CHICAGO (CBS) — A City Council panel has endorsed stiffer penalties for people caught defacing buildings and other structures with graffiti.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the Committee on Public Safety on Thursday recommended the full City Council approve increased fines for those convicted of graffiti offenses from $750 to a range of $1,500 to $2,500.READ MORE: As Jury Deliberates In R. Kelly Sex Trafficking Case, What Impact Will Verdict Have On His Future Trials In Chicago?
Debbie De Lopez, who runs the city’s graffiti removal program, said fines for graffiti haven’t changed in years, and it’s time for substantially higher penalties.
Ald. Michael Zalewski (23rd) said he wanted even more severe punishments for graffiti, but supported the Emanuel administration’s proposal.
“Once it sits out there for a day, or two days, and people see it as they’re driving through their community, walking through their community, the first impression they have is ‘Something is horrible in my neighborhood. The gangs are taking over,’” he said.