For the first time in 27 years, the number of homicides in Illinois’ populous Cook County surpassed the 1,000 mark. In 1994, there were 1,141.
Chicago’s WGN TV reported there have been 1,009 homicides to date in 2021 in Cook County, an increase over 986 homicides in all of 2020. Homicide totals rose more than 40% last year from 2019’s total of 675. A record 1,229 homicides were handled by the Medical Examiner’s Office in 1991.
The city of Chicago alone has registered 777 confirmed homicides in 2021, with just under 23% occurring in suburban Cook County, according to the report.
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