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Englewood residents selected to represent Chicago at UN Peace Conference Video included

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Chicago does not have the highest murder rate in America statistically, but the violence here has become part of our reputation around the globe. More>>

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Yoga teacher inspires Englewood residents to improve community Video included

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There are entire neighborhoods where old folks are afraid to come out of their homes, young people hang out at their own risk and strangers don't dare drive through. These are places that have our city at a Tipping Point between hope and despair.
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Hollywood star Hill Harper hopes to inspire juveniles awaiting trial Video included

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Hill Harper came to Chicago and paid a visit behind bars, hoping to strike a chord with young men at the Tipping Point. More>>

Chicago-Asia 2014 Peace Exchange combats violence Video included

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There's a growing anti-violence movement, led by young people, who are bringing their message into Chicago classrooms. More>>

FOX 32 News Special on Education: Chicago at the Tipping Point Video included

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In a FOX 32 News Special Report on Education, we explore K-12 education in Illinois -- what's good with it, what's bad with it, what's fixable, and maybe not fixable.

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CPS implementing `five essentials` to create better schools, seeing results Video included

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The emotion is real when you start messing with neighborhood schools. Parents are fed up with years of reforming, re-staffing, merging, closing, taking over and turning around with mixed results for students.

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Ill. school funding system produces vastly disparate levels of spending Video included

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They are the most fiercely fought-over questions in Illinois politics. And they help to explain other fights, including the current battle over the state income tax. When it comes to public school funding, who should pay? And, how much is enough? More>>

How technology is changing the way children learn Video included

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Tots on laptops and tablets, they are masters at home and now they're swiping their way through school too. More>>

School inequity: Does education quality depend on where you live? Video included

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The wide range of needs in different schools, and even within schools, makes it tough to reach a consensus on how to improve education. More>>

Tipping Point: Technology in education Video included

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Young individuals are masters of technology at home, and now, they're swiping their way through school too. More>>

Tipping Point: Price for a CPS education varies by location Video included

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A child growing up in the Austin neighborhood is getting a Chicago Public School’s education that costs about $9,500 a year. In Oak Park, a child receives an education worth more than $13,000 a year.
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Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor Video included

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Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city. More>>

FOX 32 News Special on Transportation: Chicago at the Tipping Point

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FOX 32 News explores solutions to local traffic and congestion issues – like public transit - in a Special Report on Transportation: Chicago at the Tipping Point. More>>

Tipping Point: More Chicago area residents choose to live without cars Video included

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More people are ditching their cars and the presumed concept that we each need one. FOX 32 took a look at how the carless life works, as traffic congestion has the Chicago area at the tipping point. More>>

Tipping Point: Same-sex schools in the Chicago area Video included

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No doubt that failing schools have Chicago at the tipping point, and lots of strategies have been tried to turn things around. More>>

Tipping Point: Job seekers network, find support at group meetups Video included

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On a recent Monday morning, while thousands of Chicagoans headed to work, seven Chicagoans who are unemployed met at a public library, to help each other find some work. More>>

Tipping Point: CTA, Metra, Amtrak during the deep freeze Video included

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The going certainly got tough this week if you were 'going' any place! In the city that works, we look at how public transportation worked during the deep freeze. More>>

Days before Christmas, sub shop abruptly fires all employees by email Video included

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A sign outside promised, "World's Finest Sandwiches," but inside, Snarf's was empty Monday. More>>

FOX 32 News Special on the Economy: Chicago at the Tipping Point Video included

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FOX 32 News explores the current and past state of the economy in Chicago and Illinois in a Special Report on the Economy: Chicago at the Tipping Point.
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Tipping Point: Is Chicago on the same financial path as Detroit? Video included

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One of the reasons why many people wonder if Chicago is going to be the next Detroit is both cities have massive unfunded government pensions. More>>

Tipping Point: The long-fought battle for a South Side Walmart Video included

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Music chart toppers like 'Lil Kim used to make a point to stop on Chicago's West Side years ago, mingling with their fans at George's Music Room. More>>

Tipping Point: Chicago students train for resurging manufacturing industry Video included

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Manufacturing is not dead; it's just changing. More>>

Tipping Point: Businesses crossing state lines for cheaper cost Video included

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For those who ask, "Why does Illinois have the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest?" this is why. More>>

Tipping Point: Chicago's middle-class feels painful squeeze Video included

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Since the 1950s, Americans have been told that if you play by the rules, work hard, and get a good education or skill, you, too can enjoy the benefits of a middle-class lifestyle. More>>

Chicago youth being swept into life of crime: DNAinfo`s Mark Konkol

DNAinfo Chicago's Mark Konkol wrote a two-part piece about how kids as young as 7 years old are getting pulled into a life of crime, contributing to violence that has Chicago at the tipping point. More>>

Some CPS schools get failing grade: Illinois Policy Institute study Video included

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"Failing schools" have Chicago at the tipping point. The Illinois Policy Institute's Ted Dabrowski explained a new study's results and how to fix the problem.
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Federal food stamp program to lose $5B, reductions begin Friday Video included

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The federal food stamp program is losing $5 billion this week. A smaller food budget for thousands of Illinois families puts Chicago at the tipping point. More>>

Proposed cigarette tax would give city highest rate in nation Video included

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack — leaving Chicago with a combined state and local tax rate of $7.42 a pack, the highest in the nation. More>>

Firehouse Arts Center seeks community change through engagement in arts, faith Video included

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An abandoned firehouse on the West Side is now burning up with creativity -- or at least it will be soon, if the fundraising is successful. More>>

Emanuel pushes for tougher gun penalties, UChicago study shows need Video included

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Mayor Emanuel is pushing state lawmakers for tougher gun penalties to help stop the violence putting Chicago at the tipping point. More>>

North Lawndale teen beats life challenges to succeed Video included

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Arabic is not the usual language you hear around North Lawndale, but then again, Cortez Alexander is not the usual kid you see around North Lawndale, either. More>>

Critics say better judges, more police would curb Chicago violence Video included

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There is a new focus Wednesday, on crime in Chicago. Police are pointing the finger at Cook County judges. A retired general also spoke to the use of state police as a viable solution. More>>

Mother of 3-year-old park shooting victim: It`s a miracle he survived Video included

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Thursday night's park shooting made headlines everywhere and gave Chicago a negative image on the world stage. More>>

Quinn open to State Police helping with violence in Chicago Video included

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Gov. Pat Quinn is ready to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about bringing in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help stem the violence in Chicago. More>>

Chicago named murder capital of America: FBI report Video included

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Chicago has been called The City of Big Shoulders, The Windy City and even The Second City. But according to a newly released report by the feds, our city is now the murder capital of the United States. More>>

Heroin fuels Chicago gang violence: John Lippert Video included

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Chicago is at the tipping point, and Joaquin Guzman is largely responsible. The Mexican drug lord's cartel floods the Chicago area with nearly $3 billion worth of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and more each year. More>>

Lincoln Square takes active role to prevent gang activity Video included

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Gang violence in Chicago is at the tipping point. The Lincoln Square neighborhood has taken an active role to prevent crime from escalating in their community. More>>

FOX 32 News Special on violence: Chicago at the Tipping Point Video included

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Even if you don't happen to live in one of the hotspots for violent crime in Chicago, wherever violence happens, we're all paying. More>>

Tipping Point: Crime epidemic creates overcrowding crisis at Cook Co. Jail Video included

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More than 300 inmates packed into a room that used to be a kitchen. Welcome to Division 2 at the Cook County Jail. More>>

Tipping Point: FOX 32 takes a first-hand look at Chicago`s police strategy Video included

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In a secure conference room at Police Headquarters, Chicago's top cops assess what's working and what's not in their long struggle to reduce the toll of bloody murder here. More>>

Tipping Point: Gang members speak out about the cycle of violence Video included

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The lure of the gangs often stems from the money, clothes and cars that seem to come easy with a life tied to selling drugs. More>>

Tipping Point: From the streets to valedictorian, teen beats all odds to succeed Video included

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The walk to and from school and church wasn't always pretty---or perfect. More>>

Tipping Point: Inside the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Video included

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Any kid accused of a serious crime in Cook County is almost sure to set foot in the Juvenile Detention Center. More>>

Why is violence down in Rogers Park? FOX 32 takes a closer look Video included

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FOX 32 previously reported about a big drop in murder in the North Side Rogers Park Police District. Chicago police statistics show that, since 1990, homicide's declined by 71% in the 24th District. More>>

Police: August 2013 homicides down, continue to fight violent crime Video included

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Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Tuesday that progress is being made combating gun violence – progress, but not success, because even one murder is one too many. More>>

8 dead, at least 25 hurt in holiday weekend shootings Video included

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Eight people were killed and at least 25 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday night. More>>

Chicago ranked as second most desirable convention destination Video included

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After a long slow decline, Chicago had slipped to fifth place in a business where it was once the American leader, but a new national survey finds the city is a top convention destination. More>>

Rogers Park homicides down 71%, biggest drop in Chicago Video included

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While violence is a major problem in Chicago, one neighborhood has made real progress against it. More>>

Community groups, school councils to boycott CPS Video included

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Chicago Public School students go back to class in five days, on Monday, Aug. 26. Concerns remain over Safe Passage routes, and community groups plan to take action in a big way. More>>

Chicago at the Tipping Point: New FOX 32 News Series

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FOX 32 News is starting a new series: "Chicago at the Tipping Point." We know -- as you do -- that Chicago is at a critical point, where things can either get better, or much worse. We want to know what you think.
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Former NY governor takes aim at Chicago while defending `stop-and-frisk` Video included

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Chicago is making New York's front pages for all the wrong reasons. More>>

Violence has long-term effects on children Video included

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It's a topic we don't often discuss in the media: the mental impact that comes along with being a victim of a gun crime. More>>

Chicago violence at the tipping point: 4 dead, 33 hurt in weekend shootings Video included

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Four men were killed and at least 33 other people --including a 4-year-old girl-- wounded in gun violence across the city since Friday night. More>>

Thousands in city, suburbs stand up to crime at National Night Out Video included

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Thousands of residents across the city of Chicago and the suburbs stood up to crime at Tuesday night's National Night Out event. More>>

While Chicago battles violence, Aurora claims zero murders in 2012 Video included

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While Chicago has spent much of this year coping with an epidemic of violence, Illinois' second largest city, Aurora, is quietly enjoying a big reduction in shootings and homicides. More>>

Chicago Police Dept. to begin accepting applications Aug. 1 Video included

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If you have dreams of working the police beat on Chicago streets, you'll soon have your chance. Superintendent Garry McCarthy will start accepting applications for the force on Aug. 1. More>>

Retired doctor earns highest public pension in Illinois history Video included

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As the pension crisis in Illinois moves even closer to the tipping point, a milestone of sorts has been crossed without notice -- until now. More>>

Retired city workers file lawsuit over shift to Obamacare Video included

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Retired city workers are asking a judge to block Mayor Emanuel from making them rely on Obamacare for their health insurance. More>>

CPS announces $5.6B budget as protesters march over cuts Video included

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Chicago teachers staged a demonstration that temporarily halted traffic in the Loop Wednesday morning, outside school board headquarters, as the fight over city schools continues. More>>

The `Muggers Mile?` Guardian Angels warn of recent attacks Video included

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One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions is receiving negative publicity. The Magnificent Mile is no longer making headlines for its shopping experience, but rather for its crime rate. More>>

Rush seeks $100M for trauma centers in violent neighborhoods Video included

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Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says he has introduced legislation seeking funds to build hospital trauma centers in places like Chicago's South Side that needs them the most. More>>

Governor Quinn signs Medicaid expansion into law Video included

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Illinois became the latest state Monday to implement a central part of President Barack Obama's health care law by expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who don't have children at home.
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Durbin, Dart ask police to help trace guns used in violent crimes Video included

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Sen. Dick Durbin unveiled new legislation on Monday, which would give law enforcement more incentive to report guns recovered from violent crimes to a national database. More>>

Rep. Davis: Maybe the police are killing Chicago`s black youth Video included

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State Rep. Monique Davis initially claimed that Chicago police are secretly killing African-American children. More>>

Chicago cops to potential shooters: We're watching you Video included

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Chicago Police are set to kick off an experiment Friday on the city's West Side, hoping to alert would-be criminals that they're being watched and face stiff penalties if they're convicted of crimes. More>>

Chicago Public Schools announce layoff of 2,110 Video included

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More than 2,100 school employees will get layoff notices Friday. Among them will be 1,077 support staff and 1,036 teachers. More>>

Chicago bond rating slashed over `unrelenting` crime, pension liability Video included

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Moody's Investors Service is downgrading its debt rating for Chicago because of the city's "very large and growing" pension liability. More>>

McCarthy: 16 hours of training for concealed carry not enough Video included

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The debate over what should be in the 16 hours of training each must receive for conceal carry, rages on. More>>

City Council passes changes to assault weapons ban, Safe Passage Video included

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Chicago is at the tipping point when it comes to violence. In a rare special session, City Council took up two ordinances Wednesday: one on the assault weapons ban and the other on Safe Passage. More>>

Police narrow focus to 450 criminals responsible for city`s violence Video included

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Chicago police say they've linked to a majority of the violence that has tarnished Chicago's image around the world to 450 criminals. More>>

Summer activities to keep kids busy, safe and sound: Resource

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Chicago is at the "Tipping Point" when it comes to violence. One solution to help decrease the inclination of Chicago youth to get roped into violent incidents is simple – keep them busy. More>>

Quinn suspends Ill. lawmaker pay over inaction on pension crisis Video included

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Gov. Pat Quinn moved to halt Illinois lawmakers' pay Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to come up with a solution to the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
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DNAinfo Chicago tells the story of every 2013 murder victim Video included

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Chicago saw more than 500 murders in 2012. More than 200 people have already been killed in the city in 2013, and it's only July. DNAinfo.com's Chicago team spoke with the families of every victim. More>>

School-to-prison pipeline: Chicago at the tipping point Video included

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CPS students' families say kicking misbehaving students out of school makes a bad situation -- worse. They call it a school-to-prison pipeline. More>>

Chicago at the Tipping Point: Will concealed carry reduce killings? Video included

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Even some of the governor's allies concede that the General Assembly will likely vote Tuesday to reject Pat Quinn's proposed rewrite. More>>

Police out in force after Chicago sees bloodiest weekend this year

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Police and people in neighborhoods like Englewood are hoping to see a calmer Monday than what they had to deal with over the weekend. More>>

Network of drug gangs likely responsible for most of city`s violence

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Fewer than 2,000 utterly ruthless, well-armed bad guys may be causing a majority of Chicago's homicides. More>>

Chicago at the Tipping Point: Residents desperate for solution to violence

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The last several days in Chicago have been especially violent bringing the issue to a "tipping point." More than 50 people have been shot since Friday. But what can be done to stem the violence? More>>

State credit rating downgraded again Video included

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Illinois's credit rating was downgraded once again today, after the General Assembly went home Friday without doing anything about $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.   More>>

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  • Chicago at the Tipping Point: New FOX 32 News Series

    Chicago at the Tipping Point: New FOX 32 News Series

    Thursday, August 15 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-08-15 18:58:08 GMT
    FOX 32 News is starting a new series: "Chicago at the Tipping Point." We know -- as you do -- that Chicago is at a critical point, where things can either get better, or much worse. We want to know what you think.
    FOX 32 News is starting a new series: "Chicago at the Tipping Point." We know -- as you do -- that Chicago is at a critical point, where things can either get better, or much worse. We want to know what you think.
  • The Problems

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has the toughest job in America—rescuing one of the country's most attractive and largest cities from disaster. Among its problems:
    Money: Potentially catastrophic tax increases loom due to hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded public employee pension liabilities. Public employee union leaders have launched increasingly desperate counter-attacks on once-friendly Democratic Party politicians. Those politicians are moving to reduce public employee retirement benefits and other costs because taxpayers cannot afford them.
    Schools: One consequence: facing an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall, the Board of Education just voted to close 49 under-performing schools. The vast majority lie within the gang/drug zone that families and business are fleeing as fast as they can. The president of the Chicago Teachers Union routinely denounces the school closings by accusing Mayor Emanuel of being a "racist" and a "murderer." It might be laughable were it not so disgusting and potentially destabilizing.
    Crime: Police claim 80% of the Chicago's murders are driven by drug-dealing street gangs with billions of dollars in annual revenue and an estimated 100,000 members or sympathizers. Until that contagion is cleansed, those neighborhoods will see little if any private sector investment or job growth and continued residential flight. The street gang population plays into the concerns over crime as well as the closing of schools in gang infested neighborhoods. To many, it appears Chicago Police do not have control over these neighborhoods.
    Jobs: Metro Chicago's dismal 9.5% unemployment rate ranks 315th in the US, just barely ahead of #327 metro Detroit. Factory jobs that remain are increasingly automated and intellect-intensive. Ford Motor Co's South Side Assembly plant at 126th & Torrence prefers to hire workers with at least two years of college. High school dropouts can't even find work in a factory any more. It is Chicago's shame that so few in these dying neighborhoods have sufficient skills to enable them to move Downtown.

     
     

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