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Isabel’s morning briefing

Friday, Feb 9, 2024 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* ICYMI: Democratic candidates for state’s attorney split on juvenile crimes, retail theft. Tribune

    - It was the first televised debate between former Illinois Appellate Justice Eileen O’Neill Burke and ex-prosecutor and corporate lobbyist Clayton Harris III.
    -Harris and O’Neill Burke diverged on where to place thresholds for prosecuting retail thefts as a felony and the treatment of minors arrested for carjackings and coordinated retail thefts.
    - O’Neill Burke said she would work to make sure juvenile offenders were supervised after school.

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Governor Pritzker is kicking off a state-wide tour to highlight smart start investments. Easterseals DuPage and Fox Valley in Villa Park will be the first stop at 10 am then First United Methodist Child Care Center in Champaign at 1:15 pm. Click here to watch.

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7 Comments
  1. - Back to the Future - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 8:28 am:

    Attorney Krislov will be missed.


  2. - Honeybear - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 9:39 am:

    Solidarity with the Teamster IDOT’s. Direct action gets satisfaction


  3. - RNUG - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 10:38 am:

    Read the ShotSpotter article earlier today. Plus I’ve followed the similar discussions about effectiveness here in Springfield and elsewhere. I agree with the comment in the article they are looking
    at the wrong criteria; it doesn’t get convictions. What it does do is, maybe, get law enforcement on a potential crime scene
    quicker, assuming sufficient manpower to respond in a timely manner (which may not be the case in Chicago).

    As to it adding to the surveillance State, automated listening for sounds is much less intrusive than cameras with AI sensing or even increased police presence in person.

    As to it having an (implied) racial component, I don’t see it that way. Presumably the equipment was located based on previous service calls. So unless the argument is that prior policing was racist (and I realize some will say that),locating based on historical data is the best approach. Now if you want to argue that approach targets certain socio-economic groups or neighborhoods, there is likely some validity to that.

    But what is a better alternative? The amount of money won’t buy that many sworn officers as a replacement when the full cost (salary, equipment, benefits, pensions) is considered.


  4. - Da big bad wolf - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 11:51 am:

    Isn’t shot spotter redundant? I get that some victims that shotspotter alerted to police were saved, but wouldn’t their neighbors have called 911 anyway?


  5. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 12:53 pm:

    - But what is a better alternative? -

    A police force that is proactive? Detectives that get to know the neighborhoods they work and actually catch criminals? Investment in high crime neighborhoods to create opportunities other than gangs?

    Shot spotter is a waste of money that could be better spent in many other ways.


  6. - Benniefly2 - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 1:00 pm:

    There’s the rub. CPD has a tendency not to react quickly or at all to 911 calls from the West and South Sides. They conveniently don’t even track the response times most of the time. I guaranty that the tracking data would be more complete if they were actually responding as quickly as they should.

    https://news.wttw.com/2023/09/06/chicago-police-didn-t-track-how-long-it-takes-officers-respond-half-911-calls-watchdog


  7. - Amalia - Friday, Feb 9, 24 @ 2:26 pm:

    If you did not watch the Cook County State’s Attorney race debate on line, it is on ABC7 tonight at 10:35. The debate was civil but vigorous and illuminating.


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