Chicago - Sep. 25, 2022
Music TV Politics Sports Books People Places & Things
Must-See TV
Army Of Darkness
5 p.m.
A discount-store employee is time-warped to a medieval castle, where he is the foretold savior who can dispel the evil there. Unfortunately, he screws up and releases an army of skeletons. (
Weather Derby
Tribune: 51/37
Sun-Times: Ferro/McKinney
Weather Channel: 44/41
Ntl Weather Service: 54/43
BWM*: 82/12
Beachwood Bookmarks
K-Tel Classics
WKRP in Cincinnati
So You've Decided To Be Evil
St. Paul Saints
Nye's Polonaise Room
The Arcata Eye
Roadside USA
This Day In . . .
Onion History
Weird Al History
Baseball History
Beachwood History
History History
Spy Magazine History
#OnThisDate History
Under Suspicion
Find Your Towed Car
Cable TV Complaints
Freedom of Information
The Expired Meter
The Mob & Friends
Stolen Bike Registry
O'Hare Music Tracker
Report Corruption (city)
Report Corruption (state)
Scoundrels, State
Scoundrels, Federal
The Odds
Random Flight Tracker
Casting Calls
Cosmic Log
Buy Stamps
Beachwood Blogroll
A Handy List
Beachwood Ethics Statement
How We Roll
Today's Horoscope
Liberties will be taken.
Do We Sudoku?
No, but we do do moose stuff, and that can be anything you want it to be. Except Sudoku.
Losing Lottery Numbers
8, 25, 39
Daily Affirmation
I am open and receptive to new avenues of income. (
Knowing that a person may be unwittingly in danger of an assault imposes a moral duty to warn them.
Now Playing
Psychodrama/Marshall Law
Letters to the Editors
Tip Line
"The Papers" archive
Beachwood Link Buttons
Media Kit/Advertising

The [Monday] Papers

"The Chicago Police Board has fired 12 officers in the year that Lori Lightfoot has headed it," the Sun-Times reports. "Only twice in any year between 2006 and 2015 has the board fired more officers than that."

The Sun-Times says this is evidence that the police board under Lightfoot is "tougher" than it has been in the past - something Lightfoot also argues. And perhaps that's true - without examining the nature of the cases that have come before her this year and those that have come before the board in the past, I can't be sure. After all, the two years between 2006 and 2015 were also anomalies.

But what I really find odd is this:

Lightfoot was asked whether she believes past police boards were part of a "code of silence" that Emanuel has acknowledged exists in the Chicago Police Department.

"I don't believe that to be true knowing who the board members were. Everybody who served on this board over the years has taken their job very seriously," she said.

Well, you don't get to say that your board is doing a much better job than previous boards while stating that previous boards did their jobs just fine.

Obviously, previous police boards failed to do their job properly. There is an abundance of evidence to show it. That's why Lightfoot was sent over there to clean the place up.

And then this caveat from Lightfoot: "But we are clearly in a very different time."

A time when the police board is expected to take its job more seriously?

We are "in a different time" only because the police accountability system, including its final destination, the police board, has utterly failed.

And in no time should it have been acceptable for that system to let bad and/or corrupt police officers skate. The rules don't change according to how the political winds are blowing - only the behavior of people who don't take their responsibilities seriously.


That includes the mayor, for whom the times apparently haven't changed sufficiently:

"In addition to being the final arbiter on police misconduct cases, the board is also charged with conducting a nationwide search for a new police superintendent. Earlier this year, the board went through that process, only to have Emanuel reject all three names and choose insider Johnson, who did not apply for the job.

"The end-run around the board prompted three members to resign: Claudia Valenzuela, Melissa Ballate and William Conlon. None returned messages seeking comment. There are two vacancies on the nine-member board."

Lightfoot, on the departures, in June:

"We went through a long process to identify three candidates for police superintendent that got rejected. That started people thinking about whether they wanted to serve . . . And there are people who believe if you are associated with the mayor, you have no legitimacy."

Or, perhaps, Rahm destroyed any legitimacy they thought they had.


The departed:

Claudia Valenzuela, detention project director at the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Melissa Ballate, president of Blue Daring.

William Conlon, former federal prosecutor.


From the Beachwood sports desk . . .

The Cub Factor: Marty's Hate List
See it!

The White Sox Report: Rick's Picks
Have any of Hahn's deals really worked out?

TrackNotes: Inverted Arlington
Even the Million can't thrill him.


Programming Note
Still making do on a borrowed laptop, so not operating at full capacity. Should find out today whether my MacBook can be saved from absorbing a bit of the High Life (Hey, Miller, sponsor me a new computer!); otherwise I will transplant the hard drive, which has been saved, into another unit.



Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Turns Down $16.5 Million Payout To Show Industry Problem.


Lawmakers Overseeing Wall Street Given Bigger, More Favorable Loans Than Others.


The Dark Side Of Local.


California Crime Initiative Leads To Lowest Arrest Rate In State's History.


A sampling.

See: Jeff Tweedy Oughta Be Ashamed; Jeff Tweedy (D-Rahm) Has Broken Our Hearts.


Doesn't this invalidate his whole enterprise?




The Beachwood Tronc Line: In context.


Posted on August 22, 2016

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


Search The Beachwood Reporter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Follow BeachwoodReport on Twitter

Beachwood Radio!