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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.

The Heartland Alliance analyzed how poverty and crime overlap for the first time in the nearly two decades it's researched Illinois' poverty data. It released a report Wednesday.

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Chicago's top law enforcement officer says an Illinois Senate proposal to increase prison sentences for repeat gun offenders would help stanch the city's rampant gun violence.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday told the Criminal Law Committee the legislation would create a ``culture of accountability.'' Chicago recorded 767 homicides last year.

The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech strategies and equipment for fighting crime as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.


The rollout Wednesday came the same day the department announced there were 51 homicides in January and about a week after President Donald Trump tweeted he would "send in the Feds" if the city's violence problems don't improve.


Donald Trump made a tweet Tuesday night singling out Chicago crime.  

The President said that if Chicago doesn't "fix the horrible 'carnage' going on" he would "send in the feds."  He further claims that Chicago had 228 shootings in 2017 so far.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responded late Tuesday, saying he's more than willing to form partnerships with the Justice department, Justice, FBI, DEA, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman is no longer Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One.  The alleged Mexican drug lord received the designation in 2013 from the Chicago Crime Commission.  

At the time, he was on the lam in Mexico and accused of smuggling drugs into the city via his Sinaloa cartel. Officials claim these drugs contributed to an increase in violence and social ills.  The commission removed the designation Wednesday.  

Guzman is only the second individual to be named "Public Enemy Number One."  The first was notorious gangster Al Capone.