The murder of young Dajae Coleman makes it hard to be whimsical and upbeat this morning. My heart goes out to the family - I lost my own son to a tragedy and I know how overwhelmed and in shock his survivors feel. I strongly urge them to join a bereaved parents' group. It helped me.
I was going to blog about something else today, but, when I rolled my cursor over the article about Dajae's memorial fund, a pop-up advertisement appeared. It told me: "Check out Local Crime Rates at Local.com."
So, I did. (I couldn't find rates on Local.com, but I did find local stats at www.areavibes.com
Evanston is more dangerous to live in than 80% of the other cities in Illinois. It is in the top one-third of the most dangerous cities to live in in the United States.
Yes, Evanston is one-half as dangerous as Chicago (about 5,300 s per 100,000 Chicago reisidents vs. about 3,000 s per 100,000 in Evanston). However,compared to other northshore cities, Evanston is 136% more dangerous to live in than Winnetka and 85% more dangerous than Kenilworth.
While neither of those other suburbs registered any murders, Evanston has a murder rate per 100,000 of nearly 8. (Chicago's is a frightening 15.2 per 100,000.)
This is something we need to talk about. Let Dajae be our inspiration.