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File #: 21-2664    Version: 1 Name: DECLARING GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 4/8/2021 In control: Health & Hospitals Committee
On agenda: 4/15/2021 Final action: 5/13/2021
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION DECLARING GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS WHEREAS, Public Health Awareness raises awareness of the relationship between the health of individuals and the health of their communities; and WHEREAS, there has been an increase in gun related violence in Cook County compared to the decrease in numbers over the past five years; and WHEREAS, The City of Chicago has seen a sharp increase in gun violence in 2020 compared to previous years. In 2020 3,893 shootings were reported, compared to just 2,536 in 2019; and WHEREAS, As of April 1, 2021, 703 people have been injured by a gun shot in Chicago, IL surpassing the total 2020 number by 183 cases; and WHEREAS, The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed 875 gun-related homicides in 2020, breaking the previous record of 838 set in 1994 and; WHEREAS, The Medical Examiner's office handled 970 homicides in 2020. Which was a more than 40 percent increase over 2019's total of 675; and WHEREAS, African Ame...
Sponsors: DENNIS DEER, JOHN P. DALEY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, DEBORAH SIMS, ALMA E. ANAYA, LARRY SUFFREDIN, SCOTT R. BRITTON, KEVIN B. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, FRANK J. AGUILAR, BRIDGET DEGNEN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, DONNA MILLER, BILL LOWRY
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

DECLARING GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

WHEREAS, Public Health Awareness raises awareness of the relationship between the health of individuals and the health of their communities; and

WHEREAS, there has been an increase in gun related violence in Cook County compared to the decrease in numbers over the past five years; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago has seen a sharp increase in gun violence in 2020 compared to previous years. In 2020 3,893 shootings were reported, compared to just 2,536 in 2019; and

WHEREAS, As of April 1, 2021, 703 people have been injured by a gun shot in Chicago, IL surpassing the total 2020 number by 183 cases; and

WHEREAS, The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed 875 gun-related homicides in 2020, breaking the previous record of 838 set in 1994 and;

WHEREAS, The Medical Examiner's office handled 970 homicides in 2020. Which was a more than 40 percent increase over 2019's total of 675; and

WHEREAS, African Americans were the victims of 78 percent of homicides and Latinos accounted for more than 16 percent of homicide deaths. Eighty-nine percent of homicide deaths were male. Seventy homicide deaths were under 18; 22 were under the age of 10. The majority (722) of homicides were in the City of Chicago. The last time Cook County saw more than 970 homicides was in 1996; and

WHEREAS, Cook County Health provides care for over 1,100 patients with gunshot wounds every year through Stroger Hospital, accounting for 20% of the patients that get treatment through the Comprehensive Trauma Unit. Costing the health systems anywhere between 30-40 million dollars a year; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Cook County will: Led by the Cook County Board President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners (County Board), in collaboration with the Cook County Sheriff's Department and other relevant parties; Assert gun violence as a public health crisis affecting our entire society; Assess internal po...

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