Tuesday, June 02, 2015

YA DON'T SAY: Alderman Begins To Reveal Pride Plans (But We've Already Told You About Most Of It)

Local Alderman Tom Tunney's office Tuesday night began announcing steps he believes will make the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade safer and more neighborly. Virtually everything that was announced has already been reported here on CWB.
• Parade organizers will hire 90 off-duty cops to supplement Chicago police efforts. We told you about that on Monday.
• Checkpoints will be established in an effort to keep alcohol off of the parade route. That was also reported in our Monday story.
• The parade route, start time, duration, and other aspects will not change, confirming what we told you when we published the parade's 6-month-old permit application on May 27.
Chicago police work to contain street uprisings in the area of Belmont
and Sheffield after the 2013 Pride Parade.
New in DNAInfo's reporting on last night's announcement by Tunney's office:
• The parade organizers' 90 off-duty cops will leave at 6PM on Pride Sunday, long before the neighborhood mayhem begins.
• Bars with 4 o'clock licenses will voluntarily close at 2 o'clock.
So far, it seems that the city, organizers, and the local "stakeholders committee" are focusing on the wrong issues.

Dangerous overcrowding has yet to be addressed.

And, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the robberies, batteries, shooting, and near-rioting that have swept the neighborhood after recent parades have not been caused by patrons of 4 o'clock bars.
----------
Email us.  Facebook us. Twitter us.

37 comments:

  1. What a tool. A little Tommy Tool. God help us all around 11pm on Sunday night following the "pride" parade.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm honestly surprised that no one's died at the Parade yet. If someone fell and got trampled, paramedics wouldn't be able to get there until it's too late.

    I'd like to pre-thank the CPD and CFD people working the Parade.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "I'm honestly surprised that no one's died at the Parade yet"

      It's only a matter of time, in my opinion. Combine the events of last weekend with the crush of teens from Schaumburg, and add the massive amounts of alcohol... things don't look good.

      Delete
  3. And when it all goes to hell again like the last couple of years, he should resign.

    Seriously, though, can we all pray for rain that weekend?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let's pray for snow! Make sure your insurance is up to date!

      Delete
  4. Is Pride that important that people be hurt after and squad cars damaged?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To Richard Pfffiefer, who "owns" the parade (seriously), to the bar owners (especially those who operate multiple bars), to the sex clubs, to the restaurants, to the alderpuss ...yes, it is important, because they make lots and lots of $$$$. Hell, it wouldn't surprise me if it was true that they collectively wrote out a check to pay medical bills and repair squad cars. But what they canNOT write a check to cover is a dead body ... and at the rate things have been deteriorating in this shithole neighborhood on parade Sunday, it won't be long before it happens. I used to love this neighborhood. I despise it now and can't wait to leave.

      Delete
    2. But .... but ... but ..... Crime is down! Tunneys said so himself, so it must be true.

      Delete
  5. Oh, please, please, torrential downpours, thunder, lightning, high winds, please! Let's all keep chanting it over and over again and maybe it'll happen.

    ReplyDelete
  6. 90 more off duty police officers should be coming on duty at 6 PM to replace those who worked all day. That's the time people are getting their second wind.

    ReplyDelete
  7. All homeowners that have property damage should sue the Parade Organizers.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I suggest one of the big networks like ABC televise the parade real time so many people will stay home and watch the parade at home. Maybe people will start having parade parties at home where they can drink as mjuch as they want.
    It woould be a great advertising medium for many of the parade participants such as Jewel, Sidetracks, politicians, etc.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like this idea a lot!!!!!

      Delete
  9. Another possibility in the name of public safety would be to make Boystown dry on Pride Day. No Alcohol Sales permitted on Pride Sunday, PROUD and SOBER. That will really cut down attendance.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You really want to send a message? Organize and vote your precinct dry. The 26, 33, 36, 37, 42 precincts all have frontage on Halsted. About 700 registered voters in each. If 25% of voters in a precinct sign a petition, a binding referendum goes on the ballot at next general election. If 50% of voters vote dry - it is a done deal. That is one way to completely bypass Tunney, Rahm, and bar owners.

      Delete
    2. I would gladly vote Lakeview dry...including Wrigley Field.

      Delete
    3. "Organize and vote your precinct dry." Right, because countless vacant storefronts would do wonders for the community. Let blight take over so the criminal element can get more of a foothold...soon we'll be little more than an extension of Uptown. Some of the people on this site REALLY need to get a clue about the root causes of crime in the neighborhood.

      Delete
    4. I suspect that the positive effects would be felt immediately via a more responsive business community if a serious effort to vote a precinct dry were undertaken. The west side of the Wrigleyville bar strip had the weakest support for the incumbent in this year's elections. In the ballpark (pun intended) of 53%.

      Delete
    5. Imagine Wrigleyville with no alcohol. Imagine less need for police on game days.. Imagine less damage to property. Imagine less fighting and assaults. Imagine people wanting to take their kids and grandkids to the ball game.

      Delete
    6. I am opposed to trying to make everything in the world "kid friendly." If you require that, go to Disneyland. Adults have rights too. When I go to a Cubs game, I like drinking beer. Like most people, I don't get drunk and cause problems. Democrats seem to always want the majority punished because a few cause problems. The only real solution is to clamp down harder on those who create problems...throw them in jail, fine them, make their lives miserable. But leave those who are law-abiding alone.

      Delete
    7. Not everything needs to be homogenized and "kid-friendly." I live the middle of Wrigleyville, as in 750 feet from Wrigley Field. I have little to no issues with Cubs fans. The most severe "property damage" I've seen were a couple of overturned planters. A bunch of drunk bros aren't the problem in this neighborhood.

      Delete
    8. Thank you, Turbo! I have to agree -- The vomit piles are a bit much, but for the most part Cubs fans are relatively respectful. There are a number of other groups that cause much more trouble in the neighborhood.

      ~ A Neighbor at Sheffield & Cornelia

      Delete
  10. I think this will finally be the year that I equip our rooftop with buckets of water to pour onto the creeps that feel it's so important to have sex with each other behind our building that weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do it. And video it for Youtube's sake.

      I just hope that it rains or snows that weekend. The Pride Parade is on par with the Southside Irish Parade in terms of drunken suburban idiots.

      Delete
  11. How about we all boycott it...That would allow the muggers, people from the 'burbs, and surrounding states to have at it and we will be away and safe?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm boycotting it. Take that weekend and go to Starved Rock, or go up north to Milwaukee. There's no need to be anywhere around the 'hood.

      Delete
  12. Leaving at 6pm? Really?

    ReplyDelete
  13. How about severely limiting Metra service into the city that day? It seems to me that the people causing the most damage and wreaking the most havoc are the damn youths from the suburbs.Pride is also about pride for your own community. I feel like that is a solution we could all get behind.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love the idea of prohibiting alcohol sales on Pride Sunday and I love the idea of televising the parade real time so the alcoholics can have house parties and drink themselves silly and the sober proud people can watch the parade in peace for a change. I suspect if alcohol sales were prohibited on Pride Sunday attendance would fall significantly to the levels they were at in the 1980s when the parade was a very enjoyable and safe event.

    Is it too late to ban alcohol sales on pride sunday this year?
    It is a matter of public safety and protection of property (fewer destroyed police cars).

    BTW, when I lived in New York City, alcohol was not allowed at street fairs and the fairs were very well attended.
    I wish that could happen here in the future.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I saw the on-line version of the parade in 2013. It was horrid. Really bad announcers calling everything and everyone "fabulous" every 5 seconds, endless delays between floats and parade entries, really amateurish.

      Delete
  15. The Parade is nothing about Pride and all about Money.

    ReplyDelete
  16. As previous posters have commented, the problems associated with gay pride weekend seem unique to Chicago. I've attended gay pride parades in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Omaha, Palm Springs, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, New York City, and even Moab, Utah, and I've never seen the level of hostility, aggression, pushiness, violence, insolence, drunkenness, drugs, and disruptions like during Chicago's. It's an embarrassment and the community should get serious about correcting it, whether it takes more police enforcement, banning of alcohol sales, or simply sitting down and trying to figure out what it is about Chicago's parade attendees that makes them unable to get along.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I agree. I've attended the pride parade in San Francisco several years in a row. It's fun! Totally different tone...nothing like the inherent danger feeling that permeates the Chicago parade and its aftermath.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The fair held at the end of the parade is also great. Of course, they have had the parade downtown in San Francisco for years now with no complaints from the locals. I lived there for nine years and enjoyed the experience with what appeared to be much bigger crowds than here. Certainly much better crowd behavior there.

      Delete
  18. CWB ---
    ...again, not to be paranoid or anything, but...
    The parade is supposed to hire 90 officers.
    That's nice.
    Any way we can ask "90 officers. How many total officer-hours? And when will they be working?"

    90 officers is fine, unless they're working four hours each. The build-up to (real) shut-down is 10AM-6PM. 8 hours. So that'd be an average duty of 45 officers on duty at a time.

    Oh, and not that I'm really really paranoid...but it'd be nice to know if those 90 'officers' are fully certified police officers, or if that figure just happened to include ANY traffic aides or parking enforcement officers.
    Ya' know. This being Chicago and all. Just got to double check a few things.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What is IT about chicago? Tonight I took my daughter to North Ave beach to play in the sand. The amount of garbage left behind from the people who were there earlier today was unbelievable. An incredible assortment of bottles, cans, wrappers etc. The garbage cans were right there - two feet away. I have been to beaches the world over and never seen that kind fo littering. Ever. It was sad really...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Completely agree. A great resource turned in to a dung heap. Every day.
      That said - the number / location of disposal cans is far from ideal. And there's no signage at all (setting the standard).
      Yeah it's sad you have to remind people to pick up their damn trash, but...

      Delete