More police to patrol Chicago freeways as shootings increase

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CHICAGO (AP) — State police will add patrols to Chicago-area freeways with troopers from elsewhere in Illinois due to a rising number of shootings involving motorists. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Thursday that the increased police presence starts Friday evening and will continue through overnight shifts. At least 185 attacks have occurred this year, compared to 128 in 2020. The newspaper reports that three separate shootings were reported on area expressways from Wednesday night into Thursday morning. WBBM-TV reports that 16 people have been slain this year in freeway shootings, including two men fatally shot Tuesday on the Stevenson Expressway.

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