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Chicago Violent Crime Falls In 2010

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) — Chicago’s murder rate is higher than some other big cities, but Police Supt. Jody Weis notes that the last time it was this low in the city, Mayor Daley’s father was mayor and Lyndon Johnson was president.

Overall major crime, says Weis, is down for the second year in a row.


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Aggravated assault was down 12 percent, robbery 11 percent and sexual assault down 9 percent.

“3,400 fewer incidents overall from last year,” Weis said at a news conference on Monday.

But Weis is most pleased with the falling murder rate.

“Consider what was going on when the city experienced a lower homicide total,” Weis said. “A gallon of milk was 95 cents. A gallon of gas was 31 cents. A loaf of bread cost 21 cents. That year was 1965.”

There were 395 murders that year; there were 435 in 2010.

Just over half were solved, he said. Car theft saw the only increase: up 22 percent.