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Crime down, murders up in Chicago so far in 2015

CHICAGO — Contradictions in Chicago’s crime stats so far this year.

Murders are up significantly, while overall, crime keeps declining.

Through Monday, there had been 78 homicides in the city in 2015, a 26-percent increase over last year.

Shootings were up about 40-percent to more than 350.

But police department statistics for all crimes show a continuing decline after back to back years of historic lows.

All crimes are down 5-percent from last year, and 27-percent from 2013.

Police are recovering more illegal guns and making more gun related arrests.

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