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Underling told cops gang leader killed 'to show off' (Chicago, IL): A much-feared gang leader who federal prosecutors allege murdered an off-duty Chicago police detective and his female companion in 2008 shot the pair for no other reason than to show how coldblooded he could be, an underling told police days after the slayings.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 22, 2014

Attempted murder trial testimony turns to gangs (Decatur, IL): The focus of the trial of Rajiv Rice shifted Thursday from his role in the shooting of 21-year-old Katari Smith to his alleged membership in a gang that has been responsible for numerous violent incidents in the city.
Source: Herald-Review    Date: August 22, 2014

Winnebago County Violent Crime Task Force targets gang-related crimes (Rockford, IL): The number of shots-fired incidents has dropped 21 percent thus far in 2014, from 281 at this time last year to 223 for the same period this year.
Source: Rockford Register Star     Date: August 21, 2014

Man charged with attempted murder of boy, 15, in gang recruitment stabbing (Chicago, IL): A third person has been charged in the brutal gang-recruitment beating that left a 15-year-old boy critically injured in March.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 21, 2014

Drug dealer killed Chicago cop, companion: prosecutors (Chicago, IL): In the days leading up to the August 2008 slayings of off-duty Chicago police Detective Robert Soto and a companion on the West Side, a fight was brewing nearby between gang rivals selling heroin.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 21, 2014

Gang-related homicides on rise in Aurora (Aurora, IL): Aurora police are continuing their investigation into a weekend slaying, hoping to make arrests and perhaps gain insight into a recent eruption of violence.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 21, 2014

Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath' (Chicago, IL): Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was gunned down on a concrete slab a few feet away from the railroad tracks that have long served as the dividing line between rival gangs in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood known as Pocket Town.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 21, 2014

Police chief says recent shootings in Aurora are 'frustrating' (Aurora, IL): Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas is "frustrated" with what’s going on in his city. Gang-related shootings have been on the rise in recent weeks, and police are working diligently to stop the violence, he said.
Source: The Beacon-News    Date: August 20, 2014

Kirk meets with imprisoned gang members to find solutions to Chicago's gang epidemic (Chicago, IL): U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today visited the Cook County Jail and met with senior members of the Cook County Intelligence Department and other jail officials regarding their work with those imprisoned at the facility.
Source: The Bugle     Date: August 20, 2014

Alleged Zone 4 member pleads guilty on drug charges (Peoria, IL): Another alleged member of the Zone 4 street gang has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges brought last year as part of the Don't Shoot program.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: August 19, 2014

Police: Gang-related shooting investigation led to drug bust (Round Lake Park, IL): The investigation into a Round Lake Park shooting last week and help from a resident resulted in a drug bust in the same block, police said.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: August 18, 2014

Documentary aims to raise awareness about violence (Chicago, IL): A Humboldt Park Church has partnered with a local comedian to raise awareness about gang violence. Faith World Church has launched a campaign to get students to watch a 27 minute documentary about what mothers go through when their children are killed due to gang violence.
Source: WGN TV News    Date: August 18, 2014

Gang order to shooter: 'Wet that T-shirt up' (Chicago, IL): When 15-year-old Denzel Burke received an order from an older Conservative Vice Lord to shoot at a rival they spotted on a sidewalk in Rogers Park, he and his teenage pal dutifully got out of the car they were traveling in and chased their prey, Cook County prosecutors alleged Friday.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 15, 2014

Two more charged in slaying of photographer caught in gang feud (Chicago, IL): A 15-year-old boy fired at least 10 rounds at a gang rival but instead killed photographer Wil Lewis as he waited for a bus last month in Rogers Park, prosecutors alleged today.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 15, 2014

Police: Round Lake Beach man charged in gang shooting (Round Lake Beach, IL): A Round Lake Beach man has been charged in what police said is a "confirmed" gang-related shooting in a Round Lake Park neighborhood.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: August 15, 2014

$1M bond for man charged with shooting three in North Chicago (Chicago, IL): Bond was set at $1 million Thursday for a felon accused of shooting three people last week in North Chicago.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: August 14, 2014

State's Attorney Nerheim honored for prosecuting gangs (Lake County, IL): Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim has received an award from the National Gang Crime Research Center for outstanding leadership in prosecution. The 2014 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award was established by the Journal of Gang Research in 1992 to honor and recognize outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service contributions by individuals and programs dealing with public safety issues posed by gangs.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: August 14, 2014

Sneed scoop: FBI agents to hit Chicago streets to combat gangs (Chicago, IL): Sneed has learned that the feds plan to dispatch 65 FBI agents to the streets in high-crime areas on the South and West Sides in an all-out battle against gang crime.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 13, 2014

Shots fired in Round Lake Park likely gang-related, police say (Round Lake, IL): Round Lake Park police have issued a community alert in response to multiple gunshots being fired as part of gang-related activity Tuesday night.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: August 13, 2014

Former gang member works to revitalize neighborhood (Chicago, IL): The once-vibrant West Side community of Austin is now plagued by crime, unemployment and street gangs. Many of the historic row homes are boarded up and nearby businesses abandoned. Politicians have lobbied for funding to resuscitate the ailing area, but with no luck.
Source: NBC Chicago    Date: August 13, 2014

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