Friday, August 03, 2007

Is There A Connection?

In the Tribune on Wednesday it was reported that
Jacquelyn Heard, Daley's press secretary, said that the mayor and Sharpton had a phone conversation Wednesday that lasted about 15 minutes, ending with an agreement to meet in the future.

And then today's Tribune
In a surprise move, Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday rejected the three nominees for police superintendent and asked the Chicago Police Board to continue its search for candidates.

I'll draw the pictures you draw the conclusions.


Anonymous said...


Chicago's most powerful alderman called Thursday for a boycott of oil giant BP -- by city government and consumers alike -- to stop the company's refinery in northwest Indiana from dumping more pollution into Lake Michigan.

"If you hit 'em in the pocketbook, that's where you get results," said Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council Finance Committee.


Anonymous said...

Who has the inside track on Phat Phil's Retirement Party?

Did Mayor Richard M. Daley skip it?

Did Superintendent Dana Starks skip it?

How did Charlie Williams and Hiram Grau act?

Did anyone get overly intoxicated?

What "Clout Babies" were spotted in attendance?

Why is FOP #7, President Mark Donahue, making commentary and telling the Mayor to select a Superintendent from within the CPD ranks? Why no mention of Mike Mette or any press conferences for officers?

Did anyone notice that the Illinois "Top Law Enforcement Officer", Attorney General Lisa Madigan was absent?

How many people were in attendance?

Will Phat Phil silently slip into obscurity now?

Hundreds of officers and local law enforcement leaders turned out to send off retiring Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline.

Cline’s big retirement party comes a day after Mayor Richard M. Daley told the police board to reopen the search for Cline's successor, and at least one possible candidate was in attendance Friday night.

Cline spent the evening patiently shaking one hand after another, as hundreds packed the Hyatt Regency's Grand Ballroom to wish him well.

"His concern for the safety of the people was very clear, his desire to work with the clergy, particularly, I became aware of… and I just have great respect for him as a man of integrity,” said Francis Cardinal George.

And Cardinal George was in good company. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine and DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett also showed up for Cline's last official day on the job.

The question remains: who will replace him?

"And I think that the search should be from within the police department… I think that the character of the police department needs to be recognized, the culture of the police department needs to be recognized and I think that there’s a lot of talent within the Chicago Police Department that could easily fulfill those requirements,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue.

That may be what the Fraternal Order of Police wants, but after narrowing the search down to three candidates last month – Chicago deputy superintendents Charles Williams and Hiram Grau and an East Coast chief – Daley wants it reopened. Current acting superintendent Dana Starks wasn't interested before, but has changed his mind, saying Friday night he will consider giving it a go now that the search has reopened.

Former Chicago cop and Washington, D.C., chief Charles Ramsey, who was passed over in 1998, is now another possible candidate.

Daley says it's all about finding the most qualified person. Starks says he respects that.

Cline spent the better part of four decades on the force and was, overall, well-respected by his officers.

He decided to retire after a series of police abuse scandals.

pathickey said...

You may be right Sarge!

Anonymous said...

ron huberman should apply for the position he's a no nonsense leader and will improve the morale of the chicago police dept
we don't need more po's what we need are more civilians to replace po's douing clerical work
desk ,review,front office,hdqtrs etc

Anonymous said...

The Keesing Bandit says---

I think that Da Mare and Big Al talked only about how Daley could obtain that Sharpton Do. On him it would look fantastic.

Now, kees me you fool!!!

Anonymous said...

Luberman a no nonsense leader????????

I think I am going to hurl!!!

If he was no nonsense, when he saw that police officer nodding on the el he would have handled his complaint through proper channels so the officer could defend himself.

Instead, he made a media event out of it.

No nonsense!!! Stick it up his ass!!

Pardon me, he probably would like that.

Anonymous said...

Recently overheard at city hall "As far as the new supe goes," says the mayor "we don't want nobody nobody sent."

Please keep in mind that this is an open blog
that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.