Tuesday, June 9, 2020

CBS Chicago: Some Aldermen Furious With Mayor Lightfoot Over How Looting Was Handled

[VIDEO] Ald. Anthony Beale (Ward 9) and Ald. Raymond Lopez (Ward 15) should be commended for calling into question Mayor Lori Lightfoot's response to the chaos in the city that spilled over from downtown into the neighborhoods on the city's south and west side on May 30 & 31. We see how the communities of both the 9th and 15th ward and other parts of the city was very devasted by the civil unrest that resulted in looting and vandalism.

I'm glad that the measures put in place in response to the unrest caused by the death of George Floyd when he was arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month are being lifted. The civic unrest occurred just as the city was about to reopen after just about two months of shutdown due to the coronavirus.

While the city began to reopen on June 3, 2020 as planned I'm glad that the curfew has been lifted. Hopefully traffic in the city's downtown area will begin to return to normal once the bridges downtown are lowered (they were raised in an effort to control traffic into and out of downtown). Hopefully there will be further efforts to get things back to as close to normal as possible in the city's neighborhoods, especially on the south side.

BTW, I want to especially note the clash between Ald. Lopez and Mayor Lightfoot that resulted in a profanity laced argument between both on a conference call. I've heard Lopez on the radio over the past week as far as the looting in his neighborhood and I could tell he wasn't very happy with the response.

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