Posted on April 10, 2023

Chicago Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson Rebukes ‘Large Corporations’ for Poverty, Violence in the City

Jeffrey Clark, Fox News, April 7, 2023

Liberal Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson put the blame on violence and poverty in the Windy City on big corporations.

“We have large corporations. Seventy percent of large corporations in the city of Chicago — in the state of Illinois, did not pay a corporate tax,” Johnson said during a Thursday appearance on CBS Mornings.

He argued that low investment in Chicago has led to poverty, which in turn caused violence.

“And it’s that type of restraint on our budget that has caused the type of disinvestment that has led to poverty, of course that has led to violence.”

Chicago has been suffering through a crime wave, especially under outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s leadership.

Lightfoot was criticized in February by a Chicago Democrat for turning O’Hare Airport into a “homeless shelter.”

Johnson, a progressive activist and political organizer, has promised to support immigration to Chicago and double down on “sanctuary city” policies in the city.