What in the world is happening?

By: Diane Rand

Seven hundred sixty-four people were murdered in Chicago in 2016.  In January of 2017, the University of Chicago Crime Lab released its much anticipated report on Gun Violence in Chicago noting that the violence “is concentrated largely in a moderate number of our most disadvantaged neighborhoods, carried out by teens and young adults in public places with illegally owned, and perhaps increasingly lethal, firearms.”

On Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m., Kenilworth Union Church will host Roseanna Ander, Founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab.  This is a natural extension of the Public Affairs series that has already this year featured activist Catholic Priest, Father Michael Pfleger, and Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers.  The University of Chicago Urban Labs develop and test urban policy and are at the epicenter of formulating research on violence that will be used by the City’s leaders.

Please come and hear Roseanna, an Evanston resident, and bring your questions.  She will present a brief overview of the recent report and spend a majority of time in conversation with us, providing her insight and expertise.

As of Wednesday, February 22, Chicago recorded its 99th homicide and is now outpacing last year’s homicide numbers for the same period.  Come and ask Roseanna what in the world is happening 15 miles down the road from us, and what we might do to change the tide on this issue.