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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) said the coalition of political and business leaders who attended a meeting he organized Wednesday to discuss strategies to quell street violence will make the latest efforts the most effective yet.
Part of the latest anti-violence initiative is for popular radio hosts like McGill to to say “put the guns down” every time they open and close their radio programs.
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.
The partnership between police, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Park District is part of what the city is calling the Summer Surge initiative.
U.S. Atty. Zach Fardon’s office created the new violent crimes section, which has been staffed with 16 federal prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Ron DeWald.
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.
Chicago’s top cop says a new police tactic for toning down violence – derided by some critics as “hug-a-thug” – has been getting positive results.
Reports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.
A researcher has found a significant connection between shootings on the South and West Sides and the locations of liquor stores.
After defending the city’s nationwide image when it comes to violent crime while appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he believes Chicagoans can see the progress the city has made, and know how much culture the city has to offer.
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.
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.