Mayoral Hopefuls Tackle Issues At South Side Forum

Bob Roberts
June 10, 2018 - 11:30 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Five of the candidates seeking to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel took their messages to voters at a church in the Park Manor neighborhood Saturday.

Activist Ja'Mal Green said the answer to street violence is turning around underserved neighborhoods by attracting investment and economic engines.

“Start with investment. It will start with attracting economic engines to these communities,” he said.

Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said corporate America cannot be allowed to kill people, and said if the states could take on Big Tobacco and win, suits targeting gun manufacturers can work. He said Chicago Police need to assign more detectives to individual murder cases, although he said the first expenditure he'd curtail if elected would be the new Police Academy.

Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown wants to review what has worked elsewhere to reduce violence

Attorney Lori Lightfoot said those holding the power must be accountable. 

“It’s not just a question of reducing the number of homicides and clearly that would help, but you have to care about this number. You have to hold people accountable,” she said.

Businessman Willie Wilson said police, the courts and City Hall must have a unified strategy. He drew applause when he told the crowd, "Rahm Emanuel is the problem."

 Emanuel did not attend the forum.