Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said yesterday that businesses and residents are justifiably “fearful” after a second round of looting. She likened the looting to “organized crime.” It was a police shooting in the Englewood neighborhood that sparked this next round of looting. Local businesses are questioning whether it is even worth rebuilding after making it through the heart of the pandemic and the first series of looting. The mayor aims to build the strongest possible cases against the looters and offer concrete solutions to businesses and residents who fear it will happen again. “People are fearful. They are afraid. And it’s up to us as leaders to offer concrete solutions and a path forward. And that’s what we’re gonna continue to do,” Mayor Lightfoot said. She said that she has spent the last few days on the phone and on Zoom calls with residents and businesses.
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