Chicago calls for end to violence in Gaza as crime in West Side neighborhoods escalates

Chicago became the largest city in the United States to pass a resolution calling for an end to violence in Gaza, the conclusion to a monthlong battle over the issue during which violence in Chicago’s own streets surged.

Mayor Brandon Johnson, who campaigned on a comprehensive criminal justice platform, broke the tie vote on the measure, allowing it to narrowly pass the City Council on Wednesday. The resolution calls for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Gaza, which began after Hamas attacked the Jewish state on Oct. 7. However, the resolution essentially does not affect the status of the conflict and is merely symbolic.

Johnson had to clear the council chambers due to disruptions from a crowd filled mostly by pro-ceasefire spectators, the second time he has done so. Support for Wednesday’s resolution was bolstered by
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