the law doing their jobs.

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