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Auto Theft, Carjackings More Than Doubled on the North Side
North Side neighborhoods like Lakeview and Lincoln Park have seen a rash of carjackings in the last few years. “This is probably the first year that I felt unsafe on my street,” said one resident.
Logan Square Crime Rates Continue to Increase, Data Show
Logan Square is known for its thriving cultural sense with cool and hip restaurants, bars, and music venues. Although for some, it is now garnering a reputation of concern for its own public safety.
Data: CTA Ridership Struggling to Recover to Pre-Pandemic Numbers
Chicago Transit Authority ridership on both bus and rail plummeted at the start of COVID-19 and has struggled to recover to its pre-pandemic numbers, an analysis of CTA data shows.
Gun-Related Deaths on the Rise Nationally, Suicide Part of Increase
In 2021, the US saw an increase of 8% from gun-related deaths from 2020. There were a total of 48,830 gun-related deaths in the United States in 2021, more than half suicides.
Data: Chicago Schools Spared in Gun Violence Epidemic
Chicago is plagued by mass shootings throughout the city, but data show that one area has largely been spared -- the school system.
Brother of Uvalde Shooting Victim Struggling to Move on
Julian Salazar, brother of Uvalde school shooting victim Layla Salazar, talks about coping with the loss of his little sister months after the attack.
West Loop Kidnappings Have Residents Frightened
West Loop residents are concerned after three kidnapping attempts in August led to only one arrest. Public outcry has been directed at city officials.
Chicago Burglaries up 18% Since 2021, Largest Increase in 5 Years
The area surrounding the Ukrainian Village, including Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Lakeview and the Near North Side, has seen 820 reported burglaries in from Jan. 1 to Nov. 13.
Rise in CTA Crime is Impacting College Commuters
While Chicago Police and the CTA say crime is down on trains, buses and platforms, those drops come from historic highs during the pandemic.
Domestic Abuse at Top of Chicago Arrests for May 2022, Data Show
A domestic battery with bodily harm offense was the most likely reason for someone to be arrested in Chicago in May 2022, according to Chicago Police Department data.
Data: High Percentage of Mass Shootings are Teens, Children
The Uvalde school shooting is a chilling reminder: 1 in 4 victims of mass shootings are kids and teens. The U.S. has a 26-times higher rate than other high-income countries.
Rape Kit Backlog: Trauma, the Untested and Advocacy
CPD says the expected wait time for processing kits at a state laboratory is about 270 days, but survivors have been told the wait can be up to two years.
Albany Park Residents Fear Increasing Violence in the Neighborhood
Theft, burglary and aggravated battery crimes have increased in Chicago, and the quiet Northwest side neighborhood of Albany Park is not immune.
Asian Americans Are Facing Unprecedented Difficulties in Chicago
A series of studies were conducted and found that hate crimes targeting the Asian American community have reached some unprecedented levels. What does that mean in Chicago?
Chicago Carjackings Continue to Rise During the Pandemic
Chicago had a 31% increase in carjackings in just one year following the start of the pandemic, between 2020 and 2021. The city's numbers are higher than every other large city.
Vandalism Increasing in Chicago Since Start of the Pandemic
Vandalism and petty crimes have increased significantly since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and crime experts have cited several reasons as to why.
Carjackings in Chicago: Who is Impacted and How You Can Help
From Jan. 1, 2021 to April 14, 2022 there have been 2,296 carjackings in Chicago. Jeep Grand Cherokees and Toyota Camrys have been targeted the most by carjackers, data show.
Wicker Park Carjackings: The Fear of Going for a Ride
Wicker Park carjackings have spiked tremendously in the past year, with four carjackings happening in the span of less than a week. Residents are concerned.
Security In Chinatown: What Improvements are Being Made
Residents and the Chicago Police Department say they're concerned about the increase in crime in Chicago's normally peaceful Chinatown neighborhood.
The Real Effects of Chicago’s Red-Light and Speed Cameras
While beneficial in some aspects, data shows that red-light and speed cameras discriminate and ticket black and brown drivers at a higher rate than other individuals.
Mapping Chicago: What to Do and Where to Go in the City
Chicago on the Go: Mobile Stories Around the City in February
Diverse Communities Experience Health Disparities During the Pandemic
Experts: Chicago’s Rental Market Full of Many Complex Realities
Chicago’s Minimum Wage Workers Struggle to Afford Housing Amidst Soaring Costs
Gender Rights and Issues
Outbreak: COVID-19 in Chicago
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