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After Record Year, Two More Murders Open 2017 in Chicago

Last month, we wrote a blog post about the high number of homicides in Chicago – our city was on track to see the most murders in one year since 1996.

 

In the early afternoon of December 31, the last homicide of the year was committed. A 24-year old was murdered after possibly hitting another man’s Mercedes. His death brought the total up to 762 homicides throughout the city, up from only 480 homicides in 2015.

 

Think the [...]

Chicago Set to See Most Murders in One Year Since 1997

Early in the morning on Thursday, December 1st, Chicago Police found a 19-year old man shot to death on the West Side. The gunshot wounds penetrated his head and chest. By the end of the day, no arrests had been made related to the fatal shooting – but Chicago’s Police and local media did have a very important announcement: this case was the 701st Chicago homicide in 2016.

 

That’s right. In less than one year, our [...]

The Different Murder Charges in Illinois

Everyone knows that it’s wrong to kill another human being. But oftentimes, things aren’t so cut and dry. Are come types of killings worse than other types? Are there extenuating circumstances that should be recognized?

 

The State of Illinois certainly thinks so. Depending on the actual details surrounding a killing, there are a number of murder and related charges that a defendant might face. Understanding the charges that you are actually facing can make all the difference in the [...]

Chicago Homicides Are Only Down In Some Neighborhoods

It’s never a bad thing when the crime rate drops in your city, and that’s especially true when the crime in question is homicide. Few criminal acts are more devastating than intentionally taking someone’s life, because there’s no way to take it back and no chance of recovery. Victims expand well beyond the person who dies to their friends, family members, and even their community. Perhaps that’s why Chicago city officials were so quick to trot out the FBI’s most [...]

Whitey Bulger Innocent … This Time

The Whitey Bulger trial is one of the most-watched trials of the century. Reminiscent of something from 1950s film noir, the mob trial has captured national attention largely because of the enormous scale of Bulger’s criminal operations along with the added intrigue of his status as an FBI informant. America’s fascination with Godfatheresque characters and their activities also fuel the overall interest and curiosity. Though the Bureau once looked the other way when it came to Bulger’s criminal activities, which [...]

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What Are The Signs Of Sex Trafficking in IL?

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a crime taken very seriously in Illinois. Being accused of it can have a big impact on your life – and being convicted of it can shift the trajectory of your path forever.

For many people, sex trafficking is something that is only seen on television and in movies, but the truth is that it happens in plain sight every single day. If you know what to look for, you may be able to understand when sex [...]

IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

Drug Crimes

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life, [...]

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