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So... Are these Chicago values?

By Bobby Eberle

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a big deal about Chick-fil-A and its corporate owner. He said that the values of Chick-fil-A are not "Chicago values." The question is... what exactly are Chicago values? Are they represented by teenagers who form a mob and steal from a business owner? Apparently so.

As reported by CBS News in Chicago a "rob mob" (as I like to call it) gathered in a clothing store owned by Luke Cho. When the teens finally bolted from the establishment, they left with over $3,000 of stolen merchandise in hand:

According to the report, "Cho said, out of the 22 people he believes were part of the flash mob, he actually has names for about six of them. He also said police have received tips on the robbery."

Cho said he even knew one of the teens he believes was involved.

"I recognized him, because I caught him shoplifting here, and I didn't call the police. I called the parents," he said.

Monday morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's taken the issue up with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

"I've talked to ... Garry McCarthy and the Police Department. They're looking into that and we'll get back on that," Emanuel said.

I guess this is what Chicago values are, Mr. Mayor?

Other business owners in Wicker Park said they fear it could happen again.

Another Wicker Park store manager said he's familiar with these flash mobs, from working at a downtown business. He said much of the stolen merchandise is often sold on the city's public transportation routes.

Rather than criticizing an individual for his personal beliefs, maybe Emanuel should stick to doing his job. I doubt most of the people living in Chicago believe that stealing and mob activity are the "values" Chicago wants to be known for.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    July 31, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Chicago style values are abundantly seen in the White House with our Ozippo-in-Chief. Where there are honest to goodness values Emanuel is sadly lacking. Maybe he thinks that the Chicago ‘value’ is their ‘thugs’ and ‘cutthroats’. Ozero must be very proud of his ‘offling’ the mayor. I have seen ‘values’ in prisons that are in better shape.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      July 31, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

      It’s my understanding that Rahm was effectively driven out of the White House (and his job) by the people who really run things there………Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett who effectively froze him out of even the most minor decisions. Nobody gets past Jarrett……read “The Amateur”.

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    • SuesComment by Sues
      July 31, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

      Well yes, thugs and cutthroats is generally what Chicago is sometimes known for and now they can add rob-mobs made of primarily black kids. Having said that, I wonder where the dream team of Sharpton and Jackson are. And now I think we can add Sen Lucas and Rev Wright to that pile of racist garbage. If this were a band of white kids those whiny blacks would be all over it and demanding justice just as they are doing in Florida with the Martin case. A lot of it has died down since the black community learned that the shooter was not white. That Martin kid was nothing but a thug too. Frankly I’m sick and tired of that racist attitude. Something needs to be done about these out of control black kids – gangs or otherwise. What white people need is a tag team just like Sharpton/Jackson only without as many mistakes in judgement.

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    • horaComment by hora
      August 7, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

      What value have Chicago?or what value have Dems?I was proDems until last election,no I am enemy-Dems.Emanuel must be shame,because Chicago was and is a City not of wing,is a City og ganster,now with a big Drug Mexican Cartel and illegals criminals Mexican,and a Mayor is not figth a crime,is defend and protect a organiced crime,like homosexual gangs,where go look for problem and violence,where can incite a hate and violence,and that calling civil rigth,look of tolerance.That is a value of Dems,but if we must move for a rules of Dems Romney is win,by Dems small minority is win over mayority.

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  2. slickzipComment by slickzip
    July 31, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Rham loves all the poor little black thugs , they part of his crew ,,,,,,,,,,,

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    • seether13Comment by seether13
      July 31, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      When Rahm Emanuel speaks of “Chicago values” I also wonder exactly what those might be & wish someone would pin down the Mayor & ask him to detail or clarify those “values”: do they involve being the murder/violent crime capital of the US; promoting divisive racial rhetoric; advocating a criminally corrupt govt admin that is accountable to no one or do they boast of having some of the most ineffective & incompetent schools in all of America? Which of those values is the Mayor most proud of I wonder?

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  3. millerstwoComment by millerstwo
    July 31, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    Values? what values ! Not only do the primarily black flash mobs run wild but also rampant black on white crime perpetrated by the black teen mobs who randomly beat up white people minding their own business. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t hate crime or racially motivated according to the Chicago Police, yea right!
    These are the values of the little Muslim-in Chief and his welfare followers

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      August 1, 2012 @ 2:09 am

      One thing held everlasting dear to the heart of all Muslims is – revenge. Revenge for a Muslim is passed down from generation to generation, quite literally, for centuries!

      With our Muslim/Racist/Divider in Chief deliberately sending signals and fanning the flames of racist revenge look for things to get bolder and worse before it gets better.

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  4. John QuickComment by John Quick
    July 31, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Al Capone, Frank Nitti et al are Chicago values.3 generations later they are still Chicago values. Chicago politics are at play in Chicago and the The United States.God please help us.

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  5. Kevin KoloffComment by Kevin Koloff
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Rahm Emanul spoke, and nobody listened……….

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  6. solutionsComment by solutions
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    In addition, this phony mayor has decided that while it is fine to be overtly critical of the CEO of CFA, he partners with the world’s ultimate bigot, Farrakhan who is going to “help” him police the streets of Chicago. This proves that truth is stranger than fiction. All the “Reverend” will do, is use his bully pulpit to recruit more young blacks to a militant life of hate while they blame others for their plight. Hey Ram, if you can tolerate a despicable human being such as Farrakhan, you can certainly tolerate a devout Christian CEO with an opinion. The hypocrisy is nothing short of astounding.

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    • seether13Comment by seether13
      July 31, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      solutions: You are absolutely right on the mark in regard to the hyperbolic hypocrisy of ALL on the left; they demand a standard of “tolerance” which they do not accord to others. Christians are truly an endangered species in the world of the left, which unfortunately has completely consumed the Democrat party, as they work to systematically destroy every precept on which our nation was premised.

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      July 31, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

      To me it’s very obvious that Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values, and haven’t been for 100 years or more. The real Christians of Chicago need to rise up and toss the corrupt government out and take over the government there themselves. You will notice that most of the decent people have moved out of Chicago a long time ago.

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  7. Michael MarraComment by Michael Marra
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    If mr chao was armed and used his legal weapon does anyone doubt he’d be sharing a jail cell with Mr. zimmerman? Our country is being lost to citizens who act like animals….no wonder our jails are bursting…..we have become a near lawless society…..listen to the radio and all you hear are crime reports to go with the traffic and weather….to enforce laws now like immigration the officers are being jailed more then the illegals……kids are going to court for the 5th and 6th time before being old enough to vote…..why do we allow good citizens and business owners to be abused by punks who appear to be right out of gangsta movies…what culture do they come from? Allowing crimes or looking the other way to avoid being labeled
    a “hater” or racist is ruining our system….our law enforcement, our judicial sysytem is a political joke and the sense of entitlement is now ridiculous…..one question…why do these youths have to steal anything when we are already giving them everything? Mr chao will eat the loss….he should start carrying a 357 and unload ………..

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  8. solutionsComment by solutions
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    IF you really want to stop flash mobs (anarchists), it is simple. Arm all security guards with either rubber projectiles or bean bag shotguns (non-lethal), post them only at the doors and let the mob in. Once they start to create mayhem, lock all the doors and call the police. IF they decide to try and crash out putting security and or consumers in real danger, shoot a few; end of problem.

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    • OldpatriotComment by Oldpatriot
      July 31, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      What happens if one of the flash mobbers has a gun? Oh! That’s right! Any law abiding citizen in Chicago with a gun is automatically a bad guy and can not be trusted.

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  9. moonshineComment by moonshine
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Chicago values are historically deeply rooted in slim. Slim like Bill Ayres are embraced and allowed to teach their demented philosophy at the college level. Rahm has returned home to be in his rightful element, an assortment of unionized, radical, perhaps criminal, card carring Democrats.
    They are an excellent example of Obama’s constituency. Did you know that you can’t get a job in Chicago(public or private sector) unless you belong to a union. This is a glimpse of the future if Obama is relected. Let’s put the trash out in November.

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    • solutionsComment by solutions
      July 31, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      Sadly, Chicago has always been corrupt as with any big city but they have always survived and indeed prospered; not any longer. Rahm is exactly as you describe and therefore terrible for the city…they are seeing their last days as a viable entity regarding a decent place to live and own a business. Chicago is about to enter the realm of the other lower tier liberal run cities such as Newark, Trenton, Detroit, etc. Further, I don’t need to stretch too far to speculate that Rahm has instructed his police to ignore these mobs as a paean to the OWS crowd.

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    • seether13Comment by seether13
      July 31, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

      I believe we will rid our nation of the infestation that currently “occupies” our WH, now that more Americans have familiarized themselves with the radical/Marxist background & origins of Obama & all the other Soros sock puppets. It was fairly easy for Obama, with the aid of a complicit MSM apparatus to bamboozle the public during the 08 election cycle, but now more have been paying attention as more people have been negatively impacted by the abysmal state of our economy.

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    • jcmooreComment by jcmoore
      August 1, 2012 @ 9:57 am

      Moonshine, I have never heard of the term “slim”. What is it?

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  10. whatever1217Comment by whatever1217
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    I’m from Chicago, where the dead are allowed to vote! You’ll notice that Rahm let Farrakhan on the south side with his crew. We all know Farrakhan is so against same sex marriage that he has preached it over and over. Don’t hear anything from Rahm. Wonder if Rahm is going to stop buying gas since the people that supply us put gays to death!

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    • solutionsComment by solutions
      July 31, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

      I am glad you raised the point about Farrakhan being vehemently against gay marriage…I neglected to add that major hypocrisy to my original post.

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  11. mike11cComment by mike11c
    July 31, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    I can say that my values are definitely NOT Chicago values.

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    • SuesComment by Sues
      July 31, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

      OMG! Chicago values. Is that an oxymoron?

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  12. Will ReyComment by Will Rey
    July 31, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Emmanuel and Chicago juvenile court judges are bleeding-heart liberals. Perhaps, unintentionally their brand of liberalism creates a culture that enables thugs, cutthroats, flash mobs, and other societal misfits to ply their trade on the streets and alleys of the Windy City. To Emmanuel, the mathematical formula of politics is addition. He won’t directly address the crimes in Black enclave in the south side of Chicago fear of losing the support and goodwill of Blacks with “wrong values.” The same is true of Reverend Jesse Jackson. I suppose he doesn’t want to rock the boat for fear of losing the Black votes in the re-election of his mentally and emotionally depressed son, Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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  13. librabobComment by librabob
    July 31, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Chicago Values… that’s a hoot!

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  14. freedomforallComment by freedomforall
    July 31, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    Rahm Emanuel is doing his job in Chicago. His job is insure that Obama’s wishes are carried out. Intimedate those that may be on the right, insure that those on the left are treated with special care. Remove any object, or insure companies that may be on the right are not permitted access to Chicago’s leftest attitudes ( we could change some minds there). Insure the vote for felons and undocumented aliens while actively discouraging conservatives from voting, even by using thugs to achieve their goals. Chicago Values are as wide as they are any where else in this great nation. The only difference is the corruption of the Chicago government will not permit the people to express themself, and ignores them if they do say something. I use to travel to Chicago on business, Couldn’t stand the corrupt police there.

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  15. sunnybluesComment by sunnyblues
    July 31, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    There are no values in the Chicago government. That is the problem. Teenage mobs are part of the social chaos needed to further break down society and declare marshall law. It’s going to get ugly, people. Hope ya’ll are ready to fight back when push comes to shove.

    “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

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  16. firewheel77Comment by firewheel77
    July 31, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    Rhom E, the mayors of DC and SF…..are all perfect examples of Romans 1:28……And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND
    to do those things that are not convenient! nuff said

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  17. Spiritof76Comment by Spiritof76
    July 31, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Rahm Emanuel talking about Chicago values is like Al Capone talking about morals. He is a thug except dressed well and appear in polite society. Chicago value is multiple murders every weekend. Bagdad is probably more safe than Chicago. They keep electing criminals to the political offices and they deserve what they get. Too bad, Chicago is still part of the US.
    If you apply proper remedy to the flash mob such as mass-tasering, call it flash tasering, it would rapidly go out of style. The commies like Rahm would cry foul and harass the businesses. I wonder whether the business can hire ex-Navy Seals to effectively deal with the flash criminals.

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  18. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 31, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    Chicago, Chicago, you wonderful town, etc. as the song goes. Not anymore. Yes, Rahm was basically forced out of the Whitehouse as was Bill Daley who only lasted less then a year as Rahm’s replacement
    as they crossed swords with Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama who run the internal Whitehouse.

    Chicago, by the way, has been controlled by the unions and the elected city leaders they helped elect for decades going back to the Capone days. The Daley family and the union leaders have had an incestuous relationship going way back and are responsible for creating the atmosphere and culture in the city that is taking it down as we watch.

    The same situation exists in many cities across the country.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      July 31, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

      Don’t forget the importance of the Cook County Democratic machine which under Hizzonor, the Honorable Richard J. Daley, put Kennedy in the White House and, most recently, under Hizzonor’s son Richie, Obama.

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  19. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    July 31, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    At least with their “sensible” gun laws nobody gets killed there. Check that! Higher casualty rate than Afghanistan. Whoops, guess those “sensible” gun laws don’t really work so well. In other places in the country, were this to happen, the outcome might be different. I left in ’88 and never looked back. Now I live someplace where citizens carry concealed, law enforcement is aggressive and everyone is very polite, except, of course the Leftists

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  20. Stan ParrishComment by Stan Parrish
    July 31, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    Chicago values apparently is represented by its mayor.
    Tolerance of opinions other than your own is not allowed.
    Religious beliefs are not to be respected.
    If an opinion or religious belief runs counter to that of the mayor (and according to the mayor the entire city of Chicago agrees with him)then the only reason is bigotry and hatred.
    These are the values that Rahm Emanuel is exhibiting.
    So far I have not heard Chik-fil-a saying anything negative about anyone. Nor have I heard of them trying to impose their religion or opinion on anybody else.

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  21. wschorpComment by wschorp
    August 1, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    Of Course Rahm will hold that position even after the lawsuit. But I doubt that the game hasn’t changed in the last 40 years. You start a business by going to the councilman’s office and contributing to his campaign. Then that clears the way for the city inspectors to come and get their handout. Don’t forget to hire anyone that the councilman sends, whether they show up for work each day or not and make sure you hire Union labor. Values? Chicago has been run like a Banana republic for years.Even “Calypso Louie” knows that.

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  22. joejacksonComment by joejackson
    August 1, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Rahm Emanuel talking about Chicago Values is like Bill Clinton talking about Women’s rights. Emanuel is one of the causes of the bankruptcy looming over Chicago, cook county, Illinois and America due to unfunded pensions and healthcare for government employees and their union thugs.
    Giving hardworkingAmericanss’ tax dollars to dolts and losers who only have their handout is notChicagoo Values. Ignoring morals and allowing contraceptives from government is not Chicago Values. Homosexual feigning marriager” after many have harmed children or attempted to harm children during their lives , there aremillionss of Jerry Sandusky’s among the homosexual lobby these are notChicagoo values! Rahm Emanuel andBarrackk Hussein Obama may have lived in Chicagoo but they didn’t learn “Chicago Values” hangingaround with Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Rod Blagojevich, Valerie Jarrett or David Axelrod what they learned from them is how to ripoff taxpayers, poor people and Chicago.

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  23. braines57Comment by braines57
    August 1, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    I have to confess that I have always been proud of having been born and raised in Chicago, even though I have been in Tennessee now for 23 years. Despite that fact that some notorious crooks have an association with the city (including Al Capone, John Wayne Gacy, Rahm Emanuel and Pres. Osama), I can say that they did not represent the majority when I lived there and I don’t believe they are the majority now. I will say this: today as an American and former Chicagoan I used my American dollars to purchase an American sandwich with American taste from an American company with American values: Chick-fil-A. I plan to have dinner at another Chick-fil-A tonight with my family.

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  24. Bootz SlesserComment by Bootz Slesser
    August 2, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Rahm Emanuel values are more inline with the Rev Wright’s and Obama’s ” Not God Bless America, God dam America” I don’t believe most Chicagoan’s feel this way. I was born and raised in Chicago, I DO NOT feel this way. I am glad to now live Indiana where the values are closer to mine. Wake up Chicago, Crook County, and Illinois and STOP giving these radicals power over you.

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  25. nee43Comment by nee43
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    There is a comment above regarding store owners arming themselves against the flash mobs. Well, a little history . . When we moved from the Northeast to South Carolina, we got a surprise of our life. The first time I went to a local Bi-Lo supermarket, I was very surprised upon coming up to the check out, that up on a ledge in the front of a store was a security guard sitting on a chair with a shotgun across his lap. I was shocked. But the guard was high enough that he could see everything going on in the store. When mentioning to my neighbors, their reaction was, “Yes, and Bi-Lo hasn’t had any robberies, etc. It one of the safest places to shop.” I got used to the change.

    The Bi-Lo’s were originally owned an operated by Mr. Outlaw (yes, that was his name). The chain was eventually sold to a Dutch company — and you are right, one of the first major changes was the guards with their shotguns were removed. Wasn’t a surprise when you saw the first roberry reported at the Bi-Lo. Now, that was 30 years ago. When the news started to report these flash mob attacks, I remarked, “Maybe the old Bi-Lo security would work — and what a way to create new jobs!)

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  26. SSG RDGComment by raydg
    August 2, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Does Chicago values also include Alphonse Copone?

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