Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is backing a police officer’s proposal to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of prosecuting them in court, the Chicago Tribune says. “If 99 percent of the cases are thrown out and we have police officers going [to court], why?” Daley asked. “It costs you a lot of money for police officers to go to court.” Officer Thomas Donegan, frustrated at dismissals of his minor drug arrests, suggested the new approach to Police Superintendent Philip Cline, arguing that guilty findings would be easier and fine revenues would be generated if offenders simply were issued citations.
Daley also endorsed a new crackdown by public school officials and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office on parents of chronically truant children. For the first time in years, a Chicago parent faces charges for truancy in the case of a son who has missed almost 200 days of school in two years. “Why do we have a 9-year-old or 12-year-old not going to school, basically destroying their lives?” Daley asked. “What responsibility does the parent have?