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Anyone Surprised?

Ticket sales are plunging : Illinois Lottery ticket sales dropped to the lowest point yet this year in October, the same month lottery officials announced they were delaying payouts over $600 because of the state budget impasse, according...Show More Summary

Portion Control Strategy for the Firehouse

Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult.  One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew.  This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table.Show More Summary

A Little Conference Linky Love

Just finished two speaking engagements at two great conferences. Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at EMSAC 2015 in Keystone, CO. Keystone’s right at 10,000 feet, and despite being the flatlander wondering who the hell had stolen all the oxygen, I had a wonderful time. The Kesytone Resort and Conference Center is a...

Invisible Institute Website

The CR thing is up and running, and it's accompanied by an amusing disclaimer: The information contained on this website comes primarily from three datasets provided by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), spanning approximately 2002 to 2008 and 2011 to 2015. Show More Summary

The List

Fifty-seven names, supposedly with more "merit" mixed in. This means that that it is more important than ever that FOP establish what a "round" of promotions entails. Otherwise, the City is going to sneak in "merits" and work end-arounds the Contract by any means. Show More Summary

Fees for Free

How similar is this to what's happening in Chicago? This is in New York : Wall Street managers were paid an astounding $708 million in fiscal year 2015 to handle the city’s pension system — but did such a terrible job that taxpayersShow More Summary

And Another Sergeant List

Another fifty-plus names came out today. We don't have it here, but we saw it. No word on how many "merit" may have been included in this one.Supposedly, the FOP was promised that these sergeants would have the exact same seniority date as the golden class of thirteen "merit" picks.We'll see. Show More Summary

Dumb and Dumberer

Pending jury outcomes of course. This one looks headed to trial soon: An angry Cook County judge berated a Chicago Police officer who was in court Tuesday after being charged with firing five shots at an off-duty suburban cop who tried to pull him over for driving drunk.Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. Show More Summary

More Speed Cameras

And the neighborhood isn't happy : Drawing about a dozen protesters to fight a controversial speed camera activated in the neighborhood Monday, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) said city bosses are using the technology to pickpocket citizens.“They...Show More Summary

Queef's Sperm Donor Shot?

A couple comments and a few e-mails claiming that gang banging rapper Chief Queef's dad got shot on 09 November.Can you believe that anyone would target a rapper's family???

Um...You Want What Now?

Kass has an article up behind the Tribune pay wall. It is of course, about the dead 9-year-old, executed by his father's rivals. Part of it is what you would expect: The detectives had just finished their meeting at the edge of the alley...Show More Summary

A Measley Grand?

An aldercreature in the thick of it again : Ald. Edward Burke (14th) accepted money from a charter-school group shortly after signing a letter of support for a new Noble high school on the Southwest Side, but — after he disclosed the donation to elections officials — the campaign contribution never made it to the bank.Ald. Show More Summary

Who's Minding the Store?

It doesn't exactly instill confidence when your own official cites the words "hot mess" in regard to money : In another sign that Chicago Public Schools isn’t keeping good enough track of transit fare cards that are supposed to be distributed...Show More Summary

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