Vacant properties received quite a bit of attention from the city of Chicago recently. This past July, the city passed an ordinance making banks and lenders responsible for the upkeep of empty buildings on their books.
Since 9/11, the effort to increase collective security while preserving civil liberties proved to be controversial. The country increased airport security and the volume of surveillance cameras in public places.
Chicago's adding 50 full-time police officers to patrol Chicago Transit Authority trains and bus stations. City officials say the officers will be drawn from the Chicago Police Academy and should be in place by next spring.
The Chicago Transit Authority is doubling its number of security cameras and work with police to start special plainclothes patrols. CTA president Forrest Claypool announced the increased security efforts Monday.
The commander of American and Allied forces in Afghanistan began two days of testimonies before congress today. General David Petraeus called the gains fragile and reversible, but he said the US had stopped the Taliban momentum.