Monday, June 30, 2014

CBS2: Tunney "Open" To Moving Pride Parade

Eight long hours after yesterday's Pride Parade ended, 
Chicago Police vehicles are stacked up on Halsted Street
as officers try to maintain control of the area.
On the heels of a post-Pride Parade shitshow of epic proportions, Alderman Tom Tunney today tells CBS2Chicago today that he is open to moving the Pride Parade downtown.

“We hear from our residents that they don’t feel safe in their neighborhood – that there is too much… alcohol and partying all night long," Tunney said.

If you put "partying all night long" into Google's Tunney-To-English translator, you'll learn that the phrase means robbing, battering, vandalizing and (now) shooting.

Six people were robbed in the neighborhood between 8:30 Sunday night and early this morning. Many, though not all, are certainly linked to post-Parade "partying."

Later tonight, CWB will report on the true story about crime and arrests related to the Parade. Clue: Far, far more than eight people were arrested.
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45 comments:

  1. Upcoming election year rhetoric.

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    1. I think we may have reached a tipping where "rhetoric" won't be enough to save his electoral skin.

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  2. Unfortunately, I am supportive of moving the parade out of our neighborhood.

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    1. Totally!!! I am sick of feeling tapped inside my condo all day long. And having to rearrange my schedule to make sure I don't work that day (because it requires taking the Belmont bus and train).

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  3. It's the same animal element that comes here on the red line each and every weekend to prey on those who live here.. Just hundreds more this weekend was like wilding packs.
    And the shooting, come on it's the liquor store at Belmont and Sheffield open late various gangs go to buy booze and you know what happens when gangs run into each other lol.
    I know wrigleyville needs lots of officers, and so does boystown now, but Belmont at Sheffield down to Halsted need a whole team of there own. If you filmed these groups on the corners blocking the sidewalks in front of the train station you would think it's Times square in the 80's
    The Police lost control of Belmont long ago and they know it. If any area in the city needed the vice unit to come help out it's Belmont ave.
    Be the Boss Whoever runs this District and make something happen for the better, summer just started it don't look good.

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  4. In my opion it's isn't rhetoric. The bar owners tallied their sales this morning and they are way down and not up enough to cover all the extra expenses. And they are losing us GLBT people right and left in Boystown to other neighborhood places as well as straight places. It's getting out in GLBT travel circles to avoid Pride and check out Market Days instead. When you see bars chaning hands that tells you things aren't as profitable as they used to be.

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    1. I know that for fact some of those workers have significantly downsized their lifestyles years ago and some are going through the process on this day. I tried to stilk be supportive of them but they made it literally impossible by their own doings. Most of us "suit and coats" had to go through this immediately post 9/11.

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  5. Moving the parade downtown would likely remove the incentive for people to linger in the neighborhood. It would also be much more scenic.

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  6. The reactionary, um, reactions of people are quite sad. It's much like the overloaded prison system. Everyone's answer is to throw a band-aid on things and not fix the real root of the problem from the ground up, which is to change poor, urban communities for the better.

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    1. Uptown has been the same shithole for thirty years and it isn't likely to change. I grew up in a poor town outside of Cleveland with ZERO crime. Depends on thpeople. But here's an idea...let's move all the social services in Lakeview and Boystown to the areas that need the most help in the city.. Save the "kids" a train fare.

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    2. Bravo! but the answer is, it isn't about the "kids".

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  7. He is 'open to' moving it?! What more information does he need in order to come to the conclusion that the parade is out of control? Grow a pair Tommy and make a logical decision for once you spineless incompetent jellyfish.

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  8. Did anyone else notice the silence in the crowds as Mr. Tunney marched by yesterday?

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    1. I booed him and screamed, "you suck" and "hire more police, you worthless piece of crap."

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    2. I didn't stay long enough. I was told by friends that the parade was over and got the all clear to come on down. When I arrived, I saw all but 3 floats, discovered I couldn't cross, got disgusted and left (after dodging 3 puddles of puke and telling the chic trying to get people to register to vote out my face).

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  9. Do the post-parade festivities continue with a CAPS meeting this Wednesday night? I wonder if Tunney will be there?

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  10. If it is true-----then YES!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Move the parade? That might help, but what happens if the lakefront stupidity still occurs? Various gay groups congregate at various sections up and down the lakefront and like zombies I would expect them to return.

    I mean the groups of lesbians that hang out near Montrose have been doing that for at least two decades. People forget the premier lesbian bar in the city used to be at 1100 Montrose---Paris Dance.

    Me I'm getting sick of being stuck in my home every year protecting my house from the groups of drunken idiots. In my case since I'm off Montrose the idiots are mostly of the minority lesbian persuasion and some of their male friends.

    The sane people get out of Lakeview/Uptown by around 6pm before the real stupidity starts.

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  12. He wants it moved downtown now that he is trying to sell his 8 building on Belmont.
    Interesting.

    (What idiot would buy them ?)

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  13. I will write an email to Tunney with cc to local news outfits, including the Sun Times and the Tribune, to tell him how much I agree with moving the parade and why. Perhaps we should all do that to add pressure.

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  14. I don't believe Tom Tunney at all. "Open to moving" means "please hurry up and donate money to my reelection campaign."

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  15. Why aren't we storming the parade organizer's HQ with pitchforks and torches?

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  16. I agree with moving the parade but what about fixing the problems all the rest of the year in Boystown and Market Days causes a lot of bad messes too!

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    1. True. It's easy to leave for parade day but, even though my gym opened at 5am, I got tired of waiting for sunrise to go there. And avoiding Broadway/Belmont on Wednesdays. And not going to Whole Foods at certain hours. Then avoiding the Belmont stop altogether. My fsvorite weeknight bar outing? Not worth the hassle. And..........well, I moved.

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  17. The downtown idea is interesting, but here's what I think would happen:

    **The parade route would be Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Randolph. Columbus is a big, wide street with all open space on either side.

    **The parade would draw an even larger crowd, since it would be situated right in the middle of the city.

    **People wouldn't hang out downtown for long after the parade ends because there would be nothing to do.

    **LOTS of people would head to Boystown after the parade and remain in the area into the wee hours of the night. Some people would skip the parade entirely and just go to Boystown the night of.

    Many years ago, the Pride Parade did take place downtown. I don't think it's a bad idea to move it back. The location change alone however, would probably not cause a lot of the current problems to automatically subside.

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  18. How will moving the parade downtown stop people from coming to Boystown afterwards and in the evening?

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  19. Don't move it. Out Law it. It has run it's course and over stayed it's welcome.

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  20. ^^^Actually a great idea. I don't live in the direct center of boystown. I live off roscoe, near ashland But still. People were crazy was nearly impossible to get home from work yesterday. I hope they do move this shit show down town. It's not what it used to be.

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  21. Last year Tunney said there was no trouble at the parade when residents complained about it. This year, same problems, but he is open to moving it? He is a liar. Election year rhetoric.

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  22. To the people say moving it won't help what do you think they come up here for? Boystown? No the Parade brings them here. If they would just come afterward why aren't they coming every Sunday? Plus the route downtown is built to handle large people and for crowd control. Also no one is adding up the cost of the property damage to homes and businesses. All the gang tags they left and graffiti. Either cancel it or move it, it's time for change.

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    1. Oh, but the troublemakers ARE here every Sunday. And especially on Fridays, Saturdays, and any day when the temperature is about 72 and it isn't raining too hard. As you mention, there may be good reasons for moving the parade. But it won't fix the problem that is based out of Belmont Avenue.

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    2. Your are correct I was referring to the mass problems from the Parade. Yes they now come from the South and West to cause havoc in Boystown all the time. I blame that on the COH and too much publicity brought on by the liberal leaders on Halsted. And lack of Police manpower. Halsted is turning into a real circus.

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    3. The parade brings them into the neighborhood in greater numbers and earlier, and what I think it does is it encourages even more to come to the area on a regular basis because they get a taste of what exactly they can get away with. It creates "repeat visitors."

      If Tunney is at the CAPS meeting tomorrow night, people should paint him into a corner as far as moving the parade. Someone should blow up the photos of cops with assault rifles...and the photo of him sweeping the trash in front of Anne Sather.

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  23. We need folks to call his office and request that it be moved. It takes less than 1 minute.

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    1. You can even email rather than call. ward44@cityofchicago.org
      One of his many assistants will email you back and advise that he/she will print the email and give it to the alderman. I'm not sure if that means he will actually read it. I'm sure he would at least "look into it" but I doubt any call or email would inspire him to "be all up in someone's butt," and hey, each of us is "just one person."

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  25. Tunney might be "open to moving the parade" but he's also open to $$$$$ for his re-election campaign.

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  26. Kinda ironic. The police, in their ultimate wisdom, leave ANOTHER SUV to be crushed in the same exact location - unguarded -- as last year. Sadly, us taxpayers will be paying for a new one - and not the officer who decided to do that. I certainly hope it wasn't the SAME officer - but ah well.

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    1. For what it's worth - and that's not much - last year's cop car dance floor was at a different location: Broadway and Barry.

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  27. http://www.change.org/petitions/richard-pfeiffer-move-the-chicago-gay-pride-parade-from-boystown-to-downtown

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  28. See you next July 2015. No Leadership. Un fucking real.

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