Tag: Murder

Black companies getting fewer city contracts

African-American companies in Chicago have received only seven percent of city contracts in the past year, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Alderman Leslie Hairston, of the 5th ward, said increased scrutiny of bidders may be scaring away black contractors. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced... Read more »

Crime down, poverty up doesn't mean the two aren't connected

You’ve heard the story of Jean Valjean, right? He’s one of the main characters in author Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. The guy steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family, gets caught and goes to prison. For most of us, that’s our basic understanding of the connection between poverty and crime.Somebody needs... Read more »

If Chicago's West and South sides were their own cities, they'd be the deadliest and most violent in America

Collectively, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis, Chicago’s 11th and 15th police districts on the West Side had a higher murder rate last year than New Orleans, the nation’s deadliest city in 2009. Meanwhile, on the South Side, collectively, the 6th and 7th districts had a higher rate of violent crime than St. Louis, the nation’s leading... Read more »

Chicago is three times as deadly as NYC and twice as violent as LA

Chicago’s murder rate was nearly three times higher than New York City’s last year, according to The Chicago Reporter’s analysis of preliminary 2009 crime statistics, released late last month by the FBI. The rate of violent crime in Chicago was almost double the rates for both New York City and Los Angeles, according to the... Read more »

"The solution is ... in ourselves"

To their credit, state Reps. LaShawn Ford and John Fritchey brought Chicago’s simmering gang violence to the forefront this week by calling for the National Guard to help get a handle on the violence. Unfortunately, the media has largely framed the issue as a political debate between officials arguing about who might take the lead... Read more »

Chicago murder victims mostly black

Seventy-five percent of Chicago’s 2008 murder victims had at least one thing in common. They were black. That’s according to the Chicago Sun-Times’s Nov. 12 analysis of police department data. All of the police districts with the highest murder rates per capita–anything more than 20 people per 100,000–were on the city’s South or West sides,... Read more »

Today's Chicago Muckraking: Clout Hospital

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center–the birthplace of Mayor Richard M. Daley–has stayed afloat despite financial troubles. Part of that is because of profits the hospital earned from a real estate venture located in a special tax district the mayor created to benefit the hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reported October 13. Reporter Tim Novak used city... Read more »