CITY HALL — Does it seem to you that there are more rats in Chicago than usual? You're not the only one.
Rat complaints are up nearly 50 percent this year — and the city is on pace to get 50,000 complaints in 2016. By comparison, there were 36,425 complaints to 311 last year.
The rat spike news comes courtesy of a proposed ordinance put forth by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Carlos-Ramirez Rosa (35th) this week calling for property owners to be responsible for cleaning up dog dirt on their lots on a daily basis.
According to the ordinance's, the city logged 32,855 rat complaints through 311 calls in 2014, 36,425 last year and is on pace for 50,000 this year.
That came on the heels of Chicago being named the "rattiest" U.S. city two years running, in 2013 and 2014, by the Orkin pest-control company, according to the ordinance.
The Emanuel administration has already considered a rat-sterilization program. Last year's increase came in spite of a 30 percent increase in crews for rodent control proposed in the mayor's 2015 budget.
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