Tag: Violence

Are overlaps between school closings and youth violence a coincidence?

Just blocks from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale where The Chicago Reporter sets up camp for its weekly radio show are two schools on the turnaround and closure list voted on by the Chicago Board of Education last month. Thomas Herzl Elementary School, at 3711 W. Douglas Blvd., is slated for turnaround next year, and... Read more »

2011's must-see movie, The Interrupters, returns to Chicago

Cringing at all those cheesy holiday movies, yet still wanting to spend an evening in front of the big-screen this season? You’re in luck. The award-winning documentary from Kartemquin films, The Interrupters, is returning to Chicago for a one week–Dec. 16-22–to the Gene Siskel Center. The Chicago Cultural Center will host a special free screening... Read more »

Hear "The Interrupters" live today at noon

Hear "The Interrupters" live today at noon
You’ve heard about the film, you’ve read our review. Now hear some of the people who brought the landmark film, “The Interrupters,” on the radio live. Today at noon, on our weekly radio show on Vocalo, the Barbershop Show, we’ll be chatting with a producer of the film, plus many of the actual interrupters themselves–CeaseFire... Read more »
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Much of Chicago's South Side is more than 45 minutes from the nearest trauma center by ambulance

Much of Chicago's South Side is more than 45 minutes from the nearest trauma center by ambulance
When someone is shot, stabbed or seriously injured due to a car accident, fall or some other trauma, every minute can make a crucial difference to the patient’s overall outcome, said Connie Potter, president of the Trauma Center Association of America. “It’s like Gabby Giffords,” Potter said, referring to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, who... Read more »

Why every city resident must see Chicago film, "The Interrupters"

Why every city resident must see Chicago film, "The Interrupters"
Many of us spent our weekend relaxing–playing with our kids, walking our dogs or maybe running a few errands. Maybe you lit up the grill and made some hamburgers or shish kabobs. While we spent our days off kicking back, violence was exploding in our city. Seven people were killed and 22 wounded across the... Read more »

Weather heats up; so does Chicago violence

I was reminded of an ugly trend this morning when I looked at the news: as the weather gets warmer in Chicago, the shootings multiply. It’s not as if there’s no violence in the winter, but the warm weather that brings people out of their homes seems to also create more opportunities for people to... Read more »
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Violence prevention should be at the top of the campaign agenda in some aldermanic races

While they accounted for slightly more than a quarter of the city’s population, 15 majority African-American wards on Chicago’s South and West sides accounted for nearly two-thirds of the city’s homicides from 2008 through 2010, according to an analysis of homicide data by The Chicago Reporter. More at chicagoreporter.com In all, there were 931 murders committed... Read more »

News Roundup: Real friends scarce for kids in violent neighborhoods

Children in violent Chicago neighborhoods are increasingly wary of friendships, according to a University of Chicago study. The study shows that these children are intensely testing the loyalties of their potential friends and doing background checks before letting anyone get close. The pre-teen years are typically when youth learn how make friends, and growing up... Read more »

Is Chicago fudging crime stats?

Despite the daily reports of shooting deaths and violent crime in Chicago, we are constantly reassured by the Chicago Police Department of one thing: crime is down. Even though several people perceive crime to be higher, officials tell us to take comfort in the statistics that show that crime rates are falling. My police beat... Read more »
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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 »