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Homicide Rate Not Hurting City Tourism

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John Cody is a veteran reporter for Newsradio 780.
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CHICAGO (CBS) – Tourism officials are keeping an eye on the headlines but say the city’s homicide rate doesn’t seem to be keeping visitors away.

A1-travel agency owner Mark DeGonda says he’s bringing a whole group to Chicago from Minneapolis for a soldier field open air hockey game and has no worries.

“No matter what state you go into there are certain areas that you probably don’t want to go into and so does it impact travelers I don’t believe so,” said DeGonda.

UIC political scientist Dick Simpson says any crime rate impact on tourism would take a while to develop.

“We get known as the murder capital of the United States, it would have a negative impact just like Detroit,” said Simpson.

Chicago’s tourism office says there’s no sign the homicide situation is impacting visits to the city.