Lori Lightfoot deletes tweet detailing plan to curb crime by imposing curfew on minors

In another flagrant display of ineptitude, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was caught peddling a “draconian” expansion of an already unenforced law that would, as usual, only negatively impact law-abiding citizens.

It’s no secret that the Windy City is plagued by violence and that progressive lawmakers have only exacerbated the problem through movements like Defund the Police. What may not be so readily apparent is that Chicago has a standing curfew on weekends prohibiting minors under the age of 17 from being unaccompanied past 11 p.m.

Now, after a fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Millennium Park, an initial change from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. for any minor under 18 looks to be even more severe than that.

In a since-deleted tweet, Lightfoot wrote, “We want our young people to have fun this summer and enjoy all the activities that our City has to offer. To ensure safety while doing so, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m. Let’s work together to have a safe and great summer, Chicago.”

Perhaps having only served three years in office the mayor is still unfamiliar with how leadership works, but deleting a tweet is not sufficient to change executive orders that have already been imposed.

At her direction, the citywide measure for the hour change in curfew has moved forward, while the intent to restrict minors after 6 p.m. has gone overlooked. Some of the more obvious points against the move, point out that the age of an individual does not ensure some innate responsibility.

And what if the adults accompanying the minor happen to all be members of a gang? While she expressed that she is not looking at “rounding up young people and throwing them in the back of a wagon,” she did point the blame at parents for not doing more to enforce “community norms.”

So, while responsible parents are raising responsible children who know right from wrong, what of the irresponsible members of society, the ones typically more likely to break the laws in the first place?


Alderman Ray Lopez raised some other common-sense points about the imposition of curfews by noting that they already aren’t enforced. “When you talk about having a tool in the tool box – we don’t use this tool …do we?” he asked. “Having a tool and using a tool are two different things.”

Since 2018, citations for curfew violations had dropped from 2,453 to 364 in 2021.

“There are laws on the books that we don’t enforce,” Lopez explained. “There have been attempts to amend the laws on the books to hold parents accountable. Yet here we are, because of a singular incident in Millennium Park, rushing not to do this…so this administration can act and feel as though they’ve done something.”

To Lopez’s point, it has been suggested that Chicago would do well to arrest criminals and keep them behind bars to make the streets safer instead of locking down citizens in their homes while lawlessness rules the city.

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As Alderman Andre Vasquez pointed out to the Chicago Sun-Times, “This is a poorly thought, reactive press piece masquerading as legislation.”


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