Thursday, September 24, 2015

REIGN DELAY: After Writing To Alderman, Neighbor's Wait For A Response Enters Week #2

Boystown resident Ted Rosinus' respectful letter about crime and police staffing to 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney has gone without a response for two weeks.

Rosinus' post of  his September 10th letter on Twitter has generated almost 10,000 impressions.

"After much persistence," Rosinus writes in a follow-up letter to the alderman today, "the only correspondence I have received was a two sentence email from your Chief of Staff, Bennett Lawson, who informed me that he would work with you to 'prepare a response.'…I am still waiting."

Last night, Rosinus told us that his letters are "about holding people accountable and all I continue to hear and see are excuses and no solutions. I'm not interested in hearing about WHAT crime is happening but WHAT we are doing to reduce and eliminate the violence. "

"After the Labor Day weekend, the Alderman posted a note on his website and Facebook page that was long on words but short on actual initiatives," Rosinus said. "It was after I read his statement that I decided to write him a letter posing four very simple, yet important, questions."

Since Rosinus' first letter to Tunney, the 44th ward has racked up an incredible 12 additional robberies—a pace of nearly one per day—with nine of the attacks taking place during non-overnight hours.

Here's is the letter that Rosinus sent to Ald. Tunney on September 10:

Dear Alderman Tunney:

I am writing to you as a result of the recent string of crime in our community. Your press release, dated September 8, 2015, comes after the violent Labor Day Weekend. While my questions and comments often refer directly to this release, please recognize that they are not exclusive to the events of this past weekend, but rather, this year.

According to Chicago Police Department Crime Statistics and media reports, since August 20th there have been reports of: multiple armed robberies, including eight this past weekend, a shooting at the Belmont Red Line, numerous motor vehicle thefts, a stabbing that brought and "unresponsive" victim to the doorstep of Illinois Masonic Hospital, a football-style attack on a defenseless woman, and so on.

I appreciate that we live in an urban environment and I'm not naive enough to believe that complete eradication is possible. That said, in my view the status-quo is untenable and unacceptable.

Taking all of this into account, my questions are as follows:
1. In your press release you make reference to having "formally asked for more police in our 19th District." Why hasn't this been done before? If it has, why has our police force consistently declined? You are our voice with the powers-that-be, why are you being ignored?
2. In your press release you make a reference to Cmdr. Cesario's commitment to "increasing staffing on the first watch." How will you monitor whether or not staffing levels are increasing? Inherently any measurement must include a starting point for staffing levels. What staffing levels are you using as a baseline? How are you planning to hold Cmdr. Cesario accountable? Why should we be confident that "this time will be different?" How do you plan to inform us of the status of your monitoring and management of the process?
3. One of the "big developments" is the advent of "public roll calls." It's my understanding that the purpose of such a display is to deter would-be criminals by allowing for local residents to "positively" interact with police. This confuses me. Lack of local resident familiarity with police is not a problem if crime is imported into Lakeview from other parts of Chicago. How is this nothing more than a "show" rather than an actual solution?
In reading your press release, it's clear you're a busy man. You're "actively involved in the court advocacy program," you "regularly attend court dates with victims…," you "participate in the North Side Community Justice Center Steering Committee…" and so on. I appreciate that such civic interaction is a part of your job description, but in the business world we almost exclusively care about outcomes.
4. Considering all of the time you're spending monitoring and "problem-solv[ing]" why is violent crime increasing in our neighborhood? Is it possible that perhaps it's time to make an adjustment to the approach? If so, what can you do differently?
Given your profession, you are well aware of how fragile reputations are. If Lakeview continues on this path it is my fear that it could impact our reputation as an exceptionally safe neighborhood, particularly in light of the broader problems other parts of Chicago are currently facing.

Any changes in reputation could have serious consequences, for everyone. Such a decline could negatively impact property values. It could impact the ability to attract new business to our community. It could impact the stability and quality of our local public schools. And cast a pall over the universal vibrancy that those of us who choose to live in Lakeview know and love.

I'm certain the concerns I have are shared with a multitude of your constituents, and you, for that matter. We all have a vested interest in ensuring that crime has no home in Lakeview. I look forward to your response to my questions and I will follow with great interest the outcomes of your initiatives.

Respectfully,

[signed]

P.S.: I would recommend a more active profile on social media. It's my experience as a business owner that dealing directly, and immediately, with your "customers" provides many benefits and can assuage anxieties that legitimate confers and questions aren't falling on deaf ears.

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57 comments:

  1. Good gracious, I have been trying to get him on the phone for the past six months. The only response I get from the people that shield him is either "he is in a meeting or out of the office". Now you want him to respond to a letter? Good luck, there is no plan.

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  2. outstanding letter, and predictable lack of response. in my dealings with tunney i've found him to be narcissistic, and-wavy about important issues, and pretty dismissive unless there's some upside for him. probably standard fare for alderman in chicago, but he's definitely not a working partner on any issues in this community.

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    1. Thank you! We'll continue to work to get a response. Be sure to follow me on twitter which is where I will be updating those that are interested in the status of our questions.

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  3. meanwhile the CPD was ticketing 3-4 cars double-parked at the Rosoce Starbucks at 7:10 AM today. I get the cars were illegally parked but that just seems rude for people getting coffee on the way to work.

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  4. A good well-written response. But I expect Tunney to do what he does best - duck, avoid and lie.

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    1. Looks like we'll have to tee-up letter #3!

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  5. If Ted is worried about declining property values, he would be wise to get out now and move to Lake Forest.

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    1. Never been one to run away -- would be nice to fix the problems where we currently live!

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    2. Hello Ted, might you post your first letter (and perhaps subsequent ones) on a petition site like change.org. That would allow easy distribution of the link and collection of signatures. I'd be the first to sign!

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    3. Ted,
      I want to fix the problems, too. I love this neighborhood and it breaks my heart to see what is being allowed to take place here. If the mayor & Tunney really wanted the crime to stop, they would hire more cops and get rid of the bad element terrorizing the citizens.

      Ted, you may just be what everyone on this site has been searching for: Our leader! I would gladly march, protest, donate money for a billboard to alert the REST of our community about the very important CWB website. Would you be willing to step up as our leader? WE NEED YOU!!!

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    4. You're very kind and I deeply appreciate your kind comments and sentiments; made my day. I'm happy to keep demanding answers on behalf of those of us who care deeply about our community.

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  6. What a douchebag thing for his "chief of staff" to say... that Tunneys is working on a response to a letter. Someone elected to such a governmental position should not need to "work on a response." His office always seems to be "working on so-and-so" or "looking into this-that-or-the-other." I could vomit just thinking of this whole situation.

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    1. Don't vomit! Get ready to co-sign a 3rd letter with me

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  7. No answer from Tunney? Really, now. Is anyone surprised???

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  8. He may if he complains to Rahmbo, he will retaliate yanking away even more cops.
    Given Rahbo's vindictive personality, and that he would in fact send health and building inspectors out after any commercial establishment that complains as well, it is a plausible theory.

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  9. Seriously (as the writer suggests in his original letter), who the hell cares what this guy says?
    TUNNEY !!!!
    DO something man. DO something. ACTION.
    ....oh never mind.
    At this point, the only noble thing you can do is give back the monies you have collected from the taxpayers of this city over the past three years and fade out.
    I am 100% serious. Quit now. Today.
    Admit that you haven't got the energy, or the will, or the stones or the clout, whatever. Just get the hell out of the way.
    Give back the money. Admit you failed. Then you can claim that you acted honorably, at least at the end.
    THAT is your only dignified option. The only one.
    You get to go do your little restaurant gig, with some chard of self-respect intact. Claim whatever you want.
    Just once, do the noble thing. Give back the money and get out.

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  10. The original Mayor Daley would never have stood for this...of course his tactics may not have been P.C....but look where that has gotten the hood...

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    1. Just to be very clear - the original Mayor Daley is exactly why we're in this (financial) mess. Him, his awful spawn and their pals.

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  11. There were Aldermen on Chicago Tonight last night talking about his Rhamster's proposed budget.

    Only one Alderman mentioned that nowhere in the budget was there funds for hiring new police officers. (Forgive me, I cannot remember the gentleman's name/ward, but it's on WTTW's website, I'm sure.)

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    1. Let's not forget the plethora of CPD that are currently working desk jobs and not on patrol...could start by reassigning some CPD officers.

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  12. This heart warming article appeared in USA TODAY regarding a crime in Houston, TX.
    Nice to know that the authorities in Houston are not afraid to prosecute their criminals.
    Makes me want to relocate.

    USA TODAY
    HOUSTON — A 21-year-old who beat up an elderly man and bragged about the crime on Facebook was sentenced to a prison term for longer than he's been alive, the district attorney's office said.

    DeAndre Bryant of Houston had been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after he and his buddy, Greg Young, used a Taser on a 70-year-old man and his wife last year, prosecutors said. Bryant first attacked the man outside his home, dragged him inside and then held the couple at gunpoint while the men, who had covered their faces and hands to hide their identities, ransacked the victims' home.

    The robbers escaped with $12,000 in cash, some guns and the couple's truck — more than $56,000 in valuables. Then they posted photos showing off the cash on Facebook, according to Harris County prosecutors.

    They also threw out latex gloves they had been wearing when they committed the crime in a nearby parking lot. A passerby thought it unusual, so he took a picture of the license plate on the car the men were driving, which was traced to Bryant's girlfriend.

    When Harris County investigators discovered Bryant's name, they found his Facebook photos, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said in its own Facebook post. The gloves contained DNA that also linked Young to the crime.

    The photos helped convict Bryant, who was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison, and likely will be used again when Young goes on trial in February.

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  13. 100k plus for a part-time job, with help and he can't even answer in a timely manner. How pathetic.The questions require more direct honest answers than he is willing to give. Now ask him about more fees and taxes he wants to see his constituents hammered with and he has plenty to say. Be interesting to see what kind of double talk nonsense Mr. Rosinus gets back from Tunney, that is if he ever gets a reply at all.

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    1. Thanks, Todd. I'll definitely let everyone know when/if/what I hear. If interested, follow me on twitter which is where I will post any/all updates

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    2. Hi Ted - would you provide your twitter handle for those of us interested in keeping up with you attempts? I'd like to be able to co-sign when the time comes!

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    3. Hi Courtney, happy too and thanks for your willingness to get involved! :)

      www.twitter.com/rosited

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  14. A good letter, but it'll fall on deaf ears. He'll get a half-assed response.

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    1. Thank you! A half-assed response will just beget another letter. We won't stop :)

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  15. Hmmmm.... Not even a response from his "Minister of Communications" Ms. Erin Duffy..

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  16. People are finally saying enough and moving to the suburbs, some to a completely different state if they have the option. If this crap is allowed to continue in we're going to see a larger exodus.

    Look how local leaders have handled the problem so far. It ain't gonna get better folks.

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  17. Why not assemble a boycott of Tuney's businesses and those of his supporters? A protest in front of a business?

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    1. Boycotts don't work.

      Protests on the other hand might have a shot...

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  18. I'm waiting now, too. We're all waiting, Mr. Tunney. We are your constituents and would like a meaningful reply.

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    1. We'll eventually get a meaningful reply!

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  19. Really outstanding, well-written letter. Very interested to hear the response, if there is one.

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    1. Thank you! We'll definitely get a response (won't stop until we do) but I can't promise his first response will be meaningful! If you want, follow me on Twitter which is where I will post any/all updates

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  20. Very well written letter and yes Tunny The whole ward is waiting for your response. And thank you to Ted!

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for your kind words. I'll post any/all updates to my Twitter account. Stay tune! :)

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  21. Great letter! Sadly, the Alderman Tunney is about as effective as a fart in a whirlwind.

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  22. Please remember that 9 months ago Tom was overwhelming reelected by the people of Lakeview (see below). If he was doing such a horrible job as you constantly report here, why is this so? I love Lakeview and Boystown and believe Tom is doing a terrific job. I'm sure you won't post this but I wanted to give another perspective. I was born in Chicago and have been living in Boystown for many years now.

    Tom Tunney Wins 44th Ward Election
    By Ariel Cheung | February 24, 2015 8:37pm | Updated on February 24, 2015 10:05pm
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    Parents hope the artificial field at 851 W. Waveland Ave. will mean fewer mud stains and more playtime. Pictured: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). Parents hope the artificial field at 851 W. Waveland Ave. will mean fewer mud stains and more playtime. Pictured: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). View Full Caption DNAinfo/Erica Demarest
    LAKEVIEW — Ald. Tom Tunney sailed to an easy victory in the 44th Ward Tuesday night.

    With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Tunney had 67 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Mark Thomas got 23.5 percent of the vote and Scott Davis 9.4 percent.

    "I think people feel that Lakeview is moving in the right direction and is a successful community," Tunney told DNAinfo Chicago late Tuesday. "I feel that there's a level of trust with my stewardship of the ward and there are high expectations."

    During his acceptance speech around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Tunney said he would continue to focus on bettering Lakeview schools, lowering crime and growing the business districts.

    "People are saying there's just too much corporate business on Southport — there's Gap and there's J. Crew and Anthropologie," he said. "We talk about neighborhood vitality and the vibrant business district. Wouldn't every neighborhood in the city of Chicago envy what's happening on Southport or Broadway or Belmont? Let's celebrate our success."

    For the first time since he was elected in 2003, Tunney faced opposition in Tuesday's race. Thomas and Davis both criticized Tunney for his handling of the Wrigley Field renovation project and crime rates in the 44th Ward.

    Ald. Tom Tunney and his supporters celebrated his unofficial victory in the 44th Ward at John Barleycorn on Feb. 24, 2015. Ald. Tom Tunney and his supporters celebrated his unofficial victory in the 44th Ward at John Barleycorn on Feb. 24, 2015. View Full Caption Ariel Cheung/DNAinfo
    Although neither challenger was able to gain traction in the 44th Ward, Thomas said the election results showed "one in three people in this ward are very upset."

    "I heard from hundreds of people today personally thanking me for running, so there's a very strong, angry streak here in Lakeview," said Thomas, who added that he will run for alderman again in four years.

    Thomas, longtime entrepreneur and owner of The Alley and other Belmont Avenue shops, said he ran a better, more personalized campaign than Tunney.

    "I don't think it's good for the ward or the businesses that he won," Thomas said after conceding the race. "I knew going into this I was one-in-four to win, but I wasn't going to let him run unopposed."

    44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney is illuminated by pink lights on the John Barleycorn stage during his acceptance speech following a victory during Chicago elections Feb. 24, 2015. 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney is illuminated by pink lights on the John Barleycorn stage during his acceptance speech following a victory during Chicago elections Feb. 24, 2015. View Full Caption Ariel Cheung/DNAinfo
    Davis was not immediately available for comment.

    Check out our full 2015 Aldermanic Election guide for more info on the candidates in this and other ward races.

    For more neighborhood news, listen to DNAinfo Radio here:

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    1. "Please remember that 9 months ago Tom was overwhelming reelected by the people of Lakeview (see below). If he was doing such a horrible job as you constantly report here, why is this so?"

      Because being re-elected does not mean that he is doing a good job. Look no further than the city's horrendous financial condition, which Ald. Tunney's rubber stamp voting record helped create.

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    2. This town would re-elect a turtle over and over again. Elections in Chicago mean nothing and may be fixed for all I know.

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    3. Dear Sir and/or Madame (@4:00AM) -
      Do we need to drag out the litany of jackasses and convicts who have been elected by the machine in this state to disprove your thesis? Really?
      Please.

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    4. Why are we even responding to propaganda, seriously. What we do need, however, is a serious, competitive, thoughtful, intelligent, untainted candidate to challenge Tunney. He's not that educated, he's not that dynamic, he's definitely not clever... he's just 'present and consistent.' What I cannot imagine is how grand his hubris must be to continue to run for re-election in the face of failure. Even this week Winterkorn resigned from VW and accepted his failures.

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  23. Once again folks, he's doing nothing different now than he did before the election. You voted him in with an overwhelming majority. At some point, the voters need to take a look in the mirror and take responsibility for the people they are voting into office. The guy is the same moron now he was 5 years ago and there's absolutely no reason for him to change. Sadly you'll most likely vote him in again the next election as well.

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    1. This is pretty much the case. No reason to complain about this little guy. He spent all of his political capital on behalf of a few roof tops owners, crying no less on their behalf, while the City took away 1/2 our police force. Sticky bun boy is out of his league. Keep electing him though.... lol

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    2. I think it's safe to assume that the vast majority of CWB readers do not support Tunney and did not vote for him. The deck is heavily stacked in the incumbent's favor and, although he is a reprehensible excuse as a representative of this ward, we are stuck with him at least until the next election. Let's stop blaming people for re-electing him. That kind of finger pointing gets us nowhere today. We know he is not interested in addressing serious issues facing his constituents. He has demonstrated time and again that he will do nothing to solve this serious crime problem. Let's move past him and concentrate on who and what can make a difference. The letter that was sent to him and he has ignored was an incredibly well-written, logical and reasonable approach to holding him accountable. I applaud the author for establishing evidence that Tunney has no interest in serving his constituents. While it is unlikely that we can unseat Tunney from his perch in the short term, we certainly can work to make his remaining tenure as uncomfortable as possible. That letter is an excellent start. Now let's focus on identifying and working with the right levers of power who could actually make a positive impact. Our requests to those individuals have, thus far, fallen on deaf ears but you never know what small action can lead to revolutionary change.

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  24. As far as cpd writing the all mighty starbucks drinkers,, you said it all! The cars were parked illegally! It's not a double park to get coffee before work zone ! Park like everyone else that pays and follws the law and get over you self entitled bullshit !

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  25. I would certainly donate money to have that letter put into the Inside Booster as an ad!

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  26. That photo of Tunney so perfectly sums up his persona. The caption underneath should be just one word: "Duh."

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  27. Quit writing letters and get a concealed carry permit. The cops can't be everywhere at once. They are the clean up crew.

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  28. So how did this clown get elected again and it was not even close?

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    1. Uuuummmm....right....it's SO hard to imagine a goof could get elected to such an exalted post! And in Chicago of all places.
      Perhaps you should read this -
      https://www.americannewspost.com/theodore-roe/6278/33-percent-of-chicago-aldermen-convicted-criminals/2/

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  29. For awhile, there was a closed down business on Broadway and all they left behind was the Tuney reelection poster in the window. The irony..

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    1. We snatched a stack of Re-Elect Tunney posters at election time and use them as kitty litter box liners.

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  30. @ 11:46 AM
    .......buddy.......um, did you just get off the boat? You are aware that this is Chicago, right?
    As in Chicago, IL USA?

    https://www.americannewspost.com/theodore-roe/6278/33-percent-of-chicago-aldermen-convicted-criminals/2/
    They all got elected. In most cases multiple times.

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  31. I saw something like 3 votes away from 500 on the petition for safety. How about 500 show up at his office and tell the news to show up and tell how many timed documented and never got a response along with I have been in his office for over 15 years some times even meeting with him over the high crime in this neighborhood some times meeting with tunney at his ann sathers restaurant. Tunney says ask police, Police department says contact Tunney what a bunch of planned out bullshit

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