Interim CPD Supt. Charlie Beck’s response to an outbreak of mass transit violence is to dramatically increase police presence on CTA trains and platforms. He also wants to bring in “smart policing” technology credited with driving down violent crime in some of Chicago’s highest-crime police districts. Reporter Fran Spielman has the story…
But supporters of the change denied it was anti-Italian. “I am beyond thrilled that my daughter will experience at school and learn about Native histories and current accomplishments,” one parent said.
The Chicago Police Department will bolster its Mass Transit Unit by 50 officers, assign four detectives exclusively to solving CTA crimes and build a strategic deployment center specifically for mass transit.
The sweeping changes the County Board approved Thursday included adding a member to the County Health System board who is appointed directly by Preckwinkle and giving her and commissioners more say in the system’s budget and top leadership.
One of the state’s most powerful Democrats, Madigan left the first-term prosecutor off his palm card, the handout of endorsed candidates that 13th Ward foot soldiers give to voters before they hit the polls.