The Most Chicago Story Ever – The 1992 Chicago Flood

WXRT (Chicago’s Finest Rock!) is doing a review of 1992 this morning. So of course this came up. Why The 1992 Loop Flood Is The Most Chicago Story Ever | WBEZ

The Great Chicago Flood is the Most Chicago Story Ever. It’s a nearly perfect convergence of neglect, corruption, incompetence, and scapegoating. And because nobody got hurt (except the scapegoats) we can laugh at it now, marveling at how many classically Chicago-y elements combined to bring about this one event.

For those of you who don’t know, a contractor driving pilings in the Chicago River drove one of those pilings through the roof of an old and abandoned railroad tunnel that went under the river. Water eventually flooded the basements of a lot of buildings in the Loop. It destroyed records in City Hall, it damaged buildings, and generally wrecked stuff.

The tunnels that brought about the 1992 Flood were never supposed to be there. In 1899, the company that built them, Illinois Telegraph & Telephone, had a franchise (or permission) to build a telephone system in the Loop, which included laying underground cables. Conduit is normally an inch or two wide, but the company sneakily built 7-foot-wide underground “conduit” for those cables.

Those 7 foot tunnels were to bring coal and other stuff into the Loop. After the railroad went bankrupt, The tunnels were just ignored. (Real neglect started in about 1959.)

The leak and the piling didn’t happen overnight. The city found out about the leak and got a bid to fix it for $10,000. But they considered that “too high.” Instead the cost was measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars. At least no one was hurt.


Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Even in the People’s Republic of Chicago, self-defense works. Police: Homeowner shoots man attempting to break into Bronzeville home |

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner.

A man was trying to force his way into the home with a crowbar when the 60-year-old homeowner shot him.

The 44-year-old suspect drove himself to a hospital, where police caught up with him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Tale of Two Cities, Part Deux

Chicago and New York City seem to be going in very different directions when if comes to crime.

The Big Apple must be doing something right. NYPD: Serious crime drops at record-breaking pace in September | Newsday

Crime in New York City fell at a record-breaking rate in September, the NYPD said Tuesday, with homicides, shootings and other serious offenses dropping to the lowest level in the modern era of record keeping.

So what is so different about New York City?

Both De Blasio and O’Neill attribute the continuing crime decline to the NYPD’s relatively new emphasis on neighborhood policing designed by O’Neill under former commissioner William Bratton

On the other hand we have the Windy City. 2016 Chicago homicides is highest in 19 years, report says – CNN

The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.

There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.

While the numbers for 2017 show about a 10% decrease over 2016, it isn’t good. Stats for the current year can be found at Hey Jackass!.

The Tale of Two Cities – OR – What is Wrong With Chicago?

The 2 cities being Chicago (2.7 million residents) and New York City (8.5 million residents).

The comparison is on the number of homicides. First up: Chicago – Chicago marks 500th homicide of the year: ‘It’s never over’ – Chicago Tribune, which actually reflects about an 11% DECREASE from 2016. Then there is New York City. NYC May Have Historically Low Murder Rate This Year.

At least Chicago is not in danger of setting a record – in a bad way. Even last year was “only” the worst year in decades. The records were set in the early 1990s.

As for New York…

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O’Donnell, a former police officer, said economic growth may be fueling the drop in crime rather than any police action, the New York Daily News reported.

Is the economy in New York that much better than Chicago? Of course Chicago is doing everything possible to trash the economy – with high taxes that have to go up. (Because they can’t kick the pensions can down the road any farther.)

I hope someone can come with a solution for Chicago; it used to be a wonderful city.

Self-defense, Even in Chicago?

Who could have guessed it was possible? (Or that the entrenched media would give an unbiased account?) 3 intruders shot and killed by homeowner, police say | WGN-TV

One woman and two men thought it would be a good idea to break into a home via a basement window.

But the homeowner was inside with a gun, and shot the intruders before securing himself inside the house and calling 911.

Police arrived and found 3 dead bodies

Police believe this is a case of self-defense, which is a human-right. Even in Chicago. Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0.

Self Defense in Chicago?

Who knew such thing was possible. Self Defense, Again | Chicago Murder, Crime & Mayhem | HeyJackass!

“At 5:18 a.m., a 30-year-old woman was being battered by Damien Hernandez in the 6900 block of West 65th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The woman pulled out a gun and shot him three times [HJ – head, chest & junk], police said.

They arrested her, because guns, but they let her go after they reluctantly came to the conclusion that self-defense is legal. Even in Chicago.

For all the info on that shooting gallery that exists where once stood the great City of Chicago, you should see HeyJackass!

In other Chicago news, 3 were killed and 5 more were wounded in the war zone. (How else to describe it?)

So Why Is This Guy on the Street?

Convicted again and again. Then paroled and he commits another crime. Why is he not in prison? CWB Chicago: “Have You Ever Been Shot?”—Paroled Again And Again And Again, Man Now Charged With Blue Line Robbery

He received a 25-year-sentenced for trying to shoot a city worker in 1999, which should’ve been enough to keep him in prison until 2024.

Chicago – in the person of the Mayor – will tell you their problems are all the fault of not enough gun control. But if this guy’s story is common, they have an old-fashioned criminal control problem; they aren’t keeping the bad guys locked up.

This is the list of times he was convicted.

  • 6 years for manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2013
  • 25 years for aggravated discharge of a firearm in 1999
  • 5 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 1999
  • 4 years for violating the controlled substances act in 1993
  • 10 years for attempted murder in 1993
  • 10 years for armed robbery in 1993

    I guess Illinois doesn’t have a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” type of law. And why didn’t the crime in 2013 get him sent back on the convictions in 1999?