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"Medical Hardship"

Fed-heimers disease no doubt: Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's attorneys say it would be a medical hardship for him to testify in the city's lawsuit against operators of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park.His lawyers did not explain in their motion filed Wednesday why testifying would be a medical hardship for Daley, 72. Show More Summary

Cops Acted "like...crossing guards"

If you beat a dog, a child or a police Department long enough, they learn "pain avoidance:" As Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) considers whether the annual Gay Pride Parade should be moved downtown, the manager of a Boystown bar said the real issue is a lack of cooperation from police officers after the parade is over. Show More Summary

Failed State

Way to go Quinn! It’s report-card season in Illinois, as the journey and efforts that began last August have come to fruition for students across the state.State governments can be graded too, in particular on the subject of jobs. How...Show More Summary

Niles Gun Range Meeting

For you northsiders and suburban readers looking for a nearby practice range, time to support a Chicago neighbor: Make some time to support a fully-legal, safety-oriented business that is supportive of numerous police departments, even in the face of the hysterics of the anti-gun crowd.

Nice Headline

You go Tribune: Boy, 17, shot dead blocks from Obama's South Side home We're sure that everyone is shocked by this...everyone who doesn't pay attention much.We imagine they'd be amazed at the number of murders that occur within a map of graduated concentric circles emanating from the home of the president. Show More Summary

Paving the Way for Fraud

How is this a good idea? Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure allowing Illinois residents to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day this fall.The governor has touted the relaxed registration rules for the Nov. 4...Show More Summary

Get Those Stickers

Deadline extended: Chicago car owners will have one more week to buy their city sticker online.The City Clerk's Office extended the last day to buy a city sticker online from June 30 to July 7 due to "quick processing times," according to a news release. Show More Summary

The New Politics of Civilian Drone Regulation

Los Angeles, CA—As a long time photographer, licensed private investigator and television journalist I have to weigh in on drone regulation. For me it all began for me as a Chicago cop long ago. I’m also a Viet Nam Era veteran. First of all there are no recorded deaths from the consumer drones that photographers are using. Show More Summary

Homicides Down

Well, you knew this was coming. Homicides are down since last year....allegedly: Chicago Police have announced that through the first six months of the year there were nine fewer murders than in 2013 and 79 less than in 2012.Police reported 171 murders through June 29. Show More Summary

Deadly Force to Stop Chases OK

We're not betting on a policy change here in Chicago, but the US Supreme Court says it's legal: A new Supreme Court decision has been added to the ongoing controversy in law enforcement circles about whether officers should be permitted by policy to shoot at moving vehicles. Show More Summary

Beavers Appeal Fails

Former Aldercreature Beavers had his conviction upheld even though he's already out: A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers a month after he was released from prison after...Show More Summary

Someone Want to Explain This?

Happy day is Boystown....except for this: Bad news - no pool cars available citywide for this one.We don't recall this happening at the South Side Irish extravaganza, nor the Bud Biliken Parade, and those two events have taken quiteShow More Summary

Twenty-nine Shot

But only one dead at last count: At least 29 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday, including two women shot near Montrose Beach Sunday just hours after the Chicago Pride Parade. See the post directly above this for the parade disaster.But Chicago wasn't the only violent place over the weekend though. Show More Summary

McCloggedPipes on the Mend

Having fun at the parade: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy offered some insight Sunday to his recent health scare and his recovery. "Today is the best I've felt since I had the heart attack," McCarthy said. "What's been killing...Show More Summary

Vacation Plans Out the Window

In Washington DC that is: WASHINGTON - D.C. Police kick off a weekend initiative to fight summer crime called "All Hands On Deck."That means more officers will be stationed on city streets requiring all of them to work eight hour shifts.This...Show More Summary

We were going over the headline of the week (ending yesterday) and there sure seemed to be more than a few shootings...more than usual we should say.Perhaps Mr. Thompson over at the crime counting site could give us a breakdown of last week?Open post while we wait.

Another Shooting

In 015 this time: Police in the Austin neighborhood shot a man after he fled police and pointed a gun at them just after midnight, according to authorities.Officers were in the area of 5000 W. Monroe Street when they heard gunfire and...Show More Summary


This is what happens when you employ criminals to "interrupt violence:" On the streets, Richard Hernandez was supposed to stop violence as an “interrupter” in the celebrated CeaseFire program.But Chicago cops have another name for him:...Show More Summary

Demotion = Can of Worms

We still haven't seem the actual order demoting a "merit" sergeant from their undeserved spot, but it opens a whole can of worms that the Department is going to have explaining away. The story that we're able to glean so far: McStreetlights carries on the tradition of Supernintendos and promotes his driver to the rank of sergeant. Show More Summary

Bid Openings Out

Openings to move again: 003 - 10 004 - 10 006 - 10 015 - 5 016 - 5 018 - 2 019 - 5 024 -5 And for our Lieutenants reading: 003 - 2 005 - 2 006 - 1 010 - 1 011 - 2 012 - 1 015 - 1 Sorry Sergeants, no openings for you.

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