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(Chicago Alderman) Beale predicts violence if Metra doesn’t hire more minorities for rail project
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 31, 2012 4:52PM | Updated: June 1, 2012 2:23AM | FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter

Posted on 06/01/2012 2:28:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai

An influential alderman warned Metra’s executive director on Thursday that “people are going to get hurt” if the commuter rail agency fails to bolster minority participation on a $133-million South Side railroad bridge known as the “Englewood Flyover.”

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, did not explain who he believed would “get hurt” or who the perpetrators might be. But, he was clearly referring to civil disobedience or maybe even violence at the construction site.

“I’m trying to help you help yourself. When I say that, problems could arise. When you look at a community like Englewood [that] is challenged and you have over $1 billion of work coming through and there’s no people of color working on that project, I’m afraid people are going to get hurt,” Beale told Clifford during Thursday’s committee hearing.

“When you look at the make-up of the community—when you look at the unemployment rate … in that particular community, it’s probably 35, almost 40 percent. … To have a contract come like this in the African-American community with less than one percent minority participation is an insult.”

Clifford said he “respects and appreciates” Beale’s point. But, he also stood his ground, arguing that Metra has “not done anything wrong” and “followed federal statutes to the letter.”

As required by federal law, Metra established a 25 percent benchmark for “disadvantaged business enterprises,” a category that includes any business with an annual net worth that does not exceed $1.32 million, Clifford said. That means small businesses as well as those owned by minorities and women. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: anthonybeale; chicago; englewoodflyover; illinois; metra; minorities; violence

1 posted on 06/01/2012 2:29:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hmmmm.....blackmail?


2 posted on 06/01/2012 2:31:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Olog-hai

Anybody working in that part of town is at risk; black employees less than whites, but it’s still dangerous. The criminals aren’t going to not target people because of a few hires; they’ll keep on doing what they do regardless of whether the workforce “looks like America”, i.e., has a lot of affirmative action hires.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 2:33:39 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: goodnesswins

Local crooked pol joining forces with Black Panther Bobby Rush on this absurd matter. They don’t care about any infrastructure getting built any more than Michael Moore (and his fantasy about “getting all the unemployed” to suddenly become skilled workers and “build high speed rail” all over the contiguous 48 states) cares.


4 posted on 06/01/2012 2:35:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: goodnesswins

Ald. Anthony Beale has erased the line between Idiocracy and Thugocracy. Nice job.


5 posted on 06/01/2012 2:35:31 PM PDT by Noumenon (If people saw socialists for what they truly are, slaughter would ensue - in self-defense.)
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To: Olog-hai

Who is John Galt?


6 posted on 06/01/2012 2:35:49 PM PDT by oldtimer
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To: Olog-hai

Seems to me that the beautiful Mrs. Conyers made similar threats about hiring the “wrong kind of people” for projects in Detroit before she went to prison.


7 posted on 06/01/2012 2:37:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Olog-hai

Since whites cannot effectively mount any resistence to any black demand; I suggest the project be immediately turned over to a black construction firm that “discourages” whites applying for available jobs.


8 posted on 06/01/2012 2:39:00 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Olog-hai

Hmm, kind of like the muzzies threatening to get MAD any time Mo’ is mocked. How do We the People usually respond to a ‘request’ for danegeld? let me think a minute ...

From the Halls of Montezuma ...

to the Shores of Tripoli ...

Molon labe


9 posted on 06/01/2012 2:39:23 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Olog-hai

Hmm, kind of like the muzzies threatening to get MAD any time Mo’ is mocked. How do We the People usually respond to a ‘request’ for danegeld? let me think a minute ...

From the Halls of Montezuma ...

to the Shores of Tripoli ...

Molon labe


10 posted on 06/01/2012 2:39:41 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: goodnesswins

Works every time among guilt-ridden honkies.


11 posted on 06/01/2012 2:44:22 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.


12 posted on 06/01/2012 2:59:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai

An influential alderman warned Metra’s executive director on Thursday that “people are going to get hurt” if the commuter rail agency fails to bolster minority participation on a $133-million South Side railroad bridge known as the “Englewood Flyover.”

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Amazing amount of entitled threatening.


13 posted on 06/01/2012 3:07:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Olog-hai

I didn’t used to be a racist, but the actions of the black “leadership” in this country is making me one. Who the he11 do these idiots think they are threatening violence if they don’t get their way. Maybe there were no qualified minority contractors — but hey that is ok, safety of the public is secondary to minority demands. These “leaders” give blacks a bad name


14 posted on 06/01/2012 3:11:21 PM PDT by falcon99
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To: Olog-hai
they better have a union card then...
15 posted on 06/01/2012 3:29:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Olog-hai
“people are going to get hurt”

Might be your people homie.

Some folks are getting sick of this crap.

16 posted on 06/01/2012 3:30:46 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Chode
And if they do, seniority will still be given higher priority.
17 posted on 06/01/2012 3:31:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: goodnesswins

You bet! It’s shakedown city!


18 posted on 06/01/2012 3:48:42 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Olog-hai

Do you want to go over a bridge built by affirmative action contractors? I don’t!


19 posted on 06/01/2012 4:14:15 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Olog-hai
bingo...
20 posted on 06/01/2012 4:15:26 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Noumenon

You should drive through his Precinct sometime. I have. All those shootings you hear about in Chicago on those lovely summer weekends? 70% of them happen there.

You’re safer in Khandahar on a Saturday night than you are in Englewood.


21 posted on 06/01/2012 4:19:52 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Sounds like Beale really cares deeply about his constituents, right?


22 posted on 06/01/2012 4:26:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Now I get what the high-speed rail obsession is all about... union construction jobs.

They don't care that the things aren't needed. They want those union dues and campaign contributions.

23 posted on 06/01/2012 4:40:45 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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