Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, February 28

  • Obama Makes Final Pitch for Center, Downplays Gentrification Concerns (Tribune)
  • …Rauner: State Will Be Willing to Pay Some of $175M in Transportation Expenses (Sun-Times)
  • Sustainable Transportation Booster Ald. Pawar Is Launching a News Outlet (Sun-Times)
  • How Chicago Ticket Debt Sends Black Motorists Into Bankruptcy (ProPublica)
  • Logan Squarist Looks at Strategies to Reduce Bike Fatalities — John Weighs in
  • Medill Reports Talks With Kristen Green From Chicago Ghost Bikes
  • Federal Tax Policy Could Encourage Suburbanites to Move to Chicago (Chicago Mag)
  • John Discusses Wisconsin’s Anti-CTA  Ad Campaign With the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • Chicago’s 2017 Home Price Growth Was Dead Last Among 20 Cities (Crain’s)
  • CBS Talks With Mary Wallace, Chicago’s First Female and WOC Bus Driver
  • Video: Cyclist Has Run-in With a Rent-a-Cop in an SUV on 606 (NSFW Language) (Instagram)
  • Today’s Last Day for Discounted Registration for the IL Bike Summit 5/7 at UIC

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  • Tooscrapps

    The Park District SUV, a menacing creature of the LFP, was bound to migrate way to the 606 sometime. Perhaps this is where it winters.

  • Jacob Wilson

    What’s the only thing worse than a Chicago Police officer?

    An off duty one working as a rent-a-cop because there’s even less accountability for their abuse.

    Meatheads, all of them.

  • Chicagoan

    If Chicago has ‘transportation problems’, what does Milwaukee have?

  • Chicagoan

    Wisconsin should’ve taken a page from Berwyn’s playbook, in terms of attracting Chicago millennials.

  • Chicagoan

    I don’t feel that sweeping statements are helpful.

  • Jeremy

    There is a ticket broker who stands outside Wrigley with an armed, badged, off-duty officer. I have seen them on the south side of Addison street several times. One time, I saw a man yelling at the broker about selling him a counterfeit concert ticket while the officer stood in between the two.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Let’s refine it, then. How about we address the concept that Chicago cops are “never” off-duty?

    It’s IMO a very questionable practice to place this extra stress on people already in a very stressful occupation. Then there is the issue of how many lawsuits settled on behalf of CPD (paid for by us) seem to involve the behavior of off-duty cops.

  • sam K

    Sure, I like Pawar’s politics, but is there a more repugnant idea out there than politicians running news outlets? Jeez.

  • Jacob Wilson

    The whole CPD organization AND their families live in an entirely different universe and have totally different rules when it comes to law and order. A fraternal order of police sticker and a “cousin” in the force is a get out of jail free card.

    It’s worth mentioning again that the FOP (the police union) both locally and nationally endorsed Trump. They are a borderline fascist, openly racist, taxpayer funded gang that we would probably be better off without.

  • Chicagoan

    ^ Sweeping Statements

  • Anne A

    Sweeping statements are not helpful here. There are good cops and bad cops. The good ones really do care about people and don’t appreciate the FOP’s support of Trump. Good cops are NOT unicorns. I know several of them.

  • Jacob Wilson

    Well I am talking about the organization and culture which I believe breeds terrible cops and horrible human beings.

    If someone joined the KKK or Nazi party you wouldn’t just: “Well there’s just a few bad apples”.

    When police exist (as they do in a capitalist society) primarily to protect private property of the rich and silence dissent they are all bad. Additionally their position of slightly more power than the working class but less than the rich only reinforces and encourages abusive behavior.

    Sure many join unaware their signing up to be class traitors and I too have had positive interactions with some individual cops but that doesn’t mean CPD as a whole deserves every bit of criticism it gets and if there’s so many good cops why aren’t the speaking out?

  • Jacob Wilson

    I stand by it, they deserve it. Standing by silently and letting the abuse continue is as bad as joining in.

  • Jeremy

    I found it interesting to watch NYPD abusing Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. It also happened in Chicago. Police just couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea that the demonstrators were on their side.

    Wall Street bankers and their political supporters (Emanuel, Giuliani, Trump, Paul Ryan, etc) are all about cutting union pay/benefits/pensions in order to cut taxes for the wealthy.

    What about police tossing homeless encampments? Is that what they dreamed about as children? Growing up and having the authority to bully homeless people?

  • Jeremy

    I should have also included that crappy investments brought down the value of the pension funds.

  • Carter O’Brien
  • planetshwoop

    One of the recommendations for reducing violence in Chicago is have police turn in their service weapons after their shifts. There have been enough instances of misbehavior from off duty officers to justify this as indeed, the costs are high in terms of lawsuits.

    I would strongly encourage anyone making sweeping statements about the police to go to their CAPS meeting. It helps get a “beyond the headlines” view. It changed how I view the police.

  • planetshwoop

    Godwin’s law.

  • Cameron Puetz

    I wish he’s call it what it is, a think tank. There’s certainly a place for a liberal think tank, and I think he’s a good person to lead it. However by calling a think tank news, he’s discrediting himself.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Hey folks, why don’t we tone down the rhetoric a bit. Meanwhile, consider checking out this article for some food for thought.

  • ohsweetnothing

    hmmm, good point. Didn’t really think of it like that until now.