CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is praising the Emanuel administration for its steps aimed at reducing youth violence, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The latest numbers show that the just-ended school year was the safest on record since Chicago Public Schools started tracking such things in 2007. Attorney General Eric Holder says he sees many changes since he visited after the brutal videotaped beating death at Fenger High School student Derrion Albert in 2009.

“If you had said that this city was going to be where it is now, five years ago, I would have said I was being really, really, optimistic, perhaps even overly optimistic. But I think this mayor, this community has proven that attorney general at that time wrong. That gives me great hope for where Chicago will be a year or two years from now,” said Holder.

Among the changes: the continuing Safe Passage program that has neighborhood people and others watch kids heading to and from school.

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