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Close the crime gap to help reduce inequality

Thirty years ago, the tragic murder of 17-year-old basketball phenom Benji Wilson shocked Chicago and drew the nation’s gaze to the city’s depressingly high level of gun violence. Last year’s senseless murder of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton had a similar effect, raising cries for the National Guard to rescue a city besieged by gang warfare. These two murders, 30 years apart, stood as evidence that not much had changed in the Windy City.

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Thirty years ago, the tragic murder of 17-year-old basketball phenom Benji Wilson shocked Chicago and drew the nation’s gaze to the city’s depressingly high level of gun violence. Last year’s senseless murder of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton had a similar effect, raising cries for the National Guard to rescue a city besieged by gang warfare. These two murders, 30 years apart, stood as evidence that not much had changed in the Windy City.

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