The [Wednesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
"Six months after state health officials declared their investigation of cancer rates in south suburban Crestwood was almost complete, they have yet to release the results," the Tribune reports.
"The Illinois Department of Public Health, which earlier had failed to notify Crestwood residents their municipal water supply was contaminated with toxic chemicals, declined to answer questions about the cancer study."
Private citizens decline to comment. Public officials refuse.
"The agency also has rejected the Tribune's requests for cancer data filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act."
"In a letter rejecting one of those requests, Damon Arnold, the state health director, had said the study would be released to the public in July. Now agency officials say it won't be officially available until sometime next year, leaving residents guessing if their decades-long exposure to carcinogen-laced tap water contributed to health problems."
I wonder if Arnold would feel differently if any members of his family lived in Crestwood.
Arnold is a Blagojevich appointee who previously worked for the city. In 2007, the American Red Cross of Chicago presented him with a Military Hero Award.
"The study still is 'under peer review and revision,' Melaney Arnold, a department spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail response to questions."
Sigh. More with the e-mail. Get her on the phone and ask her a) what that means; b) is this the usual process; c) does this lack of urgency indicate there is nothing for Crestwood residents to worry about; d) how she things the residents of Crestwood feel about review and revision and; e) why is Arnold refusing to answer questions himself.
Melaney Arnold is no relation to Damon Arnold. I checked.
"City gang teams were reorganized, and they were given a new mission: more search warrants and fewer street-corner drug investigations. They were also told to ramp up their use of informants so they could make more informed arrests.
"In the districts, commanders and community members say they've been working - from tracking gang anniversary dates to dog-walking - to make a difference on the blocks where they police and live."
All fine and good, but . . . New York City is about to mark its lowest murder rate on record.
"Still, because Chicago's homicide total brings the city in line with declines experienced here and nationally throughout much of the decade, some suggest the more compelling question could be what happened in 2008," the Tribune reports.
"'(Last year) was the anomaly,' said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston. 'This year is part of the pattern'."
The Other Fitzy
I'm pretty sure Steinberg doesn't know either.
Fitzgerald didn't come home, by the way; he stayed in Virginia.
Steinberg argues in favor of keeping incumbents in Washington long enough to deliver the pork; a senator "is an investment," he writes. And that's why the gone-rogue Mark Kirk is his man.
Studs And Duds
The Beachwood Tip Line: Dream a little dream.
Posted on December 30, 2009
© 2006 - 2017, The Beachwood Media Company