Wednesday, July 09, 2014

DUD LIGHT: Tunney Quick To Handle Streetlight Outages

At least two blocks of Halsted went without streetlights during the
mayhem that followed June 29th's Pride Parade. We reported the issue
to Alderman Tom Tunney's office and they had the problem fixed
within 24 hours.
To say that we have been critical of Alderman Tom Tunney's failure to take a public stand on the stripping away of our police officers and his years-long dismissal of community concerns about street crime would be a gross understatement.

Today, we have a compliment to share.

Before you get alarmed, this really, really is us. The blog has not been hijacked.

A couple of days before Pride Sunday, 19th district CAPS officers distributed fliers to front doors of homes throughout Boystown. The fliers asked residents to keep their porch lights illuminated so criminals would be less likely to work in the area.

A flyer distributed to Boystown doorsteps in the days
before Pride Sunday encouraged residents to drive away
criminals by leaving porch lights illuminated.
Given the apparent importance of porch lights to public safety, we were perplexed to find entire blocks of Halsted were without functioning streetlights during the mayhem that followed the Pride Parade.

We sent Tunney's office an email and they had the lights fixed within a day. The next night, we found the street lights out on Halsted at Belmont. Again, Tunney's office had the problem fixed within a day.

Wednesday afternoon, a reader who lives along Belmont Avenue emailed us to say that he reported a block of darkened street lights to Tunney's office and his report, too, had been quickly handled.

We encourage you to report streetlight outages to the alderman's office. While we have some doubts about the effectiveness of porch lights in the grand scheme of things, street lighting is important.

Thanks to Erin and the rest of Alderman Tunney's staff for their quick action on these outages.
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28 comments:

  1. The bigger question regarding all these highly paid, taxpayer funded city employees is why does it require the intervention of an Aldermen to get a street light fixed?? What does the Department of Streets and Sanitation do? Can't they see when a street light is out without an Alderman telling them?

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    1. Do you expect Streets and San to be driving around the entire city every night checking if lights are working? It is a citizens duty to report lights out so they can be repaired. If you want 24 hour street light protection then be prepared to cough up a hell of a lot more tax dollars. People want less taxes and more service. Ain't going to happen. By the way, I am a taxpayer and all my income was made in the private sector. Thank you CWB for giving credit where credit is due.

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    2. Do you really think Streets and San just drives around all night looking for lights that are out?

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    3. The point is that if all it takes is a phone call by a resident to 311 to get Streets and San to replace a light bulb, why does an overpaid Alderman and his staff have to be the unnecessary overpaid middle man to get it done?

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  2. Oh my God who leaked this! I asked for only 1 street light to be made dark and that was in front of our Alderman office. It was only supposed to be 1 street light.!

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  3. Commendable, but too little, too late, and the streetlight piece does not atone for his other sins.

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  4. I was ridiculed here before for suggesting better lighting on those streets leading to Cornelia around the police station (an area I always avoided at night for whatver reason and where criminals "were last seen fleeing towards Clark Street"). Now make up your minds people.

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  5. Are the criminals busting the street lights?

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  6. Was a reason given why the street lights were out? I forget the news channel but it was a recent report I saw on the local news that gangs and criminals were vandalizing street lights on the south and west sides of the cities to keep the street dark to commit crimes. I wonder if they are doing this on Belmont?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing...since the story said theyfixed the lights, and they were out again the next day. Hmmmmmmm.

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    2. I remember last summer at the big meeting at the police station concerning problems with the Crib, a resident said the trouble makers were turning the street lights off at a switch on Addison. I had no idea switches would even accessible to anyone who cared to mess with them, but I guess that's the case. It was sited as a problem because the trouble makers were turning the lights off to create a darker environment on that stretch of street. I don't know if the switches have since been blocked to public access.

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    3. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

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  7. Awww poor guy. I bet tunney has got to be absolutely exhausted from having to actually work for us for the first time ever! I say we cut him some slack. He deserves a vacation - for the remainder of his term. Since I'm sure that was his plan anyway, how about we just replace him now.

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  8. The street light situation is a testament of he can handle things on a minor scale with ease. The bottom line is, when it comes to your safety he has no power and he refuses to rock the boat with Rahm. Get a new mayor who is really big on safety and get rid of this alderman. If you do those two things you will see results.

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  9. This is called "doing your job." And in this case it's Tunney doing the BARE MINIMUM of his job description.

    Expect him to take credit for goosed lower crime stats due to his "lighting up the night" to follow momentarily...

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  10. To be fair, Tunney's office is very very good when it comes to responsiveness to constituent requests. Whether streetlights, potholes, street cleaning, parking tickets, etc. his staff is excellent. When it comes to getting the appropriate police resources for the 44th ward, and deploying them effectively, well, that's a completely different matter.

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    1. I agree. He and his staff are good at "keeping house". But, when it comes to taking an appropriate level of action on safety and security, he's done pretty poorly. The statistics are evident.

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    2. Hot Cheese, no alderman on the north side is getting any boost in the number of police officers. There are not any to send and Tiny Dancer has no intention of hiring except to balance the number who retire.

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  11. For $106,557.96 a year, I'd EXPECT him to be responsive. I'd also expect him to be effective in advocating and supporting his constituents in the areas of public and personal safety, increased crime and criminal activity, and decreased police resources. Yay for fixed streetlights, parking tickets, and other minutiae, but if he's not effective at the big, important issues, then let's pay a six-figure salary to someone who will actually effectively represent our needs and issues, instead of just paying us lip service and doing nothing.

    https://data.cityofchicago.org/Administration-Finance/aldermen-salaries/evqc-cx7x

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  12. How anyone thought electing an alderman who owns several restaurants in his own ward is not a conflict of interest is beyond me. This wealthy man who receives more than 100k from taxpayers per year plus his restaurant profits plus his huge alderman budget assumes he will just get elected on his sexual orientation. Dont forget he was in the news for crying like a baby when he got a ticket for talking on his cell phone while driving for a law he helped create! He wants to do everything for the benefit of everyone else except for the actual residents who actually live here regarding moving the damn parade. I saw him in a photo picking up garbage after the parade, what a joke for p.r. photo op! But in the end ill informed and naive voters with 1 week attention spans will show up on election day and vote for the mayors rubber stamp alderman. Oh and those cinnamon rolls are wayyyyyy overrated

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  13. The Alderman and his staff work try their best to work with the community. I don't think it's fair to blame the Alderman nor the Police Department for not been able to wipe off most of the crime in the area. If the police were to stop every thug walking around, it would be labeled racism. Citizens need to get more involved and be more proactive!

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    1. You know what.... SO WHAT if someone screams "racism." They're probably going to scream "racism" at other things, too. Some people spend their entire waking hours looking for things to call "racist." You are seriously delusional if you think anyone is out of line to call out (and hold accountable) the "alderman" of ward 44.

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    2. He has done a terrible job and has voted with Emanuel mayor pay to play against more police. He has to go.

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  14. Interesting story along with interesting comments. A few thoughts to share:
    1) the Streets and San Ward supervisors are responsible for driving the Ward to identify problems like graffiti, broken stop lights/signs street lights being out. Keep in mind their shifts can start at 5:30 am. The problem is that since the city switch over to grid collection system for trash, many supervisors have been forced into being drivers for the big blue truck laborers. As a result there is little time left for their other duties.
    2) it is common practice for gang members to turn off the street lights. It makes doing business easier.
    3) the street light lock boxes are easy to find and even easier to open. Most we're installed in the 1930s. As a teen, my friends and I used to open the boxes with a bang from a bat, then we would snap off the lock. Just open the door and flip the switch whenever we wanted. We were just kids playing around but bangers do it to make business easier.

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  15. The poster pictured says call 311 to have a street light repaired. Does it really take a call to a politician to get something done? Rhetorical question I suppose.

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  16. Just received this from Ald. Smith. So, now, our cops will be in LP because she actually says something.

    "
    As I reported earlier today, there was an armed robbery at the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood Avenues at approximately 3:30 pm this afternoon. The 19thDistrict of the Chicago Police Department responded to the call immediately and arrived on the scene within minutes. The offender, who was armed with a semi-automatic weapon, robbed a woman in her twenties, stealing her wedding ring and iPhone. Fortunately, the victim was not injured.

    I have also been made aware of an additional armed robbery at the Holtzman's Jewelry Store at 2304 N. Clark Street that occurred at approximately 3:00 pm this afternoon. No injuries were reported, and while these incidents are unrelated to one another, the sequence of events are especially disturbing as they occurred in broad daylight this afternoon.

    Since being made aware of these incidents, I have been in close communication with 18th District Commander William Dunn and 19th District Commander Elias Voulgaris to ensure additional police resources have been allocated in Lincoln Park to investigate these matters.

    As part of these efforts, I have requested the 19th District conduct what is known as a public "Roll Call" in the coming week. This action, involving the staging of all police officers on the duty roster for a particular shift as they are given their patrol instructions by the Watch Commander, will further send a message to those that wish to commit violent acts against area residents - namely, that such activity will not be tolerated in the 43rd Ward.

    I would like to invite you to attend the 19th District roll call on Wednesday, July 16th at 6:00 pm at the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood Avenues, the location at which one of the robberies occurred today."

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    1. Because Mildred and Wrightwood is where all of the street criminals hang out when they aren't victimizing people. This will definitely "send a message." Hey! Weren't they supposed to be doing roll calls at Belmont and Sheffield after that guy got shot? What ever happened to that?

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    2. An outdoor roll call. More smoke and mirrors. Jesus.

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