Sunday, April 19, 2015

WRONG WAY RAHM: Mayor's SUV Runs More Red Lights, Drives Wrong Way, City Cameras Show

Look out, peons! The mayor is coming through!
See the video here. 
(Image: City of Chicago)
"The politics is funny, the safety issue is not," says former 44th ward aldermanic candidate Scott Davis, summing up the latest and most brazen red light violations by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

New video secured by CWB shows one of the mayor's police-driven SUVs blatantly running red lights at two busy intersections last month—even going so far as to drive the wrong way into oncoming Cicero Avenue traffic.

When we reported on a rash of mayoral red light violations last winter, Emanuel blamed the second vehicle of his two-car motorcade: "When there is a tail car," Emanuel said, "there are some instances where they need to get through the light, because they can't get separated from first car, that may be what it is.

But in both of these newly-secured videos, there is no tail car. There's only one car—and the violations are among the most flagrant we've seen.

In the first violation, seen HERE, the car assigned to Emanuel is exiting southbound Lake Shore Drive at Belmont into an intersection brimming with bicyclists and pedestrians who were enjoying the beautiful weather on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14.

Our mayor, always concerned about safety at intersections, runs
 a red light into the wrong lanes of Cicero Avenue.
Video HERE.
Disregarding a group of citizens waiting to cross the street and two bicyclists in the next lane, Rahm's car zips through the light to make a speedy left turn.

The Belmont/LSD red light camera system is the most lucrative in the city, spitting out $813,600 worth of tickets in the second half of 2014 alone.

Davis, who recently ran for 44th Ward Alderman on an anti-red light platform, says these new violations are different.

"Previous reports of Mayor Emanuel's motorcade running red lights were amusing due to the irony of the Mayor's 'for the safety of our children' justifications" for photo enforcement, "this latest incident indicates a disturbing pattern of recklessness on the part of the mayor's motorcade."

30 minutes after a car assigned to the mayor ran a  red light and drove
the wrong way on Cicero Avenue, Emanuel  Tweeted this photo of his re-election 
efforts in the  nearby 29th ward . (@rahmemanuel)
Exactly one week after the Belmont violation, Rahm's car was caught again—at Cicero and Washington. Check out the video. This time, his lone car has its police lights illuminated as it crosses an already-red signal and then drives the wrong way for a full block into oncoming Cicero Avenue traffic.

According to Emanuel's Twitter feed, the mayor was on the West Side that morning to canvass the 29th Ward for votes.

"Mayor Emanuel should take action to correct this pattern of running red lights before someone is critically injured," Davis said.

After the mayor's two-car motorcade was first found to be running red lights by ABC7 reporter Ben Bradley last year, Emanuel told the press his drivers had been instructed that, "No one is above the law. Obey the law. Period. Full stop."

As of Sunday afternoon, neither of Emanuel's latest $100 violations had been paid.

In the wake of the last batch of Emanuel violations, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney suggested that the city should look at red light standards and countdown clocks at intersections. Nothing has yet become of that election season idea.
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37 comments:

  1. Think of the 100 million settlement when his motorcade kills someone. I am glad I didn't vote for the fool Rahm. A lot of fools did. If Chuy was so bad I hope the Alderman won't rubber stamp his agenda.

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  2. The Politburo has special privileges, didn't anyone know that?

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  3. As Sir Hillary says, what difference does it make? He's here for at least another four years until the people are dumb enough to once again vote him or a similar clown back into office.

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  4. All bow down and lick the feets of the King, O Hail! King Emmanuel! Glory to thee in the highest!! We worship thee!!

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    1. Lick ... his ... feets?? Ew, just .... ew.

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  5. He's not the King, he's the Emperor with no clothes

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  6. Another four years of this fun. Contrary to his belief he is not a foreign dignitary being driven through the streets of Baghdad on his way to his appointments. This level of security is uncalled for here.

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  7. "Some say I'm an asshole. I own that."

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  8. and these are just the ones we happen to see because there are redlight cameras.

    he's removing 50 cameras.. how much you wanna bet he'll create his own "safe passage" ...

    what a prick.

    though also notice the bicyclists willing to run the red light despite this being a pretty busy/dangerous intersection

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    1. The mayor is not removing any cameras. That was the campaign!

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  9. Laws do not apply to Kings.

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    1. Or to bicyclists in Chicago either, apparently. Most are so brazen, just sailing through red lights and stop signs. The other day one bicycling moron zoomed around me on the right, as I was about to turn right, and I sat on my horn. He had the nerve to give me the bird! WTF do these fools think they are?

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    2. "He had the nerve to give me the bird! WTF do these fools think they are?"

      The mayor.

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  10. The cameras are for the children

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  11. Oh little ballet boy can't be expected to obey the law. He is a special little boy. That is what his momma always told him.

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  12. He got the message as he told us in his TV ads. Right.

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  13. Typical of elitist Rahm "me not thee" mindset, only it's damn dangerous! He keeps goomg over the line.
    time after time .. really pushing a horrendous potential tragedy.

    Kudos to you all at CWB .. so appreciative of your diligence and excellent reporting. I hate to think
    of all we'd miss if not for you. Thank you VERY much! And kudos as well .. you're documented in the
    article and video on the ABC 7 news today!! Very very nice cred there .. and well deserved.

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/mayors-motorcade-caught-driving-wrong-way-down-street/672940/

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. They are very much appreciated.

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    2. Just saw it on NBC5 this very minute, too! Good going, keep callin' out the assholes and bringing them into the spotlight!

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    3. Saw it on Fox morning news, too! Mentioned the Crime In WB website!

      Readers, let's take this a step further and crowd-fund a couple billboards with the CWB web address. Perhaps when words gets out on a MAJOR scale, we can shame our mayor and alderwaste into hiring more cops and addressing the criminal takeover of our once peaceful neighborhood.

      I'd be happy to donate to the crowd-funding effort. CWB....would you be interested in advertising your website on a billboard or two?? I guess we would need your approval before this can happen.

      Thanks for all you do!

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    4. This is a great blog that should be read by all but doing it before the election would have made a much greater impact. You're not going to shame this one or the aldercreatures. He's an arrogant little cockroach and as he is in for 4 more years, he could care less. And after all he has cops baby sitting his house everyday so he cares nothing about staffing as long as his place is well guarded.

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    5. Thanks for your kind words. We run stories when we get them.

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  14. Interesting to see the supposed "real" journalists finally catching up and reporting this story.

    And nice to see that Rahm really has changed after the election. He ignored reporter's questions on the story. Just love the new him lol.

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  15. Laughing out loud at the idea of needing a "tail car" for this tiny tiny man. Who does he think he is???

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    1. The only thing this tiny man is in danger of is having a disgruntled citizen throwing a rotten tomato at him.

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    2. Don't ever mention tomatoes to Tiny Dancer. He'll have flashbacks of the bag on his porch (left by his gardener) that he mistook for an incendiary device and had the bomb squad brought in to inspect.

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  16. After yesterday's news conference, I don't think the mayor likes you any more.

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  17. Enjoy your work, CWB, but I have to say, this is getting kind of silly -- Rahm isn't driving the vehicles, and isn't directing the driver. Other than telling his driver to obey traffic laws, especially at intersections, what, exactly, is he supposed to do? Sit in the fornt passenger seat like a driving instructor? Have cameras and overide controls installed in the back of the vehicles so he can monitor the driver and apply the breaks from the back seat? Oh, believe me, I understand the "bad optics" of his security detail running lights and all, and I get the fun of tweaking the mayor given the existence of red light and speed cameras in the city, but blaming Rahm for his driver doing what most drivers do occasionally is frankly becoming just silly.

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    1. The mayor agrees that his vehicle must obey traffic laws. It does not. Making these matters worse, in the mayor's narrative, is that they are taking place at intersections that are equipped with red light cameras—the most dangerous intersections in the city, according to the mayor, for nothing more than convenience.

      When the mayor believes this topic is unimportant, let us know.

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  18. This is a police vehicle driven by officer. Officers in the district do the same thing each and every day.
    It's no big deal

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    1. The mayor has said repeatedly in public that it is a big deal. We agree with him. When district officers do it, it's because they are on the way to a reported emergency. The liability of having the mayor run lights for convenience rather than emergency is enormous. For once, we agree with Rahm on a safety issue.

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  19. Mayor Rahms attitude now is, I'm elected for another four years as "king", so F**K the peons, I don't have to answer for shit!

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  20. WTTW's Chicago Tonight had a special presentation, devoted for the entire show to a Q&A with Rahm and students. Interestingly, the first student is from Lakeview High School and the question deals with the police and their behavior when they're at the school. Amazing how he can actually say with such confidence and a straight face that the mission of the police is "building trust," while in real life he's disregarding how very connected force strength/community safety and citizens' trust are. I can only hope that maybe something/someone gets through his stubborness regarding adequate police #'s and wake him up to the need in areas besides the tourist/conventioneer neighborhoods for the obvious press considerations.

    http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/04/22/chicago-high-school-students-face-face-mayor-emanuel

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  21. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-red-light-camera-rahm-emanuel-aldermen-edit-0427-jm-20150424-story.html

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