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Police say 90 people were killed in Chicago last month, more homicides than New York and Los Angeles combined. Hundreds more people were shot in one of the bloodiest months in recent history. The city is now on pace for its deadliest year in almost two decades with more than 460 murders already.

Loyola University criminologist Arthur Lurigio says the first thing the police need to do to reduce violent crime is start solving more murders.

Police statistics show that nearly 15 people were shot in Chicago every day during June, including a daily average of more than two who died.  The department says there were 315 homicides in Chicago in the first six months of the year, or more than 100 more than during the same period last year.

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A rash of shootings on Chicago area expressways has authorities promising that they will keep an especially close eye on the roadways on the Memorial Day weekend. 

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Police say Bloomington had a second consecutive year of record-low numbers of serious crimes in 2015. 

There were no homicides last year - the first year without one since 1997. 

Police Chief Brendan Heffner says "we will keep working hard" to keep the number low. The percentage of serious crimes in 2015 was 11.6 percent lower than a year earlier. There were 232 fewer reports of serious crime than the 2,001 in 2014.  The 2014 decrease was 13.3 percent from 2013.  

Homicides total 10 so far this year

Jul 23, 2015
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Peoria police say the city saw its tenth homicide so far this year after a death last night.

Peoria police say detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday between 1617 and 1619 West Lincoln.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert of four rounds fired, a department news release said. Officers found the body of 30-year-old Kamron Causey near a shared-driveway with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the head  Causey was pronounced dead on scene.

The City of Peoria has seen nine homicides since the beginning of the year.  Three of those occurred in the last week and a half. Some residents affected by the shootings have expressed dissatisfaction with the police response.  Peoria Police Captain Loren Marion says residents should not take matters into their own hands:

Why does Chicago have more homicides than NYC?

Jun 6, 2014

A crime researcher in Chicago says New York city spends a lot more money on city services, and that might be one reason why they have so few homicides compared to Chicago.

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Regional leaders gathered in Peoria Thursday for the 39th annual Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon. About 500 people attended the event. Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual luncheon allows people of all faith to show unity as a community.

Peoria violence continues over the weekend

Sep 23, 2013

Peoria violence continued over the weekend with the shooting death of another man. Police responded to the 1600 block of South Stanley Street late Saturday night regarding two people shot.