Monday, January 27, 2014

ALDERMAN'S ANSWER TO CRIME QUESTIONS: Delete.

He's the man without a plan.

Wrigleyville and Boystown Alderman Tom Tunney’s strategy for handling our violent street crime problem in 2014 appears to be the same as his strategy for 2013: Pretend there is no violent street crime problem.

While the alderman is able to whip up Facebook responses for constituents who ask why he voted to restrict e-cigarettes and why the city hadn’t fixed “a hole large enough for someone to fall through” outside of Taco Bell, his response to questions about crime is remarkably consistent. He deletes the question.


One resident wrote on Tunney’s page last week,
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???
The alderman’s response? Nothing. Although he did take the time to delete the constituent's question yesterday.


Another resident called Tunney out on his misleading statements about huge drops in crime across Lakeview while the alderman's own ward saw the city’s biggest increase in robberies and smallest decrease in overall crime.

The poster was kind enough to include a generous selection of CWB stories to refresh the alderman’s recollection of events. (Thanks, girl!)

He deleted that post yesterday, too.

Hey, we always say that people can delete whatever they want from their Facebook page, blog, Twitter, or what-have-you. It’s their space. 

But, if you’re the alderman who claims that public safety is your #1 priority, shouldn’t you be able to muster up some simple responses to questions about crime in your ward?

This isn’t Tunney’s first brush with Facebook’s “Remove” feature.  He did the same thing last summer

At least he’s consistent.

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66 comments:

  1. CWB, Thanks for calling this out! I can't believe he just deletes the questions he doesn't want to answer. That's some serious shirking of ELECTED RESPONSIBILITY right there.

    I have written Alderman Tunney 2 emails (to both his Ward44 email address and to Erin Duffy), on 1/22 (which was essentially what I posted on his FB page, that you have copied and posted here above) and then a follow up on 1/25 calling out his lack of a response and again asking for him acknowledge the crime problem. I've received no response to either.

    As an Alderman, he's a joke. He doesn't represent the residents, he doesn't care about the residents, and he has no qualms whatsoever about blatantly and repeatedly lying to the residents. He needs to GO. Please, I've heard rumors of someone good and qualified planning to run against Tunney (in addition to Thomas) - PLEASE step forward asap so your fellow residents can support you as a challenger!

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    1. Those of us concerned with finding such a candidate need to meet. Unless we can organize, get large numbers of volunteers, raise $$, and find a viable candidate we don't have a chance of beating TT. We need to put our time and money where our mouth is.

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    2. @Anonymous Might be worth a try to reach out to Citizens for a Safer Lakeview. info@cfaslv.com

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  2. You know he's a joke and not taken seriously by people downtown. The mayor has a had different alderman mediating the cubs/rooftop issue for months because Tunney isn't up for the job.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-cubs-request-permit-for-right-field-wrigley-sign-20140127,0,5121306.story

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    1. "Differences over the size and placement of a video scoreboard the Cubs would like to install in left field brought the negotiations to a standstill last Tuesday, said Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, who had been meeting with both sides since late last year to help reach an agreement at the behest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel."

      Lovely.

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    2. U r totally mistaken. OConnor is Rahm's floor leader henchman ad chief crook. Tunney just goes along with Rahm. If u want change vote Rahm out.

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    3. Interesting strategy. If you want a functional alderman, change the mayor. I like the direct route. Get rid of the lousy alderman and get a better alderman.

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    4. Get rid of both. Vote them both out.

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    5. We need to get behind a Toni Preckwinkle for mayor campaign, so she knows we were early supporters. We should try to get her to come to Lakeview to speak, and tell her our concerns. If anyone knows Laura Washington, she could help get her here.

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    6. Scott Waguespack announced he was going to challenge Daley before Daley announced he wasn't going to run for reelection. He would give Rahm a run for his money.

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  3. The best way to solve a crime problem is to get your own 24/7 police portection, and have the taxpayers foot the bill.

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  4. Maybe a large group of us going to Tunney's ward office in person might do something. At least he can't delete us!

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    1. Who's setting this up? When and where? Have the CWB guys post this so everyone can make this happen.

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    2. you wont see him if you do that, he'll either hide in a closet and shit himself while Stepford assistant Erin grins through some sun-shiny explanation as to why he cant meet with us or, sneak out the back dressed in homeless rags. POS

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  5. Question for someone who has attended any of the recent CAPS meetings. I haven't been (plan on going to the next one), so not sure if Tunney or the police primarily answer questions there. Since this is a situation where they can't just delete away community comments, what are their answers to the crime concerns brought up? Do they just continue to deny that crime is even an issue, or do they at least acknowledge that the situation is deteriorating but say they don't have the man power to help reduce it?

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    1. There answers are - /start sarcasm/
      - Crime, what crime?
      - If you look at the numbers going back to 1865, you'll see a significant decrease...
      - My hands are tied - I cant get more cops, so suffer

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  6. The best way to deal with this is be critical of his height.

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  7. Irony here is the enemy of your enemy may be your friend.
    In this case Rahm probably wants rid of Tunney as we do so as to let Ricketts do what they want.
    That said, Rahm needs to go even more than Tunney.

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    1. He doesn't get a free pass from me simply because someone else may be worse. He has failed us on this crime issue and now it's come out that a completely different alderman has been handling the Wrigley Field negotiations. WTF? How much do you have to suck to have another alderman get assigned to handle a massive project in YOUR WARD?? Christ almighty!

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  8. So why dont we as residents flood his FB page with questions about crime in the 44th ward? Also, who is going to run against him for reelection? Its time we have someone that actually cares

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    1. Agreed! Then, each time he deletes the questions, which he will, ask the question again and ask why it was deleted in the first place. Better yet, when something is deleted from Tunney's fb page, go to Rahms page and ask why Tunney keeps deleting questions about Wrigleyville crime.

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    2. All he'll do is delete and block you. It's worth a try. But then confront him in person at meetings every single time.

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  9. If we organize ourselves, we could confront him whenever he has a public appearance, like when he is scheduled to appear at the monthly SELVN meeting, but any public appearance would do, too. Then we would really put him on the stop.

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    1. There's the CAPS meeting on FEB 5, SELVN FEB 10 (assuming he shows up for that - considering how we screwed the community with THAT, somehow I think he'll be "busy."

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  10. Exactly Tunney or whoever Rahm wants will win if Rahm and ALL his aldermen are in place. They all have to go including Rahm.

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    1. I'm not a Rahm fan, yet be careful what you wish for. Two words: Harold Washington.

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    2. What was wrong with Harold Washington?

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    3. exactly. he wasnt perfect but he was all about law and order and protecting ALL the citizenery of the city. and he definitely was not a weasely, arrogant jagoff like the present occupant of the 5th Floor.

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    4. You guys are kidding, right?! Harold Washington? He pushed incompetence to new levels. Geez, you must really hate Rahm a lot if he's pushed someone of Harold'd caliber to be considered an acceptable alternative. What's next - are you going to tell me that Carol Mosley Braun was a good US senator? Regardless, it's hard to disagree with the characterization of Rahm as a weasel/ arrogant jag off.

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  11. UNBELIEVABLE! He just deleted two more that people posted today. What is the guy, 13 years old?

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  12. If a large number of us go to his office and alert the media also, it would be impossible to ignore.

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  13. Yes, yes he did. The man has some serious gall. And a total lack of respect for any of his constituents. I cannot wait to vote him OUT.

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  14. Letter and questions re-posted. Who's next?

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  15. Tunney is just another puppet in this show.

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  16. Take a screen shot of your messages on Tunney's Facebook in case the messages are deleted again.

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    1. Funny, my comment voicing my concerns and disappointment in his inactivity to address or attempt to fix the crime issue was deleted. Furthermore, he has disabled me from commenting on anything on his page at all.
      He has essentially "blocked" one of his constituents from having a voice on a public forum simply because he did not like what was written: the truth. A true coward who can't face reality at public meetings or on social media.

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  17. This is Chicago politics. Tunney and all the alderman have to keep Rahm happy. If Tunney pisses off Rahm, suddenly our ward is last on the list for fixing potholes, our schools get defunded, our building permit approvals get lost in the mail. Translation: The residents end up paying the price.
    Remember: the fish rots from the head down. Replacing Tunney is not the solution.
    Find me an Alderman who made a career of poking Daley in the chest. Is there one that ever got re-elected? If they did, I bet their ward was a cesspool compared to the 44th ward.

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    1. Like the 32nd ward "cesspool?" Where is the 32nd ward? Oh, that's right. LAKEVIEW! They have an alderman.

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  18. The outflow of police officers is, IMO, directly tied to our ambitious, career thinking mayor's dislike of the bad national press he received as a result of the increased levels of violent crime on the south and west sides. When I floated this view by an officer who picked up the phone at the 19th district the other day, she agreed wholeheartedly and said that she wished she could put me in a commercial. FWIW, she also praised our commander a great guy who work's long hours trying to "more with less". I know several people who are moving away due to the crime, and if that turn in to a trend, kiss the neighborhood, local shops, property values, etc., and everything else goodbye. I'm afraid the only solution is a law suit filed by Lakeview/Wrigleyville taxpayers. I'd love to read the email between our uber-political minded mayor and Superintendent McCarthy regarding police manpower deployment decisions.

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  19. Think Pam Zekman or any news media should be made aware of this? I think so.

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    1. You're the third person to mention her name. I think so, too. Who's willing to contact her who can tell our story effectively? From the little I understand about her, she lives for stories of corruption and greed like we have here. It's worth a try. We have little to lose at this point.

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    2. theres also the fact that, other than Ben Jovarsky at the Reader and some of the softball stuff that the BGA/Andy Shaw lob, who, in local media, has the balls to consistently get in tiny tutu's or McDummys faces and hammer them over the truth and the accounting fuckery that is Compstat?

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  20. the traditional press might help, but our ward election is held here in our ward. fewer people watch tv news than read blogs and everyblock (and dnainfo) now. and certainly each of us here in the ward talking to five people does more than a low-ratings channel 7 newscast. as to the mayor problem, ugh. for that, we need to convert people who have very good reasons not to convert. let's start here....

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    1. We can confirm that a relevant post in online forums generate literally 100's of times more traffic than the ABC7 report last summer. Same for most micro news sites. The shift away from traditional news outlets is very real.

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    2. Dear sir, social media was able to help overthrow three totalitarian blood-thirsty Arab dictators during the Arab spring a few years back. Surely social media can help us overthrow a mere Chicago alderman. Keep up the good work!

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  21. can you and 5 or more of your friends, relatives and neighbors forward a copy of these comments pzekman@cbs.com;dlblom@cbs.com;mhlebeau@cbs.com

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  22. FYI .. CWB mention about folks monitoring police scanners @Red Eye:

    Others, like the authors of the anonymous local community blog "Crime in Boystown," keep
    a running unofficial tally of criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

    Read more at http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-chicagos-policescanner-fans-tune-in-to-citywide-drama-20140124,0,1737727.story#X51zTiix67yycQcD.99

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  23. If this latest Tunney charade doesn't insight a call to action, nothing will! People can only take so much of being slapped in the face by politicians before something gets done once and for all. And they are supposed to be working for OUR best interests? Enough is enough!!!

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  24. This is the last straw!

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    1. I saw an argument last night at the door of the COH as they were closing early and the "criminal warming center" wouldn't be available. I am going to take photos of every single police call to the COH and send them dated to his Facebook,sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words. COH opens and crime goes up 70 percent...let's track it daily...no problem, I see it on the way to the bus.

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    2. Coh has become a nuisance to the neighborhood! Why is this being allowed to continue? Either clean it up, or shut it down!

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  25. I feel like most all commenters on this board want action, but few are willing to actually take action, waiting for others to do it for them. It is a common theme among those who are ticked off but "don't have time" for taking care of the problem. And before you ask, yes, I try to get physically involved.

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    1. @Riz, I would be will to try and help what do you suggest I do. I'm all ears. who do I Contact?we need to start organizing! This site is worthless if to don't spur action!

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    2. There are people out there organizing and getting their hands dirty. Last Fall Tunney was all set to push through the Broadway Youth Center's zoning request quickly and quietly with no one noticing it happened. A small group of Lakeview residents threw a monkey wrench into that plan. Yes, BYC in the end got what they wanted, but at a great cost. That small group of residents turned it into a battle that went on for months. Along the way, those residents exposed the slanderous email sent by the director of the BYC to her supporters. Soon after she conveniently "stepped down." That small group of residents enabled SELVN to take a strong stand, and they forced Tunney to buck the wishes of the neighbors and very publicly side with BYC. That small group of resident filed FOIA requests and got out the seedy facts about BYC and their history in the neighborhood. That was just a small group of people. Imagine if more got involved.

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  26. Everyday from now until the pols close when he's up for re-election, Tunney should be made keenly aware that he's on the way out. When a strong candidate emerges people should back that one and not get side tracked by phantom candidates Tunney and Emmanuel will throw in to split the vote with the challenger. The neighborhood needs to back the candidate who makes crime the paramount issue in the campaign.

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  27. Chuck Goudie's Channel 7 report last year on what's happening in our neighborhood was laughable. What? No I-Team follow up? Useless reporting.

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  28. I believe the group Michael is talking bout is something called the citiZens for a safer Lakeview. I received a mailer early on in the BYC debate. It was put together pretty well.

    Their contact email is info@cfaslv.com.

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  29. Does anyone under the age of 55 still watch local news?

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    1. Yes. I also subscribe to the trib. I do plan on ditching the trib(except Sunday) because almost no local neighbourhood news. btw, I'm early 40's.

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    2. I still read the paper at the gym, but I was referring to TV news.

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    3. Call me old fashioned but yes I do watch local and national news. :)

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  30. Did you see Tiny Tunny's facebook page? He eplained a temp. Worker accidently deleted the negive comments

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    1. And this happens ALL THE TIME. Don't believe a thing that man says -- unless your attending some free luncheon he's hosting. Keep posting until he answers the questions (he'll probably ban you after he deletes you, but that's his way).

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  31. The man has a convenient explanation for everything. It's like trying to catch a greased pig.

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  32. He's worthless! Definitely not up to the job. Time to send him packing.

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  33. Notice he still hasn't answered any of the questions, just a cut and paste of his fantasy land explanation.

    It's pretty obvious that even he knows how unqualified he is for this job, yet he's unable to turn away from our large taxpayer funded salary.

    You'd think he'd feel even a little bit guilty for his incompetence and failure to act as being one of the key reasons for the thugs taking over our streets and so many of our neighbors being beaten and robbed. Hopefully he doesn't sleep much at night because his guilt should keep him awake 24/7.

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