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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

Members of Violent Street Crew Convicted of Armed Robbery in Jewelry Heist (Joliet, IL): A Joliet man and his pal were both found guilty of robbing the owners of a jewelry booth at gunpoint after a five-day jury trial in Cook County for an August 2014 west suburban jewelry heist.
Source: Oak Park-River Forest Patch     Date: March 23, 2015

Prospect Heights Police Investigate Gang-Related Shooting (Prospect Heights, IL): Two known gang members, according to police, were shot Saturday night (Mar. 21) in a neighborhood just south of Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights.
Source: Journal & Topics    Date: March 23, 2015

New database to help police track gang members (Peoria, IL): Tracking criminals and street gang members will soon be a little easier for Peoria Police officers. A new database will work hand-in-hand with the Don’t Shoot Initiative to clear the streets of violence. Last month Peoria City Council approved just over $130,000 for the police department to upgrade its public safety software.
Source: WYZZ News    Date: March 19, 2015

Calling Muskegon street gang 'just old-fashioned Mafia,' judge adds charge to murder case (Muskegon, IL): "It's just old-fashioned Mafia." That was a Muskegon judge's take on what she decided was a Muskegon gang and its probable connection to the drive-by shooting death of Kentae Jones.
Source: MLive    Date: March 19, 2015

Reputed gang member convicted of 1999 murder of kidnapped Broadview man (Cook County, IL): After Darryl Green was kidnapped from a west suburban beeper store in 1999, his kidnappers called his twin brother to demand a ransom. But after a few calls, the negotiations came to a halt and a kidnapper said: “Make arrangements for your brother.” Police recorded the grim call.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 17, 2015

Police: Four hurt in gang-related shooting at Aurora party (Aurora, IL): Four people were shot when someone opened fire at a house party Wednesday night in west suburban Aurora.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: March 12, 2015

2 convicted of murder in 2013 slaying of 14-year-old boy (Chicago, IL): Two men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2013 slaying of a 14-year-old Chicago boy as he walked with friends to get ice cream, according to prosecutors and court records.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 11, 2015

3 dead, 11 wounded, including woman and toddler she was putting in car (Chicago, IL): Three people were killed and at least 11 others were wounded, including several children, in Monday shootings on the North, Northwest, West, South and Far South sides, officials said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Northlake police working to predict gang crime (Northlake, IL): In an effort to suppress crime, Northlake police have adjusted their tactics dealing with gangs in the area. The department has had a unit called the Neighborhood Enforcement Team for years that focuses on gangs and drugs. Now, the department aims to get other officers more involved.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Chicago deacon killed, 3 wounded in apparent gang-related gun battle: report (Chicago, IL): A Chicago church deacon was gunned down on his couch as bullets ripped through his family’s home. Odell Branch Sr., 77, was settling in for ice cream and westerns with his 5-year-old great-grandson on Monday when the gunfire erupted, killing him and grazing the boy’s arm, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Source: New York Daily News    Date: March 10, 2015

Bail set at $2 million for teen charged in Aurora murder (Aurora, IL): Bail has been set at $2 million for a 16-year-old Aurora resident accused of killing an Aurora teen late last month.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 10, 2015

Uptown Fatal Shooting Was Gang-Related, Ald. James Cappleman Says (Chicago, IL): Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said the fatal shooting in Uptown Monday afternoon was gang-related. "Anytime we have gang violence, it's not only a loss for the family, it's also a loss for the community," the alderman told a group of more than 20 residents at the scene of the shooting in the 900 block of West Agatite Avenue.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: March 9, 2015

North Chicago man gets 60 years for killing 18-year-old woman (Chicago, IL): A 60-year sentence has been handed down to Jim McPherson, who was convicted last fall of killing 18-year-old Janay McFarlane in North Chicago on the same day her sister was sitting near President Barack Obama at an anti-violence rally in Chicago.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 9, 2015

Group protests RICO laws in front of Lake County sheriff's office (Waukegan, IL): Nigel Patrick said he was a thriving businessman and a deacon at a local church before he was sent to Lake County jail for 90 days on charges he violated a controversial RICO law in October 2014.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: March 9, 2015

Teen shot dead in Aurora 'split' between gang ties and family life (Aurora, IL): Gianni Aguirre, 17, told his girlfriend of nearly a year, Samantha Gonzalez, that he was going outside to smoke a cigarette.
Source: Aurora Beacon-News    Date: March 7, 2015

CeaseFire, the anti-violence group from The Interrupters, has had its funding cut (Chicago, IL): CeaseFire Illinois, the Chicago-based anti-violence initiative featured in the documentary The Interrupters, has lost almost 60 percent of its funding from the state of Illinois.
Source: The A.V. Club    Date: March 6, 2015

1 dead, 7 hurt in city shootings (Chicago, IL): A man died and seven others, including a woman, were wounded in separate shootings on the West, South and Far South sides of the city since Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 4, 2015

5 arrested in Chicago 'crash-and-grab' thefts (Chicago, IL): Chicago police announced arrests Tuesday in connection with a series of burglaries in which thieves used vehicles to slam through front windows to gain access to loot. Police say the two-yearlong crime spree was the work of gang members.
Source: Belleville News-Democrat    Date: March 3, 2015

Man sentenced to 17 years in West Chicago stabbing death (Chicago, IL): One of three men implicated in the gang-related stabbing death of a Wheaton man was sentenced to 17 years in prison Tuesday.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 3, 2015

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