Chicago's Persistent Violence to be Key Issue in Looming Mayoral Race

Mayoral candidates offered Monday what they would do differently.

The violent weekend is drawing a strong reaction from several candidates challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election.

The election is six months away, and the city's violent crime crisis is expected to be a major issue in the campaign.

With tears in his eyes, Emanuel asked residents to turn in those responsible for the city's bloody weekend. Questions surfaced -- with Lollapalooza, were there enough officers in the neighborhoods.

"There was no draining of resources because of Lollapalooza, that was all overtime initiative that handled that," Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

Candidate Lori Lightfoot said she hopes that's true.

"I hope that we didn't drain resources for Lolla that should have been in the neighborhoods," she said.

Paul Vallas called for City Hall to "stop micromanaging the police department."

"City Halls has got to provide the police department with the resources they need to be effective," he said.

Mayoral candidates offered Monday what they would do differently.

Lightfoot said she would rather have $10 million go toward neighborhoods than a new river walk.

Vallas cited low clearance statistics for shootings, murders and carjackings--and noted there's a "serious problem" that needs addressing in Chicago.

Ja'mal Green also weighed in.

"We have boarded up schools, boarded up businesses, and they're knocking down these houses and no plans to develop them," Green said. "So what type of home are you giving to these communities?

Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy spoke to NBC 5 about the issue Monday by telephone.

"There's a tried and true method to reduce crime," he said. "We choose not to do it here in Chicago because of our politics."

Not just local -- but national attention adds increased pressure to solve Chicago's crime crisis.

"What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood in Chicago," Emanuel said Monday. "But it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago."

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