Recall the bloody mayhem going on in Chicago these days while its mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) fiddles. Over 80 people were killed or injured one recent weekend alone.
Last year, President Donald Trump told Emanuel to get things under control, or else the Feds would. That was a year-and-a-half ago and so greatly predates the recent weekend.
Trump’s own mistake was in not following through on his implied threat.
Here’s President Hines’ solution, and it’s not too late to implement it; although the bloody cost of sitting on the sidelines is rising. Since Emanuel has chosen to do nothing but natter on about how terrible things are, Hines would get on to Governor Bruce Rauner and tell him he has one week to get the Illinois State Police deployed in Chicago in place of the city’s police (who are pouting like toddlers over their mistreatment by Emanuel—a justified beef, but no excuse for shirking their duty) and beginning to restore order to the city. In the same notice to Rauner, Hines would Federalize the Illinois National Guard. If Rauner said his State police didn’t have the resources, Hines would tell Rauner that if he needs Guard support, Hines would authorize it.
The bottom line is this: if the city and State governments can’t be bothered to bring Chicago under control, the Federal government has to.
I grew up in Illinois. It’s more than irritating to see a once great State descend into such bloody chaos, especially when it’s occurring because the State and local governments won’t do their jobs.