Impatience with Mayor Lightfoot — and from Her — Grows as Violence Rages

Mayor Lori Lightfoot staged a news conference recently in the ongoing effort to get control of the city's streets.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

In the ongoing effort to get control of the city’s streets, Mayor Lori Lightfoot staged a news conference last Friday that was meant to make a statement.

Standing on a platform in Olive Park, offset by a sapphire Lake Michigan on a topaz-sky day, the Magnificent Mile’s skyscrapers served as backdrop. Aldermen, clergy, federal and state law enforcement officials all stood as socially distanced props.

Lightfoot even invited Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to stand within shouting distance of her new police superintendent, David Brown. Days earlier, Foxx had called out Brown and Lightfoot for “dishonest blame games,” after they implied Foxx’s lenient release policies were setting would-be looters loose on the streets.

During Foxx’s turn at the microphone, a police helicopter made a showy swoop past the platform. Foxx needed to stop talking as the chopper blades drowned out her voice. Surely that wasn’t part of the plan, right?

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