Chicago homicides are down 21 percent over the first three months of the year, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The news comes after recent weeks in which police Superintendent Jody Weis faced a no-confidence vote from the police union, angry signs at union picketing, and ongoing accusations of low morale in his department.
As of Wednesday, there had been 70 homicides, compared with 89 at the same time last year. Homicides rose 15 percent last year. Said Weis: “I think we’ve made some great strides, but not in getting the news out. Sometimes you have to sit back and pull yourself away from the rhetoric and look at the hard facts, and that’s what I would ask people to do — just judge us on the facts.”