CHICAGO (TOC) — Regardless of the violent weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot contends that Chicago is secure.
Nevertheless, she did concede that town has to do extra.
The tough weekend could not come at a worse time with a brand new push to get individuals to return downtown.
This week kicks off “Chicago Returns,” a push by political and enterprise leaders to get extra employees to return to downtown workplaces.
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The violence additionally carries with it potential political fallout for the mayor as she plots her reelection technique.
“Clearly, not pleased about this weekend,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated on the very day town started selling a plan to get extra employees to return to their workplaces.
She tried to reassure individuals after a violent weekend.
“I am not gonna relaxation, and I do know the superintendent and all the division shares my resolve that we have to do extra to present individuals confidence and make them really feel secure as a result of they’re secure,” she stated.
Enterprise leaders cope with the picture of police and crime persevering with to harm Chicago’s popularity and folks’s sense of security.
“However downtown is known as a very secure place. If you consider all the individuals which might be down right here. The hundreds and hundreds of individuals — a number of incidents, as horrible as they’re, you already know, it would not make it dangerous for everyone,” stated Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Chicago Loop Alliance.
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The push for extra individuals to return to the workplace is seen as a part of the answer.
“A part of that, that security is actually simply the numbers of individuals downtown, and you are feeling much more secure if you’re on a road that is vibrant and alive. Then when it is, you already know, type of desolate and there is not many individuals round,” stated Kent Swanson, government VP and CFO with Riverside Investments.
The mayor stated the political concerns will not be impacting how she addresses security concerns, as she strikes nearer to her reelection announcement.
“I will run on my file, I will current that to the voters,” Lightfoot stated. “I really feel superb concerning the accomplishments we’re making right now.”
At an occasion to award $33 million in group growth grants, Lightfoot heard chants for an additional time period. She additionally dismissed polls suggesting she could possibly be weak.
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“I will tackle all comers. I worry nobody,” she stated.
Lightfoot additionally stated Monday that she is pushing the CTA and police to enhance security on trains after three separate stabbings this weekend.
She added that she nonetheless has 100% confidence in Superintendent David Brown.
At the least 32 individuals have been shot, seven fatally, in weekend violence throughout Chicago, police stated.
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