The mayor of Chicago will not focus on rising crime rates and a mass exodus of major businesses from the city “in crisis,” instead she will focus on the “good news.”
Lori Lightfoot was asked Tuesday to address comments by McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski at the Economic Club of Chicago on September 14, where he noted Chicago’s ballooning crime statistics and the business concerns created by the chaos.
“I think what would have been helpful is for the McDonald’s CEO to educate himself before he spoke,” the Chicago Democrat said, as reported by Fox Business.
Lightfoot then encouraged people to read a letter written by World Business Chicago President Michael Fassnacht that “lays out in exact detail all the good news, economic news, about what’s happening in our city.”
Lightfoot did not address any of the concerns raised by Kempczinski, avoiding discussion of the 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021, nearly double 2019’s numbers. Nor did she address the 18% increase in robberies, 28% increase in burglaries, 65% increase in thefts, and 66% increase in motor vehicle thefts year-to-date citywide compared to 2021, which the CEO said in his speech has pushed businesses to leave Chicago.
“Everywhere I go, I’m confronted by the same question: ‘What’s going on in Chicago?’” Kempczinski reportedly told the Economic Club. “There is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis. The fact is that there are fewer large companies headquartered in Chicago this year than last year. There are fewer this month than last month.”
Mcdonald’s relocated its headquarters from the western Chicago suburb of Oak Brook to a $250 million campus in downtown Chicago in 2018, generating $2 billion for the Cook County economy.
While Mcdonald’s has no plan to abandon the Windy City, even though employees are afraid to go to work, several high-profile companies have recently announced that they will be moving their headquarters out of Chicago. Citing crime as a motivating factor, Citadel Securities, which employs 1,200 people in high-paying positions, plans to find a new home, Fox Business reported.
Chicago has made a number of baffling calls on crime prevention under Lightfoot’s direction, including preventing police officers from giving chase when suspects flee.
After one especially deadly weekend, Chicago Police Department dispatcher Keith Thornton Jr. told “Fox & Friends First” that “super, ultra-liberal, far-to-the-leftist politicians” were ruining Chicago.
“This nonsense has to stop,” the public servant said, following the 2022 crime filled Memorial Day holiday. “Until we get effective leaders within these positions to revitalize these distressed neighborhoods and be honest, be real, it won’t stop. We need someone who’s going to take the position and say, you guys need to cut this out, and if you don’t do it, this is the accountability and this is what we’re going to do to you. It’s not happening here. It’s not happening.”
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