Corner cleansing: Daley's curfew crackdown

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Mayor Daley's demand:

"I want parents all over to know where their kids are . . . at all times. It isn't up to the Chicago Police at 11 p.m. to walk around and look for your kids. . . . It's up to you to take responsibility."

"Police are gonna enforce the curfew. ... Police are gonna start cleaning the corners. Don't complain to them because, if there's a drive-by shooting, you'll complain afterwards."

That means, don't even send your 13-year-old to the gas station to get you cigarettes at midnight. It's for their own good.

You know, it's always disconcerting to see grade school kids and teenagers hanging out on corners and in the parks past 11 p.m. in the city, especially in neighborhoods where crime statistics say carefree summer nights aren't so carefree.

At that time of night, kids need to be home where it's safe, or at least safer.

We hope.


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former southsider residing in indianapolis and my two cents is that George Hancock in 1887 invented the 16" softball.

What the heck does invention of the softball has to do with this blog issue? Oh well, I guess it must be one of those people Daley is talking about rounding up and taking to jail.

Anyway, I would have gotten angry in the past about the strict curfew law, but considering children, senior citizens and innocent people are being shot and killed, I am going with the strict code of curfew. Why you might ask? I remember when I was 17 years old I was at least on my block headed towards my house by 10:00 at night. THIS WAS THE SUMMER TIME PEOPLE!! In others, if my parents stepped out onto the porch, I should be in plain sight coming home.

My parents were not overly protected there was structure in the home. During the school year, what the hell was I doing out pass ten o' clock at night unless ALLOWED to attend a school event such as a basketball game or dance?

I did not get to stay out pass twelve o'clock until I graduated high school and was working. The fast food restaurant (No Free Plug) stayed open until midnight and I WALKED HOME WHICH WAS TEN BLOCKS AWAY! It didn't make sense to wait on CTA! And for the youthful readers & posters, HELL NO I AM NOT THAT OLD!

There was a curfew back then as well, the police saw me walking and realize with the uniform I was wearing "He's just another kid going home from their job."

As a concern individual, why in the hell are little kids outside after dark anyway. They should be in the house, not in the yard, in the house! And most definitely not riding CTA after ten at night! I see it, therefore I know it is happening! Where is a 13-year-old going after eight o'clock at night, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall? Where is this child going and for what purpose? If I had NOT gotten everything I was supposed to have be it left at a friends house, IT STAYED THERE UNTIL THE NEXT DAY OR WEEK!! It was no going back outside!

While in elementary school, I was in the house before seven in the evening ( I believe I am pushing the time frame ). What the HECK is a ten year old kid during roaming the streets after that time any way? Especially in 2007, a child has every conceivable electronic gadget known to humankind. It is quite apparent the kids are NOT at the libraries. WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE PRESENT FAILURE RATE!!

PARENTS ( I do not care what YOUR condition is--this means an alcoholic, on drugs, and all the other ills of society), JUST WHERE IN THE HECK IS YOUR CHILD GOING LATE AT NIGHT? WHY DO YOU NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING!?

I do not want to hear the sob story!

I know many of men and women who were BIG, HUGH drinkers and druggies, but they knew where their children were also. Do a few children fall in the muck and mire of society? YES? But their parents went to the schools and spoke with teachers, cook breakfast and dinner, put clothes (NOT DESIGNER LABELS) on their children backs and kept a roof over their heads.

I KNOW PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE WHEN ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL STANDS ON A SOAPBOX, GIVE A SPEECH LIKE THIS, as though the person know their situation personally, BUT I AM TIRED OF KIDS BEING KILLED!! The only people I knew who died when I was a kid was the old people! Why, oh why do so many individuals die before 21 years of age now?

I apologize if offending anyone, but when I review my friendships, realize the worst done was give one another a black-eye, a busted lip or a possibly tooth knocked out, this shooting people is ridculous. HELL WE NEVER THOUGHT OF SHOOTING THE KID YOU DIDN'T LIKE!

Sorry for going on and on

It is obvious this gives me pain.

God Bless

What happened to be home when the street lights come on????? I remember it was around 5 pm, my dad would whistle and we could hear him down the street and we were in for the evening.

Give me a break, 10:30 and 11pm is not a curfew. They might as well stay out till the wee hours of the morning.

Daley needs to make it earlier. Hey parents, why don't you hang out w/ your kids instead of them hanging out on street corners????? Be parents, be proactive, be accountable for your kids! Don't let your kids be just another statistic and then blame it on someone else! Good Grief!

most crimes are commited by kids older than 16 and its not like parents are going to be watching every minute of the night to make sure they dont go out. and if theyr parents let them go out at that time that means that they trust them and their athourity should be respected

I AGREE WITH YOU CHILDRENM SHOULD BE IN EARLIER THAN 10.30 DURING THE WEEK AND ON WEEKENDS THEY SHOULD ALSO BE IN EARLIER BECAUSE OF SHOOTINGS AND DRUGS I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN MYSELF THAT I HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR THANKS DEE

people are never gonna stop gangbanging theres always gonna be gangs aint no body gonna stop it i know cops are triying to but theres alot of gangs all over the world, and theres people that are not in a gang they just like doing bad stuff,the cops shouldn't be getting kids in other places like round lake,grayslake,palatine all the gangs around here are fake they should go down to chicago were all the real gangs be and all the killings ya dig

people are never gonna stop gangbanging theres always gonna be gangs aint no body gonna stop it i know cops are triying to but theres alot of gangs all over the world, and theres people that are not in a gang they just like doing bad stuff,the cops shouldn't be getting kids in other places like round lake,grayslake,palatine all the gangs around here are fake they should go down to chicago were all the real gangs be and all the killings ya dig

people are never gonna stop gangbanging theres always gonna be gangs aint no body gonna stop it i know cops are triying to but theres alot of gangs all over the world, and theres people that are not in a gang they just like doing bad stuff,the cops shouldn't be getting kids in other places like round lake,grayslake,palatine all the gangs around here are fake they should go down to chicago were all the real gangs be and all the killings ya dig

curfew is ridiculous. do you honestly think that by having a curfew its going to stop any kind of crime happening? that maybe someone whose about to go shoot someone will say, "oh dear, it is far past my bedtime i must be heading home"? no. while i agree there is no reason for young children to be out late (theyre usually tired by this time anyways) for people older then that they have jobs that sometimes dont let them out till well after midnight. there are other, nonviolent and non malicious reasons teenagers might want to be out after 11pm on weekends, especially during the summer when the nice weather extends into the nighttime.

curfew is ridiculous. do you honestly think that by having a curfew its going to stop any kind of crime happening? that maybe someone whose about to go shoot someone will say, "oh dear, it is far past my bedtime i must be heading home"? no. while i agree there is no reason for young children to be out late (theyre usually tired by this time anyways) for people older then that they have jobs that sometimes dont let them out till well after midnight. there are other, nonviolent and non malicious reasons teenagers might want to be out after 11pm on weekends, especially during the summer when the nice weather extends into the nighttime.

Ok, so I've been reading most of the comments on here but honestly, I have to disagree. In Chicago yes there should be a curfew but not where I live. The biggest news that goes around here is who who asked who out on a date. Honestly I enjoy having late nights with friends and hate it when I have to leave before the fun is over. I don't do drugs or drink, never have, never will. I don't sell, don't vandalise, or even think bout harming another person's property. All of my friends are the same way. Majority of my school is the same, and we have bout 3,700 students here. So then why would I have to be punished for some stupid kid in chicago's choice when I havent done anything. 12:00 curfew would be fine!!! But I'd even settle for 11:30.

And if you want to blame someone for all of the accidents that involve intoxicated drivers, well its harder for a kid under 21 to get wasted than someone over. Maybe we should limit how much one person can drink in a bar? or even not let people buy at mass quantities? How bout stop punishing us kids and start taking responsibility for your own actions!!!

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Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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