Magnificent Mile

Afterthoughts: Chicago’s 2015 Mayoral Election

In case you hadn’t heard, Rahm Emanuel remains Mayor of Chicago after defeating Jesús “Chuy” García yesterday in a run-off election 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent with 98.7% of precincts reporting.

Here are some of my thoughts regarding the 2015 mayoral election in Chicago:

1. The fact that “Chuy,” a Cook County commissioner who was born in Durango, Mexico, forced Mayor Emanuel into a first-ever run-off election for the position signaled two things. One, a number of Chicago voters aren’t too happy with the way the “Rahmfather” is running the city. And two, Chicago’s Hispanics continue to flex their growing political muscle. Natasha Korecki reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website back on March 15:

According to census data from 2010, Hispanics make up just shy of 29 percent of the city’s population- but they account for only 13 to 15 percent of the electorate. (Garcia’s campaign says that number was at about 16 percent on Feb. 24.)

Should trends hold, I envision Latinos making significant gains with that percentage. Korecki added:

“The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment of the early-childhood population,” says Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, an Emanuel supporter. “Latinos make up 47 percent of students in CPS,. It’s a very significant population…

Last December, the U.S. Census Bureau forecasted that Hispanics will comprise 25 percent of the U.S. population within the next 30 years- up from approximately 17 percent right now.

At risk of sounding like “Captain Obvious” here, I’m thinking Chicago’s future will be a much more Latino one. Particularly as city government is concerned.

(Editor’s note: Back in the fall of 1988 I told my high school Spanish teacher I wanted to learn the language because I thought it would “come in handy” someday. Has it ever.)

2. After being forced into a run-off, the Rahm camp realized he’s rubbed a number of Chicagoans the wrong way. Which led to commercials like this:

“New Rahm Emanuel Ad: ‘I Can Rub People The Wrong Way’”
YouTube Video

So now that he’s won the run-off, what’s Mayor Emanuel “tune” now? Rick Pearson and Bill Ruthhart reported on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

After finishing a salad and bowl of matzo ball soup, Emanuel was asked what he learned from the runoff and whether he would, in fact, be a more inclusive mayor in his second term.

Emanuel responded by confidently saying the feedback he’d gotten from voters during the campaign would serve as his “North Star.” Asked by the Tribune if that meant he would take a different approach to running the city, Emanuel instead deflected the question by telling the reporter: “You’ll evaluate that, and my guess is you’ll tell me on a 24-hour basis.”

Pressed again on whether he had heard the voters and would change his often brusque style, Emanuel responded with just one word:


(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Yeah. I don’t know about you, but the impression I get from that response is- something tells me old habits might be particularly hard to break with this one.

I can’t help but wonder if dead fish aren’t already on their way…

3. Chicago’s “financial reckoning day” is still fast approaching. And I don’t think it matters who’s in charge, as I believe we’re too far along in the deterioration and the required political will to do something about it just isn’t there. Still. I read a “funny” comment on the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop earlier today. From a Tuesday night post:

Anonymous said…

Blah blah blah. The city will not go.bankrupt. We are third in the country for tourists, we have numerous international and national companies world headquarters plus we have a 100s of millions in tif funds. Commie chuy was a police hater that had no plan for this city. Rahm ain’t no picnic either but next to chuy he was a genius.

Now consider what the National Journal’s John B. Judis reported on March 30:

Chicago is facing a truly grave set of problems– problems that are essentially more extreme versions of the challenges confronting city governments across the country.

The quandaries begin with Chicago’s dramatic social divide. To an even greater extent than is the case in, say, New York or Philadelphia, Chicago has become two entirely separate cities. One is a bustling metropolis that includes the Loop, Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, and the Gold Coast, as well as the city’s well-to-do, working-class, and upwardly mobile immigrant neighborhoods. The other Chicago consists of impoverished neighborhoods on the far South and West Sides, primarily populated by African-Americans. These places have remained beyond the reach of the city’s recovery from the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, even as it grapples with this extreme gap, Chicago is suffering from a severe fiscal crisis. Like plenty of other municipalities, Chicago lacks the revenue to pay its bills, particularly its pension obligations to city workers. According to a 2013 Pew report, 61 other U.S. cities face similar difficulties, but Chicago’s situation is one of the worst. “Voters must realize we are facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression,” says Roosevelt University’s Paul Green, the doyen of Chicago political experts. “If something doesn’t happen, the city is beyond the abyss.”

Those problems aren’t really Emanuel’s fault, but his efforts to fix them over the past four years haven’t yielded especially good results. For his part, Garcia—who has been at the forefront of Latino politics in Chicago for four decades and who has a history of bucking Chicago’s political establishment—has run a campaign long on general populist criticism of the incumbent, but short on credible ideas about what he would do differently.

All of which means that this election won’t yield much of a mandate for dramatic solutions to Chicago’s twin crises

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Translated: Probably doesn’t matter who won the election, because Chicago looks to “lose” with either at the helm.

Once again, the economic situation appears too far gone at this point, and the political will to truly get the city’s finances back on track just isn’t there.

I hope Judis is wrong. And I hope I’m wrong here.

But the numbers are looking pretty atrocious right now.

As much as I’d like to side with “Anonymous,” as Rahm Emanuel enters his second term as Mayor of Chicago, I feel that proverbial brick wall is still fast-approaching.

Perhaps the best Chicagoans can hope for at this point is a controlled crash landing.

I know one thing. If I were still living in the city, I’d be preparing for the coming carnage.

More on that topic soon.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Korecki, Natasha. “Getting Hispanics to the polls in Chicago mayor’s race no slam dunk for Chuy.” Chicago Sun-Times. 15 Mar. 2015. ( 8 Apr. 2015.

Pearson, Rick and Ruthhart, Bill. “’Second chance.’ Emanuel says he’s ‘humbled’ by victory.” Chicago Tribune. 8 Apr. 2015. ( 8 Apr. 2015.

SCC. “Mixed Bag.” Second City Cop. 7 Apr. 2015. ( 8 Apr. 2015.

Judis, John B. “Broken city: Rahm Emanuel and the unraveling of Chicago.” National Journal. 30 Mar. 2015. ( 8 Apr. 2015.

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Is Chicago At A Tipping Point?

Several incidents that recently took place in the city of Chicago lead me to suspect my girlfriend and I may have moved out of there just in the nick of time.

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know that I think the “Windy City” is gusting in the wrong direction when it comes to areas such as finance, public safety, and leadership.

Which sucks, since I want nothing more than the Midwest metropolis to do well.

That being said, get a load of these recent developments…

Back in January 2011 I started to blog about Chicago’s growing problem with flash mobs, flash mobbery, mob actions, wildings, what have you. I subsequently warned in May of that year:

If City Hall “loses” downtown to the bad guys- or, in this case, bad boys and girls- you lose the tourists, their money, revenue… you get the point.

You listenin’ Rahm?

More than two years later, the downtown is being “lost.” Wilding in the area is being reported in both the mainstream and alternative news media with increasing regularity. So much so that even this appeared in the Sunday Chicago Tribune paper:

Two visitors to Chicago received a rude welcome to the city Friday when one was robbed by a group of city teens and the other was punched while trying to help, officials said.

The two visitors – a 15-year-old Florida girl and a 51-year-old Michigan woman – were both walking on the Mag Mile Friday evening when the older woman was robbed of her iPhone by a group of eight juveniles, officials said…

“We had only been in town four hours and I got robbed,” Tammy said with the hint of a laugh during a telephone interview Saturday evening. “Welcome to Chicago.”

Welcome to Chicago, indeed.

The cat’s out of the bag so much that regarding the “Magnificient Mile”, aka Michigan Avenue, the storied boulevard is now being called “Muggers’ Mile.” From Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 News last night:

The Guardian Angels went as far as saying the “Mag Mile” is well on its way to becoming the “Muggers Mile.”

Channel 7 News Chicago Video

Instead of the usual “crime is down” line that’s been regularly touted by the Chicago Police Department this year, the Channel 7 News reporter in the segment, Michelle Gallardo, noted:

And while not all cell phone robberies are reported, police did insist in pointing out that in the last 28 days, only 3 robberies have been filed in this area.

Only 3 robberies in the last 28 days? That’s hard to believe.

The popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop shed some light on this matter early this morning. SCC wrote:

Again, here is where CompStat really shines. Reclassify the crimes from “Strong Arm Robbery” to “Theft from Person” and –tada!!!– Instant drop in violent crime. You don’t think they’re doing it? How about those juveniles that got caught the other day? The one had another smart phone and was charged with “Theft of Lost/Mislaid Property” probably because no one could identify who committed the actual robbery.

Or the lack of police that is emboldening the robbers? If someone has to wait an hour for a police report, they might as well head home and do it over the phone….or not do it at all. –Tada!!!— another drop in crime!

Downgrade and reclassify? That’s just tin-foil hat talk, right?

Sadly, I’m convinced the wilding will continue to get worse because of the ongoing Chicago Police manpower shortage and the punks only getting slaps on the wrist. City Hall and CPD brass will keep dishing out the spin to try and prevent visitors from being scared away. And I suspect the Chicago mainstream news media will keep going along with the “official line” out of fear of finding themselves out in the cold, information-wise.

Don’t think the MSM isn’t doing this already? That story about the two out-of-town Magnificent Mile robbery victims from Friday night? It made the Tribune as “Breaking News” Sunday- on page 14.

And all that wilding that took place downtown around the Fourth of July? The Tribune covered the criminal activity- once the tourists cleared out of town.

At least they mentioned it though. I don’t recall hearing/reading anything about the wildings anywhere else around town.

Let’s see. Finances. Public safety. Oh yeah- political leadership. Anyone familiar with the word nepotism? From the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship.

I once worked as an assistant to a city administrator in a Chicago suburb where many residents happened to be related. This was reflected in the political structure of the city as well.

Not surprisingly, nepotism was not an unheard of event there.

I’ve experienced first-hand how family ties and nepotism can poison local, representative government.

Consequently, I believe responsible government should guard fiercely against this.

And then there’s the City of Chicago.

Mitch Dudek and Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website today:

Completing a process the Sun-Times first reported in January, state Rep. Deb Mell was sworn in Wednesday to replace her retiring father as alderman for the Northwest Side’s 33rd Ward…

Emanuel’s decision to write a Mell family sequel to Chicago’s long-running saga of “All in the Family” politics is unlikely to sit well with some independent voters.

It will look like a continuation of the longstanding tradition that has allowed fathers like former Ald. Anthony Laurino (39th) to handpick their daughters — like Marge Laurino — and wives — like Carrie Austin, who replaced her late husband, Ald. Lemuel Austin (34th).

After the swearing-in, Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), who replaced his father as alderman in 1969, read the list of names of families that have had multiple members who served in the Chicago City Council.

It includes two Burkes, four Cullertons, two Ogdens, two Hoellens, two Knickerbockers, two Baulers, two Clark’s, three Keanes, two Sheridans, two Vrdolyaks, two Austins, two Beavers, two Sawyers, two Laurinos and now two Mells.

Too bad. The specter of Nepotism rears its ugly head again.

There should be no doubt that I predict tough times ahead for the city. But it’s not just me who harbors such suspicion. Even the Chicago FOX affiliate, Channel 32 News, is running a series called “Chicago at the Tipping Point” these days.

Chicago-based Survival And Prosperity readers can’t say the “signs” weren’t there.

I’ve already sprung into action.

Question is, what are they going to do about it?

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (


Regina Sobol, Rosemary. “Welcome to Chicago — now give me that iPhone.” Chicago Tribune. 21 July 2013. (,0,1601942,full.story). 24 July 2013.

Dudek, Mitch and Spielman, Fran. “State Rep. Deb Mell named to replace father in City Council.” Chicago Sun-Times. 24 July 2013. ( 24 July 2013.

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Chicago ‘Magnificent Mile’ Robbery Latest In Series Of Criminal Incidents By Young People Downtown

(Editor’s note: According to the Chicago news media tonight, the Chicago Police Department is saying the following robbery story is unfounded. How much is untrue still remains to be seen.)

Here’s a headline that’s sure to make Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cringe today:

“Woman robbed of $200K worth of jewelry on Mag Mile”

From the WGN Chicago Web Desk last night:

A 69-year-old woman was robbed of as much as $200,000 in jewelry, cash and other items by a group of young men in front of a North Michigan Avenue department store this afternoon, authorities said…

The woman… was robbed by a group of at least three and as many and eight young men, law enforcement sources said…

The woman told police the group surrounded her, and demanded her money and jewelry.

John Garcia added on the ABC Chicago website this morning:

It happened around noontime in the middle of a crowded sidewalk

Authorities say there were as many as ten young men in the group. They reportedly threatened her, but she gave up the valuables and was not hurt.

It is the latest in a series of criminal incidents involving groups of young people on North Michigan Avenue.

In March, police arrested dozens of young men and women who gathered in the area and were allegedly attacking shoppers and police.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

WGN Chicago is reporting that the Chicago Police Department is not classifying Wednesday’s incident as being a “flash mob.” But like I blogged Tuesday:

Still, if I were an urban dweller/visitor in that part of the city, I wouldn’t let my guard down for an instant. They shouldn’t be doing that anyway, especially as the more-established criminal element in the city is probably well-aware of the ongoing manpower shortage in the Chicago Police Department.

As for City Hall? They’re probably wishing May 19 had already arrived.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (


“Woman robbed of $200K worth of jewelry on Mag Mile.” Chicago Tribune. 15 May 2013. ( 16 May 2013.

Garcia, John. “Woman robbed of jewelry, thousands in cash on Michigan Avenue.” ABC Chicago. 16 May 2013. ( 16 May 2013.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Flash Mobs/Mob Attacks/Wildings Derailed This Summer?

South Side youths intent on carrying out a flash mob/mob attack/wilding in downtown Chicago may find themselves unable to get to their destination this summer.

From the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website this morning:

Coming: May 19, 2013

Faster. Smoother. Better.

Beginning May 19, 2013, the CTA will rebuild the tracks along the south Red Line, from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan—a project that will provide faster, more comfortable and more reliable service for Red Line riders.

From just north of the Cermak-Chinatown station to the 95th Street station, crews will replace everything in the track bed: ties, rail, third rail, ballast (the stone material that holds the ties in place) and drainage systems. Some stations will also receive improvements ranging from new canopies, paint and lighting upgrades to new benches and bike racks. Additionally, the stations at Garfield, 63rd and 87th will get new elevators, making all stations on the South Side Red Line accessible.

The south Red Line, called the Dan Ryan branch, is more than 40 years old and needs a full replacement…

The work is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that’s critical to the city—and includes improvements that will help ensure that CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible.

The project is made possible by $1 billion in state and local funding announced in late 2011 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn for the Red and Purple Lines.

The Red Line will completely close from Cermak-Chinatown through 95th/Dan Ryan. The closure is expected to last 5 months, until late October 2013.

Knowing all this, I won’t be surprised if it’s a “quiet” summer along the “Magnificent Mile” and in other tourist hotspots downtown. Still, if I were an urban dweller/visitor in that part of the city, I wouldn’t let my guard down for an instant. They shouldn’t be doing that anyway, especially as the more-established criminal element in the city is probably well-aware of the ongoing manpower shortage in the Chicago Police Department.

You can read more about that CTA project beginning this weekend here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (

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Chicago Looks To Tackle Wilding Problem

One needs only to follow local events (Second City Cop blog is my vehicle of choice) the last two years to recognize that Chicago has a wilding problem. So much so that City Hall is now even talking about clamping down on flash mobs/mob actions/mob attacks what have you. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website Monday night:

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) has a plan to prevent a repeat of the ugly mob attacks that have plagued River North and downtown Chicago the past two summers: moonlighting, uniformed police officers paid for by local merchants.

Reilly wants to let local chambers of commerce, business improvement districts and “special service area” taxing districts hire off-duty Chicago Police officers to supplement regular police patrols…

Reilly’s ordinance, quietly introduced at last week’s City Council meeting, would allow off-duty officers to wear their uniforms while being paid $30 an hour by local businesses to work a minimum of six-hour shifts.

According to Spielman’s article, it sounds like area merchants and the Fraternal Order of Police support the proposed initiative. The City Hall reporter did point out that John Chikow, president of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, said there’s no money available to hire moonlighting CPD officers.

It sounds to me like the Association expects the City to pick up the tab for this program. Does anyone blame them for feeling this way? After all, their members and the revenue they generate are instrumental in keeping this city running.

Alas, this might not be an issue if the Chicago Police Department were operating at full-strength.

Still, it’s nice to see at least one elected official taking the wilding problem seriously. However, the City of Chicago needs to act now before the delinquents hit the streets. Without any additional measures in place this year I suspect 2013 is going to be another bad one for downtown Chicago when it comes to flash mobs/mob actions/mob attacks.

Remember what I blogged way back in May 2011 as all this was escalating:

If City Hall “loses” downtown to the bad guys- or, in this case, bad boys and girls- you lose the tourists, their money, revenue… you get the point.

You listenin’ Rahm?

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (


Spielman, Fran. “Plan calls for moonlighting cops, merchants’ cash to stop mobs.” Chicago Sun-Times. 18 Mar. 2013. ( 19 Mar. 2013.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Crime Spike In Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood?

There’s a crime spike going on in Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood. At least that’s what the FOX Chicago news desk is saying is going on these days. Reporter Joanie Lum wrote on their website this morning:

Another Gold Coast store has been hit by robbers – only this time, they were not so successful.

Ikram Fashion on was hit by crooks on Huron and State, in addition to the recently burgled Jimmy Choo store on the Gold Coast.

Police said thieves used a sledgehammer to try to break into the high-end store, but this time the glass was too thick, and they could not break in.

Ha ha.

According to Lum, four teens are suspected of this crime and targeting stores of the same caliber in the area. She added:

This is the latest incident in a crime spike that has hit the tourist-heavy, ritzy areas like the GOld Coast and the Magnificent Mile.

Last Thursday, two burglars pried open the door of the Jimmy Choo store on Oak Street at 1:45 AM and made off with several handbags, ranging in price from $500 to $1,500 a piece.

Gold Coast. Lots of wealthy urban liberals living down there. Reminds me of an anonymous comment I read in the Chicago police blog Second City Cop way back on May 3, 2011, and which I noted in a post the following day about the mob attacks and wildings going on down there:

I always tell the mutts on the west side to go and rob the liberals. They have all the money and will not put up a fight, I guess they started to listen.

Come on, Rahm. Time to “bite the bullet” and really slash wasteful spending to give the CPD the manpower and tools they need to deal with the increasingly-brazen criminals in the city.


Lum, Joanie. “Gold Coast store hit with sledgehammer, thieves unsuccessful.” FOX Chicago. 11 Dec. 2012. ( 11 Dec. 2012.

“Wildings Continue.” Second City Cop. 3 May 2011. ( 4 May 2011.

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Chicago’s Thanksgiving Weekend Violence

Regrettably, the long Thanksgiving weekend was a violent one here in the Chicago:

• 4 killed, 20 wounded from Wednesday to Sunday
• 451 murders in Chicago through November 11, the Chicago Police Department told the Chicago Sun-Times this weekend
• Friday morning, a 44-year-old woman was choked, knocked to the ground, and kicked in a failed purse-snatching incident just off the “Magnificent Mile” in Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast neighborhood- which recently suffered two other violent incidents. Once again, the man charged in the robbery attempt has an extensive rap sheet, is on parole, and was even wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle when arrested.
• Early yesterday morning, three individuals tried to rob a commercial bakery only a couple of minutes from me on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Some employees managed to escape the rest of their co-workers being rounded-up at gunpoint and forced into a walk-in cooler- and called police. The would-be robbers (killers?) fled the Jefferson Park establishment once they realized their “mistake.”

Even though the temperatures are dropping here in the “Windy City,” the criminals are not only still hard at work, but keep getting closer. Any remaining doubts I might have had about this being the case were dispelled the other weekend when an armed robbery went down in a nearby alley.

6 more months to go still before the planned move…


Lansu, Michael. “4 dead, 20 wounded in holiday weekend violence.” Chicago Sun-Times. 25 Nov. 2012. ( 26 Nov. 2012.

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago’s Gold Coast Violence Yields Disturbing New Info

In the aftermath of two violent incidents on Chicago’s Gold Coast- the stabbing of an out-of-town visitor dining at a hotel restaurant on the Magnificent Mile and a shoplifting incident where a Chicago police officer narrowly-avoided being run down by the fleeing thieves by shooting at their car- some disturbing information is coming out.

First, the suspect in the stabbing, 56-year-old Jimmy Harris, had been released from prison on parole just 8 days earlier. William Lee and Jason Meisner wrote on the Chicago Tribune website last night:

Harris, who has past gang ties, has at least 60 arrests and nine felony convictions dating to the late 1970s, according to Chicago police, state and court records.

“This defendant is clearly a danger to the community,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in court of Harris…

60 arrests? 9 felonies? How is it that someone like Mr. Harris is awarded parole to roam freely among the law-abiding citizens of Chicago?

I wrote back on June 14 about something the Chicago police blog Second City Cop said concerning putting the wilding/mob action participants behind bars:

Regarding SCC’s suggested fix of putting these “wild childs” in prison- here in Chicago and Cook County committing a crime doesn’t always get you time.

And if you are unlucky enough to have to serve time, it might not be for long.

Some blame liberal judges. Others, a dysfunctional prison system. All I know is this. There are plenty of examples of the above that come to mind…

Sounds like we have the same situation taking place here. John Garcia of Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 News reported on their website this morning that:

Prosecutors say Harris was on a parole after serving half of a sentence for the 2007 slashing of a grocery store clerk.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Half a sentence.”

Disturbing. All I can say is, watch your six in the “Land of Lincoln” if you’re not doing so already.

Second, here’s what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to say yesterday about the recent violence in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Stefano Esposito and Rosalind Rossi wrote on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday pointed to this weekend’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival ceremony as proof that the city’s upper-crust Gold Coast is safe — despite two violent incidents there within 24 hours.

“We had 1 million people and not a single incident” during the popular Saturday evening festival along Michigan Avenue, Emanuel told reporters.

The stabbing of a festival visitor inside a bathroom of a Michigan Avenue hotel occurred about an hour after the festival concluded.

“You’re interested in the Magnificent Mile. There are other things I’m looking at…. I think every day the city is making progress,” the mayor said.

Lee and Meisner added from their Trib piece:

“It’s not about just the Magnificent Mile,” Emanuel said at an unrelated new conference. “I want Roseland as safe as Ravenswood, I want South Shore as safe as Sauganash and I want Woodlawn as safe as Wildwood. And I won’t rest until that happens.”

“You’re interested in the Magnificent Mile.” “It’s not about just the Magnificent Mile.”

As nice as it is to hear that the Mayor takes the public safety of all Chicago neighborhoods seriously, law-and-order along North Michigan Avenue and at other tourist spots must be a high-priority for City Hall. Out-of-towners don’t come to the Windy City to visit the Austin or Englewood neighborhoods, for example. They head to the Magnificent Mile and elsewhere downtown to spend their hard-earned cash shopping, dining, on entertainment, etcetera. This spending activity generates a good deal of the revenue needed to fund City operations and Mayor Emanuel’s pet programs.

Let the savages run rampant on the Magnificent Mile and elsewhere downtown, and this city is toast.

Some point out the wildings and mob actions in these areas and claim the decline has already started. Truly disturbing.

“It’s not about just the Magnificent Mile.”

No, but the city sure has a lot at stake in the Mag Mile. Chicago cannot afford to let public safety be compromised along North Michigan Avenue- or else.


Lee, William and Mesiner, Jason. “Suspect in Mag Mile stabbing had 60 arrests, 9 felony convictions.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Nov. 2012. (,0,4467911.story). 20 Nov. 2012.

Esposito, Stefano and Rossi, Rosalind. “Gold Coast is safe despite incidents over weekend, Emanuel insists.” Chicago Sun-Times. 19 Nov. 2012. ( 20 Nov. 2012.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Visitor Stabbed While Dining In Gold Coast Hotel Restaurant

Here’s a public relations nightmare for the City of Chicago and its bustling tourism industry:

An out-of-town visitor in the city for a major holiday festival is attacked and stabbed inside a downtown Chicago hotel restaurant bathroom Saturday night in what some are saying is a failed robbery.

Dawn Rhodes and Adam Sege wrote on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

A man who listed his address as a homeless shelter has been charged with stabbing a 67-year-old man who was dining with his family at a restaurant on North Michigan Avenue, police said.

Jimmy Harris, 56, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm and aggravated unlawful restraint, police said.

Harris is accused of attacking Mir Jafar Shah, of Oak Brook, in the restroom of a restaurant in the Westin Hotel around 8 p.m. Saturday officials said.

A second man, reportedly a bartender, was cut trying to stop Harris from fleeing, police said. Harris was arrested near the hotel and a knife recovered, police said.

Shah and the bartender both survived their injuries and are expected to make full recoveries.

The same can’t be said for sure about Chicago tourism this holiday season.

Something tells me the Westin and/or its eatery is going to be slapped with a lawsuit over the incident based on a statement made by one of the victim’s family members this weekend. I won’t be surprised to hear other downtown hotels with restaurants will probably be reviewing their security procedures after what took place Saturday night. Or that they blame the City for not having more of a police presence in the area during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival- if not at other times.

If City Hall “loses” downtown to the bad guys… you lose the tourists, their money, revenue… you get the point.

Survival And Prosperity, May 4, 2011


Rhodes, Dawn and Sege, Adam. “Charges in stabbing at restaurant along Mag Mile.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Nov. 2012. (,0,4467911.story). 19 Nov. 2012.

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Monday, November 19th, 2012 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Tourism No Comments

Chicago Still Plagued By Wilding

Not only is wilding still taking place in Chicago (around popular visitor destinations, no less), but it’s going on earlier in the day than previously reported. From William Lee on the Chicago Tribune website yesterday morning:

Cops: 2 dozen young people arrested in Near North disturbances

Two dozen young people were arrested after causing disturbances near and on the Magnificent Mile Saturday afternoon, Chicago police said this morning…

No injuries were reported though scores of police officers criss-crossed the city’s Near North Side, including on the Gold Coast, responding to numerous calls regarding rowdy teens pushing aside pedestrians and darting into traffic along North Michigan Avenue near Chicago Avenue, according to witnesses and police…

When officers assigned to a North Michigan Avenue detail tried to arrest several of them, they darted out in front of moving cars to try to evade arrest on Michigan Avenue.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Afternoon wilding? It appears our “yutes” are becoming more blatant.

And I had to chuckle when I saw the Chicago Sun-Times web article on the bad behavior. Their headline read:

20 juveniles, 4 adults arrested in Gold Coast ruckus


“Disturbances,” “Ruckus.” Some are probably wondering if the local media outlets have been warned by City Hall about using the term “wilding” to describe such activity. The 1987 film Full Metal Jacket comes to mind here, specifically that part where “Private Joker” is shown meeting with his Stars and Stripes colleagues and CO, “Lieutenant Lockhart:”

LT. LOCKHART: We have a new directive from M.A.F. on this. In the future, in place of “search and destroy,” substitute the phrase “sweep and clear.” Got it?
PVT. JOKER: Got it. Very catchy.

Very catchy indeed. Perhaps the Chicago Police Department could do some “sweeping and clearing” of these little turds before someone really gets hurts (global headlines to surely follow) and the city effectively says “sayonara” to a big part of its economic engine (tourism).

Then again, the CPD would need more manpower to accomplish that now, wouldn’t they?

Oh well. Until the next “ruckus”…


Lee, William. “Cops: 2 dozen young people arrested in Near North disturbances.” Chicago Tribune. 26 Aug. 2012. (,0,4450932.story). 27 Aug. 2012.

“20 juveniles, 4 adults arrested in Gold Coast ruckus.” Chicago Sun-Times. 26 Aug. 2012. ( 27 Aug. 2012.

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