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Trial Begins for Man Accused in Deadly Belvidere Shooting (Belvidere, IL): The trial for the second known gang member, accused in a shooting that left one man dead at a Belvidere gas station, began Wednesday. "The defendant was looking for a confrontation that day," said Victor Esgarcidia, prosecuting attorney.
Source: WTVO 17 News    Date: January 21, 2015

Peoria shooting incident allegedly involves gang member who avoided lengthy sentence (Peoria, IL): A Zone 4 street gang member who was swept up by the Don’t Shoot anti-gang violence initiative but avoided decades in prison appears to be at the center of gunplay in South Peoria less than a week after his release from federal custody.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: January 18, 2015

What Gangs Roam Suburban County? (Cook County, IL): The murder of a Des Plaines teen this month in an apparent gang-related confrontation has brought heightened attention to local crime problems. There are six main gang factions in suburban Cook County, according to data provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept. Those groups include Surenos-13, Satan Disciples, Latin Kings, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Gangster Disciples, and Imperial Gangsters.
Source: Journal & Topics    Date: January 13, 2015

1 killed, at least 5 wounded in city shootings (Chicago, IL): A West Side man was killed and at least five others were wounded in shootings across the city's South and West sides over the weekend.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: January 12, 2015

Two Zone 4 street gang members given time served (Peoria, IL): The first two members of the notorious Zone 4 street gang, targeted by federal prosecutors as part of the Don’t Shoot campaign were sentenced Monday to time served.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: January 12, 2015

Police departments using many methods to keep gang activity, shootings in check (Aurora, IL): Gang activity and shooting violence made 2014 a “difficult year” for Aurora police, who experienced the highest shooting and homicide numbers they’ve seen in six years, said Aurora Police Chief Gregory Thomas.
Source: The Beacon-News    Date: January 11, 2015

Man charged in Rosemont slaying of 14-year-old boy (Rosemont, IL): A man has been charged with murder in the killing of a 14-year-old boy over the weekend in Rosemont in what police described as a dispute among "rival gang members."
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: January 5, 2015

Chicago Prisoners Suffering PTSD From Gang Violence (Chicago, IL): Gang violence and the mounting death toll in Cook County, home to the City of Chicago, have gotten so bad that county jails are now treating prisoners for a civilian form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new report.
Source: Breitbart    Date: December 31, 2014

Though Chicago Murders Are Down, 'Gang Culture' Remains an Issue: Top Cop (Chicago, IL): Chicago is poised to have the lowest number of murders in years, but the city's "gang culture" continues to be an obstacle to fighting crime in the city, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: December 29, 2014

Chicago's 2014 murder total on track for another low, but shootings rise (Chicago, IL): Chicago could record its lowest murder total in nearly five decades for the second consecutive calendar year, despite an increase in shootings in 2014.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: December 27, 2014

Notorious El Rukn killer wins surprise release from prison (Chicago, IL): He's one of the most legendary informants in Chicago history, a former El Rukn general once described by prosecutors as a "trained killer" who bribed a Cook County judge to fix the infamous double murder case that landed him on death row.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 19, 2014

Anti-Violence Group Preparing Move Into Freeport To Lower Crime (Freeport, IL): Recently, the streets of Freeport have been plagued with violence and residents believe the shootings, stabbings, and shots-fired calls are connected to gang activity. “There is no accountability for the young people today,” says Scott Lewis of the Freeport Area Church Cooperative.
Source: WQRF FOX 39 News    Date: December 17, 2014

New Initiative to Prevent Children from Gang Life Could be Coming to Schools (Peoria, IL): Learning about gang life and how to stay away from it could be a taught at your kids' school, just learning about math or reading. It's part of a new Peoria initiative, known as "Gang Free Life".
Source: WYZZ News    Date: December 16, 2014

District 150 considers property tax increase, hears anti-gang strategy (Peoria, IL): Peoria School District 150’s board meeting Monday was a mixed bag of hope and gloom. Auditors followed up on the bleak financial picture District 150 administrators have painted recently. Board members approved a proposal that will raise property taxes about $8 in 2015 on a home valued at $120,000.
Source: Peoria Journal Star    Date: December 15, 2014

Witness to killing aided police -- and was gunned down on eve of trial (Chicago, IL): Nearly three years ago, Lawndale "Lonnie" Nutall witnessed a gang slaying outside a convenience store at a corner in Chicago's crime-plagued West Englewood neighborhood. Tired of the pervasive violence, he cooperated with police, helping lead to murder charges against a member of a Gangster Disciples faction.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 14, 2014

Chicago's "Violence Interrupters" Look to Open Chapter in Freeport (Freeport, IL): Some people in Freeport say gang violence is worse than people in their city want to admit and they're not going to wait for police to help fix the problem. Now a Chicago based organization is joining the fight against crime.
Source: WIFR 23 News    Date: December 12, 2014

Man gets 45 years in prison in Wheeling shooting death (Cook County, IL): While his parents maintained his innocence, an Arlington Heights man was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for the gang-related shooting of an innocent bystander who was out walking his dog in Wheeling last year.
Source: Chicago Tribune     Date: December 8, 2014

Reputed Waukegan gang member gets 45 years for 2013 shooting (Lake County, IL): A reputed Waukegan street gang member was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday after being convicted earlier this year of attempted murder for shooting a man in 2013.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: December 5, 2014

Teen gang members charged with Wheeling burglaries (Wheeling, IL): Two teenage gang members have been charged with a string of home burglaries in northwest suburban Wheeling last month.
Source: WFLD FOX 32 News     Date: December 5, 2014

Two men charged after shooting involving off-duty Cook County deputy (Chicago, IL): Charges have been filed against two men after a weekend gunfight with an off-duty Cook County sheriff's deputy outside a West Town bar left one of the men in critical condition.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: December 2, 2014

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