In the next few blog posts Justifeyed is going to show you some different sides in a couple different suburbs of Chicago. We will show you how Justifeyed can work together with these communities to help them and their children stay safe, and work with police officers to patrol areas when they need it most.
Cost of living- B-
The above grades belong to the city of Chicago Heights IL. We found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes. Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon.
You would think a city where one of the biggest manufactures of cars, Ford, housing one of their facilities, would have a much more appealing report card. As you can see sadly this is not the case. What is much more obvious is the fact that each of the grades in these categories directly effect one another.
The cost of living isn't so bad, as the Ford company brings in a decent number of jobs, creating a decent means to the cost of living in the city. However, since this is really the only industry in the city it doesn't leave much room for any other type of employment, and with poor education if the jobs at the Ford plant are not plentiful or easily learned, there isn't really much else for jobs in the city, thus raising the unemployment rate. Another reason for the lower education grade, is the fact that gangs try to manipulate kids at such a young age. Given the crime statistics and gang violence in the same area, the housing market is poor because no one really want to live in a gang infested neighborhood. Which directly effects the crime for obvious reasons.
One of the most disturbing facts about this city came in 1993, when police officers began to become part of the problem instead of the solution. The deputy police chief of Chicago Heights, Sam A. Mangialardi, was accused of betraying his badge by protecting a drug dealer from arrest in return for bribes of up to $10,000 a month.
There are good people in a bad community that just want to clean things up and get the crime out. Justifeyed is not here to just point put all the bad things in the community, we are here to offer a helping hand, and be the new neighborhood watch. We believe every community has the chance to be great, even when they are seen as hopeless, and with the Justifeyed app we can help bring hope again. While we understand that change doesn't happen overnight, we also know that change cannot happen unless we act.