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CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Chicago`s murder rate has dropped.

Violence continues to plague large parts of the city in some neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

According to the Cook County medical examiner, 540 people were killed as of this last week of December.

That is down considerably from 664 in 2017 and 781 in 2016.

But these figures do not include killings on the city’s expressways

Helping reduce numbers, the CPD credits better community relationships, the use of more data-driven policing, deploying more officers to hot spots and identifying individuals who have greater tendencies to commit offenses.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Monday while progress has been made the illegal guns and connected murder rate is still way too high.

As it relates to tonight New Years Eve the superintendent says his officers will be out and about in large numbers.