There Goes Dart Again
- As the violence in Chicago's streets hits the peak summer months, City Hall is receiving reinforcements of sorts from a surprising source: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose office has begun putting extra boots on the ground in high-crime city neighborhoods.
So, the Chicago Police Department is graciously thanking the sheriff for his assistance in its time of need, and the sheriff is modestly just trying to do what he can?
Not exactly. This being Chicago, the story of just what the sheriff is or is not doing has been dragged into Chicago-style electoral and departmental rivalries. Everyone is careful to be polite about it—at least publicly. But here's a tale about the war on crime and the use of your tax dollars that you haven't read elsewhere.
Not that the help isn't appreciated, and we certainly could use a few more residence checks on parolees who flagrant violate the terms of their release with astonishing regularity, but doesn't this just point out the pitiful manpower shortages we're operating under yet again?