Reports of hate crimes are surging in Chicago, with crimes targeting Black and Jewish people reported at higher rates than other groups, Nancy Andrade, chair of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations, warned during Chicago City Council budget hearings this week, Fran Spielman reports for the Chicago Sun-Times. Hate crimes reported to the commission have increased 71 percent for the year so far compared to 2021.
Council members worried that the community tensions contributing to hate crimes may get worse as the next presidential election approaches and as Chicago sees a surge in immigration. The Chicago Police Department also received reports of 120 hate crimes since Jan. 1. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications also warned about significant job vacancies for 911 center operators in the city due to a wave of retirements.