Thursday, October 02, 2014

A TALE OF TWO NINNIES: During Arson Wave, One Alderman Steps Up, Another Punts

Remnants of two mattresses lie against a Wrigleyville garage Wednesday.
CORRECTION: The mattresses were NOT removed.  Someone stripped out the metal elements and the "carpeting"  is what remains.  Adjust our story accordingly.
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Considering the current arson outbreak in Wrigleyville and Boystown, you'd think the city would proactively pick up giant flammable items that are lying around in area alleys—or, at least, take action when tipped off to such materials. Right?

Yesterday morning, one neighbor found two large mattresses behind her Wrigleyville garage. She sought help in removing the items from two area aldermen: 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney and 46th ward Alderman James Cappleman.

Her home happens to lie in Cappleman's turf. His office's response?
Good morning [name], For better assistance please contact Streets and Sanitation at 312-744-5030. Best, 46th Ward Office
To hijack one of Cappleman's favorite lines when questioned about police staffing, "I'm just a social worker. What do I know about arson and mattress removal?"

Now, look at the response from Alderman Tunney's office. Remember, the reader doesn't even live in Tunney's ward:
Hi [name}, Thanks for letting me know.  This is part of the 46th Ward, so I have alerted Alderman Cappleman’s office and they said they will get it picked up today. Best, Erin L. Duffy
Lords knows we've clubbed Tunney on his handling of many important issues. However, we are pleased to see that he and his office are taking this arson issue seriously. More than a couple of readers have told us that Tunney's office responded promptly to reports of problematic materials during the current arson spree. He and his staff deserve recognition and thanks for that.

By the way, the reader got home last night and found that the mattresses had been removed, replaced by a heap of discarded carpeting.
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25 comments:

  1. Jim, I'm just a social worker, Cappleman is getting his 200 million dollar 'L' station from Rahm, so don't expect him to ask Rahm for another thing like, oh I dunno, a reasonable number of cops to replace the ones we lost when the districts merged, or garbage, that might cause deaths if set on fire, to be removed from the alley. He doesn't do anything, so what good is he to the people in the 46th ward? Someone please run against him.

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    1. I pray someone will step up and run against him. He sucks, just like MOST of Chicago's Aldermen. Sad, really...

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  2. Well OK .. deserved kudos to Erin Duffy in Tunney's office. Good job .. thank you for your diligence!

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  3. Nothing was done. A scrapper came by and stripped the mattresses for the metal springs. The "carpeting" is what's left of the mattresses. Both alderman did nothing but one's staffer managed to fool some people with a pretend response.

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    1. Sonovabitch. You're right. Well, we tried to report something positive.

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  4. Erin Duffy has always been pleasant and very helpful to me. That's why I sometimes doubt what people write on here about dealing with Tunney's office. Most specifically the guy the other day who made a point if saying he wasn't disrespectful...signal that perhaps he was.

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    1. Or a signal that the story their office gave the first time was flat-out wrong and they had no other way to cover. Our recollection is that the reader was not corresponding with Ms. Duffy.

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    2. Going with Erin. Class act every time I've dealt with her.

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  5. All Alderman are ineffective. It's time for Chicago to consider a new form of City Government. With our current system the Mayor is king and the alderman are his servants.

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  6. Ditto! Cappleman is in over his head and it shows through his administration of the 46th ward.

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    1. "Social workers" and restaurant owners should be ineligible to run as Alderman.

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  7. If either Tunney or Cappleman had any proactive thoughts, wouldn't they have Streets & Sanitation go up and down the alleys once a day to clear stuff out anyway?

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    1. Nice idea, but will you also be willing to increase your taxes to cover the cost of such an operation.

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  8. But the real question remains. Did they pick up the mattress the same day? :)

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  9. From my experience, Tunney's office has always been very very good with constituent services (burned out streetlights, garbage, snow removal, parking, etc.) Policy issues like crime, transportation, etc. --- completely different matter.

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    1. Give me a few burnt out lights, a little bit of garbage, some snow, and no parking space, and I'll gladly accept all those inconveniences if this alderman would just admit he is IN OVER HIS HEAD with regard to the CRIME problem in this neighborhood and then actually DO SOMETHING about it, instead of staring blankly off into the cosmos.

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    2. Reality check -- he, nor any other alderman, is "over his head" when it comes to crime. The current and last mayor have let the number of police officers be reduced by at least 2,000. I know people who work at HQ and the fact Tunney has gotten even1 recognized vacancy in 019 in the last 9 months is a miracle. Tiny Dancer knows/thinks he has the north side vote in the bag and is pandering to minorities by sending bodies to their districts.

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    3. Real reality check -- If Tunney had fought the Mayor on the reduction of police officers and had acknowledged the crime problem in his ward from the start, no reasonable person would have a problem with his performance as Alderman. But by signing off on whatever the Mayor wants to do and trying to minimize crime as "perceived," he is part of the problem, not the solution...and is therefore in over his head.

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    4. I work in 019 but live elsewhere and wouldn't ever even think of blaming my alderman for the crap some on here blame Tunney for. But considering the entitled attitude I see daily, it shouldn't surprise me. Which is also why I try and bid outta here every month. You all blame everyone but yourselves about 019 losing officers when the truth is we're bidding out so we can go to a district where we aren't constantly belittled, second guessed and treated like gum on a shoe by the residents we're trying to serve.

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    5. Good luck in your next assignment. We hope you find happiness.

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  10. Here's a thought....perhaps clueless local residents could stop dumping mattresses and other large flammable items in the middle of our alleys? I walk by the alley running between Reta and Fremont at Cornelia almost daily, and never fail to see piles of clothing, mattresses, futons and other junk that's just been left there or leaned up against the nearby brick walls.

    Alleys are not garbage dumps.

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    1. It is because Chicago is #1 in bedbugs across the nation. I'm sure the sanitation dept. is overwhelmed with picking all this stuff up. This cannot be denied.

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  11. Not to defend the aldermen, because I normally wouldn't, but they are not the ones you should be calling. You should call your condo association or landlord. It is their responsibility to insure proper disposal of garbage. Everyone should also realize that you are not supposed to dispose of large items like mattresses by dumping them next to dumpsters in the alley. You are supposed to contact your landlord/condo association to arrange for proper disposal because the regular garbageman doesn't pick these items up.

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    1. The problem is that people don't realize this (or don't care) and still dump flammable crap in the alley. If it is in your alley and near your garage but not propped up against your own garage, I don't think your condo assn is going to take care of it.

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  12. In the future before said garbage gets picked up soak it down with a hose. Harder to ignite it if it's soaking wet.

    Another tip for urban living brought to you by your friendly neighborhood curmudgeon.

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