Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Today’s quotable
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s quotable

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* NY Times article on the Chicago mayor’s race quoting Chicago FOP President John Catanzara

Mr. Catanzara is not lying low. He predicted that 800 to 1,000 Chicago police officers would leave the force if Mr. Johnson wins, adding to hundreds of vacancies already awaiting the next mayor.

“If this guy gets in we’re going to see an exodus like we’ve never seen before,” he said, predicting “blood in the streets.”

Are we at the “Before it’s too late” stage now?

…Adding… Par for the course…

…Adding… Saw this referenced on Twitter. It’s a Trib story from October of 2021 when Catanzara was fighting the vax mandate and predicted half the force would stay away from the job. Didn’t happen

Two days earlier, he posted a video urging about 10,000 active officers to defy Lightfoot’s vaccination reporting requirement and brace for being sent home without pay. He also said he will sue the city to fight Lightfoot’s mandate.

Catanzara advised his members to report to work Friday with the assumption they would be sent home and said he would also forgo pay.

It is unclear how many officers will follow Catanzara’s directive, but he suggested the department could be operating at 50% capacity this weekend — a prediction Chicago police brass swatted away Thursday.

“Whatever happens because of that manpower issue, that falls at the mayor’s doorstep,” Catanzara said in his Tuesday video.


  1. - New Day - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:54 am:

    “Are we at the “Before it’s too late” stage now?”

    Absolutely. 100%. Vallas, before it’s too late. That would be running already but for, ya know, the blatant racism.

  2. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:56 am:

    I think it’s already too late. Neither of these two has what it takes to reverse the slide Chicago is on. Anyone else remember what New York was like in the 1970s? It’s gonna be like that regardless of who wins next week.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:58 am:

    The Chicago Mayoral conundrum.

    Pritzker saved Illinois from Bailey, but Bailey and his ilk are needed to save Chicago from Johnson?

    “Before it’s too late”… amirite?

    Bailey needed to be stopped, but let’s agree with Bailey to stop Johnson?

    Man, it’s like going back in time, no?

  4. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:58 am:

    Maybe Vallas will make him superintendent. That will solve all the problems. And maybe they can find that motorcycle cop who told Trump he could solve the crime problem in a week.

  5. - Jocko - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:58 am:

    ==He predicted that 800 to 1,000 Chicago police officers would leave==

    And will care for all the drug sniffing dogs put out of work following legalized weed. /S

  6. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 10:59 am:

    ===He predicted that 800 to 1,000 Chicago police officers would leave the force if Mr. Johnson wins===

    I have a feeling that those officers aren’t exactly pillars of public service and that they’d be doing us a favor.

    I was a little surprised that the NYTimes was able to get a quote from Catanzara that wasn’t racist, but when I went to the article it turns out that was not the case.

    ===Mr. Catanzara was particularly hard on the teachers union and its “Manchurian candidate.”===

    I wish they’d asked him to elaborate.

  7. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:00 am:

    Lightfoot was too late with a lot of folks.

  8. - Homebody - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:01 am:

    FOP chapters love to threaten to not do their jobs if there is anything even resembling accountability asked for. The entire concept of being answerable to anyone for anything is anathema to the majority of police culture in the US, as far as I can tell.

  9. - DuPage Dad - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:02 am:

    Neither guy is going to reverse the local trend because the local trend is merely part of the national trend, almost without exception.

  10. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:03 am:

    Still waiting for someone to actually say it which given the trajectory of the race…will happen.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:04 am:

    “Vote for a police state leader or the police will leave and you’ll be in danger”

    Is that right, I dunno if this is…

    “Mighty nice city you have here, be a shame if something happens to it”

    … because crime is “so bad” with these FOP types already in place.

  12. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:08 am:

    I don’t think that’s the threat Cantazara thinks it is.

  13. - SWSider - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:14 am:

    The fact that so many IL Dems can’t see how badly they messed up giving so much oxygen to these arguments is concerning.

    This type of rhetoric is going to be far more accommodated and accepted as true if its supported by a “Democratic” mayor.

  14. - Tammy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:15 am:

    == Mr. Catanzara is not lying low ==

    He actually kinda had lowered his profile a bit — until this. The guy can’t help himself.

    For those of us who don’t align with either the FOP or CTU, this election is a nightmare.

  15. - Lefty Lefty - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:15 am:

    There’s already “blood in the streets.” That’s why changes need to be made. What is being done isn’t working. And I suspect Mr. Catanzara doesn’t see FOP as being part of this problem.

    I agree with Candy - 800-1000 of these types of POs leaving might be the backdoor defunding the force needs.

  16. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:16 am:

    This is why the “both sides” argument falls flat, and I’ve seen it pop up here on occasion, with Vallas and FOP vs. Johnson and CTU. If Jesse Sharkey took to a podium and promised “blood in the streets” if their preferred candidate did not win, he’d be condemned from every corner, save for like twenty profoundly online weirdos. Catanzara does is and about the strongest criticism you’ll hear about it is “controversial messaging” and maybe the word “firebrand.”

    Also, when people like Catanzara threaten blood in the streets, it’s pretty easy to figure out he’s not just talking about a spontaneous crime wave due to policing apathy, given the wannabe-militia man streak running through a number of his devotees. I don’t think we’ve got nearly as many Chicago teachers with easy access to military-grade firearms at home and/or the workplace.

  17. - Change agent - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:18 am:

    CPD is broken. This sounds like an opportunity. Lots of open positions. More coming. If there was ever a moment for CPD to rebuild a new culture and approach, that is right now. Bring it on.

  18. - Nuke The Whales - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:20 am:

    ==The fact that so many IL Dems can’t see how badly they messed up giving so much oxygen to these arguments is concerning.==
    Defund police was condemned by Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and then-Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass in May/June 2020. The oxygen comes from the far right giving out oxygen tanks to smear mainstream Democrats with far-left strawmen.

  19. - Commissar Gritty - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:23 am:

    @Nuke The Whales hit the nail right on the head. If it wasn’t this, it would be trans migrant caravans or blue-haired librarians armed with fully-automatic YA novels. We ignore the trolls, and focus on the work that actually helps people.

    Catanzara clinging to relevance with more and more out there claims, but he’s an embarassment to the entire establishment of policing.

  20. - SWSider - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:25 am:

    == The oxygen comes from the far right giving out oxygen tanks to smear mainstream Democrats with far-left strawmen. ==

    Is that why New York, where Dems embraced this position, got waxed while rolling everywhere else in 2022?

  21. - ZC - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:25 am:

    This is as good an argument to vote for Johnson as any I’ve heard.

    Some of my favorite Chicago progressives like Alderman Vasquez have been outspoken that we have strung out the CPD to its limits, especially during the COVID era, and we cannot expect the cops to keep handling all the last-resort duties the city foists upon them. Something has to change.

    But we still need to live in a democracy, not whatever “vote for our candidate, or your city will burn” is.

  22. - Amalia - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:27 am:

    anyone listening to Black radio? wonder what the take is on all that is Catanzara? I know that there is more crime, but basically he’s saying that the Black community will rise up and leave people bleeding, or does he mean his side?

  23. - LivCo - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:27 am:

    Wait, so the head of the FOP says they’ll defund themselves if the guy they don’t like wins?

  24. - Tired teacher - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:30 am:

    Each time the FOP leader speaks it becomes clear there is a need for reform. He does the rank and file no favors by his comments

  25. - thoughts matter - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:31 am:

    The follow up questions should be 1) How many will leave if he loses? 2). What is the normal attrition rate in the first place? We are still in the midst of baby boomer retirements -although police officers may be nearing the end of that since they can retire younger than non police officers.

  26. - Jibba - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 11:38 am:

    Whenever I hear about all the public service workers who will believe because of X, I always laugh. They got another high-paying job with excellent benefits lined up somewhere? Oh yeah, retirement.

  27. - R.J. - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 12:03 pm:

    The Nashville bodycam video currently all over the news is showing us exactly what police should be: brave, well-trained, great at communicating (especially when they were respectfully and quickly getting information outside the school from the teacher).

    The Nashville responders show the best of U.S. policing; Catanzara represents the worst. As a Chuy-to-Vallas voter, I can only hope Vallas distances himself or confronts Catanzara at some point.

  28. - Louis G Atsaves - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 12:03 pm:

    I saw a Clearwater FL police officer sitting in a mall parking lot a month ago. I was lost. I pulled up to him and asked for directions. His response? Your from Chicago, so am I. I can tell by your accent. He told me at least 30 cops that he knows of have moved and accepted cop positions in various municipalities in Florida. It is probably a higher number. Maybe they all formed a club down there. I thanked him for his service and found the place.

    800 to 1,000 cops if Johnson wins? Consider the source. They will continue bleeding out, but I seriously doubt it will hit anywhere near those numbers.

  29. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 12:12 pm:

    “blood in the streets.”

  30. - Gravitas - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 12:20 pm:

    Bernard Epton was a liberal Republican from Hyde Park (the same neighborhood where Harold Washington lived). The slogan “Before It’s Too Late” was the work of a political consultant who parachuted in for the 1983 campaign.

    That historic mayoralty race was exceptionally ugly and there were bad actors on all sides.

  31. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 12:55 pm:

    ==As a Chuy-to-Vallas voter, I can only hope Vallas distances himself or confronts Catanzara at some point==

    As a tiger-to-zebra enthusiast, I can only hope these animals will learn to change their stripes at some point.

    Paul Vallas wins the mayor’s office and then turns his back on the head of FOP who just won reelection by a very comfortable margin. You think Catanzara is going to play nice because Vallas said all the right things before the election? The dude speaking in an official capacity while wearing a stars-and-stripes “Trump 45″ baseball jersey isn’t going to be all that interested in doing nuance, I think.

  32. - Former Downstater - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 1:00 pm:

    I’m sure these cops will have an easy time finding another 6 figure paying job with a full pension that doesn’t require a college degree.

  33. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 1:04 pm:

    ===That historic mayoralty race was exceptionally ugly and there were bad actors on all sides.

    The candidate is responsible for the message. Epton may have had a laudable history supporting Civil Rights, but his campaign used the slogan.

  34. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 1:08 pm:

    Minneapolis has seen a dramatic number of retirements largely related to PTSD claims since the troubles of 2020 and crime other than auto theft is trending back down. Catanzara might be surprised how this could turn out for the FOP. As the earlier post on policing today suggests, it might be more about management than numbers. And those that might leave because of Brandon Johnson may be the ones the community needs to leave.

  35. - Lincoln Lad - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:15 pm:

    If the retirees are Catanzara supporters, this is likely a very good thing.

  36. - CubsWin - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:36 pm:

    Going to be a great experience listening to all the heads explode on here next Wednesday morning.

  37. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:49 pm:

    ===Going to be a great experience listening===

    Narrator: the words are written, not spoken

    It’s an odd flex that one is touting a great experience in a race where either side “winning” is a side of the extreme.

    So, enjoying an extreme winning by hoping heads explode is about right for the oddly extreme

  38. - Amalia - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:58 pm:

    Catanzara, who supports Vallas and whose support is accepted, says bad things. Instead of throwing him off in the first place, Vallas uses the bad things opportunity to give a response saying those bad things are bad. You know Paul, if you did not hang with bad people on too many occasions you would not have to say they are bad. Oh, maybe that’s the point. You win both ways. Hope not.

  39. - DMC - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:56 pm:

    Hmmm Vallas or Preckwinkle? Still going with Vallas

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* After being charged with grooming and possessing images depicting child sexual abuse, Nicholas Kachiroubas to be ousted from ICCB (Updated)
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* You reap what you sow
* Coverage roundup: US Supreme Court upholds domestic violence gun law (Updated x2)
* US Attorney's office files blistering motion supporting Haymarket Center's discrimination lawsuit against Itasca (Updated)
* Uber Partners With Cities To Expand Urban Transportation
* It’s just a bill
* Stop Illinois From Making Credit Cards Hard To Use
* Question of the day
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller