Bill Daley’s Chicago anti-violence plan calls for Cabinet-level crime fighting post

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Mayoral candidate Bill Daley wants to create a Cabinet-level crime-fighting post and invest $50 million per year to staff a new City Hall department dedicated to reducing violence, he said Thursday.

Daley, who’s not alone on the subject, announced his anti-violence plan for the city with a statement in which he took a swipe at fellow mayoral candidate and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for not doing enough to crack down on gun crimes.

“County leaders have openly retreated from enforcing gun laws, and prosecutors and judges are imposing less than the maximum fines or sentences allowable under the law,” Daley said. “Gun shops in suburban Cook County, inches from the city line, send thousands of guns each year into our neighborhoods while the state and county do little to stop them.”

As president of the county board, Preckwinkle has pushed to reduce the Cook County Jail population by advocating for greater use of electronic monitoring and other sentencing alternatives to incarceration for defendants, in many cases for those charged with low-level drug crimes. That position has prompted other mayoral candidates to accuse her of being too lenient with criminals.

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November 15, 2018 at 02:33PM

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