Democratic Governor JB Pritzker turned Chicago into a city from hell. Crimes broke records, suicides increased and pandemic restrictions left severe emotional consequences on the younger population. The situation is so critical that the governor is facing a lawsuit.
According to the local newspaper Chicago Sun-Times, in January the city recorded 51 homicides, the highest number recorded for the month in the last four years.
In addition, according to the Police, shootings also increased: 201 shootings were recorded, 64 more than the same period in 2020.
“The spike in violent crime last year was attributed to several factors, including the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local restrictions and an unprecedented economic downturn,” reported the Chicago Tribune.
It was in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, that Governor JB Pritzker ordered the “stay home” confinement measure, considered the “most stringent state action.” This was coupled with school closures, restrictions on gatherings, and the closing of indoor dining areas in restaurants and bars.
But confining the population in a city like Chicago, with crime on the rise, became a double-edged sword. According to a Fox News report, vehicle thefts in the city also doubled in January, up 180% from last year.
“Police believe most of the crimes are being committed by young adults and teenagers, some of whom are currently out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the report said.
“The Chicago Police Department (CPD) recorded 218 auto thefts in January 2021, a staggering increase from the 77 reported during the same period last year.”
Authorities are alarmed that those committing the crimes are between the ages of 15 and 20. “We’re going to have 12-year-olds committing these acts now,” Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told Fox News. “We have to do something together as a city to stop these actions,” he sentenced.
Chicago, from homicides to suicides; Governor sued
Lisa Moore, an Illinois mother, decided to sue Governor JB Pritzker on the grounds that her son’s suicide is a product of the Democratic authority’s strict restrictions.
Moore said her teenage son Trevor Till died by suicide after struggling with isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawsuit was filed last month by Moore and four other parents in LaSalle County Circuit Court. The plaintiffs accuse Pritzker of canceling or indefinitely delaying high school sports and activities while allowing college and professional sports to continue.
“There is no rational or reasonable basis for banning certain high school sports while allowing college and professional athletes to play the same sports,” the lawsuit says.
Recently, Southwestern Illinois lawmakers urged Governor JB Pritzker to ease COVID-19 restrictions and allow the move to Tier 1, which enables indoor dining and more youth sports.
Pandemic spiked violence
According to a report by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ), homicides in 28 major cities soared 36% between June and October over the previous year.
Behind the increase in violence is the coronavirus pandemic, according to authorities and experts, who point to a long list of factors in the health crisis, starting with an economic impact that has put millions of Americans out of work and triggered anxiety.
As crime rises, closures and restrictive measures by Democratic authorities continue, studies reveal that the confinements do not control the spread of the coronavirus.
A report by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) states that “lockdowns do not control the coronavirus.” In the paper the agency evidenced that several studies point out that “there is no relationship between lockdowns and control of the virus.”
“The virus is going to do what viruses do, as it has always done in the history of infectious diseases. We have extremely limited control over them, and what we have is tied to time and place. Fear, panic and coercion are not ideal strategies for controlling viruses. Intelligence and medical therapeutics work much better,” the report states.