'Important' being defined if you are in the process of being murdered. Otherwise they'll take a 'report' over the phone (right before they send it into the circular file).
House got robbed? Car smashed? Property vandalized? Yeah. Too bad, so sad. No police for you. Only if you're in 'immediate danger' will they think about showing up.
So are you Chicago subjects glad you pay some of the highest taxes in the country for substandard service? Maybe they can spend more on taking public school students (w/ a 50% dropout rate) out of school and bused to Springfield so they can be used to lobby for more laws. Maybe Daley and Rahm can have more publicly funded security details. Maybe they can use more tax dollars to fund 'gun buybacks' from little old ladies.
You certainly are getting your money's worth.