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    Jitu Brown of the education advocacy group Journey4Justice is set to testify at a City Council committee hearing on violence prevention on Tuesday [Facebook/Journey 4 Justice]

    Aldermen are scheduled Tuesday to quiz city officials and nonprofit leaders on how Chicago can head off an anticipated surge in gun violence this summer without leaning on its traditional law enforcement playbook.

    The City Council Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Health and Human Relations will convene at 1 p.m. for a subject matter hearing to mull strategies for tamping down gun violence, which has surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The city saw about a 34 percent spike in homicides between January and March this year compared to the same period one year earlier, making it the city’s deadliest year so far since 2017.

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