Thursday, May 01, 2014

LATE COMER: Tunney Sets "Goal" To Seek CPD Crime Records Testimony

Possibly coming soon: Tom Tunney
Questions about the the Chicago Police Department's crime recording practices and categorization of homicides have been hot topics since Chicago magazine and the city's inspector general published critical reports on April 7.

Two resolutions calling for hearings with testimony by the inspector general and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were introduced at yesterday's city council meeting.

One resolution has six signatures, including Alderman Scott Waguespack's. He represents a large part of Lakeview directly west of our 44th ward.

The other resolution (PDF) has not received any press, but it does have a whopping sixteen signatures, including those of Lakeview/Uptown's James Cappleman, Lincoln Park's Michele Smith, and Ameya Pawar of Lakeview/North Center.

Missing in action on both resolutions is Wrigleyville and Boystown's alderman, Tom Tunney.

We asked his office why he wasn't a part of either action. Answer: He wasn't asked to sign, but he has set a "goal" to sign one.
There was a full docket at the City Council meeting yesterday and the sponsors of these resolutions did not bring them to my attention nor request my support.  I believe these are admirable resolutions and my staff and I are researching both of them.  At first glance they look very similar but will be heard in different committees.  It is my goal to sign on to the resolution that will be addressed in the most expeditious manner.  The accuracy of crime classification and reporting practices by the Chicago Police Department is a critical issue, and it needs to be publicly addressed by Superintendent McCarthy.
We recommend achieving that goal in short order. Part two of Chicago magazine's report is on the way.
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20 comments:

  1. The two words that always comes to mind whenever I think of Tom Tunney is wuss and wimp. Really, does this man have any balls at all? What a disgrace to our ward.

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  2. Tom shouldn’t need to be “asked” to sign. He’s not proactive at all. He has set a “goal” to sign one – what a joke.

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  3. First, I do not like the aldermen or how management in CPD is treating you taxpayers, however I have found info from a reliable source. Tunney is trying to get more officers for you, CPD has been giving him the runaround on paper work he needs. A snafu was found in a computer system and supposedly is being fixed so Tunney can get correct info he needs to continue pushing hard for more Officers desperately needed in 019. The guy is actually trying somewhat now, keep making your voices heard, he knows you can and will vote him out of a job. As for managment, remember crap rolls downhill always, the Cmdr in 019 constantly has his hands tied and really is trying to do the best he can with the little he has. Plus, morale not only in 019 but citywide is extremly low, personally, I have noticed that positive reactions with public have made Officers go extra mile and turn a officers crappy attitude into a better one. Yes I know Officers should not have bad attitudes in the first place but remember that they are human, not machines, they have problems like the rest of us, try and make one smile, maybe let them know of any criminal activity and simply thank them for what they do. And remember, one bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch. Stay safe, stay happy

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    1. I know for a fact that Tunney was asking the hard questions of McJerseyShore and Gotta Run Weis on manpower long before the merge because I worked at HQ and it pissed them off to no end. He's kept up the pressure, but Mayor Tiny Dancer doesn't give a rat's ass what ANY north side alderman wants. If you've ever been to the cluster called a City Council meeting, you've seen aldermen walking around asking other Ald to sign resolutions. Chances are Tunney just wasn't in his seat when they came by. It happens. The resolution isn't worth the paper it's printed on, so no need for anyone to get their shorts in a wad.

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    2. Sounds great. So why does he keep voting to approve the police budgets? This year, the superintendent didn't even respond to Tunney's written questions (he did respond to another alderman's, as is his duty). Tunney went along for the approval vote any way.

      The problem is really simple. We keep hearing from mystery people that he's doing all of these things, yet he never, ever, ever makes a public statement. He never pounds the table. Yet, he broke down in tears-literally into tears-on the council floor over the Wrigley Field Jumbotron. And he gave a fiery speech about how the Cubs MUST be good neighbors.

      Yet when it comes to people being hurt and cops being taken away in droves, we're supposed to believe that he's really putting the screws to them out of the public eye? Sorry. That doesn't make sense.

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    3. We published his 2014 budget questions, which went unanswered, late last year:

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/02/snubbed-police-superintendent-ignores.html

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  4. Even though my Alderman is kind of a douche, I'm glad he signed this one.

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  5. Are you really surprised? They lied about the Merger of 19 & 23. Now you find out they are fudging crime stats, it's time to stand up and stop this nonsense. Don't these politicians work for us??

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  6. 10-1 at diplomat today…gonna be a long summer. Thanks for bringing it back!!!

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  7. I honestly don't know how Little Rahm, Chief Jersey and Tiny Tunney sleep at night knowing they are sweeping crime under the rug and allowing people to be beaten, robbed or worse all in the name of keeping their images as effective leaders stomping out crime by doing nothing other than altering the way data is reported. Most voters would be smart enough to vote these clowns out of office, but the good old people of Chicagoland will keep voting them in with overwhelming margins.

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    1. Very SAD but so true!

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    2. . Every thing is broken in this hell hole. Law abiding tax payers are in shock that the crime and no caring government officials are out of our control. So who will stand up against this mayor and run on a ticket of bring back our city? No one. You can not restore the peace here any more. The damage is done. Its like a good family gone very bad after many years of keeping everything in place. Chicago was a great city. If a Place like Chicago can be destroyed then any where in our once great nation can follow the same road of no turning back.

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  8. Looks like Tunney doesnt even have the respect of the other signatories. Thats why they didnt ask him to sign on. A goal to sign...please.

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  9. Hey when alderman Tinkie Winkie sets goals at least they are sort of attainable... I mean he intends to sign his name to a paper... That is monumental dedication!!!!

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  10. "And my staff and I are researching both of them." Research this, FUCK YOU! After all you are just one signature. Scared little creep.

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  11. "There was a full docket at the city council meeting yesterday." They voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Was Tunney even present?

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  12. If Tiny Tommy Tunney shows up at next week's CAPS meeting, I think I'll ask him why he didn't sign on to these documents, assuming he hasn't signed by then (which he won't, because he's a Tiny Tommy Tunney Weenie when it comes to important stuff like this ... he'd rather do a photo-op holding up a shovel full of shit on some forlorn neighborhood side street, right?)

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  13. Plastic bag ban >> accurate crime statistics. Because #thisisChicago

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    1. You got to love the Alderman's priorities.

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  14. Tunney is not trying for new officers, he has voted rock solid with Rahm and has backed ALL Rahms anti people tax raising initiatives. Tunney has voted against more police . He is totally convinced he and Rahm are unbeatable. The problems in this community are because if Rahm and Tunney. They are only interested in taking care of monied developers and buying off the traditional media to give them good press . They must be defeated.

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