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Preckwinkle Pulls Back On Criticizing Mayor For Violence Levels

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

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(CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered some criticisms —which she later tempered — about how the Emanuel Administration is working to quell street violence.

In remarks at the Union League Club, Preckwinkle seemed dissatisfied with the way the city is confronting the high number of shootings and homicides in some neighborhoods.

“Clearly this mayor and this police chief have decided the way in which they’re going to deal with the terrible violence that faces our community is just arrest everybody,” she said.

Later, to reporters, she said the city and county governments are working on alternatives, including after-school activities that can help young people in distressed neighborhoods. Preckwinkle says education and jobs are the best anti-violence programs that exist.

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