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Gang members charged with 2013 attempted murders (Chicago, IL): Federal charges against local members of the Two Six gang continue to come as two more members are accused of attempting to murder two people in 2013.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 20, 2015

No bail for 3rd man charged in slaying behind Belmont Cragin Dunkin' Donuts (Chicago, IL): A judge denied bail for a third man accused of a gang-related shooting in March that left a man dead behind a Northwest Side Dunkin' Donuts.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 19, 2015

Operation Violence Reduction: Police strike back against criminals (East St. Louis, IL): The U.S. Marshal Service and state and local police officers are striking back against criminals. For the last six weeks, officers have scoured the streets snatching up criminals and seizing guns, illegal weapons and drugs.
Source: Belleville News-Democrat    Date: April 17, 2015

Zone 4 gang member Robert Nathan sentenced, scolded by judge (Peoria, IL): Calling him a “simple street thug,” a federal judge on Thursday sentenced Robert Nathan to a year and a day in federal prison. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid had harsh words for Nathan, 27, who he said chose to be cool and hang out with his friends rather than to participate in a program that could turn his life around.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: April 16, 2015

Facing 20 felonies, men plead not guilty in armed home invasion case (Lake County, IL): Two of five men charged in connection with an alleged drug-related home invasion earlier this year in unincorporated Waukegan near Gurnee pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: April 15, 2015

Two more Zone 4 gang members get prison time (Peoria, IL): A federal judge on Friday sentenced the last two members of the Zone 4 street gang to prison, ending the second phase of the Don’t Shoot campaign.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: April 13, 2015

Aurora launches community meetings on gang violence (Aurora, IL): About 70 residents showed up Monday night in search of knowledge in an effort to take back their communities in the wake of recent gang violence in Aurora.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 13, 2015

Prosecutors team up against gang members (Decatur, IL): Macon County authorities say they've been cracking down on gang crimes over the last couple of years. That includes shootings and violent crimes. They say their efforts have been working. Their latest plan is a gang and weapons prosecution unit at the state's attorney's office. They just put this together last week.
Source: WCIA 3 News    Date: April 13, 2015

Safe Passage worker attacked by gang member outside N. Side school (Chicago, IL): Cook County prosecutors say a gang member repeatedly stabbed a Safe Passage worker with a box cutter while he was on-duty outside a North Side school.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: April 11, 2015

Peoria gang member sentenced to 22 months in prison (Peoria, IL): A federal judge on Thursday refused to give a member of the Zone 4 street gang a quick release from jail, saying that would be a mockery and an insult to people who live in South Peoria.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: April 9, 2015

Trial set for Aurora man accused of gang contact (Aurora, IL): An Aurora man accused of violating a court-ordered ban on gang contact will stand trial next month, according to court records. Gabriel Berrios, 23, was charged in 2013 with a misdemeanor count of unlawful street gang contact after Aurora police reported seeing him with two known gang members.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 9, 2015

Judge orders new trial in gang general's lawsuit after key witness's release (Chicago, IL): The case of a former El Rukn gang leader who claims he was framed in a 1984 double murder has led attorneys into the dingy basements of Chicago police stations, searching through decades-old homicide files stuffed in filing cabinets.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 7, 2015

Judge gives higher than recommended sentences to Zone 4 gang members (Peoria, IL): A federal judge on Tuesday cited a long history of violent acts in giving three members of the notorious Zone 4 street gang higher than recommended sentences.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: April 7, 2015

Murder conviction upheld in Aurora teen's death (Aurora, IL): Justin Cavazos of Naperville didn't pull the trigger to end Oscar Rodriguez's life in 2007 in Aurora, but a jury found him responsible in the murder and a judge handed down a 60-year prison term for his actions that also wounded Rodriguez's girlfriend.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 4, 2015

Aurora man sentenced to 25 years in fatal stabbing (Aurora, IL): An Aurora man who admitted stabbing another man to death with his own knife at a West Chicago party was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison..
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 2, 2015

Chicago gang leader pleads guilty in Miami (Chicago, IL): Piero "Bam Bam" Benitez, 28, was a rising star in a ruthless Chicago street gang; but he will be behind bars for 25 years under a plea deal cut with federal prosecutors, who say Benitez' gang is responsible for a dozen killings going back to 1985.
Source: WLS 7 News    Date: April 1, 2015

Officials address fight against gangs, drugs in Lake County (Lake County, IL): Speaking in front of a display table that held a sawed-off shotgun, a rifle, syringes filled with heroin and several pounds of marijuana, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim and Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko spoke Saturday about the local battle against gangs.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 29, 2015

Man killed teen in Portage Park over gang affiliation: prosecutors (Chicago, IL): A man accused of fatally shooting a teen in the Portage Park neighborhood last week after asking about his street gang affiliation has been ordered held without bond.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 24, 2015

Boone County Gang Task Force Working With The Public To Battle Drug Issues And Gang Violence (Boone County, IL): Boone County law enforcement is dealing with several incidents of gang violence and illegal drug usage. “Everywhere is affected by gangs. I don't think that it is solely an urban issue anymore. There are certainly rural characteristics of gang activity,” says Boone County States Attorney Michelle Courier.
Source: WTVO 17 News    Date: March 23, 2015

Violent crime is down in Belvidere, but gangs are not gone, officials warn (Belvidere, IL): Statistics suggest that violent crime has fallen since 2008, but city and county officials warned community members Monday that Belvidere's problem with gangs is not gone, and it might never be.
Source: Rockford Register Star     Date: March 23, 2015

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