Thursday, October 01, 2015

+1: Petition Launched As Alderman Continues To Ignore Respectful Letter About Public Safety

Boystown resident Ted Rosinus still hasn't received a response from Alderman Tom Tunney's office to a September 10th letter about crime and policing in our neighborhood.

Now, you're invited to co-sign Ted's follow-up message to the alderman.

Here's a quick link to his petition.

"By signing this petition I will add your name to the next letter I send Tunney that will reiterate previous questions concerning his strategy to reduce violence and crime in Lakeview," Rosinus says.

"At the end of the day, he's our advocate with the powers-that-be...It is his responsibility to channel our feelings and seek to find answers and implement policies that address what are often very legitimate concerns, anxieties, questions, and so on."

Five days after hand-delivering his letter to the alderman's office on September 10, Rosinus emailed a copy to Tunney's chief of staff.

"I received a two sentence reply that he would work with the Alderman to 'prepare a response.'" Rosinus never heard back.

He sent a follow-up letter to Tunney last Wednesday and then forwarded that letter in an email to the chief of staff the following day.

"Again, nothing," Rosinus says. "No response. No acknowledgement."

With the revelation that Tunney has recently resorted to hiding Facebook comments that are critical of his response to crime complaints, the alderman's unwillingness to simply reply to a constituent's concerns seems particularly troubling.

Take a minute to join Rosinus' efforts by co-signing HERE.
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31 comments:

  1. Tunney owns Ann Sather's restaurant on Belmont. I say BOYCOTT the place.

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    1. ^ Circa. 2009. ALL businesses in that area need to be boycotted until they show some concern for safety rather than their daily receipts. It will NEVER happen though as long as their are beer specials and bartender/salesmen.

      I boycotted the entire area 4 years ago but I'm "Just One Person".

      Do it or be quiet.

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    2. I have been personally boycotting Tunney's places for years but I think an organized boycott is just what's needed. Hit him where it hurts.

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    3. If I had no food in the house and Ann Sather was the only restaurant open in Chicago I would walk over to the park and eat grass out of the ground like a grazing cow before giving TT an extra cent of my $$. Never spent a cent there, never will

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  2. I called alderthing Tunneys office this morning and asked why questions (and letters) from taxpaying constituents are being ignored, and I referenced this web and the petition. The woman on the phone curtly said, "Oh we don't put much stock in petitions" and *HUNG UP ON ME.* I think we have our answer right there.

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    1. Tunney cares about the district he represents so much his office hangs up on those he represents.

      There's 147 signatures already and I'm going to make sure a few other residents see this. If they want to ignore us, go ahead. Our voices aren't getting any quieter.

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    2. There you have it folks, the same customer service I get every time I call.

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    3. I WALKED into that office during that gas line construction project catastrophe and was greeted promptly, honestly and with courtesy......

      .....she flat out said "We've never taken on a project this large in this area and have no idea what we're doing".

      Imagine if you put your magical iPhones down and actually walked in there to complain about the violent crime. C'mon, you can do it! I wanna hear their responses. You might get an honest answer like "We have no idea what we're doing".

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    4. I don't like the crime situation any more than you do, but when the only petition that really counts, "called an election" was held last year, he was reelected.

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  3. Just moved to the neighborhood and I'm shocked by the level of disrespect he shows towards his constituents. If I followed reports on his shenanigans I guess I wouldn't have been. How was he voted back in? Who would support such blatant disregard? Definitely will not have my vote, but unfortunately we're stuck with him for awhile. Is there an impeachment process?

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    1. I honestly just think that most people don't know what goes on. The media rarely reports on crime up here. The city constantly fudges the crime statistics. Outside of this blog and some obscure Twitter accounts, there is just not much information out there for people.

      The best thing we can do is get others in the community informed. Tell your neighbor about armed robberies in the area. Tell them about the huge drop in police in the district. Point them to this site. The media in this city isn't going to help and neither are online petitions. It's getting others in the community information on what is going on in the area.

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    2. He cut a deal to be elected when Bernie left. The machine wanted a G&L alderman to shore up their tameney (sp?) hall style coalition, and made whoever they put in place swear an oath to be a yes man forever. We got a sell out Uncle Tom who then rolled over when they too 1/2 his police force away.

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  4. Guys Guys Guys -----
    We've called Tunney and Cappleman (and to a lesser extent, Smith) on the carpet every which way possible on this site. I personally have written at least 50 posts doing so.

    Let's STOP. Forget it. Forget him / them.
    The fact is this: We have our answer. The inaction. The lies. The stupidity. We have our answer.
    THEY are not going to change. It is clear and obvious.
    WE need to change.
    Raise some money. Form some alliances. Interview some candidates. And get going.
    Want to send a message? Great. Stop sending the same message that has been ignored for four years.
    Send this message: We are done with you. Now we're going to see to it that you lose your job.
    Forget the name-calling. Forget the threats. Forget marches and boycotts and all the rest.
    They're the wrong people for the job. They gotta go. That's the ONLY way.

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  5. I lived in the neighborhood 23 years, and I never voted for him once. (Back in the 80s, I knew a lot of people that worked for him.)

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    1. Just curious........how tall is he?

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  6. If you want to hit Tunney where it hurts stop voting for him. I am sorry i can't feel sorry for anyone who voted for him again. Stop being low information voters and voting straight Democrat and vote for candidates who represent your values. Tunney has been doing this for years and yet people just keep voting for him. I don't understand.

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  7. What a wonderful story and cause this would be for someone interested in and serious about journalism in their role as a "mainstream" reporter in Chicago.

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  8. Let's keep the pressure up on this weasel!! It is 100% obvious that he and his "staff" don't give a rat's ass about the residents of this ward. We need to really put the screws on him. Now is the time to put up billboards with the CWB website saying something like, "Want to know the TRUTH about the increased violent crime in our neighborhood, go to www.cwbchicago.com for more information about............" The billboards could also call out Tunney and the other alderwaste for their inaction and inattention to their constituents letters and concerns, and voting time and time again for a budget that doesn't include any additional police to curb the increased violent crime.

    All of CWB's readers know about the reductions in police in our area, that our mayor is totally anti-cop, how our alderwaste DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT about us.... Unfortunately, there are too many people out there that need to be educated, and the CWB website is just the tool they need. WE NEED TO ADVERTISE THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BLOG to all the uninformed!!!!

    Now is the time to do this. To start the momentum, to continue the momentum. It sucks that Tunney, Cappleman and Smith got voted back in.....but we need to start the groundwork NOW. We MUST inform all the lemmings out there that voted for these fools on name recognition alone. And we must inform all the non-voters about what the hell is going on in our neighborhood, so they will get off their asses and vote AGAINST these rubber-stamping minions of Rahm Emanual.

    I don't want to give up on East Lakeview. I don't want to move to the burbs. I want to take back my neighborhood, and it all starts with you and me. Our first step is to inform the uninformed. A billboard will do just that. Let's start raising money ASAP, and keep this billboard up every day of the year until police staffing is up to previous, safe levels, and crime is REALLY down. Cause we all know it ain't.

    I believe this billboard will also embarrass the business owners of the area....and rightly so. Seems they don't give a shit about the safety of their customers, so we as a group of concerned citizens will let potential visitors of our area know that a night on the town in Wrigley/Boystown could get them robbed, beaten or worse. Seems we've already had several murders in our once safe neighborhood. Breaks my heart.

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    1. we need to start a fund for the billboard. best location would be at the belmont red and/or the addison red line.

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    2. This. I was thinking the same; that a billboard promoting this site - preferably on Belmont or Addison - would be great! Any ideas on how to do so, raise funds, etc.?

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  9. Your AlderFaker can actually do SOMEthing (when he's 'motivated' by big money constituents) ... trying to put food cart entrepreneurs out of business, the day after the City Council approved them:

    "Alderman Brendan Reilly’s ordinance would ban the carts in certain upscale areas, and Alderman Tom Tunney’s would ban them around Wrigley Field.

    Bennett Lawson, Tunney’s chief of staff, told the Chicago Tribune “there’s no room” for the carts, explaining that the sidewalks are narrow and already have a lot of traffic.

    http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/02/chicago-alderman-seek-to-stifle-growing-food-truck-industry/

    Which brings this up: hard to believe Ricketts/Cubs aren't more publicly vocal OR even behind the scenes engaged in efforts for their neighborhood to be sane .. free of thugs, muggings, gun violence and worse which is and will be a serious detraction to more customers if something's not done and fear continues to grow. Are they known to be indifferent to the crime issue? And if not, why wouldn't they be a good resource to pressure vs Tom the Tool to pound on Emanuel/McCarthy for more police?

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  10. I bet Tunney will have no problems being Rahm's little puppet to vote gleefully for the largest property tax in history.

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  11. Bennett Lawson, Tunney’s chief of staff, told the Chicago Tribune “there’s no room” for the carts, explaining that the sidewalks are narrow and already have a lot of traffic.

    ^^^^ I call bullshit on Bennett's statement (and why is it we get this information through minions rather than from the horse-mouth of Tunneys himself?) Yes, the sidewalks are narrow, but a certain seafood place is allowed to block over half the sidewalk with unattractive flower planters and tables/chairs (that are rarely occupied). A certain restaurant is allowed to have so much furniture on the sidewalk for diners, it actually impedes pedestrian traffic flow. A certain bar is allowed to have so much signage and a check-in line, one has to step into the street to pass by.

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  12. I'd like to issue a heartfelt thanks to Ted for penning this letter and subsequent petition, seeking a response from our exalted, elected official. I'd also like to know if he's ever considered running for alderman? If not, he should definitely consider!

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  13. I read the initial letter and will NOT be signing the petition. I am not a property or business owner and do not care about "reputations" or "perceptions."
    I CARE ABOUT REALITY.
    I care that after living here the past two years and working here almost TWO DECADES I am now literally afraid to walk to and from the Southport Jewel after dark. I care that I am afraid to walk through my alley next to Wrigley Field to get into my back door with my groceries ito save the half block of walking to go around to the front. I care that the police superintendent is only now deciding to have detectives investigate shootings in a professional manner. I care that the parents at Blaine and other yuppies voted for tweedletom only to now see armed robberies outside shield park. Sorry, that petition is WAY too Vanilla for me. I have e-mailed CWB and will attend any organized protest against this incompetent nincompoop, I may even volunteer my petition circulating expertise for free, but I will NOT worry about this being a "perception" problem.
    Sharon Rosenblum

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    1. Sharon- come to the CAPS meeting Wed Oct 7 at 7pm at the 850 Addison police station. It's going to be ... lively ... trust me on that. I have questions and Tunney and possibly the police commander (if he bothers to show up) will probably be squirming when they hear my questions. Also I have no plans to listen to Tunney's bulllshit on Wed night.

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    2. Sharon - I really applaud your willingness to get involved. But, may I suggest a couple of things?
      * Forget pressuring the three stooges. Tunney and Cappleman and Smith gotta go.
      * Billboards are for booze and cigarettes. Marches are for dreamers.
      * A few people with social media savvy are worth way more.
      $1000 worth of flyers and people to distribute them - worth more.
      A couple of 'potential candidates' talking to voters and condo owners - more still.
      Forming a 'Lakeview Residential Property & Condo Owners Association' that has real money - priceless.
      East Lakeview alone has 100K residents. 60% are renters. Owners have homes with an average value of $300K. Get 10% of them to give $10 / yr via condo boards and landlord groups....then you've got real power.
      Wonder why Tunney doesn't do anything? Remember, Rahm bought him lock stock and barrel for $60K. It'd probably take all of $18 for Cappleman.

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  14. p.s...I also wholeheartedly support all sanitary food vendors and all efforts to take back our sidewalks and all other public ways for the use of the PUBLIC, dodging heat lamps and low-lying plants is tiresome, intrusive and back-straining. I will contribute to any billboard.
    Sharon Rosenblum

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  15. Let's create an alert system that is coordinated with the posting of all the CWB crime blogs. I'm envisioning an email alert that would trigger every time one of these muggings/attacks occur, and send each recipient a quick blurb on the crime, and provide example dialogue of the phone call you should make to Tunney's office.

    It doesn't have to be anything eloquent or awkward, just something quick and efficient like this:

    "Hi, I'm calling in regards to the (insert specific crime blurb ex: mugging at belmont and halsted at 9 pm) and would like to express my concern for my safety and the safety of others in this community."

    That's it, feel free to hang up after that or continue the dialogue. If his office has to handle 10, 20, 50, 100's of calls for the 24 hours after each of these muggings is reported-we'll become very difficult to ignore.

    The email alert would also include all the ways to contact Tom's office.

    It's simple and effective, and it only takes a minute.

    If people are interested, let me know and I'll reach out to some of my tech friends and they'll be happy to help me build this.

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