The Voters Need to Save Chicago – Another Tragic Weekend

“I cannot watch the city of Chicago be destroyed by petty politics and bad government.” Harold Washington

Born in Chicago, I grew up in Evanston, IL. at a time when kids could ride their bikes all over town and no one worried. The YMCA was a big part of our leadership training, we graduated from one of the top four high schools in the country at that time. I can close my eyes and find myself sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car, listening to them sing once again. I knew all the words to Stardust and Melancholy Baby, Sunny Side of the Street and more, often part of the drive as we left Evanston along the Outer Drive headed to the Lincoln Park Gun Club that sat along the lake. The architecture of Chicago, a city of neighborhoods, and places like Wrigley Field, The Edgewater Beach Hotel, and the Marshall Fields Windows on State Street are forever with me. A beautiful city that is clean and works. The setting of Chicago made it into my second novel, Facing East, partially set on the Gold Coast facing East looking out on Lake Michigan.

There were “63 murders this weekend” in Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s legacy is “more murders in his city than ever before.”— Rudy Giuliani on Monday, August 6th, 2018    I won’t elaborate on this information. I feel sure you saw it on the news. This beautiful city must have new leadership to stop this endless slaughter of its people. The current Mayor hasn’t a clue how to protect the city on the many levels needed. The voters must save Chicago with their votes!

Vintage Posters from my Pinterest Boards

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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3 Responses to The Voters Need to Save Chicago – Another Tragic Weekend

  1. johnvic8 says:

    Sad, sad, sad. Seems like we are having similar problems here, but much less scale, Where is Elliot Ness when we need him?

  2. I love the Elliot Ness reference. If only…….

  3. noelleg44 says:

    And Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The gangs and the criminals aren’t listening. Emmanuel did say something mildly intelligent in a presser the other day: change needs to begin at home. But I think that change needs to come on many fronts – the mayor, the communities, the home. Lots of inner school activities for the kids and a bigger law enforcement presence (although perhaps the citizens would be against that, until it gets even worse).

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