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WGN9: Outside Chicago, suburbs are also struggling with surge in violent crime

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — While Chicago gets most of the attention when it comes to crime concerns, nearby suburbs are also seeing a significant surge in carjackings, shootings and murders.

WGN Investigates analyzed homicide data from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and found there have been 204 homicides in suburban Cook County this year, a 55% increase over 2019.

“I wish I could say I had a sense of outrage; but I almost felt numb, like we’re getting used to it,” said Oak Park resident Brian Varner.

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