Category Archives: Crime

More high-profile shootings keep Chicago’s reputation intact

While Chicago’s homicides are still [barely] stacking up at a slower pace than the craziness of 2016, events this past week have confirmed that even if theumbers are down, the overall problem is still rampant throughout the city – and … Continue reading

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Focusing on the kids

The adults of Chicago have proven over the past decade that solving the homicide problem is a complicated matter, and that they may not be capable of ever reaching a solution. The police are still working on reforming their culture, … Continue reading

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Three months in, 2017 outlook still grim

One quarter of the way through 2017, Chicago’s murder and shooting rates are slowing down. Last year was record-breaking in all the wrong ways for the city’s violent crime statistics, and through today homicide is down around nine percent and … Continue reading

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Chicago’s bad habit of being a negative outlier

Last week, I wrote about some of the trends in the CPD’s policing and the room for improvement there. The system isn’t perfect, not even close, and problems in any community will build up in situations like that. Chicago’s biggest … Continue reading

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Is policing heading in the right direction?

A recent article from The Economist highlights many of the most important points in the Chicago murder rate debate, some of which have been made on this blog. One of the biggest ideas presented in that piece is the statistic that … Continue reading

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Trump wants to stop ‘American carnage,’ but how?

Of the many wide-ranging issues President Donald Trump has spoken about, from the early days of his campaign to tweets from the Oval Office, rising violence in American urban centers is a prevalent talking point. Trump’s often dark and far-from-optimistic … Continue reading

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2017 outpacing last year’s deadly rate

Last week, I wrote about the tough tragedies that hit Chicago over the span of two days and concluded with some frustrations and options on how the community can react to stem the problems. This week, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson … Continue reading

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