Officials Vent About Chicago Violence, Promise Action

Craig Dellimore
August 07, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Chicago Congressman Danny Davis, D-Chicago, leads a news conference about anti-violence efforts. (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Elected officials from federal, state and city governments joined community activists at the Cook County Building today to promise action in response to this weekend’s wave of violence.

At a long news conference led by Chicago Congressman Danny Davis, several elected officials talked about the need for jobs programs, help for ex-offenders, social services and education.

But, West Side Alderman Jason Ervin challenged the officials and people in the neighborhoods to step up and meet their responsibilities. And he said when the votes on revenue for community programs come up, elected officials must be prepared to vote for them.

Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider, who chairs the Illinois Republican Party, says he agrees something must be done at all levels.

“This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. This is a human issue,” he said.

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said he and others have spoken to residents of the so-called endangered communities. He said people there would like to see the same level of protection for their neighborhoods that the city extended to Lollapalooza or to shoppers on Michigan Avenue.

Mayor Emanuel promised to deploy more police.