David Hoffman, former Chicago Inspector General & Asst. US Atty

As a born and raised Chicagoan, I don’t know if any headlines this summer are bothering me more than the ones marking a terrible rise in shootings and killings in one of America’s great cities. Chicago’s murder rate is suddenly up some 37 percent over last year, with 240 deaths already as of mid-June. And this while other large cities, including Los Angeles, have seen their rates hold steady or drop. Why is this happening? Can it be brought under control? Few people know Chicago better — or have spent more time fighting crime and wrong-doing there — than David Hoffman. He recently stepped down as Chicago’s Inspector General to run for US Senate to fill Barack Obama’s old seat. Before that, he served for 7 years as Asst. US Attorney in Chicago, and spent the last three of those years running the office’s Gang Unit along with an anti-gun violence effort called Project Safe Neighborhoods. He’s with us now. (Originally broadcast 6-30-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

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