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Daley rips Hillard's Y2K staff memo

November 24, 1999


Mayor Daley on Tuesday blasted a memo from Chicago's police superintendent to 17,000 police employees recommending they stock up on food and water because of possible Y2K problems.

Police Supt. Terry Hillard's Oct. 19 internal memo is an example of a "bunker mentality" emblematic of paramilitary organizations, the mayor said.

"The memo is incorrect," he said. "I don't know where he got that. I will be talking to him about that."

In a prepared statement, Hillard defended the memo.

"The recommendations included in the memo are just that: recommendations," he said. "They are not executive orders, nor are they alarmist messages. In fact, much of what is recommended is common sense and typical of what Chicagoans hear every year as we approach the winter storm season."

The entire department is assigned to 12-hour shifts for New Year's weekend, Hillard said. The memo simply encouraged employees to ensure the comfort and well-being of family members, he said.

But Daley called the memo "alarmist," pointing to one recommendation to store at least a two-week supply of water for every member of the family.

"Two weeks? Are we all gonna carry canteens?" the mayor said.

The four-page memo said no one knows how widespread Y2K computer problems may be.

"Most people anticipate Y2K problems happening on New Year's Eve at midnight," said the memo, signed by Hillard, a Daley appointee. "Some experts think the problem is more likely to be a persistent one over several years, rather than a single event."

Daley said he wants the Chicago Police Department to prepare for Y2K as it did for the celebrations that followed the Bulls' six NBA titles.

Police officers who will be working long hours during New Year's weekend may want to take care of a few odds and ends at home so they don't have to worry about their families. But he told them not to get carried away.

"It's not the end of the world," Daley said.

-- Dog Gone (, November 24, 1999


Hmmm.... Not quite sure how that became a "memor" in the title...

Oh well, got canteens?

-- Dog Gone (, November 24, 1999.

"Daley said he wants the Chicago Police Department to prepare for Y2K as it did for the celebrations that followed the Bulls' six NBA titles."

The new official recommendation: Prepare as if for a basketball game

-- (, November 24, 1999.

Dog Gone: This comes under the heading of "I hope Daley is right but if he isn't, he better know how to leave politics." If he had remained quiet or played it down he would have been better off politically.

-- Neil G.Lewis (, November 24, 1999.

Mayor Daley is now recommending flak jackets and face shields?

-- snooze button (, November 24, 1999.

Prepare as if for a basketball game

Too good! You folks are killing me.

-- Dog Gone (, November 24, 1999.

Well if you've ever wondered why we used to refer to his Honour as the "Little Napoleon", I think his comments above illustrate that well.

Except that in this case he would be better characterized as "Little Marie Antoinette". "Let them drink canteens!"

So much for responsibility in America's third largest city.

Glad I left that place in the rearview.

-- INVAR (, November 24, 1999.

I wish we had a Terry Hillard in our community. Hillards concerns are hardly the kind of bunker-think that Mayor Daley attributes to Hillard's memo. In fact, if things go bad, Chicago's men and women in blue will be better able to protect and serve... knowing that their families are prepared.

Stan Faryna

Ready for Y2K? Got 14 days of water, food, way to keep warm and cook? cf

Cooperative Preps : Have you checked out the deals we can get on  preps?

One time deal on a inexpensive grain mill Sw

Water filters for less than suggested retail T8

Gas masks, potassium iodide, solar ovens, etc TK

Aladdins: the kerosene lamp for readers 1v

-- Stan Faryna (, November 24, 1999.

Wow! That's some memo. Two weeks of water. Gee, you'd almost think there was some sort of problem coming. But... how dumb must Daley be to give it publicity and credence by flaming it?

I don't know much about him: is he REALLY that stupid? Pop quiz:

A) He's that stupid? B) He's treating the cops just like any other wacko preppers? C) His conscience has got the better of him, and he wants people to prep, while still taking the "Nobody panic" line?

Enquiring foreign minds want to know. :)

-- Colin MacDonald (, November 24, 1999.

Link for the article:

-- Linkmeister (, November 24, 1999.

Having lived in Chicago for six years during Daley's reign, which was helped in by the terrible, phoney,Daley-and-the-press persecution of the family of Jacquelyn Dowaliby, pretending they believed that the stepfather murdered the child, when they had the real murderer in their sights (see recent expose movie of this debacle that ruined a family already ravaged by the murder of their child!), and knowing this mayor's recent push to ban guns in Chicago AND his rallying of the mayors of all the major US cities to follow suit in a big it any wonder that this career politician, son of a career politician, is persecuting his Chief of Police for being a GI and wanting to protect his forces?!?!

Right on, Superintendent of Police!!!!

-- Elaine Seavey (, November 24, 1999.

"Daley said he wants the Chicago Police Department to prepare for Y2K as it did for the celebrations that followed the Bulls' six NBA titles." The new official recommendation: Prepare as if for a basketball game

-- (, November 24, 1999.

LMAO Ruok, good one!

-- FactFinder (, November 24, 1999.

Water and Chicago from a January 1999 Chicago Tribune article. Did they finish?,1575,SAV- 9901010066,00.html


Water purification plants and pumping stations in Chicago and the suburbs have not yet been checked to make sure their electronic controls will operate on Jan. 1, 2000.


"Anyone who says they are ahead of the game on embedded (chips) is lying," said Liz Fieweger, who is heading the City of Chicago's hunt for microchips that will stop working in 2000. "The whole world should have been doing this two years ago.

"In some ways, we are behind. But everybody is."


Ask Chicago's Y2K boss what single issue worries her most, and she'll answer in a snap.


Chicago's water purification plants not only serve millions of people in the city, but pipe drinking water from Lake Michigan to dozens of suburbs as far away as DuPage and Will Counties.

Pumping, filtration and chlorination is governed by systems built years ago and controlled in part by equipment that contains embedded microchips.

"It is the only place where we have process-control equipment, and that is an area of the biggest problems," Elizabeth Boatman said.

It wasn't until mid-December that Chicago hired the consulting company to go in and inventory the devices at the city's filtration plants and 12 pumping stations.

According to the work plan, the consultants are to finish their inventory and analysis in March. Only then will it be clear how big or small the problem really is.


-- Linkmeister (, November 25, 1999.

Also see...

"Mayor Richard M. Daley Announces Chicago's Plans for the Rollover"

-- Linkmeister (, November 25, 1999.

Just to clear up one bit of the Mayor's comments.

Daley said he wants "the Chicago Police Department to prepare for Y2K as it did for the celebrations that followed the Bulls' six NBA titles."

This isn't as Polly as it sounds. Each and every time the Bulls won the NBA title there were hundreds of thousands of revelers on Chicago's streets. One year there was enormous rioting and looting. Another year there was burning and looting. Another year half a dozen people were shot to death.

One year police closed off ramps on all the major highways leading IN and OUT of town for hours. People were jailed for looking cross-eyed at cops.

Check out this article from The Washington Post (sorry, no link, I got if off Nexis-Lexis) and you'll see that the Mayor was probably worried about water hoarding. But he is hinting that major preps may be necessary.


June 23, 1993

A teenage boy and a woman were shot to death minutes after the Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns, 99-98, Sunday night in Phoenix.

Police patrolled in greater numbers and reported fewer arrests -- 682, mainly for burglary and disorderly conduct, compared with more than 1,000 last year. After the Bulls' first championship win in 1991, there was looting and more than 100 arrests.

Stores reported scattered looting, though police couldn't say today how much damage was done. Last year widespread looting caused about $ 10 million in losses.

Mayor Richard M. Daley praised police for controlling things as much as they did.

"There's thugs and there's criminals and there's gang-bangers and there's dope dealers and they'll take advantage of anything, and that's what they did," he said.

At one intersection, crowds dragged drivers from their cars. After beating one driver, the crowd yanked passenger Julio Castillo, 18, from the car and someone shot him to death, Sgt. Lee Epplen said. Another passenger, Castillo's best friend, 17-year-old Oswaldo Arroyo, was stabbed in the back. The driver was not seriously injured.

Also killed was Rosalind Slaughter, 26, who was hit by a stray bullet as she stood on a porch outside her South Side home. Across the city, on its northwest side, two young women were shot, one critically, as they hung out of the sunroof of a moving car.

"It's just senseless," Sgt. Wilson McGee said.

The city's preparations were much more elaborate this year after police were criticized for being outmanned and outmaneuvered during last year's rioting. The city and the team also produced a public relations entreaty to fans to "celebrate safe."

Police in riot gear, on horseback and with police dogs manned busy intersections, sometimes closing off streets and ordering crowds to disperse. Many storeowners boarded up windows and hired private security guards to stand outside all night.

Rioting in response to a professional team championship has occurred in a number of North American cities in recent years. This month 115 people were arrested and 168 injured in Montreal after the Canadiens won ice hockey's Stanley Cup. In February, 18 were injured and 26 arrested in Dallas during a rally for the Cowboys' Super Bowl Victory.

-- Lara (, November 25, 1999.

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