Tuesday, March 31, 2015

STONEWALL: Citing "Terrorism," City Refuses To Release Pride Parade Documents

No, this is not an April Fool's gag.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications this week cited a fear of terrorism in refusing to release any information whatsoever about past or future Chicago Pride Parades.

The response came five months after a Lake View resident requested the documents under Illinois’ Freedom Of Information Act. The resident last December sought assistance from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office after OEMC failed to respond in the time frame allowed by law.

Information from OEMC was sought after city officials announced that they were considering a relocation of the 2015 Pride Parade.

Large crowds destroyed two police cars at last year’s event and another police car was heavily damaged in 2013, as well. The decision-making process is apparently being steered in part by an alderman's Survey Monkey poll.

“City property has been destroyed and significant tax dollars are spent every year to make the Pride Parade happen,” the neighbor wrote, “the public has every right to see the city's files to make sure that our leaders are putting public safety before private gain.”

OEMC was asked to provide plans, records, post-parade recaps, meeting minutes, and other recordings of OEMC’s Pride observations and analysis. The FOIA request also seeks to learn the cost of OEMC’s Pride Parade operations as well as how much of those costs—if any—were recouped from parade organizers.

According to OEMC’s denial letter, “if this type of information were to be released and fell into the hands of any terrorist group, it would provide the ability to develop a plan to thwart any emergency plan written by the city.”

Under Illinois law, public bodies such as OEMC are allowed to redact sensitive information on documents released to the public, “but only to the extent that disclosure could reasonably be expected to jeopardize the effectiveness of the measures or the safety of the personnel who implement them or the public.”

The law also says that “the public body shall make the remaining [non-sensitive] information available for inspection and copying.”

The State Attorney General’s Office is being asked to review OEMC's “ridiculous” response.
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23 comments:

  1. Do a FOIA on the Bud Bilikin Parade. See if you get the same response.

    Please keep in mind, OEMC is a separate entity from CPD.

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    1. Still waiting for CPD's response. It's in the AG's office, too.

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  2. This equates to the Pride parade is actually more dangerous than what we only see with our own eyes.

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  3. There is a technical, legally acceptable word for this kind of response: bullshit.

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  4. They don't want you to know the truth about the Pride Parade. All problems and very costly to the City. The Velvet Mafia I mean Equality IL would raise hell with Rahm if it got out.

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  5. Tunney and that Pppfffiefer guy need to be held accountable. What are they hiding? Does *someone* get a financial kickback from the mass amounts of $$$ generated by the "pride" parade (other than *certain* bar owners, of course ....)

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    1. Tunney was held accountable, the clowns in his district just voted him in again so case closed.

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  6. ".....as well as how much of those costs—if any—were recouped from parade organizers."

    I would really like to know this. I'm sure the whole city would.

    Also, remember the illegal concert in the park last year around Montrose, where they rioted and destroyed & littered the park? Was any money recouped from the company who promoted that concert....or did the tax-payers eat that, too??

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    1. Good luck finding the answers! The main stream media has moved on to more important things, like persecuting folks for using harsh language.

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  7. But we are 100% certain that the parade will be in Lakeview this year, correct? I'm already dreading it. It used to be my favorite day of the year. Now, I don't leave the house.

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    1. Do you really think its going move? Even though the voters voted for it to be moved last year (- Tunney doesn't care.

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  8. Off the topic, but I just heard Garry Mccarthy is satisfied with staffing levels. Are you kidding me? The afternoon shift in 019 yesterday (Monday) had only one segment working and he was inside. One sergeant for that size district is unacceptable!

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    1. Don't worry though, who needs a sergeant on the street when there are no officers working either?

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  9. Until the voters have the brains to elect true leaders and patriots like the ones mocked above, it will be the same shit different day mentality.

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  10. I've attended about 10 gay pride parades throughout the country and Chicago's is by far the worst. It's a joke in comparison to cities with a quarter of the population. The narrow streets, the cheesy amateurish floats, the virtually non-existent gay participation in the parade itself. The attendees are perhaps the biggest joke. It's a melange of drunken and drugged out angry inner city trash. Chicago's segregation becomes apparent each year during the parade. A group of diverse people coming together who can't stand each other or have an inkling of how to get along. I've never seen anything like it elsewhere. The entire parade should be cancelled.

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  11. The next thing we will hear is that there is one Police Officer on duty and he is assigned to the desk. Start walking if you want as report . . . .

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  12. How many voters are going to stay home and say it doesn't matter? We will get four more years of this regime. The mayor is a dictator and he will be worse than ever. Just like the abusive husband saying "take me back, I've changed!" And the wife says "but I still love you!"

    We can get a new start, a new police chief, a new strategy, but the voters have to make it happen. Speak now or suffer.

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  13. First of all the cop that parked his marked squad car in the middle of the Pride Parade crowd (Belmont & Aldine) should be suspended for stupidity.

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    1. Mmm. No. Most people don't jump on police cars (there have been 3 used thusly).

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    2. Dearest CIB - I have to disagree -- that has happened TWO years in a row now. I certainly hope its NOT the same officer. If they place that SUV in the same location with no one around it -- the same will happen. I dont know about you, but our tax dollars funnel eventually back to the CPD, and if my property taxes have to increase to pay their pensions, then I think we have a say about it. :)

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