Solutions to Violence in Chicago

photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz


Any day now one, two or three people will be shot dead. The daily drip of blood flows on though fewer lives were lost in 2014.

The stories are not likely to differ from before:

How tragic. How upsetting. How frustrating and unacceptable.

All true. But maybe now we can look forward to reporting that leads us out of the plague of violence, reporting that offers solutions and that holds officials, and Chicago accountable for what needs to be done.

Where do we begin?

That’s easy.

A taskforce created by the mayor recently came up with a list of programs, and commitments that it thinks will make a difference. There’s good reason to put some faith in the list because it relied on a broad swath of people who know and care about violence in Chicago.

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If I were you, I would go through the list, noticing the places where there appears to be a gap, or an unfilled need, places where there’s a new strategy to overcome the mayhem and what’s behind it.

I would find out why the gaps exist, and what are the chances for these recommendations to come to life. I would stay close to the list to see whether it is forgotten, and whether it can become a map of what will lead Chicago out of the mayhem that sets it aside from New York and Los Angeles.

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Here’s the link.

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That’s what I would do. To start 2015.

How about you?

Talk to me, office 312 369 6400

steve franklin



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