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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

Plot of sexual assaults in Chicago in 2014 using Chicago Data Portal numbers.

Sexual Assaults By Neighborhood, A Tale Of Two Chicagos

The narrative of Chicago’s crime is a tale of two cities – one safe, one violent. For proof, look no further than the number of reported sexual assaults across Chicago’s 77 community areas.

04/09/2015

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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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Sexual Assault In A Big City: Is There A Lack Of Priority?

When it comes to safety, a city is often judged by the number of homicides and shootings it has in a year. Where does that leave other crimes like criminal sexual assault? Not a priority, say some sexual assault advocates.

03/26/2015

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The Most Violent Big Cities In Each State 2014

According to the FBI, violent crime and property crime were down nationwide for the first half of 2014 — but did America’s big cities also see drops?

01/29/2015

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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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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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Police Tout Improved Crime Stats, But Residents Not Convinced

The first week of summer has proven to be less violent this year in Chicago. But CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Police Supt. Garry McCarthy stopped well short of saying “mission accomplished.”

06/07/2012

Chicago crime database. (Credit: City Of Chicago)

Chicago Publishes Decade Of Crime Data Online

Starting today, crime statistics from Chicago over the past decade will be available to the public in an online database.

09/14/2011

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Police Release Preliminary November Crime Stats

Total crime is down for the 23rd consecutive month, according to police Supt. Jody Weis Sunday morning on the South Side.

12/05/2010