Saturday Night Live poked some fun
at East St. Louis with a political skit this past weekend that had Keenan Thompson (Good Burger
, FTW), in character as ESL mayor Alvin Parks, proclaim his city to be a "hell hole." The real life Parks was reportedly not amused
by the characterization.
And then today, Senator Dick Durbin -- himself an ESL native -- paid a visit to discuss the late-night crime in his hometown with more than 100 community leaders and law enforcement personnel. This is the headline on the Belleville News-Democrat
story about that summit.
|It hasn't been a great week for East St. Louis in the media.|
Please note that Durbin did not call East St. Louis "Murder City," nor did Illinois State Attorney Stephen Wigginton. Wigginton does point out that ESL has a murder rate of equivalent to 109 killings per 100,000 residents, which dwarfs the national rate of 5 murders per 100,000 people. That's a lot of homicide by any standard.
Mayor Parks, incidentally, did not attend Sen. Durbin's meeting.