http://www.civicfed.org/news.htmlFrom The Civic Federation regarding City of Chicago 07 Budget Proposal:While the Federation found much to be positive about in the budget, the group retainedserious concerns about the state of the city’s pension funds, the funded ratios of whichdropped for the fifth consecutive year. Between FY2001 and FY2005, unfunded liabilitiesfor the funds increased by 216.9%, from $2.7 billion to $8.5 billion. Three of the four fundsare clearly in crisis, with funded ratios well under the generally-recommended level of 80-90%. “The city of Chicago’s unfunded pension liabilities surpass all large cities in theUnited States by billions of dollars,” said Msall. “This is a situation which requiresimmediate action; city officials cannot rely upon future asset sales alone to fix this problem.They must begin to adequately fund pensions and implement reforms without delay.” TheFederation’s analysis provided many recommendations as to how the health of the pensionfunds can be improved, such as reducing pension benefits for new employees, requiringbenefit enhancements to be matched by contribution increases, and tying city contributionsto funding levels rather than an arbitrary multiplier.
On the Civic Fed issue, I also understand there is talk about the need to raise IL sales tax as opposed to property tax in an effort to assist in the dismal State of Illinois budget situation.
The violence inflicted by rogue officers has the added quality of being a betrayal of public trust: protectors reveal themselves to be predators. The impact of that betrayal is greatly compounded by the failure of the police department to discipline rogue officers. Precisely because the institution does not hold them accountable for their crimes, they come to embody the institution for their victims. Again, this is not corrected by the good police work of other officers. For the message conveyed by the institutional failure to hold abusive officers accountable is that they are indeed “the real police.”Imagine what it would be like to live under such a cruel, arbitrary regime. To be vulnerable at any moment to having violent men invade your home, verbally and physically abuse you and your children, then deny it ever happened. To be subject to being falsely accused by them of crimes you did not commit and convicted on the basis of fabricated evidence. To live from day to day with the fear their presence—the mere sight of them—provokes. To know there is no meaningful avenue for redress open to you, no responsive authority to which you can appeal for relief. The hell with these corrupt cops and the bosses who cover for them.
Sounds like an attorney to me
Yeah, he's a troll for sure.
5:12 sounds like an attorney for the plaintiff's, but he makes valid points. When cops run rampant like the SOS people allegedly did, doing home invasions under the color of authority to either: A. grab guns and dope for the betterment of the community, or B. line their own pockets with cash, they become nothing more than thugs with stars.If the courts prove the cases against them, then screw 'em. They are nothing more thugs, and thugs deserve to rot in jail. Shame on them and any who looked the other way while they tarnished the reputation of the good men and women of the department.
Hey Thu Dec 07, 05:12:00 PMGET YOUR OWN MATERIAL!!! Hers the link where it was COPIED from:www.viewfromtheground.com/archive/2006/02/ktp-10-a-few-bad-apples.html
SAY YOU COPIED IT FROM SOMEONE ELSE. EVEN THOUGH YOU REMAIN ANONYMOUS, I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT TO PASS SOME IDEAS AND WORDS, WITHOUT CREDITING THE TRUE AUTHOR.
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