6. Chicago's high crime rate is not mostly due to drugs
The open air drug markets are getting to be fewer and fewer. Those were the dangerous spots because that was valuable territory for suburbanites driving into the city, get off the expressway, buy drugs and flee to the suburbs.
Well the gangs have moved out to their customers. Most people buying drugs email or text their dealers and get home delivery or do so at suburban McDonalds and the like. Not that drug markets don't exist - they do. But there are fewer nowadays.
Chicago has a high crime rate for a few main reasons. First, there is no real penalty to possession of a weapon. 1 year, with day for day means six months. Up the mandatory minimum and it goes away. BUT Illinois is broke. We can't open built prisons. We are selling one to the Feds. We are letting people out early since we can't afford more.
Also, people being killed and those doing the killing are doing it over dumb reasons. One dude said somethng on facebook. Revenge for previous shooting. Hell, there is a rap war. THis would not go away if Guzman gets arrested.
Also, the Chicago Police are completely demoralized. Most of them have retired in place. There is no respect for the leadership. They don't have a contract. They hate Rahm. Promotion is done so on a political basis - meaning who has the most clout or is related to someone with clout. The attitude is why risk your life for a department that will screw over anyone without clout.
There is no political will to change any of this. After all, the people who get killed don't matter to the Machine. They don't vote. Changing Chicago's crime rate requires money-which we don't have since every bit extra is going to pensions that were not funded for generations and the chickens have arrived and are feeling sleepy.