Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CPD EMAIL: Tunney "Very Pleased" After Last Year's Pride Parade; Organizers Filed For 2015 Permit In December

Newly-acquired emails raise questions about local Alderman Tom Tunney's true feelings about the troubled Chicago Pride Parade. And other city filings show that parade organizers submitted their plan to have the 2015 parade in Boystown nearly six months ago—with absolutely no changes from the 2014 event—even as local politicians continued to claim that they were thinking about relocating the event.

One week after CWB exclusively reported last month that the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade would remain in Boystown despite talk of moving the growing event downtown, Tunney issued a joint statement with other city offices:
If there is not a serious improvement in the parade's impact on surrounding residents' quality of life this year, the next step is to assemble an advisory group to make recommendations for moving the parade out of the Lakeview community.
WBBM radio talked to Tunney on the morning after last year's parade as the alderman stood in the street, shoveling trash left over from the previous day. He told them that he was open to the idea of moving the parade downtown.
We hear from our residents that they don’t feel safe in their neighborhood – that there is too much… alcohol and partying all night long.
But hours after Tunney made that comment about people feeling unsafe in their own neighborhood and all night "partying," an email was exchanged at the highest levels of the Chicago Police Department in which “Tunney and the community/neighborhood” were said to be “very pleased” with 2014's event.

“This is as much if not more so for at night as it was for the parade [itself],” Deputy Chief Constantine “Dean” Andrews wrote, calling last year's parade “a nice turn around instead of the usual complaints, especially for what went on at night in the past.”

The neighborhood recorded six robberies and one shooting in the hours after last year’s Pride Parade. That’s two robberies and one shooting more than in 2013.

Chicago police report that 46 Pride-related arrests were made last year. That is exactly the same number as in 2013.

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Meanwhile, records in another city department show that Pride Parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer submitted his 2015 parade permit application on December 1 of last year.

Conceding nothing to the concerned community in his filing, Pfeiffer’s 2015 parade permit application is identical to his 2014 plan.

The 2015 application seeks to keep everything—including the route, the start time, the number of participants, the number of motorized vehicles—everything exactly as it was last year.

City workers, local aldermen, and Pfeiffer are scheduled to meet at 2 o’clock this afternoon to continue planning the 2015 event.

Tunney previously announced that "community representatives" were helping to plan this year's event. Let's hope those aren't the same community representatives who allegedly thought that last year's event was a "nice turn around."
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24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a shocker lol.

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  2. Contrary to what Tunney and our other elected "leaders" tell us, they do not care about the wants & needs of their constituents, and will do anything they damn well please. (Mostly for the enrichment of themselves & their cronies/contributors.)

    Unfortunately, it seems that Tunney's constituents approve of his "leadership" and have voted him in for another 4 years.

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  3. What?! He should work the event with the police this year.

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  4. Tunney takes his orders from Art Johnston, Mark Lieberson, David Gassman, Jim Ludwig and all the gay bar owners on halsted. They only care about making money not us that live here

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    1. I've said it before and I will say it again. Vote one or two precincts dry and bar owners would be falling all over themselves trying to keep the locals thru out the ward happy.

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  5. Too bad this information was not released back Inn February before the election. Whomever was Tunney opponent should have used this issue as well as the rise in crime against him. I am shocked they didnt.

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  6. Tunney previously announced that "community representatives" were helping to plan this year's event. Let's hope those aren't the same community representatives who allegedly thought that last year's event was a "nice turn around."

    What means is:

    That would be the North Halsted Business Alliance.

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  7. It won't be moved because it would expose the attendance lie of 1 million people show up to see it. It isn't possible to fit 1 million people on the route. You would have to fill up Soldier Field 16.26 times to get 1 million people.

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    1. You are right about the crowd estimate being exaggerated. We did the math once

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2013/12/real-humdingers-biggest-fibs-of-2013.html#math

      and the guy in charge of Special Events Management said the same thing to WBEZ a couple of years ago:
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      He said that even the Pride Parade, which had crowd estimates of 850,000 [in 2012] probably had closer to 250,000 people.

      “Those are crazy numbers,” he said. “Think of the population and physical space. It would be impossible to have those many people lined up and down the streets.”

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    2. The million people number is the typical attendance in Times Square each year for NYE. I've been to both events for years now, and the pride parade has nowhere near a million people.

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    3. Be careful who you say that too. I've been saying for years that Chicago's gay pride attendance is grossly exaggerated. I got kicked out of a party for uttering such radical views. Chicago's pride doesn't even attract 500,000. Maybe 300,000, but nothing more than that. It's Chicago. Let's face it, despite the skyline and the (every shrinking) population of 2.7 million, it's still the midwest. Laughable. Even the Loop and Michigan Ave. is a joke these days. I know, I work down there and see the human decay.

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  8. Dean Andrews is a merit promoted clout baby with no scruples. He'd walk over his mother's grave to keep McJersey and Tiny Dancer happy. If he even talked to Tunney, I wouldn't take this email at face value. I have no doubt it's either an outright lie or Tunney said, "The police officers did great, but..." The police did do a great job -- there just weren't enough of them like every other day in every other district except in the south and west sides.

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  9. Shocking! Just shocking!
    Do you meant to tell me that this guy lied? Lied to the very constituents he'd sworn to represent in the hallowed corridors of city hall? How is this even possible?
    Shocking, I say!
    .....TUNNEY!!!!!!!

    And now on a serious note: Really really good work CWB. Again. Many thanks from somebody who actually cares about this neighborhood.

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  10. TuTu Tunney (shakes head)

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  11. While I think the parade should be moved, doesn't the email say Tunney was pleased with the CPD performance specifically? The email doesn't say that he was pleased with the event.

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    1. The email is shown above. It clearly states that Tunney and the community were pleased with CPD and that his feelings extended particularly to the post-parade mayhem hours. It also states that last year was a turn-around given previous years' complaints about nighttime trouble.

      That despite the fact that last year's post-parade hours were more violent than before and despite the fact that Tunney publicly said earlier that same day that he hears people do NOT feel safe in their own neighborhood and that all-night "partying" was a problem.

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    2. I'll say it again, but more clearly: Dean Andrews is a suck-ass, merit hack who would lie to McJersey to keep his job. I get from reading this site that you have a hard on for Tunney, but unless the email was from him, I doubt he said this or it was taken out of context. 019 KMA Club

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    3. You have trust issues with Dean. We have well-placed trust issues with Tom. Maybe Tom and Dean had a chance to clarify things between them at yesterday's meeting. If so, that'd be good for both of us.

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    4. Lippman is the new Cmdr of Special Events. She'll play a huge role, while Dean pretends he's doing something. If things go well he'll take the credit. If all hell breaks loose, he'll throw her to the wolves, aka, Tiny Dancer and McJersey.

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  12. I'm confused, please help me understand. I wondered for a long time why business owners on Halsted put up with the violence and mayhem that seems to increase each year in that area. I stopped going down there around 2009 when I noticed walking home had become dangerous and the trashy elements hanging out on the street resembled nothing like the gay hood of days gone by, or any other gay area I've ever been too. I just assumed everyone else stopped going to the bars and eateries too. Why would the business owners want the violence to continue? How can they make money from riots, fights, knifings, shootings, and busted windows? I don't get it? Is this a Chicago organized crime thing?

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    1. Because us locals go out of the neighborhood to party all they have left is the scum bags. They bars owners still have bills to pay.

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  13. I challenge Tunneys to come stand with some of us citizens as any point of his choosing, between 3200 and 3600, along North Halsted. The intersection of Roscoe/Halsted would be great, for example, as it's always a flash point on the Sunday night after the pride parade earlier in the day. Four needless "businesses" on that intersection: 7-11, MiniBar, Roscoes, and Beatnix. This community would be fine without them. Come 11pm on Sunday night, June 28, Tommy, and watch the shitstorm with us for a few hours.

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    1. So if those "needless" businesses were all boarded up or burned down, then all you would have is an intersection resembling one in Englewood. So how would that be an improvement?

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    2. Needless is pointing out the businesses don't say a word about crime but when it comes to raising money for GLBT causes they are all in. How about those business demand more Police from Rahm they all voted for him and helped reelect Tunney. Spend some money from SSA to hire better security.

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