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Chicago Crime Poses Political Headaches

by Wochit 1:16 mins

Even with overall crime rates in decline, a wave of gun violence here is ramping up the political pressure on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he prepares for a reelection campaign. Emanuel, President Obama's former White House Chief of Staff, will not face the voters until February. But the city's bloody summer, including a Fourth of July weekend shooting spree that left more than a dozen dead and scores more wounded, is causing some outcry. Charles Lipson, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, said, "If Emanuel ran unopposed, he would lose. His best chance is that somebody runs against him and there is nobody popular who looks like they will." Emanuel is is occasionally touted as a potential candidate for statewide or even national office but has yet to attempt a try at either. He first made his name as an adviser to President Bill Clinton and later as a Congressman from the same Chicago-area district once held by now-imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Chicago has more annual murders than larger cities like New York and Los Angeles, where crime has dropped even more dramatically.

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