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Crime Down in Chicago? How Do You Know???
Posted by Rogers Park Bench on Nov. 19

Mayor Daley and Joe Moore occasionally do agree, and more often than not that agreement comes in the form of a shared lie. For example, "crime is down" in Chicago.

Really? How do you know, Mr. Mayor? How do you know, Mr. Moore? The FBI doesn't even know. The Chicago Tribune ran an Associated Press story today about the 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America," published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc.

Monday, November 19, 2007
Crime Down in Chicago? How Do You Know???

Mayor Daley and Joe Moore occasionally do agree, and more often than not that agreement comes in the form of a shared lie. For example, "crime is down" in Chicago.

Really? How do you know, Mr. Mayor? How do you know, Mr. Moore? The FBI doesn't even know. The Chicago Tribune ran an Associated Press story today about the 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America," published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc.

The report, writes the AP, "is based on the FBI's Sept. 24 crime statistics report" and was released yesterday (November 18). Detroit was named as the "most dangerous city" in the U.S. (again), and although 377 other cities were given their dubious rankings, Chicago was not ranked.

Why not? Because, according to the AP story, "The study excluded Chicago, Minneapolis, and other Illinois and Minnesota cities because of incomplete data."

Incomplete data. So, the FBI doesn't know how to rank Chicago, because they don't know whether Chicago crime is up or down.

So why, then, do Mayor Daley and Alderman Moore pretend that they know?

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Chicago crime has increased so much that it'll take them until next year to tally the numbers.

Happy Thanksgiving Mark! And you are allowed only one turkey leg this year...lol

Konkol's reply: Thanks Douglas, but I'm a breast man.

Sounds like I'm not missing a thing in Rogers Park. Come to Boulder/Longmont Colorado. Lots of Chicagoans here, less crime, gorgeous mountains, hiking, fishing, camping, etc. I think of you often, miss the food, but never the crime.

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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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