Oh, there has been so much juicy Chicago news over the past couple of days.
Wilding and Gang Stuff
On Monday it was in the 90s here and unbearably hot and humid. Predictably, many people went to the beach. Many, many people. I wasn't one of them; I went to Benchmark for lunch and drinks and then to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The North Avenue beach is one of the nicest in the city, and the nearest to the Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and the Gold Coast. So, usually it is covered with college students, families, tourists, and people from the suburbs.
Apparently they decided to shut down the North Avenue beach on Monday because it was too hot. Yes, you heard that right. They shut down the beach because it was too hot. I guess some people were passing out and getting sick. (I don't know, could alcohol be involved maybe?) Have you ever heard of a beach being shut down because it was too hot? Isn't that the point of the beach? At least, that was the story the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel were telling.
Word on the street, and reported by WGN, was that the thugs were out and the CPD got nervous about being able to control the crowds. Various bloggers and commenters who were there have said that it was very crowded and a, shall we say, bad element, was making their usual appearance and starting to cause a commotion. Obviously such reports have been vehemently denied. It was refreshing to see WGN questioning why the beach got shut down, but the Sun Times and the Tribune just took the CPD's word for it that it was too hot so the beach had to close early. Ridiculous.
Drug Testing CHA Residents
I also missed the protest by CHA residents downtown today about potentially having to be drug tested. If you have time to protest, you have time to work. Go to work so you can pay your own rent. I wish I would've known about this before, or I would've made my own sign and wandered over there for a few minutes. If the hearing tonight wasn't way far away on the south side, I would probably go. I don't think this will ever pass, but it is good to dream. Florida's governor just signed an executive mandate to do this, but predictably, the ACLU has already filed a lawsuit to stop a similar law down there against drug testing state employees, so a lawsuit on the welfare recipients can't be too far off.
Casinos in Chicago!
The Illinois Senate passed legislation to allow casinos downtown, at O'Hare and Midway, and in other locations in Illinois. I'm all for this. Casinos have infused a ton of money into Detroit, and we can definitely use the money here in Chicago. Plus, I'd like to be able to go downtown and play blackjack every now and then. And frankly, if the choice is between raising my taxes more or building a few casinos, I vote for the casinos. But of course Governor Quinn calls the plan "excessive." He's such a jackass. The first thing he did when he got into office was raise taxes, while he continues to spend, spend, spend. Even our state Treasurer is saying that Illinois is on the verge of financial disaster.