Enlightening Commentary

Year In Review

Posted on January 2, 2015

Father TimeWith another year in the books, it’s time to lovingly look back at the year that was, 2014.

The year started off with Chicago gripped by the Polar Vortex. Brutal cold and record amounts off snow did more to keep the stupidity off the streets than $95MM in overtime could do in a year. “It’s Not The Weather” became the new #CrimeIsDown as the usual suspects attributed the drop in stupidity to “our strategies are working” and not to “it’s f*ckin’ cold out!”. Some morons even went so far as to contribute the drop to the new concealed carry law – only it didn’t take effect until March 1st and to this day there aren’t many CCW permits in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods.

As spring showed up, we partook in the LSD Standoff and witnessed a Blue Line train run up an escalator at O’Hare. Chicago Magazine’s bombshell article on crime stats hit the stands and as is always the case, the first warm weekend of the year was a total shitshow.

As summer heated up, so did the stupidity. Homicides were still way below 2013, but shootings were up and were adding up quickly, Then came the most epic shitshow of the year, 4th of July weekend, tallying over 80 people shot. August witnessed the murder of 9yo Antonio Smith with little accompanying outrage of his execution. The summer ended with 151 homicides and 850 others shot & wounded.

Fall saw an increasing number of homicides and shootings. By October, we blew past 2013’s total people shot count. Then came the Brown/Wilson grand jury decision and for a brief moment in time, people actually paid attention to Chicago’s dismal metrics. “No True Bill” was our most read post and contributed to our most heavily trafficked few days of the year.

In addition to Rahm’s kid getting his ass kicked, December tallied 42 homicides which helped exceed 2013’s homicide total by just 1. With some pending “death investigations” and late expirations, the final number will slowly rise throughout 2015 to 460-465.

Looking ahead, 2015 likely see another 450 homicides (+/-25) and another 2,600 total people shot (+/-100).

Thanks again to everyone who visited, commented, liked and followed last year. Have a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015.

UPDATE: We’ve added a few additional links to stories/events that we had forgotten about. We’ll make the switch to 2015 in the next couple of days. Final 2014 stats are going to hang around for a bit longer.

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. john cass January 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

    only been reading this website since June 2014, but it hooked me instantly. read it daily. For anyone [such as W.H.] to devote so much time to gathering the data, one must conclude that they are more dedicated to the welfare and goodness of what Chicago once was, than the current Notorious Gang of Three. Those people distort and lie, and people continue to die. Chicago cannot be as good as it once was, until the daylight of truth [this website] disinfects it. Pulitzer Prize to you sir.

    • W.H.Thompson January 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the compliment.

  2. Fr. Marquette January 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Great work. With the arrest rate near 30% and the police having become another ploy to be used by Obama, Sharpton et al, I think 2015 will see Chiraq go over 500 dead and 3,000 shot.

  3. James Manos January 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I noticed from your “Shooting and Murder” graph that the Honor Students get Spring Fever an the hi jinks really get going in April. Which is when the police here in the East usually announce their newest “Anti-Crime” programs ..none of which involve building more prison cells and keeping felons inside for multiple decades.
    Fewer arrests an downgrading offenses is SOOO much easier. And you can use all that taxpayer money to buy votes

    • Leslie m January 5, 2015 at 3:18 am


      There’s not a group of more frustrated people than the police about the courts “catch and release” nonsense or the Dr’s let’s make a deal bullshit. The amount of crime would be cut in half if the courts put these criminals where they belong. There’s nothing worse than locking up the same person three times in one week, for the same offense being let out once again to terrorize people.

  4. Dan January 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    But, but the mayor and McCheese say that crime is down. How can these stats be right. Someone must be making them up, because we all know that the people in city hall would not do anything to further endanger the people of the city.

    Or maybe they are full of shit and doing whatever they can do to justify their jobs and try to not scare the tourist dollars from entering the city.

  5. drkugler January 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    with the help of your stats and some other work I posted this. keep up the good work!

    Chicago Murder Rate Increases 48%: Rahm Can’t Coverup Crime and Chaos in 2014

    • W.H.Thompson January 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      A very detailed write-up. Well done. Glad you found our stats helpful. Another angle would be clearance rate – We’ve heard that the homicide clearance rate back in the 60s was north of 90% (now 30%), but we haven’t been able to confirm that 90% metric. In any event a whole lotta folks are getting away with murder, literally.

      • Leslie m January 5, 2015 at 3:22 am

        The sad part is, so many people have the answers to these unsolved murders, even of their own family members..They just don’t want to be called snitches..sad world we live in.

  6. a January 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    shootings = $2+++ billion per year. economic stimulous – is good. shooters re-direct/transfer $2+++ biiliion into economy to enrich the doctors, hospitals, lawyers, etc… whats wrong with that? directly stimulating certain members of the economy with your taxpayer dollars. stop it and the fix the economy will suffer, gov’t jobs will suffer, doctors/lawyers/judges will suffer, if the mayhem is halted. big business. fixing the problem will create other problems – too lucrative for doctors, hospitals, lawyers….

  7. Zeke January 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for doing all you do guys. This is a great site. I enjoy it daily.

    • W.H.Thompson January 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm


  8. Concerned Citizen January 2, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Great work this year, W.H. and others toiling to ensure that the constant BS streaming out of City Hall isn’t left unchecked. This website is invaluable, as well as all the Twitter communications that drive it. I wish one day it could be expanded to call out all the other crap that goes down in Chicago politics (mostly having to do with demolition and construction contracts).

    Small quibble, but might you have meant “attributed” instead of “contributed” above?

    See you throughout 2015, so long as no one mistakes me for a gang member and sends me to an early grave. Cheers.

    • W.H.Thompson January 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Yep, you’re correct, it should be attributed. See what happens when you start drinking so early in the AM? Corrected.

  9. krazeeloon January 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    W.H., I try to check this site weekly and really appreciate the work and dedication you put into it.

    drkugler, That is a good article. Thanks for posting a link.

    • W.H.Thompson January 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Thanks! But you need to be checking hourly, all day, everyday! Kidding… thanks for your patronage.

  10. Wolf January 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I follow this site every day. I tell others to look at this site once they learn I grew up in Chicago. Then they wonder why the national media seldom reports the ongoing situation.

    Two of our younger sons friends are military doctors and they don’t think getting shot (other than the heart or head) is a big deal. IED’s and shrapnel are the problem. So don’t be surprised if the death count drops (thanks to poor marksmanship and modern medicine) but the wounded rate goes up.

    I predict 2750 shootings and 425 homicides. ( plus or minus 25)

    Keep up the great reporting and have a prosperous and safe New Year.

    • W.H.Thompson January 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Thanks! We appreciate your business.

      You’re dead on (pun intended) about shootings. We recently read an article about a military doc in Afghanistan who said that if given the choice, he’d rather get shot in the face with a 9mm than partake in an IED.

      Modern medicine along with quick and efficient EMS services (thank cell phones) are saving a lot of lives that would have otherwise been lost 10, 20, 40+ years ago.

  11. The Wolverine January 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I must also join in the chorus of commending you for this site. I look at it almost daily and refer it often to others. Your acerbic wit belies the sad fact that a de facto slaughter is taking place, and will continue unabated as those responsible refuse to look at truth or use any objectivity. Which is why I suspect you will be very busy next year.

    Happy New Year!

  12. DMS January 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to see some kind of response from Al or Jesse regarding Chicago.
    These two do nothing but stir up situations before the real circumstances are known.
    There should be a chart that shows the previous arrest records of these Honor Students.

    And as far as Al and Jesse, open up a window for them to comment on the issues at hand, and make it so that they won’t be attacked with anything bu the truth by responding.
    No hate, just there reasoning.

    I am not a fan of the theirs by any stretch of the imagination, but I would love to see some response.
    They would be on my top ten list of things that amazed me in 2014.

  13. Mr. Wilson January 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Yes, hats off to Mr. Thompson, a true civil servant.

    Numbers slice threw the rhetoric, making obscene the denial of reality by city administrators and the media at large.

    Beleaguered NYC major De Blasio is lucky that Mr. Thompson isn’t working his beat. 2015’s going to be a rough ride in the boroughs, with or without the trendy mob.

    Meanwhile, Chicago bleeds mayhem, predictably left off the parade route.

  14. rob January 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This is why America is lagging in education. Take a look at this recent fiasco in Chi-Towns public schools.


  15. krazeeloon January 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Good Grief! Just remember, “It is all about the children”. They should just shut down all public schools and start over.

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