Monday, October 27, 2014

A DISASTER: Shootings Rip Uptown As Alderman's Failed Experiment Continues

Cappleman.
UPDATE: The gravely-injured man has died. A CWB source tells us that police suspect Monday's second shooting incident was retaliation for the first.
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Monday, Uptown achieved shitshow status.

Three shot in two incidents within hours. Two victims will be ok. The third will  probably die died this morning.

An Alderman Experiments

After a boy in his ward received a daylight bullet to the head in the middle of a bustling intersection last fall, Uptown Alderman James Cappleman said he and other aldermen were
"insisting on a commitment of more police officers on the street before we vote on the 2014 City Budget [sic]."
Cappleman changed his mind. Rather than pressing for a return of our cops, he settled for what DNAInfo Chicago called “[t]he city's promise of a one-year pilot program to address public drinking and chronic homelessness in Uptown” as “a viable alternative to more police…”

Said Cappleman,
“I want to try this out. I want to see if it works."
Cappleman's ward will have has its 4th homicide of the year with today's death.

It had one homicide last year.

But, hey. He's trying things out, seeing if they work.

Soon, the City Council will charade its way through hearings on the 2015 police budget. Aldermen will propose experiments. Others will claim a "tough decision" caused them to hamstring our cops.

Vote accordingly when the city's elections arrive in February.
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32 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm no fan of Uptown but you need to sweep your own front porch Lakeview. Fuckin' seriously!

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  2. Cappleman is a social worker douche.

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    1. LIsten up, neighbors! "I'm just a social worker, not a miracle worker." That's what Cappleman said when we confronted him with questions about the escalating crime and gang activity in the park across from our building on Lake Shore Dr. He seems like a nice enough guy... just completely over his head.

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  3. Actually Cappleman's not much of a "social worker" type either judging from his crusade against homeless people, rent-paying residents of SRO-type buildings, the Salvation Army, and even pigeons.
    He is, however, a total goof who is in far beyond his own abilities.
    This is a man who has said he is unqualified to form his own opinions about police staffing levels because that isn't his area of expertise.

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  4. Shiller was just as bad. Seems like Chicago doesn't attract talent when it comes to Alderman.

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    1. And that surprises you. That's been the case since before the Chicago Fire---the real one that actually burned real victorian houses. The one a cow could get started.

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  5. Could be worse. We have Pawar and he is the absolute worst.

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    1. Wrong. We can top that in ward 44 with our alderthing, Little Tinney Tommey Tunney of sticky-bun fame.

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    2. I'll take Pawar or Waguespack over any other alderman on the north side.
      They're both thinking progressives and not Rahm's boot lickers.

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  6. At the crime scene last night near Wilson & Broadway, while Cappleman was there, a group of some 40-50 protestors screaming profanities at the police showed up, blocking the streets and threatening violence unless the alderman spoke with them. Cops had to call for assistance from the 20th district (just listen to the 911 tapes or watch the show on WGN). Cappleman got the hell out of dodge asap, leaving those cops with a shitshow to deal with.

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    1. what crime was committed at Wilson and Broadway?

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    2. A gang shooting. Again.

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    3. A gang shooting that lead to another dead guy!

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  7. Hopefully business in Uptown are paying attention: they've got a lot more clout than the average nor. personally, as a West Lakeview resident, I'm rethinking whether I really need to shop at that Target on Broadway... grab a bite at The Reservoir... or hit the Jewel/Osco over there. Not worth getting caught up in stray gunfire.

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  8. What in the world is wrong with our elected officials? What could be more important than full staffing of the CPD?

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    1. Well, getting re-elected is more important to the politicians than full staffing of the CPD.

      And you stand up saying things like "We need more cops" puts you on the wrong side of Rahm Emmnauel... and that's a sure way to make things difficult for yourself as a democratic politician in this town....

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  9. The Sheridan corridor from Montrose to Lawrence is really, really sketchy. The area around the McD's at Sheridan and Wilson seems to be ground zero. Honestly, what it would take is to have the PD sitting at every intersection for abut an 8-12 block stretch. But that, of course, would require more cops, which would require money, which would require taxes, which no one wants to pay.

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    1. I've actually seen undercover cops and regular patrols there at night, so I'm not sure at what time you've been going out.

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  10. I fully understand the cynicism given the way crime has escalated in the past years, but at the same time, we should be careful of lambasting people for trying new things, even if they don't work. Granted his new approach may simply be his fallback excuse for not fighting for more cops, but overall I like it when politicians are willing to try new things, and if they don't work, hey, at least we know or can improve on what doesn't work.

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  11. Wait....I thought everything was going to be peachy fucking keen once Cappleman got elected. You meant to tell us that it's business as usual and increasingly getting worse up in the 'hood? I'm shocked.

    Not really. A big part of the reason I moved back to Wrigleyville from Edgewater Beach was due to Uptown's runoff of crime, violence and gang activity invading the neighborhood. No one seemed terribly interested as far as even admitting it was a problem.

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    1. And no one seems terribly interested in getting involved in solving the problem, except when it comes to incessently complaining about it. Everyone apparently has time to complain.

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  12. Start with Voting Rahm out of office!

    He and only he wiped 1,000 Budgeted Police Officers off the future budgets!
    He relies on overtime to make up the difference in Officers! How much you think that is going to last!

    Rahm even said: "Do more with less Police, by closing three police stations, and expanding police beats"! Rahms idea is just an a$$ show!

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    1. Rahm is complete joke that has never really done anything well in his career other than being a bully. How anyone voted for him is beyond me. He is just like the thugs we have terrorizing the neighborhood only difference is he wears a fine suit.

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  13. I live near Gill Park. I and most of my neighbors who realize he's the Alderman think he's done a good job. More development on Broadway and the Hotel Chateau has gone bye bye. Much quieter.

    Now our neighbors at the Gill Park coop aren't as happy with him. The new Flats highrise has pissed them off. Ruined their views. Since that address frequently appears as a haven for our local criminals I could care less what the coopers have to say. They do a rotten job maintaining their building and a subset of their residents supply a good hunk of our local criminals. The majority coming from the lovely social service agencies spread throughout Lakeview.

    Cappleman inherited his problems. Tunney actually encouraged some of the more problematic agencies to locate in Lakeview. Thanks Tom! If Tunney were the alderman for Gill Park I suspect the Hotel and its problems would still be there.

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  14. I do agree that Cappleman inherited his problems. He's also in a bad situation because a portion of his Ward is, for all practical purposes, in Tom Tunney's ward. If you recall during the BYC zoning fiasco, Cappleman wrote a good neighbor agreement, and it was Tunney who handed it over to BYC where it was gutted of any real value. Unfortunately, he may be in over his head. There are terrible problems in Uptown that Helen Schiller allowed to flourish for many years. I think Cappleman has tried to improve the situation, and I do agree, if Gill Park were in Tunney's ward, we'd still have the Hotel Chateau running business as usual.

    The criminal element seeping into Lakeview is just making it harder to deal with the issues in Uptown...Lakeview is quickly becoming an extension of Uptown. I'm not sure if changing an alderman is the magic wand, but Tunney has been in office for a long time now, and he's presided over the degradation of the neighborhood. Walk around Bucktown or Andersonville then walk down Broadway and Halsted. Why are those neighborhoods thriving, and Lakeview is dying on the vine? Good local businesses are closing, storefronts remain empty, and it seems like the only "development" is the systematic importation of a criminal element whether that be the gang members and low lifes who flock to the social service agencies or the 708 drunks flocking to the out-of-control bars on Clark Street.

    Replacing Tunney is paramount. He may not be the sole source of the problem, and an alderman may not be able to solve all the issues, but Tunney's tenure in office has overseen the decline of the neighborhood into sickness. He's got to be voted out in February.

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    1. It's interesting that you should mention Andersonville, Michael. We had our CWB "editor's meeting" up there yesterday. A couple of us quickly remembered that the daytime vibrancy of Andersonville is what Broadway and Halsted used to have.

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    2. I went up to Andersonville with a neighbor a few Friday evenings ago, and we both gasped when we got off the bus and thought this is what our neighborhood used to be. The next night I went to dinner in Bucktown and had a repeat of the experience. Having lived in Lakeview for more than 30 years, the changes over recent years is jarring. There really does seem to be a deliberate effort to "dismantle" the neighborhood. I've tried to remain optimistic, but as much as it pains me to say it, I think we've past the tipping point. The neighborhood looks increasingly dirty, the business landscape is turning ever more into "strip mall." The homes are still very nice, but how long before the rot spreads to the side streets? There are people who have made a lot of money in the degradation of this neighborhood...and you know they're entrenched and well connected.

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    3. Answered the question of Cappleman's effectiveness compared to Tunney right there. There's a political reality about how much any alderman can do. Cappleman= No problematic Chateau. He's trying to do similar things at other locations in Uptown also. Having mixed success. It's easy enough for other alderman to play hero when their wards have little or no SRO type housing. Their solution, I have none, so let's propose a moratorium on closing the ones that I don't have to deal with.

      As for the gang shootings in Uptown that's a perennial problem tied to the amount of CHA or similar housing. The violence is an up and down thing. Seems to be the middle of some Uptown-Rogers Park gang war going on with different idiots shooting at each other.

      Unfortunately I think we've been lucky in Lakeview that we've largely avoided that. I suspect that if Halsted/Broadway/Belmont continue to go to hell we will see more shootings. Let the idiots sell drugs openly on those streets and the shootings will follow. Plus at some point the muggers thieves etc are going to shoot someone. It's inevitable. I'm surprised no innocents have been shot in the last few years in Lakeview. Unless the shooting on Ashland, gang related?, counts.

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  15. We moved to Andersonville from Waveland Ave near the CoH and it is heaven in comparison, but please stop broadcasting that or it will become a shitshow here too. Just move and don't tell anyone.

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    1. That's nice, dear. Just be sure to stay west of Broadway and south of Bryn Mawr. The areas beyond are just as bad and getting increasingly worse.

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  16. Was anybody else at the police department budget hearings today? Cappleman was a joke. All complements to McCarthy and the Commanders. Even said a few of the Commanders that have been in 19 came to his wedding and what nice daughters Voulgaris has. Really? I took time off of work to listen to him suck up to McCarthy? Guess that riot in the park this summer and 4fold increase in murders and bangers in the beach parking lots were figments of our imagination!

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