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Are headlines hurting tourism in Chicago?

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Does Chicago have a PR problem?  If you live here, you might think so.

We are bombarded almost daily with headlines and news reports about people killing each other.   Chicago`s murder rate was set to break records until the police department implemented a new gang violence plan this summer.

Still the murder rate is high    and more violence could mean less tourists, who are crucial to the local economy.

So Mayor Emanuel formed a department to combat the negative press.  It`s called Choose Chicago and it has a yearly budget of $27 million dollars.

But can the city`s new tourism gurus overcome all the concerning headlines?

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