“Look at the salary boosts I am going to give you, if you endorse me!”
Why has the Norridge police department been involving itself in Norridge’s politics?
We have heard for years how Norridge police officers have been quietly campaigning for candidates of James Chmura’s Norridge Improvement Party politicians.
Some of this political activity is in plain sight – Norridge PD top officers have publicly endorsed candidates of Chmura’s party (see pictures on the right), and are even making campaign contributions to Chmura’s NIP itself.
During the 2013 local elections, outgoing Police Chief James Jobe (who doesn’t even live in Norridge) and Deputy Chief David Disselhorst, appeared in a campaign ad for now-mayor James Chmura, a blatant endorsement of Chmura by the Norridge Police Department.
Jobe appeared in another campaign ad with the entire Norridge Improvement Party slate, including Chmura, incumbent trustees Kucharski and Gregorio, and newcomer Daniel Tannhauser.
In 2015, Jobe did the same thing, appearing in campaign literature for the Norridge Improvement Party candidates running for re-election.
Chief Jobe doesn’t hesitate to involve the Norridge PD in politics
Jobe made a contribution to Chmura’s Norridge Improvement Party (NIP) campaign fund. This year, Deputy Police Chief David Disselhorst made a contribution. And of course, with Jobe’s retirement, he’s now acting Police Chief. Money well spent, eh?
Both are clearly a conflict of interest – the Norridge Police Department shouldn’t be endorsing candidates. Nor should they be giving campaign money to people who vote on their salaries!
Lack of traffic enforcement
A car blows a stop sign, barely slowing down when making a right turn on a four way stop intersection.
A few seconds later, a Norridge Police car speeds up behind the driver and pulls him over. Shortly after, a second Norridge Police car arrives behind the first.
A conversation takes place between the driver and the first officer. The following is overheard:
“You blew two stop signs”, the first officer says.
“I was going to the X-Sport. Sorry.”, the driver replies.
The conversation above took place on Cullom Ave near the X-Sport entrance, between a Norridge police officer, and a Chicago driver pulled over for disobeying stop signs.
The officers let the driver go without a citation, even after clearly reprimanding the driver for blowing two stop signs, because the driver said the magic word – X-Sport. As in Harlem Irving Plaza. $$$ for Mayor James Chmura to feed his wasteful spending, as well as the officer’s huge pension.
The above is a regular occurrence to residents around the Harlem Irving Plaza with regards to traffic enforcement, or rather, a lack of traffic enforcement by the Norridge PD.
Going to the HIP seems to be a “get out of tickets free” card.
Even the HIP security’s own vehicles regularly blow stop signs, speed far in excess of the 20MPH residential speed limit, drive the wrong way down a one-way street, and park illegally in restricted parking areas.
During the Christmas shopping season for the past 2 years, Norridge police officers have been observed on Cullom near the X-Sport. However, their presence appeared merely to be to more quickly catch shoplifters than any benefit to the residents.
Norridge cops have been observed going out of their way to give breaks to mall shoppers parking illegally, telling them how to get out of their tickets. This contradictory behavior seems to be an attempt to appear to the residents that the NPD is “doing something”, while not, well, actually doing something.
The Village spends thousands directing traffic for HIP shoppers, at taxpayer expense. This cost taxpayers over $58,000 through 2013.
Although the Norridge PD does traffic services for other companies (such as Cumberland Chapels), these businesses reimburse the Village for costs. Not so with the HIP.
As Chmura’s NIP has received thousands of dollars from the Harlem Irving Plaza, it’s not hard to connect the dots here.
Confidential sources within the Village have confirmed that, in fact, the HIP’s money has played a role in the lack of enforcement around the mall.
Any now they want a new $12 million dollar state of the art police building?
Cops should enforce laws, not politics
The Norridge PD should be enforcing the law, and stay the hell out of Norridge politics.
Today was Jobe’s last day as Police Chief. Disselhorst becomes Acting Chief tomorrow. Sadly, with Disselhorst’s hands already in the cookie jar, the changing of the guard won’t amount to much at the present time.
Disselhorst and the Norridge Police Department would do well to remember that their credibility is at stake here – if they even have any credibility remaining.