The rate of shootings in Chicago is hard to get your brain around. But think of it this way: Last year Chicago had a shooting about every other hour, and that rate continued through much of 2017. The relentless violence has ended hundreds of lives and damaged thousands more. It’s changing the life of the city.
'Why We Shoot'
The Cost Of Jobs To Fight Violence
'Can You Help?'
Why Girls Join Gangs
What Will It Take?
How Chicago Gets Its Guns
'It's Like A Drug'
In Chicago, A Stark Racial Disparity In Gun Violence
'Let Young People Lead The Conversation'
The Laquan Effect
Barely A Trace
Moms On Every Block
A Disputed Shot
What Happens After A Fatal Shooting?
A Gun, An Arrest, A New Mission
How Many Aldermen Carry A Gun?
Gunshots Or Fireworks? How CPD Knows
'One Split Second'
Working To Stay Safe
Chicago's Top Cop On Policing And Community Trust
The Case For Hiring Ex-Offenders
Neuroscience And Gun Violence
Is Violence A Learned Behavior?
About this project
In 2017, WBEZ dug for answers to two core questions about Chicago’s gun violence.
- In Chicago, who picks up a gun, and why?
- What will it take to roll back the violence?
Every Other Hour’s team of reporters, producers and editors has talked with hundreds of people across the city, and beyond its borders. We’ve sought out the voices and perspectives of people most affected by the violence — from young shooters and victims, to law enforcement, to neighbors taking to the street to find solutions.
We’ve interviewed experts and city leaders, and investigated institutional issues to build a better understanding of the complex web of causes of gun violence and its effects.
And we’ve asked people who live in communities most affected by shootings what they wish was better understood by the public. They tell us to remember that everyday life gets lived in these neighborhoods. They tell us Chicago must correct generations of neglect. That all communities must have strong schools, safe streets and jobs. And they are looking for a sense of civic and personal urgency on a scale with the crisis.