Of interest to Illinois crime/Adam fans

From the Chicago Tribune: I think the writer is a U2 fan who has been waiting for an excuse to use this headline. Please note the name of the town in question.

Where the streets have no crime

Most of the 19 Illinois towns that reported zero crime in 2003 have things in common: a rural location and a small population. Their only trouble is finding enough work for police officers.

By Angela Rozas
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 25, 2005

CLAYTON, Ill. — Bill Peterson, a police officer in the village of Clayton, has never shot anyone. A 22-year veteran, he’s never even had to take his gun out of its holster.

He also doesn’t know where the keys to his house are.Clayton’s only police officer–and a part-time one at that–Peterson doesn’t lock his doors at night.

“You know, I could find my key if I had to look for it,” Peterson, 49, said as he prepared to fight another long night on his shift.

But what’s boring to Peterson and virtually unheard of in larger cities is good for Clayton, a farming village of 890 residents about 250 miles southwest of Chicago. Although Chicago boasts of “just 445” homicides last year, the lowest number in four decades, Clayton is among an elite group: towns that reported zero major crime in 2003.

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4 Responses to Of interest to Illinois crime/Adam fans

  1. James February 27, 2005 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks – as a fan of Illinois crime, I found this story fascinating.

  2. Kelly February 28, 2005 at 8:09 pm #

    Illinois crime–particularly downstate Illinois crime–is a subject to which we should all pay close attention. I hope U2 address it on the new tour. I’m thinking a Bono rant during “Bullet the Blue Sky” would finally shine a spotlight on a subject that so many rock stars choose to ignore.

  3. Carrie March 1, 2005 at 7:33 am #

    Yeah there is no crime now, but now that millions of people know this guy doesn’t even know where his own keys are..! 😉

    (The writer has to be a U2 fan, how fun to see snippets incorporated into articles!)

  4. Alison October 12, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Love the writer already! 😉