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Police: 2014 First Quarter Murder Total Lowest In 56 Years

The first three months of the year saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013–a 9 percent drop–and 55 fewer murders than 2012.

04/01/2014

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Police: Murders Down 50 Percent From January 2013

Chicago had half as many murders in January 2014 compared to the first month of 2013.

02/02/2014

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Police: Chicago Reports 415 Murders In 2013, Lowest Since 1965

Chicago saw “historic” crime lows in 2013, including the fewest murders in 48 years, according to police.

01/01/2014

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Chicago Not Actually ‘Murder Capital’ Of, Well, Anything

Thanks to recent headlines, you’d think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads Murderiest Murder City in Murderland. In reality, the FBI did no such thing. Here’s a closer look at the FBI’s statistics and how they do and do not relate to homicides in Chicago

09/26/2013

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City Touts Lower Homicide Stats, But Context Reveals Return To Normal

City officials on Monday suggested Chicago’s safer than it’s been in 50 years. In reality, the first quarter of the year is simply a return to normal after a huge spike in murders early last year.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2013

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy rides in a police cruiser overnight on New Year's. During the night, he assisted in the arrest of a motorist on felony gun charges after a gun was found during a traffic stop. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy Helps Make Arrest While On New Year’s Day Patrol

As the city was closing out 2012 overnight, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was out on patrol with his officers, and even helped make a felony arrest.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2013

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Chicago Finishes 2012 With 506 Homicides

Chicago Police say the city finished 2012 with 506 homicides, about 16 percent more than were recorded in 2011.

01/01/2013

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy rides patrol on a Chicago street on Sept. 24, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Murder Rate Down In September; McCarthy: ‘Something’s Working’

With Chicago’s murder rate capturing national headlines, Police Supt Garry McCarthy is on the defense, touting recent progress his department has made in the fight against crime.

CBS 2–09/25/2012

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9 Dead, 28 Others Wounded In Weekend Violence

The city has been faced with another bloody weekend, as at least nine people have died from gun violence and more than two dozen others have been hurt in Chicago since Friday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2012

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McCarthy Encouraged By Drop In Murder Rate In July, But Overall Rate Still Up

The Chicago Police Department hopes the latest monthly murder numbers are a sign of better things to come.

08/02/2012

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Philly Getting Federal Help In Fighting Gang Violence; Why Not Chicago?

As cities struggle to contain gang violence, which claims lives and holds communities hostage, federal government is sending in special agents to help — but not to Chicago.

CBS 2–07/25/2012

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Mayor Wants To Expand Anti-Gang Strategy From Neighborhoods Where It Worked

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the Police Department is prepared to expand its anti-gang strategies, after early efforts in two neighborhoods have shown dramatic results.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2012

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Mayor Confident Police Will Handle Mob Attacks, Rise In Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was trying to reassure the public that Chicago Police are moving quickly to stop the kind of mob attacks which occurred this past weekend, as well as the spike in gang violence this year.

WBBM Newsradio–06/13/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: What Is City Hall Doing To Stop The Murders?

It seems to be generally agreed that the holiday weekend was a nice one, except for the murders in Chicago.

CBS 2–05/29/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. (Credit: CBS/File)

Mayor Emanuel Announces New Crime-Fighting Strategy

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long insisted it would take more than a police force to rid some neighborhoods of gangs, guns and drugs. With a 52 percent rise in the murder rate so far this year, the Emanuel administration is now rolling out the “community” component to its crime-fighting efforts.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

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No Murders For 5 Days, But Homicide Rate Still Up

Less than two weeks after city officials touted the fact the city went 24 hours without a single shooting or homicide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Monday that the city’s murder rate is up significantly during the first month of the year.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2012

Seven people were shot, two of them fatally, at a Church's Chicken at 66th and Halsted streets on Dec. 27, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Murder Rate Down Everywhere In Chicago But Englewood

The murder rate is dropping overall in Chicago, with one neighborhood standing out as a major exception.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

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Murders And Car Theft Up, Overall Crime Down For January

Though murders have increased 27.3 percent compared to last January, there was a “double-digit’’ drop in overall crime last month, police said.

02/06/2011