Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has characterized violent crime in Chicago as out of control:
CHICAGO — As Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday signed a new law that will put in place tougher penalties for selling guns to minors, he also announced he’s got a new idea to help combat the violence that Chicago is experiencing: he’s talking to the Illinois State Police and the National Guard to see if they could help.
The Chicago Sun-Times depicted Blagojevich as the “new sheriff in town” Thursday morning in its coverage of the governor’s plan to form an “elite tactical team” to help the city fight crime.
“Violent crime in the city of Chicago is out of control,” Blagojevich said at the bill signing ceremony. “I’m offering resources of the state to the city to work in a constructive way with Mayor Daley to do everything we can possibly do to help stop this violence,” said the governor.
The summer of 2008 will be remembered as especially violent. Blagojevich said there’s been a child shot nearly every day since June 26, with 29 Chicago Public School students shot since last fall.
Really? According to the crime reports filed in the City of Chicago from June 17 to July 17 (today) there have been 34 homicides. During the same period last year there were 45 homicides. Year-to-date homicides are up roughly 12% over last year. Last year they were down by roughly that number from 2006. There are a lot of murders in Chicago but I don’t see the trend.