According to DNA Chicago, extra police have been assigned to patrol West Ridge during the Purim festival to watch for drunken drivers. Read the story here
Last year’s Feast of Eid drew no extra police. Nor did the India Day festival; all the cops disappeared after the parade, when the real drinking started. As I noted in my comment to this article, this is why Debra’s base overwhelmingly re-elected her: public resources directed solely to one segment and one area of the community. There’s no evidence that public or private drunkenness is such an overwhelming problem during Purim that an increased police presence is required.
If only the southeast end of the ward merited a tiny bit of the attention lavished on the northwest end!