Violence in Chicago is getting worse — reaching a 15-year high in January. Despite decreases nationally in violent crime, shootings and homicides, despite the improving economy, we had the most violent January in Chicago since 2000.
”Van Pelt has done nothing in her term in office to address this problem. She has sponsored no bills that address violence or guns, and offered no solutions to our violent crime rate,said Bob Fioretti. ”Her record of little impact is a problem. We need a State Senator who will fight to make things better in the 5th District, in the City and in the State.”
We’re making national headlines in a way that is sure to scare away companies and new residents, continuing this vicious cycle.
In Chicago 241 of our citizens were shot last month, compared with 119 last year. Murders soared to 51 in the month of January from 29 a year ago and 20 in 2014. That comes on top of a 12.5 percent increase in homicides to 468 last year, and a percent increase in shootings to 2,900.
It’s time to elect a State Senator who wants to push for a larger, better trained, more accountable police force, increase community policing and enhance the diversity of our police force through hiring that reflects our communities.
It takes more than that, though. We need a strong educational system and good jobs for our people — the first step toward reducing crime.