Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Lakeview Mom Launches Call To Action: "We Love This City And We Especially Love Lakeview"

Kate Schott Bolduc went home from her February community policing meeting determined to try to make a difference.

"We’ve decided to raise our two young children in the city. We love this city and we especially love Lakeview," Kate said. "So when some pretty brazen crimes were reported just blocks from our home, I decided to take action."

She had SafeLakeview online within days.

Her focus is on holding Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney responsible for their promise to add 25 police officers to our decimated district by the end of March.

Newly-acquired CPD documents show that the district has actually lost officers in the months Tunney announced the deal, which he said was a trade-off for his October vote in favor of the city's record-breaking property tax hike.

The SafeLakeview site is especially helpful for neighbors who don't get involved in community issues very often. Kate offers excellent tips on how to talk about your concerns with elected officials.

Another page offers sample letters and emails to help you put your thoughts into words. Contact info for Emanuel and Tunney are provided.

"It won’t solve everything but it’s a step," Kate told us.

And a very good one at that. Thank you for getting involved.
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7 comments:

  1. I think we are beyond the day that tactful letters to Rahm and Tunney will do any good. Nasty letters to them ordering them to get off their corrupt asses is all the correspondence should go to them. Direct all other letters to the FBI and State Attorney General for the city's inability at managing the CPD and crime overall.

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  2. I emailed and got the following response:

    Thank you for your email. The 19th District Police Department has informed us that the early hours during the 3rd watch (approximately 10 p.m.- 6 a.m.) have the highest number of officers on the beat. They've have added two units, separate from our beat cars, each day to address robberies and burglaries. Alderman Tunney and I work daily to get updates from the police and push them for the additional officers promised to the 19th District. Last week, I got confirmation from the Chief of Patrol that our numbers were coming, but he has not yet provided a date. We will continue to push for this increase until the promise is met.
    Thank you for your time and support. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
    Sincerely,
    Chris
    Chris Jessup

    Director of Public Safety and Business Affairs

    Alderman Tom Tunney

    773.525.6034

    www.44thward.org

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    1. The word "added" is misguided. There are fewer police officers than ever before here. If two cars have been "added" to the overnight shift, that means that two cars have been taken away from some other time of day.

      Also, the period from approximately 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is First Watch, not third.

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  3. Does Kate have an email?

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  4. I emailed Tunney's office and got the same canned response:

    Thank you for your email. The 19th District Police Department has informed us that the early hours during the 3rd watch (approximately 10 p.m.- 6 a.m.) have the highest number of officers on the beat. They've have added two units, separate from our beat cars, each day to address robberies and burglaries. Alderman Tunney and I work daily to get updates from the police and push them for the additional officers promised to the 19th District. Last week, I got confirmation from the Chief of Patrol that our numbers were coming, but he has not yet provided a date. We will continue to push for this increase until the promise is met.
    Thank you for your time and support. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
    Sincerely,
    Chris
    Chris Jessup
    Director of Public Safety and Business Affairs
    Alderman Tom Tunney
    773.525.6034
    www.44thward.org

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  5. Kate. Thanks for helping to take a stand. Tunney changes the truth regularly to meet his political wishes (i.e. he is a liar). I/we appreciate you holding his feet to the fire.

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  6. send a letter to Barbra Gressel to start bad neighbor/ businesses nuisance to address Department of Business Affairs
    and Consumer Protection
    The Local Liquor Control Commission
    121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 805
    Chicago, Illinois 60602

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