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  • sparky134
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    Thanks for the complement ChiCity. It's fine though, I was sure I wasn't the only one to have had these thoughts, no biggie.

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  • ChiCity
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    Originally posted by sparky134 View Post
    Which I'm certain won't be until at least October, once we find out whether Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics. My guess is, and correct me if I am wrong here, that one way or another, CPD will have to hire once the olympic decision is announced. If we don't get them, the money he is earmarking for future preparation efforts will be without a home, and hopefully, if he has any conscience at all, he will use some of that to get the CPD squared away quickly. If we do get them, they will still have to hire to meet an increased demand once the olympics start, but that isn't for another 8 years, so they have quite a bit of time to beef up the numbers on the street. So, my guess is that a mass hiring wouldn't happen until close to the Games.
    P.S.

    I posted almost the exact same thing on another thread, but you worded it better. I don't want you to think I was copying you, I guess great minds think alike.

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  • ChiCity
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    Originally posted by sparky134 View Post
    So I'm guessing the home buying prog. is kind of useless unless you are batman.
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
    That had me rolling.

    Listen, the public schools are mostly bad, but they aren't ALL bad. I went to a Chicago public elementary school and high school and I survived. Did you know that the #1 high school in the state (and one of the top schools in the country) is a Chicago Public School? Granted, your kids would have to have above average intelligence to get in (97th percentile or above), but that is a good school. There are other selected enrollment high schools that are also quite decent.

    I grew up in Logan Square my whole life (14th district). A lot has changed, but when I was young there were gangs everywhere and for many years I was the only white kid around. Guess what; I turned out fine and so did all my friends from the block. I used to think that it was just a stroke of luck that none of us went down the wrong path, but years later I realized that it wasn't luck at all. We were all good kids raised in good families. Even in the worst neighborhoods, most folks are law-abiding people trying to eke out a decent life.

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    they test approximately every five years for sgt and dets. they do the tests at different times from each other. generally, approximately 10% of all the officers that apply will get promoted from testing and merit(if fall under 500 on the list good chance you will be promoted). a det. an officer only needs 2 yrs of experience. while sgt. an officer needs 5 yrs on the street, not including academy time. but the city doesn't hire, they don't promote. to work gang/tac at the dist. there is no amount of time needed on the street to work those units. its all on how the d/c runs their district. home buying programs deal w/homes in bad neighborhoods. you don't want people to find out your the popo. you become a target.

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  • sparky134
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    Last edited by sparky134; 01-12-2009, 08:03 PM. Reason: posting in new thread

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  • sparky134
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    Well, the way it's looking none of this will be possible until my wife finishes school and starts working. So I guess all I can do right now, is keep my eyes and ears open until Isee what kind of wait I'm looking at. Which I'm certain won't be until at least October, once we find out whether Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics. My guess is, and correct me if I am wrong here, that one way or another, CPD will have to hire once the olympic decision is announced. If we don't get them, the money he is earmarking for future preparation efforts will be without a home, and hopefully, if he has any conscience at all, he will use some of that to get the CPD squared away quickly. If we do get them, they will still have to hire to meet an increased demand once the olympics start, but that isn't for another 8 years, so they have quite a bit of time to beef up the numbers on the street. So, my guess is that a mass hiring wouldn't happen until close to the Games. This is all out of my control, and just a guess at best, so I guess with so many unknowns, all i can do is wait until some of these variables become concrete. Thanks again for all of your help, you've been very informative. I'll be around.

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  • Rattlehead
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    I don't know how old your kids are, But i attended Daniel Boone elementary in west rogers park. That was 8 years ago, but at the time it wasnt a bad school. Don't get me wrong, You would be much better off in the suburbs or something. But, its a decent school if you want to be in the city.

    At least it was.

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  • Illinois Edmond
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    Holy crap, my years at UIC were cheaper than that!

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  • sparky134
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    So I'm guessing the home buying prog. is kind of useless unless you are batman.

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  • ChiTownDet
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    Originally posted by mike9817 View Post
    However, I finished my last two years at Mount Carmel on the south side and tuition was substantially cheaper at 5,300 a year including books due to the strong alumni association that donates so much money. -Mike
    $8100 per student (if you have 2 enrolled and pay the whole year up front, you get approx. $700 knocked off of the total)as of this year, books and activity fees NOT included (add approx $700-$800 per student for books / activity fee). If your kid will be taking the MC bus to school, add another $1200 per year, per student. This is as of the 2008/09 school year (I have the cancelled checks to prove it).

    All the southside Catholic HS's (Mount Carmel, Br. Rice, St. Rita, Marist, St. Laurence, De LaSalle are about the same give or take $100-200 per Year). I've heard from others that St. Ignatius is about 10K per year.

    The home buying assistance is a program to put the police in homes in the worst parts of the city. It's great if you don't mind being one of the few houses on your block not boarded up, or mind you kids being security for GD dope dealers (or hey, your daughter having a Latin King "Inca's" kid at 14 isn't all that bad ..LOL).
    Last edited by ChiTownDet; 01-10-2009, 12:06 PM.

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  • sparky134
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    Wow, that's an eye opener. I have 3 kids......seems like kind of a stretch to get them all in private school. That is, unless I don't have to move until my wife finishes her nursing degree. Which, based on the length of the application process and the fact that a new test date hasn't even been announced, may be possible. Oh yeah, one last thing. When i looked on the CPD recruiting website, they listed "home purchase assistance" as a benfit of being a part of CPD. What exactly does that consist of?

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    I just graduated from catholic high school in 2005 so I believe I can help. I went to St. Francis Borgia grade school and tuition when I graduated was 8,000 per year and books were included. I attended Holy Cross high school on the north side for my freshman and sophomore year of high school and tuition was 6,400 a year. However, I finished my last two years at Mount Carmel on the south side and tuition was substantially cheaper at 5,300 a year including books due to the strong alumni association that donates so much money. I can give the "411" on the majority of the Chicago area schools, PM me if you'd like further info.

    -Mike

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  • ChiTownDet
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    Beverly area: Catholic grade school for 2 children is 5,000. Catholic High School for 2 children is 17,000-18,000. In my area, Mt. Greenwood School isn't a bad elementary school, but you will have to go Cath. H.S. whether you are on the south or northwest side..
    Last edited by ChiTownDet; 01-09-2009, 11:31 AM.

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    If you have kids I would highly recomend becoming the police in the suburbs. Chicago public schools are horrible. Drive by one or listen to a police zone when they let out. On top of that the private schools know this as well and gouge you. You could put you child through college for the price of one of these schools.

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  • sparky134
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    thanks a million. You have been extremely helpful. I really hope they test soon so I can give it a shot. Are there any neighborhoods out there where the public schools are decent? I've been told that I am pretty much looking at private school tuition in addition to my new, higher living costs. I have a few friends who live in Beverly and west beverly who recommend it, but they don't have school age children. I've heard that pretty much anywhere you go, CPS are not where you want to put your kids if you actually want a quality education for them.

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