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Some Aldermen Doubting McCarthy’s Effectiveness As Top Cop

As Police Supt. Garry McCarthy begins his fifth year running the Chicago Police Department, some aldermen – old and new – appeared to be losing confidence in his ability to reduce gun violence as summer approaches.

06/19/2015

Father Michael Pfleger (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gun Rights Activists Protest Pfleger’s Speech At Tinley Park Church

The pews were full at St. George’s Catholic Church when Pfleger spoke, and the house was divided. Although he said he was not speaking only about guns, ISRA officials urged as many members as possible to show up, and called the speech a gun control recruitment event.

06/12/2015

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Pfleger: Turn Cellphone Cameras On Criminals

Rev. Michael Pfleger, the activist priest who has crusaded for decades against gun violence in Chicago, was urging people to use a new weapon people to make their neighborhoods more peaceful: their cellphones.

06/09/2015

Students, teachers, and others march for an end to violent crime in Chicago, ahead of summer vacation. (Credit: Perspectives Charter Schools/Instagram)

Students Lead Peace March On South Side

More than 2,500 people, mostly kids, were marching from the South Loop to Bronzeville on Friday, demanding an end to the violence on the streets as students get ready to start their summer break.

06/05/2015

More than 1,000 students from the Perspectives Charter Schools staged a peace march on June 5, 2014, a day before the last day of school, to send a message about their commitment to fighting violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Students Plan 3rd Annual Peace March On South Side

The march will step off at 10 a.m. in the South Loop. Students from all five Perspectives Charter Schools will march to the Bronzeville neighborhood. Kids from Evanston, Tennessee, and Georgia also will join the effort.

06/05/2015

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene after a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

West Side Activists Want To Meet With McCarthy To Discuss Violence

Activists in the Austin neighborhood have demanded a meeting with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to come up with solutions to violent crime in a community that has more murders than any other.

03/18/2015

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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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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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Mayor’s Panel Issues Recommendations On Curbing Violence In Chicago

A commission organized by the mayor has issued a report outlining what it calls a “strategic plan” for curbing violence in Chicago.

12/16/2014

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The 10 ‘Most Dangerous’ Towns In Illinois

When it comes to violent crime outside of Chicago, Rockford ranks in the most dangerous town in the state, according to 2013 FBI crime statistics.

12/16/2014

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Study: Summer Jobs Programs Reduce Youth Violence

A study from the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania has found summer job and mentoring programs for disadvantaged youths in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by nearly half over a 16-month period.

12/04/2014

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Murders In Chicago At Lowest Level In Nearly 50 Years

Acknowledging “there’s a lot more work to be done,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the number of murders so far this year in Chicago is at the lowest level since 1965.

10/01/2014

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

Violent Crime On CTA Declined In First Half Of 2014

Violent crimes and thefts on the CTA dropped by more than a third in the first half of this year, compared to the first six months of last year, city officials said Tuesday.

07/29/2014

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Feds Adding More Agents To Chicago To Fight Gun Violence

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was sending seven more agents to Chicago, for a total of 52 agents helping stop the flow of illegal guns into the city.

07/17/2014

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YMCA And Veterans Help Teens Deal With Trauma Of Violent Crime

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have teamed up with and mentor young people who live in violent communities, to try to help them see life through different eyes.

07/11/2014

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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

City Hall

City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime Stats

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.

06/06/2014

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Endia Martin’s Death Exposes Entrenched Chicago Violence

When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attention centered on how the shooting stemmed from an argument over a boy that was playing out on Facebook.

06/06/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

South Side Pastor Seeking 5,000 Volunteers For Anti-Violence Initiative

A South Side pastor has been assembling an army of volunteers to take to the streets and build relationships with those intent on violence, in a new initiative to cut down on violent crime.

06/05/2014

More than 1,000 students from the Perspectives Charter Schools staged a peace march on June 5, 2014, a day before the last day of school, to send a message about their commitment to fighting violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Students Stage Peace March On South Side

The students were hoping to deliver a message of hope and resilience. As they begin their summer break, they want to see less bloodshed on city streets.

06/05/2014

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