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Monday, Mar 25, 2019

* I woke up Sunday morning, logged on to the Twitter machine and saw this…



* So, I started texting Pritzker’s people to snarkily ask if they were still hungover

Chicago police officers responded late Saturday to a call of a loud residential party with city officials in attendance.

Officers were called about 10:32 p.m. to the residence in the 4500 block of North Damen Avenue, Chicago police said. City officials were confirmed to be present at the gathering, but police declined to confirm their identities.

Governor J.B. Pritzker was also in attendance at the party but his spokesperson says he left at 10:15 p.m., Rich Miller of Capitol Fax said in a tweet.

Officers coded the call after responding, police said, meaning that no paperwork was submitted to document the incident. City ordinances state that officers can’t issue citations for noise complaints before 11 p.m. on weekends, police said.

Officers later responded to two more calls of a loud party at a different address in the same block, and those responses were also coded, police said. When police arrived at the location they found no one there, police said.

Not even sure why the coppers showed up the first time if they couldn’t issue a citation. Better safe than sorry, I suppose. Anyway, at that point I moved on to deal with more newsworthy issues.

* Turns out, it was a wedding party

Gov. J.B. Pritzker officiated the wedding of friends Ron Huberman and Darren DeJong on Saturday. The small, intimate gathering included the couple’s children and close friends.

Huberman is the former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley and held jobs at Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Transit Authority before making the leap into the private sector. He’s now CEO of Benchmark Analytics, a company that provides analytics software to police departments.

He and DeJong have been partners for about 15 years and have been talking about tying the knot ever since Illinois passed the marriage equality law back in 2013.

Small as it was, the wedding party was boisterous enough to prompt a complaint to police about noise. That was at about 10:30 p.m. — after Pritzker had departed. Officers didn’t file paperwork on the call given they’re not required to issue citations about noise before 11 p.m. Besides — it was a wedding!

Huberman lives on that block.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

34 Comments
  1. - A guy - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:40 am:

    What was he wearing?


  2. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    A guy, that’s why I wrote that the clothes thing will probably stick. It’s just an easy go-to response for lots of stuff.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:46 am:

    I heard Speaker City put on the party, Snoop Dogg played and someone left early to go streaking in Welles Park.


  4. - don the legend - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:49 am:

    I assume Jeannie Ives was not on the guest list.


  5. - RNUG - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:53 am:

    No paperwork reminds me of one party / bonfire at Blessed Sacrament for all the volunteers that worked at a fundraiser. Midge Langfelder was in charge of it. This was just after they changed the rules on bon fires. Since Station 7 is just a block away, someone asked her if she had gotten a permit; she hadn’t thought to. Mayor Ozzie overhead and responded “I don’t anyone will bother us.”


  6. - Peoples Republic of Oak Park - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:54 am:

    Mozel Tov to the couple!


  7. - NIU Grad - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:55 am:

    I drove by that party earlier in the evening: It looked like a small residence that was decked out with decorations and converted to a mini-event space. Those residence’s are attached to each other and it’s next to an apartment building, so their neighbors probably love them right now.


  8. - statehoss - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:56 am:

    In addition to those agencies, Huberman also worked at the Chicago Police Department. He was not beloved there if one believes that a certain online source is representative of rank and file attitudes. In the context, that connection and the possible disaffection seem relevant.


  9. - Bourbon Street - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:00 am:

    Sounds like the “get off my lawn” crowd is alive and well in the 4500 block of North Damen. How loud and boisterous could party-goers celebrating the marriage of a middle-aged couple have been? It’s doubtful the party was outside at 10:30 pm in March.


  10. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    A famous tweeter who said she was at the party disputes the claim that Pritzker left early:

    –@ChiPartyAunt
    Follow Follow @ChiPartyAunt
    More Chicago Party Aunt Retweeted CWBChicago
    I was doing body shots off @JBPritzker till 5am. Then we went to Diner Grill for Slingers ; )–

    Comments on the twitters might not be suitable…. period. You’ll have to look them up on your own.


  11. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:03 am:

    RNUG: Great story. The BS neighborhood is the cradle of Springfield political types. Three mayors, countless county board members and alderman grew up in that area.


  12. - Just Me 2 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:04 am:

    Congratulations to the newlyweds. I’m happy that they were able to get married, and I wish their family good fortune.


  13. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    Perhaps the “get off my lawn crowd” were families with young kids trying to sleep

    Ever heard of heat lamps and tents Bourbon street?


  14. - Amalia - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:15 am:

    no wonder we can’t get things done. some people are just intent on ruining all the fun.


  15. - Anotheretiree - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:15 am:

    The cops posing with the bride would’ve made a great photo for the album.


  16. - Bourbon Street - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:22 am:

    @LP. Why, yes I have. Any evidence they were in use?


  17. - Northsider - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:22 am:

    Between that and getting a Twitter shout-out from Tom Skilling, Chicago Party Aunt had a pretty good weekend. I hope she doesn’t peak too early, though.


  18. - zatoichi - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    It ain’t a party until the police are at the front door as you head out the back door. But at 10:50 they have barely started to pop a couple of cold Strohs.


  19. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:27 am:

    Rule #1 for house parties: Always invite the neighbors.


  20. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:30 am:

    I wonder who else was there. If my memory is correct, Lori Lightfoot worked with Huberman at Police and OEMC. I also heard he use to date Don Lemon. He knows a lot of people. It could have been quite the party.


  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 12:06 pm:

    ===I wonder who else was there===

    Meh. It’s a wedding party. Nunya. It would be interesting to see who the mouthy person was, however.


  22. - Annonin' - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 12:17 pm:

    Sounds like folks had fun. No one ever accused GovJunk and his clown car of makin’ that mistake.


  23. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 12:27 pm:

    It’s too bad the Gov. doesn’t have access to some big swanky hotel with a grand ballroom…where my high school prom was held forty-something years ago.


  24. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    –It’s too bad the Gov. doesn’t have access to some big swanky hotel with a grand ballroom–

    Read harder. It wasn’t his party.


  25. - A guy - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 1:23 pm:

    10:32 pm disturbance on the North Side?? That caller did harm to the neighborhood’s well earned reputation by calling before 2am.


  26. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 1:29 pm:

    ==Read harder. It wasn’t his party==
    He officiated, or so I read, so that partly makes it “his”. But in deference to your point, I should have prefaced the comment with “In speaking for the neighbors,”, and ended it with the /s thingy, which would have better communicated my tone, which wasn’t meant to be harsh criticism, but lighthearted irony. As stated above, always invite the neighbors.


  27. - Rudy's teeth - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    The story reminds me of a Halloween party a few years back just steps from the Latin School. The girls invited their friends and everyone in the building. The rule was “costumes” required. Music was loud and beer flowed. Down the stairs came several men dressed like police officers. The crowd yelled, “great costumes.” Then, they realized the badges and guns were real. The cops declined an invitation to stay and have a beer. They were cool and just said, “Keep it down. The stiffs around here don’t like no noise.”


  28. - proudstatetrooper - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    west side springfield parties weren’t a party till the coppers showed up. lots of calls being made the following day. life was good.


  29. - @misterjayem - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 2:27 pm:

    “He officiated, or so I read, so that partly makes it ‘his’.”

    You think wedding officiants are responsible for hosting the parties?

    Weird.

    – MrJM


  30. - JS Mill - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:31 pm:

    =Perhaps the “get off my lawn crowd” were families with young kids trying to sleep

    Ever heard of heat lamps and tents Bourbon street?=

    Yeah, so everyone has to shut it so no one’s children living in the city of Chicago ever hears a loud noise. /s

    Banned word. Come with the territory when you live in the city. Want quite? Move downstate where nobody lives according to you.


  31. - Minnie Pearl Jam - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:29 pm:

    Don’t be surprised when the Governor’s capital plan specifically includes 15 speed bumps for the 4500 block of North Damen.


  32. - Captain Obvious - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 7:52 pm:

    RNUG - are you a Glenwoodian as well? Grew up there and remember fondly the SJR refering to it as a prestigious Washington Park neighborhood. We laughed and laughed…


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