ACT NOW: Save 13th District Police Station
  • Petitioned Ald. Proco Joe Moreno

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Alderman 1st Ward
Ald. Proco Joe Moreno
Alderman 26th Ward
Ald. Roberto Maldonado
Alderman 28th Ward
Alderman Jason Ervin
Alderman 32nd Ward
Ald. Scott Waguespack
Alderman 27th Ward
Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman 2nd Ward
Alderman Robert Fioretti
Alderman 42nd Ward
Alderman Brendan Reilly
Chicago Police Superintendent
Garry McCarthy
Mayor of the City of Chicago
Hon. Mayor Rahm Emanuel

ACT NOW: Save 13th District Police Station

    1. Anne Shaw
    2. Petition by

      Anne Shaw

      Chicago, IL

On October 12, 2011, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a proposed budget where three police stations out of 25 would be closed, this includes the 13th District Police Station on Wood located at 937 N. Wood St. The Mayor has cited reasons such as these are the three oldest stations located in relatively low crime areas, and the surrounding newer stations can absorb the additional police, plus he claims this act will get more beat cops on the streets.

However, removing this station would diminish safety in our neighborhood by removing guaranteed police presence. With the station located on Wood St., there are police always around and patrolling the 13th District. Also, by removing the station, the decision on where police officers should patrol in the 13th Dist. will be left to the mercy of bureaucrats and administrators who know and care little of our neighborhood. Vital decision making personnel will be removed from our neighborhood and disrupt long-standing relationships between district commanders and our community. Moving the station to the new 12th District at 14th and Racine will significantly reduce officer response time to our community and to other officers requiring back up. It will also remove a beacon of safety for the areas around the 13th District Station which economically developed because of the Station. Property values will be in jeopardy and the neighborhood will decline. The City will save insignificant amounts of money by closing this station, but the cost to the community and property values are very high. There are still burglaries, break-ins, car thefts, vandalism, armed robberies, physical assaults, thefts and other serious crimes in our neighborhood which endanger the safety of our children, our families, ourselves, and our property.

Safety for our children, businesses, our homes and our community should be a priority. Removing a critical police station in a time when crime is increasing in Chicago and in our neighborhood should not even be on the Mayor's budget proposal. See this page for crime in our district and information on the 13th District Police station: https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/Communities/Districts/District13. Other less dangerous cost saving measures that do not include removing police stations and police from our neighborhood, should be explored first and considered, including cost saving modernization of the station or cost reductions across all 25 stations to save 3 stations, including the 13th. Not removing the three stations.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Anne Shaw challenges Ald. Joe Moreno for 1st Ward Committeeman

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      After the budget vote and discovering that none of the 7 Aldermen did anything to attempt to save the police station, I decided to run for 1st Ward Committeeman in order to send a message that the constituents cannot be ignored. Petitions are due December 5 and volunteers as well as myself are working hard to collect signatures. I hope that you will support my candidacy and if you are registered to vote in the 1st Ward, please sign a petition and volunteer to collect signatures. Thanks for your support. I also posted a response letter to the Mayor and to the Superintendent that you may want to see at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-13th-District-Wood-St-Police-Station/196342207106016?sk=wall&filter=2

    2. Asbestos contamination at site of proposed 12th District Station

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      In the meantime, though, DT Boring owner Tom Shelton, who is helping to build the station's geothermal heating system, claims the project has become an environmental nightmare. Shelton has 36 years of experience, and he said he has never seen a project mismanaged as badly as the Chicago Public Building Commission, or PBC, has handled this one.

      The problems began when pipes from an old community steam heating system were dug up last summer. The pipes and the surrounding soil contained asbestos -- heat-resistant fibers which when airborne, can cause serious health problems.

      Shelton claims the asbestos should have been discovered by the PBC's environmental surveys before work was even begun, that the PBC failed to adequately cover the piles of soil once asbestos was found, and that workers may have been exposed to airborne asbestos.

    3. Reminder City Hall Rally Monday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. and Phone Blitz All Day

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We are meeting first at the entrance to City Hall at 121 N. LaSalle St. We will then proceed to 5th Floor to deliver petitions and about 200 letters from students. There will be media coverage and I am anticipating about an hour doing this. If you miss us in the entrance, join us on the 5th Floor.

      Phone Blitz: Telephone and E-Mail Blitz on Monday, November 14 all day to save our 13th District Police Station. Call and E-Mail:
      David Spielfogel, Chief of Policy and Strategic Planning, Mayor’s Office 312.744.2818; David.spielfogel@cityofchicago.org

      Call the Mayor’s Office at 312-744-3300
      Communicate:
      1) You strongly oppose closing the Wood Street Police station
      2) There are no cost savings in closing the 13th District Station
      3) Officer downtime WILL INCREASE and patrol time WILL DECREASE by consolidating the 13th with the new 12th due to unnecessary and inefficient travel time between the areas.
      4) Nothing is more important to public safety than strong police presence.

    4. Volunteer meeting Nov 12 at 10:00 am; City Hall Rally Nov 14 at 1:00 p.m.

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Please join us for a volunteer meeting for Saving the 13th District Police Station this Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Leona's on Augusta and the City Hall Rally on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1:00 p.m. starting in front of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. and proceeding to the 5th Floor to deliver Petitions and Letters to the Mayor. This is the last rally before the budget vote on Nov. 16. For more info, please go to www.Save13.org

    5. Reminder Blue Ribbon March this Sunday, Nov 6 at 2:30 p.m. Wood St. Station

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Please join us as we march around the neighborhood in support of saving our station this Sunday, Nov 6, 2:30 pm starting at the Wood St. Station. We will be marching to Division then down Damen, then Chicago Ave, and back to Wood St. Station. We will be tying Navy Blue Ribbons and wearing them to show support for our Station and our Officers. Bring some ribbons to share and we will have some, as well as some signs. For more info, please visit our website.

      I have also started my own time and motion study of the downtime due to the distance of the new proposed 12th District Station. The results are disturbing and actually show an increase in Officer downtime, a decrease in officer patrol time, a marked decrease in efficiency, and an increase in waste of gasoline and wear and tear on police vehicles. More details can be found on my newsletter, which you can subscribe to at http://tinyletter.com/savethe13th

    6. Blue ribbon march planned for next Sunday - tie a blue ribbon now

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We are planning a blue ribbon march for next Sunday to show support for our 13th Dist. Officers and Station. Please tie a blue ribbon around your trees, posts, fences to show you care and want to save your station now. More details on the march to come.

    7. Let Superintendent McCarthy know how you feel about the 13th Dist. Station

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Please let Superintendent McCarthy know how you feel about the 13th District Police Station, how efficient the officers are already in the 13th District, and how we want guaranteed presence of the officers through their location in the Station. You can e-mail him at garry.mccarthy@chicagopolice.org

    8. Make Your Voice Heard at Public Commentary on Budget on 10/31 City Hall

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      The final day of city budget hearings is this Monday the 31st. At the meeting, four departments, Family and Support Services, Fleet, I.T., and Law will be discussing their budgets starting at 9 a.m. At the end of the department discussion, members of the public are given the opportunity by the Budget Committee to be heard about your concerns with the budget. This usually starts immediately following the last department and typically after 1 p.m. If you are concerned about police station closings, or any of the cuts or cahnges in appropriations to certain departments and would like the Mayor's staff to hear you out, now is the time to do so.

      Show up after 1:00 p.m. - see how your government works and let your voice be heard on how you don't want the 13th District Police Station to be closed. This is at City Hall, downtown, in Room 200.

    9. Please share this petition with others and get them to sign it

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We need more signatures! Thanks

    10. Logistics for tonight's Rally and Town Hall with McCarthy and now Wysinger

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Reminder about tonight's Rally at 5:30 p.m. and some logistics for tonight and for the town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. If you are driving in for the rally or the town hall, please do not park in the UCC parking lot which will be closed for the rally. There will be parking available at the Church and across the street. Please follow the marked signs and the volunteers who will direct you. For the town hall meeting, please be there no later than 6:25 and seated, as it will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Questions must be written down ahead of time. If you have specific questions you want me to address, please e-mail me before 4:00 p.m. Superintendent McCarthy is planning to be there at 6:00 p.m. with 1st Deputy Al Wysinger. Please join us tonight!

    11. Milwaukee did what Emanuel wants to do - Lower Police Response Time

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Department records showed police response lagged in 13 of 15 major call categories last year compared with 2007 figures.New records obtained this month by the newspaper show the department's overall response time was 3.5 minutes longer on average during the three full years since Flynn's arrival compared with the three years prior. That's more than 10% longer.
      In another case, police took more than two hours to arrive at the scene of a fatal car crash in June on the far northwest side. Instead of focusing on rapid response, the Police Department assigns more squad cars to proactive policing efforts in high-crime areas. Flynn said his strategy has helped reduce the city's crime rate but has acknowledged it can result in a slower response.

      "People just don't bother calling police anymore. If crime is down at all, it's because people are not even reporting things, because police don't respond," he said. 911 dispatcher calls put people on hold for 15 minutes and response time can be hours

    12. Emanuel's Budget bad for libraries, public health and even Police

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      The most surprising cuts in Mayor's budget are those to the police department – surprising because Emanuel has emphasized throughout his short tenure that he’s increasing the number of cops on the street. But the Emanuel budget reduces the number of full-time police department employees by nine percent from 15,659 to 14,237. Emanuel’s acknowledgment that positions the Daley administration budgets listed as “vacant” will, in fact, never be filled. Pat Camden, spokesperson for the Fraternal Order of Police, though, is upset with the budget because hundreds of the personnel cuts are retiring officers – including Emanuel’s much-championed beat cops – that the mayor doesn’t plan to replace. “They are 520 officers retiring this year and they are hiring 100 to replace them,” Camden says. “So his replacements don’t even come close to what he lost this year to say nothing of [retirements] next year.”

    13. Maybe last chance to be loud about saving 13 - Come to the Rally!

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Budget may be voted on November 16. Superintendent McCarthy will be at the town hall at 6:30 p.m., so please come show our force and strength in wanting to preserve our safety, our property values, our businesses, and our wonderful hard working officers of the 13th Police Station at the Police Station by joining us at the rally in support of saving the 13th District Station at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave. at Oakley. Parking will be available. More info at www.Save13.org

    14. 2nd lowest number of beat officers and higher violent crime rate than 12th

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Hi All:

      The Chicago News Cooperative was able to get its hands on some tightly held figures from the people of Chicago. These figures have to do with number of deployed officers and actual crime numbers divided by districts.

      The link I posted here shows a map with each district with a roll over of crime stats and number of beat officers. Like I said its even scarier for us than I thought. The 13th has the 2nd lowest number of beat officers by 1 with 192 beat officers (we are 30 - 40% lower than every other district in beat officers). The 12th currently has 270 beat officers with less violent crimes than the 13th,

      But look also around the 13th, the 14th, 11th, and 1st have even bigger violent crime numbers. What do you think will happen when they close the 13th. There is even more reason NOT to close the 13th because this will effect officer response time for even our surrounding neighbors who rely on our officers to back up their officers if need be. Be afraid and mad.

    15. Rally Tuesday October 25, 2011 5:30 p.m. Ukrainian Cultural Center

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Please if you care about saving the station, come to our rally to support it this Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave. at Chicago and Oakley. We need you. We will be making signs this Sunday (tomorrow) and organizing teams to put up signs regarding the Rally at St. Helen's Church on Augusta at the School in the basement at 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please join us. For more information, visit www.save13.org.

    16. Get forms, info, action items, news, and social media links at Save13,org

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      For more information on Saving the 13th District Police Station, including downloading forms, petitions, flyers, links to social media, the on-line petition, and the facts about why saving this station is important for our community and the City as a whole and why closing this station makes no sense for the budget and will not accomplish the Mayor's objectives, please visit our website www.Save13.org

    17. What happened to the $93 million earmarked to hire police officers?

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Mark Brown looks into where the $93 million went because it did not go to hiring new officers.

    18. Our Website is up

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We finally have a website up - it will still need some tweaking, but you can find it a www.save13.org.

    19. Contact the Mayor's Office in 3 Ways to Save our Station!

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Please do the following three things: Call the Mayor's office and let him know you do not support the closing of the 13th District Station at 312-744-3300; 2) fax him the letter at 312-744-8045 (which is what the staff said to do - you can find a draft below in one of my previous postings); and 3) Post an on-line complaint, with the SUBJECT: 13th District Police Station and Organization: Concerned Citizens and Businesses of the 13th District at http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/eforms/org/cityofchicago/eforms/controller/contactUsForm/preFeedbackForm.do.

    20. Ald. Maldonado Opposes Closing the Police Stations.

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Chicago - At least one alderman is concerned about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close three police stations in response to the city's budget crisis, and he's encouraging his residents to voice their concerns as well. Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) joined us to talk about why he’s opposed to the plan.

      The mayor said closing the police stations would allow the police department add 20 more officers to the streets, Maldonado was concerned that the officers would not be assigned to cover his district at all, taking resources away from an area that was previously covered.

      Maldonado was also concerned the move would derail current community efforts to clean up the streets.

      The alderman said it already takes half a police shift to process an arrestee under the current system, and with a station closure, it would take even longer to bring a suspect to the police station.

    21. Reached 1,500 signatures
    22. Ald. Waguespack strongly supports saving the 13th District Police Station

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      10/12/2011 Ald. Waguespack explained to more than one by e-mail that he does NOT support the closing of the 13th Dist. Police Station:

      "I don't. I was told by Supt McCarthy a few weeks ago after the initial Suntimes story not to worry about it because 13 was NOT closing. He told me that it was a unfounded rumor. My comments then were the same attributed today- weeks later. My comments were if they are contemplating it, they need to be honest and straightforward with residents about the implications of a closure, including public hearings. I found out yesterday evening that they are closing two that serve the ward, after he and Rahm sat down with the media to tell them, and before they warned or spoke to any elected officials or officers. This was totally contrary to what they said a few weeks ago. And, the Mayor's office told us in a budget briefing yesterday morning not to worry about Police and Fire because the Mayor himself would be briefing us."

    23. We have a twitter feed!

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Get some news and information on our new twitter feed. Thanks to Amanda McPhillips for volunteering to do this and keeping it updated!

    24. Next volunteer meeting Wed. Oct. 19 at Leona's 6:30 p.m.

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help and support - please come to our next meeting. We will also be discussing the rally. Thanks! Anne

    25. Second Rally Planned for October 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.

      Anne Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      A second rally has been planned for Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave. Please come to show your support to save the station. It is vitally important for police coverage, response time (for both citizens and back up police officers), and the safety of the community as a whole to keep the Wood St. Station intact and upgrade it. The City is dangerously short on police officers, according to Mike Shields, Director of the Fraternal Order of Police, who stated that the City is short about 2500 officers from attrition over the years due to unfilled positions. He further stated that we lose almost 500 officers a year due to retirements and attrition and these positions go unfilled. The closure of the station will result in poor response time, poor police coverage, and eventual decline of the neighborhoods, as stated by Mike Shields. Anything less than a full station is useless. Please come and show your support and make signs! Thanks!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Leighanne Carroll CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This police station serves an area of the city that has escalating gang activity. It is important that the police vehicles continue to appear in the neighborhood as I think that this prevents a lot of the suspicious characters from acting and therefore, the neighborhood is safer.

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    • Kree Cuthbert CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Safety. There were just two horrible shootings in this neighborhood. We need police presence. Crime will only go up.

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    • Keith Graff CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      It's sad that this station will be closing when serious crimes have risen in the area - robbings, stabbings, shootings.

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    • Steven Kriz CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Resident

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    • Steve Pahl CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Contrary to what the Mayor and Police Superintendent might think, this is not a 'low-crime' area. My neighbor's house was broken into last year, and my car has been vandalized three times in the last two years. A woman at the local Subway shop was shot and killed two weeks ago.

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