(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) The wealthiest man in Chicago is relocating himself and his company to Florida, citing Chicago’s excessive crime and Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot‘s refusal to combat the crisis.
Ken Griffin is the wealthiest man in Chicago. He owns the $22 million company Citadel Securities, both of which will be moving out of Chicago, according to the Washington Examiner.
“If people aren’t safe here, they’re not going to live here,” Griffin told the Wall Street Journal.
“I’ve had multiple colleagues mugged at gunpoint. I’ve had a colleague stabbed on the way to work. Countless issues of burglary. I mean, that’s a really difficult backdrop with which to draw talent to your city from.” https://t.co/U8YEiMDbyX
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) June 23, 2022
Politico reported that Griffin attempted to fix the city before he decided to leave. The leftist political outlet reported that Griffin has given over $600 million to Chicago. This charity includes $35 million for anti-crime programs, including anti-crime technology and education.
Griffin has also attempted to influence Chicago politics, donating $50 million to Richard Irving, a Republican candidate for governor of Illinois. Politico noted that Griffin’s announcement’s timing coincided with polls showing Irving is behind in the race for governor.
Lightfoot originally ran as an outsider with supposedly unique ideas that would drop crime in the city. Still, her tenure has reversed a pattern of decreasing murders. Contra Lightfoot’s campaign promises, the 769 murders of 2021 were the highest total since 2016.
Two days ago in Lightfoot’s Chicago, a five-month-old baby was shot dead while sitting in the backseat of a car, and as of two days ago, no arrests had been made.
In the meantime, Lightfoot is focusing on national social issues. Yesterday, she attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas over the Dobbs decision, telling a crowd of people, “F*** Clarance Thomas,” according to NBC Chicago.