Chicago mayoral candidate State Rep. Kam Buckner lays out plan to deal with city violence

Chicago mayoral candidate State Rep. Kam Buckner lays out plan to deal with city violence

CHICAGO (TOC) — Mayoral candidate State Rep. Kam Buckner laid out his plan to cope with the disaster Tuesday morning as one other candidate prepares to leap into the race.

Noting the violence that plagued Memorial Day weekend, Buckner stated one thing wants to alter.

“We can’t spend $1.9 billion on CPD yearly and never see the correct outcomes,” Buckner stated. “Households deserve solutions and communities should really feel protected.”

Buckner, one in all three declared candidates for mayor, is asking for a doubling of funding for the Workplace of Violence Prevention, the creation of an web intelligence unit to fight crimes being deliberate on-line, and revised entrance necessities to assist recruit extra police.

“Chicago wants new management and a means ahead,” Buckner stated. “Somebody who can deliver town collectively and who has a imaginative and prescient to make all of Chicago protected.”

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Buckner’s announcement got here someday earlier than Paul Vallas formally publicizes he’s going to run for mayor.

Vallas, the previous CEO of Chicago Public Colleges below Mayor Richard M. Daley, additionally ran for mayor in 2019. He got here in ninth out of 14 candidates.

He would be a part of a area that additionally consists of fifteenth Ward Alderman Ray Lopez, one in all Lightfoot’s fiercest critics on town council.

And businessman Willie Wilson, who got here in fourth within the 2019 mayoral race, then supported Lightfoot within the runoff, however now as soon as once more desires her job.

Others who may get into the race embrace Alderman Brian Hopkins, who has been polling and says he’ll both run for reelection or for mayor. And former Governor Pat Quinn says he might be speaking to folks over the following few months and can decide about operating for mayor earlier than the tip of the summer season.

Mayor Lightfoot nonetheless has not formally stated she goes to run for a second time period, though it’s broadly anticipated and he or she has indicated on quite a few events that an announcement is coming quickly.

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