Things are not going well in Chicagoland:
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday that over 1,000 homicides have been registered in the county in 2021, representing the highest total since there were 1,141 homicides in 1994.
There have been 1,009 homicides to date in 2021 in Cook County, showing an increase over 986 homicides recorded in all of 2020. Last year's homicide totals were more than 40 percent higher than 2019's total of 675.
The county's record for most homicides in a year was recorded in 1991, when 1,229 homicides were handled by the Medical Examiner's Office.
Just in case it wasn't clear where most of the murders are taking place:
The city of Chicago has registered 777 confirmed homicides in 2021, with just under 23 percent occurring in suburban Cook County.
It's not good, my friends.
We can debate the causes of this spike in homicides all we want, and we should most assuredly hold accountable the miserable leaders who have allowed this crime to flourish.
But don't forget that behind all of these statistics are individual lives cut short, countless other lives ruined, and a beautiful American city being brought to its knees by uncontrolled violence.