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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot allegedly called a local business owner an “idiot” during a meeting the two had to discuss crime and the increasing smash-and-grab robberies in the Windy City.
According to sources who spoke to CWB Chicago, the mayor allegedly “got into a fight and walked out” of a meeting with Joe Perillo, owner of Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars, whose store was robbed in broad daylight during regular business hours on Dec. 11. The thieves stole several luxury watches worth millions of dollars.
Perillo said he doesn’t recall Lightfoot calling him an idiot, so it is possible she said it under her breath as she left.
“I’m not aware that she called me an idiot… at least she did not say that to me,” Perillo told Fox News about the conversation. “In her heart, I believe she is trying her best. That said, we are both passionate individuals and have different views of how to deal with theft. I can report that there was nothing I said that in any way was foolish! I simply wanted to know what her future plans were going forward!”
Perillo was slapped with six citations after an inspector with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection visited the store just days after his meeting with Lightfoot.
Gold Coast was cited on Dec. 17 for several violations including employees and a customer not wearing face masks, for “storing, receiving, possessing, selling nineteen bottles of liquor,” and for “interfering with or obstructing the commissioner’s designee in the performance of duties,” the outlet reported.
“It was unrelated to the mayor’s meeting with Mr. Perillo,” a Lightfoot spokesperson told the outlet.
A Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday they had received an “anonymous complaint about a public health order violation” at the luxury car dealership.
“The Mayor routinely meets with victims of crime and reached out to Mr. Perillo which resulted in a meeting. The Mayor offered to work with him to address safety and security matters at any of his dealership locations,” a Lightfoot spokesperson told CWB Chicago.
According to Chicago police, no arrests have been made in connection with the Dec. 11 burglary.
Perillo gave high praise to the Chicago police force and places the blame for crime in the city squarely at the feet of Mayor Lightfoot.
“It’s only a fool who keeps doing things the same way and expects different results. If the Mayor and [State’s Attorney for Cook County] Kim Foxx don’t do anything to get control of this, it’s not going to get better. It’s going to get worse,” he told CBS Chicago in December.
America’s real-life Gotham City has been wracked with crime to no one’s surprise. The city recorded 797 homicides in 2021, 25 more than 2020 and the highest number recorded since 1996, according to Fox News. There were 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021, 300 more than 2020 and 1,415 more than 2019.
In addition to the waves of smash and grab robberies amid the holiday shopping season, the city has also seen more than 2,000 reports of sexual assault citywide in 2021 and more than 2,000 carjacking victims.
“I know people are scared,” Lightfoot said in December, adding that her goal is to “proactively and relentlessly bring peace to our city once and for all.”
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