Last Cook County district toboggan sl...

Last Cook County district toboggan slide coming down

There are 35 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 14, 2008, titled Last Cook County district toboggan slide coming down. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Construction crews tore into the decaying toboggan slide at Swallow Cliff on Tuesday, beginning a demolition that officially ended the Palos Township landmark's nearly 80-year run.

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Franky E

Melrose Park, IL

#1 May 14, 2008
Those slides were in PERFECT condition last time I saw them.

I LOOKED carefully at them because they were scheduled for demolition then.

PERFECT.

The only way $1.2 million could have been spent on them is if it all went to friends and family of the commissioners.

They were PERFECT.
MinisterR

Oak Forest, IL

#2 May 14, 2008
Too bad a great place. But the sledding will still be really good so all is not lost.
NIU24

Geneva, IL

#3 May 14, 2008
did they ever think about asking for volunteer help? that would've kept costs down.

like it was said, sounds like minds were made up and offcials just wanted them gone.

too bad...there's goes another little sliver southland/chicagoland identity.

when will the homogenization stop?
Christine

Chicago, IL

#4 May 14, 2008
Ridiculous!!!!!! We pay some of the highest taxes in the nation and they can't upkeep a toboggan run??? This is a crime. Next time you vote people, vote with your pocketbook! Pretend all that money they're giving to their friends and relatives is YOURS, oh wait it actually is.....Stroger is a criminal!
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 May 14, 2008
Maybe if they didn't have so many of Stroger's relatives on the pay roll they might have been able to afford to fix the slides.
Miss Jane Hathaway

Villa Park, IL

#6 May 14, 2008
Why does it cost $2,500 per day to operate a hill and some wooden ramps?
Will this money be an actual savings to the district now that the slides are being closed (tee-hee!)?
Further, since we experience only four or five days per year when there's enough snow to actually use the slide, why the hue and cry about the ramps being removedl?
Shall I put my tobagganning togs on Ebay now? Watch for username "BevHillsHottie".
What A Racket

AOL

#8 May 14, 2008
Excuse me, but - who is fooling whom here?
Three weeks to clear some wooden debris that doesn't even have to be protected for either retoration and/or salvage? Only in Crook County could taxpayers get stuck with a 48 hour job - OK, push it and call it 72 hours, taking and costing three weeks of 'labor.' Sheesh - what a racket{s}[not as in tennis, but, duh mob, only this mob are tied to Stroger]!
Picture Tells The Story

AOL

#9 May 14, 2008
The picture tells the story, six guys standing around - on the clock {the taxpayer's clock/nickle}; that's why it's going to take three weeks to do a two day job. Ah, Crook County - abandon all hope yee who enter here {unless you're connected}.
Sarah

Cleveland, OH

#10 May 14, 2008
What a sad, sad day. I loved riding these slides!
Mr Pragmatic

Schaumburg, IL

#11 May 14, 2008
The only reason they're gonna get rid of it is for liability, I'm sure. If some little idiot kid hurts himself sliding down one after hours, it'll be lawsuit central.
I was fully expecting end of the article to say that condos were gonna be put up. Thank the lucky stars I don't live in Crook County anymore either.
Joliet Jay

Plainfield, IL

#12 May 14, 2008
This is OK - there will still be a sledding hill on the site. Besides, nobody has toboggans any more, today kids have small sleds. Nothing lost here......it's all good.
Den C

Berwyn, IL

#14 May 14, 2008
Todd Stooger has money for his nimrod friends but none for a marvelous attraction like the slides.
Rob

Lombard, IL

#15 May 14, 2008
How does it cost $2,500 a day to operate a toboggan slide? And where will the cost savings be on a sled hill? What a shame, sad how one hack Chicago politician can destroy an entire county.
SWK

United States

#16 May 14, 2008
Thank you Todd Urkel Stroger and your nepotists and cronies for taking away something that was GOOD and FUN for the residents of Cook County.

And thank you to the folks in Crook County who voted for this moron.

For the rest of you who didn't vote, see what you gave the rest of us who DID VOTE AGAINST Stroger. I look forward to the day we get to vote him and him ilk OUT of office.

Joliet Jay, I hope you were being sarcastic, but if you weren't, you're clueless.

Since: Sep 07

Chicago, IL

#17 May 14, 2008
Miss Jane Hathaway wrote:
Why does it cost $2,500 per day to operate a hill and some wooden ramps?
Will this money be an actual savings to the district now that the slides are being closed (tee-hee!)?
Further, since we experience only four or five days per year when there's enough snow to actually use the slide, why the hue and cry about the ramps being removedl?
Shall I put my tobagganning togs on Ebay now? Watch for username "BevHillsHottie".
Seiously! Maybe they should dismantle other money sucks in Cook County -- like Todd Stroger's bloated staff.
eaderray

Chicago, IL

#18 May 14, 2008
Miss Jane Hathaway wrote:
Why does it cost $2,500 per day to operate a hill and some wooden ramps?
Will this money be an actual savings to the district now that the slides are being closed (tee-hee!)?
Further, since we experience only four or five days per year when there's enough snow to actually use the slide, why the hue and cry about the ramps being removedl?
Shall I put my tobagganning togs on Ebay now? Watch for username "BevHillsHottie".
Liability. It's all about the liability. Since there's no way to determine how often there's enough snow to use the slides, the COunty is forced to provide liability insurance for the entire season. So from the county's perspective, it's pretty easy to see how this slide (and the Jensen Slide) can be seen as a red herring.

I'm not angry with Cook County for removing the slides. What I am angry about is that the number of user friendly items provided by our tax dollars is rapidly dimishing.

I'm sure the County provides services and goods (or at least they're supposed to) that aren't seen, but how many of these items provide an outlet for fun?

It seems to me that our taxes are on the rise, but the services are dissapearing. Making an effort to keep the slides would have been a good faith effort on part of the Board. But I'm dreaming now.
Blah Blah

Chicago, IL

#19 May 14, 2008
I don't know why Todd couldn't have just hired another one of his friends or family members to run the sledding hills. Heck, at least it would be a service that suburban people actually got to use, seeing as how they pay for it. Goes to show you, if you ain't poor, the only Todd wants from you is your money to pay for the services for the poor!
Red

Golf, IL

#20 May 14, 2008
Thanks Todd, you big AAA-WHOLE.
Spacekat

Chicago, IL

#21 May 14, 2008
So sad, I had a lot of fun there when I was a kid and would love to bring my kids there! This is so typical of the Cook County mismanagement and greed! Stroger is making sure his homies get free bus rides down those Pot Hole riddled streets but don't expect any focus on this kind of “tax payer” recreation! How are they going to prevent people from running into each other on this uncontrolled sledding hill?
Spacekat

Chicago, IL

#22 May 14, 2008
They will still need liability insurance on this sledding hill!

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