Bailey softens rhetoric on Chicago, remains critical of leadership in op-Ed

Calls Chicago a ‘city in crisis,’ blaming city and state leaders

CHICAGO — GOP gubernatorial candidate Daren Bailey, with Chicago in the lead, wrote a scathing op-ed in the Tribune over the weekend.

The state senator calls Chicago a city in crisis. The problem, he says, is not a lack of resources but a lack of accountability. Bailey cites the performance of Chicago Public Schools: “Without a solid foundation of education, many of these children fall prey to the temptations of gangs, drugs and violence.”

Bailey accuses Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx of felony. He writes: “When it comes to violence, last year was Chicago’s deadliest in 25 years, and the city this year is on a homicide beat of over 600… This unrest is compounded by the increased crime and officers leaving the force due to extreme policies and working conditions pushed by Pritzker, Lightfoot and Foxx.
Bailey’s solutions: school choice, support for the police, enforcement of existing laws and reducing the size of the municipal administration. »

Speaking to the media on Monday, Lightfoot fired back.

“I actually read it and was surprised how completely misinformed it is about our city,” the mayor said. “The fact that he doesn’t know that our city has the strongest economy in the country, not just the state. The fact that he doesn’t know that so many big companies have moved to Chicago in the past two years. The fact that he doesn’t know that our homicides are down almost 16%.

When Bailey arrived in Springfield, he supported a fringe move to separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois. During its gubernatorial campaign, The Republican focused on Chicago.

“Let us think of Chicago, a city plagued by crime a corrupt and dysfunctional hell,” Bailey said amid a gubernatorial debate.

Now, in general election mode, the candidate has toned down his rhetoric, calling Chicago a great place.
But State Sen. Robert Peters, a strong supporter of Governor Pritzker, says there is only one serious candidate to help Chicago.

“I think he’s a person living in a right-wing fantasy about what’s going on in the world,” Peters said. “The thing about Governor Pritzker is that he turned the state upside down. We have seen multiple credit rating increases, a large capital bill to ensure our infrastructure receives the funding it needs, an elected school board so that we have more democracy in Chicago’s education system, hundreds of millions of dollars in violence prevention monies.

The day after his GOP primary victory, Bailey told WGN News he would contact Mayor Lightfoot for a Chicago aid meeting. However, since August 1, the mayor says she has not heard from Bailey.

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