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Those charged with gun possession by a felon had an average of 10 prior arrests.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unsuccessfully pushed the Illinois General Assembly for tougher sentencing guidelines for gun possession.
Chicago was responsible for nearly half of 2016's increase in homicides in the US, though the nation's crime rates remain near historic lows.
Chicago saw a major rise in violent crime starting in the late 1960s.
October 2016 was the second deadliest month in 2016 with 78 homicides; more than double the 31 homicides of October 2015.
On December 1, 2016, Chicago recorded its 700th homicide for the year.
In 2014, Chicago Public Schools adopted the "Safe Passage Route" program to place unarmed volunteers, police officers and firefighters along designated walking routes to provide security for children en route to school.
The minimum sentence for felons found in possession of a firearm is 2 years.
Those charged with simple gun possession had an average of four prior arrests.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry Mc Carthy blames Chicago's gang culture for its high rates of homicide and other violent crime, stating "It's very frustrating to know that it's like 7% of the population causes 80% of the violent crime...
The gangs here are traditional gangs that are generational, if you will.
Crime in Chicago has been tracked by the Chicago Police Department's Bureau of Records since the beginning of the 20th century.