David Axelrod, the former president’s top adviser to the 76-year-old, passed the Senate exam last weekend. Barack Obama, To call Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, declares a “public safety emergency” in America’s third-largest city.
“Last Saturday night,” Durbin told reporters, “my wife and I went out to eat in downtown Chicago, with another couple – several couples – and we were going home on Lake Shore Drive at 10pm on Saturday night.
Suddenly, “I heard a popping sound,” Durbin recalled, According to Chicago’s WBBM-TV. “I didn’t know what it was. The driver said, ‘Those are the bullets.’ She drove the car next to us.
“Driver [of the other car] Leaning out the window was firing into the air, “the senator continued.” He was shooting at us.
“He could have easily fired a gun at us.”
“Sadly,” he continued, “it happens quite often.”
Durbin and his wife were not harmed. But former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer from California – her mobile phone was attacked in Oakland, California, and the Senate experienced it more than two months after it was looted.
In that incident, the 80-year-old boxer was pushed from behind as the assailant snatched her phone and then jumped out of her office into a car parked on a social media post. Said at the time.
Reacting to Durbin’s story, David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, said Chicago Mayor Lightfoot should consider doing “what mayors don’t like to do,” according to Chicago’s Fox 32.
Axelrod said Lightfoot needs to acknowledge that the problem of gun violence in Chicago is “more than we can handle here in the city government” and suggested that voters could blame the mayor if the shooting was not handled effectively before the 2023 re-election.
He advised Lightfoot to partner with local businesses, hire more spies, and encourage more members of the public to come forward as witnesses to help reduce crime. Fox 32 reported.
“We don’t just need an idea, we need to do it all at once,” Axelrod said.
According to FGI figures, Chicago saw a 56% increase in homicides in 2020 and is seeing higher numbers this year, Excelroad told Fox32.
At the end of September, Lightfoot unveiled a 16 billion city budget plan that called for an increase in police spending to 9 1.9 billion, up from 1. 1.7 billion this year. The Chicago Tribune reports.