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Chicago City Council considers 8 p.m. curfew for teens after Streeterville attacks – NBC Chicago

A Chicago alderman will propose an 8 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors in the downtown area Wednesday, a week after a recent incident in Streeterville charged two teenagers after allegedly killing a 40-year-old man and a 41-year-old pregnant woman had been attacked while they were walking downtown.

The proposal is made by Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins, who represents the 2nd Ward.

“I have initiated an 8 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors 17 and under in the Central Business District due to recent violent random attacks on residents,” Hopkins wrote in a recent newsletter to residents.

The proposal would only apply to the Central Business District, which includes the Loop, Streeterview, River North and the South and West Loop. The current citywide curfew for unaccompanied minors is 10 p.m

If the proposal is approved by the City Council, Hopkins said Chicago police could take teenagers into custody and fine those who violate the curfew.

“I do not believe that every minor present at these recent rallies has malicious intent, but it is painfully clear that a few agitators and ring leaders have provoked violent and chaotic actions time and time again, and this activity cannot be tolerated,” Hopkins said . a statement.

While CPD Superintendent Larry Snelling supports the idea, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has said he does not support the change.

“The data suggests that imposing arbitrary curfews does not produce beneficial results,” the mayor told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board on Monday.

“For my government, it is not just about youth employment. … We need to create safe spaces for (young) people. … The more activity you have in neighborhoods, including downtown, the safer spaces are created,” Johnson added.

The change would not be the first curfew implemented in Chicago.

Last year, officials imposed curfews on city beaches and Millennium Park after several incidents, including so-called “teen takeovers.”

While the fate of a curfew remains unclear, Hopkins said there will be increased patrols in the Streeterville neighborhood.

The proposal will be officially introduced at 10 a.m. during Wednesday’s city council meeting.

The Chicago Sun Times contributed to this article.