Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution

Everyone seems to have a solution to Chicago’s violence these days, despite not much familiarity with the issues beyond the headlines and certainly beyond academia’s leading research. The latest entrant: Banking magnate and former U.S Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. He authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 1. Let’s fact-check Daley’s letter[…]


Gangs: Television Coverage, Violence, and the new RICO law

Isn’t the definition of insanity repeating the same actions and expecting different results?  If so, then the Chicago media sure is insane. Check my reasoning: Every year, following a spike in violence, the media goes crazy with coverage demanding action to stop these crimes from happening again. They also demonize, rightly and wrongly, street gangs[…]


Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago

It would be nice if the media did their jobs to separate fact from fiction and urban myth.  One thing the Chicago media is very good at is being an echo chamber for accusations and rumor rather than taking that material in and comparing it to the facts to see if there is any validity[…]


Hillard – Weis – Warm Weather

 “”Progressive communities can fix things early on,” Heintze said. “The question is whether the department is trying to identify rogue operations or dysfunctional management.” Hillard added, “If they see a problem, they have to be very aggressive. They need to address the kinds of issues that can bring a chief down.”  Frank Main, Sun-Times, Sunday[…]

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Mental Health Clinics Closing – Guaranteeing Future Violence

Long-term violence reduction strategies are to be found in the social fabric of our communities and not in our criminal justice system.  Our criminal justice system is reactive and is not built to be proactive, i.e., they respond to violence and for the most part do not prevent violence.  Prevention plays out in our ability[…]


What does an epidemiologist know about reducing violence in Chicago?

This post is the final in a five part series examining the anti-violence program CeaseFire.  The first four parts of the series covered: The Illinois Auditor General’s audit of CeaseFire finannces, Northwestern’s evaluation of CeaseFire, media’s coverage of the program, and the role race plays in the defining of effectiveness of the program.  Today’s post covers the issue[…]