HERE’S a thing: Chicago Police are celebrating going a whole day, A WHOLE 24 HOURS, without there being a murder or a shooting.

Chief Garry McCarthy explains: “On January 18, for a 24-hour period, there were no shootings and murders in the city of Chicago. The last time we went a day without a murder or shooting was nearly a year ago in early 2011. This is clearly the result of the tremendous police work of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department.”

At this stage, it’s worth recalling former Camden New Journal reporter Kim Janssen’s portrait of crime and life in Chicago written the day after Obama was elected. Some of his other work suggests he has been in some hair-raising situations himself since swapping Camden Town for Illinois.

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