LIGHTER SIDE: Some Of The Week’s Less-Serious Stuff

“The mayor’s got clout and I don’t.”

ABC7 is pumping up an “I-Team” report for tomorrow night that will detail all of the red light camera and speed camera tickets that have been racked up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s police-driven SUVs. (Boy, the TV promo has some very serious music for a story about traffic violations!)

Fun little story. We decided to get a personal preview, so we dug out one of the mayoral license plate numbers and typed it into the city’s ticket database.

It turns out that the city issued a warning last May that “any vehicle registered [to the police department] may already be eligible for seizure” due to unpaid fines generated by just one of the two mayoral SUVs.

What a hoot. At any rate, if you want to watch videos of the mayor’s mini-motorcade blowing through red lights, go to the city’s red light camera siteQuicktime required—and type in any of these ticket numbers:


For license plate, enter L891439. We don’t have the plate on the other SUV. Gonna have to tune in to Channel 7 for that. One of CWB’s intrepid readers has shared the other SUV’s license plate and a list of its ticket violations. That info is in the comments section of this post.

Spring Plantings

4:07AM Today

OFFICER: Can we get an ambulance for this guy over here? I think he thinks he’s a tree.
OFFICER2: What kind of tree?
OFFICER: A drunk tree.
OFFICER2: Does the tree have nuts?
OFFICER3: Why don’t you ask him to leave?

Understatement of The Week

7:30AM Tuesday – Officers are asked to accompany an ambulance crew inside a popular Halsted Street bathhouse where a customer was said to have suffered a seizure.

OFFICER: Uh. I need another car. We’re all the way in the back. Hey. They don’t really let the police in here, so be sure he asks the staff to let them in.

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