Thanks, officers

07/11/2012 10:00 PM

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It’s 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 city’s 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, that’s something no one should have to deal with at work — much less Chicago’s finest.

We understand that the city has put some kind of portable AC units in the station, but they’re not doing much on scorching hot days.

Last we heard, the part needed to fix the cops’ AC was on order. That’s 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

It’s 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 city’s 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 project’s 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 it’ll deal with the massive structure in the middle of the park, whether they’ll be hiring a staffer to run it, or a private company.

The fact that it’s not secured in any way besides a short fence is problematic, as well. Though there may be rules about park hours, in all practicality they’re not enforceable late at night. So what’s to stop a few idiots from climbing up in the middle of the night and cracking their skulls?

Ald. Brendan Reilly’s on the right track with this one — the park district needs to get some answers before moving on this one.

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