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Chicago’s Cook County tops 1K homicide for the first time since 1994

The Chicago area homicides topped 1,000 on the holiday weekend after Thanksgiving this year – when Cook County hit that dismal milestone for the first time in 27 years.

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The Cook County’s coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that the 1,000th murder of 2021 occurred over the bank holiday weekend. With just over a month left in the year, Cook County’s homicides stand at 1,009. The last time Cook County recorded more than 1,000 homicides was in 1994, when it recorded a total of 1,141 homicides by the end of December. In 1991 Cook County processed a record of 1,229 homicides.

Of the 1,009 murders recorded in Cook County so far this year, 777 occurred in Chicago. Less than 23 percent of homicides in 2021 so far occurred in suburban Cook County. The youngest person killed in Cook County that year was a 1 month old boy and the oldest was an 84 year old male.

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The coroner’s office said African Americans are the victims of 81 percent of homicides and Latinos are responsible for nearly 15% of homicides this year. In 2021, 88 percent of homicides were male.

The office confirmed 986 homicides in 2020 – an increase of more than 40 percent from the 675 in 2019.

The grim milestone was announced when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was in Washington, DC this week with the Illinois delegation to meet US Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, and White House officials on repatriation of infrastructure, COVID-19 relief, and other funding is to Chicago.

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