Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Will there be another Father's Day lockdown at Chicago's Cook County Jail?

Let's see, last year there was a Mother's Day lockdown at Cook County Jail--which incarcerates about 9,000 inmates--because too many guards called in sick. There weren't enough guards to keep order. Also in 2016 there was a lockdown on Father's Day--there were a lot of sick unionized guards that day too. Game 7 of the NBA Finals was played that night as well.

Two days ago--Mother's Day--there was another lockdown at the jail. In that day's first shift, over 200 workers called in sick or abused the Family Leave Act--was mom dying?--to blow off their responsibility to show up for work. That added up to 32 percent of the staff. Second shift wasn't much better--25 percent played hooky and the lockdown continued.

Other recent Cook County Jail lockdowns include the night of last year's NCAA National Football Championship Game and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match in 2015. That's why I mentioned the NBA Finals.

Will there be another Father's Day lockdown at Cook County Jail? Past performances may indicate future ones. What is Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a Chicago Democrat, doing to prevent another "mass sickness" among his jail guards? Does the union for the guards, Teamsters Local 700, even care?

This Cook County taxpayer demands answers.

Oh, there might be another NBA Finals Game 7 on Father's Day this year.

Did you know that, Sheriff Dart?

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Cook County Jail in Chicago on lockdown because over 200 guards called off on Mother's Day

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