As summer comes to a close for Chicago that means violence may just ease up as we enter a new season. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is being called out as crime in the city hasn’t done “exponentially better”. The concern of high also has Southwest Side Ald. Matt O’Shea and Lightfoot’s former deputy mayor for public safety, Susan Lee, to declare Chicago a “city in crisis.”
The numbers of shootings this year has risen as the city statistics show the number of shooting victims from last year around this time at 2,781 to 3,043 in 2021. Homicides are also up, from 526 in 2020 to 540 in 2021. Lightfoot has acknowledged she “wears the jacket” for Chicago crime. But the mayor is also saying that the spike in violence is in some part due to the pandemic, lax prosecutors and illegal guns.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Mayor Lightfoot said, “A lot of what we’re experiencing right now is a result of ignoring systemic problems, not making the connections between the lack of investment and violence, and refusing for way too long in this city to address these problems, and the chickens are coming home to roost.” She also said ensures her administration is making the long term changes need to help curb crime over a course of time.
Chicagoans have not been ecstatic about the way she’s been addressing the issue of rising crime which is critical for the city. It could mean that she’ll lose her seat in office if she was consider to run for mayor again. The people in the city don’t feel safe.