This new crime wave left many businesses in Chicago vulnerable to attack, especially those that were on or near the Magnificent Mile, one of the city's main commercial areas located almost entirely in the Streeterville neighborhood in Chicago's Near North Side.
One of the institutions attacked by violent mobs of rioters is the Ronald McDonald House, which helps sick kids who are receiving treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, several blocks to the north of the charity.
According to the charity, there were more than 30 families, including their children, sleeping inside the House when the looters, who were emptying out nearby businesses and vandalizing every piece of private property they could find, turned their attention to the charity.
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“We were very concerned. There was a lot of activity right in front of the House, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk, so the staff was frightened,” said Lisa Mitchell, who works for the charity.
“[The families] are already in a really, really difficult spot. Having this kind of additional stress and worry about getting to and from the hospital even though we are five blocks away because of safety concerns is just doubling the strain.”
According to reports of the incident, several of the charity's windows were smashed, and the staff inside the building boarded up the front door to prevent the violent mob from breaking in. The approximately 30 families inside were placed on lockdown during the whole ordeal. Fortunately, the building's interiors did not get damaged and nobody was injured, but for a while the House seriously believed that they would be attacked at any moment.
Furthermore, none of the sick kids missed any of their appointments or scheduled treatments at Lurie Children's Hospital. Mitchell, speaking on behalf of the staff at the House, said that they will continue providing care and support for the families no matter what is happening outside of their building.
In response to the thousands of Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters that descended upon Chicago on Sunday night through Monday morning, the city has announced that they will restrict access to Chicago's upscale downtown neighborhoods from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, with the help of the CPD's Detective Division, has established a looting task force that will help the community have the criminals, who ransacked stores and destroyed private property, arrested.
While Lightfoot tries to use the CPD to prevent any future unrest, her lack of preparation and foresight is now being criticized by members of her own party.
Democratic Alderman Brian K. Hopkins, who represents the 2nd ward in the Chicago City Council, an area encompassing a significant portion of the downtown area, including the Ronald McDonald House, blasted Lightfoot, saying that she cannot get the crime situation in Chicago under control and that federal assistance may be necessary to bring order back to the city.
“Our city was devastated by widespread looting and rioting for which our mayor seemed totally unprepared,” said Hopkins, who further accused Lightfoot of being unable to offer real help to Chicagoans – only strong words regarding the safety of their lives and property. (Related: Chicago sees 139% increase in gun-related murders, and 75% increase in shooting incidents under gun-grabbing Mayor Lightfoot.)
Hopkins criticized the many “tactical and strategic mistakes” that the city made, such as how the bridges that connected many parts of the city weren't raised until late into the rioting; the lack of CPD officers patrolling the streets; and the inability of the city to divert resources around to make sure the police get enough support to make a difference.
Hopkins demanded that Lightfoot come up with a proper “safety plan” that can guarantee the protection of not just business owners but of everybody's property. If the mayor is unable to fully guarantee the safety of all, then Hopkins is strongly considering asking the federal government to come into Chicago and intervene.
“Our city cannot afford even one more night of rampant and uncontrolled criminal activity. This has to stop, and it has to stop now,” said Hopkins, who added that if the city does not act quickly to address the crime wave, Chicago could be forever changed for the worse.
For her part, Lightfoot has refused all calls for federal law enforcement officers to intervene in the city. Instead, she is calling on the community to do their part in making sure a riot does not reoccur.
“Again, no,” the mayor said. “We do not need federal troops in Chicago, period, full stop.”
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