According to reports, Chicago's crime rate is nearly 67% higher than the national average. About seven years ago, the city was responsible for more than half of America's homicides. Lori Lightfoot has been the Mayor of Chicago since 2019, and she has fought valiantly to combat the city's crime rates with initiatives involving lawsuits against local gangs, calls for the US Marshalls and the ATF (The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and five mental health days per year for every student (from K-12th grade). Still, the crime rates in Chicago have remained unwavering during her tenure. Now, it's time for the rubber to meet the road. Election Day is around the corner. On February 28th, Mayor Lightfoot will compete against nine other candidates in her quest for re-election. During a recent debate, getting a hold on crime became a topic of discussion. In an attempt to address the dilemma, Mayor Lightfoot made headlines when she suggested that vendors stop carrying cash around in public if they no longer wished to get mugged. The blatant honesty seemed like a somewhat reasonable suggestion but didn't sit well with many of her constituents.
“We’ve heard a lot of rhetoric, a lot of soundbites, but not a lot of solutions on how we get the job done and make our residents and our workers safe, Mayor Lightfoot said. "We’re doing it every single day."
“I think the follow-up is, you’re solution is?” The moderator clarified.
“I just explained it," Lightfoot said. "We have been in Little Village, working with those street vendors, understanding what the nature of the crime is, making sure that we’re doing things in concert with them to help them make sure that their money is secure, not use money if at all possible, using other forms of transactions to take care of themselves."