Chicago sees drop in homicides

NBC - The 2017 crime stats out of Chicago are showing signs of improvement in the city as police and other officials work to cut down violent crime.

In a news conference, Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, credited the efforts of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, federal crime-fighting partnerships and community policing for the downturn. He says the city is heading in the right direction.

"We all know that we came off a horrible 2016 and we made a commitment to the city to not repeat that in 2017. So that resulted in 121 less murder victims this year and 765 less shooting incidents. So we have over 850 families this year that didn't have to suffer through the gun trauma that they did last year and certainly that's not room or cause for celebration but it is progress and if we continue to build on that 2018 should be even better hopefully," said Johnson.

The Safe Neighborhoods Reform Act, which increases minimum sentences for repeat gun offenders, is now in effect.