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Chicago Homicides Rise 60%, Mayor Calls for Gang Law

April 12, 2012  | 

Photo: Paul Clinton
Photo: Paul Clinton

Chicago homicides spiked 60% in the first three months of 2012, despite increased police resources in some of the city's worst neighborhoods.

From Jan. 1 to March 31, Chicago Police recorded 120 homicides, a 60% increase from the 75 murders during the same period in 2011. Chicago's also recorded nearly 500 non-fatal shootings this year, 37% more than last year, reports Fox News.

As a result, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the state's General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow federal-style racketeering prosecutions of violent gang activity. Convictions would carry prison terms of 10 to 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Comments (19)

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Dan @ 4/12/2012 3:51 PM

Well thank goodness there are no legal firearms in Chicago...

Clar @ 4/12/2012 4:29 PM

Seems you are safer in Iraq and Afghanistan then on the Streets of Chicago. Think I'll go back in the service it's safer.

Ofc Crespo @ 4/12/2012 4:31 PM

There should be gang laws nationwide. The gang issues are becoming a large problem throughout the country. It's not being addressed. I have been tracking the neighborhood gangs and there becoming national gangs. They are younger and more violent. All the nation talks about is terrorist. The gang issue has been forgot since September 11. Gangs to me are consider urban terrorist. Something has to be done. Our first two homicides were gang hit, nothing mentioned. Denial in this country has worsten.

Bill Kushner @ 4/12/2012 4:34 PM

I proudly served as a CPD officer for over 29 years, retiring in 2006 to accept a position as a chief of police. What mayor Emmanuel as well as his predecessor, Rich Daly, have missed is that fact that Illinois is the ONLY state in the Union without concealed carry laws. No other major city, outside Illinois, has this type of wild, unbridled gun violence. Additionally, both of the mayors have seen fit to REDUCE the size of the Chicago Police Department to pre 1975 levels. As they sow, so shall they reap.

Leonard Mather @ 4/12/2012 4:38 PM

Rahm is behaving like a typical Democrat in that jobs will be made available due to more prisons being built in order to house the abundance of Perps to be incarcerated by the Federal Gang Laws he is recommending. It would be more effective if an attack were planned such that the culprits would be outgunned in a sting that resulted in DOA. They all are armed, especially when in groups and they all have short fuses, eager to have a shoot out. With good planning they could be accommodated. Of course, that would be defeating Rahm's goal of more prisons, more prisoners and more jobs to house them. DOA has a better ring to it.

Bill @ 4/12/2012 4:52 PM

Why are they issuing all of this FOID cards to gang members? You can't own a firearm in Illinois without one.

SteveS @ 4/12/2012 5:21 PM

Doesn’t Chicago already have laws against homicide? New laws so the ones on the books can be enforced. Seems silly? Maybe it’s not a law issue; it could be a punishment issue. Get locked up, go to prison with guys from your neighborhood. Hang out with the same gangs. Food, shelter, cable tv all free, just like home. Nah, it’s gotta be that they need new laws.

Rob @ 4/12/2012 7:36 PM

More laws, the gangs will go away if you make a law out of them. Take away everyones guns also. The only guns needed in the city should be the mayors bodyguards. I am glad I live in Texas.

charlie @ 4/12/2012 8:54 PM

Now really, if a Ghansta kills a Ghansta is it really a crime? I'd say It's the Power to Be's way of taking out the garbage. Too bad so sad!

Chicago Cop @ 4/12/2012 10:35 PM

I have been a Chicago Cop of almost 30 years and Rahm and Richie Daly keep saying "DO MORE WITH LESS!" and we are sick of it" They say that while they spend lavishly on all kinds of projects that make their friends rich. When a cop gets killed and there are few clues McCarthy says, "We got 13,000 Chicago Cops working on it." Only there hasn't been that many in years and they will not tell you how many there really are.

When the CPD needs something, they cry "WE'RE BROKE!" Equipment breaks down, work around it because the city will not pay the bill to get it fixed. Crime stats, they don't count in Chicago.

HIRE SOME POLICE. They just added 47, but lost about 600 over the last year.

JON "BONES" JONES @ 4/12/2012 11:27 PM

Mindless violence out of control.

BW @ 4/12/2012 11:45 PM

Well, golly-gee willickers. It seems criminals aren't obeying the laws of the land here in Illinois. I'm shocked!

Maleman39 @ 4/13/2012 4:34 AM

"Bill" misses the point. Gang members are NOT issued FOID cards if they already have rap sheets. As well, an FOID card does NOT allow for concealed carry. Illinois is the last state in the Union that does not have a lawful concealed carry law. Thus, gang members are carrying weapons illegally. The poor lawful citizens (taxpayers), unarmed, are caught in the middle. Thanks to Mayor Emmanuel and the other radical liberal Chicago politicians who do not seem to understand the reality our society today and are grasping at straws trying to solve the apparent violence problem by throwing more money, prisions and public employees at it. Mayor Emmanuel was not elected by the people by by the Chicago political machine. The real solution is to allow citizens to defend themselves with a concealed open cary permit law.

Butch Duncan @ 4/13/2012 9:54 AM

wake up Chicago concealed carry is a deterrent, when you break the law that is already on the books it is a crime criminials are supposed to go to jail and violent offenders that take a life should be put to death.

On my Soapbox @ 4/13/2012 1:08 PM

Like many others have already said, it's good to see that Chicago's "no gun law" is working like it said it would! Hats off to all the politicians that passed that law! NOT!!! The mayor wants to ask the state's General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow federal-style racketeering prosecutions of violent gang activity? HELLO!! The gang members don't care what the penalty is, they will still break the law! Do they really think that gang members are going to be sitting around talking "hey did you see that they raised the amount of prison time and fines for the stuff we're doing, I think we better stop breaking the law". Seriously?! Once again politicians trying to run a Police Dept when they have no right to and totally turning their back on our Constitutional Rights! Good luck with the upcoming NATO Summit and having the entire World focusing on the city. I pray for safety to all my brothers in blue at CPD!!

[email protected] @ 4/13/2012 3:16 PM

If I were a CPD Officer I'd be looking to relocate and fast!. Until Chicago cleans up it's political garbage and the citizens stand behind thier Officers the homicide rate is just going to go up. It's either that or just flush the whole mess.

Martin @ 4/16/2012 1:45 PM

Well, what happened? I thought that Rahm got the super-superindendant from the Big Apple to clean up Chicago and rid the Windy City of violent crime? The New York Wonder Man did not put a dent in crime after all? I shocked!

john doe @ 4/20/2012 12:21 AM

It's can gangster city gangsters du gangster stuff move plusses it wasent that long ago wen men used swords n axes .put that in ur lil black book . I have degrees from university's and I still bang . I mite be your neighborhood cop who

Fed Cop @ 5/15/2012 6:52 AM

Arrest the bad guys, house them with rival gang members, they kill each other off - problems solve. No more street crimes, no more gangs members, no more prison over-crowding.

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