Monday, June 12, 2017

As Pride Mayhem Nears, Boystown Security Contractor Patrols With An Expired License, State Says

A Northalsted security guard (yellow vest) stands by as police officers handle a disturbance in Boystown on Pride Fest weekend in 2016. | Screengrab from video by DJ Tek
With Chicago’s Gay Pride celebrations just days away, the private security contractor in charge of patrolling Boystown for local businesses is operating with an expired license, according to a state official and online records.

Chicago police officer Thomas J. Walsh, owner of Walsh Security LLC, allowed his state-issued private security contractor license to expire on May 31, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s website.

“There is no grace period for a lapsed license,” said a state official who asked to remain anonymous. “An individual may renew their license and pay a late fee, should they wish to restore their license.”

When Walsh's personal license expired, the corporate license ran into trouble because state law requires the agency's "licensee-in-charge"—Walsh—to be properly licensed as a continuing requirement for licensure, the official said.

Walsh's guards—sometimes led by Walsh personally—have been patrolling Halsted Street's bar strip regularly this month, despite the licensing issue.

This is not Walsh’s first brush with licensing issues. The Windy City Times reported that Walsh was providing security services to the Center on Halsted without state-mandated licenses in 2012.

We received state confirmation of Walsh's expired license on Thursday and immediately contacted the Northalsted Business Alliance, the organizers of the Chicago Pride Parade, and 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney’s office to seek their input for this follow-up story. None responded to our emails.

The organizer of another  Lakeview group that uses Walsh Security for patrols told residents in an email last week that ”Walsh has provided me with all of our officers [sic] professional licenses. They are all licensed by the State, as is Walsh." We wrote to the group, known as BARR, to better understand exactly what they saw. No one responded.

Walsh previously stated that he could not comment for our reporting.

The Illinois State Seal (center); a Walsh Security badge (left); and the logo from WalshSecurity.net (right)

Stinkin’ Badges

Walsh Security has an even simpler, but no less important problem: Its corporate logo and the badges worn by some of its officers appear to be illegal.

Illinois—hoping to dissuade companies from making their guards look like cops—prohibits security firms from suggesting that they are part of a governmental entity.

They cannot have the words "police," "sheriff," or "law" or "enforcement" on their uniforms.

And they are barred from “using the Illinois State Seal on badges, company logos, identification cards, patches, or other insignia” to ensure that the public does not infer that security guards are officers of the state.

The "uniforms" section of Illinois' private security law is only 235 words long.
Walsh Security's online logo and the embroidered stars worn by some Walsh Security officers both include the state seal as their centerpiece.

The badge issue is of particular interest since non-law enforcement officers have been seen sporting Chicago Police Department uniform pieces while patrolling our neighborhood.

In 2012, the Windy City Times’ report found that Walsh’s employees “frequently wear hats and sweatshirts that identify them as ‘Police'" while on patrol at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted.

The Chicago Police Department also prohibits its officers from wearing the CPD uniform while working secondary jobs: "Department members will neither represent themselves as a Chicago Police Officer nor wear the prescribed uniform during secondary employment without the written permission of the Superintendent of Police."
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40 comments:

  1. If a make believe cop detains or assaults or batters a Lakeview thug, does the thug have a criminal or civil case against the make believe cop?

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    1. They can detain IF they witness a crime.
      The part about using force as part of that detention gets dicey. How much force is too much force isn't clear.
      The security guard has the exact same status as a regular joe walking down the street.
      No ability to use police radios / frequencies etc.

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  2. If unlicensed does that mean the business insurance wouldn't pay a claim?

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  3. I can't wait for Walsh, or his wife or whomever to bust in with "the Truth".

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    1. Well done! Funny and true.

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  4. Thank you for your courage and tenacity in bringing us what the big outlets seem to gloss over. Sure would be hard for them to throw any credit your way AND serve the public interest. Insurmountable, it would seem. But for those of us who live here and have put up with this growing pile of corruption and mendacity for decades, CWB helps fill that "truthiness" gap our elected officials and media conveniently miss.
    Also amusing that most of those who contradict the series facts in the comment section seem to be highly illiterate, unintelligible, rage-aholics who cling to the crooked ole Walsh like dingleberries on an...

    Several other things seem pretty clear now in the light of day:
    1. Walsh is engaged in a long running conflict of interest with CPD
    2. Walsh is a violent old-school racist
    3. Walsh and his crew of thugs are a blight on the neighborhood
    4. Walsh, the Northalsted Business Alliance, the organizers of the Parade, and Tunney could care less about the neighborhood. It's all about bettering things for themselves and their cronies. Such sad greedy pigs at the trough have managed to turn the whole farm into their sty.

    Please - Keep up the good work CWB!

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    1. I figured that all out within 2 months when I moved to Chicago back in 2006 sans the Walsh name.

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    2. Throw in some of the bar owners into that cabal. Greed definitely trumps (pun intended) good civics to a couple of them

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  5. This beef you've got with Walsh is getting old. I'm tired of coming here and reading about it. Enough already!

    "Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown and a hard on we've got for Walsh Security."

    There's no "good work" here. It's obviously a vendetta, or beef, that's playing out on this site but it's boring and you need to just move on!

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    1. He is not licensed by the state. His employees wear police insignia and illegal badges. He takes money from local businesses and is then paid as a city police officer to investigate and handle complaints against those businesses. We will not shut up. We're moving straight ahead and we will write about everything that turns up.

      Interesting fact: In four years, we have received what we consider to be one serious threat against the authors of this site. We have received five in connection with the private security series. Keep 'em coming.

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    2. "I'm tired of coming here and reading about it."

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      Then stop coming here, moron.

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    3. Yes I'm surprised they didn't also take the opportunity to inform us "this is why I moved to the suburbs but still read this site obsessively!"

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    4. **** "I'm tired of coming here and reading about it."
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      Then stop coming here, moron. ****

      Heh, and bingo!

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    5. Interesting fact: In four years, we have received what we consider to be one serious threat against the authors of this site. We have received five in connection with the private security series. Keep 'em coming.
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      Hey, Tom. What's an "eye pee address?"

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    6. Only in Chicago can you run a private security firm in the district you work and get away with it.

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    7. Neighbors...Ladies and gentlemen...
      "We will not shut up. We're moving straight ahead and we will write about everything that turns up."
      Right --NEVER EVER give in to thugs of any sort, from any group.
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      So PLEASE FRIENDS, hit the tip jar. Hard.
      You will not get better bang for your buck anywhere. Please do it today.

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    8. Thank you CWB for great investigative journalism.
      Walsh's scam operation is shady as sh#t and should be investigated by the City OF or CPD IAD.

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    9. @ Anonymous Jun 12, 2017, 6:13:00 PM
      You, sir and / or madame are seriously hard-of-thinking.
      Illegality is....what's it called again???....oh yeah....CRIME. No matter who does it.
      Idiot.

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  6. It's pretty clear, based on this reporting, that Rahm, Walsh, the CPD, Dick Pfieffer, most of the bar owner$, and Tommyetta Tunney are all (figuratively speaking) in bed together. So what can we do about it? Also, was Walsh at the recent CAPS meeting? If so, in what role?

    What a royal clusterfuck!!

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    1. With great power comes a great electricity bill. They're about to get their lights knocked out.

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  7. I got one for you, if there were no fake cops any where in lake view would crime get better?

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    1. Considering that being a fake cop is a crime, we'll go with yes.

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    2. CWB....you're just so so prejudiced against the arithmetic-challenged in our society.
      I'm calling you guys out!
      Hilarious.

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  8. So no license ha? I wonder what would happen if one of those security officers shoots someone or gets into a serious physical altercation? Can someone tell me?

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    1. Civil wise, the Business Alliance as a group and the board as individuals would be sued. That's probably true regardless,of a hypothetical shooting

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  9. To Fix these late night crimes .. close all bars at 12-1am . The bars are the ones bringing the crime in and they don't care to fix it.

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    1. Yea its the bars fault, with that logic (Illogical thinking) then it also the 7/ 11 fault and then it's the Subway sandwich shop fault and the AT&T phone shop fault and it's the Red Line CTA fault. And forget to mention which social services is bedding the criminals in which church basements. Get real it's the fault of not enough policing and riding our streets of criminals loitering marching in place till they do a crime DAY AND NIGHT. That's right I retired and moved down here so I can use as many of the neighborhood bars, restaurants, stores, banks and grocery stores when and as much as I want. Other neighborhoods have open bars and stores and don't have this much crime but we are under policed our alderman sat silent put up no fight when Rahm took over 100 police off our streets and redistricted them to the next areas east. Criminals found out it take police 45 minutes to com back to a call and while you write in here to bitch close the bars you need to write Rahm and Bruce Rauner to bring in the fedral government and introduce 3 strikes laws and bring back the death penality. Criminals don care about punishment for crime or violent crime or even murdering since its like max 5 years for premeditated murder and 6 months for robing people. I thnk the experiment to be soft on criminals has failed severely so we need to like liberal California and bring 3 strikes laws. While criminals are school stupid some how they found out California 3 strikes laws and California crimes dropped by 1/3

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  10. How does Walsh get the contracts?

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    1. The Most High Rev. FlavelJun 13, 2017, 9:01:00 AM

      Through the "good old boy < wink wink > network," how else?

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    2. As the 019th district bar liaison, he uses his position and uniform to make bar visits and push his security company.
      Pretty simple, highly unethical and probably illegal.

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    3. Oh PLEASE Ms, Thing ... are you serious??? All the "contracts" and most of the bars and other businesses and their owners regularly hob-knob together and plot and scheme these sorts of things out. Why do you think Pride was split into two weekends? For the convenience of the festival attendees and parade goers? Hell no. It was split so that the bar and business owners could rake in more cash from everyone, and I do mean everyone, and then some trickle-down economics transpires afterward, and everybody over there with a stake in Boystown is very happy, Get it now?

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    4. Check out Walsh's facebook. In Florida with Alliance members. In California with Alliance members.

      Last night, June 13th, his first post in weeks is him dining at RPM. The pic shows how concerned he is with losing his contract or changing his back slapping ways.

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  11. CWB

    Monterrey Security is based in Chicago and provides security for sports venues. They are under investigation by the FBi and the state of MN for lying on their federal paperwork. See KSTP TV in MN.

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    1. Interesting stuff. Thank you for pointing us to that.

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    2. http://kstp.com/news/fbi-investigating-security-company-at-us-bank-stadium/4511717/?cat=1

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  12. The bar managers and owners on Halsted are a pretty sleazy thuggish bunch. If you dig a little you will learn a lot.

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  13. Thank you, CWB! Great work!

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  14. CWB
    You realize permits and licenses are for suckers and the little people?
    The clouted have different or no rules at all

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  15. What this mans security firm and dealings he expects this just to blow over and forgotten about in a week or two whole raking in thousands of more dollars in profit after weeks of pride events over next 2 weeks People who are new transplants to Chicago find out easily from this debacle that rules, laws and police code of conduct only apply to the the lil guy and not to the power players and Elite. Business as usual !

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