Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIDN'T GET THE MEMO: Mayor's Motorcade Continues To Blow Red Lights, Speed Near Parks (Video)

Speed camera image showing the mayor's 2-car caravan 
traveling more than 11 MPH over the posted limit within
hours of the mayor's order to "Follow the law...Slow down."
UPDATE: Ben Bradley aired a follow-up to his May report on Wednesday, September 24th. He was kind enough to invite CWB to appear in his report. Due to the anonymous nature of our blog, we had to decline.
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Two days after ABC7's Ben Bradley reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2-car caravan had been regularly caught speeding and running red lights by the city's automated citation systems, Emanuel addressed the issue at a May 7 press conference.

"Follow the law. Nobody's above the law," the mayor instructed his drivers, "Slow down. Full stop."

CWB can now report that within three hours of the mayor's statement, both of his caravan cars received speeding tickets for blowing past Douglas Park at 42 miles an hour—more than 11 MPH over the posted limit.

Our review of city records found that enforcement cameras have captured the mayor's caravan in five more violations this summer—three red light violations and two speeding violations near city parks. The mayor's cars are registered to and operated by the Chicago Police Department.  All of this summer's tickets have been dismissed, not paid.

Click the yellow-highlighted violations below to watch video.

Tickets Issued To Mayor's Caravan Cars Since ABC7's May 5 Report
• May 7: 42 miles per hour at Douglas Park, 2900 W Ogden (1st car of caravan) - Paid
• May 7: 42 miles per hour at Douglas Park, 2900 W Ogden (2nd car of caravan) - Paid
June 19: Red light violation. 3600 N. Elston - Dismissed
June 23: 43 miles per hour at Welles Park, 4436 N Western (Warning)
• June 27: Red light violation. 30 West 87th - Dismissed
• July 6: 47 miles per hour at Park 499, 10318 S. Indianapolis (Warning)
August 27: Red light violation. 4000 N. Ashland - Dismissed
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29 comments:

  1. The poor moron really believes he is Obama and deserves all the perks of being president. Also the typical liberal mindset of do as I say, not as I do. Quite the hypocrite.

    It's so sad that in a city with millions of people we always have to find the worst moron to elect as mayor and then the next tier of morons are elected as alderman.

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    1. Maybe we will get lucky and he will run for the presidential election.....lol!

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    2. Uh, I think you mean the conservative mindset, right?

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  2. I can't stand the guy but really, he's the mayor of a world class city. I think the mayor of that city deserves a motorcade. If he deserves a motorcade well then there are good reasons that the motorcade speeds and runs red lights. I had the opportunity once to be a passenger in a motorcade when I was hired to be a bodyguard for a foreign dignitary. That was in Washington DC and that motorcade never stopped. A stopped motorcade is a sitting duck.
    My overall point is if people don't think the mayor of Chicago deserves a motorcade then let's put pressure on the politicians to get rid of it. If you do think the mayor deserves it then understand that they will speed and run red lights from time to time.

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    1. Are you for real?? You really think that it is OK to blow red lights and stop signs and to speed? Wait until the moron's driver t-bones a car and kills someone, or other serious damage or injury or loss of life. I guess those offenses will "get dismissed" as well, since, after all, he's oh-so-important and needs that motorcade.

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    2. This has been going on for decades and hasn't happened yet so relax a little.... I know it crushes you that you can't speed or run red lights and it is so unjust that someone else can but that is what motorcades do... The motor... Do you think the president stops?? Or the Ambassador to China???? Or other dignitaries??? Guess what they don't...

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    3. The mayor himself said that his drivers should not be doing these things. End of rebuttal.

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  3. He's doing it "for the children".

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    1. Good point, how many fewer pedestrian fatalities this year compared to last?

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  4. Ummm, why does the little dictator that could need a motorcade? OH BROTHER!

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  5. It is ironic, but careful what you ask for, you might get stuck behind him going 20.

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  6. The "dismissed" tickets really bother me. I don't think that happens with normal folk. Pay the fine! The whole park speed camera deal is to help pay the pensions. Sad.

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    1. Detroit filed bankruptcy, Chicago installed more cameras.

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  7. "Nobody's above the law. Obey the Law. Period. Full Stop." - Mayor Emanuel on May 7th.

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/mayor-rahm-emanuels-motorcade-caught-by-city-cameras---again-/322822/

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  8. Good follow-up work, CWB.

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    1. Yes, excellent. This is the kind of truthful reporting and old-style journalism I wish we still had in all the media. I can't thank the people at CWB enough. The problem is - how can we all make this blog and news source known more widely? I speak often of it to people who live right here in Boystown and almost without exception they go, "Huh??" And when I describe the muggings and thuggings and other shenanigans, they are bewildered. Typical statement: "Reeallllly? That happened herrrrre? In Boystown??"

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  9. On a Rahm-related note...one of the people who works the afternoon shift at rahm's house has a son who is the suspected shooter in a homicide that occurred in the Portage Park neighborhood. The victim died. This alleged shooter has a long arrest record, involving past gun-related charges. I wonder how Rahm would feel about things knowing that one of his house security people has an alleged murderer for a kid, and who was supposed to bring in this alleged shooter, but did not. Kind of makes you wonder about the leadership in 019 that keeps this person at such a high-profile assignment, protecting the mayor. Things that make you go "hmmmmm".

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  10. It's wrong, no doubt. But how many of you complaining about this "know" a bartender that gives you free shots? Or the landlord that let's you get away with anything because you've lived there the longest? Or the extra shot of espresso because the barista thinks your new beard is "hot"? Same thing.

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    1. Except the mayor himself said his caravan should not be doing that.

      Also, he never said that extra shots of espresso would be fined in order to protect "the children."

      He did, however, say that automated cameras are needed because speeding near parks and running red lights is dangerous for children. Unless we're confused about the laws of physics, his speeding SUVs are just as dangerous for children as ours.

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    2. Saying the sappy "It's for the children" is the same thing as saying "It's for the politicians."

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    3. Chicago is a "pay to play", "who you know" kinda town. Any fool can figure that out their first 12 months here and it applies to all classes, colors and sexual orientations.

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  11. Great work CWB to stay on top of this. Careful he doesn't get new SUVs/plates to keep everyone searching for these violations.

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    1. Thank you! We heard a rumor in late May that his cars had "acquired" new plates. We were pleased to see the same, old plates in the Pride Parade.

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  12. Why anyone would vote for this guy is beyond me.

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  13. His whole "it's for safety" BS is insulting cause we all know it's for $$$$. There's a speed camera between Clark and Sheridan right between two cemetaries. The only reason it's there is because it's a long stretch without a stop sign or light and they know they can get people going "too fast." The only thing there are dead bodies on both sides of the street. Total BS! Snake Oil Salesman.

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    1. Proof of that is that these red light/speed camera tickets don't show up on your driving record. Now, if it was about safety, you would think after receiving about 3 or so of these tickets your drivers license would be suspended but that's not the case. You can run as many red lights as you want as long as you pay.

      A similar camera is up on Irving Park Rd. just east of Clark St. It's a stretch with that cemetery along it. Now I can stare at my speedometer making sure I don't hit 31 mph OR I can look our for bicyclists, pedestrians and the car or stop sign ahead of me. I can't do all at the same time.

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  14. How is exactly are the tickets "Paid"? Does Rahm pay them out of his pocket? Or are they just marked as paid by the city after a couple phone calls. If Rahm does pay them out of pocket, well, that's a small donation of our tax money back, since we pay him with our taxes. I doubt that. Dismissed tickets? Well these make more sense because the cars are not privately owned. They are emergency vehicles, I imagine, under Illinois law, since the cars have emergency lights (blue lights, clearly seen in the first video). They are driven by police officers, who can articulate reasonable grounds for which they activate their emergency lights/siren. A motorcade? Thats lights and sirens the whole way. If he's trying to be discreet, they should obey the laws. If they can articulate a reason why to break the traffic law, for an emergency perhaps, or mayoral duties of great importance, then by all means, turn on the lights and sirens. Other than that, if "I'm the mayor I'm late for dinner", or "I'm too important to wait", well he should be called to task when it's time to vote. And I believe the latter is true.

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    1. ABC7 ran a follow up report after our follow-up report to their original report (confused?). According to a spokesman in the ABC7 story, the mayor paid for the latest tickets as well as previous tickets out of his own pocket.

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