State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) urged the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to step up violence prevention efforts before summer starts. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line; submitted]

Lawmakers peppered the state agency that administers violence-prevention grants to community organizations with tough questions after 24 people were shot, three fatally, on one of the first warm weekends of the summer.

Many worry the uptick in violence signals a bloody summer to come that officials are unprepared to address.

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