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Victims, statistics highlight problems in ‘lawless’ Chicago suburb

Just 20 miles from downtown Chicago sits a suburb with burned-out houses, bucket-sized potholes and a crime problem long out of control. No other area community — not even the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago — has as stark a combination of high violent crime rates and few arrests as Harvey. The town’s scandal-plagued police force and controversial mayor have also been aided and abetted by state and federal officials who’ve done little to enforce accountability – with the FBI once even helping re-elect the mayor before leaving town.

The Chicago Tribune's three-part series found residents victimized three times: once by criminals, then by a dysfunctional police department, and finally by outsiders who turn a blind eye.

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