"There was a time when it looked as if Chicago would follow New York and Los Angeles into a kind of sustained peace. Then progress stalled in 2004, and the city has been through some harrowing years leading up to another alarming spike in homicides this year.
Homicide Rate 30 per 100,000 Chicago Rate has held steady since 2004. Rate rose from 2014 to 2015 and is on an upward trajectory this year. 25 20 Los Angeles 15 10 New York City 5 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 Already embroiled in a crisis over race and police conduct, Chicago now faces a 62 percent increase in homicides. Through mid-May, 216 people have been killed. Shootings also are up 60 percent.
So what’s going on in Chicago?
It’s complicated, but a comparison with New York is a good place to start. Both cities began the 1990s with historically high homicide rates; both have diverse populations, including large numbers of blacks, Hispanics and whites, and a wide range of economic fortune as well.
Chicago has about the same population as Brooklyn, but a year’s worth of homicides in the two places shows an astonishing difference in the toll.
400 Chicago Longest stretch without homicide: 5 days Cumulative Homicides in 2015 New York City 300 200 Brooklyn Longest stretch without homicide: 22 days 100 APRIL JAN. FEB. MARCH JULY DEC. NOV. OCT. SEPT. JUNE MAY AUG. "