Mayor Lightfoot Tells McDonald’s CEO to ‘Educate Himself’ After He Warns of Rising Crime

Mayor Lightfoot Tells McDonald’s CEO to ‘Educate Himself’ After He Warns of Rising Crime
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shot back at McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski after he highlighted the rising crime in the city, telling him he needs to “educate himself.”

“I think what would have been helpful is for the McDonald’s CEO to educate himself before he spoke,” the Chicago Democrat said.

In a recent speech at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon, Kempczinski warned it was time to “face facts” and acknowledge that companies are leaving Chicago due to soaring crime.

“The fact is that there are fewer large companies headquartered in Chicago this year than last year,” Kempczinski said.

Kempczinski added that the city’s crime is affecting his company’s ability to recruit top talent, and employees have been hesitant to return to work.

But Lightfoot also pointed to a letter from World Business Chicago President Michael Fassnacht that she says “lays out in exact detail all the good news, economic news, about what’s happening in our city.”

“I’m going to focus on those things and not the comments of CEO of McDonald’s,” Lightfoot said.

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Meanwhile, several high-profile companies have announced they are leaving Chicago, citing rising crime as a factor in the decision.

Chicago saw its deadliest year in a quarter-century in 2021 with 797 homicides, the most since 1996 – and 25 more than were recorded in 2020.

There were also 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021, with over 300 more recorded in 2020 and a staggering 1,415 more than in 2019.

Last month, Lightfoot claimed that Chicago has been investing in ways to prevent gun violence in the city, arguing it’s playing a role in a downward trend in crime.

“We rank 3rd among 50 U.S. cities for violence prevention programs, services and policies,” Lightfoot said.

“And this, to us, is a very big deal, we are grateful for the recognition.”

There is still no evidence for Lightfoot’s claims.

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Maelstrom
Maelstrom
10 days ago

Major Beetlejuice needs to consider the rate at which people are leaving Chicago. It’s okay, we have some replacements on the way…..

Sic O Despots
Sic O Despots
10 days ago

I’m going to focus on the one building still standing and not the 300 that have been burned to the ground.

Mayor BTLJC

Henry
Henry
10 days ago

She ug

Andrew Moholwitcz
Andrew Moholwitcz
10 days ago

Send more immigrants to improve Chicago.

Jor
Jor
10 days ago

🤮🤮🤮🤮

krc2020
krc2020
10 days ago

“We rank 3rd among 50 U.S. cities for violence prevention programs, services and policies,” says Lori Lightweight. Probably ranked about last in these programs having any effect in actually reducing violence.

derek
derek
10 days ago

Ahh to be a liberal where you get points for effort and not results. No one cares, except those benefiting financially, about being 3rd in “violence prevention programs” if it is still too violent for people to be safe.

pottfullofpith
pottfullofpith
Reply to  derek
10 days ago

“And this, to us, is a very big deal, we are grateful for the recognition.” A nice summary of precisely what is wrong. Admiral Ackbar and her city get recognition, a participation trophy, so they can pretend they are doing a great job and then lie to your face. Her citizens get headstones.

The consequences for measuring programs, services and policies are awards. The consequence for wasting time and money on creating spiffy programs, services and policies and then measuring and celebrating THEM instead of measuring their actual, reality based violence reduction RESULTS is misery and fear in a city where hundreds are murdered on the streets every year.

In the words of a splendid advertisement (The Scream) that Chicago local television refuses to air, “how bad does it have to get?”

pottfullofpith
pottfullofpith
Reply to  derek
9 days ago

That this little outburst by Mayor Ackbar is aimed at the CEO of MacDonald’s offers a chance for an interesting comparison.

Imagine that five or six MacDonald’s customers in Chicago were dying every weekend from food poisoning. Now imagine further that the response from the CEO was to create a plan to reduce the rate of poisoning and death. Imagine further that despite his plan, deaths continued. Now CAN you possibly imagine 1) that anyone would decide that his plan was great, deserving or recognition, ranking among the best anti-food-poisoning plans around? Or 2) that he would stand in the midst of poisoned customers and brag about what a great plan he has? Or 3) that he would keep his job?

Andrew
Andrew
10 days ago

People of low character only like for their “praised”, not criticized (even constructively). The mayor needed to heed the CEO’s speech; instead, she dismissed it.

fotografferinca
fotografferinca
10 days ago

I would like to point out that under Mayor Beetlejuice there has not been a single tidal wave hit Chicago. Nor have there been any elephant stampedes. (Not counting black Friday at the Walmarts). No Earthquakes or fires. It just shows you her policies are working by showing the country that Chicago is so bad, that even natural disasters stay away.

Brian M.
Brian M.
10 days ago

Lightfoot’s response is the perfect illustration of what is wrong with her so-called “leadership.” It’s called DENIAL.

zippy pinhead
zippy pinhead
9 days ago

World Business Chicago? Is that like their version of the local Chamber of Commerce?

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