As Chicago continues to reel from a summer that saw a surging rate of homicides, a Chicago Ideas Week panel on Thursday considered suggestions -- sourced via Twitter -- the city's residents offered toward the goal of getting illegal guns off the streets of the Windy City.
In recent weeks, Twitter users have taken to the social network to tweet their ideas to curb gun violence and improve the city's image more broadly, suggestions that the Thursday panel -- which included Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, fire fighter Annette Nance-Holt, hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and others -- took up. Their ideas were tweeted using the hash tag #WhatIfChicago.
"This is an issue that impacts everybody," Jessica Malkin, Chicago Ideas Week director, told CBS Chicago of the experiment earlier this month. "Regardless of what neighborhood you’re living in, it’s a huge issue in Chicago."
We pulled together a selection of the ideas tweeted by Chicagoans ahead of the Thursday discussion.