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Chicago police say March ended as the 13th straight month to see a drop in gun violence.

In a news release, the police department says there were 29 homicides during the month - 10 fewer than were reported in March of last year.  And the department says there was a similar drop in the number of shooting incidents and shooting victims.

The department says that so far in 2018 there have been 108 homicides compared to 140 during the same three-month period last year.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Department of Justice says Chicago's U.S. attorney's office is getting additional staff prosecutors so it can do more to reduce violent crime. 

Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

CHICAGO (AP) - A nonprofit organization says people living in poverty in Illinois are more likely to become violent crime victims than higher wage earners whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas. However, geographic disparities persist. 

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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.

A review of Chicago records reveals that far more people are retiring from the city's police department than are joining the force. 

The FBI director James Comey says police anxiety in "the era of viral videos" appears to be part of the reason for rising violent crime in several big U.S. cities.

People who post internet video of themselves committing violent crimes could start spending more time behind bars.