McDonald’s CEO warns of rising crime in Chicago

The fast-food giant is having trouble convincing employees to return to the office at its Chicago headquarters because of fears of rising crime, the McDonald’s CEO said.

McDonald’s workers are hesitant to ride mass transit because of a significant increase in violent crime, chief executive Chris Kempzinski told business leaders in the Windy City on Wednesday.

He also said that Chicago has struggled to recruit more workers because of concerns about quality of life.

“Wherever I go, I face the same question: ‘What’s going on in Chicago? Kempczinski told the Economic Club of Chicago on Wednesday.

“There’s a general understanding that our city is in trouble.”

The CEO’s remarks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Post has sought comment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov.

McDonald’s employees in Chicago are said to be afraid to ride mass transportation because of the increase in crime.
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Kempzinski said McDonald’s would remain in Chicago. The Golden Arches announced that it plans to unveil an innovation center near its headquarters in the West Loop section of the Windy City.

McDonald’s moved to the city in 2018, when it renamed its $250 million headquarters after nearly four decades in Oak Brook, a suburb located about 30 minutes from the city center.

The company left Chicago in 1971 in favor of Oak Brook as part of its expansion plans.

According to McDonald’s, the company generated some $2 billion for the economy of Cook County, the second most populous county in the US, which includes Chicago as well as Evanston, Elgin, and Arlington Heights.

Kempczynski urged government officials to heed departures by major companies, which pulled stakes and moved out of Chicago due to similar concerns about crime.

“We see every single day in our restaurants what is happening in society at large,” said Chicago resident Kempczinski.

“It’s not going to be something McDonald’s can solve on its own. We should be able to do it with the public sector as well.”

Earlier this year, three majors announced that they were relocating from Chicagoland.

Hedge fund giant Citadel, run by billionaire Ken Griffin, said it was ending its 30-year headquarters presence in Chicago and relocating to Miami — citing rising crime as a key factor in the decision. Happened.

McDonald's says it generates $2 billion for the local economy in Chicago and surrounding areas.
McDonald’s says it generates $2 billion for the local economy in Chicago and surrounding areas.
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Boeing, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to the city’s West Loop in 2001, announced in May that it would move to Arlington, Virginia — outside of Washington, DC.

Construction giant Caterpillar announced this summer that the company would abandon Deerfield, a northern edge suburb of Chicago, in favor of the rapidly growing Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

According to the Chicago Police Department, robberies have increased by 18%, the number of burglaries has increased by 28%, thefts have increased by 65%, and motor vehicle thefts have increased by 66 across the city since the start of the calendar. % has increased. than in the year 2021.

While there have been 15% fewer murders across the city this year than last year, the number of murders so far this year – 479 – is still 33% higher than three years ago.

Kempczinski also took aim at California Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing into law what he called a “terrible policy” that would appoint a council to set wages for fast-food workers.

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