Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago ends 2022 with over 700 homicides

 January 2, 2023

Chicago ended 2022 with 723 homicides for the year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The disturbing statistic was part of a number of growing crime issues facing Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Numbers going up

"The Sun-Times observed motor vehicle theft in Chicago was up 95 percent in 2022, when contrasted with motor vehicle theft in 2021. Theft was up 50 percent, burglary was up ten percent, and robbery was up ten percent," Breitbart News reported.

"Breitbart News noted 2021 was the deadliest year Chicago had witnessed in a quarter of a century. The Hill pointed out Chicago police confirmed the city witnessed 797 homicides during the course of 2021," it added.

723 is actually a decrease

"Chicago will end the year with at least 723 people murdered, a 13% decrease from last year but still more than any other American city," WBEZ Chicago reported.

"Overall the number of reported crimes has risen by more than 12% from last year, unnerving residents, sending some businesses packing and complicating the city’s efforts to recover from the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak," it added.

Other areas of crime have also increased, including motor theft, which was up 95% in 2022.

Another 3,477 wounded

In addition to the homicides, WBEZ reported that 3,477 other people had been wounded in shootings over the past year. While the number is also a decrease over the previous year, it's still a disturbing high.

Some have argued for Lightfoot to step down over the crime epidemic. Others have blasted the mayor for the high crime while she forced police officers and firefighters to resign for refusing the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The year-end numbers remain a glaring problem for the city that has contributed to some people and businesses leaving the Windy City.

Others believe the city's safety and mismanagement has also pushed the team's Chicago Bears to pursue a new stadium outside of Cook County, setting up a major future loss of revenue for Chicago.

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