Sunday, January 13, 2008

Daley and Eastwood probably didn't know about "Latin Field"

I have to revise what I wrote earlier: I sat in on the LPAC meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9, and Chuck Eastwood was there. At the meeting, everyone in the group -- with a good deal of sincerity and feeling -- explained how they were duped as well about the soccer field.

They said that Jim Chronis of the Park District came to them in September, 2006 -- three months before the clandestine agreement was signed -- and gave an apparently benign dog-and-pony presentation about five new soccer fields that the district was planning citywide. Asked directly by LPAC whether one of these fields was contemplated for Lincoln Park, Chronis emphasized very clearly that Lincoln Park was not currently on the list. That, Chuck and other LPAC members stated, was the last they heard of soccer fields until after the election. The only public notice ever made was a small ad in the back of the Sun-Times, that only mentioned a Park District meeting (where, we now now, the vote was quietly passed) -- and nothing else. I spoke with Chuck after the meeting and he really was sincere.

But this is not to let Vi Daley and Chuck Eastwood off the hook. They are still responsible. They could have changed things, even after the fact. They could have, and should have, stood up to the clandestine deal, just as Brendan Reilly is doing with the Children's Museum. They had three avenues of authority at their disposal, and a moral obligation. But they are politically fearful of both Mayor Daley's people and powerful Latin School parents. That is the worst possible excuse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear no evil, see no evil, ask no questions. So much for all the experience they keep reminding us they supposedly have.

They act like just another bunch of scared city hall employees instead of elected representatives of the 43rd ward.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Chuck blatantly lied to you. They knew there was a soccer field planned for Lincoln Park. Read the following exert from the Draft Minutes Lincoln Park Advisory Council September 13th, 2006: "The evening began with a presentation by Gia Biagi and Jim Cronis. They spoke of demand for multi-purpose fields -- especially for soccer. The fields don't have enough time to regenerate. Five fields using artificial turf in high-demand areas would be multipurpose. In Lincoln Park it would be installed at South Field. It's turf, grass-like, maintained with a zamboni, playable after rain and would extend the playing season. Three are scheduled (Reiss, Calumet and Lincoln)."

They didn’t want to know the details and I guess they believe if they keep repeating the lies, people will eventually believe it.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any legal reason that Brendan Reilly could not also serve as 43rd ward alderman? I wonder what it would be like to have an alderman with a spine? Just daydreaming...

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the real estate interests trust Tim Egan more than Chuck Eastwood. From the latest campaign contribution disclosures:

Source of reported contributions-

Chuck Eastwood:
Bar/Food 16% Real Estate 7%

Michele Smith:
Bar/Food 0% Real Estate 0%

Tim Egan:
Bar/Food 38% Real Estate 38%

Check the stats for yourself.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Peter, I’m sincere also. Can I interest you in a bridge or some nice water front land in Florida?

9:41 PM  

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