West Garfield Park Residents Voice Concerns About Nightly Blackouts

Mike Krauser
June 12, 2019 - 7:26 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some residents of the West Garfield Park neighborhood said they’re dealing with a nightly safety issue: the new LED street lights are constantly going out.

“It is pitch dark, and I’ve been seeing this over and over for weeks now,” said Diane Davis.

Davis, of the West Garfield Park neighborhood, is one of many who have repeatedly called 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin demanding answers about the nightly blackouts in the 4400 block of West West End Avenue.

Ald. Ervin told CBS 2 it is vandalism.

“We have a huge problem over there with narcotics and sometimes we find that folks who are out there dealing narcotics are actually turning those lights off,” Ervin said. “One way we’re going to fix that is with changing the infrastructure so that way you don’t have the same access points.”

When the problem is going to be fixed is not clear.

“The lights have to be out for a whole year before we get lights?” Davis said. “Or do you waiting for a statistic to happen? Somebody being a victim of gun robbery? Rape? Do it have to go to that measure to get lights? I don’t think so. It’s not fair.”