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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to reports that 70 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.

“Public safety is the right of every Chicagoan, not a question of zip code or a commodity for the wealthy. As mayor, I will confront our city’s gun violence crisis directly and with empathy rather than remain silent as more than 70 people are shot in a single weekend.

“Rahm Emanuel cannot sit this out—he’s the mayor, and our city is facing a public health crisis. Taking on gun violence goes far beyond policing: it’s about ending poverty and reversing decades of disinvestment through quality schools, career training, social services, and jobs in neighborhoods that have been ignored for too long.”