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Police: Despite Rise In Shootings, Murders At 51-Year Low

Through the end of June, 172 people were slain in Chicago, nine fewer than at this time last year, and the lowest number of murders for the first half of a year since 1963.

07/01/2014

Steven Zelich (Credit: Walworth County Sheriff)

Bond Set At $1M For Suspect In Suitcase Deaths

Steven Zelich, a 52-year-old security officer, has been charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. A prosecutor convinced a judge to set bond at $1 million, saying he expected homicide charges to be filed in the counties where the women were killed, but Zelich’s attorney said it’s unclear how the women died.

06/27/2014

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One Of Four Takes Plea Deal In Grisly Joliet Murders

Alisa Massaro, one of those charged with the murders of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of concealment of a homicide.

05/22/2014

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Murders Up, But Shootings Down Through April

For the first four months of 2014, there were two more murders than the first four months of 2013, but four fewer shooting victims than the start of last year. Compared to the first four months of 2012, police said there were 59 fewer murders, and 210 fewer shooting victims.

05/01/2014

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Indianapolis Murder Outbreak Double Number In Chicago

Chicago’s national reputation as a murder-plagued city is well documented, but a recent outbreak of violence in Indianapolis has been twice as deadly.

04/02/2014

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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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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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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: Crime Down 15 Percent, Murders Down 25 Percent This Year

The drop translates to 79 fewer murders so far this year, compared to the same time period last year, police said. The number of murders through July is the lowest for any year since 1965.

08/01/2013

Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Ind. (CBS File Photo)

Gary Seeks State Police Help To Curb Murders

Gary has been waiting for an answer from the state of Indiana about whether help will be sent in to curb a wave of violence, but Governor Mike Pence says he needs more information.

07/19/2013

State Rep. Monique Davis (Credit: ilga.gov)

State Rep.: ‘Maybe The Police Are Killing Some Of These Kids’

An Illinois state representative has publicly raised the possibility that Chicago police officers might be the ones responsible for the unsolved murders of black youths in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–07/19/2013

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Police: Gun Violence Down Compared To Last Year

The number of murders for the first half of the year was the lowest in nearly 50 years.

07/01/2013

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says every major city must deal with rising crime in summer, when temperatures get hotter. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Cops Ready For Expected Summer Spike In Crime

Summer is officially here, and – not surprisingly – Chicago saw a spate of shootings overnight. With hot and muggy conditions expected the next several days, the city could also see a typical spike in violent crime.

06/21/2013

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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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

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Vigil Protests Hundreds Of Chicago Children Lost To Violence

(CBS) — Several hundred people turned out for an evening rally and march Friday from Saint James Episcopal Cathedral, just off the Magnificent Mile, to Stroger Hospital. The protesters in the second annual “CrossWalk” attempted […]

03/22/2013

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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

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses the spike in homicides in January 2013 on the CBS 2 Morning News on Feb. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy ‘Very, Very Frustrated’ With January’s Rise In Violent Crime

The first batch of Chicago cops being pulled off desk duty are slated to hit the streets this weekend. That can’t come soon enough for Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who said in an interview on the CBS 2 Morning News that it’s “very, very frustrating” that improvements in violent crime in Chicago are frequently followed by backsliding.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2013

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