Thursday, January 29, 2015

VIDEOS: Rahm Motorcade Gets 5 Red Light Tickets Since November; Caught Running Light To Enter City Park

Chicago's network of red light and speed cameras are supposedly designed to keep children and families safe near schools and parks. But they don't seem to be slowing down Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motorcade.

Since late November, Emanuel's 2-car motorcade has received five red light camera violations, including one in which the mayor zips through a red light to quite literally enter a city park.

What's more, the Chicago Police Department—operators of the mayor's cars—has received notices of determination on two of the tickets because CPD failed to "respond with full payment or a hearing request."

The Chicago Police Department currently owes the city $500 for outstanding violations issued since November 20.

We've posted videos of the latest motorcade violations on our YouTube channel. Here are the highlights:

November 20, 2014, 6700 S. Cornell  (View HERE)—Rahm runs a red light and flies into Jackson Park. The mayor's hurried pace juxtaposes well with the citizen in a motorized wheel chair who waits patiently on the roadside for the motorcade to barrel through.

January 5, 2015, 4000 N. Ashland (View HERE)—A Rahm car runs the red light outside of Lake View High School on a Sunday morning.

January 10, 2015. 2400 W. Montrose (View HERE)—The two-car motorcade runs a red light outside of Welles Park. A senior citizen waits patiently for the mayor to pass before stepping into the crosswalk.

January 14, 2015, 8700 S. Lafayette (View HERE)

December 19, 2014, 4700 W. Irving Park Road. (View HERE)
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36 comments:

  1. Why does he even need a motorcade? O sorry I forgot he's our dictator. Does as I say not as I do to the commoners. I just love all he has accomplished for our City per his campaign tv spots.

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  2. He's running red lights for the children, don't you all get that.

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  3. It's funny how everybody drives about 22mph near the camera on Irving Park even though the speed limit is 30. Then the spilt second they pass under the tracks to the east, or Clark if heading west, immediately resume texting and weaving at 42mph. So effective these things are. I'm sure if they had a cop out there, they could quadruple per hour what that camera rakes in with other violations like no lights, impaired driving, expired tags, no back window, driving with your foot out the window, driving with 3 donut spares......

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  4. The brake check on the last one is priceless. Let me tap my brake for a second to think then just blow it.

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  5. Let me get this straight. They're using tax dollars to pay the tickets racked up by Rahm's drivers, which go right back into the city's coffers, less the cut that the red light vendor takes for each ticket?

    Oh, right, it's for the children.

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  6. The driver must have been on the phone with Zach Emanuel's college counselor when he blew through the lights.

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    1. Winning comment. Thanks for the laugh :)

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  7. 2 cars do not a motorcade make...more like a tag-team

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  8. To be somewhat fair - it is possible that the first vehicle in the motorcade went through the light on yellow. (At least two of the three pics.) The second vehicle would be required, by safety protocols, to stay with the first. If they become separated there's significantly heightened risk.
    I'm not saying there's not a better way for the drivers to manage traffic lights, but....
    Let's invest our political capital wisely. If we ding Rahm for little things, we detract from our key message.

    SO --- Here's my key message. Are you listening RAHM? TUNNEY!!! Especially you TUNNEY!!!
    CAPPLEMAN, you too!!! What the hell don't you understand?
    Citizen safety is issue #1. Issue #1...and you have FAILED! FAILED!
    Stop lying and friggin DO something, dammit.
    You have a huge piece of this city, important for the tax base (what about that don't you get??) where crime is stuck at 2001 levels. And that's if we believe your statistics, which most of us don't. And that's best case scenario. The five year average says CRIME IS WAY UP in the 019th.
    Police Officers Assigned - Down 25%
    Crime (Best case scenario) - Stuck at 2001 levels
    We shouldn't have to scream about this. YOU should be all over it. Especially you TUNNEY & CAPPLEMAN.

    Readers - sorry for the shouty caps in this post. But dammit this makes me mad.
    We pay and pay. These schmucks don't attend to the basics.

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    1. We might pay and pay, but we also vote and vote and vote for these people and the masses are going to do it once again in a couple of weeks.

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  9. He must be rushing to his son's college counselor so he picks the right college.

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  10. Very nice plug for the blog just now on CBS2 news at 5:00pm. Maybe enough residents will be aware of the truth and turn out for both elections. Just maybe.

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    1. I would donate money to put info about this blog on a billboard or two. This will make more people aware of the issues in our neighborhood and publicly shame the mayor and Alderwaste!

      Once word gets around (even more) and tourists stop coming to the area....maybe, just maybe the business owners & Ricketts family will DEMAND more police. God knows, nobody's listening to we, the tax payers.

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  11. Congratulations CWB on having this story as the lead on today's 5:00PM news on CBS2!!! They acknowledged you well. It was great to see how pissed off Rahm was about the questions.

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  12. Rahm was asked about it today and he said he would pay the tickets, end of press conference. He got a little snarly when asked why his crew runs the lights.

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    1. Oh, well I guess that makes it OK then. Lord forbid someone gets hurt, but I kind of wish he'd create a little issue by hitting (but NOT injuring) someone legally crossing the street, then see how the little overdressed weasel explains his way out of that.

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  13. Suspend his license and that of his drivers.

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  14. I don't see what the fuss is all about - this is just standard security procedure for the mayor of Chicago. If the mayor's motorcade were to stop for red lights, it would be at risk for carjackings, muggings, or even the occasional flashmob attack.

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    1. There will be valid fuss when someone gets hit. Just saying.

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    2. Just a guess here, but the OP likely used a little-known technique called sarcasm.
      I mean, given that what most people here rightly complain about is street crime.
      Just speculating.

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  15. Thanking you for reporting the news that the local news media will not report due to either incompetence or fear of King Rahm! I do appreciate all your efforts.

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  16. If we really wanted to improve intersection safety, why not install left turn arrows. There are multiple intersections that have red light cameras that do not have left turn arrows. Wouldn't that be the first step to better control intersections thus making them more safe? What does a camera do to better control an intersection or provide for safety. The speed cameras are hidden so far away from parks and schools for example the one on N/B Ashland just North or Fullerton. The park and school are located on Ashland and Wrightwood. The camera is located a block and 1/2 south of the intersection. Protect & Serve is now Fine & Collect. I would love to see the canceled check from the Mayor for his ticket payment.

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    1. Surprise! - the speed camera just north of Fullerton on Ashland is NOT for the school and park at Wrightwood. It is for Schaefer Park, about 1/20th the size of Wrightwood Park, and separated from Ashland by another street!

      Absolutely ALL about the revenue, NOT the children, a lot like this camera on the south side: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140909/mckinley-park/archer-ave-speed-cameras-too-far-from-park-angry-residents-say

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  17. Great job CWB with this story being aired at 5 pm on CBS local news. Rahm that little worm was all arrogant and snarky when asked about why his motorcade went through a red light. He insisted that he is not above the law and twice said that he paid the photo enforced tickets. Yea right - would love to see documentation proving it. Can't believe that little swine runs this city.

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  18. NPR just broadcast the story too, attributing CWB.

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    1. I heard it too -- congrats, CWB!

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    2. Yay for NRP! Sometimes they surprise me.

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  19. The CBS story gave you on air credit.

    The one question I wish someone had asked Emmanuel: Does a mayor really need a motorcade? All the years Joe Biden was a US senator he took the train to work, and this guy needs to travel with a motorcade?

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    1. Tiny Dancer is much more important than a freaking US Senator! He knows things from being the WH COS!

      Insert "Governor" for "Senator" and this was said to me verbatim by one of his arrogant valets, I mean drivers, when they refused to move out of a garage space that was saved for then Gov. Quinn, my then boss.

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  20. He was really nasty and pompous, that's what happens when they feel they are above the people. Sad ya have to have a fortune in funds to even have a chance of winning a city election today. Until that stops we will get nothing but shades of this slime ball.

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  21. Wait, I thought the red light cameras were for SAFETY?

    Why is Rahm so unconcerned with the safety of his citizens when he runs those red lights?

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    1. The red light and speeding camera tickets don't show up on your driving record for obvious reasons. You can spoed away and run all the red lights you want as long as you keep paying. It must be nice to be rich.

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  22. This is what really sucks IMHO -
    That the crime rate in some of the cities great neighborhoods, including the neighborhood where the mayor maintains a separate 24-hour a day security force (at his property), sucks!.
    These are great neighborhoods, in a big chunk of this city's important real estate. It's a nice tax base too.
    And Crime is down almost everywhere. Nationally...down. State-wide...down. City wide even in Chicago...down by almost 50%.
    Not here. Not for us. That's what sucks.
    Our five year crime numbers are UP over 2001.
    The 2014 numbers are stuck AT 2001 levels.
    We've got 25% fewer cops in our neighborhood....while Rahm's got his own security force.

    Me, I don't give a damn about Rahm's motorcade. I care about my family and my neighbors.

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  23. I always thought Rahm took the Brown Line.

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  24. I wonder if little Rahm feels a little taller sitting in his car seat in the back when his minions run a red light because he is the king?

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  25. The politburo is always above their own oppressive laws, didn't you know that when you voted for this unAmerican?

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