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Chicago Crime Wave Hurting Tourism

July 10th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the city’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its tourism industry might be damaged by the crime wave that is hitting the neighborhoods. Don Welsh, president and chief executive officer of Choose Chicago, told the Tribune that he hopes the crime wave is contained in a reasonable period of time, or it will have a negative effect on all the work being done at the moment. Choose Chicago is constantly getting calls from concerned people who have read the news reports of unprovoked attacks in the Michigan Avenue corridor and of the surge in murders in some impoverished parts of Chicago.

The issue has gained national attention after an article in the New York Times, and Welsh says that  meeting planners are calling Choose Chicago and asking if the city is safe. Choose Chicago is maintaining a map of where violent crime is happening, and Chicago police have increased patrolling along the Magnificent Mile and its surrounding areas since the attacks. Even officers assigned to other parts of the city are patrolling the area.

Welsh also pointed out that most of the crime happens outside the downtown area, and that Chicago has a very safe, clean downtown.

A lot of crime brings a lot of court cases. If you find yourself or a family member accused of a crime, do not hesitate to get all the help you need. To get this help, you should immediately contact an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer for legal guidance and advice.

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