Thursday, January 30, 2014

A POOR EXCUSE: Tunney Says "Staffer" Deleted Crime-Related Questions From Facebook

Remember our story about crime-related questions being routinely deleted from Alderman Tom Tunney's Facebook page rather than answered?

A resident posted this question, asking Tunney if our story
about deleted comments is true. He deleted it.
DNAInfo.com runs THIS story today with Tunney's implausible response and reactions from residents.

Yesterday, the alderman issued an "explanation."
The person who normally oversees our Facebook page was out of the office for the past week and someone else was filling in. During this time, that staffer mistakenly deleted comments that should have remained posted. Alderman Tunney’s policy is to foster positive dialogue and to delete only those comments that are insensitive or personally insulting to other constituents. He apologizes for this mistake, regrets that it occurred and has taken steps to ensure it does not happen again. Anyone whose comments were deleted should feel free to re-post as the alderman appreciates input from all 44th Ward constituents.
Baloney. We knew he would delete those crime questions, that's why we took the screen shots in the first place.

Note that "that staffer" didn't "mistakenly" delete posts about any other topic. Just crime and policing.

In fact, after our story ran, "that staffer" deleted at least one post from a man who asked if our story was true!

Holy macaroni.

Someone asks if it's true that the alderman deletes crime questions and he turns around and DELETES the question? That's rich.

Now that the alderman has "explained" concocted an impossible story, maybe he will take a moment to answer the questions people have posted. He could start with this one, which was deleted:
Robberies in our ward have gone up 70% since 2007. SEVENTY. Can you tell us why our district keeps cutting the amount of police officers instead of increasing them???

45 comments:

  1. I actually believe this is what happened as it's happened with my firm's Facebook page.

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    1. Oh, we don't doubt that a staffer helps maintain his social media presence. What's not true is that this didn't just happen recently because someone was filling in.

      Also, and of greater importance, is this question: What guidance—either direct or indirect—would lead an employee to believe that the alderman would want them to delete questions about crime and safety, his publicly-declared top priority?

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  2. It makes sense. Staffers are probably hand picked by the ability to keep Tunney in a bubble.

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  3. Tunney and his staffers need to answer some of these questions under oath. Let's see if his staff is willing to fall on a knife for him.

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  4. Tunny no longer has any credibility. Time for someone who does.

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  5. i hope everyone whose comments got deleted is sure to REPOST their comments on his page, now that he is *definitely* (maybe) going to answer them and *not* (probably) delete them.

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    1. From what I understand....many of the commenters were then "blocked" from FB and could no longer post to Dummy's FB page.

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  6. also .. just a sidenote ... people can no longer pass off "accidentally deleting" things from facebook. it takes no less than two clicks to delete a post, and you have to pinpoint each individual post. this "excuse" would have passed a few years back when people weren't as familiar with how facebook worked, but now it's just blatant BS.

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  7. Years ago I called to complain about the giant mobile concert stage that was next to my home during pridefest. It was excruciatingly loud. The staffer I spoke to twisted the conversation and accused me of wanting to ban the pride parade! I'm gay and have attended every parade since the mid 90s. His staffers are very insulting to residents.

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  8. For the past 10 years, one of his "staffers" has evidently also deleted a substantial number of cops in the precinct.

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    1. "The person who normally oversees our Facebook page was out of the office for the past week and SOMEONE ELSE WAS FILLING IN."
      If indeed there was someone who was out of the office for the past week (that shouldn't be too hard to know), and they indeed are the one who runs the Alderman's Facebook page (so he doesn't answer his constituents?), then WHO EXACTLY WAS FILLING IN?
      Tunney should require that this person go on Tunney's Facebook page, name himself and apologize to Tunney's constituents.
      Only then will I believe that it wasn't Tunney himself or that it wasn't masterminded by Tunney himself.
      What kind of government is being run around here? He is an elected official!

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  9. He cannot delete any posts of mine because a temp employee of his apparently accidentally banned me from his Facebook site a few months ago. As I say, it must have been a complete accident. I have never posted anything derogatory on his page. Just asked questions about why has he been speaking about crime being his number one concern for five years now. All I wanted to know is why is it that he either cannot or will not do anything about it, other than making things worse, ala BYC.

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    1. Call his office and ask that you be unbanned. Maybe they can tell you why you were "accidentally" banned to begin with. If he's ever going to do it, it's going to be now that the heat is on.

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  10. Accident ? Right . . LOL That's what they get the big bucks for.

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  11. I'm genuinely curious what people think is going to be accomplished by removing/replacing Tunney. For years, Uptown Update and its readers were utterly obsessed with removing Helen Shiller from office. Well, Messiah Cappleman finally took over, and guess what? Business as usual in Uptown. Shootings in broad daylight, unchecked gang activity/violence and loitering, you name it.

    I'm not trying to be difficult here, but there's much more to the situation than Tunney. It starts with people refusing to be victims and TAKING BACK THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. My partner and I recently bought a condo and moved back to Wrigleyville after living in Edgewater Beach for 7 years. Despite having a good alderman up there, our street was more or less an open air drug market peppered with shootings and other random violence.

    In short, I'm not going to stand by and watch this neighborhood be invaded and taken over by hood rats and other assorted vermin.

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    1. Good for you, Turbo. There are three pillars to our problem:
      - Severe reduction in our district's police force prohibits forceful and, sometimes, timely responses to incidents.
      - Politicians and elements of the police force that have been willing to mislead the public about facts that are readily available from the city online.
      - Refusal of businesses and service agencies to accept some responsibility for what their clients do outside of their doors.

      For our part, we don't care who the alderman is as long as they make every effort at their disposal to correct the problem.

      We started CWB in April of 2013. For us, it's not a political movement. It's about returning our neighborhood to the safe conditions we enjoyed around the clock just a few years ago. Any alderman could do it, including the one we have now. There is absolutely nothing standing in their way.

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    2. turbo, you encourage me. thank you!

      and cwb, thanks for your post. you wrote that any alderman can return our neighborhood to safe conditions and there is absolutely nothing standing in their way. could you please state exactly what the alderman could do specifically. what is in his power so we know what specifically to ask of him?

      1) does he have the power to get us more cops?
      2) how can he require the businesses and social services to accept more responsibility legally?

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    3. Being an alderman means representing the interests of the citizens of your ward. That means taking a stand, particularly on important issues. Refusing to vote in favor of a budget that does not allow for returning manpower to where it was pre-merger is taking a stand for your constituents. (If, that is, public safety is your #1 priority.)

      The alderman directly to our west in Lakeview does this and he openly stated this month that he's seen zero adverse effects on his ward.

      You also skipped #2 on our pillars. It is outrageous for a civil worker to knowingly and willingly mislead the public about a growing street crime issue. The intent may be to protect the neighborhood's image for entertainment dollars. The effect is that innocent men and women are seriously injured physically, psychologically, and financially.

      To your second point, and our third, businesses could post modest safety notices for departing patrons. They could put pressure on city hall. They could refrain from overserving customers to the point that they become violent on the streets and tie up our police resources. They could find a method of problem solving that goes beyond kicking people onto the street and letting our (at most) 8-person "entertainment detail" solve the issue for them.

      The excuse that someone - ANYONE - is "just an alderman" is bullshit.

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    4. Ah yes, and social service agencies. They have built a very bad reputation for not co-operating with the police on important matters. Will a police representative stand up at a community meeting and say so? No. But take a moment to approach a cop on patrol who has worked our neighborhood for a couple of years or so and get some feedback. We printed specific examples shown in police reports regarding Broadway Youth Center this fall. That organization, hopefully, is on the path to being a good neighbor again.

      The agencies also have taken a firm hands-off, flat-out denial that any of their clients cause any issues here. That's laughable.

      We've often stated that the agencies have a good reason to be in this neighborhood and we support their mission. We do not support their belief that the less fortunate are exempt from the law.

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    5. the problem has gottent to this point because so many stakeholders brush it away by saying, "well, i can't change it, i'm just a ______." we dont need any more of that. we need everyone to put in their portion and together we get results.

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  12. Does anyone know what the Alderman's magnificent Crime Task Force has been up to? It doesn't seem to be very productive.

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    1. They are waiting for it to get warm out. Oh look, Pride is just around the corner - Fort Apache, The Bronx 2 is coming up folks. What are YOU going to do about it?

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  13. Dog ate my homework.
    Oldest excuse in the book.

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  14. If someone posted something postive about Tunney would you post it? Dissent and free speech are a wonderful thing, but you really need to tell people about your own political agenda ! Singed, not a fan of Tunney

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    1. Well, since this is about your fourth post with this ridiculous angle, we'll bite.

      If you think people being severely beaten, robbed, and stabbed is a *political* issue, then you are on the wrong site.

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  15. *begin sarcasm* I'm glad he sent out this message/excuse. Now I will be sure to ask away on his facebook page. I see that, so far, today's questions have been dignified with a personal and meaningful reply of much substance and direct answers to each question *end sarcasm*
    He has given an exact copied and pasted response to each separate post, which includes what you have posted above, along with this gem:

    "Public safety remains Alderman Tunney’s top priority. He works with Commander Voulgaris daily to address crime and implement strategies. As he has done in the past, he continues to ask for more officers to be assigned to 019. All crime statistics that are disseminated by our office come directly from the Chicago Police Department. We will have updated statistics posted by the end of this week."

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  16. Ms Tunney? Please.....He's busy being up Rickett's but. Just like he promised.

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    1. I'm hoping that Ricketts' clout will get us more police officers and turn the crime around! God knows, the pleas of the tax-paying citizens are being ignored....

      I seriously doubt Ricketts want's his paying customers to be jumped on the street after a game.

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  17. I may have posted this comment on an older blog entry, so many might not have seen it, but one thing that might be helpful is for CWB to start a twitter feed...we can get live, real-time posts about street crimes, and can use that info to avoid that street if there is a lot of commotion at that moment. Another use for it would be o get live updates about perps who just committed a crime, and what direction they headed; then people who get the twitter feed could immediately keep an eye out for them if they are in that general vicinity.

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    1. Hi Link N. Parker, We're on Twitter @cwbchicago and we send out alerts on breaking incidents. As you can understand, we withhold many details until situations are resolved and a more liberal release of information is prudent.

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    2. Ah ok, thanks! I was not aware of the twitter account, I will be signing up for it.

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  18. Well, since tiny tunney is now aware of the problem with his staffer, why hasn't he responded to the questions posted on his page? Copying the same laughable cookier cutter response to everybody's question probably took more time than to actually respond to a question.

    Really shows that he's a true prick sitting himself high up on a throne and feeling he's not responsible to the peons that pay his excessive wage to keep his head buried up Rahm's ass.

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  19. Wish it were as easy to delete Tunney.

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  20. Tommyyyy....Thursday night 7;54...lots of paddy wagons at COH...art exhibit gone awry!!!!!.....get over and help Mr. Tunney....hurry

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  21. I just hope when election time comes around that we have more choices then Tunney or the sex shop guy.

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  22. I'm surprised nobody is asking Tunney on his Facebook page if he is aware that his $104,101 salary is being paid by the very people that he is ignoring to provide answers to in regards to the out of control crime in our neighborhood. He's being blatantly negligent in his duties to serve the neighborhood he was elected to serve and is being paid handsomely to serve.

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    1. Excellent point. I take issue with this (at that salary) being a SECOND job. I mean, seriously. _I'D_ be Alderman as a full time job for that salary. Here's a list of salaries for all Alderpeople.

      http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/tables/alderman-salaries.html

      I also have concerns with the history of Tunney as Alderman. According to WIki (which I understand isn't the be all end all of information, but it's got some history to reference), Tunney was conveniently appointed just before the prior Alderman left office and also promised to sell his businesses if elected because that would be a conflict of interest and then reneged once he was elected.

      "But part of the debate during the campaign was about being a 'full-time' alderman. Tunney said he believes the community, which his business has supported for two decades, does not want him to sell." http://windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=3259

      Anyone here believe that he should spend more time on his businesses and less time on the JOB HE WAS ELECTED TO DO? I frankly find it reprehensible that once he was elected once and reneged on such a serious campaign promise, that people elected him again. (and again!)

      Can we please understand that this man is and has been a liar and manipulator of statistics to his own betterment and NOT elect him again? Please? And if you understand that, can you please talk to your friends about it? It's only a ward, which isn't huge, and not everyone reads this blog, and too many people aren't even aware of the crime and public safety problem (which is tragic). We need to get the word out. Talk to your friends. Please. Our neighborhood's future depends on it.

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    2. The job of Chicago Alderman is "part time" by law. It's hard to imagine the job not being a full-time endeavor, though.

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    3. Why does Chicago need aldermen anyway? The system dates from the mid-XIXth century before telephones and the internet. Nowadays, the alderman's office can be bypassed for 90% of the issues. I heard that even Toony's office encourages calling 311 or visiting the City web site most of the times.

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  23. If by law it's "part time," the salary should reflect that. All I'm saying. That's a full time salary as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. How about the pension they get? What part time job gets you a pension and an expense account?

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  24. Have you seen Tunney's latest excuse?? The mind boggles:

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/lakeview/ald-tunney-changes-social-media-policy-after-posts-deleted-from-facebook

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    1. If his staffers answer all of his facebook questions, why are the answers written in the first person as if Tunney himself is answering? I assume this is to make us believe that our concerns are being heard, when in fact we have no way of knowing if he even reads them. This type of misrepresentation is highly unethical and surely a breach of some code of conduct he must abide by. At the very least, it's a severe breach of trust and public confidence.

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    2. If you can find an alderman who monitors his/her on social media sites, let me know who they are so I can tell him/her to stop wasting my tax dollars.

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    3. Being in touch with what's going on with your constituents on a macro-level in the social media age a "waste"? I think not. I'd bet you $20 bucks Tunney reads this blog.

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