CHICAGO – Mayoral candidate Jerry Joyce displayed his fresh perspective to bring change to Chicago in his meeting Thursday with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, where he outlined real plans instead of slogans and pulled no punches on his key issues of public safety and city finances.
On a panel that also featured Lori Lightfoot, Amara Enyia and Garry McCarthy, Joyce laid out his plan to beef up and properly deploy police resources in a way that emphasizes solving crimes and getting criminals off the street.
“Up the clearance rates…the way to do that? Hire more detectives,” said Joyce.
“Chicagoans don’t ask for a lot, but they deserve a whole lot more. This city is at a crossroads and the next mayor of Chicago has to get it right,” said Joyce.
If elected, Joyce said his next police superintendent would be someone who “had patrolled the streets of Chicago.” He also expressed skepticism of McCarthy’s claims about his tenure as superintendent. Joyce gave an honest assessment of city finances, emphasizing the priority he would put on paying down the city’s unfunded pension obligations with a series of measures.
Among Joyce’s proposals for immediate and long-term revenue to confront Chicago’s structural problems presented Thursday were a passenger facility tax at Chicago airports, inventorying and possibly selling city properties, and scrapping the costly police and fire academy deal.
He closed by making the case for his candidacy:
“Chicagoans don’t ask for a lot. Safe streets,clean effective, safe schools and a fair and transparent system of taxation. I believe I have the experience, commitment and the compassion to…lead our great city through the next four years”