You can’t bilk tourists out of the 10.5 percent sales tax, if they don’t come to into the city to spend money. OT Doors Swing Wide.
Rumors are the Lightgroot phoned in her displeasure the other day following the 500 over-exuberant youth further destroying Chicago’s reputation as a tourist destination.
Except of course the ACLU is already unhappy that cops are doing anything about the wilding which has taken over The Magnificent Mile the past few weekends. (Past few years.) Apparently the ACLU doesn’t think much of maintaining order.
The upside is that Chicago is going to have more cops working the weekends.
Amusingly, HQ told everyone they’d be working in their Districts of Assignment….at first, but you could potentially (almost 100% certainly) be deployed elsewhere (meaning downtown) should wilding break out.
It used to be such a great city. But I have been staying away for nearly a decade. (When they raised the price of the city-owned parking garage to $20/hour, I stopped going to the Art Institute.)
And if you’re not up on the wilding in the streets of Chicago, and The Magnificent Mile in particular, the Tribune has this article, where an
aldercreature alderman dares to criticize Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County.
Hopkins, whose second ward includes part of North Michigan Avenue, says it’s clear looking at social media that the teens flooding downtown last night are emboldened by new policies by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who has declined to prosecute many low level crimes like shoplifting and theft.
“You don’t even get a slap on the wrist anymore. You get a ride home. So that’s happening in increasing numbers and it’s disturbing and it has implications for the downtown area, where retailers are seeing their shrinkage rates from theft increase dramatically,” Hopkins said.
So fine, for the tourists, go to Galena, Illinois instead. Hell, even Naperville is a better choice. Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…
Welcome to the party pal. Only what we’ve been saying here since….2006?