Friday, November 22, 2013

TIDBITS: A Couple Of Notes From Our Scratchpad

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney's latest email newsletter includes this piece of positivity:
While I understand the need to utilize police overtime programs to manage city costs, it is a short-term solution to public safety. We need to focus on the bigger picture and not just keep up with attrition.  It is imperative to add more full-time officers to the Chicago Police Department in order to have the necessary resources our city needs to provide an adequate long-term public safety plan.  I am committed to ensuring that Commander Voulgaris has the resources he needs to make Lakeview a safe place to live and visit. 
Right on. While we aren't particularly optimistic about the chances of passage, it is good to hear the Alderman stake out some territory.

The alderman's statement above is in connection with an aldermanic proposal to add 500 police officers to the force next year rather than spend money on overtime. Tunney supports the proposal, which will come up for a vote early next week.

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The 19th district CAPS office will host two business safety seminars on Monday. The presentations will focus on robbery and theft prevention.

The first session will run from 11AM to noon and the second will go from 2PM to 3PM.

Both sessions will be held in the 19th district police station, 850 W. Addison.

Email the 19th district CAPS office for more info.


  1. About time! Wonder what the last straw was for him ........( errr CWB bushelful of straws ?) ... /sarc!
    (And also ..... maybe, just maybe .. ..the outcry over the WrigleyField arch ads is fueling SOME increased awareness that folks are just not happy campers at all here with his disengaged, go-along-to-get-along sloppy oversight.) When's the next election?

    Thanks to you and your dedicated efforts, CWB! Many, many thanks, keep up the great work.

  2. Yeah, if he has the leadership clout to backup "I am committed to ensuring that Commander Voulgaris has the resources he needs to make Lakeview a safe place to live and visit." How is he going to make that happen? By crying in the council meeting again?

  3. I read that the F.O.P. says there are currently 3,000 police officers who are "retirement ready". Remember the City is sitting on a mountain of T.I.F. money, they should rearrange priorities and hire more police.

  4. The first time I heard there were 3k+ POs eligible to retire was when Tunney asked at a special hearing on pensions. The Police pension board member tried to get away with a BS #, but didn't. He also found out that 8k+ currently get payments while 11k pay in. Do the math and IRS easy to see the precarious position of the police pension.

    1. The alderman asks questions well. He has done nothing about the answers. There is the rub.

  5. He us lying he is a total Emanuel backer. Rahm spends money only on special projects for his campaign contributors and not for police.