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Scapegoat #1

That was quick...maybe a little too quick : O’Hare Airport security chief Jeffrey Redding was fired Thursday from his $118,020-a-year job for failing to fully disclose the sexual harassment allegations that prompted the Illinois Tollway...Show More Summary

Chicago Values

Values like these Rahm? A 79-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on a CTA bus in Logan Square was able to escape, even after the bus driver locked the doors, when another passenger told him to pull the emergency handle...Show More Summary

FOP Victories

Certainly wins, carried over from the previous administration : The newly elected president of the Fraternal Order of Police claimed victory Thursday in two early skirmishes with the city, likely to set the tone for contentious contract...Show More Summary

Again, Nice Jail

Chronic under-staffing and guess what happens? Two Cook County sheriff's officers were stomped and seriously injured Wednesday night by three prisoners in the maximum security section of the County Jail, according to a spokeswoman for the office.The attack happened about 8:30 p.m. Show More Summary

As Heard on the Blog

Rumor? Or truth? Hey SCC, You wrote about the Academy stopping classes all summer in order to train everyone on the new "Use of Force" model a few weeks ago?The announcement just came down - the next four months of hiring has been frozen to "facilitate" training. No idea how this will affect Rahm's numbers, but someone told us 250 more cops are retiring by 15 May. Confirmation?

Is There a Policy Yet?

Because the media is seeing an issue and running with it : Body cams are on the way to becoming as common equipment for police as batons and bullets. They’re sold to the public as a tool to improve accountability. But community activists...Show More Summary

What's in a Name?

Everything we suppose : The union representing Chicago aviation police officers is accusing the city of violating its contract — and jeopardizing the traveling public’s safety — by stripping the word “police” from the force’s uniforms and vehicles in response to the dragging of Dr. Show More Summary

Conviction

Good news from the Courts : Cook County prosecutors say that Officer David Blake had trusted his girlfriend's brother, showing him his extensive gun collection locked up in a safe inside his South Side condo.But for weeks, Bernard Williams, then 18, plotted to kill the officer in order to steal and sell the guns, prosecutors alleged.On Nov. Show More Summary

Rahm Loses Big

Why doesn't the FOP have something like this? Thanks to an apparent loophole in the contract Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s staff signed with the police sergeants union, a sergeant facing a year’s suspension over the handling of the David Koschman...Show More Summary

Statewide Soda Tax?

Yet another bad idea : A penny-per-ounce state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could raise $561 million a year in new revenue for Illinois, while also saving millions in health care costs associated with obesity and diabetes, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Harvard T.H. Show More Summary

Another Tax?

Rahm campaigned on ending the "head tax," yet here it is again, popping up at what works out to be a 1650% increase: Chicago aldermen introduced a proposal April 19 to charge employers $33 for each employee on staff to drum up revenue for Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, budget shortfall.[...]Show More Summary

1,000 Shot (so far)

Virtually the exact same pattern as last year : The number of people shot in Chicago this year is nearing 1,000 after a violent weekend left seven dead and 31 others wounded, according to data kept by the Tribune.As of Monday morning, at least 992 people had been shot in Chicago this year. Show More Summary

Coming Soon!

To a CTA platform/train near you: BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries. Show More Summary

It Must be Warming Up

"Smash and Grab" season is in full swing : Thieves made off with several items during a smash-and-grab burglary early Monday at the Louis Vuitton store on the Magnificent Mile.Just after midnight, a dark-colored car struck a vehicleShow More Summary

"Dad of the Year" Candidate

Remember, police are the problem : A reputed gang member hid a loaded handgun under the car safety seat his 8-month-old son was riding in Friday in the Roseland neighborhood, prosecutors said Saturday.Arron Woods, 24, of the 10100 block...Show More Summary

Good Job

Homicide arrest : An Englewood man fatally shot a man driving on a Dan Ryan Expressway ramp before making off with $600 cash, but was caught nearby by police, including an off-duty officer who saw part of the robbery in his rearviewShow More Summary

More Pension Bad News

Most people check out the front page of the paper, then move on to the sports section. Others go through the entire paper...editorials, comics, and the business section. Then they forward us stuff like this: Millions of Americans are expecting to receive a pension from the city or state that employs them. Show More Summary

And it Begins

Strap in : The Justice Department on Friday took its first steps to strip Chicago and Cook County of some crime-fighting grants as part of a drive to deny federal money to so-called “sanctuary cities” shielding illegal immigrants.Chicago...Show More Summary

Rhode Island

The insanity is spreading: Backed by social justice warriors and civil rights groups, the Providence (Rhode Island) city council unanimously approved the “Community Safety Act” on Thursday, which makes their community significantly less safe. Show More Summary

More Handcuffs on Police

The Department is about to lose another tool: When the police pulled over the white Buick Regal he was riding in, Roderick Franklin told them he “was just getting a ride to have Easter breakfast.” The officers didn’t dispute that. They...Show More Summary

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