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River North community members, business owners hold meeting with police to address recent crime spike

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CHICAGO — Residents of the 18th Police District met with officers and community members looking to address a recent spike in crime in River North and changes in policing.

Over 50 business owners and residents sat inside Moe’s Cantina on Kinzie Street to discuss their concerns about recent crime in the area, with many saying they are scared to go about their day-to-day lives.

“The people and the residents are aware of the danger and are asking the police what are we doing,” Sam Sanchez, chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association said.

Chicago police said they have a new Commander, new policing strategies and a greater presence in the area, just as residents saw this past weekend.

There were 300 officers deployed to the area to engage with the public. Crews towed 76 vehicles on Hubbard Street, made 10 arrests and recovered five guns. Police said this is just the beginning of more crackdowns in the area.

“Police did a…

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