October 14th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Crime a greater threat to your well-being than a year ago?

Three-quarters of Americans say there is more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago. Gallup's annual crime poll shows this is the highest level since the early 1990s. The poll also finds 51-percent of Americans say there is more crime in their local area than a year ago.

The official crime statistics won't be released until next year. But it's worth noting that during difficult economic times - it's not uncommon for crime to increase. And even though the statistics aren't out yet - it seems like stories about crime and violence are everywhere these days:

Making national headlines, there was the brutal beating death of a 16-year-old honor student in Chicago... which was only one example of an epidemic of murders of young people in that city.

  • Not far from Chicago - In Joliet, Illinois - where shootings and murders are up from last year - some people are afraid to come out of their homes.
  • In Washington, D.C. - Two teens were killed and three others were wounded yesterday. Police think it was a drive-by shooting possibly motivated by an ongoing dispute between rival neighborhoods.
  • And In Deerfield, Florida - police say five juveniles are in custody after a 15-year-old was set on fire after being doused in rubbing alcohol. A couple of these kids were even seen laughing about it.

Here’s my question to you: Is crime a greater threat to your well-being than it was a year ago?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: crime • Crime and Punishment
October 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

What if more than half of Chicagoans don't want Olympics?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While the President and First Lady lobby in Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympic Games to come to Chicago, it's worth pointing out that a lot of people who live in there don't want them. Mayor Richard Daley has called it "a once in a lifetime opportunity," and supporters talk about how the Olympics could bring jobs and revenue to the city.

ChicagoansForRio.com urges the Olympic Committee to vote on holding the games in Rio.

But not everyone is buying it.

One poll by the Chicago Tribune/WGN shows fewer than half of Chicago residents want to host the summer games. One group opposed says if Chicago gets the games, "corruption, cronyism, cost overruns... are guaranteed." Hey - it's Chicago.

There's even a web site called Chicagoans for Rio that urges the Olympic Committee to send the games to Brazil. They cite deficits of former host cities which in some cases are huge. They list Chicago's latest crime statistics... there's even a picture of Athens five years after the games where they claim 21 of 22 of the city's Olympic venues now sit empty and unused.

They also compare Rio de Janeiro to Chicago with examples like these:

City nicknames: the Marvelous City vs. the Second City.

Histories: Portuguese empire capital vs. a rail yard.

And... Signature events: for Rio - naked people dancing vs. for Chicago - chubby people eating.

Here’s my question to you: Should it matter if more than half of the people in Chicago don't want the 2016 Olympic Games?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Cities • crime