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Chicago will likely surpass 600 homicides for the second time since 2003, according to the Chicago Tribune. As of Monday, the homicide toll in 2017 was 593. A total of 30 people were shot this past weekend, five of them fatally. Last year’s total was 681, which was the first time the number surpassed 600 since 2003. (source). 12:46 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

DNAinfo had kept a running tally of homicides in 2017, but the project stopped when the site was shut down last week. The list is still a good resource to see the trends through the first ten months of the year (source). 12:46 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

In June, the federal government announced a “new task force aimed at decreasing the spread of illegal guns” in the city. The task force was set up to work with local law enforcement officials. (source). 12:46 a.m. ET November 7, 2017

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