LEFT: Mayor Rahm Emanuel. RIGHT: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Editorial: Time for Emanuel and Dart to talk about crime

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What with all the gun violence plaguing Chicago, you might think Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart would be talking constantly, working out smart regional solutions.

A lot of those illegal guns killing Chicago children flow in from the burbs.

But Dart told Crain’s Chicago Business this week that he and Emanuel probably haven’t talked in four years.

We repeat: Cook County’s top law enforcement official and Chicago’s powerful mayor, though they both likely wake up every morning and ask themselves what can be done to curb gun violence, haven’t talked about it in years.


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Best we can tell, Dart and Emanuel also don’t share the same view on the value of the sheriff office’s limited policing efforts — in a bid to help out — within the city limits. Dart’s deputies serve warrants and keep tabs on people on home confinement in Chicago, as they do throughout the county. The sheriff also says he’s been sending 125 to 150 extra cops in summer months into high-crime city neighborhoods to boost the police presence on the West and South sides.

That sounds sensible to us, but Dart apparently did not even discuss the program with Emanuel directly. Dart says he responded, in part, to a request from aldermen, and that he has been working closely with Chicago Police district commanders.

Chicago needs the help. Just Tuesday afternoon, a man was shot and critically wounded in South Shore, near where after another person was shot and killed Tuesday morning and near where one teen was shot and killed and another teen was seriously wounded Monday. Over the Fourth of July weekend, shootings left 10 dead and 53 injured.

But if our elected leaders are serious about ending the bloodshed, it might help if they worked together, closely and for real.

Gun runners don’t stop at municipal and county boundaries. Neither should county sheriffs and mayors.

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