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Old 04-28-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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Chicago has come to be associated primarily with crime. Of course part of this is political, with Obama and the strict gun laws, however even aside from that, it is really exaggerated. It's the 3rd largest city in the country, but it not in the top ten for most violent. Even when it comes to murder (worse cities include: Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Philly, Atlanta, DC, etc). Not to mention the crime that DOES exist, is concentrated in areas that are easily avoidable by transplants and visitors. I am not saying that crime does not exist in Chicago, it does and the level is very sad...however the crime rates make this automatic Chicago=violence reputation undeserved.


United States cities by crime rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1. Detroit - The 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities - Forbes (as much as I hate Forbes' lists)
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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I know right, its so exaggerated their...i know a lot worst cities.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:19 PM
 
Location: The South
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Rod Blagojevich — Governor from 2003 through 2009, when he became the first Illinois governor in history to be impeached. Convicted of numerous corruption charges Monday, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

George Ryan — Governor from 1999 through 2003. After leaving office, was convicted of racketeering for actions as governor and secretary of state. In November 2007, began serving 6 1/2 years in federal prison.

U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski — Pleaded guilty to corruption charges and left office in 1995. Served 17 months in prison, but was pardoned by President Bill Clinton. Rostenkowski was a representative from 1959-95.

U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds — Convicted of misconduct with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer and resigned in 1995. Served more than two years in prison. Later convicted on federal wire and bank fraud charges and sentenced to more than six years in prison. President Clinton commuted that sentence.

Dan Walker — Governor from 1973-1977. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges in 1987 related to his business activities after leaving office. Spent just over a year and a half in federal prison.

Otto Kerner — Governor from 1961-1968. Resigned to become judge, then was convicted of bribery related to his tenure as governor. Sentenced to three years in prison.

William G. Stratton — Governor from 1953-1961. Indicted after leaving office on income-tax evasion charges but was acquitted.

Lennington Small — Governor from 1921-1929. Indicted while in office on embezzlement charges but was acquitted.

Joel Matteson — Governor from 1853-1857. After leaving office, a Sangamon County court ruled that he owed the state more than $253,000 in connection with a scheme to pay government contractors. His property was sold at auction.

Secretary of State Paul Powell — Roughly $800,000 was found stuffed in shoe boxes Powell's home after he died in 1970.

Auditor Orville Hodge — Pleaded guilty in the 1950s to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the state while in office. He used the money to buy two planes, four automobiles and homes in Illinois and Florida.

Attorney General William Scott — Convicted of tax fraud and spent a year in prison in the 1980s. Was Illinois attorney general from 1969-80.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Westside
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^^^-Chicago, not the state of Illinois sir, and by crime I'm sure he wasn't really taking about city corruption
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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Also, not sure that people are going to be too worried about someone who was governor in the 1800s
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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Joel Matteson — Governor from 1853-1857. After leaving office, a Sangamon County court ruled that he owed the state more than $253,000 in connection with a scheme to pay government contractors. His property was sold at auction.
I personally lose sleep every night over how this injustice has tainted my Chicago living experience, and wishing I lived in the South with its impeccable history of honest politics and social justice.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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Every city I've lived in has been classified as violent so I don't pay any attention to what the news say or what people think.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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Darn, I had posted this in one of the general forums to get replies from people who are not in Chicago, since the point is that other cities are worse. I guess the mods moved it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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Here we go again comparing cities with smaller populations to Chicago with millions of more people.
Crime was at its peak in Chicago in the 80s and 90s like most big cities. The media is playing the Chicago card now and on average we have 400 plus less homicides
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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Chicago has come to be associated primarily with crime. Of course part of this is political, with Obama and the strict gun laws, however even aside from that, it is really exaggerated. It's the 3rd largest city in the country, but it not in the top ten for most violent. Even when it comes to murder (worse cities include: Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Philly, Atlanta, DC, etc). Not to mention the crime that DOES exist, is concentrated in areas that are easily avoidable by transplants and visitors. I am not saying that crime does not exist in Chicago, it does and the level is very sad...however the crime rates make this automatic Chicago=violence reputation undeserved.


United States cities by crime rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1. Detroit - The 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities - Forbes (as much as I hate Forbes' lists)

The violent crime rate for Chicago, reads N/A in that table in Wikipedia.
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