police car at chicago shooting*(Via NPR) — Rep. Robin Kelly, one of the hosts of the urban violence summit in Chicago, said at the outset Friday that this wouldn’t be just another summit.

“Maybe just some of you are tired of having your leaders hold summits that are long on talk and short on action,” she told attendees. “Today’s summit aims to be different.”

Kelly, a Democrat who replaced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in a special election earlier this year, joined her colleagues with the Congressional Black Caucus at Chicago State University on the city’s South Side, vowing to take solutions back to Washington.

Kelly says Chicago’s shootings are the tipping point that prompted the emergency summit. According to the police department, murders are down 24 percent from last year. Overall, violent crime is down.
A sidewalk memorial in Chicago remembers Eugene Clark, 25, who was shot and killed last weekend. In the same weekend, the city had at least 6 people killed and 22 wounded by gunfire. This weekend, the Congressional Black Caucus held a summit in Chicago to discuss violence in urban areas.

A sidewalk memorial in Chicago remembers Eugene Clark, 25, who was shot and killed last weekend. In the same weekend, the city had at least 6 people killed and 22 wounded by gunfire. This weekend, the Congressional Black Caucus held a summit in Chicago to discuss violence in urban areas.
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But a number of high-profile homicides — many involving young people — have alarmed leaders and garnered national attention.

More than 200 people attended the day-long forum. They discussed the proliferation of guns and the impact on youth — issues that go beyond Chicago. Fiery community leaders echoed oft-repeated problems and solutions.

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