Chicago's mayor wants to increase the penalties for drinking and urinating on the public way and for gambling.
City officials say quality-of-life crimes have the highest rates of default, with up to 70 percent of offenders ignoring administrative hearings and fines.
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Under proposals by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that are advancing in the City Council, Chicago would add six months of jail time and double the maximum fine to $1,000 for drinking and urinating on the public way and $400 for gambling for those who don't pay the initial fine.
Chicago police contend such crimes can ruin a neighborhood and lead to the more serious crimes of prostitution, gang loitering and drug dealing.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has advocated a crackdown on quality-of-life crimes since his appointment by Emanuel.