Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated in a public address that one of the ways to decrease crime in the city is for citizens to try and avoid carrying cash, as reported by News Channel 20.
Mayor Lightfoot, who is running for re-election, discussed safety concerns in a debate between candidates. Safety is a top concern among the citizens of Chicago.
Lightfoot stated that while there has been much discussion about the safety of street vendors, there have not been many concrete solutions proposed for ensuring the safety of both residents and workers.
The moderator interjected with a question, "What is your solution for the problem?"
"I just explained it," Lightfoot replied.
"We have been in Little Village working with street vendors, understanding what the nature of the crime is, making sure we're doing things in concert with them to help them make sure that their money is secure, not use money if at all possible, using other forms of transactions to take care of themselves,” the mayor fired back.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “concrete solution” to solve crime in Chicago:
“Make sure that their money is secure, not use [cash] if at all possible, use other forms of transactions to take care of themselves.”pic.twitter.com/UkTw6JFMZu
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 20, 2023
Other candidates provided their own solutions to the question, some of which held the mayor responsible for the safety concerns in the city.
"You have to stop playing politics so much. This particular administration, now, she feels safe and the mayor's office feels safe, but the people are afraid," candidate Willie Wilson remarked.
"You have a transportation system where the workers don't feel safe, the riders don't feel safe, it means we have to make sure we're providing critical investments," said Brandon Johnson, currently the commissioner for Cook County.
Lightfoot accused the other candidates of using "sound bites that have no basis in fact."
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