You may have seen in the news this week that President-elect Donald Trump Tweeted that he will provide resources to Chicago to fight violence if Mayor Rahm Emanuel requests it.
So I wrote a letter to both the mayor and Board President Toni Preckwinkle pleading with them to make that formal request. To be clear, that request would not involve calling in the National Guard. It would, however, call on the president-elect to work with local officials to find ways to truly invest in the endangered communities plagued by violence here. It would also mobilize federal law enforcement to work with Chicago police to solve and fight crime.
We must do everything possible to stop the carnage before 2017 gets even worse than last year.
At the start of each year, I always like to make time to hear from my constituents about what the County's priorities should be. The County deals primarily with public safety, public health, and, of course, taxes. I want to make sure the votes I cast and the policies I drive are what's important to my District.
So I hope you will join me for breakfast and a discussion on County priorities on Saturday January 21st at 9:30 am. We'll meet at Christ the King High School, 5088 W. Jackson. It is open to all ages.
Finally, the Forest Preserves Board meets Tuesday January 17th at 11 am. The Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday January 18th at 11 am. Both meetings will be in the Board room on the fifth floor of the County Building, 118 N. Clark. Both are open to the public as we are handling your business!