Village Mayor Urges Calm Amid Murder Investigations

“Nobody is talking about the good things we’re doing in town," Mayor Craig says

Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig spent his Sunday afternoon going door-to-door in his village of 38,000 to reassure residents after the northwest suburb reported a suspected third murder in three days -- and the fourth in two weeks.

“All we are talking about are these acts of violence," Craig told the Sun-Times. "This is tearing the town up.”

Craig said there were two homicides in all of 2008 in the village, but in a typical year, there are none, he said.

A woman found dead in her home on Sunday is the most recent case, and early indications are that her death was likely a homicide.

On Saturday, a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death at what Craig referred to as "a graduation party ... gone bad." 

On June 4, a pregnant woman and her unborn child were beaten to death by the woman's boyfriend. A 32-year-old man has been charged in that case.

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead in the village on May 23. Craig said that incident appeared to be gang-related.

“It’s a breakdown in the moral fiber, a breakdown in how people are responding [to] domestic violence," the mayor said. "People are having a lot of stress because of the economy, families are breaking up.”

Hanover Park is a quiet, peaceful place -- normally. The mayor wants to get back to that place and is urging residents to believe it will happen.

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