Rapper Chief Keef Wants To Become Mayor of Chicago

28 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

As Chicagoans Die, Police Pension Burden Hobbles City’s Response.

CHICAGO — An average of six Chicagoans have been shot each day this year, up from five in 2014. Controversial rapper Chief Keef took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he’s out for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job. “Vote for me!!!! … Yall gonna love me in the Office,” the 19-year-old tweeted.More than 1,800 multi-unit residential buildings will soon have to pay their own freight for garbage collection, in a move that, a rookie alderman hopes, will set the stage for suburban-style garbage collection fees citywide.

Chief Keef’s not looking to back down from his beef with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and, he says, his next move is running to replace the four-year officeholder. The social media posts are all part of the teenage rapper’s beef with Emanuel, whose office canceled a benefit concert that Chief Keef had been due to headline in July out of concerns for public safety, NBC reports. Chief Keef, 19, had billed the performance as a “Stop the Killing” benefit concert, meant to raise money for Marvin Carr, a fellow Chicago rapper who died in a shooting this month, and Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old child killed by a vehicle fleeing the scene of that shooting. With the nation’s second-largest number of sworn officers, Chicago is struggling to pay an extra $550 million in pension obligations owed to public-safety workers.

The rapper, who has a long history of run-ins with the law, had planned to perform via hologram as he is unable to appear in person in Chicago, where there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges related to child support. About an hour earlier, Keef also posted a message to his fans telling them to call Emanuel and included a phone number, which directs callers to the city’s 311 directory. That leaves the city with little financial flexibility as homicides have risen more than 18 percent from last year and shootings 17 percent. “They’re fighting a war on two fronts,” said Richard Ciccarone, president and chief executive officer of Merritt Research Services, which analyzes municipal finance. While in Hammond, Indiana, police burst in and closed down a music festival Saturday night when the aforementioned Keef appeared, in hologram form. “Even though I was told no Chief Keef by the promoters, they tried it anyway. Emanuel was sworn in for his second term in May after winning a runoff mayoral election with 56 percent of the vote, and the next election is due in 2019.

That show was canceled last minute, as well, as police rushed the stage shortly into Keef’s performance and shut it down. “I know nothing about Chief Keef,” Hammond mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. told the New York Times. “All I’d heard was he has a lot of songs about gangs and shooting people – a history that’s anti-cop, pro-gang and pro-drug use.

Yes, Keef, who once upon a time went by Keith Cozart, is vile, his persona an image of black manhood as crafted by the Klan, his songs soporific, a bunch of gyrating toughs flashing guns and wads of cash while flinging their fingers around. He’s been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we’re not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door.” Keef and his team have said these events were intended to promote peace, contrary to Emanuel’s claims. New York’s increase in homicides is a third of Chicago’s — 5.5 percent through mid-July — yet Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed adding 1,300 officers to the city’s 34,500-member force, the nation’s largest.

I don’t think this is gonna work.” In a follow-up interview, Hopkins argued that the only fair thing to do is to impose a monthly garbage collection fee on all homeowners and, perhaps, use the windfall of new revenue to provide additional service. “That should be on the table…It’s a matter of fairness. The Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago is only 27 percent funded, and beneficiaries outnumber active officers 13,320 to 12,020, according to its 2014 annual report. “In normal times, they’d be fighting the battle for public safety,” said Ciccarone, who’s based in Chicago. “But with the pensions, so much of their capital will be swept away for services already performed.” Chicago underfunded its four pensions by $7.3 billion from 2005 to 2014, according to bond documents. The city suffered another setback Friday when a state court struck down a pension restructuring for municipal workers and laborers because it would force them to accept reduced benefits. The rodent population is also exploding in the city and it’s directly connected to overflowing dumpsters, overflowing recycling containers,” Hopkins said. “Right now, everybody does pay.

So to incentivize good behavior by charging more or charging a flat fee that everybody has to pay into is something we should consider.” In 2000, the City Council formalized a policy that requires city crews to pick up garbage at single-family homes and all residential buildings with up to four units. Didn’t he learn anything after his handpicked Chicago Public Schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, paused from canoodling her former employers with no-bid contracts, allegedly, long enough to cravenly pull acclaimed graphic novel “Persepolis” from CPS libraries after one complaint, then lied about it? Asked whether the mayor would push for more police officers, Adam Collins, a spokesman, said it “would be premature to discuss specifics.” Illinois’s Democrat-led legislature passed a plan to lower Chicago’s extra payment next year to its police and fire retirement systems to $330 million from $550 million, but Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has yet to sign the measure. On Tuesday, Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams put a precise number on the widespread cheating that Inspector General Joe Ferguson exposed after conducting a pair of audits. “There were approximately 2,500 [grandfathered] properties on this list [in 2000].

We’re the city that banned the movie “Georgie Girl” as obscene, that arrested Lenny Bruce for holding up a photo of a breast at the Gate of Horn in 1962. Of those 1,800, we have captured through the Deparmetnt of law and found that, automatically, 794 of those are no longer eligible to be collected by the city, which just illustrates the problems we’re facing within our department,” Williams said.

Matt O’Shea (19th), chief sponsor of the ordinance, added, “These 794 buildings right now are cheating the system, cheating the taxpayers…There are more out there….There’s even more cost-savings….Everybody in this room has got a ward with lots that are overgrown. All the oppressions of Communist China are done in the name of security, protests and concerts and books banned because they might disturb domestic harmony. Given that the Chicago police kill more civilians than any other big city force in the country, I’d say a little musical pushback is to be expected. Not exactly the brightest bulb, Keef was the guy tweeting photos of himself smoking an enormous blunt in what was clearly his Northbrook home while simultaneously claiming not to be living there.

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