Liz Nagy, abc7chicago.com
Two armed security guards will patrol State Street in the Loop beginning Thursday, a service provided by the Chicago Loop Alliance.
The armed guards will be a show of force to stop an uptick in crime like retail theft. According to the Chicago Loop Alliance, two million people per week visit State Street alone.
“We felt like we needed a little more authority on State to deal with some of the problems police just can’t get to, because they’re so busy in the Loop with so many things,” said Michael Edwards, CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance.