Even The Socialists In Charge of Chicago Understand This Much about Economics

You can’t bilk tourists out of the 10.5 percent sales tax, if they don’t come to into the city to spend money. OT Doors Swing Wide.

Rumors are the Lightgroot phoned in her displeasure the other day following the 500 over-exuberant youth further destroying Chicago’s reputation as a tourist destination.

Except of course the ACLU is already unhappy that cops are doing anything about the wilding which has taken over The Magnificent Mile the past few weekends. (Past few years.) Apparently the ACLU doesn’t think much of maintaining order.

The upside is that Chicago is going to have more cops working the weekends.

Amusingly, HQ told everyone they’d be working in their Districts of Assignment….at first, but you could potentially (almost 100% certainly) be deployed elsewhere (meaning downtown) should wilding break out.

It used to be such a great city. But I have been staying away for nearly a decade. (When they raised the price of the city-owned parking garage to $20/hour, I stopped going to the Art Institute.)

And if you’re not up on the wilding in the streets of Chicago, and The Magnificent Mile in particular, the Tribune has this article, where an aldercreature alderman dares to criticize Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County.

Hopkins, whose second ward includes part of North Michigan Avenue, says it’s clear looking at social media that the teens flooding downtown last night are emboldened by new policies by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who has declined to prosecute many low level crimes like shoplifting and theft.

“You don’t even get a slap on the wrist anymore. You get a ride home. So that’s happening in increasing numbers and it’s disturbing and it has implications for the downtown area, where retailers are seeing their shrinkage rates from theft increase dramatically,” Hopkins said.

So fine, for the tourists, go to Galena, Illinois instead. Hell, even Naperville is a better choice. Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

Welcome to the party pal. Only what we’ve been saying here since….2006?


We Should Make It Illegal for a Felon to Have a Gun. Oh, Wait a Minute…

I’m shocked to discover that criminals don’t obey the law. OK, not that shocked. Parolee with burglary conviction accused of several armed robberies on Near West Side.

Suggs was released on parole in December following a burglary conviction, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Other convictions include aiding, abetting, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle; manufacturing or delivery of cannabis; and an additional burglary, IDOC said.

Is parole mandatory, or is there some process to decide who does, and who doesn’t get parole?

When officers caught up with him, they learned Suggs was wanted on an active warrant for earlier alleged crimes on the Near West Side last month.

Wouldn’t that crime from last month have been a violation of that parole? The Criminal Justice System (and by that I mean the State’s Attorneys office) seems to be broken in Cook County and Chicago.

Does It Surprise Anyone That a McDonald’s Hires Private, Armed Security?

River North was an up and coming section of Chicago when I lived there. Attack on River North McDonald’s security guard caught on video.

According the Wiki it contains the largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. What I remember are the Blues Clubs, the restaurants and the nightclubs.

This incident comes amid a backdrop of several incidents in the River North neighborhood over the weekend where 21 people in different groups were arrested for causing disturbances.

More on the 21 arrested at CWB.

Law and Order seems to have taken a holiday in the City of Chicago. Given that the State’s Attorney won’t lock up most people arrested by the Chicago PD, you can see how that could be.

That’s One Way To Get Out of that Monday Pop-quiz

A bit extreme… No gunman found at Batavia High School after report of person with rifle, police say.

Police said they received a call from a concerned citizen who saw a man dressed in black walking into the school with what looked like a rifle. Authorities searched the school and found no gunman.

That all happened before classes began. Buses basically turned around and took kids home.

I think it’s really key that he was “dressed in black.” After all, a fashion statement is important.

Classes were to start at 10 AM.

Another Organization Underestimates Ransomware Complexity

They got hit on Tuesday, and expected to be back on Wednesday. They were not back on Friday. Genesee County, Michigan Recovering from Ransomware Attack.

Genesee County, Michigan was hit with a ransomware attack on Tuesday and the county has been working non-stop to get their systems back online. Unfortunately, this process turned out to be more difficult than expected and system are still down.

And by that they mean, you can’t contact them by email, they can’t process payments, or do most anything that requires a computer.

I wonder how often their IT support organization asked for more money to beef up security/backups/whatever and were turned down.

They hope to have operations back to normal by Monday. At least they didn’t pay the ransom. (If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s gonna want a glass of milk.)

Albany, NY: Another City Hit By Ransomware

There is virtually no information available, which is incredibly frustrating. City of Albany experiences cyber attack.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan tweeted Saturday that the City of Albany has experienced a ransomware cyber attack.

And THAT is about all the information available. Half the linked article is a definition of ransomware, which I guess is not unreasonable given they way most people think about security.

State Schools Teaching Lies About American History

What did you expect? They are controlled by the America-hating Left. Public School Indoctrination: A View From the Inside….

I am a student at an online public school, but I still have to learn the same material that would be taught in a brick and mortar public school. ELA still pretty much the same, we read a book and review things like metaphors.

Science is interesting.

Math is objective.

But this year, we are learning about American history, and it has been changed to support the narrow-minded views of the left.

All patriotism and Christianity is painted as racist. Because that is how the Left sees Americans and Christians.