Lightfoot More Concerned With NFL Leaving Than Gun Violence


The city of Chicago suffered through another horrifying weekend worth of shootings, including a couple targeted (one fatally) in Humboldt Park. However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is more concerned on the Chicago Bears intentions of moving to Arlington Heights from Soldier Field, the team's home since 1971 and remodeled in 2003. "As a season ticket holder and longtime fan, I am committed to keeping the Chicago name in our football team," Lightfoot said. "We want the organization to put a winning football team on the field, beating the Packers and being relevant past October. Everything else is noise." Lightfoot also said the Bears should be focused on doubling down with the city's recovery, along with other businesses. "The Bears are locked into a lease until 2033," she said. "This announcement comes in the midst of negotiations for improvements in Soldier Field. This is a negotiating tactic the Bears have used before." As far for the city's long-time violence that has become even more profound, Lightfoot lumps it with problems faced in other cities.


"Unfortunately, Chicago is not unique," she said. "We are part of a club of cities that no one wants to belong, cities with mass shootings." This past weekend more than 50 people were shot within the city limits, on Monday seven victims were shot to death - one of single deadliest days yet in 2021.