Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WHAT HAPPENED, TOM? Alderman Who Promised 135 More Cops During Election Campaign Sings A Different Tune

The local alderman who just 9 months ago promised citizens that police officers will transfer into our district every month “until we are back to the staffing level that we were [in 2012]" is singing a much different tune today.

In justifying his vote yesterday for the city property tax hike and 2016 budget, 44th Ward Alderman Tunney told constituents,
I have been assured that 35 additional police officers will be assigned to the 19th District in 2016, including 25 in the first quarter and another ten during the rest of the year. This is in addition to the eight officers that will be transferring to the 19th District in November.
How big was Tom's lie? Nope. Not that big. BIGGER.....
Whoa, Nelly! What happened to all those cops he promised before the election?

First, you'll notice that his January promise of a full return to 468 cops from the district's January strength of 343 officers is long gone. (In fact, the 19th district has lost at least 10 cops since he made the promise to to return staffing to 468 officers.)

.....no, BIIIIIIIGER.....
...BIGGER, Tom. Much, much bigger.
Then, it's important to read exactly what the alderman says he has arranged now:  a “transfer in” of officers not an increase in officers.

Just because 43 cops may be allowed to transfer into our district does not mean that manpower will increase.

Common sense tells us that some of our current officers will choose to transfer out of our district and others will retire.

The agreement that the alderman should have (and could have) arranged is a promise that the Chicago Police Department will reach and maintain a headcount of 468 police officers in the 19th district. You know, the promise he made when he was running for re-election.

Now, the alderman will once again whine, “I can’t control officers’ decisions to leave or retire.”

No. But he CAN control a proper replenishment when officers choose to leave. He chooses not to. Rather, he’d rather play this little game of getting “43 additional” officers when he knows the true meaning of his words is much different.
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20 comments:

  1. I'm sure he'll answer your question on his Facebook page as soon as he's finished responding to Ted's letters.

    There's nothing "tough" about voting as a puppet for Prince Rahm when you have complete disregard to your constituents, and you know that they will be dumb enough to vote for you again next election.

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  2. Please don't forget :
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    Mr Social Work - Jimmy Cappleman
    And Michelle 'under a rock' Smith
    have done NOTHING to help out.
    Zero.
    Tommy Tunney takes a lot of flack for bring a hack.
    But the Dipshit Duo haven't helped one bit.

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  3. LOL @ Dipshit Duo. Add Tunneys to the mix and you have a Turd Trifecta.
    Seriously, how does he get away with this lying to the taxpaying constituents?
    Where is the accountability??

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  4. Their voters are either blissfully ignorant, or in league to punish anyone with a job.

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  5. As usual the mayor pulled the strings on little puppet Tom yesterday and he voted for the new budget like he was told to do.

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  6. Maybe Tom can get some bike patrols back out there on Belmont & he can lead them at night like when Bernie Hanson used to do w/his .38.. Ive seen Tom screaming at people..that would run every undesirable out, especially
    w/some fit cops behind him...

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  7. I think it's an important sign that Tunney is willing to use his political capital on the tax increase to bargain for more cops. That is actually pretty unique on the city council where most Aldermen simply fall in line and do what they are told. Tunney won with 67% in February and doesn't have a viable political challenger/organization in the ward so he didn't have to do this. The fact that he did indicates that the work CWB has done as activist bloggers has worked. This is consistent with Tunney's history of bending to pressure when enough is applied by his constituents over a sustained period of time. Other examples: his 11th hour red light camera reform ordinance (5 weeks before the election), his capitulation on the MedMar zoning after hundreds of residents signed a petition opposing it and now his move to bring cops back into the neighborhood. The pattern is there and he does respond but it takes a sustained and mobilized effort to get him to move on something.

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    1. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, my friend. Tunney can say all he wants right now, but until it happens, he's just one of 50 lying Alderassholes.

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  8. bernie hanson was great. he shut down the parking lot south of belmont harbor when it started turning into a gang hangout. same thing should be done to recreation drive. gates locked when park is closed.

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    1. Why punish decent citizens instead of protecting them?

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    2. Only thing tommy worries about on the lakefront is when boaters turn the music up to loud.

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  9. We Laughed Out Loud at the "Whoa, Nelly!" when referring to Tunney.

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  10. Harassing ORD passengers must be a much better use of manpower.
    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/watch-chicago-cops-impound-lyft-car-for-picking-up-passenger-near-ohare/

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  11. I live in 44 and work in an area covered by the 12th District. None of the seven alderman that have part of that district in their ward lifted a finger to get them more cops and they are down almost as many cops. On FB pages there they are saying they wish one of their alderman had done what Tunney did. I guess it's a matter of perspective sometimes.

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    1. Guess what? Tunney didn't do ANYTHING. There is no net gain, only the showbiz razzle dazzle of pre-announcing slots that were due to open any way. It's a numbers game he plays repeatedly.

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  12. CWB, good work documenting these deceptions and continued contradictions by Ald. Tunney.

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  13. Tunney went to bat for Paul hansen and got a big water department job for 120,000.00. That is bernie.s boy. Got a promotion for the kid after a paul hqnsen got a dui. No education at all. Raise taxes.

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    1. good old chicago. multiply 120,000 , add benefits, pension, and then every "connected" crook in the city places 2-3 people like this for thirty years straight and guess what, corruption tax at every level, equals the largest property tax increase in history.

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    2. Don't forget the bloated aldercreature system in itself -- twice as many as needed, each with a bloated budget and all with bloated egos. And just a part-time job that probably includes pension benefits.

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  14. Tunneys is a lie, through and through, and the next election time, ALL of the Ward 44 voters better be all up in HIS butt. Meantime, he deserves continued badgering through emails, letters, petitions, pointed questions at CAPS meetings, whatever it takes, even though said emails, letters, questions, likely will be dismissed by him, since he is oh-so-regal, and doesn't give a rip about his constituents, and we must all bow down before him, O Hail to the King. Or queen, as it were.

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