Lori Lightfoot Suggests Street Vendors Stop Using Cash In Order To Quell Chicago Crime Epidemic

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Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggested Thursday that street vendors stop using cash in order to quell Chicago’s crime spike.

The incumbent mayor listed her solutions to the ongoing crime crisis in the city during the mayoral debate with her eight opponents.

“I heard a lot of rhetoric here, a lot of soundbites, but not a lot of concrete solutions on how we get the job done and make our residents and our workers safe. We’re doing it every single day,” she said. “We have been in Little Village working with those street vendors, understanding what the nature of the crime is, making sure that we’re doing things in concert with them to help them, to make sure that their money is secure. Not use money, if at all possible, using other forms of transactions to carry themselves.”

Chicago is ranked to be the sixth most dangerous city in America, according to Property Club. Between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15, city crime spiked 65% from year-to-date the previous year. Sexual assault rose 16%, robbery surged 37% and motor vehicle theft soared by a striking 175%, according to the Chicago Police Department.

During the debate, Lightfoot said she recognized the crime crisis spreading across Chicago and vowed to hire more police and enforce stricter gun laws.

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