Tinley mayor cleared way for his bus after McCartney concert

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TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) - Police records show that a suburban Chicago mayor moved traffic safety cones and insisted police allow the party bus he was on to bypass regular traffic routes following a Paul McCartney concert in July.

The records obtained by The Daily Southtown show that Tinley Park Mayor Jacob Vandenberg shouted "mayor coming through" as he began moving cones following the July 26 concert.

Officers responsible for directing post-concert traffic wrote in their memorandums that they had to hold up traffic to give the bus Vandenberg was a passenger on preferential treatment. The records also show Vandenberg moved the traffic safety cones without permission.

Vandenberg said in a statement Friday that he "should not have interfered" with the officers' duties and apologized for any "interference or offense they perceived that evening."

Information from: Southtown Star, http://southtownstar.chicagotribune.com/

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