Homicides

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Police: 161 Murders In 151 Days In Chicago This Year

The 46 slayings in May, as measured by the Chicago Police Department, are the most in any month this year, but the total is not out of the ordinary. Police reported 47 homicides in May 2013, and 50 in May 2012. There were 40 killings during the month last year.

06/02/2015

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What The Most Violent Memorial Day Weekend In Over A Decade Means For Chicago

We took a look at 10 years of violent crime statistics to get a better idea of what Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend violence really means…

05/26/2015

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Opinion: Defensive Gun Use Doesn’t Make Up For Accidental Injuries, Homicides

No, friend, I’m not worried about an Uber driver who knows how to responsibly use a firearm — I’m worried about everyone else.

05/05/2015

Look! A gun! In an old photo of Superintendent Garry McCarthy! (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Who Cares If Murders Are Up, It’s Not Like It’s Affecting Your Neighborhood?

Violence is up, let’s blame the guns… I guess? Anyone else tired of the city’s favorite scapegoat?

04/02/2015

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Chicago’s Gun Problem — There Are Too Many

Despite comparable resources to other big city’s, Chicago’s violence continues to outpace the likes of New York and Los Angeles — why?

02/27/2015

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Chicago Shooting Deaths Are Up … Or Down, Depending On How You Look At It

Johnson: It’s annoying that people constantly scream about year-to-year shooting statistics on every article that decides to use a different stat, and it’s annoying that we (the press) cling to year-to-year changes as if two years can tell our readers everything they need to know. Two years is nothing!

01/28/2015

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2014 On Track To See Fewer Homicides, With Some Chicago Neighborhoods Still Being Left Behind

As of November 30th, Chicago’s homicides are down when compared to last year. Though it looks likely 2014 will see fewer homicides than 2013, there are many factors, including a substantial rise in homicides in November, that could stop that from happening.

12/04/2014

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Year After Year, These Chicago Neighborhoods Continue To See The Most Homicides

Over the span of seven years, the same neighborhoods continued to log more homicides than the rest of the city.

11/26/2014

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The Chicago Neighborhoods That Didn’t See A Drop In Homicides

The sizable drop in homicides in 2013 is great… as long as you don’t live in one of the neighborhoods that saw an increase.

11/19/2014

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Chicago Homicide Rate Saw A Large Drop In 2013, But Still Lags Behind The Nation

With a significant decrease in homicides from 2012 to 2013, it’s hard to continue calling Chicago the Murder Capital of America.

11/10/2014

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McCarthy: February Murders 4th Lowest On Record

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said February’s homicide total was one of the lowest ever, and continued a trend of dropping violent crime that started more than a year ago.

03/03/2014

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Gary Homicide Total Highest Since 2007

The total for 2013 is up 28 percent over 2012, but the number of shootings decreased by 30 percent, police said.

01/02/2014

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McCarthy: Every Major Category Of Crime Down This Year

“There is an unacceptable level of violence, but the progress we’re making is undeniable,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

10/31/2013

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Police Investigate 2 Saturday Homicides In NW Indiana

Two men were killed in separate homicides Saturday night in Lake County.

10/21/2013

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Colbert On Syria: ‘If America Cared About Shooting People, We’d Be Invading Chicago’

While speaking about Syria on The Colber Report last night (September 3rd), satirist Stephen Colbert decided to use Chicago as one of his punchlines.

09/04/2013

Police officers on foot patrol in the Uptown neighborhood, near Truman College. (Credit: CBS)

Police: Murders Down In Zones With Foot Patrol Saturations

Chicago Police are expanding their so-called Operation Impact. That’s the saturation of high crime areas with foot patrols made up of new recruits.

05/15/2013

John Wayne Gacy

FBI Checking Gacy Travel Records For Links To Unsolved Murders

The search for more possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy is now in the hands of the FBI.

WBBM Newsradio–04/10/2013

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Number Of Chicago Homicides Plummets In February

After the bloodiest January in the city in a decade — coming on the heels of a particularly violent 2012 — the killings slowed to a relative trickle in February.

03/01/2013

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

Reynolds Urges FBI To Help Chicago Police Fight Gun Violence

Second Congressional District candidate Mel Reynolds on Wednesday urged federal authorities to focus on gun violence in Chicago, instead of alleged financial misdealings by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife.

WBBM Newsradio–02/06/2013

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Deadliest January In Chicago In More Than 10 Years

The murder toll in Chicago for the month of January now stands at 42, making it the most deadly January in Chicago in more than 10 years.

01/30/2013

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