Thursday, January 09, 2014

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: But No Public Answers

Back on November 1, as the City Council considered the Chicago Police Department's 2014 budget, 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney assured his constituents that he was on the case. From Ald. Tunney's November 1, 2013, newsletter:
The first round of budget hearings began this week and I have been actively working to ensure that this budget meets the needs of our community. Yesterday was the police budget hearing and I focused many of my questions around police manpower, the effects of the merger on the 19th District, police response time, radio assignment pending status in the 19th district, and increased public transit security at CTA stations.  [...] I submitted my questions in writing to the Budget Chairman and will share the department's responses with you when I receive them. [Emphasis ours.]
The alderman has yet to release the answers.

He and most of the other 50 alderman long ago voted to approve a budget and the 19th district has already lost 8 officers in 2014.

In 2011, police superintendent Garry McCarthy testified before the city council on October 27. The department issued written responses to aldermen's written questions 12 days later, on November 8.

So, did the alderman vote on the police budget without getting the information he requested? Or, has he received the answers and simply kept them to himself?

We asked his office about this in an email Thursday morning.
Crime In Wrigleyville & Boystown
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM
To: Tom Tunney

Good morning,
Has the alderman received answers to the questions he submitted in writing to the Chicago Police Department as mentioned in his November 1 newsletter?
His office has not responded.
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18 comments:

  1. Don't expect "his office" to respond anytime soon. They're all too busy denying there's a crime issue in our neighborhood.

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  2. Besides the nearly 100 officers 19 has lost how about the 19 district officers that can't patrol the street because they are guarding the Mayor's house around the clock. Was that even considered? Ald. Tunney is the worst thing for the residents. He's a snake oil salesman. just not trustworthy. Also why are there so many officers transferring out? Is something wrong with the leadership there that has made it so undesirable? Maybe someone needs to fix that too. We can't have officers fleeing 19.

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    1. In all honesty it's not the leadership in 019, it's the visiting people. Officers are forced to work midnights because 019 is a high seniority district. Other officers are placed out there directly on Clark st because the tact lieutenant doesn't like tact teams from the old 019th district. It wears on a persons mind to deal with rude, drunk belligerent people every weekend with no end in sight. Some people left for greener pastures like the. 020th district with its 7 total bars. The top leadership isn't so bad here now that the executive officer has left, the tact lieutenant should be the next to leave as well, his ways have caused many defections and bitter feelings

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    2. Agreed. The Tact Lt has been there way too long and plays big time favorites. Not many tact guys left from the old 019. He did a great job of driving them away. Nice guy.

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  3. His office has not responded, and his office will not respond.

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  4. Silence. I think in it's own way his office DID respond. Cappleman told the owners in my co-op and other neighbors that he wouldn't vote for any budget that didn't include more police officers. He did, and justified it by saying the budget had an increase for homeless programs instead. Don't trust any of these people.

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    1. So in other words, they voted increase budget for the homeless programs that have been bringing the crime into our neighborhoods. Just F'n brilliant.

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    2. I agree with Michael. Cappleman doesn't tell the truth. I personally talked to Forest at the aldermans office and was told the same thing that Michael's co op was told. We really need to hold theese alderman accountable for not telling us the truth come election time.

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  5. Why would the alderman bother to respond to an anonymous group of people anyways?

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    1. Yeah Anonymous, why should anyone respond to anyone being anonymous? :)

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    2. Paul wins.

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  6. this is the most badass post ever. way to go CWB - interested to see if this spurs tunney into action. clearly, according to his nov. 1 newsletter, he's well-aware of this blog. i'm happy to see some direct results, although still hoping for follow-through from him.....

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  7. CPD just announced three openings for officers to bid to come 019. All of the rest of the openings are in ghetto districts, so less chance of coppers bidding out. Not enough, but with Tiny Dancer and McPuppet, we're lucky to get those.

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  8. Work @ HQ, but live in 019. Supt has not responded to any alderman's written questions, so lay the blame there.

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  9. Anyone from the community who has "worked with" (quotation marks sarcastic) Tom in the community knows that he is a very self-interested and unpleasant person to deal with. I've dealt with him many times and have always been disappointed and disillusioned when the meetings are over. I do think that every resident of the ward should get a chance to have a REAL interaction with him (not some smiling photo opp moment, where he puts on his media face) and see what he's really like. It's pretty awful, and sadly, none of his current behavior surprises me at all. It would be very refreshing to have a new alderman in place - my experiences have proven to me that Tom really and truly isn't concerned with the residents' problems.

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  10. All we really can do is keep screaming and yelling and embarrassing them until they WILL do something -- the winter months are good planning months to figure out what we can do to escalate this to the point they have to address it in something more than just a meeting. Inside Booster for Lakeview just ran a scathing front page news article about the loss of police.

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  11. Listen, Tunney's not the kind of Alderman who, you know, does things, or says stuff or looks out for you. But if you are a developer or own a bar, the love is there!

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  12. He's (Tunney) busy preparing and all consumed with collecting and tracking down rogue christmas trees.

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