Another Reason for "Day of Action"
- Bucktown and Wicker Park are two of Chicago's trendiest neighborhoods, filled with people flocking to independent boutiques, national retail chains and vibrant dining and nightlife options.
But their popularity also has led to an uptick in crime, an alderman says, and put the communities at the center of a debate over whether private security officers should help patrol busy streets, using funds typically reserved for purchases like bike racks and sidewalk planters.
Two aldermen, Brian Hopkins, 2nd, and Joe Moreno, 1st, want to hire firms, staffed mostly by off-duty and retired police officers who have arrest powers and sometimes carry guns, using $100,000 from a special $1.2 million budget that comes from property taxes and is managed by business people in the neighborhoods.
Taxpayers pay for police. That's taxpayer money they're talking about spending on private businesses. Businesses should pay for their own security, not aldercreature slush funds. And using our own members and retirees to undercut and mask the police shortages is unacceptable.
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