Every American city creates history in ways that reflect its citizens and character. Los Angeles has its mega stars and scandals such as the OJ Simpson trials, the Manson family murders, the riots of 1992. Boston is a huge sports and university town and focuses on its historic schools and teams such as Harvard, the Red Sox and Celtics, they also have the Kennedys.
Then we have Chicago, a very special city that seems to harden more everyday right before the nation’s eyes.
Despite producing our first African American president, the citizens of Chicago are somehow stubbornly resistant to the change that President Barack Obama was seeking.
Since Obama’s election, Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) was impeached for attempting to sell Obama’s senate seat, the murder rate has doubled, the retail sales tax has risen to 10.25%, hundreds of city jobs have been cut by Mayor Daley, and political scandal after scandal has rocked the news. There is no doubt that Chicago has been in the media more than any other city this year.
New York is beginning to get jealous of its cousin the slightly less popular “second city” who is managing to steal the media spotlight by being the troubled wild child”. The phrase “The Chicago Way” is uttered from the lips of Americans hailing from small Southern towns to Alaskan igloos. All bestowing Chicago and its “way” with an unfortunately credible urban legend of political corruption and crime.
After everything we have seen and heard this year, what else could possibly go wrong in the slumlord millionaire, loyally Democrat voting “City of Big Shoulders” ? A city that surprisingly, is still in the running to host the Olympics in 2016–talk about “hit and run”. Will pay to play and drive by shootings become a new Olympic sport?
Yesterday, just when you thought it was safe to take Chicago off your Twitter updates, a new scandal arose from the grave which literally transformed Chicago into a liberal shop of horrors
Now in Chicago not only do the dead vote often, they are also making money for other people.
By Mira Oberman
CHICAGO (AFP) — Grave robbers stripped at least 300 plots at a historic black cemetery outside Chicago, dumped many of the bodies and then resold the plots for a profit, officials said Thursday.
The years-long scheme was carried out by the cemetery’s manager and three gravediggers who sold the “used” graves so they could pocket the fees rather than pass them along to the Arizona-based owners.
“This was not done in a very delicate way,” Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said at a press conference.
“They would excavate a grave, excavate the entire site and then they would proceed to dump the remains wherever they found a place to do it in the back of the cemetery.”
They would also sometimes leave the remains in the grave and “pound them down and put someone else on top,” Dart said.
It will likely take months before authorities can identify all of the bodies and restore the gravesites, Dart said, adding that efforts will be complicated by the fact that the cemetery’s records were destroyed and altered.
“We don’t know what else to tell the people, but we are horrifically sorry they have been subjected to this,” Dart said.
“We are working on making this right.”
The scheme came to light when Burr Oak Cemetery’s Arizona-based owners contacted the sheriff’s department after discovering a large discrepancy in the cemetery’s finances.
Burr Oak is one of Chicago’s oldest predominantly African-American cemeteries and is home to a number of historic figures, including Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder galvanized the civil rights movement.
Blues legend Dinah Washington and boxing champ Ezzard Charles are also buried at Burr Oak.
The gravesites that were stripped and then resold were very old and appeared not to have regular visitors, officials said.
Scores of distraught family members flooded the cemetery to check on the graves of their loved ones and try to find answers.
“There should be a special place in hell for these graveyard thieves who have done so much to hurt these families,” civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson said at the afternoon press conference.
The cemetery’s manager, Caroyln Towns, is also accused of pocketing cash from a fund she set up to build a memorial museum for Till.
Towns and grave diggers Keith Nicks, Terrence Nicks and Maurice Daily were charged with dismembering a human body.
“This crime is a whole new dimension that shows us what lengths people would go through for financial gain,” said Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez.
You know that some politician somewhere, somehow knew about this.
Chicago as a voting block is solidly in the Democrats camp. They need to change this. There needs to be a higher level of demand in the city for accountability and honest political dealings. Do the residents expect this? Do they care? It is difficult to tell when they continue to vote for Democrats like zombies.
How ironic that the city that thrust the changeling Obama into the presidency with all his promises of a new and better life, higher standards of living for all but the rich and conservative, seems somehow immune to the hopium pipes they were smoking. Crickets from Barack Obama on the problematic and troubling accounts that seem to pile up from his former home base like dead bodies.
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