Near North Commander William Dunn talks to a mayoral staffer during Thursday's City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crackdown on graffiti. Dunn told the council's Public Safety Committee that it is very hard to catch graffiti vandals in the act. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times
Chicago aldermen know they're probably fighting a losing battle against graffiti, considering that the perpetrators are hard to catch, but they're trying anyway. On Thursday, the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to raise fines that can be levied against the vandals and even impose fines and their guardians.