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Cook County, Illinois surpasses 1,000 annual homicides for first time in 27 years

Cook County, Ill., Has hit a grim milestone with more than 1,000 homicides in 2021, the highest total since 1,141 homicides 27 years ago, the country’s medical examiner’s office said.

WGN web office reports:

There have been 1,009 homicides to date in 2021 in Cook County, an increase from 986 homicides recorded in all of 2020. Last year’s total homicides were more than 40% higher total of 675 in 2019. The county record for most homicides in one year was recorded in 1991, when 1,229 homicides were processed by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The city of Chicago recorded 777 confirmed homicides in 2021, of which just under 23% occurred in suburban Cook County.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (R) has come under heavy criticism for her handling of gun violence in her Democrat-run city, which saw nearly 40 people shot on the Sunday morning alone over Thanksgiving weekend. 20 city council members previously urged the chairman of the public safety committee to hold hearings on gun violence.

“No one is going to save us,” said Will Calloway, activist for criminal justice reform. “Let’s put an end to this madness. Come on, there are babies getting shot in the streets.

Lightfoot has repeatedly blamed the recent outbreak of violence in major US cities such as Chicago on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“There is no doubt that the impact of COVID on the public safety system in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, DC and other cities across the country is real. And what we need to continue to do is make sure that we demand that our courts and our prosecutors hold violent people accountable and keep them off our streets, ”the mayor told MSNBC last month. .

“This is a huge problem for us in Chicago, and we have to keep fighting this fight,” she added. “And then we must also play the long game to tackle the root causes of violence, which are poverty, lack of investment, lack of jobs and… lack of hope. We need to disrupt the pipeline of young souls taking to the streets and enduring the predatory tactics of gangs giving them hope for a future that doesn’t bother anyone’s corner.

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