Thursday, December 2, 2021

SOARING CRIME RATES: Chicago's Cook County Surpasses 1K Homicide for First Time Since 1994

Source: Fox News

Published: December 1, 2021

By: Danielle Wallace

The number of homicides in the Chicago area so far this year surpassed 1,000 during the holiday weekend after Thanksgiving – as Cook County achieved the grim milestone again for the first time in 27 years.

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday the 1,000th homicide in 2021 happened over the holiday weekend. With just over a month left in the year, the number of homicides in Cook County stands at 1,009. The last time Cook County saw more than 1,000 homicides was in 1994 when it recorded 1,141 homicides total by the end of December. In 1991, Cook County handled a record 1,229 homicides. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown addresses reporters about a suspect in the killing of a 7-year-old girl earlier this year. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police officers work at the scene near where two officers were shot at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue in Chicago on Aug. 7, 2021. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Of the 1,009 homicides recorded in Cook County so far this year, 777 happened in Chicago. Under 23 percent of homicides in 2021 so far occurred in suburban Cook County. The youngest person killed in Cook County this year was a 1-month-old boy, the oldest was an 84-year-old man. 

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