Tuesday, March 21, 2006

No SSA dollars used for Loyola's Campus Police Office

In the March 8, 2006 edition of the News-Star newspaper, a story was written about the Campus Police office that was opened by Loyola under the Granville 'El' stop. I have been unable to obtain an electronic copy as it is not in the Pioneer Press online archives, however the story did say that the funding for the office came from the SSA.

This is not true. In a conversation with Frank Kruesi, Executive Director of the CTA, I asked him about the funding source and Loyola's role.

In blue is what Kruesi told me.

Senator Durbin was able to secure $2 million in federal funds which provided a vast amount of the money. The funds rehabbed the Granville “El” Station and the properties the CTA owned underneath it which, according to Kruesi, “had no roofs, they couldn’t be rented.”

A waterproof membrane was put up above the storefronts and Loyola then spent between $10,000 and $40,000 building the station (the final figures were not yet in).

Kruesi said “the CTA retains that money, in exchange Loyola gets free rent for the first fourteen months, then if they want to stay, the rent is $500 per month.”

SSA money is not federal money.

These days, when so much of the city is filled with these special tax districts and their tax payer dollars are being used for questionable reasons, it's very important for the press to accurately report when and if, these funds are used.


At March 23, 2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Thomas Westgard said...

Just to be the devil's advocate, how do you know Kruesi is being straight with you? Actually, it's not purely an academic exercise. Kruesi has a habit of doing some wacky stuff that isn't to the benefit of the public, and covering it with BS. I'd watch anything coming from him very carefully.

But how did you fact-check him?

At March 23, 2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Durbin was there, he said he got the money. I called Mary Annm Smith's office and asked about the SSA dollars, the woman answering the phone said she didn't think so but didn't want to talk out of turn and gave me the number of the SSA office.

The SSA office said NONE of the SSA dollars went to that project, they are putting up cameras at the Granville El, as well as Thorndale, Berwyn and I forgot the other one and THAT project will use SSA dollars, but this one did not.

If you can think of anyone else I should check with, and I'm not being smart I understand how the city operates, let me know and I will.

I couldn't think of anyone else at the time.


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