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Fran Spielman interviews Paul Vallas about proposed citywide witness protection program

Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas is interviewed by Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman at City Hall Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas is interviewed by Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman at City Hall Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
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Mayoral challenger Paul Vallas on Friday proposed a citywide witness protection program to convince fearful residents of neighborhoods plagued by gang violence to provide the cooperation needed to bolster Chicago’s dismal homicide clearance rate.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office already operates a witness assistance program, but Vallas told The Fran Spielman Show it provides only limited assistance and is available only to those who have been “directly threatened.”

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