07/11/2012 10:00 PM
Itís hard work being a police officer in the city of Chicago. Crime is up and the number of cops is down. This year is shaping up to be particularly brutal in terms of the number of killings around the city.
The men and women of the 1st District police station, at 18th and State in the South Loop, are up to their ears dealing with trouble downtown, protecting our cityís economic engine. And as the temperature goes up, the trouble does too.
So when we learned that the air conditioning was out at the 1st District station, last week in the middle of a three-day heat wave, we were shocked. On a day when the mercury hit 102, thatís something no one should have to deal with at work ó much less Chicagoís finest.
We understand that the city has put some kind of portable AC units in the station, but theyíre not doing much on scorching hot days.
Last we heard, the part needed to fix the copsí AC was on order. Thatís all well and good, but we hope the city gets things in working order as quickly as possible.
Thanks, officers, for serving our city. Stay cool.
More answers on Grant Park
Itís been a few months since we heard anything about the North Grant Park renovation project, also known as the plan to tear up a massive portion of our cityís front yard for two years.
When the first draft of the plans emerged last year, it came across as a sweeping, visionary design, with lots of neat little features tucked inside as well.
But at a community meeting on the project this week, one major problem was pointed out by the projectís neighbors: What the heck is the deal with the climbing wall in the middle of the park?
At this point, the park district seems to have no idea how itíll deal with the massive structure in the middle of the park, whether theyíll be hiring a staffer to run it, or a private company.
The fact that itís not secured in any way besides a short fence is problematic, as well. Though there may be rules about park hours, in all practicality theyíre not enforceable late at night. So whatís to stop a few idiots from climbing up in the middle of the night and cracking their skulls?
Ald. Brendan Reillyís on the right track with this one ó the park district needs to get some answers before moving on this one.