As Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs for reelection, he’s pointing to a slight decline in homicides during his term. He says he’s promising to give parents in high-crime neighborhoods a greater sense of security. But a WBEZ investigation raises questions about how much the mayor’s willing to do to put killers behind bars. Also, we talk about the inspiration for a new dance piece called “Power Goes” by Chicago’s The Seldoms.
50 school-aged children have died so far this year in Chicago—on sidewalks, on streets, even inside a friend’s home. For parents living in neighborhoods where violence is a reality, even the most benign setting can feel unsafe and out of control.