Mind Crime Ahead of Illinois Election Season

While half a dozen candidates are vying for the post of governor of Illinois, no less than 18 could start the race for mayor of Chicago.

Rising violence across the state is a big problem in both contests.

Near North Side Ald. Brian Hopkins says he and many others are considering whether to advertise as mayoral candidates.

“I count 18. Eighteen candidates who were approached, who were asked about their intentions. And all 18 have something in common. They did not declare their intention to run for mayor. But they did not didn’t say ‘no’ either,” Hopkins said.

Two Illinois gubernatorial candidates unveiled video spots this week focusing on crime and violence, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and tech entrepreneur Jesse Sullivan.

“Ending cash bail, putting repeat violent offenders back on the streets. These are actions that JB Pritzker is responsible for,” Sullivan said.

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In preparation for a potential mayoral campaign, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has already assembled an informal panel of advisers and is publicly focusing on what he learned from working with Chicago CRED — a group that seeks to persuade young men to stay away from criminal violence.

Duncan says Chicago could learn from other major cities where violence is on the decline.

“St. Louis down 25%, Dallas homicides down 13%, Boston down 26%, Charlotte down 18%. So there are a lot of places we can learn from,” Duncan said.

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