Y News you need to KNOW: Chicago.

Y News you need to KNOW: Chicago.
Incorporated as a city in 1837 Chicago is now the third most populous city in the Unites States, with over 2.7 million residents, making it the most populated city in the midwest. Furthermore, Chicagoland, which is the Chicago Metropolitan area, has nearly 10 million people inhabiting it.
Nestled between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Chicago is not only an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, but also transportation, because O’Hare International Airport, is the second busiest airport in the world. Tourism is also quite powerful in the Midwestern city, in 2014, Chicago measured having 50.2 million international and domestic visitors.
But the ‘Windy City’ is hampered by one very devastating headline…
“Chicago Violence”
By April of this year, Chicago had already reached a devastatingly staggering new statistic, over 1,000 people were shot in the first 4 months of 2016 and the numbers are only expected to continue climbing this Summer. With far fewer residents, Chicago has more homicides than Los Angeles or New York.
In fact, this Monday the saddening quota of retaliation shootings grew, adding more proof that the violence is completely and utterly out of control. On Monday June 11th numerous people were shot across Chicago, within a seven hour period, but the most heart wrenching part of this story is that yet another child has been innocently caught in the crossfire. The youngest victim of this civil gang warfare being fought on American streets Monday evening was a 6-year-old girl.

The little girl, was critically wounded on Monday night around 8 p.m. on the Northwest Side of Chicago, in the Logan Square neighborhood. According to Chicago Police, she was outside of a home during a party when a vehicle drove up and started shooting, neighbors reported hearing anywhere between 8 to 10 shots, in the span of approximately 15 seconds. Having suffered a gunshot wound to the back, a relative drove her to a hospital and she was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where she was in critical condition.

Most recently, an 18-year-old man was also shot on the South Side of Chicago, where less than 20 minutes earlier, two men, both 22 years old, were injured in another drive-by shooting. A bit earlier Monday evening, a 23-year-old man was also critically wounded on the South Side in another shooting, as he was just diving down the street. A 22-year-old man driving northbound in South Side Chicago suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, after he too was shot while driving and less than an hour earlier, a teenage boy and two men were shot in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. A 22-year-old man was walking in South Chicago when he was struck in the right arm and just before that on the West Side, a 28-year-old was in a vehicle when someone shot him.

Looking back to Memorial Day weekend, 64 people were shot and 6 of them were declared dead, making gunfire the ‘new norm’ in Chicago, because there is simply no end in sight to stopping the violence. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the 64 people shot two weeks ago are black, 11 Hispanic and one white.

This level of violence that has become a terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. Part of the problem is the distrust between residents and law enforcement. Witnesses ‘can’t remember what happened’ and wounded victims refuse to cooperate with police, but, saying the same thing…  ‘I felt a sting and realized I had been shot; I didn’t see anything.’

To put this situation into perspective, in 2015, authorities were only able to make arrests in just over a 1/4 of that year’s approximately 470 homicides, with Chicagoans calling the police more than 28,000 times in the first few months of 2016, to report gunfire! This shifting gang culture is making the city vulnerable in ways it cannot quite grasp and causing such chaos that some believe Federal intervention is the only answer.

So Y don’t we stop spinning the garbage the politicians are talking about on 24 hour cable networks and instead do something to make our own cities, right here in the United States, like Chicago…