Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Every year at this time, it's an opportunity to say thank you, no matter where you are from or wherever you are going this Thanksgiving, even where the streets have no name.
Ten years and over two million viewers later, thank you to and from the OpenlineBlog team, contributors, interns and everyone who has made a difference, asked hard questions, challenged the status-quo, tried to improve their communities, held officials accountable and expressed themselves.
And, thanks to U2, too.
In Aurora, we know police brass such as crony cops Kristen Ziman and Joe Groom have repeatedly lied for the benefit of corrupt mayor Tom Weisner. We know former Police Chiefs Bill Powell and Greg Thomas were controlled by the mayor of what to say, what not to say.
As politicians in Chicago go into full CYA mode over the murder of Laquan McDonald, it's important to ask why Rahm Emanuel wanted to cover-up what is so obviously an issue that deserves the attention of everyone.
It's called an election.
Remember, this murder was in late October 2014, weeks before an election and when Rahm's multi-million dollar re-election was kicking into full gear.
Shame on Rahm Emanuel.
Nobody is fooled, except the idiots who voted for him.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Aurora Crony Cop Kristen Ziman is on a roll. Everyone she considers a hero turns out to be a fraud.
Take Pat Camden, the longtime spokesman and liar for bad cops in Chicago.
Kristen Ziman has called him one of her personal favorite people in law enforcement.
Yet, here is what Oat Camden said the day after Laquan McDonald was murdered by cops.
FOP spokesman Pat Camden said McDonald was shot in the chest after he lunged at Van Dyke and his partner with a knife. "He is a very serious threat to the officers, and he leaves them no choice at that point to defend themselves," Camden said that night.
At least we know if a cover up of a murder happens at the Aurora Police Department, we can knock on Kristen Ziman's door first to hear the lie.
And, that's just the start of the crime-spree as a massive coordinated effort to cover-up and keep the crime quiet involved the police department, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Cook County State's Attorney.
Note: Jason Van Dyke joins other bad cops on our list of worst offenders, including Jon Burge of Chicago, Kristen Ziman of Aurora, Joe Gliniewicz of Fox Lake, Chris Tunney of Aurora and hundreds of others that were trusted with the power of a badge.
To our Aurora viewers, we know it's hard dealing with a 150% "uptick" in shootings while Crony Cop Queen Kristen Ziman sits atop the $163 million police palace built with corruption telling you to call 911, but it could be much worse.
Just be thankful this Thanksgiving you don't live in Naperville, where taxes are 3x less, and crime like this exists.
Jason Van Dyke, killer warrior cop.
After Laquan McDonald was murdered in Chicago, no police officer went up to check on him.
Aurora Crony Cop Kristen Ziman says cops should be warriors.
Looks like she got her wish.
Let's drink more wine and be gladiators.
Kristen Ziman, the dishonest, incompetent cop posing as a commander for the Aurora Police Department while making over $165,000 per year, not including her side schemes to ripoff taxpayers, said something we agree with.
That's right, we agree with with the crony cop, Aurora's Most Wanted, on something.
She used the term "all-out assault."
Well, she used it defending her hero, Joe Gliniewicz, the dishonest, incompetent cop in Fox Lake, claiming there was an all-out assault on police.
Turned out she was totally wrong about that and many other claims but she was right there IS an all-out assault going on.
It's by bad cops like Joe Gliniewicz, Kristen Ziman and many others who have tarnished the credibility and integrity of the vast majority of good cops that work hard every day, don't play politics, don't lie, don't have narcissism problems, don't behave unprofessionally and don't make a fool of themselves.
Statistically, fatalities against cops are thankfully down.
Unfortunately, fatalities caused by cops have increased.
Kristen Ziman, the bad cop, says incidents like Michael Brown or Ferguson were "isolated" yet we keep learning of new situations all the time.
It's like there is an all-out assault on the public.
Or maybe we are just better aware of the bad cops thanks to technology, video and smartphones.
Either way, we have a serious crisis in our communities and society that can no longer be viewed as "isolated" because it is impacting the trust between the good public and good cops.
Chicago is about to take the world stage for a murder of Laquan McDonald by a cop...with a video that was intentionally hidden from the public for pure political purpose.
Some, like Kristen Ziman, will say this is just another isolated example of a bad cop and make excuses as to why nothing should change.
When Kristen's hero, Joe Gliniewicz, died, over 400 cops from all over the state went to his funeral or joined the manhunt for finding his killers that didn't exist.
When the protests begin for this murder by a cop in Chicago, you will see another painful reminder of how not isolated this problem is.
What you won't see is Kristen Ziman or those bad cops similar to her standing with the protesters and demanding change.
We need good cops to get the credit they deserve and the only way is to admit we have far too many bad ones and take steps to fix it.
Otherwise, we will see you at the next "isolated" incident.
Note: To be fair, we should point out we doubt Kristen Ziman would ever shoot anyone because she avoids any interaction with street crime and she is too scared to deal with any adverse, uncontrolled situation where she isn't hiding atop the $163 million police palace or in the $500,000 APD tank.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
There are good and bad in every profession. Law enforcement, prosecutors and judges are no different.
Locally, there are good and bad. Some of the bad are incompetent. Some of the bad lack integrity and do wrong things, including lying or committing crimes.
It's very hard for those within these professions to recognize and take action against their colleagues because it's not much different than when someone tells you your family member is bad.
Naturally, you resist the idea.
You may think you know the person well. You may see them almost every day.
You may get defensive and you may even discredit those who dare to say such things.
Often, it isn't until cold hard facts and reality smack you in the face that separates what you want to think with what you should have known if you had been objective in the first place.
Yet, we also know there are good people in these professions who rise above the emotional view and somehow are able to sift the smoke and mirrors to see reality.
It's some of those smart people that we wish we could blast their names loud so they get the credit they deserve.
However, if we did, they would be retaliated against for not being one of the brotherhood, not being part of the team.
All we can do is thank them and do everything in our power to make sure the facts are known and the bad ones are stopped and made accountable.
This is why we will make sure that Aurora's bad cops Kristen Ziman and Chris Tunney are exposed for their schemes, removed from the profession and held accountable, preferably in a prison cell for the rest of their lives.
Yes, we said prison for life. Without parole. Let them be examples and case studies for every police recruit in America on how not to end up as.
Aurora is a city with a corrupt mayor, Tom Weisner. He is a disgusting person who will throw his own family under the bus if it gains something for him.
Weisner and the political mafia of Aurora have ripped off taxpayers for millions upon millions. We are not alleging he is corrupt. We are 100% sure.
Yet, neither Tom Weisner nor Bob Vaughan, his chief of corruption, are at the top of our Aurora's Most Wanted List.
Kristen Ziman and Chris Tunney are at the top of that list.
Because they have ripped off taxpayers for more money?
It's because they are cops. They should know better. They swore an oath to protect us from the bad guys, not exploit us.
We hold them to a higher standard and so should you.
And we get it why it's so hard to imagine a cop being bad.
We didn't want to believe Kristen Ziman was anything but the awesome personality she has created over the years.
Our first clue something was wrong was from another cop who said "someday you'll realize she isn't competent and someday you'll realize how she has corrupted her way up the ladder."
We refused to believe it, thinking maybe it was because of feeling they had wronged and bypassed.
Now, looking back, all the clues and warnings were there. We heard from multiple cops, multiple viewers.
We couldn't imagine someone like Kristen Ziman could be like this.
We were wrong.
Someday we will be able to tell the full story of how and why we learned Kristen Ziman and Chris Tunney deserve to be at the top of Aurora's Most Wanted List.
It was as difficult for us to realize as we see for those in law enforcement today feeling fooled over the truth coming out about Fox Lake Cop Joe Gliniewicz.
Gliniewicz was a disgraceful, lying cop who used his position in law enforcement for personal gain.
The clues were there long before but now everyone knows.
Kristen Ziman is a disgraceful, lying cop who has used her position in law enforcement for personal gain.
Once again, the clues have been there but in this case, not everyone knows and many will not believe it until it's too late.
Ironically, when we first learned about Joe Gliniewicz, the first clue we had something was wrong was that Kristen Ziman called him a hero and proclaimed the world was against cops.
Turned out Joe Gliniewicz was a liar, coward and exploiter. And the world isn't against cops. Just bad cops.
When you read the story of Joe Gliniewicz, his manipulation, carefully staged schemes to portray himself one way to make you think he is good, not bad, you will start to understand how we see Kristen Ziman's story unfolding.
The only difference between Joe Gliniewicz, Kristen Ziman and Chris Tunney is that Joe Gliniewicz is dead, his schemes and lies have stopped. Kristen and Chris continue.
As difficult as any of this may be to believe for some, all we can say is stay tuned. The story is far from over.
Don't be fooled by Kristen Ziman or Chris Tunney anymore than being fooled by Joe Gliniewicz.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
There are good, smart and talented people who have been part of the East Aurora School District.
The problem is these too often are the exception, not the rule.
Rather than focusing on the billion reasons, including the reckless misconduct by Mayor Tom Weisner, his boss Bob Vaughan at the Dunham Fund, lousy state legislators like Stephanie Kifowit, Linda Holmes and Linda Chapa, we want to shift gears.
The school board voted for a tax levy increase in a district that is failing academically and financially.
The reality is Aurora has a better chance of succeeding Detroit for economics than getting the district into a fiscally thriving situation.
Unless two bold things happen.
One idea is to admit the school system has failed and there is no time to waste.
Enter charter schools.
Yes, we know, not all charter schools are created equal and some will be targets for the same taxpayer exploiting scumbags like the crew at the Dunham Fund, as fresh meat to feast on.
However, IF the crooks and cronies are kept away, charter schools might the ONLY option to inject high-quality education back into the district's borders.
We aren't saying this is the ideal solution but let's' address Part 2.
If there is a charter school that starts producing results in terms of academic performance, then the next step is to make housing attractive for new families looking for high-quality schools but affordable homes.
Thanks again to the rotten regime of Corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner, there isn't a lot of high-quality housing in the district.
There is lots of blight.
And, much of it needs to be demolished.
That's right, we are suggesting that parts of the east side need to be demolished to clear sections for new housing IF there is clear success from academic performance.
Once you address the education, start to eliminate blight and put quality housing, then there is a chance for some economic development activity.
We said some, don't expect East Aurora to become Naperville.
It will take years to undo the mess but if the academic performance is consistent and spreads, even if it means charter schools dominating, then there is a chance to save the east side.
Otherwise, if we continue down the current path led by the misfit from City Hall, we will continue to see the death spiral.
If anyone has a better idea, we are open but tell us what that is. How will high-quality education be injected into the east side in the fastest way?
There is no time to waste. And, if no change is coming, the the sooner everyone escapes this death spiral, the better chance they will survive elsewhere.