The Chicago Crime Commission announced Thursday that Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been named the cities first "Public Enemy Number One" since Al Capone in 1930.
Guzman, 58, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in the mountains of western Mexico, heads the Culiacán based Sinaloa Cartel which supplies Chicago with much of its narcotics and is partially responsible for the cities burgeoning murder rate which is becoming worse than the Capone-era.
"Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first public enemy number one has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman,'' said J.R. Davis, president of the Chicago Crime Commission.
Guzman bribed his way out of a Mexican prison in 2001, and soon plunged his organization into a bloody war with the rival Juarez Cartel on the streets of Ciudad Juarez where the drug related violence has claimed nearly 12,000 lives.
In 2011, "Forbes" magazine estimated Guzman to be worth more than $1 billion. He is widely considered to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. The DEA believes his influence has surpassed that of Pablo Escobar.
He has been indicted on federal narcotics charges.
The U.S is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture while the Mexican government is also offering a $2.3 million bounty.