Emanuel Foes Pile On After Weekend Of Violence

Craig Dellimore
August 06, 2018 - 3:42 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Some of Mayor Emanuel’s election opponents say the spate of violence this weekend developed partly because of a lack of leadership from his office.

Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who is running to replace his ex-boss, says instead of dealing with violence in the streets with community-based solutions, Emanuel plays politics and ignores proven solutions.

“Just yesterday, he’s talking about a $10 million refurbishing of the River Walk. How about you put that into social services on the South and West Sides?” McCarthy said.

Lori Lightfoot, the former president of the Chicago Police Board, says the neighborhoods are facing a public health crisis. The city needs to reverse decades of disinvestment through quality schools, social services and jobs.

Rival candidate Paul Vallas, a former head of the Chicago Public Schools, expresses a similar sentiment. He recommends hiring retired Chicago police detectives to help solve unsolved murders in the city.

It was an especially violent weekend in Chicago, with dozens of people shot in the span of hours.