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chicago.suntimes.com — The city’s summer jobs program reduces the odds that its young participants will get arrested for violent crimes, but doesn’t have an overall impact on their school performance or future chances of landing employment, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers at the University of Chicago Urban Labs and University of Michigan studied the 2013 One Summer Chicago Plus program and found violent-crime arrests for participants fell 33 percent over the following year.
chicago.suntimes.com — In January, President Donald Trump tweeted that he’d “send in the Feds!” to Chicago, citing the city’s miserable statistics on shootings. Well, his administration did just that. On Thursday, authorities confirmed that about 20 additional agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been sent to Chicago to combat gun violence here.
chicago.suntimes.com — The Illinois appeals court has tossed out a Chicago man’s conviction for criminal contempt — as well as his stunning six-year prison sentence — ruling that a different judge should have presided over his trial. Bangaly Sylla was imprisoned in 2015 after a jury found he lied that a woman who was killed in a traffic accident wasn’t married. Sylla was the court-appointed administrator of his niece’s estate.