Thursday, September 18, 2014

OUR LEADER, THE FOLLOWER: Tunney Reveals 3-Week-Old Arson Problem (After A TV Station Calls)

For nearly 3 weeks, CWB readers have know about a series of arsons that have struck in Boystown and nearby Lake View. One wave hit on August 31 and another hit last weekend.

Yesterday, finally, Alderman Tom Tunney made his first effort to tell constituents about the problem—via a post on his Facebook page.

"Safety" is the February 2015 topic of the month
in Alderman Tom Tunney's ward calendar. Insert
eye roll here.
(Image: CWB Reader)
Why, suddenly, did the alderman decide yesterday to tell the public about the overnight fires that have burned out a garage, gutted a coach house, burned two vehicles, and torched innumerable garbage cans?

Because a TV station called him yesterday.

He would have been just fine letting this all continue, leaving the vast majority of citizens unaware. After all, if the public knew about an arsonist on the loose, they would think bad things about the alderman and Lake View. Well, that’s how his mind works, any way.

CWB firmly believes that information is a friend of the public and an enemy of criminals. The more people are aware, the safer everyone will be.

It’s unfortunate to see that, even after being nailed on his years-long deception about our neighborhood’s robbery problem, we have an alderman who would still rather conceal vital information than share it.

“Public safety is always a top priority in the 44th Ward and I have been closely monitoring this [arson] pattern with the Chicago Police Department,” Tunney wrote in his Facebook message.

Sadly, as we see his ongoing pattern of containing information rather than sharing it, we have to believe that his “top priority” is the alderman's self-image.
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17 comments:

  1. Nice to see this blog being given credit on screen during the report for the still pictures of the fire damage. Way to go CWB!!

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    1. Yes! Thanks to Chris Martinez and the news team at CBS2 for that.

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    2. Kudos again, CWB. Astute city journalists should bookmark this site.

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  2. Whomever decides to run against Tunney only needs to reference this blog. CWB provides many fine examples on how the Alderfool conceals valuable information from his constituents. And the information he keeps sweeping under the rug could save someone's life....especially in the case of a late-night arsonist. Good grief. If this ass clown knew a tidal wave was headed for Lake Shore Drive, he's still keep his mouth shut.

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  3. Tunney has sure perfected the art of being a moron.

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  4. Take a bow, CWB - you're going a good job at holding your Alderman accountable. Sure, it takes a while and shame from the media is sometimes what will get the ball rolling. So have a beer!

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  5. As usual, Tunney's working closely with the police, which is alderspeak that he is doing nothing.

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    1. Tunney is working closely on doing as little as possible for Ward 44. I wonder if he reads the CWB blog. I sure hope so. To not advise his constituents about the arson issue, until a TV reporter called him, and then he tried to save face .... simply unspeakable. Shame on you, tiny tommie tunney!!!!!!

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  6. I commented on this matter the other day but I can't stress it enough - call 311 or Tunney's office (if during his business hours) to report items beyond trash cans in the alleys. I know that this obviously isn't a problem solver but it's at least a contribution to preventing it. I saw a mattress behind my house the other day and reported it immediately. Large items like that scream "start a fire here".

    Keep an eye out and stay safe folks!

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  7. CALL his office. DEMAND to speak WITH HIM, not some intern or flunky at the front desk. DEMAND accountability for keeping this hidden from his constituents.

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    1. I've done that. He said he is "working closely" on it. It was a waste of time and he is a waste of space.

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    2. You'll get no replies from him or his "staff." He specifically said to contact his office about broken streetlights. I reported two broken lights to his office back in mid-July. No response. And guess what?? Both lights are still out. Guess I caught him at a moment when he was staring off into outer space.

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  8. Have the police released anything about this pattern? I know you have to slam Tunney here but shouldn't they be the ones to diagnose a pattern and take a lead? Numbers don't always equal a 'pattern' depending on the circumstances.

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    1. Again.He stated in his Facebook post that he had been tracking the pattern with police. Why not tell the public about it? If that's the case, why did the alderman wait until a TV station called before he shared the information with the public? Simple. He did not want the public to hear "bad news." What do you expect from a man who covered up skyrocketing robberies for years?

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    2. cops mentioned it at CAPS a couple of weeks ago.

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    3. He has known about it for a while but did not feel the need to put it in his newsletter our in social media. Yet he puts it on Facebook and in this week's newsletter after a reporter calls him. That tells me his focus is on public perception and not public safety.

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    4. ARE TOU SUPRISED ???

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