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Seven months after Chicago ended its deadliest year in decades, the latest police data shows shootings and homicides have dropped significantly, though overall crime is on the rise.
Homicides fell 16% through July to 379 from 452 at the same time last year, according to a statement from the police department. The number of people slaughtered fell by 20%, from 2,455 to 1,969 in the same period last year.
The city recorded 67 homicides in July, down nearly 38% from the 108 homicides recorded, as violence reached historic highs in the same month last year. The number of gunshot victims fell 28% from last July, from 595 to 447.
The continued decline in the most serious violent crimes comes after police began flooding the city’s 15 most dangerous communities with more officers and other resources, including employment, housing and health.
So far this year, all but one of those communities have seen a decline in gunshot victims, according to city data analyzed by the Sun-Times.
In 55 police hits that span many of those communities — and account for more than half of the city’s gun violence — homicides fell nearly 26% and shootings fell 33%, according to figures provided by the Department.
Tom Schuba has more in the full story.
More news you need
- A 31-year-old mother, her four children and another child were among seven people killed in a wrong-way crash on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway over the weekend, authorities said. The crash happened around 2 a.m. when the two vehicles collided in the westbound lanes of Anthony Road, police said.
- By buying the Thompson Center, Google will help state and local governments answer some tough questions, but will the partnership go one step further? David Roeder is severing the tech giant’s growing ties with Chicago.
- Customers at the Des Plaines gas station where the $1.34 billion lotto ticket was drawn don’t know who won, and some say the lucky winner should try to keep it that way. Emmanuel Camarillo has more of the suburbs where the Mega Millions ticket was sold.
- Before Lollapalooza wraps up for the year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot briefly took the stage last night to announce that the festival will be running in Grant Park for at least another decade. Chicago’s partnership with Lollapalooza will now last until at least 2032.
- And if you missed our Lolla coverage this weekend, there’s plenty to browse. Selena Fragassi gave a rave review to J-Hope’s festival closing set — and check out many more reviews and photos of the four-day musical bonanza here.
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Frida Kahlo, a monarch butterfly and flowers light up a Maywood driveway in artist Yekseny Guerrero’s first public mural
Yekseny Guerrero had never done a public mural. But when she saw on social media that a cafe in Maywood was looking for someone to paint one on their building, she thought to herself:I have to do that.
So she asked for the job – and kept asking.
“I kept checking every couple of months just to see if they could give me an opportunity,” says Guerrero, 23, who lives in Melrose Park. “They saw that I was very enthusiastic.”
The cafe has since closed. But the mural that Guerrero created in 2020 on a wall overlooking an alley in the building at 612 Lake St. is still there.
It features a painting by the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, flowers and a giant monarch butterfly to entice passers-by to stop and take a selfie in front of the mural.
Guerrero says it took her five days to paint the images by hand and she took the lead on what to include in the cafe’s interior design.
It was heavy on “the golden age of Mexican cinema and art”, she says – “lots of photos inside the cafe of Frida, Diego Rivera”, Kahlo’s husband and an artist famous himself.
Learn more about Guerrero and his first public work here.
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On Friday, we asked you: What’s your fondest memory of attending a music festival in Chicago? Here’s what some of you said…
“Walking along the south side of Navy Pier during ChicagoFest. You could see many different genres of music in one day.” —Randy Volz
“Chicagofest on Navy Pier at the Blues ‘n’ Bud Stage the year Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Son Seals, Willie Dixon and Mighty Joe Young all performed. The pier, the music, the skyline from Chicago, the atmosphere festival…it was so, so fantastic.” —James Plath
“Watching Chuck Berry and Keith Richard jam together at Blues Fest for free. I’m not sure it gets any better than that.” —Brian Horan
“Standing in a downpour watching Buddy Guy perform ‘It Feels Like Rain’. Impressive.” —Nick Quintana
“Robert Plant came for a few songs with Los Lobos in Grant Park.” — Dorie R. Felsher
“Singing in a crowded Wrigley Field with Paul McCartney in 2011; everyone knew the lyrics to all of his songs.” —Rich Garling
“Use to like to go to taste with all the great free music. Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band. It was then. » —Susan Corey
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